Back to Yale

Back to Yale

This past weekend, Chris and I took a quick trip back to Yale.  The chair of Chris’s graduate department was retiring after 40 years.  Ben Sammler is a giant in the field of technical theater production.  When Chris was an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, he studied text books written by Ben.  It blew his mind when he was accepted to Yale for graduate school and realized he would be taking classes with none other than Ben Sammler himself. (SIDE NOTE:  The Buddha ice sculpture is a…

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Laid Off and Moving On

Laid Off and Moving On

This morning, Chris sent me an email that said one of our best friends had been suddenly laid off from his job.  I was shocked because our friend had just moved here to Orlando from New York for this job.  He relocated about four months ago, had just settled into his home, had just met a nice girl, was just starting to get his feet under him.  And then he walked into the office this morning, and walked back out about an hour later with a crappy severance package.  He…

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The Accidental Teacher

The Accidental Teacher

I sort of fell into a teaching career. That’s probably not what the parents of my students want to hear, but it’s the truth. I always thought I’d be a lawyer, actually. But when Chris got into graduate school at Yale about two weeks after I was accepted to law school, I decided to go with him to Connecticut and to turn down law school. When we got to Connecticut, I worked in the legal field for another year before finally deciding it really just wasn’t for me. So I…

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Teach On

Teach On

I’ve gotten several questions lately about my job teaching.  For those of you who don’t know, I used to work in university administration.  And before that I worked in the legal field.  And now, I’m a teacher.  Strange path?  Sure.  But it seems to have landed me just where I belong. My decision to become a teacher sort of came out of left field and was definitely driven by the economy.  I tried to find a university position for six months when we moved to Florida and couldn’t get one. …

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On the Sunny Side of the Street (Freaking Finally!)

On the Sunny Side of the Street (Freaking Finally!)

Well, ain’t it nice to see you all again!  I have missed you!  But I had a much needed little time-out with the fam and we are all in a much better place today.  I guess I should bring you all up to speed because there has been a LOT going on ’round these here parts. After the break in last weekend, we packed up basically our entire house except for the furniture and went to stay with my parents.  It has been so nice to be here and to…

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Buggin’ Out Over Job Interviews

Buggin’ Out Over Job Interviews

Yesterday I had a job interview.  I’m not giving too many details on the ol’ bloggerooski here because I don’t want any of you loons calling up the hiring manager and being like, “Dude, don’t hire her.  You’ll just been encouraging her Target addiction every time you give her a paycheck.”  I will tell you that the position is in higher education, just like I was doing in Connecticut.  I thought I had a pretty good shot at this job actually.  And my interview with the two managers was going…

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Wee Young Things

Wee Young Things

Way back when we were wee young things (as opposed to being old young things now), Chris and I lived with odd schedules.  I worked a regular 8-5 job, but his schedule in college and grad school was always weird.  But, we were wee young things and so we did what we had to do to work around it. Have I ever told you about Chris’ job?  He’s explained it once or twice in the Man Cave (remember that place, Chris?) but in case you missed it, I’ll recap it…

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Two weeks down.

Two weeks down.

I have been working for two weeks now and I think its time to say it. Yes. I admit it. I loved not working. It was bad once a month when we needed to pay the bills. Other than that, I played golf twice a week and made breakfast every morning. I watched daytime TV and played with Bean all day. I could watch movies and eat popcorn all day if I wanted and anytime we need to go somewhere we could just go. Those two months were fantastic. I…

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Practically Practical

Practically Practical

Our move to Florida is so darn exciting.  I can’t wait to live closer to my parents.  I can’t wait to have Chris’ sister over for dinner.  I can’t wait to see my Grandma more often.  I can’t wait to see sunshine and warmer temperatures.  I can’t wait to see Chris step into a role that he has always wanted in his career. But before any of these things can happen, I have to accept a few things first.  And those few things aren’t easy pills to swallow.  They are…

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The Interview From Hell

The Interview From Hell

I don’t usually blog about my professional career because of confidentiality. Well, confidentiality and the fact that when I leave my office I like to think about rainbows and butterflies instead of spreadsheets and organizational charts. But I feel that I need to break this rule in order to purge my mind of the horrific mistakes I made today at work. I had a job interview for an internal position at my university. The position is quite honestly my current dream job. I say current because I don’t believe in…

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