Greetings, friends. As usual, it’s been a while, so I’ll attempt to bring you up to speed on recent developments as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Having (a) just wrapped up a 12-week 5th/6th grade after-school teaching gig, and (b) gotten myself fully vaxxed (woot), I now finally feel comfortable making good on the Secret Plans I’ve had for quite some time: namely, moving back to Chicago after two long years away. There are many things to love about Virginia, but sadly it just doesn’t seem to be a place I “vibe” with, and thus I’m returning to a locale that feels much more like home (and trying to ignore the nine-month-long freezing cold winters for the time being).
Greetings, friends. Greetings and hello and hello and also greetings.
I find myself with a bit of time to spare this evening, so I thought it was about time I posted an update. So to all those readers who have been weeping bitter tears into their pillows at night wondering when I would return, you may now rest easy. Your prayers have been answered.
To all those impatiently tapping their feet, looking at their watches, and saying, “What kind of time do you call this, then?” I can only offer the excuse that I’ve been buried under piles of crazed and lovable children, struggling to complete my MFA, and spending the rest of the time sleeping.
The good news, however, is that I’ve actually managed to complete my MFA with a Hermione-worthy GPA (insert smugness and general academic fatigue here), and my tenure as a teacher of preschoolers is wrapping up in favor of shifting gears to writing, editing, teaching, and (hopefully) recovering somewhat from my eternal and unceasing state of exhaustion.
So, I’ve just discovered that my second book, Following Grandpa Jess, is available to borrow from the Pima County Public Library in Pima County, Arizona: Pima County Library: Following Grandpa Jess It’s not available in Chicago, sadly, or anywhere else that I’m aware of, but Pima County residents, enjoy! In other news, regarding my lengthy and unexplained absence from the interwebs, I’m afraid I’ve been … Continue reading Regarding Pima County and where I’ve been all this time (hint: not in Pima County)
After another lengthy, unplanned hiatus, I have returned~~~!
To the millions upon millions of clamoring fans demanding to know what I’ve been doing with myself these last two months, I offer the following:
1. I’ve been spending much of my time working, performing my duties as a Financially Challenged ESL Teacher by teaching my students valuable lessons about life in America, drawing stick figures to illustrate grammatical points, and answering questions like, “What does ‘be’ mean?” “What’s the difference between ‘underway,’ ‘ongoing,’ and ‘in progress?'” and “What is circumcision?”
It would seem that my six-hour journey yesterday was not without consequences. Yes. For you see, the sad truth of the matter is… I’m sick. On the plus side, at the moment it’s just a bit of a sore throat plus a general overwhelming feeling of you’re sick you’re sick you’re sick just in case you forgot for a minute HEY you’re sick…but as I … Continue reading In which the dreadful consequences are revealed
Good morning, friends. I have only a limited time between finishing breakfast and needing to be on my way out the door, so naturally I’ve chosen to use this time to write a blog entry. Is this a good idea? Yeah, probably not. Let’s do it anyway. So, as it happens, I don’t actually have much to say, which I admit may make writing a … Continue reading Because procrastination isn’t just for weekends.
So, I’m going to try this interesting new thing called “updating my blog on a semi-regular basis.” I know. Shocking. We’ll see how it goes. So, for my first Updating My Blog On A Semi-Regular Basis (UMBOASRB?) entry: Ummmm. Hm. Ah, got it. Things I’ve been doing recently! 1. Watching a great deal of Sherlock 2. Thinking a great deal about Sherlock 3. Cursing winter and its … Continue reading This is a blog post! Wow! Amazing!