lishesquex: (iconomicon - mirrors lie to cats)

Still waiting for "the chat" at work.  Still dislike being in limbo.  Finally got off my butt and am being pro-active - i.e. applying for jobs, just in case they don't have a position for me next year. Spent most of tonight putting together an application for PLC.  Application sent.  Next up, McRob and Korowa.  (All of those are rather elite girls' schools, for my international flist peeps.)  I'm aiming high.  Unrealistically high?  Possibly.

Over the weekend I watched The World Unseen and fell even more in love with Lisa Ray.  Amazing movie.  Everyone, go watch it!

Random stastic:  Today, in between forcing myself to apply for jobs, I mined 255 Saronite ores from Sholazar Basin.

!!!!!!!!

Mar. 18th, 2009 07:35 pm
lishesquex: (iconomicon - omgsavethedanglingkitten)
Yarra Valley Grammar's principal called me at 5:30 today, and offered me the job. I've had no guarantees from Canterbury Girls', so I accepted it. He's sending me the contract by email tomorrow. Oh god oh god oh god oh god. OH GOD. GOODBYE FREEDOM.

*has terrifying flashes of my life for the next 40 years*

o.o

But anyway. This is good news. I think.
lishesquex: (iconomicon - angelina in gia)
Well, dinner was a failure. The cabbage stir fry turned out waaaay too salty. Like, barely edible. And I burnt the beef. Food fail.

Right before dinner, Mum called to check in on us and she ended up falling apart and sobbing over the phone. I really don't know how to deal with that. It sounds horrible, but I'm really glad she's in China.

Today's interview with Yarra Valley Grammar went well. It was the longest interview EVAR. It went for an hour... question after question. And a ten minute spiel at the end about all the things they can offer me. They said they'd have a reply for me in the next 24 hours, which is worrying, because Canterbury Girls' isn't giving me a reply until the end of the week. I hate all this uncertainty.

Guh.

Today

Mar. 16th, 2009 11:03 pm
lishesquex: (iconomicon - mirrors lie to cats)
The interview went pretty well, I think. 'Pretty well' as in, I'm not mildly traumatised and overanalysing every little question in my head, as I am wont to do after these sorts of things.

Uni today was a complete waste of time. We spent 1.5 hours attending a lecture on how to use SuperSearch, which just about every subject in my undergrad, as well as last year's MTeach has already gone over TO DEATH. We ended up spending only about 10 minutes on actual ESL stuff. The other 20 minutes were lost to our lecturer bumbling about and being disorganised and airheady. So frustrating!

Afterwards, I met up with Jackie because she wanted me for my car (to drive her home). We had dinner at Nandos and discussed fascintating things such as the female internalisation of the male gaze, whether Xin is Really That Tall, and whether holding hands or sitting on laps is the worse form of PDA.

So, my flist, I bring to you another poll...

[Poll #1366366]

Oh! I almost forgot. I met a totally cute girl today. Or woman. I'm not really sure how old she is. Anyway, her name is Catherine. Or possibly Katherine. Or maybe even Kathryn. She sat next to me for 2 minutes during the useless SuperSearch lecture before moving elsewhere because she couldn't see. But we exchanged names. And meaningful eye contact! With smiles! I think. Maybe. >.> She remembered me from the last time we met. But, she's not in my class. So, I'll probably never see her again. *sigh*
lishesquex: (WoW - LJ WoW)

The Happy
[+] The relatives have gone to Queensland for a few days.  My sanity remains intact for now.  Hooray!
[+] My addiction for World of Warcraft has resurfaced so I am happily immersed in Azeroth once more.
[+] Valkyrja is almost level 77 and so very close to getting her flying mount back again.
[+] I went shopping with mum yesterday at Chadstone and she was in a good mood so we didn't fight at all (!).  We ate sushi from a sushi train and she bought me a t-shirt for Christmas.
[+] I applied for two more jobs: Canterbury Girls' (English) and Highvale SC (Humanities/Geography). 

