Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easing into the new job

So far so good - I'm excited - I have a crazy group of kids. Kind of the mix of high school rejects. The problem kids, stoners, pregnant girls, and kids who did things to get them kicked out of regular school. I've heard more arrest stories than necessary. But you know what? This is a neutral zone. The kids all mostly want to be there to get their credits to graduate. I'm easing into the job slowly, but surely. I get to plan a completely new curriculum next year - I'm holding out with what the former teacher left through the end of the year. I also plan to teach, unlike the previous teacher. This job is going to be MUCH less stress than my former job, and I'm thankful for that. I see it has the potential to be boring at times, but I'm ready to see what becomes...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Job

I have been keeping kind of mum, but it is true. I have a new job. At first I was devastated.

I have posted a lot about the crazy kids, but I didn't post much about the harassment I was facing on a daily basis from an administrator over lessons, management, etc. I could have been the stronger person and waited it out, but this opportunity sounded too good.

I was at district about 3 weeks ago to turn in my transfer form, and saw an immediate open at our continuation school. I figured what the hell, why not? I applied. Shara, the math teacher on my team, encouraged me to apply, saying this is one of those places teachers get hired and never leave. I got a call, did an interview. The interview with the VP was cool, she seemed supportive, and interested. I thought it was a horrible interview - I was all over the place in what I said. I normally interview well.

I did the interview the Thursday before we went off for Spring Break. The Tuesday of Spring Break I got a text from my principal congratulating me. That sent me into a tailspin. I was crushed. I was so devastated I was leaving my great friends at work, which I truly LOVE. I LOVE my coworkers like you would not believe... lol... sounds so cliche. I knew that when it was a midyear transfer, if you got the position, you had to take it. I had perpetual anxiety and was up until at least 2am for several nights thinking about this. That was my every other thought. It helped to hear Mike say that I could always stay where I am, though I knew that wasn't true.

The Monday we came back from Spring Break I was apprehensive all morning. I met the principal, and she was genuinely happy for me. After sharing with several friends my anxiety decreased. Everyone has been supportive and happy for me, we have vowed to remain friends.

So today I met with the English dept. head at the new school. I was put on the night schedule - ice - 12-7pm. I am not a night person. Grrrr. But she was so nice and supportive. She showed me how it is mostly packet work, but she does teach lessons at least 2 days a week. WOW. How easy. So much less stress. I get to choose the stories I want to teach as long as they hit the standards for common core. WOW. I am now somewhat excited... hoping it will turn out well...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Top Concerts

I was thinking about the top concerts I had been to the other night after discussing the recent Reba and Dolly concert with Mike.

Here's a recap of some of my favorite concerts, and my list of the best concerts I attended:
1. Adele - so intimate, and great seats
2. Dolly Parton - such a fun personality
3. Montgomery Gentry - what ruckus, and belting out every song
4. Faith Hill at Hollywood Bowl - the philharmonic behind her was great
5. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw - I got to say I saw Soul2Soul
6. Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum opener - LadyA did great and Tim is just sexy
7. Luke Bryan and Jewel - So intimate and personal, plus I got Luke Bryan's autograph... he's sexy
8. Sugarland - Seen them multiple times in concert
9. Lady Gaga - With a good blogger friend, first major concert for a big act. So glad I got to see her
10. Frankie Valli - He's always good
11. Reba - She had lots of songs and stories
12. Pat Benatar/REO Speedwagon - Outdoor at the Hollywood Bowl :)
13. Beach Boys - Cali Boys... 'nuff said
14. The Turtles/Creedence Clearwater - They don't have the voices they used to
15. Easton Corbin KKGO - Easton was great

Next up on our diva list is Wynonna, then Cher!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fotos de Mexico DF

Thoughts about Mexico

- Lots of hot guys
- Latinos
- Most people eat a large meal between 2 and 4, then go back to work. After 4 the restaurants are nearly dead
- Margaritas aren't all the rage here in the DF. Ron y whiskey es, and we've already visited a few whiskey bars.
- Cuando you sit en un restaurant, that's when they take your drink order, y it threw me off guard a couple times.

