Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rainy Day Ramblings


So its pretty crappy out right now and about 3pm. I still have done barely anything productive today. I always feel so useless when I don't get anything accomplished on my day off! But the rain really puts a damper on my motivation. All i accomplished was cleaning my entire apartment and writing another post plus finding some classes I could take next semester. Seems like a lot but I put off dog walking today because of the rain and now I feel bad because they are closed tomorrow. UGH.

I found this picture, I want to give credit to the blog that created it, because it is awesome and they have awesome designs so go check it out! 
http://jen-at-chaos-lounge.blogspot.com/


I also just this great picture from National Geographic from India that expresses rainy days to the T.  Whoever took that picture was a great photographer.  Esp. the women there with the brooms, I don't know exactly what they think that will do, but I will not question, I am sure there is a reason for it!

As for tonight, I will be making a trip to the city to be with my girls. I cannot wait! I absolutely LOVE girls nights. Especially with my ladies, we make shit fun :)  We will be making an appearance at http://www.sheckys.com/newyorkcity/search/leela_lounge_1_3507.asp 
so i hope that the place is cool! 


I would like to continue with my random thoughts today, I am looking at classes for summer and fall semesters for graduate teaching classes. I am going for my masters in early education; a completely different field from I am in right now. Right now I work in advertising sales for a newspaper; which don't get me wrong, I love advertising and I would very much like to work for an ad agency or magazine; just right now is a really bad time and I would like something to fall back on just in case shit hits the fan.

My initial opinion of being a teacher for me was that I was giving in and trying to become a teacher. Sometimes I do feel that way, but I know it is not an easy job and I know I can't just be in it for the very long vacation schedules! But I have always wanted to help people and I am definitely not doing that with my job right now.  I want to give back and in the profession I am in, I am not giving back shit. And I DO NOT want to deal with money anymore. Dealing with money and people and people with money, is just shitty!

So I think of it like this: I am already in, I finished applying to the school for my masters, I have already taken one teacher class and passed, I already took on of the many teaching tests and passed and now I am into my second class. I didn't just waste all of that money for nothing! So I am just going to keep going. I really want to go to another country and teach there too, which that was my initial plan to do BEFORE I got my advertising job. I was going to go to Costa Rica for a month and teach English. But that never happened.  
I am trying to make this not take more than 3 years in grad school, although it is so expensive and it's hard for me to take more than one class a semester since I am paying for this. But I think I might try to do one summer class and two in the fall. I only need 15 classes to graduate. If my plan works like the above, I would have 5 classes done. I wish it wasn't so expensive. I could do it so much faster if it wasn't. 

I never saw myself as a teacher, but I love children and I figure I could maybe teach media arts or something along those lines in high school or middle school. 
I figure this. When I achieve my teaching degree and actually start teaching, I would have more time in the afternoon so I could go to the shelter and help there more. I will still have the weekends off, if I wanted to/needed more money in the summer, I could get a part time job at newspaper or website or somewhere like that and maybe they would hire me for the summer. Or i could focus more on my writing and publish articles or since the summer is long, I could go to another country and teach there for a month. Plus when I get a dog, I will be able to spend much more time with them! Basically what I am saying is that I have more time to have more options. Where as right now, I get two weeks a YEAR to go on vacation and fit everything into that period of time. 

Then I have to link in the long run as well, if I want to have children, which I do, shorter working days and more time off, is better than working 9-5, M-F 300 something days a year. Where as teaching is 7 or 8 - 2 or 3 M-F 180 something days a years not including when the students do testing and things like that. 
So. Is that a good way to look at that? Is this the right decision? I have been up in the air for so long about what I really want to do. Every week I change my mind. So I am hoping that since I am already doing this, I will just continue.  Does anyone know a good Ning social network for teachers to be that I can join?

I am open for opinions! Please feel free to comment and leave your ideas :) 
Enjoy the rain -- I think I should get ready now!




7 comments:

the girl in stiletto said...

i always imagine the teachers must feel so proud when they find out that their students are doing well they finish school. you're right about having more times with your kids if you're working as a teacher. i suppose it's up to you really, which you love more. but you can do both jobs, no? like work as a teacher & work part time in advertising. or maybe that's just too much. :)

The Novelista Barista said...

true... i could do both. But i guess it depends if i could find a place that would actually allow that and if it would be too much for me to handle! But i guess i have some time to figure that out... unforunately! lol i wish i could just get my degree asap and start. I hate waiting!

Kylie said...

Best of luck in your teaching endeavors. I always thought I would like to be a teacher but changed my mind sometime ago. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Or if I'll ever really grow up! Have a great girl's night out!! Those are usually the best ones!!

Robin Smith said...

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." --Edmund Burke


May I introduce you to World Fair Trade day...
http://www.worldfairtradeday09.org/

The Novelista Barista said...

its a good quote!
I'll check out that page.

Debbie said...

I love that photo in the rain too! What a classic. The colorful umbrella and the broom.

The Novelista Barista said...

it is a really good picture!! i wish i could capture art like that in a photograph... my damn camera is too slow though!

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