The Sad
[-] Got a rejection from Highvale the very next day.  :(
[-] Relatives are coming back on Sunday.  *sigh*
[-] Am being dragged out to a fancy dinner at the Crown tonight with dad's friends.
[-] I finished reading all 116 issues of Birds of Prey and have no more.  :(  And then I found out that it's being cancelled after February's issue.  </3
[-] And why is there hardly any fic for comic-verse Black Canary/Oracle?  There's nothing more painful than finding a wonderful new obsession and having no way to indulge in it!

lishesquex: (L word - always raining)
Gah, my mum is making me so stressed out. She asks me EVERY SINGLE DAY if any more jobs have come up. I haven't really been looking the last week or so because I just needed to take a break from it all, but everytime she asks I feel guilty and anxious and stressed. And just then she came into my room and freaked out about me not looking for a job and went on about how I could miss opportunities and I know she's right, but I really want to just forget about it all for a while.

So I'm reading Twilight. It's... amusing. I have no other words for it.

My WoW subscription ends in a couple of days so I'll have to end my hermitage briefly to go out and buy another gamecard. I've been a little apathetic about playing WoW recently, though. I've been in one of those moods where I just want to avoid everyone and everything.

Tomorrow, two of dads relatives are coming over from China and they're going to be staying at our house for three months. Three months. I'm going to go insane. *sigh*
lishesquex: (voyager - only slightly lost)

Today's interview at Mt Scopus was another weird one.  And by weird I mean security gates, and a not quite armed but definitely escorty escort into the grounds, which by the way, were massive.  Seriously, you'd never guess it from the outside, but the school inside is like this massive complex. The interview itself was weird also.  Oh, and when I tried to leave?  The gates wouldn't open!  I was like "omg I'm stuck here FOREVER". 

I'm trying to decide whether I even want the Mt Scopus job, if the Camberwell one turns out to be a bust.  I'd be stupid not to take it, but... if I did, it would mean another step back in the closet.  And seriously, if I went back any further in my closet... I'd end up in Narnia.  Lately I've been going with the "don't ask, don't tell" thing, where I don't really advertise it or it never comes up and everyone just assumes I'm straight.  But it didn't used to always be like this.  And when asked directly, I've never in my life denied being gay.  But if I get a job at Mt Scopus, I might very well have to.  Or at least, be deliberately misleadingly straight.  Meh.

Anyway, all this speculation is pointless since my overall feeling is that I probably won't get the job.

Also, I am annoyed because Wrath of the Lich King comes out tomorrow and I'm too busy to play.  /scowl

lishesquex: (buffy - faith this is life)
Lately my room has looked like a paper mill exploded and died there.  I spent the afternoon cleaning/organising stuff.  I'm running out of space to put things.  /woe

I've decided that I really don't like interviews.  I come out of them thinking I did okay, and it's all fine for a while.  But then my mind just keeps going and going and going and thinking about my answers and how I could have answered them differently.  It's exhausting.  For example, one of the questions today during my Camberwell High interview was "What does it mean for you to be a professional?"  And I said a couple of things, but... there was so much more I could have said.  And ever since then my mind has been running around like a crazed hamster coming up with ways I could have answered it better.  STOP IT, MIND.

In other news:  Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] kyanited sent me this awesome comic called Umbra involving Icelandic lesbians, a neanderthal murder mystery, an evil Soviet agent and penguins that weren't really penguins.  It was seriously uber.  If any of you are interested, I can send you the zip file.

I am compiling a list of Xbox 360 games to get.  Currently on my list:
1.  Rock Band
2. Either Soul Calibur IV or Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe  (which one should I get?)
3. Fable II
4. Assassin's Creed
5. Fallout 3  (maybe - but the POV is FPS-like and I get dizzy from that)

I also read the review for Dead Space and it sounds awesome but waaaay too scary.  I wouldn't get past the first five minutes.  But it looks like the sort of game I'd love to watch a friend play while I hide behind pillows.  It's times like this I wish I had a brother... 'cos somehow, I don't think Rianna is interested.  :) 
lishesquex: (voyager - only slightly lost)
Back from my interview.

It was pretty different to what I'd been expecting, and a lot of questions caught me totally off guard. But they /seemed/ impressed with my answers, and all of them said I did really well. I still feel like kicking myself for some of the dumb answers I gave, though. So overall... I have no idea how I went.

