K'lyssa
06 March 2011 @ 11:11 pm
I don't think anything too terribly drastic/exciting has happened since I last wrote, but I figured it was about time for an update. I've been teaching 2nd grade at Roberts for the 2 weeks already! It's going really well. I love the school (it's only 2 years old) and the kids and it's fantastic to be at the same school as one of my very best friends. I'm still not sure if it'll turn into a "real" teaching job because state and local budget cuts have prevented them from hiring anyone right now, but my fingers are still crossed! If things don't work out at Roberts, the school that my sister works at wants to hire me. Because her school (Ramirez) is a charter school, it's got a different budget than the regular schools within the district. I'm hoping that one of those two options (or even something else) work out.

I'm officially going to be a nanny again this summer. So I'll start babysitting Connor, who I kept last summer, and one of his good friends/the son of a City Council member the week after school gets out. It would be nice to have a bit of a break - but I'll definitely need the money for LeakyCon and hopefully it'll make the month of June go by pretty quickly.

Other than work related stuff - the apartment is a disaster and I wish we could move out of this apartment complex. We had a flood after the fire because the pipes in the apartment above us froze and then burst. It didn't damage anything other than the floor, but that was enough for the management to decide that they want to completely remodel our entire common area (laundry room/hallway/kitchen/living room/eat-in area). Because of that, when they start to remodel, Kayla and I will have to move back over to that Extended Stay place we had to stay at for two weeks this summer. It's really the last place either of us want to stay - but we don't seem to have any say in the matter at all. The girl that lives below us had to move out last week and they've just started working on her apartment..so the repairs they do on her place should kind of give us an idea of how long it'll actually take them to finish ours once they start.

My best friend is moving home! After we both decided not to go to Notre Dame or Truman State, she decided to go to Baylor and I wound up going to Tech. She's graduating in May and she's been living with her boyfriend (of..2 years?) and his parents. She called me in tears last night because she doesn't love him anymore and she suspect he's cheating on her and it's just a hot mess. Unfortunately, she's got to stick it out for 2 more months - but then she'll be home! Granted, she has said that she's moving home before, but she went ahead and applied for teaching jobs here in Lubbock and the surrounding areas and she seems to have it all figured out. I'm sad that she's hurting and isn't coming home under better circumstances, but it'll be so nice to have her here after being away from her for so many years. I think I always knew, deep down, that we'd end up in the same place; we're attached at the hip!

Other than that, I don't think anything too interesting is going on. I'm still working on Dear Mr. Potter (we're in the middle of editing the submissions that will actually be in the book right now - and then we'll the PR fun will start!) and RupertGrint.net whenever I have time. I've made some new friends through work lately, which has forced me to think about the people I'm no longer friends with. I've reconnected with some old high school friends on Facebook and even extended a few olive branches to people in an attempt to mend some burned bridges of the past. Even if nothing happens and we never get back to being friends...at least I can say that I tried!

Life is good, though. I'm enjoying my job (although I'm definitely ready for Spring Break!) and I'm learning something new every single day. I've just started reading Harry Potter to my homeroom class and they absolutely love it so far. We only have about 10 minutes to read at the end of each day, but we'll start chapter 3 tomorrow and I can't wait to see how they react once the action in the book starts picking up. I'll try to take my camera with me to work one day this week so that I can post some pictures of what it looks like - although most of the decorations up on the walls were left by the teacher I took over for.
 
 
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K'lyssa
02 February 2011 @ 06:21 pm
Since the last time I posted..I've still been working as a substitute. Over the weekend one of my best friends texted me and said that she was taking over for a fired 5th grade teacher and the school also had an open 2nd grade placement. So..I took a sub job on Monday as a music teacher. About halfway through my third class, the principal and vice principal came into the room to watch me teach. At the end of the class, they offered me a long-term sub position taking over for a second grade teacher that is resigning on February 18th. It's going to be so nice to be at the same place every single morning and it'll be even nicer to have an increased, steady income. The school that I'll be working at, Roy Roberts, was built in 2007 - so it's very high-tech and new. The student population makes the school a Title 1 school...which is exactly the kind of school I would love, love, love to work at. My first week will be the week of February 21st, which is being considered my trial week before they add me on full time through the rest of the school year. I'm even more excited to be at the same school as Alisha. We're keeping our fingers crossed that we'll both get hired to be "real" teachers for the next school year - and there's been talk of moving Alisha down to fill another vacant 2nd grade position if everything works out. God is so good!

