Confession: Sometimes I Suck at Life

The last two weeks for me have been some of the busiest of the year.  Not only have my own children begun their end of the school year activities (our daycare uses a school calendar, and so their curriculum goes up until the end of school in June, too), but my own school where I teach have started their own end of year activities. Though I am not required to participate in any of my school activities beyond teaching, I love getting to hang out with my students at the…

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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

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!)

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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Time Out

Dear Friends, There just aren’t enough words to thank you all so very much for your kind comments, emails, Facebook messages, tweets, snail mail, offers of money and printers and computers and DVD players and cameras and all the things in between.  Your outpouring of love, support, and encouragement have made such a dark time much brighter.  It is easy to forgive the bad in the world when there is clearly so much good in it. Chris, Bean, Big Molly, Lucy, and I are at my parent’s house, filling their…

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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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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom

As you all know, our living situation right now is kind of funked up.  We moved from Connecticut to Florida about two months ago to be closer to family.  When we were still in Connecticut, Chris was hired as the production manager of a local theater here, but because we weren’t sure we could sell our house in time, he pushed the starting date on his contract back to May 17.  When we sold our house in 7 days, that left us with only one option:  we would move to…

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Finding Happiness as a Stay at Home Mom

Waaaaaay on back when Bean was born ten months ago (it really does seem a whole lot longer than that, doesn’t it?), I had to adjust to being a working mom.  Going back to the office after three months on maternity leave with him was really tough, but I learned to appreciate daycare for the experiences it was giving Bean and I learned to love my job even more for the experiences outside of the house that it gave me.  It became a really great thing for our family. Since…

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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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Like Trying to Find a Needle in a Haystack

Chris went to New York today for his first actual job interview. He was emailed by a guy who owns a company called Production Glue. The company does large scale production management projects in New York. The emails Chris exchanged did not promise a job, but instead jumped right into salary negotiations and gave him the choice between two different positions. The conversation today was with Chris and the company founder to discuss a start date, salary, details, etc. SO FRUSTRATING! Nothing was decided. Chris said the conversation went well…

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