Scales. Countries. Quinoa.
Monday, December 03, 2012
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.
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.
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.