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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.

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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.

Just a complaint

December 27, 2007

I just have a bitch today that I dont feel like I can safely post on my normal blog. If you are a reader that is a friend from my other blog and you know who I am complaining about personally, take this with a huge grain of salt, as I know the stress of the move, and the stress of living together is getting to me.

I have stated before that we have friends that are living with us, to rent our house when we move out of state this month. Well they have been living here since October and at first it was great. The meals and chores were split evenly between the two families, and everyone was considerate of everyone else when it came to planning meals and letting each other know if plans had changed.
The past week or so this consideration has flown out the window.

I know that they have a friend visiting from England, who we are friends with as well. I know that originally we were supposed to have all of our stuff packed out last week.  But the military screwed us once again.

The plan was for both families to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day/evening together, because well we are moving and spending time together is going to get very rare once again. We were supposed to go shopping for the food together over the weekend. Then they decided that they had to travel to the southern end of the area to visit with friends down there, so that all of the plans changed. We never found the time to go shopping for food.  So I went with the little man on Sunday and bought everything.

I have a feeling that if I had not called and said hey I bought the ham, veggies etc for Christmas dinner, so you just get this and that, that they would have decided to just stay down there, from Saturday until well quite frankly whenever they decide to come home now. Because shortly after we ate dinner yesterday they took off back down there (50 miles one way) and while the british one and  the retired one came home today so that the british one could work, the kids and the guest stayed down there. And now without a word to us, the british one and the retired one have returned down there (the friend from that end of the area was “bringing them home” is what the other half was told today).

Now really I dont give a damn, they can spend time with whoever they want. But I am tired of hearing how broke they are, and how they can’t chip in towards the electric bill or what ever, when they drive the 100 miles round trip every weekend, to go and get drunk down there, go out to eat, go out shopping etc etc.  I am also tired of getting stuck with their dogs for 48 hours or longer while they are gone, and I am worried about the state of my house if they do these trips after we move out.

I really think I need to find a lease on the internet to have them sign saying they will pay us x amount each month, just to keep from getting screwed. Because right now they still have the retired ones regular pay coming in, but he does not have a job lined up yet. Which sucks, because they are supposedly friends and we should be able to trust them, but the way things are going I am not going to see the money, and we need the money to keep from going into foreclosure on the house.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I hate stress,  I hate moving, and I hate feeling like this.

Frugal Christmas Decorations

December 5, 2007

Just in case anyone has missed the ads, my place of work has all Christmas decorations at 25% off… Lowes, why wait till after the holidays to have the post holiday sale?