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This is my blog. The word Matters is obvious in its meaning but it's also the nickname Bethany gives me. I'll hope to use this Blog for catharsis and fun!
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Great News!

Posted 12-21-2008 at 08:16 AM by MattUGA (Matters of My Mind)
I surprised myself by graduating with my master's degree a semester early. I worked my butt off! Even better news, the school I worked at last year has hired me back starting next month. They had two teachers quit. Well, let's just say that the sudden influx in more cash means a better WDW trip in June! haha I wish I got paid this week though! lol
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Christmas Traditions?

Posted 12-10-2008 at 06:03 AM by MattUGA (Matters of My Mind)
What do you guys do every year for Christmas? We always go to Callaway Gardens for their Festival of Lights display. Basically it's 4 MILES of lights through the woods. We also drive around looking at light on Christmas Eve.

Another tradition I have with the girls is that we always put out a bucket of water and some carrots for the reindeer. They must appreciate them because they eat them up every year!

I'm a big fan of Christmas music. Due to my mom, I must listen...
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Things are a little better...

Posted 11-18-2008 at 11:35 AM by MattUGA (Matters of My Mind)
I'm feeling happier about Christmas, etc.

Only bad news is that I drove to campus and I left my wallet at home. I have no food or money and I'm hungry. hahaha
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Can anything go right professionally?

Posted 11-14-2008 at 07:34 AM by MattUGA (Matters of My Mind)
As many of you know, I left teaching so that I could finish my Master's degree and my certificiation. I had been teaching on a provisional certificate. I taught for 5 years through a divorce and getting newly remarried. Basically, I couldn't finish my courses in that time. Twice since I left my principal has tried to convince the state to give me an emergency certificate so that I could come back and teach since two teachers were so bad they had to be removed. So my principal has fought for me....
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Christmas suggestions?

Posted 11-10-2008 at 04:15 PM by MattUGA (Matters of My Mind)
I've mentioned on the forums that I will be getting Allie and Lindsay kittens for Christmas. Anybody have other suggestions? I have managed to convince both sets of grandparents to go in together and buy the girls one of those wooden clubhouse/swingset combinations. Bad thing is that it seems to take about 17 hours to put together. ROFL!!

Now what I need is good suggestions for gifts. I'll describe the girls but I am definitely on a strict budget.

Gift Suggestions-...
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