New Adventures in Teaching

I’ve been living in Indianapolis for over a month now and I feel like I finally settled in. It took a week or so to unpack and organize, and since then I’ve been learning my way around the area, working on our business Two Are Better, and sleeping in WAY too late. Now that I’ve checked a lot of things off the list and it’s too cold for photo shoots, I need something else to do. Not to mention, a way to pay for our wedding!

So last week, I applied to substitute teach in the local school district (which consists of almost 20 schools), and after a background check, interview, and getting a substitute permit from the state – I’m officially hired! The process went a lot quicker and smoother than I thought and after just being put on the list today, I already have a few jobs lined up.  Woohoo!  :)

When I had the interview, the retired administrator made an interesting point that subbing is the hardest job out of having your own classroom and student teaching. Students immediately want to take advantage of you when you walk into a classroom of which you aren’t familiar.  However, I’ve had experience subbing in my hometown and of course, student teaching, so I feel as prepared as I can be. 5 foot or not, I feel confident that students and I will have a mutual respect.

He did kind of scare me when he said everyone knows an attorney in this part of Indy. A little different than Small Town, Missouri. As they say, cover your butt (CYB) & document, document, document!

Here’s to a new teaching experience outside of my home state! I’ll let you know how it goes as Ms. Merenghi! And who knows, maybe it will lead to a job as a permanent sub, long-term sub, etc.

Sara & Mindy Go To Indy

Last weekend, Sara and I hit the highway for a weekend trip to Indiana.  Hmm.. wonder what we would possibly be doing there?  ;o)

Oh yes, my boyfriend (her son) lives there, just outside of Indianapolis!  We decided to visit Ryan and check out the Indianapolis scene.

The first night we went to Broad Ripple with Todd and Carrie and ate at Ripple Bagel & Deli.  I could eat there EVERY DAY I think.  Who ever thought that a sandwich on a steamed bagel would be so heavenly?

We also walked down the street to Monon Coffee for a dessert drink.  My blueberry white mocha was also heavenly.  Sigh.

Sara had never been downtown and I’m always up for it!  Sooo on the rainiest possible day, we adventured around the city in our rain-boots.  Oh, and I bought a rain jacket that day too when we hit up the Rustic Moon Outfitters.  Wonder if I would’ve bought it if it WASN’T raining that day?

Unfortunately, I only took a few photos that weekend, but I did happen to get a few good ones in the Chocolate Cafe.  If you ever go to downtown Indy and find yourself in a circle, check out the Chocolate Cafe – South Bend Chocolate Company.  Well, unless you don’t like chocolate…

We each got mochas and Sara insisted that we each eat a chocolate covered strawberry.  Mmm… we had dessert for lunch that day.

Then, we had an early dinner (the sugar only lasts so long) at the Three Sisters Cafe in Broad Ripple.  Ryan found the restaurant on his iPhone and come to find out, it was featured on the Food Network before on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!  That’s pretty neat.  :o)  It was a yummy little cafe with lots of vegan (and non vegan!) choices.

Sara also bought her first iPhone that day, and I officially feel left out!  Someday I’ll upgrade…

On Sunday we went to The Creek (Christian Church) where Todd leads worship for the 5th and 6th graders and Ryan was playing drums.  Unfortunately we had to pack up after we ate lunch and hit the road again.  A short, but sweet trip!!!!

Here’s a few photos from our fun weekend…

Chocolate Cafe:

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Three Sisters Cafe:

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Oftentimes, I see little reminders (in number form) of the boy I love.


I thought it was time to start keeping track, so here’s my ongoing list.

The date (duh)

Cell phone bill total (not a good thing)
Number for education offices at MUST

Time on the clock (always)
Yahtzee score
# of text messages on my phone
last 3 digits on a license plate of the car in front of me
# of pictures taken at my Dad’s memorial service
The weather channel
Total at McDonalds

Change at Hallmark, Wal-Mart
Exit number on the way to STL
A sign on the way to Anderson that says
Indianapolis: 214 miles
The number of people who attended church on a Sunday
Gas price
Page # in a book
2 hours & 14 minutes until destination (according to GPS)
Ryan’s dorm room number his freshman year
Google analytics pages visited
Fall ball video that Ryan made
Road name in WV that Ryan was on
# of followers on a blog… then I followed and made it 215. Aw, too bad.