Other than that, I started working on/for Dear Mr. Potter. I'm the head of public relations (which isn't very interesting right now since we're not really ready for publicity outside of the fandom itself) and then I'm also working as a general content manager. It's such an amazing project and I'm proud to be behind it. I hope it goes on to be EXTREMELY successful. A ton of the people that are working on the book are also going to LeakyCon - so it'll be fun to have an even larger group of people to hang out with than I had originally anticipated. I've also reconnected with an old friend. She reached out to me, and I'm so glad that she did. We basically picked up right where we left things off a few months ago - and all is well in that department.

I suppose I should say something about the INSANE WEATHER we're having right now. We only got about 5 inches of snow (which is a pretty big deal on its own for West Texas) but the insane temperatures are what's really killing us. Schools have been delayed/canceled every day since Monday and I think a big reason for that is because of the temperatures. Earlier today, it was colder here than it was in the North Pole and it's currently colder here than it is in Alaska. When I woke up this morning, it was 2 degrees outside with a windchill factor of -23. The 2 degree reading is the lowest Lubbock has had since December of 1989. Mother Nature clearly doesn't realize that I'm in Texas.
 
 
K'lyssa
18 January 2011 @ 10:17 pm
..your apartment catches on fire and the first thing you do is alert your internet friends? Then the fireman gets here and the first thing he does is comment on your bedding?

No? Well I do. Both of these things happened to me today. I honestly wish I was kidding. Our kitchen caught on fire. Some boys that were playing tennis outside heard the smoke detectors and saw smoke billowing out of our apartment and came running. Basically, it was a hot mess. Quite literally.




 
 
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K'lyssa
17 January 2011 @ 03:03 pm
It's been a few weeks since I last updated. I wish I could say it's because I've been doing incredibly interesting things that have kept me ridiculously busy..but that's not entirely true. I've been working as a substitute just about every single day of each week since the schools here started up after Christmas break. I'm loving it! I love the flexibility that comes with the job and I am definitely loving being able to see a different school, different grade level, different classroom, and different students each day. I'm having a lot of fun and keeping my fingers crossed for all of this substituting to lead to some job offers when this school semester is over. I did recently get offered a long-term substitute position starting in February and going through the end of the school year, but I wound up turning it down. I loved the school and it was a kindergarten classroom (which I also love) but I would've been co-teaching with another teacher. It was a fantastic opportunity and I'm so glad that they asked me, but I'd rather keep doing things the way I'm doing now - or be placed long-term in a classroom by myself.

Other than that, I don't really guess anything too terribly exciting as been going on. Last night I watched the Golden Globes with Emma, Patrick, and Pluto on stickam and then we wound up staying awake until 4-ish. That was way more fun than it should've been, haha. Tomorrow I'm substituting in a first grade classroom, Wednesday I'll be in kindergarten, and Friday I'll be in kindergarten - so now I just need to find a job for Thursday and I'll be set! Should be another fun week.

Also: It is because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that I'm standing here today - so I definitely have to acknowledge the role that he has played in the life that I'm able to lead today. He dared to dream and he stood for hope, changing the world along the way. "Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
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K'lyssa
31 December 2010 @ 01:11 am
What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before? I went on a roadtrip with my sister and I graduated from college.

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't usually make resolutions.

Did anyone close to you give birth? Entirely too many people to list, but so many gorgeous babies.

Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no.

What countries did you visit? None..but I visited lots of states!

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? A full-time job with benefits, a new car, and possibly a house.

What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 21 - My sister and I went to the Backstreet Boys concert in Kansas City and made some incredible friends. It also helped that we had backstage passes and got to meet the Boys.

