This is going to be my year!

I have had a very exciting week. I went on that job interview on Friday. It went so well! The Assistant Principal was such a sweetheart! We talked and she looked over my teaching portfolio. She loved it! As I was leaving she told me I interview very well and I am on a great path. She told me candidates would hear back in about a month. Well on Monday my phone rang…I GOT THE JOB!!!! I am now a per diem substitute teacher! I can not explain how excited I am. I really did not think it was going to happen! I am sure there will be a lot of posts about my experiences being a sub.

I also went for one of the many required tests that I needed to have done for my weight loss surgery. I have a lot of different things that affect my ability to lose weight on my own one being P.C.O.S. to spare anyone the gory details I added a link. Basically my body has issues with my hormones. So once I gain weight it is kind of just stuck there. I have dieted and worked out and nothing seems to work so this is my last resort. It is a decision that I have made with the support of my family and a lot of doctors. I have been waiting for this surgery for almost 7 years. I hate the way I look and I am uncomfortable in my own skin. I have had people tell me that I am taking the easy way out but trust me there is nothing about this that is easy. I have opted for the sleeve gastrectomy They will basically be removing 80% of my stomach. I will be on a liquid diet for 3-4 weeks before surgery. After surgery I will be on a liquid diet for about 6 weeks then I can start introducing foods back into my body little by little. There are things I will have to avoid for the rest of my life. However I am extremely optimistic about it all!

I had my first test on Monday. It was psych evaluation I was so nervous because I hate having to talk about my feelings but my doctor was fabulous and made me feel really comfortable! Before I left he told me it is going to be my year. So I am going to keep this positive attitude going….THIS IS MY YEAR!

****Just a little note for everyone….I have an instagram account now check it out! (@babblingdani) I am also on twitter @BabblingDani***

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Hello, my name is Danielle and I will be taking care of you tonight!

My very first job was at a catering hall. I worked on and off there for almost 7 years. I spent my weekends going to weddings, sweet 16’s, engagement parties, awards dinners, and business meetings. I did this while most people my age were going out drinking and partying. I worked two 17 hour shifts a weekend plus 2 week nights. This on top of extracurricular activities  and homework.

I hated this job so much. Mostly because of the people I had to deal with.

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I have some tips for the general public.

  1. Be respectful. You have a job and people treat you well. This is our job treat us well!
  2. Say please and thank you. You may think that goes with respect. However, not all people think that way.
  3. Please tip waitstaff. You tip if you go to a restaurant like applebees  or if you get a drink at a bar…why wouldn’t you tip at a wedding? Waitstaff still brings you food and drinks….If you are at a sweet 16 or a wedding please take care of the people who are running your food and drinks. Chances are they do not see a penny of the tips that are “included in the price” that the bride and groom pay per plate.
  4. Be on time to whatever party you are going to. If you show up 25 minutes after dinner service do not expect to get a warm dinner or dinner at all. If you show up and don’t give an order find a waiter and ask to place an order!
  5. DO NOT TOUCH WAITSTAFF!! If they have something in their hands chances are they should not be messed with! Grabbing a waitress to dance while they are serving salad is UNACCEPTABLE. In some cases we can get fired for something like that.
  6. As much as you may think it helps do not put your plates,glasses, trash on a waiters tray as they are packing it or walking by. Chances are there is a very delicate balance on that tray that you will ruin.
  7. Smile and have fun. If our tables are happy we can be happy.

These may be very biased. They may not even be true everywhere but please take these tips into consideration!

Post Grad Struggles

Well, where do I begin? I graduated college in May 2013 with a B.S. In Childhood and Early Childhood Education and a concentration in English. After 5 amazing years of living in the most amazing little town in the world (New Paltz, NY) I packed my bags and moved back home to live with mom.

When I went away to school everything was very different. I left my Mom, Dad, and 2 sisters at home. My parents got divorced while I was in college. It was the best thing to happen to the girls of my family! My Dad is a horrible person and I will leave it at that. When I moved back after graduation I moved into a nut house.  My uncle is going through a divorce so he moved in.He has 2 young sons and they stay with us every other weekend. My sister and her now husband lived with us! She was pregnant when I moved home. (HOLY HORMONES!)–as if we did not fight enough before pregnancy.  And then there was my mom and youngest sister. My house was NUTS and still is. My sister and her husband moved out but there are still way too many people in this house!

I had been applying to jobs for months before I moved home with no luck. No one wanted me I was either over qualified or under qualified for everything. Luckily I am still covered by my mom’s health insurance for 2 more years. I have turned to being a Nanny to my 6 month old niece. I watch her at my house five days a week. I am not making nearly enough money but at least I have a form of income.

Having a teaching degree in New York right now seems like a waste of my time. There is not a single job out there. I just keep reminding myself to keep my head up and hope that the economy turns around soon!

While I wait for a job  I have to find something to cover expenses. My college loans cost me about $500 a month because I paid for college entirely on my own. (Working on lowering the payments currently) That does not include any other expenses and does not leave me much in the way of a savings. My social life is almost non existent because of this lack of money but I am okay with that.  I still get out often enough to see my friends and enjoy being a 20-something Everything will turn around soon enough.

I have to remind myself it could be worse. I am lucky. I have an awesome family. They support me. I realize how lucky I am and I dont know how I would do this without them.