Archive for February, 2008

So amazingly frustrated

February 6, 2008

I am so amazingly frustrated right now with the entire process of signing up to be a substitute teacher that it isn’t even funny.

It has been 3 weeks now since I turned in my paperwork, had my fingerprints ran, and paid my money, and still I have heard NOTHING back.

The secretary at the school where I am slotted to do the long term position starting around the 25th tried to find out what is going on, on Monday, only to be told that the lady had not heard anything yet, and that it was a problem with the sheriff’s department.

I called and sent an email today trying to find out more, because today was the first day in 10 school days that I have not had a call to go sub at one school or another, that I have had to turn down. I figured it out yesterday and this delay has cost us about $600, and there is nothing that I can do about it.

Then add in the frustration that the best way to get a job for the fall is to have my face and name out there by being in the schools, so I have lost 10 school days as far as that goes.

I haven’t given up on applying for jobs outside of the school district, but with the economy the way it is, jobs are scarce and there are a million people applying for 5 jobs.


Job fair update

February 2, 2008

I am feeling a bit better today. Mostly because we have food in the house now, and other than milk, bread, and dog food, it should be enough to last us until payday or beyond. Dog food only not because we forgot to get some. Oops. I am pretty darn proud of us, because we searched the weekly ads online and figured out with our reward card that Win-Dixie had the best deals this week for things that we would use (lots of good BOGO, and other deals with your reward card) and everything that we bought was either on sale as a regular sale or a reward card sale. I even used a couple of in store coupons (and I am a horrible coupon shopper). Our receipt said we saved $57.84 today. The only thing that we bought elsewhere on purpose was hamburger, and the other half ran to the Evil Empire while I tutored online and got it there, because it was on sale there (at least at ours).

I will say that it really saves me money shopping without any of the kids, but with the other half. The kids have a tendency to beg for those impulse buys, and I give in too often. The other half keeps my impulse buys in check (cookies, candy, ice cream, you know the things I don’t need,but want). 😉

The job fair was crazy busy. All 30 something schools from the local district were represented, and I think I only manged to make it to 6 of them. There had to be over 600 teacher candidates there, everything from teachers with more experience than I have, to teachers that don’t graduate until May. Each school did their own screening interview, which took anywhere between 15-30 minutes, not counting the wait time that you waited to be interviewed.

There are a couple of schools that need someone soon, as they have had a teacher have to leave recently. There are a couple of schools that know right now that they need an ESOL teacher for next year (my specialty). Then there are the schools that already know that they DO NOT have anything for next year, unless something strange happens. Sigh.

The bright side is that I talked with the principal at the school where I am scheduled to do a long term sub at the end of the month, and he asked if I would be interested in doing a different long term sub position that starts as early as this coming week. I told him heck yes, (ok not quite like that), but explained that my background check was not back yet. He assured me that that was fine, because he could put a rush on that if need be.

So there is that.

job fair tomorrow

February 2, 2008

The school district here has a job fair tomorrow morning. I could really use some positive thoughts and prayers for success in being considered and offered a job for next school year.

I also need prayers and positive thoughts for my fingerprints to hurry up and clear so I can substitute. I have had calls every day this week to work, but my paperwork hasn’t cleared, so I have had to turn them down. Talk about adding fuel to the stress fire.

We have had no luck getting DH’s order amended from the great cross-training fiasco and we are so broke I am not sure how we are going to pay daycare or get groceries for the next 2 weeks. At least if I know I have a job for the fall, I can find a way to make it through till August. Right now I am working every hour they will give me at Lowes, and my tutoring online, and am ready to sub as soon as my paperwork clears, trying to bring in enough money for us to eat. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is quite literally where we are at.  I don’t think we have ever been this bad off. I bawled all the way home from work tonight just thinking about how bad it is right now.

So if anyone has any extra prayers, and positive thoughts they can throw this way, I could sure use them.


February 1, 2008

I am frustrated…

Because my fingerprints so that I can sub have not come back, so at this point I can not even do the long term sub position I have already tentatively accepted for the end of the month.

Because while I had a few good feelers out this past weekend, for jobs for the fall, I have not heard back from them this week, including the one I felt the most positive about.

Because I didn’t even get a thanks but no thanks call or letter for the interview that I did a couple of weeks ago.

Because I feel like I am doing everything as far as bringing in money, and getting no help. I am back to working 3 jobs (almost if my fingerprints ever go through), all part time to try and make ends meet, and failing miserably.

Because it feels like the British one, and the retired one, do not realize that we need the rent money that they owe us to survive and pay our bills that we have here, and it took too many phone calls and text messages to count to get an answer about how they wanted to send us the money.

And with that being said that they do not realize that they are paying us under the going rate to rent our house. I did the research before I came up with an amount to charge them, I did not just say $(#&& off the top of my head, I researched by calling Realtors and  online to find out what was being charged in our town for a 4 bedroom 2 bath house, both with pets and without. In our neighborhood most 4 bedroom houses are going for $200-500 more than what we asked them for, without pets.

I just want to cry