Saturday, April 30, 2011

For the Birds

Job hunting is for the birds.

I have sent my resume, application, cover letters and much more to over 21 places.  TWENTY ONE.  This is the crummiest of all crummies. 

One district I applied to, is already doing interviews, but must have forgotten to call me, because I never heard from them. 

Another district, doesn't hire 'seasoned' teachers because they cost too much.  That is sad.

Another district told me that they 'aren't interested at this time'.  Maybe later??

And one more said, "All positions have been filled".


The worst part of all of this, is that the school I am currently employed at, is a nightmare to go to these days.  Some people completely ignore me, which makes me feel like the weird kid in school.
Others are overly fake/friendly/concerned  whatever you want to call it.  But in the back of their heads they are thinking 'Thank heavens it was you and not me.  I still have my paycheck and job...but oh so sad for you'. Which sort of makes me feel like someone has died in my family.  That would be 100x worse than losing a job.

Good thing that I try not to define myself too much by my job.  On the bright side, I have been miserable at my school for the past 2-3 years.  I am very excited to get out of that toxic environment BUT I do love the students.  I do love the lovely parents who are very kind.  I will miss the place I called home for 8 years.

But like I said, it's all for the birds.  That particular idiom (ha, look at me being all teacher-esque) has several meanings.  I say it to mean that job searching is an unproductive.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Sorry, I have been a blog slacker on this blog.  I have been busy with my teaching blog, and have, to date  made almost $11 on TPT.  Ha!  But really, since I make and use the stuff in my classroom anyways, it's pretty cool. 

In other news, I have applied for about a million jobs.  Some teaching, some instructional design, some university jobs and some online jobs.  I HATE looking for jobs.  I haven't done it in so many years and I really hate it. 

Going to work has been absolutely terrible.  It is really hard to work some where that doesn't provide feedback and isn't a positive work environment.  Some people completely avoid me, while others are too involved in what is going on.  But,  I LOVE my class, and that is why I am going to be a good teacher until June 10th.  Not because of the administration, not because of other teachers, but because of the kids.  I could be negative and believe me, I am definitely a bit angry, but I found a blog where a teacher wrote:  "You've got to put things like that in the past and focus your energy on the people/things that are willing to give you that energy back.  It's not worth dwelling on the negative when there is so much positive!"

So, that is what I am trying to do.  Like the $11 dollars I have made on things I created.  My beautiful, darling, funny, sweet daughter who loves me regardless of my job.  My husband who is the coolest, sweetest, most supportive guy in the universe (sorry you didn't find him first...because you REALLY missed out.)

And honestly, I am super excited to move on and find a school that appreciates what a good teacher I am.  :)

Oh and I went on a walk today which was fantastic in this lovely weather.

And, I am getting a great birthday present tomorrow (a bit early) but Yippee!

Also, I ate a Klondike bar tonight and it was yummy.  I had no idea they were so great.

Plus, I get to go to Santa Barbara for 2 weeks, isn't that awesome!?!?! 

Oh yeah, and my husband made delicious carne asada tacos tonight.  Talk about super impressive.

And I am pretty sure I lost a pound this week.  Hahahahah! One pound...classic.

So that is that.  Kenlee has 6 teeth.  What the heck? When did that happen? Because I don't remember the last two coming in. 

And her hair is really long.

And she says momma and dadda.



Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Brainy Bugs

I have been super busy lately.  Today, I have only been home for about 2 hours and that is how the last couple weeks have been for me. 

I get it. We ALL have the same amount of time in a day.  24 hours.  I'm not really complaining, it's just that time goes by TOO fast and I just don't have enough of it! I used to hear people say this and I was always like "Prioritize, and you can find time." 

Prioritizing has made it so I haven't blogged on this blog for over a week.  That is a long time in my world. 

I have been trying to get my teaching blog going.  It is not an easy task, because I have SOOOOOO much stuff that I have made to help me teach, BUT a lot of it would be an infringement on copyright laws if I took credit for them or sold them.

I have been super busy buying commercial licenses for graphics and fonts as well as researching licenses and terms of use. 

Blah blah blah....

So here is my teaching blog:

Brent didn't like the name at first, but I really like it because it's about smart bugs.  I love smart bugs.  Actually, I don't really know any smart bugs, but well, it doesn't really matter.  Sometimes I call the kids in my class bugs, so it kind of relates. 

Right now, the blog links you to original, Jodie made, units (which take a LONG time) to create.  Eventually, I will have some free things on there, but just not yet. 

In other news, Kenlee has been sleeping through the night pretty consistently.  This is a first in 10 months of knowing her and I am so proud of our sleeping baby.  Good job Kenleebear!

In other other news, I have lots of pictures for the cooking blog, but again, lack of time equals lack of blogging.

Oh, and my progress reports are done, so that is good.

And also, conference was great, but I admit I slept through a lot of it.  Can't help it.  Those voices are oh so soothing. do you working full time moms do it?  I seriously feel like I have zero time on my hands.  Work, cook dinner, get baby down for sleep, go to bed, repeat.  That is my day.  I love it, but it is getting a little out of hand. 

Oh, and Kenlee met the easter bunny and she was totally amazed at the big bunny.  I will put a picture on once I scan it. 

Have a good night.