Firstly, wow. How has it been over two months since my last post? In my defense, it’s been a whirlwind the last two months between house sitting, work, traveling and moving. That said, I’ve officially moved into my own place (and close to work to boot). I’m currently on break (we have a week off between summer school and our week of teacher workdays) and it’s been amazing so far. Lots of downtime, catching up on appointments and catching up with friends who I don’t get to see often enough.
Since Fall is around the corner, I’ve started to prep for the coming months. Fall is my second favorite season and I love the atmosphere of the fall season. The weather has already started to cool down and the crisp morning air has a distinct fall feel. I do two big cleans (spring and fall) and moving has helped move it along pretty rapidly. I won’t need to do a big deep clean this fall, but I will do my typical declutter that I do twice a year. I’ve exceeded my goal of getting rid of things this year and I might hit my 3 year goal of 500 things by the end of the year at this rate.
As I mentioned in previous posts, I’m currently pursuing my endorsement in Special Education. I signed up for classes recently and I’m registered to start them on September 8th. The weekend before one of my best friends is getting married! It seems like only yesterday they got engaged (November 2014). Otherwise, September and October will be scattered months of 5Ks, friend visits and my families annual trip to Lancaster, PA.
I’m definitely looking forward to all that fall brings between classes, activities, travels and 2015-2016 school year! What are you looking forward to most in the Fall?
Yesterday I was offered not one, not two, but three house sitting opportunities. I said yes to all three and they actually lined up perfectly in terms of timing. One starts the day I get back from Toomanygames and the other two follow suit afterwards on that Saturday. It means that I’ll be ‘working’ during my week off, but it’s going to be a pretty lazy week overall. The following week we start summer school and since I’ll be house sitting in the same city, there won’t be a huge rush to go home. I’ll have one more week of driving after that and then I’ll be moving, no more hour commute!
The next few weeks/weekends will be a nice balance of fun and work. Next weekend I’ll be going to Toomanygames with one of my closest friends and we’re overwhelmed with excitement for it. There are several youtubers and podcast hosts there who I’ve been following for a few years. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing The Angry Video Game Nerd (James Rolfe), Mike Matei, Pat the NES Punk, Team Four Star and Clan of the Grey Wolf!
This week also marks my one month anniversary of becoming a fulltime teacher! I love being a teacher, but it’s definitely not an easy job. All those things they say about your first year of teaching is true—right down to the insane hours you put in after the kids leave. Most of what I’m doing now involves fixing up the classroom since they didn’t have a teacher (just a substitute) for six months. I do plan on putting in some time over break, mostly just to clean up the room and reorganize things, but again, it’s mostly going to be a week to relax.
This all said, with the exception of returning home after going to Pennyslvania, it doesn’t look like I’ll be back home for the following two weeks. I’ll be living out of a suitcase and backback (well and my laptop case) and it’ll be exciting. It’s really hard to complain about not commuting for two weeks, with a house to yourself and free internet (when you’re an introvert). It’s a dream come true!
Countless times I’ve applauded myself for making the decision to buy a new car. This time last year my old car was in its last legs. Once the transmission went out I knew it was time to say goodbye and on June 5th I bought a 2014 Honda Civic, paid for in full. Having a new car has paid for itself. Its not just the comfort of knowing my car is reliable and won’t be in the shop every week and gets amazing gas mileage (37.2 mpg!). Its the comfort of knowing I can go anywhere in it, that it won’t be expensive. Thanks to a new car, I started taking more long trips starting last summer. This spring and summer I anticipate even more. Since I work in a really big city, it’s fairly easy to hop on the metro to go into DC now and explore. I went to the Matsuri festival yesterday, but it was a disaster! Way too many people and rude ones at that. Just because its crowded doesn’t make it acceptable to not use your manners or push people in ‘your way’. We were all happy to leave and explore less crowded areas after the Matsuri festival. Next weekend I’ll be makingmy first return to my old city since I left a month and a half ago. It’ll be wonderful to see friends again and participate in the 5K. Outside of those, I’ll be going to Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York by the end of the summer. I’m especially excited to go to New York for the first time! I’m going for a bridal shower for one of my best friends and we’re driving down together. It’ll be a fun trip–I just wish we had more than three days there! There’s also a convention in June I’m excited to go to and potentially another one in Maryland in August. I’ll be making a couple trips to see friends who live 1-2 hours away throughout the summer, so my car will, sadly, be racking up more miles. Currently I’m staying with my grandmother who lives a little less than an hour away from where I work. The commute isn’t ideal (saving money is) and I plan on doing it until July/August when I’ll have a few student loans gone and able to afford something with plenty of emergency savings at my disposal. It’s crazy how expensive things are in Northern Virginia, even with a decent income. I’m anxious to live on my own again, but at the same time,I look forward to a summer around friends and family I’ve missed a lot in the last 3ish years! Are you planning any road trips this spring or summer?