July 21 - I walked into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the very first time and it's absolutely something I'll never forget. Every day of that week will always be memorable for me.

December 18 - I graduated with honors from Texas Tech University.

December 20 - I officially became certified to teach in the state of Texas.


What was your biggest achievement of the year? Graduating from Texas Tech University with honors and becoming certified to teach in the state of Texas are pretty much equal.

What was your biggest failure? Procrastinating and not always being as good of a friend as I could've been.

Did you suffer illness or injury? I had strep and a few colds, but that's about it.

What was the best thing you bought? My diploma frame; I'll keep it for the rest of my life and whenever I look at it I'll be reminded of the incredible 3 years I spent at Texas Tech.

Whose behavior merited celebration? My mom. She never fails to amaze me with her resilience and strength in the face of adversity.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I would never let the behavior of others influence me enough to cause depression. But a large group of people's (who know who they are and therefore don't need to be named) behavior merits the use of the word appalled as does the behavior of a few people that I thought were my friends, and the behavior of one boy that shall not be named.

Where did most of your money go? Groceries and my summer vacations.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Backstreet Boys concert, the roadtrip to Disney World and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, seeing my friends at Infinitus, buying everything for LeakyCon, working for RupertGrint.net, student teaching, passing my certification tests, and graduating.

What songs/artists will always remind you of 2010? Backstreet Boys, Glee, Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, Starkid and other wrock, and the Texas Tech Alma Mater.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?: I think I'm just about the same; though I'm more optimistic this year.
Thinner or fatter?: Thinner..and working on it! :)
Richer or poorer?: Poorer - but I'm okay with it because I did so many amazing things this year.

What do you wish you'd done more of? I wish I had gone out with my friends more...because I'm going to miss the college life now that it's over.

What do you wish you'd done less of? Worrying about the negative opinions of people that don't matter to me.

What are your favorite TV programs? Glee, Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, The Today Show, various reality shows..

Did you fall in love in 2010? Nope! I fell in like a few times though.

How many one night stands? Absolutely none.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? No, I don't hate anyone. My G'mommie always says "Hate in the heart spreads like a virus." Are there people I dislike? Yes.

What was your greatest musical discovery? I guess I'd have to say wrock.

What did you want and get? To go to the Backstreet Boys concert and meet them, to go to Disney World and WWoHP, to go to Infinitus, to graduate..

What did you want and not get? A new car and a full-time job with benefits.

What was your favorite film of this year? Deathly Hallows Part 1, Inception, and Toy Story 3.

What was the best book you read? "Room" by Emma Donaghue

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I student taught my amazing kindergarteners and had a party with them and then came home to a little get together with some of my closest friends (and an epic Harry Potter cake!). I turned 22 this year. :)

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Falling in love.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? Teacher clothes! Haha.

What kept you sane? My sister and my incredible friends.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Rupert Grint, of course.

What political issue stirred you the most? Gay rights and the health care debate.

Who do you miss? My best friend (Katie), some people I'm no longer friends with, Brendan, my sister Kyndra, my grandma. It's a long list!

Who was the best new person you met?

Emma, Pluto, and Patrick - The other three members of the "fantastic four" (as Emma calls us) have really helped to keep me sane and they've made me laugh more times than I can even count. I'm so excited to meet Emma this summer - and I hope that we get to meet Pluto and Patrick soon too.

My cooperating teachers - They were both such incredible teachers and I learned a lot about what kind of teacher I want to be from them. I was definitely lucky to get place as such fantastic schools.

..do the Backstreet Boys count? Haha.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010: You can't slow down time; so enjoy each and every moment you have with the people you love. Remember to commit every experience worth looking back on to your memory..and take lots of pictures!

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"In such a short period we’ve made bonds that will last lifetimes.
So even though we’ve reached the end, it’s not over yet.
We’ll still have each other. All the friendships, and all the laughs.
Life’s a funny thing. It can present you with surprises around every corner.
No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but we can hope that it brings us all a little bit closer.

