I really need to try harder not to wait 3 weeks between every blog post.  I just get overwhelmed and want to post even less!

So my sore throat and achey body ended up being an upper respiratory infection and strep throat, which explains why I could barely swallow for two days.  I ended up going to the Minute Clinic on Monday and had to stay out of school Monday and Tuesday.  Making sub plans is no fun, and making sub plans last minute without actually being at school to set things up is even less fun.  Anyway, after pumping myself with antibiotics and ibuprofen, I was back to work Wednesday.  The next weekend I took it easy since I was still getting over my ickyness.

This past weekend I got to spend five…scratch that, six wonderful days with my favorite person, my honeybee!  I was really only supposed to spend five days in the Land of Enchantment, but come Monday, when I was supposed to fly out of Lubbock, there was a dust storm (no joke) that cancelled my flight and the next available flight was Tuesday morning out of Amarillo.  This was bittersweet because, while I got to spend some extra time with my love, I was also getting docked pay for Tuesday, had to come up with some quick sub plans, we had to drive the 100+ miles to Amarillo, and get a hotel for the night.  Regardless, it was out of my control and I was definitely happy to get to spend an extra night with Brandon.  We also got to go to this delicious Italian restaurant in Amarillo that we had been to before which was nice (especially since none of the restaurants in Clovis are all that nice…).  The whole weekend was wonderful- we really didn’t do anything super spectacular, but I think that is part of the reason I enjoyed it so much.  It was like a little peek into what my life would be like soon.  We cooked some together, went out with some of Brandon’s friends {there might be TWO girls I could be friends with in the whole city now, lol!}, hung out at the “hall” (mall), and just relaxed together.  I absolutely love my downtime with Brandon- I love that we can just be sitting around being silly and not get sick of each other or anything.  I’m sure some of that will change when I move out there but that is what work, friends, TDYs, and hobbies are for right 😉

I also had an interview for an art teaching position while I was there 🙂  I have been kind of reluctant to talk about looking for jobs and applying, mostly because it is still early and I know I have a few more months to worry about here in Atlanta.  I had been in contact with a principal at a middle school in Clovis that was looking for an art teacher.  Technically they are looking for a permanent teacher immediately, but are open to using a long term sub and filling the spot for next year.  Either way, I think the interview went pretty well.  They were supposed to make their decision by the end of this past week, but I have not heard from them yet.  As of now, I am kind of thinking they have found a permanent replacement, so I am a little discouraged but I was prepared for that, knowing they were looking for someone immediately.  I am glad though that I had the opportunity to interview and brush up on all of those skills [it has been a LONG time since I’ve done that!].  I have found some other openings in nearby places that I am planning on applying to, and feel much more confident about my resume, interviewing skills, and so on.  I am letting go and letting God, as I know it will all work out in the end.  I am not necessarily a “fate” kind of person, but I do have my feelings about “signs” and such.  It is just too coincidental to me that a Clovis school had an art position opening AND that they were doing interviews during the ONLY weekend I would be visiting for me to think that I don’t belong out there, even if I don’t get that specific job.

In other news…I have been reading “The Happiness Project”, which my sister got me as part of my bridesmaid gift (I love how well she knows me).  Now, I think I am a pretty happy person, but this book is rather enlightening.  For those of you that have not read or heard of it, it is basically a woman trying to makeover her life in little ways to make herself a happier person.  I am about halfway through, and everything that she has written has resonated with me, enough to the point where I think it would be interesting to start my own “Happiness Project.”  Like I said, I am a pretty happy person, but some of the things are so simple in the book that it seems silly not to try.  I find it interesting that I started this book right before Lent, because normally I try to give something up for the 40 days, but with this book in mind, I have been trying to add things, like making time to tidy my apartment every day, keeping a mini-journal, working in my sketchbook, or getting lesson plans done daily.  I even have a little checklist and goals that I try to accomplish.  I don’t necessarily think that this is making me a robustly joyful person all the time, but I do feel more energized, accomplished, and productive.  I am taking little steps to be more organized and productive, rather than feeling overwhelmed when I have a task to complete.  From what I have read so far, I would recommend this book, especially if you are feeling like you live a kind of “blah” life most of the time.

(Another book I would HIGHLY recommend for anyone in ANY kind of relationship is “The 5 Love Languages.”  I think I need to study psychology because I am incredibly interested in all of ways people’s minds work!)

Now…speaking of productivity and motivation, I need to get up off of my booty and get something done today! I promise I will post before another three weeks slips by!  (Maybe I should add blogging to my checklist!)



I suppose I can update my blog since I haven’t moved from the couch or bed in the last two days….  Which means I have spent an obscene amount of time on Facebook, Pinterest, and various blog sites….  I guess that’s what happens when you get sick.  As a teacher, I like to think my immune system is pretty much invincible, and it usually is.  I rarely get sick, and when I do, it is usually a sinus infection that runs its course quickly.  Well I woke up yesterday to a sore throat and a very achy body.  Tried to go to urgent care yesterday but both the ones I tried were closed…boo.  Do people not get sick on Saturdays?  Anyway, I have been bingeing on OJ, Theraflu, and toast, and do feel a bit better today.  Hoping this crud goes away by tonight so I don’t have to worry about sub plans and who will be responsible for my lovelies tomorrow.  Ick, I HATE being sick.

Anyway, since the last time I updated, not a lot has gone on.  January is finally over, probably my least favorite month.  Besides being cold and icky, and not getting paid for six weeks (yes, you read that right, until the 31st I hadn’t been paid since Dec. 14th. Crazy school system), it is also an emotionally trying month, as January 26th is the anniversary of my brother’s death.  For those that don’t know me well, January 26, 2005 my brother made the decision to take his own life.  Death, of course, is never easy, and sudden death with no explanation or closure is even harder.  Everything that went on that day will be etched in my mind forever, so when it rolls around each year, it is never easy.  I am glad that I have such an amazing support system, because I know my family and I wouldn’t have made it without them (You all know who you are!).  It’s definitely hard being this far away from my family on those days, which I think my sister realized this year, her first time away from Ohio.  I received lots of caring messages and emails, but only a single person at my work mentioned anything.  I know not many people know or understand what happened or what to say, but I was so thankful that that one person took the time to say something to me.  As I was telling my sister, it’s strange because everyone gets all sappy and emotional on this day, but I think about my brother every day of my life, and sometimes it seems like everyone else just forgets unless it is a “big day” like 1/26 or his birthday or something.  Anyway, I truly am thankful for all the support I get from people and am glad that I can support others during this time, even after all that has happened…..

So, on a brighter note, I get to see the love of my life in 11 days, yippeeee!  I will be heading out to the Land of Enchantment (aka Clovis, NM) for my long weekend Feb 16-20.  I am beyond excited to see him and to really start getting some ideas of what is going to happen in my (our) life over the next few months.  This will *hopefully* be one of the last plane tickets I have to buy because before I know it, I will be moving out there 🙂 🙂  I truly believe that things always work out the way they are supposed to, and with all that is going on in my school/county, this chance to just pick up and leave this summer is just what I needed.  I am still looking for jobs out there and keeping my fingers crossed.  Either way, I am SOOO looking forward to just being in the time zone as him!!!  Lots to look forward to soon, I will keep you updated for sure!