When I'm not feeling particularly poetic (or I find myself trying to blog at 2am, ahem.), I tend to find lists fulfill the purpose of passing on pertinent information just fine.
My List of Things Too Emotionally Exhausting to Go into Detail About Right Now
1. I loved my job in New York as the Adventure Bound Trip Coordinator. I felt like I stepped into a tricky situation with a lot of potential for failure, but I feel like I did the best that I could, learned a ton about supervision, organization and the overall dependency of children. The person that had my job before me (and was the only person to ever have the job) also happened to leave the position with an entire-camp fan club unofficially dubbing me as "The New John Weir." (That was his name.) Some tiny spark inside of me hopes that next year's Trip Coordinator will at least once be referred to as "The New Texas Audrey" rather than just "The New New-John Weir." One can hope.
|Storm King Mountain viewed from my favorite hike, Breakneck Ridge, Cold Spring, NY.|
I don't know why my life isn't going down this path, but what I do know is that if it is the right decision for me to turn down this opportunity, I can't even comprehend how incredible the opportunity in its place is going to be. ---But, so help me, if it is marriage, I will have such a bone to pick with God! hahaha I sincerely would rather be a nun for the rest of my days than have some dude keep me from having all the crazy, free-as-a-bird experience I want to have. ;)
3. So, my bestie Katie came to meet me in New York to take an epically epic road trip back to Texas with me. It was so much fun. We saw just about every tourist attraction on the East Coast, had a killer road trip soundtrack and met some great friends along the way. Now she is all moved into her new home in Austin, and I am back in my eternally gracious family's home in Houston for 3 more months as I finish my teaching certification program.
|Katie and I taking over NYC|
4. I start student teaching on Monday in a fourth grade English Language Arts/Social Studies/History class. I am beyond pumped. I feel like I should be nervous, but considering the other big ol' life decisions I have been facing lately, this just seems like a lot of fun! YIPPEEE!
5. I am looking for jobs at schools with outdoor adventure programs, and focus on experiential education and travelling schools, but if I don't stumble across a miracle and get a job by the time my student teaching ends in December, I am planning to move in with some friends in Austin and substitute teach there, do some networking and keep making moves there til life takes me elsewhere!
6. LET ME START BY SAYING THAT CINDY GUIDOTTI IS THE GREATEST PERSON ALIVE. I WISH HER ALL THE MOST WONDERFUL THINGS IN THE WORLD. SHE IS A SHINING STAR IN THE DARKEST NIGHT AND I ADORE HER WITH ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD. EVEN THOUGH SHE HAS A TERRIBLE MCDONALD'S HABIT, OCCASIONALLY (ALWAYS) THREATENS TO HARM SMALL CHILDREN AND HAS NO OUTDOOR SKILLZ WHATSOEVER, I WOULD STILL CHOOSE HER TO BE ON A DESERTED ISLAND WITH ME BECAUSE WE WOULD NEVER RUN OUT OF THINGS TO DO. WE COULD ALWAYS SING KARAOKE, SNEAK AWAY FROM PARTIES, HARASS WAITERS AT ISLAND DINERS, LAUGH INAPPROPRIATELY, ILLEGALLY BURN STUFF, GET SICK ON ISLAND SWING SETS, LINE DANCE, EMBARRASS THE FAMILY, EAT ISLAND FROYO, BE ISLAND FROYO NUNS, ROLLERBLADE AROUND THE ISLAND WEARING 80'S ATTIRE... AND SO ON AND SO ON. CINDY IS WINDY. (EMPHASIS ON "WIN".)