We have the power of choice.
We have the power to define our own future.
We merely have to step up to the plate and take hold of what we care for,
Not letting go of our dreams and wishes just because people tell us this all has a life span." - The Last Call/End of an Era Part 2 by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
 
 
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K'lyssa
27 December 2010 @ 03:04 pm
I hope everyone (that celebrated it) had a fantastic Christmas! It was a little weird around here this year because my it was the first time that Kyndra, Kayla, and I weren't together and also the first time that we didn't spend Christmas Eve night at home. Kyndra couldn't come home for Christmas because she was here last week for my graduation - and she couldn't get off of work for both events. And then Kayla and I just decided to spend Christmas Eve night at our apartment so that we'd actually get some sleep..and we just went to Tahoka early Saturday morning.

Mom, grandma, Kayla, and I had such a fun day! We bought mom and grandma a lot of presents (and some for Peanut and Harry too!) and they were both so surprised. It's always nice to see someone's face when they open something that you took a lot of time to pick out for them. Kayla and I got a few things too. I was genuinely happy with the things that I got because I didn't ask for anything. Once we were finished opening presents, Kayla and I got out the Wii games we had taken with us and sang every single song on the Glee karaoke game and every song on the Disney: Sing It - Family game for our mom and grandma. It was way more fun than it should've been. We also played Wheel of Fortune, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Mario All-Stars as a family. Then, of course, there was the food! My mom is the best cook in the entire world. We had ham, broccoli and cheese casserole, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, rolls, dressing, green bean casserole, apple cake, pecan pie, peanut brittle, fudge, firestick candy, trash, and pink stuff. Since Kyndra wasn't there, mom sent me home with a TON of leftovers..which is definitely something I can't complain about.

Last night my dad got into town, so we went over to Gail's and spent a few hours with them so that he could give us his presents and we could all just hang out. The past few times that Kayla and I have gone over there, the boys haven't been there..so it was fun to see everyone for awhile. Then my little brother's girlfriend came to pick him up so that they could go on a date and we gave him a hard time about it. They're adorable together though, and Heather is super sweet.

It's been an incredible Christmas break so far. I've been doing a lot of writing and photography - some has been shared here on LJ (I still don't understand why so many people read my public entries..), some on my Tumblr, and some in my other blog. I got to spend time with some of the most important people in my life and I got the chance to get to know some new people even better. I've stayed up until all hours of the night (often talking with the 'fantastic four') just about every single night since the break started. I GRADUATED. I've already read 3 books on my Nook Color. I've just loved having the opportunity to be completely and totally lazy. So many things will be different about my life when the local school districts start back up in January. I'm excited to see how the future plays out.

As for right now...Matt is coming over tonight, so I've been cleaning up the apartment all day (not that it was ever really dirty..but I'm OCD about my apartment being clean before people come over). This morning my little brother Oscarr had surgery to repair his ACL, so if you're the praying type..please keep him in your prayers as he comes home tomorrow and gets back on the road to recovery. And if you don't pray, kind thoughts sent his way would definitely be appreciated.

I'm sure I'll be updating again before the New Year; but enjoy what's left of the break!
 
 
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K'lyssa
25 December 2010 @ 10:45 am
Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you have the very happiest of holidays regardless of what you choose to celebrate (it may be Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Festivus or even something else!). Whatever your holiday, however you celebrate it, I hope that you have a fantastic day surrounded by the people that you love.
 
 
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K'lyssa
22 December 2010 @ 09:39 pm
It's been a crazy few days since graduation! It was so nice to have so many wonderful friends and family come in to support me on one of the biggest days of my life..and I had such a good weekend with everyone. After graduation on Saturday, I came home to a nice pile of presents (a Nook Color among them!) from some incredibly generous friends and family members. I am so blessed!

On Monday I received an e-mail telling me that my teacher certificate was being mailed to my mom's house..so I am officially certified to teach in the state of Texas and several other states. I'm going to try to find a certificate frame to match my diploma frame; I just wish they weren't so expensive! It felt very weird to update my resume to reflect the fact that I've graduated from Texas Tech..it still doesn't seem real! I'm also on the substitute lists at Lubbock-Cooper, Frenship, and Lubbock ISD and I've had an initial interview at Lubbock-Cooper. I'm definitely looking forward to becoming a substitute next semester. It's a great opportunity to get my foot in the door and find out which schools I like best and would be most interested in working at in the future.

