Wednesday, January 20, 2010
For today Wednesday January 20, 2010
Outside my window ... Melting snow, but there is still a whole lot.
I am thinking... about my plans for the Knitting Olympics.
I am thankful for... space heaters
From the learning rooms ... that working part time doesn't necessarily give me extra time to do things I want to do.
From the kitchen... left over ham and beans. Very yummy ham and beans, if I do say so myself.
I am wearing... gray sweats
I am creating... socks
I am going... eat popcorn, knit, watch TV. I am not very ambitious today.
I am reading... Julius Cesar, I start teaching it tomorrow.
I am hoping... that my career path settles down soon.
I am hearing... Sly eating. Can you tell I don't listen to the radio or watch TV much? I love a quiet house.
Around the house... a few dishes and laundry, and one very scary dirty bathroom
One of my favorite things... ham and bean soup even with all the farting.
A few plans for the rest of the week: if the snow melts, riding the Harley.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
My plans for the Knitting Olympics.
Monday, January 11, 2010
For today Monday January 11, 2010
Outside my window ... Snow, and more falling. We have had a lot of snow this past week. There are several feet on the ground right now. It has been cold, but it was colder last year.
I am thinking... not much really. Today is a slow day. A little house work, a little grading for tomorrow.
I am thankful for... automatic washers
From the learning rooms... Still spinning
From the kitchen... Sly has requested Corn Chowder
I am wearing... long underwear -- my winter PJs
I am creating... a clean house
I am going... to take my Christmas tree down, finally.
I am reading... One of the knitting mysteries. I started it at work Friday during SSR (silent sustained reading)
I am hoping... I am too content right now for hope.
I am hearing... nothing.
Around the house... hung new draft blocker curtains, need to vacuum
One of my favorite things... oatmeal
A few plans for the rest of the week: mostly work -- maybe go out with Sly on Wed (we are both off).
Here is picture for thought I am sharing... it has been a while since I posted a picture of Buddy.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
January 6, 2010
Outside my window ... snow, but a clear, sunny day. We had a lot of lake effect, so the ground is buried under a couple of feet. At least another foot will be here by Saturday.
I am thinking... my mom's birthday, today.
I am thankful for... my mom
From the learning rooms... lesson plans are on going....................
I am wearing... long underwear, tee shirt, sweater, wool socks. These are my winter PJs
I am creating... ply some yarn, and make soap!
I am going... to remember my first day at Bendix for the rest of my life!
I am reading... The Knitter's Almanac. Thinking I might spend the year knitting with EZ.
I am hoping... that my second day at Bendix will be better than my first.
I am hearing... nothing.
Around the house... laundry.
One of my favorite things... a nice cup of tea.
A few plans for the rest of the week: work, avoiding driving in the snow too much, knitting, spinning, reading, and making soap.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing... the front of my house.
Friday, January 01, 2010
Actually, I have to say, that the past two years have been like one really long year. Starting in 2008, I began the Transition to Teaching program at Indiana University South Bend. The idea behind "T2T" is to help people who already have a Bachelor's degree to change careers and become teachers. It was an extremely intensive program that took up a great deal of my energy. Last year at this time, I had just finished a semester of working full time at Boston Middle School during the day as a Remediation Assistant while taking 10 credit hours at night. I was also getting ready to student teach.
Student teaching was an interesting experience, and I have already blogged about it, so I won't go into all that again. After earning my teaching license, I began my job search. Looking for work was challenging, but I was able to find a temporary position at Griffith Middle School. I am thankful for the chance to work with the students, and I am very sad that I will not get to spend the rest of the year with them.
In December, I started looking for work again, which is a difficult time for a teacher to look for work. I applied for several jobs, and I had lots of interviews, but none of those worked out for me. Then, out of the blue, I got a call from South Bend Community Schools. I had put in an application over the summer without getting a call. The interview went very well, and I was excited about working in the school, so I was thrilled when I was offered the job!
So, starting this year, I will be teaching high school English (several grade levels and classes) at the Bendix School in South Bend. I am pleased to be working in a district closer to home (GMS was an hour commute). I am hopeful that I will continue to work in South Bend.
What are my other plans for the New Year? Well, knitting has been put on hold for the past two years. I would really like to finish some projects that are bigger than hats. I got a new spinning wheel for Christmas, and I am already addicted to making my own yarns! A couple of years ago, I had a small garden, and I would like to have a garden again this year. Even though we sold the RV, I still have tons of camping equipment, and I hope to take several trips this year. DH got a Harely, and I hope the bike will feature in our summer plans.
Above all, I want to be safe, happy, and healthy. I wish the same for all of you.