Friday was my last day as a public elementary school teacher. Thursday was my last day with students, and it was a real tear-jerker for the kids. Friday was clean-up-and-get-out day. Because the last week was so hectic and busy, nothing really had time to sink in for me until Friday when I said goodbye… Continue reading A Different Sort of Adventure Begins!
She sat herself down on the couch with a sense of determination and a vacuous look in her eyes. She wanted to say something but she wasn't quite sure what. Fairly par for the course. At least all the circumstances had lined up to finally write something - no work left to do at home,… Continue reading The Adventure Continues
I have lived in my new apartment for just over a month now. Can you believe it? Time has surely flown. Day to day life has been filled with training and preparing and finally teaching. It has been filled with new people and too little sleep, and a couple of adventures along the way. It… Continue reading When Will I be Home?
Yesterday morning I woke up 25. Amid the shit-storm that has rained down on me in the past week, I am not surprised that upon waking I managed to get half way through the day without realizing that it was my birthday. The realization finally hit as I wrote the date next to my signature… Continue reading I Woke Up 25
Since I am on the road I thought maybe an update is in order. I left New Hampshire and drove through Canada to Michigan to drop my little sisters at their mom's house. Then I set off again and spent last night at my best friend's apartment in DC. I was going to set off… Continue reading A Travel Update
Today is Thursday. I have the weekend to finish packing the rest of my belongings and be on my way by Tuesday. The end of one chapter of your life and the opening of the next is a volatile time. Transitions can bring out the best and the worst in people. Until the past week… Continue reading Another Adventure is Nigh
Well, my summer is over. I mean technically the season of summer doesn't begin until tomorrow, but all of my time has been spoken for, and I won't get but a minute to breathe. This week I am in Michigan doing training at Hillsdale College so that I can be on the same page as… Continue reading So Much To Do, So Little Time…
It's starting to look like this move back to Florida might actually happen. Life has repeatedly taught me the lesson about not counting your chickens before they've hatched, several times this year. But I signed and returned the job offer paperwork, and I've bought flights for a week long teacher's conference in Michigan in June,… Continue reading Florida
It's difficult to prepare for a somewhat ambiguous adventure months in advance. The amount of paperwork alone that the Peace Corps requires is mind blowing, let alone the language courses and culture studies and medical exams and, ya know, preparing to do an about-face with your life. I finally got my fingerprints sent off for… Continue reading Preparing
Five o’clock pm of July 26 was the time of my first breath in this world. It was 1991, and we were in northern Idaho. My first memories were not emblazoned upon my mind for years to come. We moved to the east coast when I was two years old, which didn’t leave much to… Continue reading My First Memory