Its A Strange World

This blog is about me and the things that I have been dealing with. Make sure all your comments are about the things I write about, because the world can get out of hand enough as it is! ;)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Monday Monday!

I just had a very boring weekend. That's why I didn't bother writing about it! I had dinner with two friends on Friday night (both of them are older than me) and I had an uncomfortable time because no body wanted to talk about anything interesting. I kept talking about my new job (more on that later!) and told funny stories about how stupid my principal is (they both work at my school) but no one cared! They just kept talking about current events that I didn't care about because they were mostly health topics (bird flu and Africa) and those aren't things that I review when learning about news.

So my uncle Rock DID talk to his friends over at the news station and THEY CALLED ME!! I am going in for an interview next week. I have been watching a lot of television news to make sure that I am able to "talk the talk" when I go in for an interview. It would be great if the other job I applied for called me too so I could chose the one that would allow me to be more creative and use the skills I enjoy.

I have only told a few teachers at work because you need to be "discrete" when you are working new job contacts. I also don't want the other teachers get ideas about leaving their jobs too. I know that most of them are unhappy and think that they might quit if they see other people having easy times getting better jobs. I have a friend who said this happened to her once. It's not that I don't want them to be happier -- people should always leave jobs if they are boring or unfair or if no one listens to you -- it's just that I don't know when I will get my new job and I don't want to have to worry about working even HARDER in a job I don't like if many people are leaving. There is one woman who is retiring soon and many people are worried about that, already!

On a different topic, I have a second date with Alex Wednesday night. I like Alex but worry that I am going to be tired because I also have plans tomorrow night. This is turning out to be one busy week!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Working the "Connections"!

Well, I haven't yet heard back from the tv station about the producer job. But, it might not matter at all! I had dinner tonight with my aunt and uncle, and it looks like Rock knows people very well at one of the local television stations! He is going to "put a word in" for me to get me a job! This is all very exciting, because I think this is how things work in the entertainment industry -- you really have to have an "in" and then work it for all you can!

It's all very exciting, and I don't even know what I'll be doing yet! As I've often said, writing is my true passion, so I hope I will be writing scripts. I also like working with my hands (I used to make my own luggage) so doing sets and that sort of thing could be interesting for a while.

The date went very well. He was a smart man and we went to a nice restaurant and told funny stories (he thought about joining the army once!). He has a very cool apartment and a dog named Jax. I don't like dogs, but Jax was very old so he couldn't do very much to bother me.

Ugh. Back to work tomorrow! Why can't my new life just start! ;)

Monday, February 20, 2006

And we're off!

Well, I sent off my resume! Now it's just that "wait and see" time when you have to wait for them to finally get around to calling you. It's funny, because now that I have decided to find a new career, my principal is taking a vacation! Just my luck!

What's even funnier is that NEXT week I have to have a meeting with my principal and two of my "leader" teachers. It's good because my leader teachers appreciate the interesting lessons I have my class do (I once had them eat different mints and describe them to each other to prove that people like different things. Then they all drank from the same water and even THAT tasted different to them. I told them that this was wrong and they all felt very embarassed. I told them that was ok, because it can be embarassing not to know things). But this meeting next week will be interesting because I know that, if they don't listen to me and let me do the things in class that I think are good ideas, that I won't have to take orders from them for very long.

I get very excited thinking about a new career. It's sort of like starting a new chapter, but you are still the main character! ;) I am excited to buy new clothes for my job and can already see myself with different notebooks and reading through lots of magazines. I hope that my new job still gives me time for photography, because I am greatly enjoying using my photographers eye.

Tomorrow I am going out with one of Derrik's friends. Derrik said this man is handsome and interesting and that I will have a blast. I think that he lives in a "loft", which I think is great because that is a much more modern way of living. I have a friend who lives in a loft that has a roof gardens where you can grow your own vegetables, and that is a much more responsible way to live than most people.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

A new calling?

Well, readers, I am up early this morning looking for new jobs! I went dancing last night, which is a story in itself! Let's just say my friend Carla had a little too much to drink and ended up embarassing herself pretty badly! I had two drinks, but was still totally able to drive us home.

How PERFECT does this job look for me:

News Producer
Qualifications: Strong writing skills, creative production ideas -Ability to work cooperatively in diverse newsroom -2-to-4 years producing experience with resume tape-Extensive writing experience with corresponding examples-College Degree-References

Producers are expected first and foremost to contribute to the team effort of effectively covering and presenting daily news. They are expected to contribute story ideas on a daily basis, meet all deadlines, work with assignment desk, anchors, reporters, photographers, editors, and graphics to present the news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner.

I am a very creative person, so I think this job would be perfect for me. I can picture it now, can't you? Thinking up new things to put on television, doing graphic art, investigating criminals, even talking to celebrities, I bet! It just seems so much for "me" than teaching. I like teaching because I have my own room and can decorate it any way I want and I can have the children do interesting things, but I don't like all the competition I feel with all the other teachers. I also don't like that my principal doesn't listen to me and asks me to do things that have NOTHING to do with my job.

What other jobs are creative? Any ideas, readers?

Friday, February 17, 2006

Wait until you hear why!!!

OK. I know what you're thinking. I haven't written in days. And, on top of that, I said I would never do that again! Well, readers, wait until you hear why!

