Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Testing 1, 2, a 1, 2,3, 4

1. New Fancy Job: Academic Director of an International Study Center at shall remain nameless SoCal University. This job includes international students, a salary, business cards, health insurance, and some teaching. Score.

2. New not-so-fancy apartment: I'm moving to Hollywood in Sept. Hollyhock is in my backyard for all of you Bladerunner fans. Notice how I'm not mentioning what's in my front yard. Hahaha. You said front yard. It's a pool that has 11 LA county code violations. I found that out on the Internets today. Yipee! I keep singing the Weezer song, "Beverly Hills" although it really doesn't apply to my situation at all.

3. It's orientation week, so I am working stupid long hours. And finding out how much I really don't know about #1. Rock. Loving that steep learning curve.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Paint Smudges

Phone interviews are weird. I had one today, and it was just strange. I really have no idea how it went. It's for an academic director position up in Burbank. Or if I'm not deemed capable of managing teachers from my phone interview, it will be a full-time teaching position. Or possibly nothing if the phone interview went badly. Which is possible. Highly possible. I don't translate well as a detached voice.

I was all inspired to write about my painting class, but I've misplaced that inspiration. Hopefully, I'll find it soon and update you on all the joys of misplaced shadows and oddly colored objects.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mama I'm coming home

I still have to call my parents to confirm, but I'm heading to Sonora for a couple of days before I have students instead of Grand Theft Auto 4 to suck the energy out of me. Yippee! I apologize for not giving anyone advance warning about any of this, but when you really have no schedule to adhere to then advance planning just seems really silly. If you're free between Wednesday and Friday, you should swing by the Andersons for some food and a beverage.

I'm really looking forward to yet another lovely tour up the 99. This time I will be stopping in Bakersfield, which is all sorts of gorgeous. My God. I will be hanging a bit with Scarlett and J, and if anyone can pump some life into the Bakes it would be S&J.

This whole trip up north is really about Father's Day and my tradition of having no money, so as a gift I caddy for my dad for the Wednesday evening businessmen's league out at Phoenix Lake Golf Course. I'm probably getting a little too old for it, but it's 9 holes, dad loves it and he gets to remind all of his fellow businessmen just how much their own daughters do not love them, and I imbibe on a few Coronas and talk about what I've been doing "after softball". Everybody wins.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Working Boys and Girls

Life momentum has definitely been accumulating. Phil was officially hired at the school I was hired at. We’ve essentially skipped ahead a year in the future and transplanted our lives in SF down here in SoCal. He will be working as a housing coordinator and RA, which is cool because we get a swanky apartment in Long Beach for FREE. Free is about all we can swing for housing right now. It’s a studio apartment, so it’s not exactly ideal, but it is our own place temporarily. Both my position and the RA position are summer gigs, so we may have to move back in with the rents at some point, but vee shell si.

Regardless, there is movement. And the breeze feels oh-so-good.

Monday, June 15, 2009



I got the part of English Language teacher. I speak the English very good.

*part-time, starting July 7th, 2009.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Virtual Godzilla

Virtual Godzilla

Right, so I don’t have a job. I am super unemployed, so I’ve been trying to fill my time with educator-y things that will make me super-instructor. I’m taking an online course about using technology in the classroom effectively. As a teacher and a researcher, I’m curious about that stuff for language instruction.

This morning I got an invite to join the PBworks summer camp for educators. SWEET! PBworks was formerly PBwiki. Does that help? It's basically a souped-up wiki for teachers (and other people).

In their own words:

PBworks for Classrooms

PBworks hosts more classroom workspaces than anyone else in the world, and lets you create a simple, secure workspace in about 60 seconds. Workspaces drive engagement and collaboration. A workspace is a live, evolving document – but gives you user tracking and access controls to monitor your workspace at all times.

You can make your workspace public or private or anywhere in between. No matter what, PBworks keeps your students’ information safe.

It’s cool, it’s free, and I dig the vibe of the company, so of course I joined. And then promptly managed to DELETE THE FOLDER WITH THE ENTIRE COURSE CONTENT.

Which led to this twitter posts from the camp director, Kristine:

Then this:

Then this:

Then thank god, finally this:

The magician engineers were able to recover the folder. Praise Bob. Support at PBworks and Kristine were way cooler than they should have been. They didn’t threaten bodily harm once.

Holy shit, I am so embarrassed (very, very present tense). I really almost deleted camp.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom and other happy news

It's not just a clever title. It's my mom's birthday today.

In other super good news, I have an interview with a language school on Thursday. Where they will ask me "questions about teaching" and "to explain a verb tense."

It's a wonder this profession isn't respected.

Regardless, wish me luck, cross your fingers, pray for broken legs and gingersnaps and puppy dog tails or something like that.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Boom Drink: How to Make Exploding Cocktails


Anyone up for drinks?
You just freeze a mint flavored Mento in an ice cube and then make a drink for a friend (read: enemy). Any artificially sweetened soda should work, but preferably something darker so the frozen Mento isn't so obvious. Then, a few minutes later when the Mento is exposed to the soda, BOOOSH! Alternatively, garnish your friend's glass with a live hand grenade.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Mmmmm, hookers

    According to Grand Theft Auto 4, hookers and hotdogs have the same nutrition value.

    Good to know next time I feel like having a hotdog at the ball park. MMMmmm. This is a hooker's worth of goodness.

    Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    Song of the Day: Delta Spirit's "People C'mon"

    The song of the day, which also is a video. Hey look at me combining two great things. What can I say? I get my inspiration from these people.

    Delta Spirit: People C'mon

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009

    Video of the Day: Baby Cakes

    After my brother turned me on to Professor Brother, by Brad Neely, another friend, Kevin, directed me to Baby Cakes, also by Neely. They are like my children; I can't decide which one I love more.

    Monday, May 25, 2009

    Pizza Names

    I love the local pizza parlor in Sonora, Mike's Pizza. Mike's makes a pizza called The Greek Goddess. This pizza is to die for. Creamy garlic sauce, pepperoni, peppercinis, artichoke hearts, green olives, and tomatoes. And it is always makes me chuckle when I order it to go, "Yes, I would like a small Greek Goddess for pick up."

    My name is a bit complicated for people. Alliya. It's hard to say. It's hard to spell. So whenever I order anything I always use someone else's name for the order. The other day I went with two of my friends to order the Greek Goddess. The cashier asked my friend, Celeste, for an order name. Celeste did the exact same thing I always do, I look at who I'm with and use one of their names. Only today it was Celeste, Bissie, and Alliya. No repreive. They are all impossible names in the short order business. She looked momentarily flustered, and we all started to laugh. She turned back to the cashier and said, "Celeste."

    "How do you spell that?"