Sunday Post | 82nd Edition

May 3, 2015 Sunday Post 31

Welcome to the 82nd Edition of My Sunday Post!
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:


Meet Tori, our 2005 Ford Taurus!

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!

Blog News

I’m participating in two events this month – though I think I forgot to sign up for one… ooops! Better go do that.

mini blog ahead 300
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 🙂

Clean Sweep Arc
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.

#FitReaders Update

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
Goal:6k steps/day
Average steps: 7459 steps/day
Days counting calories: 7
Book budget money earned: $2

Week of Saturday 4/18 – Friday 4/24
Goal:8k steps/day
Average steps: 8529 steps/day
Days counting calories: 7
Book budget money earned: $2

Week of Saturday 4/25 – Friday 5/1
Goal:10k steps/day
Average steps: 11,019 steps/day
Days counting calories:7
Book budget money earned: $2

Last 3 Weeks on the Blog

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


Outlander Thoughts


Review, TBD


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!

*picture links to Goodreads*

About A Girl - NetGalley


Til Death Vol 2 - Tantor

Tantor for Review

The Choosing - Edelweiss


Revive - NetGalley


Alive - Netgalley


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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

31 Responses to “Sunday Post | 82nd Edition”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Omigosh!! Congrats on the job, Berls! We’re really going to celebrate next week! I’m buying you a drink! 😉 That is soo awesome – I just shared it with Sky. (she says congrats too) You really have had a lot going on and I can understand why reading has fallen to the back burner. But things are looking up, right? Yay!! I’m giggling over you getting approved for your NG & E requests. I’ve been staying away. I *have* to. 🙂 Anyway, I hope your week is off to a spectacular start! And I’ll see you next week!!
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    • Berls

      Thanks! And thanks to Sky too 🙂 I’m so excited about the job – I swear it occupies most of my waking thought. I kinda feel like a teenager dreaming about the future… haven’t done that in a LONG time – feels nice 🙂 I can’t believe how close RT is, I’m getting giddy! When do you arrive?

  2. Trish

    Yay, happy dance for your new job! I knew all your hard work would pay off and it sounds like it is going to be an exciting and rewarding position! Go you!
    And I know you’re kicking butt on fitbit. But I’m going to be chasing you hard! Nothing like a little bit of competition to spur me on 🙂
    Trish recently posted…Book Review : A Place for Us by Harriet EvansMy Profile

    • Berls

      Thanks Trish! I’m so excited and relieved that everything is working out!

      Have you done Zumba (I can’t remember who has)? I’m telling you, that’s where all my steps are coming from – I just love it!!!

    • Berls

      Thanks Lorna! I feel like it’s been a long time coming and I’m just going to bask in all the goodness LOL! actually, I just can’t wait to get started teaching already 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Berls

      Thanks Kimba! I’m so excited (and relieved!) about everything – it’s been a lot of work but it’s paying off 🙂 Now to just get in my classroom! Hope you have a great week!

    • Berls

      I noticed that – maybe Winter Blues lead to Springtime Funks? LOL I just know that with how busy I’ve been blogging has fallen to the side, but I’m glad to be getting back at it 🙂

  3. Greg

    Awesome news! Congratulations and good for you- love the car, and the teachin gjob. Woo! Sometimes thing work out foe the best.

    Have a great week, and celebrate!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Greg! I’m so glad things have worked out and I’m super excited to start teaching 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!

  4. Ramona

    Oh, Berls! I’m so SO SO happy for you!!!! Congrats, Teach! 😀 Eric is in fifth grade, so I know exactly how much fun you’ll have! It was all worth it – all the wait, the rescheduling, the running around and the daunting job fairs – all worth it, ducks! I wish you an amazing time, wonderful kids and opportunities to make a difference! Much love <3
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    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona! It’s like they say – nothing worth having comes easily (or something like that) – right? I’m so excited! Eric’s at such a great age then! Some of my favorite memories with Franky are from when he was 9-10. I wish it were August already!

    • Berls

      Thanks Bea! I really have had a good run 🙂 Feeling very excited about starting teaching, I just wish it was coming faster! Hope you’re having a good week! Happy reading 🙂

  5. Rita @ View From My Home

    Happy dance all around! Yay for you, and of course you need to concentrate on all these real life issues before blogging and reading. Nice car and even nicer job 🙂

    I spent most of my adult years working in a few school districts as a SPED assistant teacher and Remedial Reader instructor, so I can share your enjoyment about making a difference. You’re certainly not in it for the money in this type of career; you are in it for doing a good job you can feel proud of. Once again, good luck!
    Rita recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/1 – 5/3/15My Profile

    • Berls

      Oh wow, you probably have a lot of stories to tell! That’s exactly how I feel about teaching though, Rita. I mean I’m glad that my area is one of the higher paying in the US, so I can make a comfortable income – but for the amount of schooling I’ve finished it’s quite low. But the opportunity to help a child on the path to a great future – that’s priceless. Especially teaching in a school like mine – the population is 89% Hispanic, 10% African American and 1% White – so you have an idea how socio-economically disadvantaged the student body is. I can’t wait to get into my classroom and meet my kiddos!

  6. Michelle

    YAY!!!!! I knew most of these stories 🙂 but i read them anyway lol Congrats, I am so very happy for you. This will release a lot of stress for you.

    You did better than me with the books 🙂 but I got those over two weeks. Just went on a requesting spree!

    Hope you have a great week, Kim!
    Lets chat soon! (sorry about Friday)
    Michelle recently posted…Monthly Rewind ~ AprilMy Profile

    • Berls

      LOL it’s okay – y’all deserved a day 😉 I’m sure we’ll talk soon! And thanks, I’m feeling very positive, which is a nice change after feeling down for too long!

  7. laura thomas

    So happy for you!!!! A new car and a new job and all the great things happening for you. I drove a Taurus rental car and loved it. So many bells and whistles and they come standard. And heck yeah, no payments. Wise move there. I figure a few car repairs a year equals a few car payments. Better than every month!
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    • Berls

      Thanks! It was a good few weeks 🙂 My thoughts exactly about the car Laura. And since my BF is VERY handy, plus had quite a few mechanic buddies. So, repairs are much cheaper than payments would ever be for us. I love the Taurus – I’m quite tall and plus size, but its supper comfy to drive. Have a great week!

  8. Stormi

    So glad that things are really going great for you as you deserve it! *hugs* I am hoping to clean out some ARC’s but I am just not fast enough reader but I am hoping

    Enjoy your new reads!
    Stormi recently posted…The Week In Review: #35My Profile

    • Berls

      Thanks Stormi, I’m really excited! I don’t read fast enough either – but we can hope big together 😉

  9. Jessica

    Congrats! That’s awesome! And you also got some nice new books this week too! LOL! Sounds like a pretty good week! Happy Reading!

    Stop by my STS if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks Jessica! It really has been a good few weeks and I’m looking forward to my reads! Have a great week 🙂

    • Berls

      Thanks! It really was great break 🙂 I’m feeling very optimistic about the future right now! Have a great week!

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