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Scales. Countries. Quinoa.

Monday, December 03, 2012

emoticon My scale has officially been locked in my bathroom closet until further notice. (Well, my bathroom closet doesn't have a lock, but you know what I mean.) I actually GAINED 1.4 pounds when I weighed myself this morning. I went through and added up my Daily Calorie Differentials to see how many pounds of fat I should have lost - we'll pretend it's right and I lost 2 pounds of fat, but maybe gained 2 pounds of muscle? Yeah. We'll go with that.

emoticon emoticon emoticon Another official thing I did today was register for the Northern Iowa Overseas [Job] Fair in February. I'm a licensed teacher without a teaching job right now. I have a Bachelor's in Political Science [class of 08] and started a Post-Baccalaureate teaching program in June of 2010. When I first met with the program director, he mentioned this fair and the prospect of teaching overseas in an [American] International School. Hundreds of recruiters from schools all over the world come to this Job Fair and prospective teachers sign contracts on the spot for a 1 to 2 year teaching assignment in an International School abroad. Long story short, I've been thinking about this for two and a half years. I've been obsessed over the idea of living overseas at certain points in this two and a half years, but it has never left my mind. The three flags I posted at the beginning of this paragraph are my top three choices of countries I want to live in: Brazil, Korea, and Switzerland. Could I be more diverse? I'd accept a job offer anywhere except African countries, Middle Eastern countries, Communist China, or Mexico. I haven't been out of North America and am dying for adventure, to absorb a foreign culture, eat exotic cuisine -- I was born for this. So.. yes, I have a lot of pressure on myself to ROCK this job fair and make my dream come true. It'll be a long two months until I get to go to this Fair ... but at the same time I need to make sure I'm fully prepared to give them what they want. Because I know I'm passionate enough, creative enough, good enough for one of these schools.

emoticon When I go to the store in a couple days (because I'm running out of Laughing Cow wedges - eat them with crackers and put them in tuna wraps) I'm going to buy a new ingredient to add to my pantry - QUINOA. I found a bunch of tasty sounding recipes on Pinterest earlier today, and am anxious to try some. I know it's super good for me, so I'm excited.
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  • EVEMG12
    Good for you for locking the scale away! It's so great that you are considering teaching overseas. It will be such an amazing and rewarding experience, I wish you the best of luck securing a position! Quinoa is amazing, one of the staples of my diet, I could eat it for every meal! If anything tastes unbelievably delicious, send some recipes my way!
    1419 days ago
    Awesome that you're going to (maybe) teach overseas! I wish I would've done something like that. With a farmer husband and two small kids, I'm pretty much tied to the land, but I still love every minute of it! :)

    Best of luck to you!!!
    1419 days ago
  • CANDICE293
    Good Luck at the job fair I will definately be rooting for you to get an overseas job that would be so cool. Definately keep us posted!
    1419 days ago
    Don't get discouraged. Sometimes we retain more water. Weight fluctuates for many reasons.
    1419 days ago
    I'm so jealous - this sounds AWESOME! I have two friends who work in US Embassies and move every three years. One of them has two kids and has always been very happy with the teachers in the American International Schools that they go to. Good luck and rock that plan!
    1419 days ago
    Goo dluck at the job fair. My Mom taught at the International Schools (IB program that followed the Brit model) in Lebanon, Suadi Arabia, Libya, Venezuela and Aruba in the 1960s and 1970s. She loved every minute of it!
    1419 days ago
  • MELLIE1030
    Love it!
    1419 days ago
    Oh how exciting! I know a few people who have taught overseas! I love living vicariously through them!
    1419 days ago
    I think the idea of teaching overseas is a wonderful one! Keep us posted.
    1419 days ago
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