I am starting to think that I should leave teaching. Last week my prinicipal took me aside and told me that he wanted to outline things I should do with my class. I thought this was great, because my principal was finally wanting to hear what I needed in order to have my job be the kind of job I wanted it to be. Well! He barely listened to anything I had to say! He had a list of "action items" all drawn up and read them to me, but then didn't let me have the things I wanted, too! And it wasn't like I didn't come up with great suggestions (I said I wanted more music and dance lessons in my class, but he didn't want that)!

Also, it seems that nobody cares about teachers. I wanted very much to have a guest speaker come in and talk about valentines day. But no one cared enough to do it! I called every single museum in the area and even some that aren't and nobody wanted to help. I imagine they had bad memories of their teachers and are getting back.

So, as you can easily imagine, I have not wanted to do much "writing" about teaching. I know that that is what I have done in the past on my blog, but I think that will change. Also, I need to change careers and have been spending a lot of time thinking about that. Have any of you readers recently changed jobs? If so, why? Were you able to get a better job in the end?

We'll all see where this new journey takes us. Tonight I am going dancing, so I can probably stop thinking about all this for a while. It will be nice to stop thinking so much about this, because I am tired. I called in sick today for a "mental health" day. It has been nice, because it is warm out and I might go take some pictures.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Wild Weekend!

What a couple of days I've had! On Friday night my friend Danielle and I went dancing. This is something that I have always done, and think that I will do even when I am old. I have an aunt who is 50 or 55 who still goes out dancing, and I think that that is the reason that she has been able to stay married for so long (got married in her 20s!) even though I don't think she likes her husband. She has two children, one of the is very nice and attractive, but the other one doesn't seem to do much. I wouldn't tolerate that.

Danielle is not as fond of dancing as I am. She was not wearing good shoes, I think, which is why should would often go back to our table to be the other girls that we went out with. I did not know them, which was fine because they had plenty of things to talk about. I spent a lot of time on the dance floor by myself, which is also fine because I do not sweat as much as other people do when they dance for hours. It makes me very irritated when people you are dancing near get their hair sweat on you, and I often tell people that I am mad about it.

On Saturday I wanted to explore more of my photography skills, so I went to a wildlife reserve in Cary to take pictures of birds and rivers. There were no rivers, but I took some very interesting pictures of leaves and squirrels. It rained sometimes , and it started to rain hard so I ran back to the car. I bet people thought I was out getting exercise.

Saturday night I went on another date with Liam, because he had called and also emailed. We went to see "Underworld: Revolution" which is about vampires and it was depressing but funny at times. Then we went to a late dinner at P.F. Chang. Liam told some funny stories about his family. He is from a very big family and they fight a lot.

Today I am "laying low" because I have been so busy. I tried to take Muscles outside today, but it is cold and he doesn't do very much in the cold. My friend Paula has asked if I want to come to a "Superbowl" party, but I don't really know if I have the time.

I think that this will be a good week at work. I am going to try to have a guest speaker come in on Wednesday. I also have a meeting with my principal, and am glad that he finally is taking time to talk to me about what I want to be doing.

See! I had so much to write about! I know I usually have a lot to say, but this is different!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

All about pictures

So I can finally tell you about all the photography I have been doing! I bought a digital camera last week. I thought about building a darkroom in my pantry but then I realized that I also think I want to do more cooking, and I need my pantry for all the dinners I will be making (please let me know your best recipes...I don't care if they're secret!). I think I might research recipes by going to restaurants with friends -- we can all take turns guessing what is in them and then get the waiter to get the recipe for us.

I realized that I am very good at taking pictures of sunsets. I took one picture of the sun setting, and it was pink, and you could see a person in the picture, also. It looked like a giant pink eye looking at the person, but no eyeball. I think I might try to make a book of sunset pictures, where the sun would be setting behind different things or settings. I have a friend who received a grant to do some photography and think that that sounds like a fun and rewarding way to spend your time and might look into that.

I have been taking lots of pictures at work (pictures of the children, pictures of the classroom, pictures of the playground). I thought about taking pictures of other teachers not working, and then tell them that I was going to "tattle" on them (which I would not do unless they deserved it). There is one teacher who, I swear, does not do any work! She is the nurse, and I always wants to ask her what she does when no students are sick? I think that she probably has an online business or something that she works on. I have thought about doing an online business (auctions) during breaks or recess, but the internet connection I have is slow and I would also probably get caught.

The guy that I went on a date with, Liam, wants to go out again for dinner. The only problem is that my cousin IS fixing me up with another person to date, and Derrik says that he is someone I will like. I don't want to be like one of those movies where someone is going on two dates at once, but you never know! Ahhhh!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I'm so sorry, it will never happen again!!!

I am so sorry, readers, for not writing in almost a week! I have been very busy with several things (new hobbies) but will never let this much time pass, ever again, without writing to you!

You might remember that I had to go on a date. It was a fairly boring date, at first, and the man was not as attractive as I had hoped. We went to a "noodle bar", but I was not really in the mood for noodles so I was upset about that. He told me that he had recently gone to business school, which I found interesting, because that is something I have recently thought about doing (teaching may be a calling for me, but I think that children these days have too high expectations and that I don't want to be a part of that).

Liam (his name) wanted to go to the cheesecake factory for dessert, but I prefer frozen yogurt so we went to my apartment because I had three kinds of frozen yogurt at home. It turns out he is a very "technical" person, so he showed me how to do interesting things with my blog. That was a nice "touch", so I will probably go out with him again.

I can't write much more now because I have to teach, but I will write more about later. Wait until I tell you about all the photography!