Tuesday, September 19, 2006

New Clothes

My Art and Soul friends are embarking on a new venture. David (I think he’s the Art of Art and Soul) has just launched a line of fall clothing featuring some of his cool graphics and amazing surfing photos. DavidMac designs can be purchased through his site, just click here.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Thanks, but no Thats

I have yet another rejection letter to add to my ever-increasing pile. Whoopee!

The letters don’t really bother me as much as I thought they would, though. When I first started to read the classifieds and send out those resumes, I crossed my fingers and prayed for an interview. Then, throughout the summer, I came to learn that most of the jobs are already filled or otherwise unavailable and that the ad is usually just a farce.

This most recent letter, however, is different.
First, it opens with “Dear Applicant”. Now, I know that this is a perfectly acceptable opening to a letter, but I’m not sending resumes to NYC Public Schools or anything. I was probably one of maybe a dozen applicants! They could have used my name; I used the principal’s name in my cover letter.

Secondly, the letter was exactly 1 sentence long, AND that 1 sentence contained two misspelled words! Well, actually one misspelled word and a “that” instead of a “thank”. Obviously, someone relies on only MSWord for proofreading.  

Yes, it only takes one sentence to reject an “applicant”. But for this particular position, I had to download a five-page application, write a cover letter and a page and a half essay about my teaching philosophy and goals, and include three reference letters. Doesn’t all that legwork warrant more than a one-sentence response?

When I first read the ad for this position, I thought that I might have found my dream job. I don’t think that I would have been happy in that district after all.

BTW~ Why am I saving my rejection letters? Can anyone think of a good use for them?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Summer Update

Is anyone still reading this blog? ‘Cause no one is writing it!

I have been neglectful, to say the least.

After a fun-filled summer, the twins went back to school earlier this week. Yippee!

Over the past few months I have stayed as far away from the computer as possible. Sure, I’ve checked my email regularly and I’ve shopped just as much, but I didn’t write a thing all summer and it felt GREAT!

Instead, the kids and I spent our time lounging on the beach, visiting a few pools, camping in Virginia, and we just got back from a weeklong trip to Florida. I had booked the FL trip to see the space shuttle Atlantis launch, but it was delayed due to Hurricane (T.S.) Ernesto. We visited Kennedy Space Center, and then spent the next four days deluged by the storm all the way up the east coast.
Oh well, we’ll try again next summer!