Friday, September 25, 2009

On to plan B

SO I didn't get Teach for America. It sucks but I know if I was meant to teach then I will find a way to teach. I am happy that at least I know my application was stronger this year. I took the time to put together an appropriate resume and wrote and re-wrote the essay. I just think my GPA was too low for them to even consider me. I feel like I'm the kind of person who doesn't look good on paper. Once you get to know me, I'll have to know that I am pretty awesome but I guess I'm not all that great at presenting myself in 2-d form.

Any who, very tired today. I've had to get up at 6:40 the past 3 days which wouldn't be so bad if I actually went to bed before 12:30. I am a substitute teacher at my old elementary school. So far it's been great. They just moved in to this new building that works so well. I started at the school when there were in their 2nd year and stayed there for 9 years, K-8. It great being back there, I forgot what a great place it was. Many of my teachers are still there so it's a little weird, cause it feels sometimes as if I shouldn't be in the teachers lounge or there are people who I should be answering to, that I'm not an authority figure for these kids.

But anyway, I was subbing for the third grade and I am fairly sure that I do not want to teach the third grade. It wasn't terrible but it was a great deal of work. The thing is, is that there are 2 third grade classes and it became very apparent to me that they have 2 different teaching styles. The woman I was subbing for seems to have a more fluid teaching style while the other is more strict. I didn't mind it's just I felt a pull between what it seemed like I was supposed to do and what the other teacher wanted. Either way things got done, and I learned a lot about dealing with 3rd graders. I'm excited though I get to go back again next week. :)

I forgot how imaginative kids where. I was sitting on the swings and this girl kept talking about how she hoped the trolls weren't there when she got down. And I heard to other girls talking about they had to get to the end of the rainbow to get some magical thing. The same girl with the troll issue told us later on that sometimes she hides from her mother and pretends she is a crying "African" baby. Yep definitely one of those moments when I had not clue what to say.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

School's Out

I am offically out of school and yet the school systems is effecting my life. I work as a sub at my old elementary school and school was canceled today due to all the rain Atlanta has been getting. Google Atlanta Flood 2009, it's pretty epic. Instead I spent the entire day running errands for my mom. The funny part about that is, is that it didn't rain in the city of Atlanta all day. So in fact the schools gave a nice sunny day off to their students. Although it is very likely that there are families that are being effected greatly by all the rains and couldn't get in anyway.

I have been trying to plan my next crocheting venture. So far I am making a pair of fingerless gloves, different patterns than what I used before and a blanket for my friend Alicia and ma looking for the next thing. I think I want to make another sweater but to be honest that is not too exciting. Dan has suggegested a great name for my line of projects. I don't want to write it here in case someone steals it. No on reads this blog as of yet. But they will.

In other news, Will Ferrel has made a video about healthcare. Pretty good actually, celebs getting behind Obama usually works out well.

My blog isn't very interesting yet. I mean I find it interesting but then again it's a blog all about me. I had an idea of turning this into a play or a book and have pledged to write every day. Or at least try to. Who knows there might be some good stuff in here after a while. I've always wanted to write something and I have a lot of ideas, just haven't been able to execute them all that well. Maybe I'll find something here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Cranky times at the homestead

I have been a bit cranky of late. That tends to happen when I am home for extended periods of time. I blame college. Yes college has made me selfish. 4 years of not having to explain myself to my parents, doing what I want when I want, where the only responsibilities I had were the ones I took on, has made me irritable when it comes to doing things that my parents ask. I forgot how much they ask questions about the most asinine things. They love details, I would rather not give them.

I also thought that me coming home would mean that I could do what I want. My parents are forever telling me that I'm an adult but I don't really feel like one. I am very grateful that my parents are more then willing to house me while I am figuring out what I want to no next but I think I'm going to need to move soon, or at least get a job that takes me away from home more. I deal with everything going on here when I leave the house. I'm getting antsy about cooking my own meals and seeing people who aren't my parents and visiting my friends from school. I miss being around people my own age. Which is why I am very excited about my potential trip to NYC in October. But there are red flags there too, because my Mom is also traveling and we can't really leave my dad alone. He has MS and it's hard for him to get around by himself although my mother would never admit it out loud. I figured it out by myself, but what's going to happen when I move away? I wont be in Atlanta forever. I don't mind helping, sometimes, but I don't feel like I'm living my life.

On a less cranky note, mom mother has been rather helpful if not pushy in some ways relating to my chosen career path and helped me to get free head shots. Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure.