For my birthday I bought more blueberries so I could make 8 jars of jam--
Now with 100% less glass. I should have gone with my instinct before. But I started reading up on blueberry jam on the internet and the recipes I kept looking at kept saying to heat to 221 degrees.
So the second time around, no temperature monitoring. Just a stockpot full o'Jersey blueberries, four and a half cups of sugar, a shot of lemon juice and you stir the whole thing for an hour and a half to two hours.
Also on Thursday Dr. Mad Scientist had another job interview.
This was his fifth one.
Interviews #1, #2 and #4 he interviewed for and did not get.
Interview #3 happened three weeks ago and he was invited to give a practice lesson shortly thereafter (I guess practice lessons are the teaching equivalent to a second interview, plus they get some free labor out of applicants.)
We still haven't heard back from #3. I assume he didn't get it because they started advertising for the position again. The least they could do is reply to his email asking the status. There's nothing worse than stringing along a job-seeker. Dicks.
Anyway, needless to say, we weren't holding out much hope for Interview #5.
I was off work for my birthday (as part of my end-of-school-fill-the-childcare-gap). When he came home after the interview, he told me it went well--which usually is an indication that he didn't get the job! (The aforementioned rejections he had a positive feeling about after he got back--the one he got to do the practice lesson for he thought the first interview didn't go all that well).
He told me that they wanted him to come in for a practice lesson (summer school session) and then he paused when retelling the story--and then said that at that point the Principal interrupted and said "I really don't think I need to see a practice lesson, would you like the job?"
HOORAY!!! Best birthday present ever!
So come Fall, Dr. Mad Scientist will no longer be working at the institutional cesspool that is known as Newark Public Schools and instead will be working for a high school here in Our Town.
The school is actually a vocational/technical school that's part of a county set of high schools that have their own county-run school board.
The Principal is actually a graduate of the high school.
It's a Blue Ribbon School.
It's a five minute commute for him!
It's actually more money than he made at his old job (not like that matters...as long as he can cover Moochie's daycare, we're golden).
And the best part: He'll be teaching biology! He taught chemistry this past year, but his first true teaching science love was biology.
So, did you make it this far?
Good. I will reward you with pictures.
Pictures of something I made to grace the walls of his new biology classroom this fall.
It's a dead frog!
My favorite part?
This little detail!
Unzip Mr. Froggy to reveal--
His dissected innards!
The pattern is my own. I googled some diagrams of dissected frogs, drew the frog body applique and innards.
I appliqued the innards into the "cavity" of the frog, sewed the two abdominal "flaps" with zippers an then appliqued the whole thing onto the brown background (remember those brown wax dissecting trays?).
For the quilting I just traced around him and then just kind of doodle-traced around that original outline.
The binding is my favorite kind--just flipping the backing over the edge.
Speaking of the backing--it's morbidly cute!
I even gave him a bit of a New Jersey twist by inking his scientific name on the tag below him.
He's not actually a Hyla andersonii, but I couldn't resist!