23 May 2007

A Job

Putnam City High School called today and offered me a job. I will be teaching physics, pre-AP, and AP physics. Very exciting! I start work on the 7th of August. I can hardly believe I got a job at the school I wanted to be at teaching exactly what I want to teach. God is awesome!

Go Pirates!

22 May 2007


Well, here it is Tuesday already and the week is well underway. I went to Putnam City Original today to interview for the Physics job there. It was a pretty easy interview. I had prepared for something a little more intense, but was not disappointed when it was simply a discussion with a few questions I needed to answer. I had even done some research over a particular theorist which one of the vice principals is quite fond. I brushed up on my "Marzano's High Yield Strategies" before going in, only to not be asked any questions at all about it. No biggie. I simply rolled with whatever they threw at me and answered what they asked. Overall, I think it went good. I hope to hear something by the end of the week about a job. I doubt it will be a problem, but I won't count my chickens before an egg is even laid. It was a good day. Hopefully tomorrow will be as good.

21 May 2007

Catching up

Wow, so much to say and so little bandwidth to do it with. Here's the straight skinny. I graduated and my brother in law is now married. That pretty much sums up the last two weeks. Man has it been a crazy ride. I am so tired. I have slept a big part of today just to try and catch up. We had ceremonies, we had parties, we ate, and we visited. It was really a lot of fun.

Here is a picture of me and my brother. I am the one in the graduation gown, not the one in the master's jacket...:)

Here is another of me pitching some horseshoes. I mean, what's more fun than that?

So tomorrow I go for a formal interview at Putnam City Original High School. I hope to have secured a job after the interview. All they keep telling me is pass those tests and you have a job, so I passed the tests, let's see if they come through with the job.

13 May 2007

What a weekend

Here it is the end of the weekend and nearly everyone is gone from my house. I am sitting alone in my living room while the few remaining family is down in the den. I am just fine with that. While I enjoyed having all of them here, I get really stressed out when I have that many people over at my house. I think I enjoy the planning of the events, but when it comes down the actual doing, I don't like it as much. I am not a good multi tasker and it shows at times like this. I pretty much fell apart this morning. It wasn't pleasant for me or anyone around.

The other side of that is I have a tendency, even though I say otherwise, to try to live up to people's expectations instead of trying to do what I think is right. I know, I know, that's not healthy, but it who I am and I am working on it.

I must say it is a great feeling to be done with school, not just the semester but the entire thing. It is a weight lifted off of my shoulders like you cannot even imagine. Everyone has been so supportive and so proud of me. I have been really blessed by all of the congratulatory comments from friends, family, and acquaintances. There were about 60 people here on Friday night helping us celebrate. I was so overwhelmed by everyone that was here. It was so nice to have all of my friends and family that have been so supportive of me and encouraging in so many ways.

12 May 2007

The Big Day

Well, the day finally came (and went). Graduation was this morning. It was a bit anti-climatic. After it was all over, I felt a bit let down. You know how things are when you look forward to something. I enjoyed the day, but now I just want to curl up and relax. I enjoyed having the family here, but now I would love for everyone to leave.

05 May 2007

Selling the world some furniture

This was a post I had to do for a class, Ministry Church and Society. I thought it was blogworthy. I will post some about school in the next few days. Things have been so busy, I haven't had time to do anything on here.

“Lord, as You give me opportunity today to speak about You, let me recognize the opportunity and use it for your glory. Whether in the marketplace or in the barbershop, while visiting with relatives or working at the office, on the school campus or lining up at the cafeteria help me to be sensitive to Your leading. Amen. . . . “ (Magalit, 89).

I think this is a great prayer to pray everyday. I don’t agree with the author’s statement in the first line, because I think God can work through our lives with people with whom we never have the opportunity to speak. We underestimate God so often. He’s so much bigger and better able to do something than I could ever dream. I simply have to be willing to let him work though me. I guess it’s just semantics. I simply think the world has to be also willing to hear what we have to say. I have known numerous people in the military who tried to share their faith with everyone and their brother and only come off as judgmental and self-righteous. I never want to be accused of that. I feel certain that God wants us to be willing to accept others just as they are; just like God accepts us just as we are.

The world wants to hear what we have to say, they just have to be in the right frame of mind. They have to be in a personal relationship with us. Why do you want a stranger giving you advice about how to spend your eternity? That’s akin to having a plumber tell you which TV you should buy. You would rather hear it from someone you trust, someone you know is knowledgeable in the subject, someone you have a relationship. I think sometimes Christians come off like furniture salesmen: as soon as the world walks in the door we are all over them trying to sell them the latest, greatest, most comfortable thing we can come up with. Frankly, I try to sneak in the furniture store so I can test out the chair before someone comes and tells me which one I want.