At any rate, I figured I'd spare you all my incessant worrying and whining over finding a job and all that nonsense. Update made short: I am very blessed and fortunate. I have a job for the upcoming school year with a wonderful school. I'm extremely excited to start teaching and still can't believe I have a job that will pay me--like, more than $7 an hour--to do what I love to do. The reality has started to set in, little by little. I started preparing my own classroom (weird!) the other day, am able to actually buy the teacher things I see when I'm out and about at times because I actually have a need for them, and I have a collection of books I am starting to look through to decide what to teach my soon-to-be high school students. I'm over the moon with excitement if you can't tell.
So what's been going on other than that? Well, I have been having a summer, for the first time in a while, that is FREE of classes and work! Totally awesome. Totally relaxing. Really loving it. I've had time to actually get our house deep-cleaned, go through all our earthly belongings and get the useless ones outta here, and spend a lot of time with my wonderful cats and dogs. I'm proud of myself for this summer. Have I worked on my book? Sadly, no. I haven't felt a pull to do it--I started, but it is very slow-going. With all the teaching stuff I have to prepare for, I felt like getting our house and pets in order was a bit more important for us at this point. The book will be there. I will get it revised and it will get sent out again. But it's not ready right now, and I'm not ready to deal with it either. And after all the high stress the last year and a half has put me through, I really just needed time away from all "smart" things. I've spent time lying at the pool, taken long, leisurely walks with my dogs, spent mornings cuddling in bed with the cats (annnnd sometimes the dogs too), worked on the house, worked on our diets, and the list goes on. I started off, I just remembered, by saying that I'm proud of myself this summer--and I am. Last summer, I failed in the productivity area. I was in school full time for most of the summer, true, so there I was productive, but outside of that I got nothing really done for the most part. I did work on my book, but I really wanted to do more--and I didn't. Part of it was that I knew I was stuck for a long haul of school and there wasn't any of me that was excited about it. It really had me down, actually, and frustrated, and it left me watching a lot of lame TV when I had free time. This summer has been different--I haven't slept away my free hours--in fact, I have only twice slept past 9 this summer. I've been awake and busy and happy--and I really needed this.
Side note: I hate bugs. There's a fly buzzing around the lamp next to me ight now and it is driving me nuts.
I ate a lot last summer--stress eating, it was. I had time to work out and work out hard, and I didn't do it. I put on weight and I didn't feel good about myself. This summer, I started off running a lot, and I worked on what I ate. I am pretty much off all processed foods and sugars. That is dang impressive for me. --and then I joined CrossFit. That's pretty much a whole post in itself. In short, I love CrossFit so far. Pricey, yes. Worth it? Absolutely. I've only been doing the WODs for two weeks so far, but since I started on-ramp and was pretty sore, I quit running for the most part--I had to give my muscles a break on those days in between CrossFit. So no real running going on, just CrossFit, and I decided to see what it was doing for me yesterday. I timed myself on a 5K yesterday and finished in 28:07. I haven't run a 5K like that in quite some time. I feel stronger, am learning a lot of new things, and being brave about trying them. That's one of my favorite things about CrossFit so far--I tend to shy away from doing new exercises because I am embarrassed to do them wrong and not be able to do them well. With the coaches at the box (CrossFit has its own vocabulary, kinda like when I worked at Disney World), though, I just don't have time to hesitate and worry about whether or not I will be able to do something on the first try or if I look stupid trying--I just do it. I love it. Love love love. I can't wait to see where I will be in a few months. I just have to figure out how it will fit into my work schedule (DUDE I HAVE A WORK SCHEDULE!!!). I t