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For the Birds

I love where we live! We have at least 2 pairs of goldfinches, a pair of cardinals, a pair of Baltimore Orioles, a pair of wild turkeys, scads of chickadees, titmouses, and nuthatches. Yesterday afternoon, while I was out raking the backyard, I looked up to see a pilated woodpecker on a tree about 15-20 feet away. It was so cool. Those are BIG birds, and beautiful. I just love this place!
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Brief Update

Not that anyone is reading this, and I don't really care either way... (okay, so I do care... it would be nice to know if people are reading this, especially my old friends that I've not heard from in for ever).
Life is truly an adventure. Married Life rocks. School sucks the life out of me, but I love the kids and the content. I'm back doing worship team and loving it. Who knows what will come next. I wish I had more time for reading, writing, and all that other fun stuff.
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Still Alive

Just checking that my journal still exists, despite the fact that I've neglected it for months, yet again. Life has certainly taken a different turn. I was married in June and spending the summer playing susie homemaker. I have little time to spend on line, and don't miss it all that much.
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Kids say the darnedest things

I'm teaching 5th grade yet again- gotta love those kids. Here are some answers written on tests by my students:

Question: "Describe the civilizations of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca peoples."
Student Answer: "Maya lived in planes and grew food. Aztec lived on cliffs and hunted. Inca lived in the snow and hunted."

Question: "How were the lives of the Mound Builders and the Anasazi the same and different?"
Student Answer: "Because mound builders do their farming in the desert and the Anasazis would do it in a plane."
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    The XFiles: Paper Hearts
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Once Again

I seems that I'm only able to get around to updating everyonce in a while. So here's the update. I got the teaching job in MA, and have moved. While my job is incredibly demanding, I love it. My best friend has the classroom across the hall, and I have met an incredible guy who I am now dating. Life is good!
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    drained drained
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Random Update

Let's see:
I'm life guarding for the summer. Got a good start on my tan *grin*. I'm being a good girl and applying my official- work issued- SPF 35- water & sweat proof-sunscreen 3-4 times a day and drinking lots of water.

After much prayer & discussion with trusted counsel, I decided that God has called me to be a classroom teacher. I've applied to Holden Christian Academy in Holden, MA, and am hoping to be hired for this next school year. For now I just have to wait.

Waiting is hard.

If I'm not hired by HCA my plan is to continue to work with Coastlands Consultants full time again this year. Finances remain INCREDIBLY tight. I know that if God keeps me full time with Coastlands He will also provide the money for me to pay my bills. I need ATLEAST $1,000 a month and right now I'm only getting $300 a month. If God does open the door for me at HCA, I'll teach and work with Coastlands part time- doing the newsletter, teacher training, and women's ministry venues.
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    NBC Nightly News
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Time Flies

I probably should do a big update, but I really don't feel like it. It's been forever since I've even checked my friends list.

I'm keeping busy. Life is hard, but good. And as Rita Springer sings, "It's gonna be worth it all".
This is week 2 of a 6 week stretch of travel, except I'm taking the week off because I'm sick. This is week 4 of an annoying head/chest cold. I went to the doctor Monday and was confirmed in my decision.- Antibiotics and bed rest were prescribed. I'm finally starting to feel better.

Yesterday was spent on the couch, today much better. I was very productive.

I suppose I should update more often. I think I always say that.
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    NH Chronicle- Local News Magazine
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That Didn't Take Long

Yesterday afternoon I got the "Thanks for your interest, we'll keep your information on file for future reference" email. At least I didn't have to wait long, and have time to think about how great it would be a get my hopes up.

Finances remain TIGHT. I get half of what I need to meet all my bills each month, and so far this month I've only gotten half of that. Sigh. On the positive side, I'm being much more disciplined about budgeting and not spending frivolously.

I did accomplish a lot today and I'm happy about that. I still have more to do tomorrow, but I'll have the morning and part of the afternoon to do it.
Today I:
picked up my mail
mailed a cd and our journal to Cathy
went to the bank and made a deposit
got caught up on emails that have been sitting in my in-box
put together an initial distribution list for email newsletters
sent out an update email
unpacked some more boxes
updated my check book ledger & budget book
washed my dishes

Tomorrow night is Jake and Kristin's wedding. I hate weddings, but I go anyway. I'll get to see many friends from camp, so that is good.

Wednesday I'm going snow shoeing with Ari and then having dinner with her family. Thursday I head to my parents' in Maine for Christmas.
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    11pm Local News
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Not a total loss

I think I finally got my resume sufficiently updated. Money is incredibly tight, I'm getting less then half of what I need a month and the school that Matt and I were just at paid us $400 less then what schools normally pay. That really hurt. It's not that I'm doubting God's provision, I've made it through every month so far, but I think that provision comes in different ways.

I got home Thursday night, we ended a day early because of bad weather, and saw an item on the 11 o'clock news about a concierge service that does all the things that I did when I worked as a family assistant. I thought, "Hey! I've done that before! That would be a great part time job! It should be flexible enough to fit my travel schedule, and coordinating that shouldn't be a problem, since almost all of our events are booked close to a year in advance."

So I spent much of last night and this afternoon tailoring my resume to the concierge business. I'm not very good at selling myself, and trying to get into this type of business is so different from the field of education. I'm really grateful for my friend Kerry's help. I think the resume is ready to go. I'll email it off and see what happens.

If I'm able to get this it would be good for the summer, too. I'm going to need to work this summer, but I've got a white water rafting trip scheduled for the end of August. Cathy's already paid for me. We're determined to do this, we both need it.

This afternoon wasn't as productive as it probably could have been, but I still have a sense of accomplishment.
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    Kim Hill
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Bah Humbug?

One good thing about having no money to buy Christmas presents? Not having to deal with the crowds!
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    Tim Russert interviewing Alan Alda