Monthly Archives: June 2006

What I’m Reading

Since I don’t have anything job or education-related to tell you, I thought I’d write a post about what I’m reading.

I finished Heart of Darkness about three weeks ago – I’m still waiting to hear from people who want to talk about it; I’ve got some leading questions that I can ask to get a conversation started, if that’s what’s needed. Let me know.

While I was on vacation in Florida (a much needed respite from deadlines, due dates, and appointments, thank you very much!), I read The Dante Club, which was fantastic. As an English teacher-type, I get a kick out of fiction that utilizes literary figures as it main characters – in this work, Holmes, Longfellow, Fields and others pieced together a murder mystery in 1860s Boston. As someone familiar with the city and its history, I also got a charge out of the familiar setting.

I am now working on Outlander, a book recommended to me by a very dear friend of mine. She enjoyed the novel very much and insisted that I read it as soon as possible. I’m very glad I am – it’s a well constructed story with complex characters and an intricate story line. I also really like that the story takes place in the Highlands of Scotland, which is where the bulk of my ancestors come from, so I’m feeling an affinity for this book because of its sense of place. I’m less than halfway through the story, but I can already recommend it.

What are you reading during YOUR summer vacation?


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What’d I Tell Ya?

I got this in my inbox this morning. There’s that frickin’ deep pool again, dammit!

Mrs. Chili:

After discussing our vacant position with three of the four interview
committee members, we have recommended a candidate to fill the one year
leave of absence. As I shared with you earlier this year, the talent in
this pool of candidates is extraordinary, making the process extremely
competitive and difficult.

Thank you for your interest in Local High School.

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If I Don’t Get a Teaching Job…

…Maybe I can be a photographer.

These are some of the pictures I took of plants in Florida. Stuff like this only grows as houseplants in New England and I was absolutely fascinated by it.

No news on the job front. I’m almost certain that the AP at CT’s school will do everything he can to NOT consider me for the opening, and I’m really okay with that. I’ve handed the whole thing over to the Universe and, really, am at peace with whatever comes back.

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I Can Hope, Can’t I?

My cell phone rang while I was on vacation. It was CT, telling me that her office mate, who left in May to have her baby, just announced that she’s taking a leave of absence this coming school year. I guess caring for the baby and a toddler is a lot more than she’d thought it’d be, and she wants to take the time to be with her girls. I don’t blame her in the least.

Anyway, CT wanted me to get my name in the consideration for the job. When I got off the phone with her, I called the principal – the big guy, the one who came to – and stayed for – my dissertation presentation – and asked him about the position. He was a little hedgy about it (like that? I just made that word up!) but said that he’d talk to the assistant principal about it the next day.

I was hoping to come home to a message or an email or something, but no. I sent the AP an email this morning, and cc’d to CT and the big guy.

I’m pretty sure that there’s a snowball’s chance I’ll get the job and the AP’s whole speech about how sorry he was that he wasn’t able to offer me a job the first time was just so much political horse shit.

The Calvin below is what I think of the shot I have. Still, stranger things have happened.


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Who’s Reading?

Who of you is reading Heart of Darkness? I know for sure that Kizz is – and that she’s ready to start talking about the first 40 or so pages – but I don’t know who else is participating in this little discussion group. If you’re “in,” ‘fess up and let me know how far you’ve read…


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I finally got in touch with the principal of LHS this morning. I decided to try the seven-a.m., call-before-the-day-gets-started tactic and, lo and behold, he actually answered his phone!

He didn’t have good news for me, though; they decided to go with the other candidate. He was very kind about it in what I felt was a genuine way – I didn’t get the whole “it was a very deep pool” bullshit that I got from the principal of my internship school – LHS’s principal explained that they were genuinely torn by their decision and that he would keep all of my contact information in case something unexpected opens up.

I’m disappointed, but less so because I more than half expected this to happen. CT assures me that something will come – “good teachers get jobs,” she says. I’m not so sure – our market for English teachers is pretty saturated at the moment – but I’m going to keep letting the Universe know that I’m still here and still want to work.

Thank you all so much for waiting this out with me! It was easier knowing I have you all behind me!


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Playing Cat and Mouse

So, there was some action on the job front today, but it never amounted to anything…

I came home from assisting in a sign language class this morning to find my answering machine blinking. One of the messages was from (gasp!) the principal of LHS!! I immediately called him back and got his secretary, who put me through to….

…HIS VOICE MAIL!!! (grrrr!)

I left a peppy message: “HI! It’s Mrs. Chili returning your call – TAG! You’re IT!! I’ll be in and out all day, so you can either try me at home or on my cell…” and left both numbers.

When I came back this afternoon, there were no new messages from Mr. Principal. I called again, just because, well, I can’t stand it anymore, and got the secretary again. She told me to wait a second and put me on hold. Then she came back, asked my name again, and put me on hold. When she came back this time, she told me that he was with a parent and could he call me back.

I was with WeedWoman at the time and, while all this was happening, she was standing there, waving her arms in front of her and whispering “If it’s Mrs. Chili, tell her I’m NOT HERE!!!” I’m not sure she was too far off.

So, that’s all the news that’s fit to print. When we finally DO talk in person, you’ll be the next to know.

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