Since the great migration west, we have been cautious about where and when we spend our monies. Why? Well, we don’t exactly have jobs here in Austin. OK, we don’t have a single one. What are we doing? Applying to jobs like mad people. For the past week, I’ve been writing, editing, and sending various versions of cover letters to several school districts, universities, and publishing companies. Good news came into my dear Gmail inbox last evening, I have been requested to interview at a high school within the Austin Independent School District (AISD) for an English teaching position. Awesome! Double Awesome! Erik and I did a few fancy jigs in our living room last night around midnight. Erik continues to regurgitate the irritating log-ins and applications on various sites, such as careerbuilder.com, monster.com, and Craiglist. We often wonder if applying online works. I guess it does on the state education end of things. But, I’m confident in him. We always figure out a way to make ends meet.
Double good news: a friend from Raleigh, NC, and his girlfriend are moving to Austin next month! They were here this week to start on work and find a place to live. We met him for lunch yesterday at an establishment called Freddie’s. There was a good mix of lunch entrees available; I chose the Fried Fish Sliders with good ol’ regular french fries. The plate cost me $6, and the frozen ‘rita a petty $2. What a deal! For Austin to be such a metropolis, food and drink specials are easy to stumble upon. We’ve also enjoyed our visit to the Black Sheep Lodge off South Lamar. Shuffleboard, darts, misting fans. Why, you had me at ‘hello,’ Black Sheep! 🙂 On Saturday nights, they have $2 cans of 16 oz. beer and $3 well drinks. Moreover, we met some pretty cool Austinites who welcomed us to sit at their tables and instruct us on being proper Austinities: where to live, where to eat, what to do, etc. Thanks, y’all!
Finally, I wanted to mention a few of my friends blogs that led to my own blog creation:
Natalya: www.notnotrocketscience.blogspot.com ! One of my good friends from Raleigh, NC, gives her daily digest on nutrition, fitness, and being a rocket scientist. I spoke correctly! She studies space propulsion and is transferring from Duke to MIT this fall! She’s also started blogaways for various fitness and nutrition products, so check it out!
Ariel: www.eatfoodrealfood.wordpress.com ! Another friend from Appalachian State University blogs from her home in Washington, DC, about food science and nutrition. She gives a thorough yet readable rundown on everything health from butter and sugar to her own farmer’s market recipes and original inventions! Give her a looksy!
Jim: www.youareveryhandsome.blogspot.com ! Jim, a great English friend from Appalachian State, brings you along his journey being a teacher in a middle in South Korea. His posts literally make me laugh at loud, so go laugh and read his blog!
Thanks guys! Now, I’m off to accomplish the only objective that I have today: buy shampoo and conditioner. Ha! Wish me luck on my interview on Monday at 10:30am!