They said they would get back to me by Tuesday which is before my Mt Scopus interview. So now I have a decision to make. If I get the job, should I take it? Or should I wait for Mt Scopus?
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Very soon, I will be having the first job interview of my professional life. That thought just hit me as I was standing in front of the mirror after my shower. I'm all dressed up in a starchy shirt and a formal but feminine cardigan. Earrings, necklace, new glasses. It's... really weird.

ZOMG

Nov. 3rd, 2008 07:26 pm
lishesquex: (iconomicon - pwnstar)

ZOMG GUYS, I finally got an interview!!!!!!!!!!1111one

A phone call came through in the middle of my history lecture, so I couldn't answer it, but I called back straight afterwards thinking it might be important, and it was East Doncaster's assistant principal!  Except I didn't know it was East Doncaster the entire phonecall, because the connection was really dodgy and it blanked out in the exact moment that the woman was saying who she was, lol.  Anyway, I was really happy and grinning like a n00b for the rest of the afternoon, because it means I'm finally doing my applications right.  The interview is on Friday morning at 9am.  o.o

I can't believe it's the 3rd of November already.  Today was the last Monday of the MTeach, and I had my last History tutorial ever.  John had a panel of last year's graduates come to talk to us and give us advice.  Some things that were mentioned:

- Set yourself times/days to relax or else you will burn out and DIE.
- Learn the school culture quickly and try to fit in (at least for the first few years).
- You can't rely on your mentor.  Seek out other mentors/colleagues if your mentor sucks.
- Share your resources even if other people don't share them with you.
- It's common that you don't find out what classes you're teaching until like, the day before school starts.  F'realz.
- Get involved in stuff.  The exact quote was "Get involved in everything", but I think "stuff" will do for me.
- Don't smile until Easter.  Srsly.  Or you will be paying for it until Melbourne Cup Day.

Speaking of Melbourne Cup Day - it's tomorrow!  I get a day off.  I can't remember the last time I had a day off.  It's almost an alien concept.

Update of my progress with ApFoJoMo:
November 1- I applied for a History/English Graduate position at Mt Scopus Memorial College (Jewish independent)
November 2 - I applied for two English/Humanities Graduate positions at Camberwell High School (Public)
November 3 - I applied for an English/Humanities Graduate position at Ashwood Secondary College (Public)

Actually, I haven't done that last one yet, so I'd better get to it.  *runs off*

:(

Oct. 10th, 2008 06:23 pm
lishesquex: (xena - emo gabby)

I hate Fridays.  You'd think I'd like them, because of the weekend, but I don't.  There's so many things I have to do, or should be doing.  I still haven't heard back from any of the jobs I applied to, except for Norwood SC, who were at least nice enough to send me a "sorry but you didn't get the job" email.  Meh.  And I'm too unmotivated and exhausted and busy to apply for more at the moment.  Which worries and stresses me out even more.

Today I have eaten:  1 mug of tea, 2 pity donuts and 1 Tim Tam.  I didn't have time to eat breakfast because I got up at 6am to work on a presentation I had to give today.  There's just too many fucking things to do.

Life is too stressful.

/angst

lishesquex: (OMG ONOZ)
Gah. I'm totally stressed out.

School has started. Tomorrow is my first day at my second placement, at Koonung Secondary College. I'm a little bit stressed about that. But MOSTLY I'm stressed out about finding a job.

I found out yesterday that most high schools begin advertising vacancies for next year round about... now. So I've started job hunting.

The government department of education recruitment site thingy hasn't got many jobs up yet. There's one that I found today, for Highvale Secondary College which would be like... perfect. I don't exactly match the requirements (they want someone who can teach ESL - I don't think I'm qualified), but it's perfect in every other way (full-time, on-going rather than contract, good government school, close to where I live, subjects that I would like to teach). The close date for applications is this Friday. Like wtf. So now I'm all panicked trying to get all my stuff together to apply before then.

ARGH.

I HATE JOB HUNTING

SF*(&#$*&(**$#

OMG

*stress*

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