Saturday, August 27, 2011

Good Night Irene

Well, this is Ocean City, NJ BEFORE high tide...good luck everyone

I live at the Jersey Shore and once my family and I got wind of (pun possibly intended) of Irene, we skipped town.  We are now in the Cherry Hill/Marlton area which is about an hour north.  Though, I did leave two sisters and their families at the Shore, they are reporting that they are fine.  Between Irene, possibly tornadoes, and frequent break-ins (people from the sea-side cities are seeking shelters...and realizing they are ending up in nice areas for robberies)...what is this, the mini-Apocalypse or something?

Another pic I found...of the Wildwood beach (the most HUGE beach I have ever been on...takes 20 years to walk it...or least it feels like it) looks like this...

Annnnnd this is Atlantic City....

This whole thing is wild...I know I have 0 followers but if anyone has any info...please send it this way..thanks!!!  GOOD LUCK!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Still looking...

The school year is coming up and all I have to say is that I have a job, for three months, at the "country club of high schools".  After those three months of sort of decent pay, I will then be unemployed once again.  Sure, I really appreciate that they are giving me a chance...again.  I worked at this school with the same position for two months last year hoping I'd obtain a salary job.  But, alas, all of the "of course you'll get hired" and the "so many teachers are retiring, it would only make sense for you to get the job" encouragement didn't pan out.  I guess all of the positive talk about me fell on deaf ears when it reached administration.  Oh well, I'm sick of complaining and bitchin' and moanin' so I better "nut up or shut up" (thanks to Jason and Zombieland).

Speaking of zombies...I sometimes witness some weird things pretty much every day and today was not any different.  I went grocery shopping with my mother today (sad, I know, but I still live at home...even sadder, yes) and all of the lights were out.  We have been getting a lot of random yet strong thunder and lightening storms and I guess it hit the local food store.  As we walked around the creepy and darkened aisles of the local grocery store, I could not help but to think this would be a PERFECT setting for a zombie movie.  Ready?  Lights, scene, action!

Setting:  Darkened grocery store
Characters: A mom and a little boy
Scene:  Mom is grocery shopping and pushing around her little boy while he is sitting in the child seat of a shopping cart

Boy:  Mommy, why are all the lights out?
Mom:  Must have been a storm, but it's OK..I'm right here.  That's looks like no one is really working here today.  Must be because of the storm.  So, what would you like for your breakfast?  Cheerios or Raisin Bran?
Boy:  Can I have some of those Pop-Tarts?
Mom:  No, no honey...they are full of sugar and will rot your teeth out.
Boy:  Oh Mommmmmm, c'mon...pleaseee
Mom: about some nice Raisin Bran instead?
Boy:  (Huffs and puffs) That stuff is icky!!!

The boy, ignoring his mother's words, reaches his tiny hand out of the cart to grab the sugary tarts.  As he reaches, something grabs back.


Out of the cereal and Pop-Tart boxes of aisle seven comes a a rotting, grotesque-looking person that looks like they work at the store.  His name tag reads "Ted" and he has fed on about two people at this point and is craving some dessert.  All of a sudden, the mother sees Ted and begins to scream.  She turns around and sees more people slowly walking towards her and her son, their skin seeming to melt off their bodies as they venture to find more flesh to replace their own.  As they come closer, the perimeter around mother and son becomes tighter and tighter.  She screams.  Lights out.

This story and many other scenarios popped into my head as I walked around the store today with Mom.  Plus, while I was running on my treadmill down in the basement this morning, we lost power and all of the appliances went bonkers.  Try running on a treadmill at a steady and sweaty pace and it just suddenly shutting on and off, the lights flicker, the TV going nuts, and the stereo systems CD changer popping in and out.  That will certainly get your heart rate up more than any work-out.  Between my haunted basement scene and my zombie-esque shopping experience, I feel like I've had enough paranormal tricks played on me for one day, even if it was just the electricity being shotty. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

First Post of the Post-Grad Life

Hello to all you post-grads out there that are searching for jobs.  And hello to all the other current-college kiddies that believe that once senior seminar is over it will be smooth sailing.  Well, just to prepare you, it won't be. is fun and a blast and considered one of the most (if not the most) challenging educational experiences one will have.  Unfortunately, I learned my lesson too late and realized if I could've stayed in college forever...I should have.  Life on the outside is extremely depressing compared to campus life.  So, my point?  Enjoy it while you can.

Like in my "about me" section, I am certified (to teach English in PA and NJ) and degree-ed (aka Bachelor of Arts degree) with no job to my name.  I've been a long-term substitute, daily substitute, and worked at minimum wage jobs since I've gotten out of college.  My college's rate of employment after graduation was at least 70%...guess they didn't factor me in.  Even though I have gone through several interviews, majority of them not panning out, I know what TO say and what NOT TO say.  So, don't worry, this blog won't be all about me complaining about how I'm getting by with crappy jobs.  I'll also be talking about interview processes and what people want to hear, see, and know about you.  Mind you, I haven't gotten a real, fully contracted job yet in my journeys.  But, hey, any help is good help. 

This blog is probably going to become more of a venting post for me to get my frustrations out.  Also, I've really missed writing.  While I'm doing my subbing and unemployment time, I'll keep my hobby of writing alive.  So, to end this first post, know that I'm here to help you and hopefully you're here to help me.  Any kind of feedback, comments, advice, tips, etc. is extremely appreciated and if I can help out, I'll be there.  You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours, so...let's start scratching!