Saturday, March 12, 2011

Current Reads & Job Update!

I've been doing a lot of reading lately, since I've been subbing and tutoring almost every day of the week. It sounds bad when I say that I've been doing a lot of reading, but subbing is so boring that pretty much all I have to do is read! I give the students whatever assignment their teacher wants them to work on, then I open up my book. Occasionally I have to come out of my dream land to tell a student to 'cool it,' but for the most part they are pretty good for me.
Currently I'm reading Sins of the House of Borgia by Sarah Bower. I actually won a review copy in a book blog contest. I had entered probably six contests for this book, and I finally won one of them! I started reading it as soon as I received it, and even put aside the book I was reading, Enemy Women. I am around 100 pages into the book so far, and I'm really enjoying it. Books about the Borgia rule are going to be  huge pretty soon, because of the show that's coming out on Showtime about their family. I read The Borgia Bride  a couple of years ago, and although it was fiction, it was still based on the Borgia family, and wow, it was scandalous! I loved it! It had that crazy shock value that was even more shocking, because you realized that that most of the things described actually happened! There was incest, rape, homosexual sex scenes, orgies, crazy drunken sex, etc. At times I was reading with my mouth hanging open because of how sex and power crazed some of the members of the Borgia family were! I can just imagine what Showtime is going to do with a show about this family. There is no way you would be able to put a show about the Borgia's on basic cable! It's going to be one of those shows, similar to "The Tudors" where every five minutes someone is naked or drunk or being murdered! As soon as I'm done with Sins of the House of Borgia, I'll make sure to review it, but so far, so good.
On the job front, things are looking good. I finally received my Letter of Intent to hire the other day via email. This whole time I've been waiting for it to come via snail mail, but no, I found it in my junk folder in my email! I didn't have the email of the woman who sent it to me in my address folder. Luckily I check my junk mail folder, or I would have been shit out of luck! Anyways, they had me at Step One Bachelors degree pay, so I had to email her back and let her know that I have my Masters in Secondary Education. She said she had been misinformed, and sent me the edited version with the correct information on it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I will be making $1,000 more than I had originally been told! I've been looking at apartments out in the cities of Buckeye, Avondale, and Goodyear. Those cities are all within a 15 minutes drive of the school I will be teaching at. It's surprising how expensive apartments are, even though they're 40 minutes outside of Phoenix! I'm trying to stay under $600 a month, and it's not easy! My on and off again boyfriend are looking at getting one together, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea or  not. Actually, I know it's not a good idea, but moving across the country alone is scary. If he does come with me, everything will be in my name, so that if it doesn't work out he can leave without anything tying him up. That's also why I want to stay under $600 per month, because even though I'll be making decent money teaching and plan on getting a serving job part time, I want to make sure that I'll be able to pay rent and utilities, plus all of my other bills without any problems, also I would like to start putting money aside. My mom said she would co-sign a loan for me, so that I can consolidate all of my credit debt. As it is I have around seven credit cards that I pay out each month, and I would rather just pay ONE big bill instead of seven smaller bills.
Anyways, that's the update. I'll be updating again soon with a review of the book I'm now reading!


  1. Kimberly: Very excited to read of your new job. I work for a school district in HR and realize that there are lot of unemployed teachers out there at present. I am also an English Lit major at weekend college. I love your blog and I'm a new follower.

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  2. I haven't read anything on the Borgia family yet, but I think I will start with Jean Plaidy's novels since she is the most historically accurate.

    Funny, I used to live in Buckeye, AZ when I was a small child. I remember it a bit.