Saturday, November 22, 2014

The pace of life


There have been Things Happening (those of you who read A.A. Milne will be familiar with the style of capitalization being used).

Firstly, we are almost at the finish line for buying my parents' new house.  But this last week presented some interesting hiccups that had me scrabbling and waving my power-of-attorney documents around like a lead investigator at a new crime scene. But. we. are. almost. there. I am very much hoping we've jumped the last hurdle.

I have a child facing their first piano exam this week. We are all trying to be super-cool about that so we don't pass on any kind of nerves. I wonder if I'm fooling anyone. Mind you, I have been mighty distracted by other things....

I spent all of last week agonizing over applying for a new job within my current workplace. A job which would take me to full-time.  I'll spare you a full re-run of all of the soul searching involved, suffice to say I did apply.  Then this week I had the job interview.  The night before the job interview, our hot water system stopped working.  For a few hours there it looked like I would go to my interview unwashed.  Thankfully, my genius of a husband was able to fix it. I don't think I've looked at him with such deep, intense affection since that time he rigged up a lead to connect power to my island bench.  Because - pause - I had no hot water - pause - right before a job interview with - pause - all of my bosses.

Anyway, it was a huge relief to wake up the next morning and know there was hot water. I am giving him substantial credit, therefore, for the fact that I didn't stink at my interview and got the job.

I get an office of my own now.  Nice.  Obviously not why I went for the job.  But still.  You have to enjoy the idea while you can before that office is totally inundated with Things I Must Do Soon Or Fail Everyone.

It's also that fun time of the year when we mark exams and write reports. I cranked through the last of my History exams today and I am pleased to report that the end of the tunnel is in sight for reports.  But meanwhile, our older students have already started their 2015 classes and I have two subjects that I've not taught before so my preparation has been about a day ahead of the lessons on average. But I seem to be filling up the lessons with useful stuff so we're doing okay.

I am teaching Philosophy again.  My students are so keen and so much fun. Here's a youtube clip one of them found explaining Plato's idea of the forms.

And they enjoyed watching this Monty Python clip on the nature of an argument - stop at the 4 min mark because it goes off on a tangent from there.

And, well, the rest of the nitty gritty doesn't really seem worth mentioning.  Don't know how this sudden catapulting into full-time working life will affect this blog.  We'll have to see.  
But I thought I should just let you know.  I'm still here.  And it's all good.


Meredith said...

Congratulations for nearly reaching the finishing line of house purchasing, teaching for the year, marking and reports. And congratulations on the new position and the new office. Sounds as though the office brings with it a measure of expectation and pressure. If your blog is anything to go by, you seem to have good humour and compassion in abundance. Both will surely serve you well. You'll be great.

Karen said...

Wow, Deb, you have had lots going on! Congrats on the new job and the office ;)
Hope the piano exam goes well, we have decided not to go down the exam road here, it would just be added stress and burden for me trying to get them to practise for one!
Hope you don't stop blogging....but if you are finding life too busy, then I do get that. You might just have to come over to the dark side on Facebook because you can do much shorter updates there...

Deb said...

@ Meredith: thanks for your kind words. I feel really blessed to have the job (and the office). But a little daunted too, of course.
@ Karen: Thanks! Two more nights before the piano exam. I swap practice for Oreos. Works for us at this stage. :) The dark side? Surely you jest! Facebook, be gone!

Sarah said...

Congrats on the new job. I hope the blog doesn't disappear, but real life does come first. Btw shower in a can has always worked for me when we've lost power and water. ;)