Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Flight Home Part II

Roughly six hours later and here I am in San Francisco! After a mad dash from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3, I got checked into my United Express flight to Redmond and it was running on time. I get back through the 20 minutes of Security (no x-rays here either) and check the board to find my flight has been delayed from departing at 12:49 to departing at 2:10. It puts me about an hour late into Redmond (unless we get some of the good headwinds we did NOT get coming from Charlotte). I'm so ready to be home! I'm also starving, but since I have some time now, I can go find some food.

Christmas Flight Home Part I

Wow. After a 90 minute drive, I made it to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport only to find that a)I had to wait for my San Fran-Redmond boarding pass and pick it up in San Fran and b)the $23 I had paid online for baggage last night wasn't showing up in the system. Luckily I had really nice people and they took care of the baggage by overriding it and letting me though. Still kind of bummed I have to pick up my boarding pass in San Fran, but at least I'm on my way. Then, after several people saying it would take 30+ min to get through Charlotte Security, it took all of 5 min because I knew what I was doing: rolly carry-on up, laptop out in separate tray, shoes, scarf, and coat in a second, backpack up, and through the metal detector (no fancy x-ray machines here yet). Everything repacked, backpack, shoes and scarf on, coat over one arm, boarding pass and rolly luggage in hand, then off to find my gate (B9). Grabbed a parfait and hot chocolate from Starbucks (thank you Vicky for the gift card!)

Now I'm just waiting to board my plane in about 15-20 min for a 6 hour flight to San Francisco. Longest domestic flight I've ever had. With a 2 hour layover in San Fran (estimated) I'll be back on eventually.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Today's the Day part 1

Today is my personal interview with Teach for America! So far it's been great, though a bit nerve wracking. I'm more of a listener so I didn't talk much during our group activity, but I had ton of fun teaching my lesson! I hope I do well in the next section, my actual one-on-one interview.  This morning I have been a 2nd grader learning about compound words, a 3rd grader learning timelines, a 4th grader learning paragraph structure, a 5th grader studying how things grow, an 8th grader correcting text messages, and a high school senior in calculus. As well as a 10th grade biology teacher. It's been a fun morning. It was a bit intimidating teaching an intro to the cell when one of the TFA candidates teaches at the University of Cincinnati Medical School.

I knew coming into this today that there was a second Berea student in our interview (Yelena) and they rode up with me, but I wasn't expecting a third! Jayla showed up and I was surprised!

Ready for the afternoon? I do hope so. And I hope Katie and Tori are enjoying themselves at the aquarium.