*First and foremost……on Thursday, I accepted an offer for a new job for the next school year! I haven’t signed the contract yet just because the president of the school is on vacation for a week, but I’ve already got an email address, I’ve met most of the people I’ll be working with and everything. You guys, I am so excited. It feels like a 1,000 lb weight was just lifted from my shoulders; it’s so amazing to know I have a new school to start with in the fall. It’s a private, all-girls, Catholic school again which wasn’t really the goal honestly, but it’s an amazing school; very prestigious, it’s celebrating it’s 150th year this coming school year. It’s down in Rockville, MD (so the drive will suck a little, but I can live with it); extremely well established, high enrollment, very well supported by the district and the families/community. To make it even better, the counseling department is also very well established, respected, and supported by the administration. I will be one of 5 counselors, which is new for me, but really exciting; and the department is a well-oiled machine, so it’ll be nice to not feel like I have to go in and re-invent the wheel like I’ve had to do in the past. Plus, I’ll be the sole counselor of all their students with learning disabilities, so while I have a smaller caseload than the rest, my students typically require more time, so it’s balancing out. Guys….I’m just so excited. I’ll talk more about it later, but I just had to share the amazing news really quickly because I’m just giddy. 🙂
*Why yes, I am alive. I promise.
*I was kind of throwing myself a pity party last week. You know those times where you just feel completely “blah” about all things? That was pretty much my life last week. I visited my school for the final time the day it closed, which I don’t think really helped things, but it was something I felt like I had to do. Having the reality of school closing, still in process for another school, hopefully, for next year, and a bunch of other things just really made me kind of down. So, I had a little pity party for myself and I just went quiet in most areas. I don’t think I really posted on Instagram either until Friday, I just wasn’t really feeling a lot of human contact. I can’t say that I’m a ton better, but I’m not in full pity party mode at the moment, so there’s progress.
*One “perk”, I suppose, is that I was able to keep my work laptop, which is nice because I was debating a new one at Christmas since my old one died awhile ago. Having this laptop makes blogging here easier because, I can sit on the couch and watch TV while blogging. Normally, if I wanted to do that, I’d do some on my iPad, which really isn’t the best device for typing and editing and whatnot; and while I have my desktop computer in the office, it sometimes makes me feel locked away, so I like having the laptop. It was still networked into my school’s domain, so it took a little bit to get it all unhooked and set up just for my personal use at home. But it’s up and running and I can now work on a lot more blogging stuff that I’ve been wanting to get done.
*Speaking of blogging, I might be doing a small re-design here. Not so much layout/background, but just in terms of navigation. I’ve been wanting to re-purpose some pages and tabs that aren’t used as frequently and make some of my most popular content easier to get to. Now that I have my shiny new laptop functioning, I’ll be able to get that done comfortably.
*I have a whole list of blog posts to get written up. My goal is to get all the photos edited and everything written up this week so they can just be scheduled out for the next few weeks. This way if I feel the need for another pity party, I won’t leave everyone hanging.
*In other news…..my birthday is in (almost) exactly one month! One month from yesterday anyway. I will be 31 this year. I have no clue what I want to do and I know Devon’s going to ask eventually, but no clue. Suggestions are welcomed, so much.
*Also, our anniversary is coming up in about a week and a half. On July 20th, it will be 4 years that we’ve been together. That seems crazy to me and in two completely different ways. It seems weird that it’s only been four years considering we’ve known each other for 13 years at this point and it also seems weird that it’s been 4 years ALREADY. We’ve been through so much and done so much in four years that it feels like these years have just flown by. It’s a weird little dichotomy in my head.
Hope everyone had a great week!
*I feel like I could complain about how hot it is, but while it’s hot here, all of life isn’t actually melting like it is on the western side of the country. So, if you’re in like Arizona or California, my deepest sympathies, that kind of heat is insane, I’m sure.
*You know those days where you actually have nothing that needs to be done, so you actually wind up spending part of the day thinking that you’re forgetting to do all the things? That’s basically my life today. I kind of took today to just rest and re-energize and whatnot, so I’m sure there are things I COULD be doing but I’m choosing not to, which is causing my brain to have momentary lapses at random.
*Devon and I are currently binging Archer at a good friend’s insistence. It is a bit vulgar, so if you aren’t into that, you probably wouldn’t be a fan. Luckily neither of us have an issue with that so we both find it hilarious. I highly recommend if you’ve never seen it.
*We hit the official one year countdown to the wedding yesterday. I guess that means we need to get our butts in gear with some of the planning we’ve procrastinated. I also realized yesterday we know a lot of people who will share our anniversary, as one of my friends from grad school married her fiancée yesterday and several other friends wished their spouses a Happy Anniversary on Facebook yesterday. While the date was just picked semi-randomly, I feel like we’re in good company on that day and that it might be a good sign for us next year.
*One of the perks to summer is that Devon and I are eating at home a lot more and that also means that we’re eating better than normally, too. I’m still doing low-carb (most days) and while I don’t own a scale to check pounds, I feel less bloated when my carb intake is lower, which means my pants also fit better, so there’s something working.
*I know a few of you have been keeping your fingers crossed for me for next school year. I still don’t have any definite news yet, which is headache-inducing for me, as you can imagine, but I’m still trying to remain hopeful. I do have other options if it comes down to necessity, but I really want to remain in a school next year so we will see. Just keep crossing your fingers and toes and ending whatever good juju out in the world I appreciate all the well wishes!
Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend! (Preferably in air conditioning)
*Yeah, I know it isn’t the weekend, but I figure I can get away with it, seeing how bad I’ve been at keeping a regular blog schedule lately.
*My whole schedule and body seems to have been thrown off with summer starting this year. I’m sure some of it is stress-related from school closing and dealing with the hit and run on my car, and going on interviews and trying to regain some order to my house and life, so it’s been a bit insane the past few weeks.
*Devon is making ribs for dinner. I’m so ridiculously excited, I can barely sit still. They’re AMAZING!!
*If you saw my Instastories the other night, you’ll see that I’m playing around with the idea of going low-carb. Not no carb or no carbs on certain days or whatever, just being cognizant of the amount of carbs Im consuming and not overdoing it. Its absolutely no secret that I could eat carbs three times a day and be perfectly happy. However, my stomach has been not overly happy with me as of late and I feel like limiting my carb intake might help a bit. I want to focus on incorporating more lean protein and whole food (fruits/veggies) into my diet. Luckily, Devon is also feeling the need of a similar lifestyle change, so it might make it easier.
*Yesterday I had an amazing breakfast from Panera. It was our last SAT administration and I always get Panera as a small thank you to the teachers who give up ther Saturdays to help me proctor this test. I got bagels and stuff for everyone else and for me I got their Mediterranean Egg White Sandwich. Now, it does come on a ciabatta, so obviously there are carbs, but I didn’t eat all of the bread. I ate about half the sandwich and then just ate the rest of the inside of the sandwich off of the bread. It had egg white (obviously), spinach, cheddar cheese, basil pesto, and a roasted tomato sofrito that added a nice kick of heat in the back of your throat. It filled me up really well, too. I ate it around 6:45am and wasn’t actually hungry again until around 1:30. Definitely worth it!
*It is the last week of school for prettty much everyone in our area, including Devon and I both. It’s kind of bittersweet for me, but I’m also really excited to have the summer off and focus on maybe getting a little bit healthier, doing more wedding planning and definitely getting more sleep! A summer off has definitely been hard-earned and well-deserved in my house. Hopefully we have a productive and quiet summer to recharge for getting back to work at the end of August.
Have a great weeek everyone!