Saturday, July 2, 2011

June Recap

What?  June is already gone?  How does that happen so quickly?

June was one crazy month.  I still haven't found a job and I still allow myself to blame myself and feel depressed.  I don't think I've ever had this kind of "patience or completely lean on your faith" lesson.  This month I've had 4 interviews.  2 of those were practicing interviews.  I knew I didn't want the jobs but I wanted to refresh myself on the interview process.  Another job interview was for an Algebra 1 position in Garland and the magnet school.  I really liked the principal and all of the technology the school had to offer.  The principal was impressed on my technological abilities and the fact that I taught some professional development courses about the SmartBoard.   Smart Boards are new at his school so no one has the experience like I do.  My first 3 years I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade remedial math.  That looks good on a resume because I know what its like to have 3 or more preps but I've only had to teach the struggling students.  Algebra 1 would be a lot of fun to teach but definitely not what I'm used to.  The principal personally e-mailed me and said that he hired someone with experience teaching Alg. 1 and he thought that there might be a 7th regular math opening up that he would definitely consider me for.  I haven't heard from him since.  I had an interview at a charter school to teach 6th grade math.  I did an initial interview with them and the told me about all the technology they had and the hands on materials they used.  They asked me to come back to teach a lesson to one of their summer school classes.  I assumed that since they said they had technology that they would at least have a document camera.  Nope, they only have those old school projectors that you use transparencies with.  I was shocked.  I didn't get that job and I'm okay with that.   This coming Tuesday I have an interview at the school I used to teach at.  They have a new principal this year.  I'm hoping I get the job.  I know of 5 math teachers that have talked to him about me.  We'll find out soon, I hope.
My body is pretty much completely healed from the surgery.  When the doctor said I could start working out I thought that meant that I could start where I left off.  Nope, the first workout I did, did me in for about a week.  I've had to start from scratch--as in walking for maybe 20 minutes.  That's been frustrating but this past week has felt good on the working out part.

Fun things that happened:

My best friend from college, John, got married on June 10.  Long story short.  John and I both worked at the same church.  The secretary's granddaughter, Katie, graduated from highschool early and was moving to Waco to attend MCC.  She really wanted us to take Katie in and be friends with her.  Well, John and Katie spent a lot of time together but they didn't really care for each other.  Now, 7 years later, they are married  :)  There are so many stories I could share about them but I think only a few people will actually enjoy them.  They had to pay for most of the wedding on their own.  Matthew and I convinced them to have a somewhat inexpensive wedding so that they could have a nice honeymoon.  They listened to our advice and spent about 10 days in Hawaii.
I took pictures at the wedding but I used my old camera and not a single one came out.  Boo!!

On June 19, Matthew and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary.  We took a quick trip up to Raleigh, NC.  We've been thinking about moving out of Texas so we want to travel to places where we think we'd like to live.  We had a nice, relaxing time but I don't think Raleigh is for us.  Maybe Charlotte.  We came back on our anniversary.  We had some Anniversary wine- Deux Terres 2006 Estate Red from our favorite winery, Michel-Schlumberger.  We have 2 more bottles that we hope to drink on our 5th and 10th anniversaries.  Later that week we also had some fancy champagne that one of Matthew's groomsmen gave us as a wedding gift.  People weren't joking when they said that the first year is the hardest.  It has been a great year but we definitely had some disagreements.  It took as awhile to figure out how to communicate and figure what we wanted/needed from the other person.  We are not experts, but we're figuring it out.  I'm looking forward to spending many many more anniversaries with him, like 69 more anniversaries.  (Matthew really wants to be married for 70 years).  We didn't take any pictures on our trip for some reason.  But here's a few of my favorite pictures from our wedding.

This was when Matthew's best man was giving the toast.  I wasn't sure how his toast was going to turn out but it was sweet and funny.

When we got back from our trip, we had some of our good friends over for dinner.  They announced that they are getting married next June 30 next year!  I am sooooo happy for this couple.  It isn't official yet and because of job stuff, they've had to keep their relationship a secret for an entire year.  Its still a secret but its one of those things that if people find out, it won't be the end of the world.  They are having a beach wedding not in the US.  I am looking forward to this wedding!
Here's a picture of one of the beaches on the island that they'll be getting married at.

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