: 1 :
We heard back from the insurance adjuster about the replacement of the carport, and although my parents didn't have replacement insurance on the carport, they'll still get a small chunk of change to help offset the cost of building a new one.
After considering the many options, it looks like we'll probably be going with something along the lines of option #1 from the last post.
The support beams will be framed in to look more substantial, and there will be at least 4 skylights--probably five--and there won't be a back wall like the one pictured above. We'll also be rebuilding the front porch to look similar in style to our back porch. But generally, it will look something like this.
I told my dad--who is dealing with the builder--that it needs to be done by the end of May for Sydney's birthday party.
Fingers crossed that happens.
: 2 :
We found out earlier this week that Sydney was accepted into a local school-of-choice that she had applied for. Washington doesn't have charter schools per se, but it's a school that students have to apply to be accepted into, and there were about 30 students applying for a few spots. Fortunately, children of school district teachers have first priority, so the odds were in our favor.
Also fortunately, Sydney is a smart cookie and did well on the entrance exam.
It will be a good fit for Sydney except for one thing: they offer no fine arts classes at all. No choir. No band. No art. A big fat zero in all things creative. (Interestingly, there actually is a performing arts magnet school in town, but it's only open to in-district students, so she can't apply.) Sydney's new school compensates for the lack of fine arts by giving students Wednesdays off to take art and music classes *somewhere* so that they can fulfill the state mandated creative arts credits. Sydney will have a few hours of ballet every week, as well as piano lessons. And we'll just have to find some art classes to sign her up for. Indeed, no school is perfect.
: 3 :
Speaking of schools, I have been looking more seriously at graduate schools for my PhD. I am limited to finding a school that offers an online program since the University of Washington is just too far away (though it has the exact program I want) and the University of Oregon is too philosophically different from what I want (and at 2-hours away, it's not exactly convenient for driving either).
Texas Tech was in the running for awhile but I'm just not that keen on taking graduate level classes in technical communication.
Now I'm looking at a faith-based university in Virginia, which conveniently doesn't have in-state/out-of-state tuition differences. Also, considering my background, I think I could get more scholarships to attend there.
: 4 :
Of course, there's a little thing called the GRE (graduate record examinations) that puts panic into my heart whenever I think about actually applying to grad schools.
Before I decide on a school, I have to pass the GRE. I'm not nervous about the English part, but my advanced math skills are not great. I can tell you from working with Sydney that my fifth grade math skills are AMAZING. I totally ace all her math tests. Do you think it's possible the GRE doesn't involve math beyond fractions? Because maybe I'm fretting over nothing.
: 5 :
Thinking about grad schools has also made me realize that teaching as a professor full-time is still many years away. And so in the meantime, I'm looking for a job because I don't really want to be out of the work force for the next five years or so.
Let me tell you, job hunting brings out all my insecurities. My resume is not even remotely impressive since I've only been doing adjunct work for the past 8 years. Also, I'm not sure I'm cut out for a 40-hour a week job. Or a job where I have to be somewhere by 8 am.
I don't know what I'm thinking trying to find a job.
: 6 :
Back in January, I decided that rather than make New Year's resolutions that would ultimately end up failing at some point during the year, I'd make a different resolution for each month.
January's resolution was to start blogging again, and for the most part I've done okay at keeping that up (I'm still not great at commenting on other blogs).
February's resolution was to start running again, but then there was snow and yada yada yada, I didn't start running. Instead, I decided to make a better effort at improving my photo skills by updating my Photoshop version and getting to know my camera and take more pictures. I did that, and though I haven't posted a ton here, I feel like I understand my camera better.
March's resolution has been to actually get back to exercising more regularly, even if running wasn't involved. So almost every day I have been doing Jillian Michael's 30-day Shred, and the few days that the weather has been nice, I went for a run. I'm feeling lots stronger, although I can tell I'm going to have to do more in terms of calories if I want to look like I'm in shape.
Yep, my least favorite thing about getting older is watching what I eat. It is the worst.
: 7 :
This next week is going to be super busy. On the to-do list: Soup Night (bumped up because I'll be out of town the first Sunday in April), dentist appointments, hair appointment, meet with Sydney's teacher appointment, go to see Sister Act in Portland with Megan, file our taxes, and PACK FOR MY TRIP. I'm going to try to pack everything in a carry-on bag, and I've figured out I'll probably need to pack everything this weekend because I won't have time to do it next week.
It's going to be crazy.
But this time next week?
I'll be in Scotland with my sister.
Happy happy joy joy.
If I don't check in before then...I will be back on the blog after April 13th. I'll also be posting pictures to Instagram, so you can pop in here and check out the pictures that will show up on the side bar. Or just follow me on Instagram :)