April 7, 2009

Doin' the happy dance

Today I got the BEST phone call regarding all of this legal crap, and now I'm doing a happy dance in my living room. It's so nice to hear those magic words "you're absolutely in the right"... even though I knew, it's always great to hear it from someone who will be instrumental in making the official ruling. Now I've got my finger on the switch, and it feels great to have the control for a change! More later! And YES, those pictures of the kids, coming soon!

April 4, 2009


The last 3 weeks have been extraordinarily trying. I've tried to keep my chin up, and stay positive - but I have to tell you, I haven't slept well at all. And, as a result, this week it has all caught up to me, and I ended up getting quite ill. I know it will take me weeks to get over this one - the stress has just been so completely overwhelming, and I haven't been eating right or working out. So I'm just totally worn down.

Things finally came to a head today. I'm done, finished, kaput. Moving onward. Not looking back.

I have many regrets in the way it ended, but few in terms of my efforts and what I'll be coming away with. It was a position I loved and worked extremely hard at. The learning curve was high, and sometimes I had to be a person that I didn't particularly like towards the students. In the end, though, I'm proud of all I accomplished, and the volume of emails that I am STILL receiving from students makes me all warm and fuzzy! Even students who fought tooth and nail with me - and even wrote negative things about me on feedback forms - have contacted me to thank me for "believing" in them, and for the "tough love". I've even been invited to several weddings!

I will miss the students more than anything.

It's also difficult to walk away when the fruits of my labor, so-to-speak, are about to come forth. The long-awaited accreditation visit. The thing that kept me awake so many nights. I slept with that darn "guide to accreditation" under my pillow for months! And alas, I will not be part of the final effort. Oh well. I wish them all the best, and in a few weeks time, I'll be crossing my fingers that it all works out the way they are hoping.

For those who have NO idea what I'm talking about - feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I can't - rather, won't - go into detail on here, out of respect for (some of) my former colleagues, the students, and also in light of the fact that the situation has now moved beyond the realm of the hypothetical and into the reality of legalities and claims etc etc. Since it is apparent that even my personal email is not safe from snoops, suffice to say that this very public forum is less so.

Ah, but closure is near. I'm looking forward to new challenges and I have faith that whatever road lies ahead will be just as exciting and rewarding as the one I leave behind.

Now, I should get to bed and attempt to heal a little - emotionally and physically!

I PROMISE pictures of the kids this week - especially little miss Luci, who is so beautiful she takes my breath away. Almost 11 months old... impossible!

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