Saturday, January 28, 2012


Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer

I finally graduated from college in May of this year. I took the teaching certification tests and am now a certified teacher. I have applied for teaching jobs in 15 different counties, but have only had two interviews, in which someone else was hired. I did have one job offer as a parapro in an elementary school, so I decided to take it. The pay for a parapro is far below that of a teacher. I found a roommate that is in a similar situation and we rented a small two bedroom apartment. Money is going to be really tight for us for a while, especially since I will not get my first paycheck until my second month of teaching. We decided to search TexasElectricityProviders online and found that we could save money on our power bill using fixed-rate energy, so that is one thing that we don’t have to worry about. My brother helped me to create a strict budgeting plan that includes working a second job for at least six hours a week, so I need to find a job waiting tables at night. Things may be pretty tight for a while until I can find a job as a teacher.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Lights

The apartment I live in has ceiling mounted lights.  I think the complex went with the cheapest, ugliest fixtures they could find, because they are horrible.  They have plastic coverings that have yellowed with age, and no matter how much I scrub them, they just will not come clean.  If I could choose flush mount ceiling lights to replace them, I would pick the one pictured above.  I love the frosted globe and the little decorative piece on the bottom.  

I wonder if the apartment manager would let me replace my lights if I paid for them myself? Probably not.