Welcome to the 82nd Edition of My Sunday Post!
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Basically it’s a chance to talk about the books you bought, borrowed, blogged about, and read for the week and what’s coming in the week ahead – and then share them with a much wider blogging community. Check out the details here.
News at Home
So you may have noticed that I disappeared for a while. It wasn’t planned or on purpose, but I got into a bit of a blogging and reading funk. I think I just have had so much going on that reading fell to the background. But I think I’m back. I’m going to attempt to update you in the order of when things happened – because a LOT has happened in the last three weeks.
You may remember that we had just sold our truck and were in the market for a new car. Well we spent all day Sunday the 12th looking for a car and though we drove a few, we just didn’t find what we were looking for. We were buying used, cash only – we’re not a fan of payments – and that makes it tricky to find a good value and dependable car. After driving a lot of cars we finally found the perfect one on Wednesday 4/15:
Isn’t she pretty? I just love the color and she drives so good. We got an incredible price and so far she’s making me feel like we made the right decision letting go of the F150.
The following Saturday – 4/18 – I went to my first job fair. Even though I hadn’t taken my ESL supplemental test yet, I had my generalist exams complete so I felt good going in. Until I saw the huge line! The school district had 3 middle schools – where I was applying – with like 5 jobs and there were like 160 applicants for those 5 jobs! Needless to say, I didn’t walk away feeling amazing. Though I did have one really good conversation where I was asked if I would be willing to coach. My eloquent response was “You mean SPORTS?” LOL yeah, I wasn’t prepared for that at all. But I learned a lot at that job fair about how things work and I think it was a good experience.
Then on 4/21 I FINALLY took my ESL Supplemental test with no problems. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that I don’t have any more tests to take until next year with these people because my experience was hell. I should have been done testing the first week of March, not almost the end of April! But they got my results back to me quickly – by Friday 4/24 I knew I had passed the exam!! Woot! I didn’t blow it out of the water like the first one, but I scored a good 20 points beyond the minimum score, so I still did really well.
The best part was that I got the scores the day before the biggest and most important job fair for me – the school district that I live in and that’s the largest around. So I could put on my resume that I was BOTH Generalist and ESL ready. I spent several hours Friday evening preparing for the job fair. They were doing interviews on the spot, but each school only had like 6 open interview spots for the job fair so you had to have a good plan mapped out and arrive early.
I did both and both failed me. First off, I arrived at 7:15 – the doors opened at 7:30 but the job fair didn’t begin until 9am. I was in the first group of people to arrive and yet still when they let us in at 9am to the main floor not one of my schools had any interview spots opened! I felt so defeated and almost left. But I had restricted myself to middle schools, while my certification is actually for grades 4-8 (meaning I can teach two grades of elementary school too). So I decided I wouldn’t let the job fair be a waste and walked up to one of the elementary schools and sat down for an interview.
And guess what?!?
THEY HIRED ME!! On the spot! Happy Dance!!! I can’t tell y’all how excited I am. The school is LITERALLY a 5 minute drive from my apartment AND it’s a brand new school. It opened for the 2013-2014 school year, which means it’s only just completing it’s second year. So brand new, BEAUTIFUL facilities. I really felt a good connction with both the principal and assisstant principal and I’m really excited because it’s a school that needs improvement on it’s test scores – which means it’s a place where I can really be making a difference. Especially since they have a special grant giving them lots of resources – so poor population, but resources of a richer school! Woot!
I can’t wait to start – though my official start date isn’t until August 5th – I never thought I’d be so excited for a job! I spent all this past week filling out forms, getting my backgrond check and fingerprints and applying for (and recieving) my teaching certificate (which I couldn’t get until hired). It’s a done deal now, I’m teacher of record for 5th grade! Though she said she may move me to fourth grade writing and reading (SQUEE!) it just depends on how things wrap up this year with her current teachers. It’s a younger grade than I planned but I’m super excited for it and can’t wait to get in my classroom!
Sorry I went on and on, but there was SO MUCH to catch y’all up on!
I’m participating in two events this month – though I think I forgot to sign up for one… ooops! Better go do that.
Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup is hosting a mini Blog Ahead challenge and I’m actually doing realy good since I started the month off with no posts scheduled and already have 5. The goal is to get to 14 more than you had at the start of the month, so I’m ahead! Yay! Something new for me 🙂
And then Kimba is hosting her Clean Sweep Arc Challenge again. Last time I was a horrible participant and I’m not off to the best start, seeing as I haven’t officially signed up yet (I think). But I have SO MANY review books to read right now – I hit NetGalley and Edelweiss a bit too hard the last couple months. So my goal is to read AT LEAST six review books this month. I’m really hoping for more. I’ll update my progress here each week. I’m currently working on A Study in Silks, which I was supposed to read last month for My TBR List, but didn’t manage to finish. It’s an OLD Netgalley book, so I’ll be glad to catch up with it.
Since I’ve already been rambling on so much this Sunday Post I’ll keep this bit short. I will say that I’ve been kicking butt the past few weeks. I finally decided to give zumba a try and I LOVE it! I’m addicted. I’m going 5 days a week (in addition to my 3 days a week of water aerobics) and my steps are really showing it. Feels good to be doing so well on steps after the set back I had earlier this year with the stress fracture in my foot!
You may remember I was buidling back up to 10k steps/day over the month, so I’m listing the goals for each week.
Week of Saturday 4/11 – Friday 4/17
Average steps: 7459 steps/day
Days counting calories: 7
Book budget money earned: $2
Week of Saturday 4/18 – Friday 4/24
Average steps: 8529 steps/day
Days counting calories: 7
Book budget money earned: $2
Week of Saturday 4/25 – Friday 5/1
Average steps: 11,019 steps/day
Days counting calories:7
Book budget money earned: $2
Last 3 Weeks on the Blog
- [12 Apr] Sunday Post | 81st Edition
- [13 Apr] Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean ★★★½
- [14 Apr] 2015 Book of the Year | 1st Quarter Picks
- [14 Apr] Task It Tuesday Week Three
- [15 Apr] Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers ★★★★
- [17 Apr] House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter ★★★½
- [18 Apr] Voices of Audio
- [24 Apr] Dewey’s 24 Hour #ReadAThon April 2015 Starting Line!
- [25 Apr] Dewey’s 24 Hour #ReadAThon April 2015 Hour 5!
- [25 Apr] Dewey’s 24 Hour #ReadAThon April 2015 Hour 15
- [26 Apr] Dewey’s 24 Hour #ReadAThon April 2015 Hour 18
- [26 Apr] Dewey’s 24 Hour #ReadAThon April 2015 Hour 23
- [26 Apr] Dewey’s 24 Hour #ReadAThon April 2015 Wrap Up!
- [30 Apr] April Report Card | #2015HW
- [1 May] Pinching Pennies | April 2015 Book Budget
- [2 May] My TBR List | May 2015 Voting
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | 82nd Edition
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Berls’s Challenge Update | April 2015
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My TBR List | May 2015 Results – If you haven’t voted yet, please do – I have a tie!
Added to my Shelf
I have no idea what got into me… but I went to Edelweiss and NetGalley and requested away. And they ALL came back as approved. Yay and Oops all in one!
How was your week?