Tuesday, September 4, 2012

On the job hunt after a great summer of fun

About a year ago, I pretty much abandoned my poor excuse for a blog, but due to some encouragement and inspiration from great bloggers (such as Katie), I've decided to get back into it, at least for one entry (I know myself too well to make blog promises).

Anyway, I'm back in France, and for the first time, I have the right to work. In the past, I was allowed to be an au pair and English assistant, but that's about it. Now, the sky's the limit...sort of. Since I got back to Nice, I've been interviewing, searching for jobs on the internet, and sending resumes and cover letters to anything I find the least bit suitable to me. So far, I haven't had much luck, and am looking for something temporary until I find something that I love. After all, a girl's gotta eat. For an interview on Thursday, I have to take a mathematics exam. Math is undeniably my strong suit, but it's been awhile. I've spent hours doing practice calculus problems and looking up tons of rules online. It's coming back, but slowly. I need a cheat sheet for all of the complicated integrals (it's been too long!). I had an interview for an English teaching position at a small business-English company, but I'm not sure if I have enough experience teaching English compared to other candidates. I also interviewed at a private, bilingual elementary school last week and was offered the job. I didn't take it because it was way out of my comfort and interest zones, and I've been warned about this school before. I didn't want to set myself up for a miserable school year. Anyway, my life can presently be describes as "on the job hunt." Yippee.

Now on to more pleasant things...
I had a wonderful summer in Michigan with some of my favorite people. I spent countless days at Lake Michigan, one of the best places on Earth, in my opinion. Clear water, sugary sand, blue skies...yes please.

 I spent almost every day with my mom and many nights were spent around a card table playing euchre (an awesome game loved by Michiganders and a few others). There is never a dull moment at the annual Brugger family reunion, which was in July this year. Lots of laughs, tubing, beaches, campfires, and even Kait's wedding occupied our week together. I had a great time getting to know Frannie, my family's new chocolate lab. She's hilarious and I love her. That's Frannie on the right, next to Ollie.

Then the summer came to an end with a wonderful visit from Olivier. We spent a week in Northern Michigan, spending time with family and friends and enjoying the beaches. Then we headed to Washington, D.C. We went with Julie and Dave, one of my favorite couples.  We even got a White House tour! We had a wonderful time in D.C. and on the road with our travel companions.

I'll leave you with a few of my favorite summer shots.

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