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Apartment hunting and another crappy poem

Jun. 18th, 2009 | 07:35 am

Let's start off with another crappy poem, shall we?

I'm glad you ride motorcycles
And not just little scooters
In fact I'm so gosh darn proud
I'll let you grab my hooters
 

And er....on a more serious note, Tom and I went out apartment hunting yesterday on the East Side.  We walked for about 2.5 hours canvassing a 2 square mile area in the Lower East Side.  We made an appointment and already got to see one apartment.  It's ok, but will need to be repainted in places (which would suck because the other tenants won't move out until July 31 and we can't move in until August 1, so we would have to paint AFTER moving in.)  It's all kind of up to Tom and I, as Jay, who is a camp director for a Boy Scouts camp, is now gone until August 10.  Anyway, I can live with painting it after we move, it's just inconvienent.  It also has one of those tiny 'studio apartment' ovens that I HATE, but again can live with.  The kitchen is so small, again, I can live with that.  The big thing, for Tom and I, is the lack of closets.  It's very strange but there are NO bedroom closets.  There is a large coat closet, and then another walk-in closet across the hall from one of the bedrooms.  I will be bringing, FINALLY, my other dresser from my parents' house, so I wouldn't need a lot of space, but I DO still have things that need to be hung.  Tom hangs most of his clothes.  I don't know about Jay....  So that's a big thing we'd have to work out.  

For it's price, it's ease of location, etc, and the fact that the big thing to work through is just closet space, I want to say yes to it.  It's $895/month for rent and water.  Heat/electric/gas is ours to pay.  That's an AMAZING price for anything more than a 2 bedroom here on the East Side.  All the other 3 bedrooms we've found have been over $1200/mo, and the most we could afford is $1200 IF heat is included.  If it's not, we can't even afford that, we'd have to keep it around $1000/mo.

Tomorrow Tom has an appointment to view another 3 bedroom on the Lower East Side.  (I was joking that Will would love if I lived there because it's over Neutral Ground, a Judo/BJJ/MMA/Grappling training center.)  We'll see how that one pans out.  But we only have a week to get back to the landlord of the first one, at most.  She may lease it out before then, because she says she is going to continue to show it until it's taken....

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Poetry you wish you'd never read

Jun. 17th, 2009 | 09:02 pm

I write crappy poetry for Will each day lately, in an attempt to make him laugh.  I've decided I have such a natural talent at writing crappy poetry, it may as well go down in history in my Livejournal.  So here's what I have so far:


I miss you more and more each day
With every passing breath
I don't know what else rhymes with that
Except the word called 'meth'


Roses are red
Violets are blue
I want to talk
Where the fuck are you?


You like to eat laffy taffies of apple
And that is fine with me
But if they make you big and fat
You will be sucky when you grapple.

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For my own sanity

Jun. 15th, 2009 | 05:25 pm

This will not interest you, I promise. This is just a list for my own sanity, in a place I know I won't lose it.

Applied to:

MPS district preK-3rd - application rejected
WAWM district preK-3rd - open application
Milwaukee Academy of Science kindergarten - position filled
Milwaukee Academy of Science second grade - position filled
St. Francis district kindergarten - position filled
St. Francis district first grade - position filled
Seeds of Health, Inc. schools preK-3rd - open application
Wauwatosa district second grade - position filled
Academy of Learning and Leadership kindergarten - open application
Academy of Learning and Leadership first grade - open application
Academy of Learning and Leadership second grade - open application

Holy Redeemer Educational Complex preK-3rd - positions filled
Whitefish Bay district kindergarten - position filled
UWM Children's Center Lead Master Teacher - ?????
Columbia St. Mary's Prospect Medical Commons Assistant Teacher - ?????