I finally opened a savings account the other day so that I can start saving small amounts of money for LeakyCon. I don't think I'd ever manage to save up enough money if I kept it in a jar or something around the house - so putting it in the bank seemed like the best thing to do. I've officially received the room deposits from our other 3 roommates..so our room is officially full! I've also become super close to some of the other girls that are going and we're hoping that our hotel rooms will be close to one another. It has all definitely turned out better than I ever thought it would when things were kind of up in the air with everything that happened a few weeks ago. But I don't doubt for a second that it's going to be an incredible, memorable week with Emma, Angela, Mary, Nikki, and all of my other friends that are going. Although I kind of wish certain things had played out differently...I am so glad I didn't decide to cancel the hotel reservation or my registration. I can't wait to see everyone again.

Other than that, I've just been enjoying the break and enjoying the opportunity to be completely and totally lazy after a super hectic semester. I've gone out on a few dates..but for the most part I've just been spending too much time on Tumblr, too much time on the computer (I organized and read through my AIM logs the other day..insane how much has happened and insane how everything has turned out so much different than I ever thought it would), too much time in bed with my Nook, and too much time playing games on the Wii with my wonderful sister. Speaking of, Kayla and I bought some Christmas presents for our mom and grandma (who insisted that we not get them anything..so I know they'll be surprised!) and they're all wrapped and sitting under the tree with the presents we got for Harry and Peanut. I can't believe that Christmas is almost here!

Also: Tumblr is being weird and is letting people send questions to the Tumblr that I deleted a few weeks ago. Obviously I can't answer them..but I also can't get Tumblr to stop allowing questions to be submitted. I don't get it! So if you see this and you're one of the people that's sent questions to that Tumblr in the past few days..I'm not trying to ignore you, I just don't use that Tumblr anymore and I can't answer the questions.

I hope you all have an incredible Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa!) and that you get to spend it with the people that you love. And if you don't celebrate any particular holidays at this time of year...then I hope you enjoy your break from school and work and that all is well with you and yours.

Happy holidays!
 
 
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K'lyssa
19 December 2010 @ 11:35 am
I am officially a college graduate. A member of the Alumni Association. A Texas Tech University alumni.

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We got to flip our rings when we moved our tassels to the left side. Wreck 'Em Tech!

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Alumni Association pin, commencement program, and my diploma!

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K'lyssa
17 December 2010 @ 06:32 pm


I know we don't exactly look our best here, but does anyone ever look very attractive in graduation regalia? These are some of the girls (Vanda, Alisha, and Teddye) that made the last 3.5 years of my college experience at Texas Tech absolutely incredible. It wouldn't be have been the same without them, and I look forward to taking their friendships with me into the next chapter of my life. This picture was taken this afternoon, right after our initiation into the College of Education's Induction Professional Educators ceremony. We got cords representing the CoE's colors as well as our honor cords from the college itself. I have so many cords now! Black and gold - Gamma Beta Phi (honor organization for the top 10% of the entire university's graduating class). Purple and green - Kappa Delta Pi (top 10% of the entire College of Education's graduating class. Light blue - honor graduate from the College of Education. Light blue, red, and black - graduate of Texas Tech University's College of Education. Red - graduating Summa Cum Laude. The medallion is for being a scholarship recipient graduating with honors from the College of Education. The red stole is the generic stole that all Bachelor's graduates have to buy and the gold one came with my Gamma Beta Phi cords.

It still doesn't seem real that I'm graduating from college tomorrow! I still remember the very first LJ entry I wrote when I moved into my dorms..it was such a mix of emotions back then, and it's an even bigger mix of emotions now. I can't wait.

I graduate at 9AM tomorrow morning, and I doubt anyone would willingly be up at that time on a Saturday morning..but it'll be streaming live online at this link: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/livestream/
 
 
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