Friday, September 18, 2009


Why is it that I feel guilty leaving work at 3:15 pm on a Friday, after staying until 5 pm every other day of the week?

Hallelujah! It's the end of what seemed like a very LONG week. A busy, chaotic and tiring week. I think it's time for a break from all that, don't you?

Oh, before I forget. This week's DIVE words were (let's see if I can remember them!):

1. Abject -- unfortunate, without resources, stricken

2. Ostentatious -- Showy, gawdy, impressive

3. Erratic -- In an unpredictable manner

3. Impromptu -- without preparation or notes.

5. Laconic -- Short, to the point, brief

I hope you study those. There will be a quiz tomorrow. ;o)

On Tuesday I finally met the other new VIF teacher working at one of the elementary schools in town. She just arrived last Friday, and even though we'd exchanged a couple of emails before she got here, I had had the opportunity to officially introduce myself until then. She threw the door open right away, as if she knew exactly who I was (well, who else would be knocking on a strange door at 5 in the evening?), and we chatted for a bit. She's from Colombia, and was a late hire to the district. Gosh, I totally feel for her! I can't imagine arriving after school has already started. But she seems to be taking things in stride so far, thank goodness. It'll be nice having someone else new (to the program and to town) that I can relate with. I invited her out to a co-worker's place tonight, and we're planning to take a little road trip tomorrow to Fayetteville or Wilmington so she can get a few more things for her apartment.

Last night I got my new land-line phone service. I feel safer having a line on each floor of the townhouse, just in case anything happens and I can't locate my cell phone. Plus, it will come in handy for making those long-distance calls home, or for when folks at home want to call me! I've got to make it worth the money some how, right? So, if you're interested in getting my number, I'll gladly send it to you!

It's so hard to believe that I've been here for almost seven weeks. The end of the first month of school is only a week away! It's becoming more and more routine each day, and that only makes time seem to go by quicker. Sure, I still feel overwhelmed at time by all the different responsibilities that I'm supposed to manage, but with all your advice and encouragement, I've lightened up on myself and am taking it one day at a time.

I know that some of you are patiently looking forward to the next-time I will be posting pictures. Thanks for waiting. I won't make promises on when exactly it will come, but I can assure you that I haven't forgotten about your requests!

Tonight I'm looking forward to just kicking back and relaxing with a few people from work. I think there are steaks for grilling, and everyone's bringing something to share with others. Should be a good time. The football team has a bye this week, which means that the coaches can have that rare Friday evening off while the weather is still nice enough to enjoy!

So before I go party, I'm going to try to have a nap and/or watch some cheesy sitcoms. Nothing better than a well-deserved rest to start to the weekend!!

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