Time Warner Cable (4 different positions applied for) - ?????
Froedtert Hospital receptionist - ?????
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin receptionist - ?????
Bruegger's Bagels store manager - ?????
M&I Bank teller - ?????
Chase Bank teller - ?????
CapTel captioning assistant- problem w/ application, need to re-do
Hilton desk clerk - ?????
can't think of the name (transcription place?) - rejected



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Jun. 7th, 2009 | 03:04 pm

Suddenly, in a day, things are upside down and sideways and I've no idea how to right them.

My brother's been checked into the psych ward for at least 72 hours under suicide watch.

My dear friend's tests have been super until this month when something suddenly changed. Apparently his meds aren't working right. His HIV is currently out of control.

I'm still jobless. I'm still unsure of where I'll be living soon.

I'm worried about my fiance and his family. I'm worried about my family. I'm worried about my friend. I'm scared about myself. I've laid in bed for 2 days and done nothing but cry.

I need my backbone and rock but he's not interested in being either right now.

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Jun. 6th, 2009 | 04:10 pm

I think I may need to go back on antidepressants, though I don't want to as they make me super tired, and my Atenolol already does that enough for me.










I need to talk to him and he's not been willing or able or I don't know what and now things are fucked up today cause I'm an idiot.

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What's been happening?

Jun. 4th, 2009 | 06:48 am

A lot has been happening! I went through my two weeks of full-time teaching at Clement. This week I've also been leading, especially because Tuesday and Wednesday there was a sub in the room with me and so she just let me take over. Which is fine, I guess. I'm a little bitter that she got paid to sit there and watch me, but....whatever.

I'm staying home today as I believe a child made me sick. Tuesday a boy went home sick with a fever and a stomachache. Today I have a fever and vomiting.

On the 24th of May was our Grant Park celebration, which was ok. It wasn't as fun as usual because we didn't have a bonfire. They're technically illegal on the park-grounds and there were cops all over the place. Ryan said they can ticket $120 per PERSON at the fire, and so we all said 'forget it' and came back to our apartment. We are scheduling a bonfire however, this summer, at Greenfield Park in West Allis, as apparently it's legal to create a fire there (that's something I don't trust Ryan on and will call the parks department about beforehand.......I'm not going if I can get a ticket for it..........yes I usually go to the one in Grant Park but that's not across the street from the police station............this park in West Allis is literally across the street from the WAPD.....plus other open fires are illegal in West Allis, so it seems to me that Ryan just made that up).

Last weekend Will was here, to see me, and to compete in the North American Grappling Association's Midwest Championships. He took 2nd in the first division he competed in (no-gi featherweight novice) and I was sooooooooooooooooooo proud of him. He didn't place in the gi featherweight white belt division but that was ok, cause I was still so proud of him. The win was bittersweet though. The whole trip here was. Will's grandmother passed away while he was up here. It made me feel bad that he was up here with me instead of down with his family at a time like that. He should have been with family, which I'm not (legally), yet.

Not this weekend but the one after Will is competing again for NAGA, in Atlanta, then flying here for less than 24 hours. That will be a nice (though super-short) trip.

What I'm really really looking forward to is a trip we have planned for me to visit down there. I fly down on July 3, and return on the 7th. I want to see him in his home element again, I want to see his family, especially the nieces and nephews. And honestly, I need to fucking GET AWAY from life here.

I have no full-time job and prospects are looking grim. I will be having to scrape the bottom of the barrel for money for health insurance. Tom and I can't keep this apartment because we didn't find enough people willing to move in with us, so he, Jay, and I have to find a new place to live and I have to go through moving again. I'm still stressed about finishing up student teaching, and I have revisions I have to make to my DPI portfolio before it's ok'ed. Flying away from here will be much appreciated.

More than anything right now I need a hug. A hug that lasts for a loooooong time. Tom is trying to be a good friend and be there for me, but honestly he's not the one I want hugging me so it's not helping much. I really want Will's arms around me, tightly.

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What's new pussycat? Whoa, whoa, whoa.....

May. 23rd, 2009 | 03:16 pm

I technically graduated on May 17, though I didn't walk in my ceremony.  I say technically because I'm not really done, nor has my degree been conferred.  I have to complete student teaching first.

