June 3, 2013

June Currently - Lots of Updates

Better late than never, I'm linking up with Farley for this month's Currently:

Listening: My dog snoring by my feet. As bad as it is for my allergies, I love being able to snuggle up with the dogs now that we're back in Chicago with my parents. I missed both my babies!

Loving: I finally got the ring and artwork I inherited from my grandma, who passed away in February. The ring is a star sapphire, which she got from my grandpa when my mom was a kid and wore pretty much every day on her right ring finger. I got it re-sized this weekend and plan to wear it always and remember her.

I also inherited a really cool painter's pallet, which was used by my great-great-grandmother. My grandma hung it on the wall in her bedroom where I admired it for years. I loved all the remnants of paint left on the pallet, how they tell the stories of all her years of painting. I was beyond excited when my aunt decided she no longer wanted it, and my mom snagged it for me, knowing how much I loved it.

Thinking: about how nice it is to be in Chicago. It's been great to catch up with family and friends, and we've been extremely busy seeing everyone. It's so much more convenient to be home when it's not a holiday because everyone else is actually available to see us too! And things are only getting better now that most of my friends are done teaching for the summer.

Wanting: to get out of our current lease in Baton Rouge. Somehow, we ended up signing a contract that ends July 31, even though that's 13-months, and we didn't know it until we submitted our Intent to Vacate paperwork. We need to move before Joel starts work... so we're grasping for ideas here.

Needing: to find a teaching job. The market here is just as bad as when I left, but I need to figure out something... even if it means I'm subbing. I still need to be hired someplace.

3 Vacay Essentials: iphone for mapping, photos, and audiobooks; swim suit for my days lounging on a beach; and sunscreen because my German-Irish heritage results in crazy sunburns, even after I get a tan. :)


  1. I enjoyed reading your post! That is a beautiful ring! I have a ring that I inherited from my grandmother as well! She passed away about 3 years ago in Februrary. Good Luck finding a teaching job! I am your newest follower!

    Karmens Kinders

  2. Wow- that ring is beautiful and how cool the pallet is. What special items to inherit.
    Good luck on finding a teaching job. I bet it is scary and frustrating.
    Hopefully you will find something soon. :)

  3. Just stopping by to check out what you are currently doing...I have a dog sleeping at my feet, as well! Gotta love our furbabies!!! Such special things from your Grandma. I'm your newest follower! Stop by when you get a chance!

    Summer Blessings from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  4. It is so nice to have something special to remember your grandmother by, not mention that it is beautiful. Moving back for the dogs alone will be worth it:)

  5. What a cool ring from your grandma! Rockin that mani, too! ;)

    I actually moved from IL 10 years ago because there were NO jobs. I love being in the south but I know how frustrating it can be looking for a job. I hope you find some openings and the perfect positions just falls in your lap. Good luck!!

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

  6. I am so glad I found your blog! I am your newest follower! Your ring is beautiful, and it is a great daily reminder of your grandmother. I wish you much success finding a teaching job!