From the OETD (Oxford English Teacher’s Dictionary)

August 2, 2005

Feeling: Over My Head
Song: "Under Pressure"

overwhelming (adj): the reality of having two weeks to unpack a house, create a classroom environment with very little technology and no budget, plan at least three weeks worth of lessons, create an inspiring syllabus, understand the psyche of the average American 7th grader, figure out where the faculty bathrooms are (more important than non-educators can realize) and find a decent recipe for valium (I mean, um, chocolate chip) cookies.

Can you tell I had my first day of orientation today?

Here's a picture of my job site:

And here's our apartment:

I'm sure you can figure out how close they are πŸ™‚

Happy Tuesday




  1. Hi Juliet! I just found your blog (this is actually Katie, not Daniel). I just wanted to say that I have an excellent CC cookie recipe from a friend if you’d like it. Just let me know – Katie@dankatie.com. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Friend! Everything will be OK….I can’t wait to see your apartment. I know what you mean about that overwhelmed feeling…miss you ::hugs::

  3. Thanks Katie :). That recipe sounds WONDERFUL and it’s great to hear from you…I miss you and think of you often. I’d love to hear more about how you and Dan are doing πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the encouragement, climbing :I. You have no idea what a difference it makes. You’ll always have a place in the new apartment; Dad has the cave, I wonder what our place should be…any ideas?

  5. Hmmmm. Something Dantean, but not scary :)…mayhaps something preraphaelite sounding. The bower is a bit overused and sounds silly esp in AZ! πŸ™‚ The castle, the mansion, the fortress, the nest, the apartment o’ love…. Sorry…it’s late! πŸ™‚

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