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I found out today that I will get to teach microbiology over the summer  :)  This is very excitng for a couple of reasons.  You see, micro was my major and I will be teaching students who care about biology :)  It is scary because teaching a class for the first time during an 8-week summer course is, um, scary.

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Because so many people ask me if there is anything I haven't done I am going to list all of the jobs I can remember having. Not necessarily in chronological order.

baby sitter
karate instructor
cashier at Thrifty (like Rite Aid or CVS, but with ice cream!)
ice cream scooper
aerobics instructor
fitness instructor
genetics tutor
survey giver
actor (I still get checks for this. Little, tiny checks.)
stunt person
karate studio manager
executive assistant
(yes, there is a difference between those last three)
IT department (briefly)
tarot card reader
convention demo girl
floral designer
gift basket maker
gift basket sales person
manager of gift basket inventory and delivery people
senior lab tech II
faculty research assistant
(so those last two are kind of the same, but the work was totally different)
PhD student
herbal tea maker
teacher of biology
personal trainer

I think that is it, but don't hold me to it. I may come up with more later.
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Barring divine intervention, my last day as a scientist at UMBI will be July 31st, and I couldn't be happier :) I have at least two other jobs to fill my time. I will be teaching two classes at Harford Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is uber cool. I have also found a place to blend my tea! In fact, he is also selling it in his store, Peace and a Cup of Joe. Therefore, there will be a shopping cart on my website ( by the end of the weekend (assuming I can figure it all out)!

So, those are the first two jobs, teaching and tea. The third possible job will be training. I have an interview on Friday morning with my gym to be a personal trainer there. Training is something that I did a million years ago before there were official certifications. Either you knew how to lift weights or you didn't, and if you didn't, you found somebody who did to show you how. When they hire me, I will have to get a real certification, which costs money, but will be worth it in the end as long as I do the leg work to get clients.

That is it. Lost one job and gain three. Good stuff. Busy, but good :)
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 I have been teaching an intro biology class at a local community college since January.  There was an opening for a full-time position there and the dean encouraged me to apply for it.  In fact, she encouraged me to apply for it the day that she hired me for the adjunct position.  I went through the first interview along with 17 other people.  I had to give a teaching demonstration and answer a ton of questions.  Two other people and I were brought in for a second interview with the president and vice president of the school, which turned out to be with just the vice president.  This was a week ago today.  Last night I found out that I did not get the position.  Now I am very sad and confused about what I want to do next.

My current job will be gone by August, so I need to do something else, but I really cannot decide what I want.  I really do not want another lab job, but that is what I am most qualified for.  I wouldn't mind being an executive assistant again, but it has been years since I did that.  Maybe I should go back to doing temp work and start acting again.  But then what do I do about health care?  And starting up acting takes money for headshots and stuff.

I would like some simple.

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Alright, here it is...the update that is about three months late.

We arrived back in the US on December 23rd and were met by five people at the airport. That is how loved we are. We stayed with Lori in Baltimore for a while until we found a GREAT apartment in Laurel. Granite countertops. Heater. Air conditioner. Patio. Soaking tub. Washer and dryer in the unit. Covered parking. Clubhouse. Pool. Gym with a side room boasting a composite rubber floor. And a ton more. You can see the floorplan here: Look under Sirius, eight down in the left column. Good stuff. Lori will eventually be taking over the second bedroom.

Bart is working at Toby's, CCTA and doing side jobs building and designing at local high schools. He is working his tail off, poor guy. It took me a while to find a job, so fabulous person that he is, he let me help with his touring show with CCTA. I was a child seater and slideshow button poker. I cannot even begin to tell you how nice it was to get out and have something to do besides setting up house. He is looking forward to starting school in the fall, though he hasn't decided exactly where since he has a couple of choices.

Like I said, it took me a little longer to find a job...I started last Wednesday. I am a tech at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. I am working on a couple of different proteins that are involved in diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It's not cancer, but it is still interesting. I bought a black Mini Cooper from CarMax. His name is Dash and is in dire need of racing stripes. He will have them soon, but first I must purchase a new monitor for this computer, which will be significantly more expensive than the racing stripes. This is the first car I have ever had that has seat heaters and I will never not have them again. The seat heater is an amazing invention.

Hmmmm....what else? Furniture! We bought grown-up, non-Ikea furniture! A pair of matching ottomans that have tray-to-cushy-seating flip tops. I painted my dining set a fetching black rubbed off to red and bought some new placemats to match. Curtains in the living room, big floor pillow (I made a big pillowcase for my full-size feather bed from a really cool twin -sized comforter I found at Target), cool faux suede slipcover for the sofa. And new copper pots from Calphalon. I love them, love them, love them. They make the best scrambled eggs ever.

I am sure there is more that I am not thinking of right now since it has been forever since I last posted, but I want to go sit in my soaking tub :) Night!
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I just applied for jobs at Hopkins. Spero che prendo uno!


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