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I hate being sick…

Once again, I have a nasty cold. I should be used to it by now, but I still find it annoying. I had to miss work yesterday. It was probably a good thing, because I feel a lot better today; but I still hate calling in. Hopefully I’ll be better by Monday.

Tuesday’s Interview

I went into my interview on Tuesday with mixed feelings. I know that I want out of my current center, but I didn’t know enough about Head Start to know if I really wanted to work there. I really fear leaving one bad position for another. By the end of my interview, my feelings were clarified. I want this job.

The job is in an infant room in the Early Head Start center here in Davenport. It sounds like the set-up is very similar to the Eagle’s Loft infant room that I did a practicum (internship) in. I loved being there. It was the best place I’ve ever worked–even though I didn’t get paid for my time! My only real regret about going to China, is that I didn’t get to go work full-time at Eagle’s Loft.

Not only does the Early Head Start job sound like my ideal working environment, it also has better hours, benefits (my current job has none), and I’d be making at least $4 more ah hour! I want this job. I know they’ve already called some of my references, which is a good sign. Hopefully I’ll hear from them in the next week or so.

Interview Week

On Wednesday, I had a job interview in Des Moines for a Head Start job in Boone. The interview seemed to go pretty well, and they said that I should hear from them in 1-2 weeks (once my info made it through their bureaucracy). Sam and I are contemplating a move back to central Iowa, but it’s not set in stone yet. One of the major factors that will affect our decision is what Sam hears from the electricians’ union. When we got home on Wednesday he’d received a letter from them asking him to come in for an interview this coming Tuesday. There was much rejoicing. Whatever the outcome of the interview, we’ll be a critical step closer to making a decision. I should know something when/if I got a call.

On Thursday, Boone Head Start called to offer me the job. They needed a decision by Monday. I can’t commit in that time (which they knew when they called me, but they still had to try), so I had to turn them down. On the up side, I was their top choice, and if we do move their next opening is mine for the asking. Also on Thursday, Davenport Head Start called to offer me an interview. It’s on Tuesday.

Knitting and a lack of ambition

For years I’ve said that I wanted to learn how to knit. It’s always been in that “some day” category. My mom started to crochet when I was about 4, and I was fascinated with watching her work. I loved to help by rolling her yarn into balls for her. Unfortunately, when I tried to learn how to crochet I discovered that I just cannot do it.

It doesn’t matter how much I try, how many instructions I read, how many people try to show me. I do fine with a simple chain stitch, and I can usually manage 1 or 2 single crochet stitches before it all goes to hell. For some reason the knowledge of how to do it is lost between one stitch and the next. I just can’t get it to stick in my head.

Digression: I have the same problem with calculus. Any other type of math I’ve attempted I can do, and do well, if I’m willing to put in the effort. Calculus is beyond me. End digression.

The first time I tried and failed to learn to crochet, my mother offhandedly mentioned that I might try knitting. My mother could never knit, her mother could knit but not crochet. Maybe it’s some sort of right brain/left brain thing. From that point on, knitting was on my “some day” list.

Fast forward about twenty years, and I’d still never gotten around to trying. I’d never been able to convince myself to spend (very little) money to try a hobby I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to do. I know it’s silly, but I always told myself “some day”. If I was going to do it “some day”, then I didn’t need to buy the materials today.

For my birthday last month Sam bought me a knitting book. That was all the encouragement I needed. Once I had one part of what I needed to get started, I promptly went out and bought the rest. Much to my delight, I discovered that I can knit. I can knit, and I find it challenging enough to be interesting and satisfying.

Funny thing though, now that I know that I can knit, I feel absolutely no urgency to do so. I’ll get around to finishing a project “some day”. Today I’m lacking in ambition.

We suck at this…

Quick summary of the past several months: I’ve been working in the same daycare I mentioned last post, but now I’m the 3 year old teacher. I love the work, I love my kids, I detest my workplace. I’m currently applying for other jobs here and in Ames. Sam is also still job-hunting. Wedding plans proceed slowly, but surely.

Since work has been stressing me out, Sam has been encouraging me to work on my writing–something I haven’t done in a looooong time. For some reason, I haven’t been able to motivate myself to fiddle with any of my usual scribblings. I guess I’m just not feeling very creative. Instead, I decided to update here. My goal is to update at least once a week (we’ll see how well that works). My updates will be on whatever topic comes to mind–probably random anecdotes and reminiscences for the most part.

In that spirit, here’s today’s snippet of random: In my classroom I have a farm toy that plays “Old MacDonald.” This morning, one of my little boys decided to sing along. His lyrics were a bit different from standard, but I liked them. “Old MacDonald had a farm, G. I. G. I. Joe!”

Uncle Joe

My uncle Joe recently started his own blog ( It’s good reading, and I’m enjoying seeing his thoughts on the world around him. The side effect of reading Joe’s blog is that I feel guilty for not updating my own!

Most of you who are reading this website already know that I’m back in Iowa while Sam is staying in China until July. I’m currently working as a preschool teacher in Davenport and living with my family. I’m enjoying my job and I’m getting along well with my coworkers. I’m also in rehearsals for
Trojan Women, with performances the last two weekends in May.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be apartment hunting. My goal is to have a place for Sam to come home to in July. I’ll also be looking into taking classes at Western Illinois University (Quad Cities campus). In short, life is going well in Davenport–I’ll let Sam provide a China update. :-)