Monday, February 27, 2012

More "Me" Time

It's been one week exactly since my very last shift at Hollow Park. Yes, I quit the group home job. I'd say we had a pretty good 10 months together. This weekend it was SO weird not having to work. On Friday night, I spent the night at my grandparents' house. It was the best Friday night I've had in a long time. They took me out to dinner, then my grandma and I watched I Love Lucy until we couldn't keep our eyes open any longer. It was simple, but great. It was kind of funny, around 9:45, I started to panic because I needed to be at work at 10. I was happy when I remembered that I no longer had to work weekends!

I was starting to become unhappy with my schedule week after week. I was exhausted. I wanted my life back. I wanted to be able to stay out late on weekends, go to dinner and a movie, and not have to leave EVERYTHING early because I had to be to work. It's seriously a huge relief. Don't get my wrong, working there was great, but I was burned out.

I think something that has helped me move on so quickly is the fact that I became friends with all my coworkers and the clients as well. It wasn't goodbye forever. It was more of a goodbye for now. It was hard in the moment saying goodbye to the clients, but I know they're all in EXCELLENT hands so it wasn't as sad.

I think I made the right choice with leaving my job. I'm much happier and I feel rested. I have Ashley time again. It's a great feeling! I did what I thought was best. Gotta look out for yourself first!

Friday, February 10, 2012

To Teach Is To Learn Twice

This week was a very challenging one at work. I had to fly solo. Both the teacher and other paraeducator in our classroom were sick. So sad! It was crazy stressful, but way fun at the same time. My students were so helpful though. I think they could tell I was a bit worried about getting everything done, so they cheered me up on a daily basis. From little smiles and high fives, to making me adorable Valentines and writing the cutest messages on the whiteboard for me to later find, they were always doing something super sweet for me. They're the reason I love my job so much. I honestly work with the best students ever! Thanks for being so awesome guys =]

^FACT!^ ;]

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Survey Of 11's

My good friend Kristine tagged me in a post!

Here's how it starts:
1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them
6. Tag up to 11 people

11 random things about me:

1. I want to learn how to speak Swedish. My ancestory is Scandinavian so I think it would be way cool.

2. I'm in love with my name. Even though it's common, it has special meaning to me.

3. I cheat on board games.

4. I'm the youngest grandchild on my mom's side.

5. I'm in love with the 50's. Movies, TV shows, clothes, people, decor. I think it was the greatest era ever.

6. I can make myself gleek. It's pretty gross, I know, but most people find it amusing.

7. I broke my arm on April Fool's Day when I was in the 5th grade, and no one believed me.

8. Sleeping is my favorite pastime.

9. I have 8 piercings.

10. I've been taught how to play poker soooo many times, and I STILL don't get it. I think it's boring.

11. I wish technology didn't rule my generation. I find it ridiculous how much we all have to rely on it.

Kristine's questions:

1. What is your favorite shape, and why? I know this sounds weird, but I think it says a lot about your personality.
I don't know if I have a favorite... Is a clover considered a shape?

2. What is your favorite book and why?
I don't have a favorite book. I love reading, and I've read many great books. It's too hard to choose!

3. What is your most important piece of makeup?
Eyeshadow for sure! I have awesome eyeshadow skills. I think it makes the outfit.

4. What is your favorite dessert?
Anything with Oreo's or peanut butter in it. Let's just say I enjoy some signature ice creams from Cold Stone.

5. What do you do in your spare time?
Spend time with myself... Haha I don't have anyone to hang out with anymore. So I sleep mostly =]

6. What skill or talent do you wish you had, or want to develop?
I want to learn how to play the guitar sooo bad!

7. What trait do you admire in others that you wish you possessed?
Being able to confront people, and express their feelings. I just bottle what I want to say inside.

8. What is immediately to your left?
My Sauxie Sou. She's cuddled up to me.

9. Name 2-3 things on your "bucket list".
How funny. See this post for the answer.

10. What is your favorite time of day, and why?
Mine is very specific. 2:22 am or pm. My favortie number is 2. I'm obsessed!

11. What color do you wear most often?
Black. Only because of my job. I have to dress nice and most of my "nice" clothes are in the grayscale category.

Here are MY 11 questions to the people I tag:

1. What genre of music do you hate the very most?
2. Do you have a favorite breed of dog? (If you're a cat person, insert accordingly.)
3. What was your favorite grade in school?
4. What food could you never live without?
5. If you had the chance to move ANYwhere you wanted, but it required you to leave your extended family behind, would you still move?
6. What is your dream job?
7. What would you say your favorite era is? I.e. 20's, 40's, 70's
8. What song would you say currently describes your life?
9. Do you have a nickname you absolutely hate?
10. What's a weird hobby/talent you have?
11. If you HAD to choose a favorite basketball team, who would you choose and why?

Here are the people I tag!
Morgan @ Morgan Mulliner
Paige @ Pages of Page
McKensie @ Jeremy and McKensie Assmus
Tyler @ Man of Metal, preaching in the City of Salt
Samie @ Samie's Secrets