For FHE tonight, we're updating our blog. I know, I know; it's only been not even a day since our last post, but the introductory post told you nothing about what's actually going on in our lives. We are moving from Midvale to Chicago on July 15. Earlier this year, Jake got accepted to Northwestern University to get his MBA. Smart boy, right? Seriously, this is the guy who said to his interviewer, "I'm the man" when asked why Northwestern should take him. And somehow, it all worked out. So a couple weeks ago, my mom and I flew to Chicago to find an apartment. After trial, tribulation, and looking at several tiny studio apartments that cost upwards of $1200, I found a one bedroom 3rd floor walk-up (at a reasonable price, I might add) a few miles south of campus near Evanston, IL. I'd show you pictures, but the uploader thingy tells me there's some kind of internal error. I'll post pictures when we get all moved in. That will be cuter anyway.
I just completed my first year of teaching high school at Riverton High. It was a huge challenge, but I really had a good time. I had some really great students as well as a class from hell. It was a fantastic learning experience for me, and I'm sad to leave such great students and faculty. But on the bright side, I get to experience an entirely new city for the next two years. Everybody has been asking me if I'm going to teach while we're there, and the answer is: I'm not sure. There are rules preventing people who don't live within Chicago city limits to teach in the city. I think our apartment may be within the limits, but even so, I'm not sure if that's what I want to do for only two years. As I learned this year, it's hard to be in a school for a short time because you have no way to establish a reputation or to build a program. Also, teaching jobs near where we live are pretty scarce. I did have a phone interview this morning for a substitute teaching position nearby, but I have no way of knowing how steady that work will be. I've also applied with several companies near Evanston, but haven't heard back from anyone yet. I've only been able to apply online so far, but I'll be able to hit the streets with a stack of resumes once I get there.
And can I just say I love being married to someone so supportive and great? Sometimes I get stressed with all the moving and job uncertainty, and I turn into a sobbing ball. He is always so sweet and loving. I know I couldn't have done this year of teaching without Jake. He really IS the man.
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