Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Trying to find work in Michigan

It just so happens that the vast majority of my family lives in one of the states with the highest unemployment rates in the country. So even though I've sent out over 40 resumes since I've been back, I've not had an interview. Now, I'm getting my ducks in a row to go to a meeting at the beginning of March which would allow me to substitute teach (which I would probably be able to do 5 days a week), so I'm not without options, but I wish I had something regular... even part time.

I'm trying not to get discouraged, especially since classes start next week... and my orientation is tomorrow through Friday.

Sometimes it is difficult to remember that things happens the way they are supposed to and that it isn't necessary to control everything in life.

Business isn't going as well at the new place as Mi Amor had hoped. Traffic is minimal because it has been really windy, and people don't tend to eat outside when the wind is whipping the dirt around at skin perforating speeds.

Regardless, we are both trying to keep our chins up.

I am also setting out on a quest for better health. I would like to have another child in the next in a couple year and that requires some serious lifestyle changes. I have set a goal for myself and am going to try to propose to Mi Amor that I be rewarded with another tattoo once that goal is reached. Here's hoping he agrees! It's been almost 6 years since my last set, and I'm beginning to really miss it!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Doing what I can

Well, I've been back in the US for a week and I've managed to get quite a bit accomplished. I've enrolled at the University of Phoenix, which offers an online MA in Education leading to AZ certification and am only waiting for the financial aid stuff to go through before I can actually register for my classes. It looks like I'll be starting around the 17th. I went with this program because it really is about 99% online, which won't prevent me from going back to El Salvador as soon as conditions are favorable.

I did my taxes. I'm not getting back as much as I'd hoped, but that's okay. I'm given what I need.

I've applied for a good 40 or so jobs. As I'm applying for jobs online, one never really knows if they are actually applying for a job or if they are responding to another recruiting agency. It really kind of sucks in that sense, but at least I'm putting feelers out there. Worst case scenario, I'll start substitute teaching some time in March, after I go to the meeting the sub contracting company requires me to attend.

Mi Amor went through some serious chaos over the weekend and is relocating at present. If there was any confusion as to why this return had to happen, it's gone now. The situation would have been very complicated and a bit frightening had La Hija and I been there. Suffice it to say, we will all be better off where he is now and I will be able to work, or at least start training, immediately upon our return.

I miss El Salvador and having my family together, but things are going as well as can be expected and I feel like I'm being productive during this hiccup.

I wish it were warmer though :)