My A+ Day

All I really need to know… I learned in kindergarten.

~ Robert Fulghum 

I’ve officially marked Feb. 21, 2011 as an “A+” day in my record book.


I spent most of the morning worrying. And it all boiled down to this: Last year, about this time, B and I started talking about how we would really like to be all moved into an apartment before the wedding, so that when we came home from our honeymoon we could settle in, unwrap gifts, and enjoy married life. I nagged specifically asked that he be sure to talk with his current apartment complex before signing another lease. “It’d be great if you could sign a lease that was up by June, at the latest,” I said, thinking of our June 11th wedding date.


A few weeks later, we had a conversation that went a little something like this:


B: “So, I signed my new lease!”
Me: “Okay, great, so what’d they say?”
B: “Um, that I could sign my lease.”
Me: “But weren’t you going to ask them something?”

B: “If I could sign my lease?”
Me: “About signing a shorter one?”
B: “Oh. Well, it’s up in July.”
Me: (pause) “Oh, okay.”


For the past year, I tried to view this conversation as another glimpse into married life. But I was absolutely dreading laying on the beach in Hawaii–okay, I was never dreading laying on the beach in Hawaii–and knowing that three days after getting back, we’d be moving. I hate moving. Blech.


Okay, so fast forward to about last weekend, when we’d found a great apartment, and my stress level about all the things that surround a wedding had been growing steadily. Although B still said it didn’t stress him out to think about moving after the honeymoon (I don’t believe him), we kept talking about how it really would be nice to move earlier in the spring.

However, there were two obstacles:
1) He is (obviously) still under his lease until July. And, after talking to some people, and looking up info online, most apartment complexes charge astronomical fees if you even hint towards moving out before the end of your contract. Although we hadn’t spoken with his complex yet, I was expecting the worst.
2) Um, money. We knew that we could afford an apartment, especially by later in the spring/summer when I’m subbing more, tutoring more, nannying… but it just felt risky to make such a financial commitment.


Alright, so, you’ve probably forgotten by now that I hooked you into reading this post by promising a story of an “A+” day. I didn’t lie, I promise. Here it comes…


At about 4:40pm on Monday, I got a call from the Superintendent of HR at a local school district, offering me an interview for a teaching position starting immediately. That’s right, immediately! I was over-the-moon excited, and said yes, of course, I’d interview the next day!


At about 4:50pm on Monday, B heard back from his apartment complex, and without going into the nitty-gritty, we are free-and-clear when it comes to moving early!

WOOOOO-HOOOOO!!!!!!



Needless to say, I was all smiles.


It got even better, though, when I went to my interview the next day…


… and they offered me the job on the spot!


So, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at (er, reading the writing of) a brand-new…


Kindergarten teacher!

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