My New (So-Called) Life

There's so much going on right now. I am so tired! Today, I fell asleep in traffic -no, I wasn't driving-and when I close my eyes to pray over our dinner, my eyes go all unfocused & bleary when I open them. It reminds me of when G was an infant.
Today was the first day of my new life, the day I officially re-entered the workforce, after nearly 4 years since my last 'proper' job . Now I trot off, with G in tow, to a preschool in our nearby burgh, where I am a teacher. This is a job I had in a previous life, when I was young and carefree (married with no children). I really liked it back then, and I hope I can do it again. This work scenario has so many great things going for it; for instance, we can stay a one car family, as my commuter car is a jog stroller. Nice. Also, we don't have to pay for childcare, which can really be the thing that swings the whole deal. (You have to make sure you make enough money to pay for childcare, and then enough on top of that to make the whole thing worthwhile, otherwise you are just working so you can afford to pay for childcare.) So. It's not the garden dream job that I'd coveted (they never called me back, but who needs them anyway? Nyah.)
So, I taught preschool all morning, and then came home to CB waiting on our doorstep. CB is our new little baby friend who comes over 3x a week in the afternoons. This is another job, one that again, has zero commute and no childcare costs. So far so good. B and I figured out that we're working 4 jobs between us. Which sounds sort of dreadful, but it's not so bad so far. Talk to me again in a couple of months, and pray that you don't find me drooling & gibbering to myself in the corner.
God grant me strength!
Oh, and next week we're going to Alaska. Aboard this tiny ship. I hope they don't ask me to row.
(Thanks, Mum!)


Camille said...

congrats! The workforce of America is now richer!

**Ms. Franklin** said...

The kids are so lucky to have a teacher like you!

Rosa said...

you know, I tell the kids that everyday......

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.