Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Looking for the Good

"While looking for a new home, a young Latter-day Saint couple talked to potential neighbors about the neighborhood and the schools in the area.
One woman they spoke to said of the school her children were attending: “This is the most incredible place! The principal is a wonderful and good man; the teachers are well qualified, kind, and friendly. I am so pleased that our children can attend this wonderful school. You’ll love it here!”
A different woman said of her children’s school: “It’s a terrible place. The principal is self-absorbed; the teachers are unqualified, rude, and unfriendly. If I could afford to move out of this area, I’d do it in a heartbeat!”
The interesting thing was that both women were speaking about the same principal, the same teachers, and the same school.
Have you ever noticed that people can usually find whatever they are looking for? Look hard enough, and you can discover both good and bad in almost anyone and anything."

Monday, May 16, 2011

A New Chapter of Life in Ithaca

Life has been moving crazy fast this last month.  For the past 3 months, I feel like everything has just been up in limbo land and no decisions could be made.  But this last month... everything came swooping down and the best part was that DECISIONS WERE BEING MADE!  

What's new?  We withdrew our application from the sorority house.  The application process was taking way too long and we couldn't afford to wait any longer.  We're keeping all our pets!  YAY!

Speaking of pets, our frogs our spitting out eggs like crazy!  We officially made $70 last week when we sold our first frog.  It was one of Ana and Þór's offspring.  They are the Ranitomeya Ventrimaculatus species.  The common name is Amazon poison dart frog.   I should make a page devoted to our frogs, shouldn't I.  I'll add it to my list.

Xan is just about done for the semester!  He was feeling really worn out with 2 of his classes (Old Irish and Old Russian) that he had been taking since the Fall.  He was ready to be DONE!  I think he has a paper or two left but classes are out until the Fall.  He'll be working in the dendro lab over the summer and also working with professors with personal goals, such as improving Arabic, Russian, Icelandic, and "the whole works", as he puts it. It won't be a relaxing summer but there will be less stress than during the school year.

We are doing some major spring organizing.  I've gone through closets, corners, and rearranged a couple of rooms to more fully use the space available.  Xan is giving me his desk.  SO EXCITED!  He never uses it, preferring to do his homework at the kitchen table, so I get it!  YAY!  And today, we'll be re-doing the attic.  Wow, is it a mess up there!  I bought some white duck tape to label the boxes and am planning on making our donation pile grow A LOT by the end of the day.

And finally, the biggest change for me is that I got a second job.  I'm keeping my job at Wegmans but I'm cutting back my hours from 32 to 20 or so.  The second job is as a relief residential counselor at one of the many houses set up in our county for people with developmental disabilities.  I got hired by one house with 5 autistic men.  Once I get fully trained and more comfortable with the job, however, I can help out some of the other houses.  As a relief counselor, I get to pick my own hours/days that I work.  I basically pick up shifts so that the full-timers can have time off and/or to be the extra person for outings and such.  I'm really excited to start this job and get a bit more variety into my schedule.  There are a lot of restrictions on what one can and can't share about the residents so I may not be able to write very much about this job, but I'll at least let you all know if I like it after a month or two.  :)