This week offered a pretty steep learning curve. I attempted to learn new software, new curriculum, new faces, and more. Starting a new job is tricky. There are all sorts of helpful colleagues you haven’t met, and resources you cannot locate, and routines you don’t understand. I am just hoping that I like this job as much as I like everything else about living here and that I am able to successfully navigate my new duties. I was so comfortable by my 8th year at Bowie that my only nerves were about meeting new students and not whether or not I was capable of doing my job. At this point, I am excited for the students to come to learn what my new normal looks like, but I am not certain that I will feel prepared for that moment. The good news is that it is happening whether I am ready or not. Tomorrow is orientation for students, and Tuesday is the first day of school. Wish me luck pronouncing names that I don’t recognize and forming great relationships with the new crop of learners that I get to teach this year.
In between the department meetings, technology trainings, and EAL workshops, I did manage to have some fun this week and weekend. I am starting to feel more settled into my new home. I survived my first short blackout by taking a short, cold shower lit by a flashlight. I ate lots of good food and did some grocery shopping, finally. I went to an all school barbecue Friday after work. I made a friend from central Pennsylvania. I spent the morning reading by the pool. I know that this post is less newsy than a 4 day break from blogging should warrant, but I can barely remember all the fun.