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Guys! Yesterday I was offered a teaching position for the upcoming school year. Pre-k 4 teacher at one of the Goddard schools. Such a great opportunity for me. BUT, I’ve already committed to the 2-day a week nanny position, which honestly is a better fit for me. The extra free time beats everything! Especially with a full load of online classes this semester. Admittedly, I’m kind of terrible with keeping up with online classes. It’s easy for me to be distracted and procrastinate even more than I do normally. The more free time I have, the better. And I want to get in as much traveling as I can this year because next year, it’s actual classes and then student teaching.

I already have a couple of trips planned for the next few months. Seattle at the end of this month, Detroit in September, and Seattle again in October. What!? I love Seattle! In November, I would really like to go out of the country. It’s been way too long since I’ve had a stamp in my passport (2011!). I know I definitely want to travel in Europe because I feel comfortable traveling there alone, but I’m not sure where in Europe. My short list includes: somewhere in freezing Northern Norway to see the Northern Lights, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Prague, or Budapest. I DON’T KNOW! Any suggestions for a 5-7 day trip in Europe?

In crafty news, I’ve been working on a baby blanket for my friend’s daughter, Stella, who was born just this morning!

20130808-232427.jpg I knew the blanket wouldn’t be completed before her birth, my goal is to get it to her before she reaches 1 month. It’s my first baby blanket! Even though I’ve knitted for years, I’ve never knitted anything besides scarves! Crazy, right? Mostly because other projects included circular needles and circular needles scared me. I always associated them with big, difficult,  projects with a million different fancy stitch changes. Blech! After a lesson with Meg, I was a bit more comfortable with them and  now that I’m knitting with them, I realize they’re not much different than straight needles. Stella’s baby blanket is my first project with the circular needles. Maybe it’s kind of cheating, because I’m still knitting “straight”- just on circular needles. It’s a good start though! I now feel comfortable enough to try an actual circular needle project. Perhaps a hat or something else in the beginner range AFTER Stella’s and another baby blanket have been completed. Everyone is popping out a kid lately. No more until I finish a new project on circular needles, OK?! OK!

 

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but not really. I ate a good amount of my candy, but only about 5% of it. The rest was given away to kids! For the first time in my life, I don’t live in a city where parents aren’t afraid to let their kids go to strangers houses to trick or treat. I passed out candy for the first time and  it was kinda crazy. We got about 300-400 kids! I actually ran out of candy halfway through and had to run to the store to get more. It was insane! The bf and I were eating french fries as we passed out candy and some little kid BEGGED us for a french fry. I didn’t mind giving him one, but I asked his dad first  and he wasn’t having it. The id threw a fit. It was amusing to say the least.

It’s November. I am now officially counting down the days until Harry Potter-Deathly Hallows pt 1! I’m thinking about re-reading the book before I see it. I’m going with a couple of friends and we’re dressing up. I’m surprising everyone with Gryffindor scarves!

I’m making them in the most basic stitch. If I try to get technical with it, I will never finish before opening night!

luck!

I have an interview tomorrow. It’s for a position as an assistant teacher at a school. Send me good vibes, because I desperately need a job. My current one SUCKS! I barely get any hours and I want a job that I don’t grumble and complain about every morning before leaving the house. Although I don’t ALWAYS love teaching, I always get something out of it and its much more enjoyable than retail. Hoping I can shine tomorrow and ace the interview!

In other news, I have been semi crafty. I bought some twine and pendants and made a necklace for myself and one for Devynn.


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I also bought fabric and made some headbands! I ALWAYS wear headbands and am constantly frustrated by the lack of cloth ones when I go shopping. I find them occasionally, but mostly not and the metal and plastic ones give me headaches. So, I took matters into my own hand, literally. I sewed them by hand. My sewing machine is back home in the attic. :( I made one of black with multicolored hearts, a dark purple and one of navy blue.

I’ve been throwing around the idea of cross-stitching a Goomba and framing it, but so far that’s all I’ve done about that…think about it. >.<

Everything else is going well. Well, besides work, but I’m trying to get out of that situation! Derby practice was a lot of fun last week. We practiced skating in derby stance, played some Red Rover on skates and learned how to stop using the t-stop method. Well, I didn’t learn. My weak ankles just aren’t strong enough for that. Thankfully it’s not a necessity. I’ll just use the snow plow stop which I’ve seen some derby girls do and is MUCH easier for me.

The boyfriend is also getting into the skating spirit which makes me more than happy. It’s really nice having him interested in it. He even bought some inline skates this week so we can skate outdoors (i’m buying some outdoor wheels!) and at the rink. We’ve been going to the rink on the weekend so I can get some skate time in and build my endurance. We went last night for a couple of hours and I totally aced crossovers which is what I was having a big problem with before. Go, me!

It was a lot of thanks to this lady’s “how to execute crossovers” video. Cheesy, but it worked. Made everything a lot simpler.

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I’m finally feeling better! For the past week and a half, I’ve been sick with some mysterious sickness that had me coughing, puking, nauseous, sniffly, sneezy…I have no idea what it was, but it’s gone. Thank heavens.

Even though I was sick I went to work all week-hopped up on meds (which I left out in the children’s reach one day…whoops), but by god I was there! I can’t afford to miss days if I don’t absolutely have to. I’m saving up for my vacations! The big one in December and of course some mini ones before then. I’m going to visit the bf in October, a couple of weeks before that I’m taking a little weekend trip with Allison to Eureeka Springs, Arkansas, and at the end of this month I’m taking a weekend trip to Nashville to visit my sister/see The Walkmen! A favorite band of mine that I have yet to see live. Can’t wait!

In other music news, the new mountain goats cd leaked! If you have spent anytime around me, I’m sure you know how I feel about the mountain goats, if you haven’t…then you’ll just have to take last.fm’s word for it
I had an internal conflict for about 5 minutes on whether I should wait to buy and listen to the album when it is released or snag it online a month before…

I snagged it and have listened to it a crap-ton of times. Not sure how I feel about it yet-which is typical of me with a band I adore. It took me months to decide how I felt about Radiohead’s “in Rainbows” and now it’s one of my favorite albums. So, only time will tell. Check out this interview Pitchfork did with John Darnielle, the singer/songwriter of the mountain goats. The article goes into detail about the new album, how he came up with the idea for it, how it came to be…that kind of stuff. Read it! It’s super interesting! Well, to me anyway. OR you can just listen to one of my favorite mountain goats songs. Broom People from “The Sunset Tree”

I encourage you to buy the new album when it is released on October 6th! I know, I know, I know- I snagged it early, but I’ll be purchasing a copy. AND I’LL BE SEEING SEE THE MOUNTAIN GOATS IN NOVEMBER!!! OMGOMGOMGOMGOG!

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Oh and I finished a scarf this week. A really thick, black scarf that I knitted in a rib stitch. I’m either sending it to a friend in Sweden or keeping it for myself. Haven’t decided yet. Tomorrow I’m going to the yarn shop to pic up some nice, soft, grey yarn and start on my next scarf! A scarf for my long time friend and fellow blogger, Kizzy!