Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Row Your Ducks

Good news! I'm starting to feel like I'm getting my life under me. My ducks are slowly arranging themselves into a row.

I'm exactly two months away from the wedding (well, yesterday was exactly two months), and I am thrilled to have a honeymoon coming up. I need a vacation. Like, whoa.

Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred arrives today. I bullied Mike into doing it with me after work. There's a good chance we'll both have massive heart attacks. Seriously.

But, what I am most excited about is life after the wedding. When we are married, and we don't have lists and lists and lists of wedding related To Dos. Where our weekends aren't spent searching for the perfect centerpiece vase, or updating our registry. We'll be able to actually focus on FINDING A HOUSE. The concept of having our own place to live, to put down roots thrills me to NO end. And decorating it with trinkets!

Plus, I really want to have an eventful summer. I want to go to 6 Flags and Second City. We're planning to go camping at Starved Rock State Park.

I hope we're able to do all these things. Our finances are going to be tight for a while. Especially if we buy a house. Especially if I go to school and have to student teach for a semester. Sigh. I want to be a teacher - but I REALLY don't want to have to go to school. And I REALLY don't want to pay for school.

I've looked into Teach for America, but I wouldn't be placed until 2010, assuming I even got accepted. And we have Chicago Teaching Fellows in IL, but they only want math/science, Spanish, Chinese and Special Ed. I'm not much for any of those. Nor do I have the backbone or cajones to teach in Chicago. I read about too many bad experiences to put myself in a situation I am unprepared for. I'm sort of embarrassed to admit that. I feel like I should be passionate enough about education to jump into an under served school head first.

I wish I could find a job at the community college. I like working in Higher Education Administration. I feel like if I could get an Academic Adviser position there, I would be content for a while. I'm sure something will fall into place soon.


  1. Good luck with Jillian's workout - I'm sure it will be intense!

    And I'll be the first one to say that buying a house definitely makes money tight for a while - it's amazing all the things you realize you need to buy/fix after you've bought the house. My advice = don't buy new construction, that would be the most draining on your wallets!

  2. i bet you DO have the backbone to qork at a school in Chicago but are not giving yourself enough credit. you've gotta be where you are happy though....

    good luck to you with all the wedding and house-buying biz. it always works out :)



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