Y ahora son las fotos

Like en America, gastropubs are the rage y beer
Templo Mayor

Nuestro neighborhood

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Made it to Spring Break

Made it to Spring Break. It was actually not too bad at work - the kids were ok. 

I organized Happy Hour the day we went on break. Had about 10 people there, not all the usual suspects, Marky Mark was missing, so no sex on the beach this time. Him and I know how to have sex on the beach shots... let's just say. My cousin, M, happened to be there. She walked in about an hour or so into happy hour. I walked over to say hi, then she came and visited my work peeps. 

Got to talk to the lesbian math teacher who now teaches English. Glad I did. She thought I was mad at her, so we talked, and I wasn't. I told her that I am at my breaking point with the new AP, and she was supportive, and felt the same way. 

Made it to Mexico City. So far we are loving it. It does not feel dangerous at all. There's tons of security everywhere you go. The people are friendly. We discovered the different sections of the city, and where we need to go back. There are some parts that are really old, grafittied, and rundown, but it was to be expected. We used AIRBNB and found an apartment to stay in for the week, so we are doing the locals thing. Dan - check this website out - it is great for the travel bug itch. 

Tonight we are going to a gay leather bar. My partner is apprehensive, but I want to. Not that I'm looking. Not that it is my scene. This bar seems to be advertised everywhere. Second, I want to be able to say I went to a club in Mexico City and had one of those crazy nights out... lol... well, at least say I've been to a club here. Next will be a 50s/60s oldies music bar. How awesome is that? I'm seriously loving everywhere we go there are oldies playing. Even the gastropubs and more trendy places have them going...

The number of gay people we have seen has been crazy. We are staying in a gay area, but even when we haven't been, we've seen lots of guys.

My partner is so great - he doesn't speak a word of Spanish, yet takes me to all these places, and he doesn't complain.

I've been thinking about starting up a travel blog with reviews and recommendations, or a food review website, or both. I want to start writing again for fun, but also to get my work out. There's a few magazines starting up in my area that are seeking writers, and this would be a good thing. I've also thought about creating a happy hour guide in my area since I am the resident drunk after all. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

I'm jamming these right now

Did not like Brantley Gilbert's initial hit, but this is catchy

I'm crushing on Pitbull - he always just looks so happy

Oh, and being able to line dance to this song is super sexy.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Trip to Dallas

Finally, people like my partner, and DaninOKC had me jealous about their going to Dallas. I finally made it to see my best friend. The flight was quite late and I got in at 12:30am, but that was fine. Talked for about an hour getting caught up on the way to his house. Saw his house. His kid and wife were asleep.

We were up at 8am Saturday and he made us breakfast burritos. Went to Downtown Dallas and saw the JFK museum, etc. LOVED DOWNTOWN DALLAS. Lots of gays, which surprised me. Went to Joe Garcia in Fort Worth for a super strong Margarita that was made with Everclear (190proof!!!). Knocked him and I on our asses. Back to his house for daiquiris and chatting. Talked about the old neighborhood, friends, when we were young, and briefed his wife. This was the first time seeing him in 3 years, and first time meeting his wife outside of the wedding. Also got onto a conversation about church. She was baptist, my friend was evangelical, and they got to talking about how Christians to them, seem to be the worst people when it comes to taking advantage of another. People throw that term around that I'm a Christian. They also feel the people in their church are also always borrow, borrow, borrow, take, take, take, and there's no give and take relationship. They are basically fed up with the church, and she was a pastor. She said that was a part of the reason she was turned off. There was so much gossip too.

So Sunday came, and we went to Ft. Worth to watch the cattle drive. HAD A BLAST. So fun. Loved the cowboys, the music, the shops, the food. All good, and must go back. We also got to see behind the scenes of where my friend works, which is AWESOME. He is doing quite well for himself, and I'm proud.

Mike picked me up at 9:30, and we talked all the way home.

This week Mike and I went to see about life insurance and name each other beneficiaries, and all that jazz. Good stuff.