June 11, 2013

Back to Life

We're home safely from our trip to Louisiana. It was an 18-hour drive because we had to tow my car behind the box truck, which slowed us down quite a bit. Michael (Joel's brother) and I took turns driving Joel's pickup behind the box truck, and I can honestly say that there were times it felt like the trip would never end. As usual, Joel was a trooper and drove the whole time without complaining once. I was pretty good until Michael asked me to take over for the last 3 hours of the trip... so close yet so far away. By the time we got home and crashed into bed, the sun was already up for the day. 

Now that our stuff is in storage and I'm caught up on sleep, I swear I'm going to get back into my blogging routine. You should see how many tabs I have open right now... I have so many posts to read! 

In addition to getting back to blogging, I need to continue applying for jobs here. I don't know how the application process is in other states, but here in Illinois, the applications are all online and include multiple essays. It feels like a giant waste of time to put so much thought into the application to know that I am just one of thousands of applicants (literally) seeking each opening. I know no one ever reads those things, but the perfectionist in me spends way too much time writing and editing these essays. And I know it's the law, but it's annoying that districts post openings when they already know who is filling them. Quit wasting my time!

So, as I wait and hope someone will offer me an interview, I'm going to work on organizing my digital files (I don't keep anything in hard copy) by CCSS. I think it will help me be more prepared for whatever grade level I may teach because I will easily see what I have for each standard. I have SO many files from over the years. It will be good to go through them all and revise as needed.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I land a job!

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