Monday, July 15, 2013

Today I'm Wearing Crocs

….and no deodorant. And I won’t blame you if you stop reading right here. 

My mom has worn Crocs for years and for years I’ve made fun of her. Because let’s face it: they’re just plain ugly. Seriously. So, when we were at the outlet mall on Wednesday and I saw that sparkle in my mom’s eye when she spied the Crocs store (yes, there is an entire storefront devoted to Crocs...seriously), I rolled my eyes and made a bee-line for Ralph Lauren. I tried on cutesy clothes and flirted with the cute salesman, and when I decided that ample time had passed to ensure that I could avoid the aforementioned Crocs store, I went looking for my mom. And found her knee-deep in rubber footwear. Still. 

Long story short, I was somehow suckered into buying a pair of these bad boys. A gift from my dear, sweet, mother. I tried to pick the cutest pair and covered my face in shame as I left the building, Crocs bag in hand. I swore then and there I’d never wear them. 

Well, it’s five days later, and I’m wearing the Crocs. They’re comfortable (I know, I know, you’ve heard that line before, but it’s true!) I’m not thrilled about it, but they fit the generally damp mood I’m experiencing right now, so I figure I might as well at least be comfortable while I’m sad.

The offending Crocs

Not that bad...right?!

Sad because I just made an appointment for my faithful doggy friend, Jude, to be put to sleep tomorrow. Jude is the most gorgeous collie I’ve ever seen. We got him when I was twelve and for 11 years he’s been the best dog anyone could ever have. Unfortunately in the past few years he’s developed debilitating arthritis and can no longer stand up without assistance. It’s the most pitiful thing I’ve ever seen and to say I’m heartbroken would be a gross understatement. 

My precious buddy, Jude.

And sad because, last night, for the fourth time since mid May I’m packed up my suitcase and headed to my “other” home. See, my parents live in NC (which is where I graduated high school), but since college I’ve been living in KY. I’ve been hanging out in NC for the majority of the Summer, working my old high school job and generally being depressed about the fact that no school system seems to want to hire me. But, on Thursday I received a call from a the principal of a school that I forgot I even applied to work at asking me if I could come for an interview on Tuesday. So, I cleaned out my NC room and headed back to spend my few dwindling days of July in the Bluegrass state. But, at least I got to wake up to this sweet face this morning:

Salsa baby

It’s always a bit depressing to leave my parents and come back to my big girl life, especially since I feel like I’m back home to face uncertainly and possibly more rejection. I’d rather stay snuggled up in my room with Charlie the Australian Shepherd and eat chocolate covered Goji berries all day, and hang out with my new little friend, Brielle. Sounds like a better alternative, yeah?

My best friend Lauren's brand new baby girl, Brielle.
Absolutely precious. Love those girls.

Unfortunatley, the big girl world has called me to don my Crocs and face reality. So, I’m off to run my errands which will mainly consist of sitting in the doctors office for an hour just for a prescription re-fill, laying in the tanning bed, and browsing Latta’s downtown (the teacher’s supply store) while drying my tears on my rain jacket. I hate today. 

Wish me luck as I face another interview on Tuesday — pray that I don’t say “maked”. I just may wear a scarf this time. 



  1. Thinking about you. We found a tumor on my dog a few weeks ago and she is acting okay, but I can't imagine losing her. Good luck with your interview!

    1. Thanks, Melissa. I hope your furry friend is okay -- that can be scary! Hoping to blog some good news concerning interview 2.0 tomorrow! :)


  2. Oh goodness, Emily. I am so sorry to hear about Jude.

    Good luck at your interview tomorrow. I would say go with the scarf! I wore one at my first interview and it made me feel more comfortable and 'normal'.

    Have you learned about KTIP since your last interview? If not, I will be a first-year teacher in KY and would happy to give you a run down of the system! :)

    So excited and SO nervous for you. The second interview is always better! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

    1. Thanks so much, Catherine. Our pets are family and it hurts to lose them :(

      I am definitely "scarfing" it tomorrow, haha. I didn't know you were a KY teacher! Where are you teaching?? I actually applied for several jobs in KY and WV because I live in the eastern part of the state, right on the border of OH and WV (I actually went to college in WV). I had no idea what KTIP was and that was a question that came up during my last interview (in KY). Tomorrow's interview is in WV. But, I definitely need to know more about KTIP!!

      Hoping the second is better!!!


  3. Oh my gawsh. Did you say "maked" in an interview? Oh. If you did, then sister, you deserve several more days in those crocs! They are honestly not that bad. I have a pair of the bad ugly ones that I wear all the time when I'm home (and when I go camping) and I have occasionally wore them out in public (like to the grocery store, etc.). So basically that makes you a fashionista with your crocs!
    GOOD LUCK with that interview!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

    1. Erin,

      I did, very unfortunately I might add, say "maked" in my interview. It was a disaster and I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I'm counting it as a good experience, though.

      Thanks...they aren't really that bad. I wouldn't say fashionista (haha), but I'm fairly okay with wearing them in public...never thought I'd say that!

      Thanks so much -- I'm feeling pretty confident about today's interview -- will hopefully have some good news to blog about soon! Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Ok-you CANNOT do this to me! Invite me to your blog and then make me cry!! I'm so sorry about your dog. We have a 13 year old blue heeler that is starting to show her age so I feel for you! :)

    Good luck on your interview-well, now you've already had it. How did it go? When will you hear?

    Thanks for visiting my blog-I'm about to follow yours! :)


  5. I find you utterly adorable! I understand your disdain/new found love for Crocs. They were all I was able to wear last school year when I was pregnant. Go from high heels to Crocs all year and it definitely takes a toll on a person. They are comfy though!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. We have a pug who's going through something similar. He has nerve damage in his spine and is slowly losing the ability to walk. It's so sad to watch. I will be in your shoes soon unfortunately.

    Super cute blog! I love reading it. I'm a new follower!!

    Life With Middle Schoolers

    1. Disdain indeed. I'm disgusted with myself. Hahahaha, okay, not really. I do admit thought that when I read that first paragraph I thought you were suggesting to wear high heel crocs (believe it or not, those do exist...!) and I thought to myself "No sir, that is where I draw the line!". LOL.

      Thanks so much, Mandi. It's tough. I hope your little guy is doing better and that you don't have to go through this :)

      Thanks for following!!!!