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13 May 2009 @ 11:01 pm
17 February 2009 @ 11:05 am


Only two hours before my interview for the job in Rockland, Middletown called me and told me that I was actually ACCEPTED for the long-term maternity leave substitution position! But I have an interview in Rockland in two hours! And Middletown needed a decision 24-hours hence!

Indeed they must.

So I played the waiting game. I did my interview in Rockland, it went relatively well, but they told me later that afternoon they were looking for more experience, and that I should accept the job with Middletown. So I did!

The board of ed approves me on Thursday, Feb 19th, and thus I begin work Feb 20th! I will be teaching 6th Grade General Music, 7th/8th Grade Chorus, and a Guitar class from February 20th until Memorial Day. Whee experience!

Because it is only a three month position, because I want to save money, and because I don't want to have to get a truck two more times, I am going to be commuting to Middletown daily. It takes about an hour to get there by car, and I will be leaving my house around 6:15am every morning. Though that won't be fun, I'll be getting home around 3:30ish, so that ain't too bad! It's about 50 miles one way, so 100 miles a day. I figured out if the costs of gas remain stable, it will cost approximately $6 a day in gas plus $1 toll. I am going against the flow of traffic (traffic is heavy eastbound in the morning, westbound in the evening, I will be doing the opposite). So $7 a day 5 days a week is $35 a week, multiply by 4 is $140 a month. Much less than renting a place for $800 a month huh! Plus, there is something nice about having a long drive like that. If you are having a rough morning or had a hard day, you have time to kind of open your mind, listen to some music, and forget about it! The only thing I'm sad about is its impact on the environment, but luckily I drive a fuel efficient car (37 MPG woo!) and it's a short position.

After my maternity leave position, I am basically leaving my late May and June up in the air in case the teacher I replace decides not to come back before summer. But if she does come back, which most likely will be the case, I will wait for the RJP to come home, then probably do some sort of trip with her. If the teacher does not return, it'll be straight into NPDC for me!

As for next year, there were some mixups with transcripts and stuff with OSU and Potsdam. Actually the only school not to mess up was Bing! Anyways, I will keep you posted on that when the time arises.

Love you all!
Current Mood: nervousWe shall see!
Current Music: Sirens in the Deep Sea by Longwave
25 January 2009 @ 05:27 pm
What the hay am I doing?

I graduated in December, but there is no commencement in December so I won't look like this until May. But that's cooo. During the fall I did my student teaching in Orange County, NY, where I taught at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown for September and October, and at Valley Central Middle School for November and December.

Being a teacher is pretty shnazzy. I had some difficult times at first, but in the end of my student teaching, I definitely realized it's right for me.

During my student teaching I lived in Goshen, a cute town in the OC. I lived with Shaun, a friend from Crane. Living with Shaun was really really awesome. We worked fabulously together. And honestly, I kind of miss it!

I very much miss Crane and Potsdam. I will definitely visit a couple times. But man, I miss not having to worry about crap. It was nice!

So what's next for Jon Ross? Well, I applied for two jobs since I finished student teaching: I interviewed for and was (presumably) rejected for a job at a middle school in Middletown. But that's okay.

My other application is for another middle school job, but this one in Rockland. My interview is Wednesday. WISH ME LUCK!

In the meantime, I am living at home and helping my dad with a project at his office. When it is complete, if I do not have a job in Rockland, I will probably substitute teach.

If I don't get the job in Rockland, I will probably be going to Grad School next year. I am strongly considering going to Ohio State for graduate school. It's cheap to attend, cheap to live, a quick one-year program, and frankly I am sick of being far apart from Rachel. Many pluses to attending!

I know my LJing is unbelievably inconsistent. I'm at about twice a year now. I know probably no one reads it. But for those who do, I thought I'd give you an update. If you'd like to know more... IM me, call me, Facebook me, anything! I'd love to hear from you!

And listen to Fleet Foxes. They are amazing.
Current Mood: okayd'accord
Current Music: He Doesn't Know Why by Fleet Foxes
15 June 2008 @ 10:49 am

How're y'all? I'm pretty good! It's always awhile. Last time I updated there was still snow in Potsdam, and now we already had a heat wave at home and I have a sunburn on my back. As I have done before, here is an outline of updates. You can pick and choose what you feel like seeing!

I. Looking Back: Finishing PotsdamCollapse )
II. Looking Ahead: Student TeachingCollapse )
III. Looking to Now: SummerCollapse )

I always say every time that I'll try to update more, or that I'm gonna update more. I'm just gonna let it happen next time. In the meantime, check out Hikingwithrachelandjon.com, a blog RJP and I are making.

But overall, things are really good, and this summer is shaping up to be a fantastic one!

Thanks for listening!
Current Mood: relaxedchilllll
Current Music: Viva la Vida by Coldplay
29 March 2008 @ 04:23 pm

Yesterday, March 28th, my car did not start. Luckily it was in the parking lot of my dad's office, which is across the street from the mechanics we know. Today, one of them came over, and told me that the timing belts need to be replaced and possibly more, costing between $1500 and $2500. UPDATE: WE BOUGHT THE CAR! I brought it home and I will be able to bring it to Potsdam tomorrow!!

UPDATE: This is the exact car and color! No random awkward girl included.

A 4-door Honda Civic. I toyed with getting a used car, but this is going to be a big investment. Hondas are known for lasting for a long time. My dad's being a wonderful Jew and trying to get the best price possible. I'm gonna pay $5000 up front and pay my dad back the rest later.

My 1999 Chrysler Cirrus will be remembered as reliable (until now), great for the long haul, peppy, and an ice box. Its amazing ability to be even more extreme of temperature than the temperature outside was something else. Its handling and power was wonderful, but when it hit a bump, one would think the car would fall apart. In the past couple of years it's been breaking down more and more, and even though it only reached 140,000 miles, it was about time.

You will be missed, 1999 Chrysler Cirrus. I will never again have a first car. But hopefully the Honda Civic will be a good investment, hopefully lasting at least nine years (as the Chrysler did, five years with me, four years with my dad), and possibly longer.

What's next for Chrysler Cirrus? Well, no one's gonna buy a car that won't even start, so we're donating it... somewhere... that'll give us about a $2,000 to $3,000 tax write off, which will help cover the new car. It'll probably be sold off for parts.

I will never drive thee again, but new memories are to be made, alongside old memories.

Jon Ross's Chrysler Cirrus

Jon Ross's Honda Civic
(2008- )!!
Current Mood: indescribablemourning, but hopeful