for some updates. The good, the bad, and the not so interesting.
The good: Ronnie got a job! A real 8-5, full time, money paying job! Thank you God! The last couple of months at the janitor business for him earned us about a total of $400…maybe. That’s for TWO months…You get the point. Anyway, he’s working for a sub-contractor with Charter. So he goes around and sets up internet, telephone lines, cable TV, climbs up huge ladders to the phone lines, climbs in crawl spaces and up into attics, and fixes problems. You can imagine how dirty and sweaty he is when he gets home. AND, he’ll get a company truck to drive, so it won’t be a huge hassle when winter comes and I don’t really want to ride my bike to work anymore.
I’ll be teaching Spanish again this year at Coram Deo. My class size has increased by 25% and I’ll have four students this year. I am also going to be teaching a class at ECHO. This class is called “Languages around the World”. The idea was that Ronnie would teach with me, since he knows a lot more about these languages than I. But I shall be teaching it alone. I hope to go over bits of the culture, geography, and language of seven different language area/people groups. This being only my second year of teaching, and ECHO being a more fun type school without real homework and stuff, it will be a challenge. Especially teaching the 5-6 year olds. How do you teach them something if they can’t even write? Let’s hope they can write…I’m excited for this class cause it’ll be so different and hopefully a lot of fun.
The bad: Those of you on Facebook probably know that I auditioned for the Mid-Columbia Symphony yesterday. I thought I’d do fine…I knew my pieces and I just had to conquer the nerves that always make my mouth and lips dry making it hard to get a good sound. Two things went terribly wrong. I didn’t practice enough of two pieces. I was expected to play more than I had rehearsed, so after I had finished we sat there in silence until I was asked to “please continue”…Good thing they couldn’t see my flaming red face drenched in sweat. Second, there was a sight reading piece, I noticed at the end of it, it said “Horn in E” and silently hoped I wouldn’t have to play that far. I screwed up the rhythms a bit, but overall I thought it was pretty decent until I heard “ok, play that much again in D”. Sure enough, the top of the page said, “Horn in D”. So I got to transpose on the spot too…an awful, terribly embarrassing situation. There were two other horns that also auditioned, both of them much older and more experienced than I, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be the one who doesn’t get one of the two open chairs. Oh well. At least I tried. I can still hope they’ll call me in to sub again…
My parents and two younger sister are in Europe….without us. I get to take care of their stinkin huge lawn and smelly dog while they’re gone. 😦
I fail at my porch gardening. My tomato plants are still no bigger than a toothpick, my cilantro and parsley died long ago, and my basil is filled with holes and black spots. I cheated a bit and bought a pepper plant from Walmart though and there are two cute little peppers on it. So as long as I don’t forget to water them, perhaps we’ll get a pepper. And the plant I got from my MIL for St. Patrick’s day is still alive and blooms weekly. That’s what, almost 5 months?
Sophie…getting on my nerves lately. It all started one night when I awoke to a pair of claws in my leg. Not a fun experience. After I yelled at her which woke up Ronnie who discovered that the bed was wet. Very wet. Stupid cat. We decided to let her in the room at night so she would stop ruining the door frame to the bedroom with her claws, but now I’m ready to banish her from the bedroom again. Almost every night, I wake up and can’t move my legs because she’s sleeping down next to them, and if she’s not sleeping down there, she’s jumping on the bed just to sniff my face and tickle me with her whiskers. She must know that I’m getting annoyed with her though, because she’s gotten much more cuddly recently.
The not so interesting: Last week I worked 47 hours. One of those days, I worked 15 hours. I’m excited for school to start so I don’t have to work there as often. People ask if I like it there, and well, it’s just another job. Better than other jobs I’ve had I guess. Definitely not what I want to be doing a year after I’ve graduated, but hey, I’m married and I pay for an apartment, so at least I’ve accomplished something. Now that Ronnie has a super duper job, there’s hope to move on in life. We’d both like to go back to school, possibly move from the Tri-cities, and experience new and exciting things.
I really want to go camping before September comes and school starts because we haven’t really gone anywhere this summer. I dunno if we’ll be able to escape at all with Ronnie training at his new job and stuff. Perhaps just a weekend to a more local place.
Well I think that’s all for now. I’ve got some food to write about, but perhaps another time.