Monday, August 3, 2009

I Just Love My Mom's Ringtone

Okay, of first importance: where on earth are these are these coconut M&Ms I keep hearing about? I have been to both Walmart and Target and seen neither hide nor hair of these intriguing morsels. I've seen dark chocolate M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, peanut butter M&Ms, even almond M&Ms - but no coconut M&Ms. I'll have to wait until I get back to Maryland.

And that's a trip I'll be making very soon. Next Monday I begin teaching a week-long Latin review course, so I have to be back this weekend. I called the office this morning and found out that eight students are enrolled for the class: three rising eighth-graders, four rising ninth-graders, and one rising tenth-grader. It's going to be difficult to think of last year's eighth-graders as ninth-graders, etc. I think seeing them this coming week will help a little. Regular school doesn't start until after Labor Day so it will be a little while before I see all my students again. I'm rather looking forward to it.

I'm thankful for the down time before the beginning of school not only to adjust my state of mind (from child-at-home to teacher-in-charge) but also because I need to find a new place to live! Laura C called me last week with the revelation when the Stevens asked if I could move downstairs, they didn't mean could I move downstairs for the summer. They meant permanently. They quite understandably missed the flexibility of having a guest room. For me, however, this meant moving into a smaller room in their house or moving someplace else. So I have decided to move.

I don't know where I'm living yet but kind of excited. Besides the obvious bummer of losing a great neighborhood (a sheep farm only five minutes from school) and proximity to great people (both Laura and the Stevens), I'll be gaining the change and new experiences I'm coming to expect and enjoy. My grandma, as is her wont, found out about the situation and immediately called a friend who is a retired pastor in the area to see if he knew anyone in the church family looking for a renter. My dad, not to be outdone, called another pastor up there with the same request. I asked another friend to check the messages boards at her church. I scoured Craigslist.

As of today I have one lead and am planning to go meet the family on Friday evening. And don't worry, Mom, I'm going to take someone with me. Their house is in a great location, close to the church I've been attending and about twenty minutes away from school. Definitely not the same as five minutes, but whatcha gonna do? I have several other emails out on other postings but no other replies yet.

So that's the general update. I'm moving on. I got a lot of stuff done today but started feeling a little bit lonely with the knowledge that I'll soon be leaving my family behind for another year. That feeling was probably intensified by the fact that I'd just left a lot of family behind after the reunion. Which was wonderful. I'm sorry for not posting after Day 1 but internet connection was restricted - that is to say extremely slow - due to some quota having been surpassed. I can email you the rest of the juicy details, Anna, if you're still interested. And the Flaab.com post is still upcoming. Stay tuned!

4 comments:

Laurelin said...

Exciting things happening! Can't wait to hear how everything works out. And as for the coconut M&Ms...I had never even heard of them till now, but am now intrigued!

Katie said...

I know...one report was from Maryland, the other was from Indiana.

Lynn said...

wow good luck with the move!

Anna said...

yes, yes, yes, I MUST have all the details!
Also, I have never heard of coconut M&Ms, but it sounds really good.

Monday, August 3, 2009

I Just Love My Mom's Ringtone

Okay, of first importance: where on earth are these are these coconut M&Ms I keep hearing about? I have been to both Walmart and Target and seen neither hide nor hair of these intriguing morsels. I've seen dark chocolate M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, peanut butter M&Ms, even almond M&Ms - but no coconut M&Ms. I'll have to wait until I get back to Maryland.

And that's a trip I'll be making very soon. Next Monday I begin teaching a week-long Latin review course, so I have to be back this weekend. I called the office this morning and found out that eight students are enrolled for the class: three rising eighth-graders, four rising ninth-graders, and one rising tenth-grader. It's going to be difficult to think of last year's eighth-graders as ninth-graders, etc. I think seeing them this coming week will help a little. Regular school doesn't start until after Labor Day so it will be a little while before I see all my students again. I'm rather looking forward to it.

I'm thankful for the down time before the beginning of school not only to adjust my state of mind (from child-at-home to teacher-in-charge) but also because I need to find a new place to live! Laura C called me last week with the revelation when the Stevens asked if I could move downstairs, they didn't mean could I move downstairs for the summer. They meant permanently. They quite understandably missed the flexibility of having a guest room. For me, however, this meant moving into a smaller room in their house or moving someplace else. So I have decided to move.

I don't know where I'm living yet but kind of excited. Besides the obvious bummer of losing a great neighborhood (a sheep farm only five minutes from school) and proximity to great people (both Laura and the Stevens), I'll be gaining the change and new experiences I'm coming to expect and enjoy. My grandma, as is her wont, found out about the situation and immediately called a friend who is a retired pastor in the area to see if he knew anyone in the church family looking for a renter. My dad, not to be outdone, called another pastor up there with the same request. I asked another friend to check the messages boards at her church. I scoured Craigslist.

As of today I have one lead and am planning to go meet the family on Friday evening. And don't worry, Mom, I'm going to take someone with me. Their house is in a great location, close to the church I've been attending and about twenty minutes away from school. Definitely not the same as five minutes, but whatcha gonna do? I have several other emails out on other postings but no other replies yet.

So that's the general update. I'm moving on. I got a lot of stuff done today but started feeling a little bit lonely with the knowledge that I'll soon be leaving my family behind for another year. That feeling was probably intensified by the fact that I'd just left a lot of family behind after the reunion. Which was wonderful. I'm sorry for not posting after Day 1 but internet connection was restricted - that is to say extremely slow - due to some quota having been surpassed. I can email you the rest of the juicy details, Anna, if you're still interested. And the Flaab.com post is still upcoming. Stay tuned!

4 comments:

Laurelin said...

Exciting things happening! Can't wait to hear how everything works out. And as for the coconut M&Ms...I had never even heard of them till now, but am now intrigued!

Katie said...

I know...one report was from Maryland, the other was from Indiana.

Lynn said...

wow good luck with the move!

Anna said...

yes, yes, yes, I MUST have all the details!
Also, I have never heard of coconut M&Ms, but it sounds really good.