Monday, July 21, 2014

Preparing for the worst but, hoping for the best.

I used that phrase today, "I am preparing for the worst but, hoping for the best."  All I can do is move forward, clumsily but, forward.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I went on a wild laptop hunt today.  I had pretty much made up my mind, I did NOT want a Windows 8 machine and I did NOT want a touchscreen.  I immediately gravitated towards a Mac, you know because I want to hip.  HIP.  I ended up with a MacBook Air.  I have already changed settings and figured out what I'm doing for the most part.  It is pretty exciting!  I am looking forward to all sorts of awesome things to do with it.  Since, those animated shorts were just so amazing yesterday, I may save up for an animation program (yes!).  Otherwise, not much else to report on today.  Uploading all of the photos to flickr, ALLof the photos.  There are a lot, just for back up and to organize later.

There was a lot of missing of a certain person today.  That is all.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Why is that man smoking under the misting station?

I started to read a book by Meenoo Rami called 'Thrive; 5 ways to (Re)Invigorate your Teaching', the main focus is finding mentors.  Which I came to realize that I don't really have any mentors and maybe that is part of the issue with this teaching business.  Also, there was a mention of Susan Cain in the book, this was the 3rd time in two days I heard mention of her.  It was time to listen to her TED talk....The Power of Introverts.


and there was also this wonderful post written from Art Project Girl: Teach like an INTROVERT.

I don't really know where I was going with this introvert chat but, maybe I figured I would put it out there in the universe. 

In other news, I hung out with some friends of mine at Artscrape in Baltimore.  I really did see a man smoking a cigarette under a misting station.  All he really needed was to be in his undies, which he could have been, because there was a pants check (like a coat check).  We watched animated shorts, a dance demonstration and lesson (I am not too uncoordinated), art and more art, craft fair, free stuff, art cars, and people watching.  I had a pretty solid day.  On the way back we hit up a grocery store going out of business, which is weird, mostly empty shelves and bright signs saying 30% off all groceries and then, we went to outlet stores in Perryville, Maryland, it was quiet and closed, filled with empty stores.  Both of these places were on the verge of being abandoned and what happens to the economy all around and the effects.  Kind of crazy and super creepy.  

Anyway, I am home and my eyes are narrowing on the computer screen and I'm stretching my mouth with nice, big yawns.

Today was a good day.

Friday, July 18, 2014

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall."

My brain is still humming loudly from what I learned yesterday. From remembering how to prepare well for an interview, taking in hours upon hours of art education knowledge, and lastly having my idea of a resume challenged and reshaped. right.  

I haven't had an interview for a teaching job in a couple of years, throw in a phone and it has been even longer. I am so very thankful for the assistant principal to agree to it, it helped me recognize how much more prepared I have to be. I need to be articulate, confident, and always have relevant and thoughtful questions.  

The Art of Education had an on-line art education conference. Filled with short video presentations from educators around the USA. There were a couple I was really energized for but, some of them I wish they were conveying their knowledge to me in person to add more enthusiasm. I don't doubt that it is there, some just felt a little flat.  

After a quick dinner, I drove into the coty for a resume workshop hosted by Girl Develop It and Anthony Gold. MY MIND WAS BLOWN! I get to rewrite my resume and question myself every single step. 

I can not forget the awesome mail from yesterday. My niece (her mom) sent me a super awesome card of monsters, Bree sent a postcard from Italy, and Mo sent me a package of shirts, Girl Dwvelop It swag and Detroit items (never been but it may be love at first sight when I do get there).  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

You Look Nice When You Try

Two days in a row, I sported heels and a dress. I am dressing for the job I want not the job I have. Which surprisingly makes me feel more confident, I stand taller, and I want to go home and apply for more teaching jobs. It also helps that I am in a better mood because throughout the day I keep telling myself "this is only temporary, this is only temporary..." All the while I attempt not to fall on my face.

P.S. I never thought that I would ever turn down a piece of frozen Charleston Chew or have the smell make me sick to my stomach. I also never thought I could be in such close proximity to someone and miss them so much.