snapdragon76: *slurrrrp* (Tea!)
Apparently, my hoop jumping is far from over. I went to the school today to turn in my initial certification application, and it seems the school doesn't even have my graduation status up yet in their official documents. The lady there, who was very nice, said it might not be until January 23rd or so. Which is interesting since I have to pick up my diploma on the 19th. I also have to order my transcripts from my other schools to be sent to the state Board of Education. I'm not going to worry about that just yet, since it'll still be a few weeks until everything gets organized. Luckily, the schools are used to the whole red tape aspect of everything, so if I say my certification is “pending” that'll usually do for the time being until things come together.

While I'm glad to be finished with grad school and all of that, I still have the stressful part of the job hunt ahead of me. I filled out the online application for the Knox County School System, so that's done at least. I haven't heard anything back yet, but it may be a little while yet and there's also the holidays coming up and people are busy with that.

My dad was in town for my graduation and it was nice that he was here. The ceremony itself was pretty basic, not that it wasn't still nice though. It was a typical graduation ceremony and all. The graduate students went first, with the doctoral candidates going first and getting hooded onstage, followed by us, the Master's candidates. Finally the undergrads went. The speaker was actually pretty decent, which can't be said of most graduation speakers. We went to get a quick bite of lunch afterwards, and then I went home and changed and dad and I went to the movies. We went and saw Spectre which was pretty good. There were some Star Wars cos-players in the movie theater who were promoting the new Star Wars movie (which mom and I are planning to see on Monday morning, once the opening weekend crowds thins out a bit. Presumably) and I got a picture of dad with them. It was fun. Mom wasn't feeling well, so when we went to dinner, she didn't eat anything. I think the burger she had for lunch was under-cooked, so it was bothering her. We were going to go and see the lights at the local raceway, but she really wasn't feeling well enough to go.

Sunday, I went and had lunch with friends of ours, as a post-graduation celebration of sorts. We went to our mutually favorite Chinese place and it was very good, the company AND the food!

So, due to all of the goings-on recently, we haven't decorated for Christmas. At all. I have my lights in my windows, but that's mostly because I didn't bother to take them down last year. If I do end up moving to Knoxville, I will have to take them down eventually. That's another thing I'm trying not to think too much about. I don't mind having to move, but the actual act of moving isn't all that fun. But, I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch, as the saying goes.

Hopefully I can get some things done around the house now that I'm no longer tied up with studying. I need to do some catch-up house cleaning and organization. And reading!! I can do some pleasure reading again! And hopefully I can re-learn my knitting. My skills are considerably rusty since I haven't been doing it as much due to school. I had to frog what I was working on and start over since I forgot a simple purl stitch. And my knit stitch could use some work as well...

I haven't had much opportunity to enjoy many hot beverages lately. The crazy weather due to El Niño hasn't helped any. It's usually a looooot colder by this time of year and we've had at least one snowfall by now. It's barely broken the 60's for the majority of the time. I don't know what January and February will bring since they're usually the coldest months. I guess we'll see.

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season and I'll send out letters as soon as I can!
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (VM -- LoVe (whereistheluv))
Today is gonna be somewhat busy for me. I have to go and take my grandmother's Christmas Tree down (yes, I know it's still up. Quiet, you). Hopefully that won't take too long. She also wants to take me out to lunch and I think she wants me to take her to the bank. Afterwards, I want to look for the latest issue of 'Shojo Beat'... if it's out yet. Argh. I really need to subscribe sometime.

I also found the Kureno AIM icon I was missing. It was on one of my CD ROM's. I think instead of a cloud background, I'm gonna use bird feathers. I want to get one of those sound effects, but you have to pay for those, of course.

I still haven't received my W-2 form from my last employer and the deadline is steadily approaching. I'm going to send out another e-mail and hopefully not make too much of a pest of myself.

My aunt from up north is coming to visit for a few days for my grandma's birthday. Mom is taking a couple of days off to spend time with her or else she'd never get to see her. Saturday the four of us are going to an authentic English tea. I've been to a few before thrown by the same hostess and I've always enjoyed them. I think I'm going to enjoy this one as well. I'm definitely going to rememeber to bring my camera.

Now, I have to remember to tape the new episode of 'Veronica Mars' airing tonight. It looks to be a good one (like they all are, but still).

Trivia of the day: Male western fence lizards do push-ups on tree limbs as a courtship display for females.

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