To say that it has been a while would be an understatement. It's been months since posting on here. In fact, this site recently went inactive because I forgot to renew my subscription to weebly. I felt guilty, like I was letting go of a child when I was notified that "the domain ashleys-plate is inactive". Even more guilty when the web link showed nothing but a blank screen, unable for the Internet to process. I felt crushed and at a loss- what if all of my content was erased forever? Especially from the Hungry College Girl? I couldn't give up on something that has been with me since my second year of college, something that has evolved with me as a person venturing through life.
So here I am. And a bit has changed since my last post on here.
I also discovered that Polish cider is the most delicious, refreshing drink in existence. Like...crave-worthy. And I never crave/want alcohol. (The middle photo was the best- I had 4 of these bad boys).
Aside from frolicking around Eastern Europe for a couple of weeks- I spent the rest of the summer working and going on trips up to Maine with Dylan. We, quite literally, ate our way through Maine. Plus, it was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable summers I've had in a long time.
Enjoyable yes. Stress free, no. I applied to over 50 teaching jobs during the summer. I heard nothing but denials; I couldn't even get an interview. I felt disheartened, but accepted that I was already hired as a long-term sub. It was not ideal, but at least I had a job.
It wasn't until the first week of August when I got a text from one of my coworkers telling me to check Schoolspring for a job posting in the school I was working in. I applied immediately and got an email for an interview a few days later when I was in Maine. Dylan drove me all the way home for the interview (2 1/2 hours), then we drove back after leaving the school. Of course I had NO cell phone/wifi service the next day- leaving me anxious for a phone call to find out if I got the job. Somehow the AT&T gods gave me service for about 10 minutes, enough to allow the call to come through from my principal- telling me I got the job. I was THRILLED! Who gets hired fresh out of grad school for their first teaching job? What are the chances!? I finally felt at ease by the end of summer. Plus, I already knew many of the people I would be working with- including one of my good friends from graduate school. I also learned that my classroom is the "nicest room" and "well decorated". I poured my soul into my bulletin board and plastered my walls with travel pictures and postcards.
A lot has changed since the Hungry College Girl back in 2014. I have my BA, my MA, and my dream job as a Social Studies teacher. For once in my 23 years I feel like I've accomplished something. Stay tuned for more ranting about life and recipes! Dylan and I have a nice kitchen ;)