Fall is, without doubt, one of my most favorite seasons. I love that the hot, tropical-feeling summers are over (along with the weeding, the mosquitos, the constant checking for ticks) and that the season for fires and jackets and crunching leaves is starting. This is one of the reasons why I love living in Virginia. … Read More Fall ‘n All
One of the main reasons (that I hear) people offering up for moving to New Zealand is that they’re looking for a simpler lifestyle with a better work-life balance. New Zealand does a great job at providing employees with vacation time and encouraging them to take it (I believe that employees here are entitled to… Read More Living in New Zealand: Work-Life Balance
Hello, my lovely readers 🙂 Well, day #2 is drawing to a close here in Auckland. Today was fairly relaxed. I slept for almost 12 hours last night after having been up for basically 24 hours in a row. I slept for about 4 hours on the flight over but didn’t nap once we arrived. … Read More Things Done Today: Called Hospitals + More Shopping!
I am completely wide awake right now. Rather than continuing to toss and turn, I decided to get up and write about the happy news that I got today. First off, no, I’m not pregnant 🙂 I am, however, employed! I was jogging on the treadmill this morning when my cell started to ring. Normally… Read More Happy News
I did what I said I would do today – I called the nurse recruiters at both area hospitals. One was out of the office, so I left a voicemail, and the other just directed me to their website. I went ahead and applied for 4 jobs. We’ll see what happens! Also, I told Chris… Read More Freshening Up
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today happens to be my day off, and after working straight through since Thursday and having 2 other RNs call in sick yesterday, I believe that I need it. I have some happy news about my family. One of my sisters lives in Iowa with her husband and 3 children. My BIL… Read More Good News
I’ve notified my nurse manager of my last day of work – Saturday, July 25th! Originally, it was looking like my last day of work would be the end of June, but we were able to get an extension on our lease. The problem with the original lease end date was that none of my… Read More Decided on a Moving Date
Hi everyone 🙂 Thanks so much for all of your well-wishes! Now that my mind has settled down a little bit, I can share more information with all of you regarding the next few months. Because of the nature of his job in New Zealand and their flexibility in terms of his start date, Chris… Read More More Information on the Move
I have such exciting, amazing news! We are moving to New Zealand!!! Chris was offered the equivalent of an assistant professor position (they call them something else over there) at a university in Auckland, New Zealand! Yayayayayay! It’s a tenure-track job, the #1 school in New Zealand, the #4 school in Australasia, and it’s roughly… Read More WE ARE MOVING TO NEW ZEALAND!!!
I have some great news! This morning, Chris was offered a post-doc fellowship at the University of Notre Dame! Woo hoo! It’s for the 2009-2010 school year, starting in August. He’ll be paid the same as any professor, but he doesn’t have to teach any classes – he can spend all of his time doing… Read More SUPER GOOD NEWS!
Here are some pictures that Chris emailed me from his trip. He’s having a really great time thus far – he likes the faculty, really is impressed with the campus, and all in all is having a great experience 🙂 View of the Cook Islands, taken while on layover there (he was able to get… Read More Pictures from New Zealand
My thoughts and prayers are with my sister and BIL out in IA. My BIL found out today (his birthday) that he has been laid off indefinitely. This wasn’t a total shock, as his company did an earlier lay-off a few months back. Still, it’s a scary thing. Chris and I will definitely be praying… Read More Uncertain Economy
The title of this post pretty much gives it away – Chris has a job interview in New Zealand! He got the exciting news last night, offering to fly him out all expenses paid. Awesome! Unfortunately, he doesn’t need an assistant, or else you’d better believe I’d be going with him! The interview is with… Read More Interview in New Zealand
Yesterday, Chris got a call, inviting him to interview for an assistant professor position at a university in Pennsylvania. The interview is set for this coming Saturday at 11am at one of the big conferences that take place each year for Chris’ line of work. It’s pretty common for schools to do the interviews at… Read More Job Interview
It feels like forever since I’ve posted on here. Several things have happened in between now and when we left for vacation. I’ll update you as I find the time, I promise! For starters, vacation was amazing. I had so much fun being there with our family. Let me give you a run-down of the… Read More Long Time No See
Today, I did a lot of walking and riding the elevators at work. Pretty typical, but with one exception… I’m in the basement and catch the elevator to head on up to 4. A guy gets in on 1, and I ask him which floor he’s headed to so that I can press the button.… Read More A Cigarette + a Winter Coat + an Elevator