My DPI portfolio was due this week. Vicki, my supervisor, wants me to do a bit of work with it again and email revisions back to her today.  So tonight I'll have to do that.  I'm looking forward to this all being done once and for all.

I'm so ready for summer vacation.........I want to be able to sleep past 5 every morning.  I'm going to be looking for full time work for the summer, that might transfer into full time work in the fall (in a clerical type of job), as I'm not feeling optimistic about finding a teaching job.  No one is hiring, because no teachers are retiring, because our economy is crap.  Almost every position I've applied for thus far has had 700+ applicants.  Those are not great odds.  Not great at all.  No matter where I'm working in the fall, I need to be there full time so I get health benefits, or I'm in so much trouble.

Today I'm at my parents.  I went to Target and Kohls, where I bought two tshirts, a pair of capris, a pair of flip flops, and sunglasses.  I'm most excited about the flip flops.  I love flip flops.  (I have well over 30 pairs.  Really.  They're in a huge laundry basket in my room.)

Tomorrow is our annual Grant Park bbq and bonfire, complete with volleyball, football, and s'mores.

Next weekend Will is here, which I'm really looking forward to.

Uh....not much else to say.

I'm too tired to think.
 

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What's new?

May. 10th, 2009 | 01:09 pm

So what's been happening with me?  Well Tuesday night they announced they'd reopen the closed MPS schools.  Which was horrible considering on Tuesday afternoon I began feeling sick.  I have either the worst cold ever, or a sinus infection.  It feels and looks like a sinus infection, except I'm also sneezing A LOT.  Hmmmm.  And my chronic cough w/ wheezing is back.  It's not good.

Friday sucked.  Besides being sick, my right eye was bleeding, so I couldn't see for crap out of either eye.  I also got a call from my bank saying my checking account was overdrawn almost $400.  I looked into it online and discovered that a check I'd written in September, which had cleared in September, had somehow REcleared a few days ago.  How in the hell does ONE check get cleared twice, eight months apart??????  I called back my bank and they looked at my statement and agreed that the funds had already come out of my account in September and so refunded me the funds that came out this month and reversed the fee I was being assessed.  It sucked, but I'm glad it's figured out now.  I just wish someone had an explanation for me as to how that could have possibly happened....

Friday got a little better when I checked my email as I had a request by the MPS school district to take their online interview (their screening process), which is the first step in their hiring process.  So I did that and now I'm waiting for word that I can apply directly for specific positions at specific schools.....

Yesterday I did nothing but lay in a chair in the living room and read a book.  Today I meant to go to the UWM library and lesson plan, write papers for seminar, and do my portfolio but I still feel like shit, so I haven't gone and I probably won't.  I'll work as best I can from home.  This evening I'm going to dinner with my parents and then out grocery shopping and to the drug store - I need a lot of cough syrup for teaching tomorrow because I'm being observed by my UWM supervisor.

27 days of student teaching left.....

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May. 3rd, 2009 | 07:12 pm

So Clement is one of 19 schools now closed in MPS indefinitely.  I don't attend again until May 11 at the earliest.  Part of me is annoyed.  Another part of me is grateful........because I can use this time to finish up papers for class, as well as get my DPI portfolio done, and get my application for my teaching license started.

And because we know I won't work myself TOO much, if you have any book recs, let me know........I'll be at the library at some point.

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May. 2nd, 2009 | 05:13 pm

So of course there's mass freaking out around here over swine flu, as the CDC has announced 3 confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 2 within Milwaukee.  There are 34 'probable' cases in Milwaukee alone, also.

I won't know until Sunday night whether my school will be open next week.

Drama drama drama..........

Last night I went to the Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game and there were a group of frat guys there wearing face masks saying 'flu crew'.  It was hilarious.  (They were treating the whole thing as a joke, obviously).  I'm already sick of hearing about the stupid flu.

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