Archive for the ‘ramblings’ Category

I am trying to get back on my feet again

May 29, 2012

I spent the first few days off just sleeping. It doesn’t seem like one should have to sleep that much. I only had one nap today though.

I signed up for a class at the Fabric Corner to learn how to machine quilt. They are bringing in a presenter so I should have a major challenge coming next week.

I have been doing Pinterest lately. My daughter got me interested in it. On the days I feel especially tired, I pin pictures to refer back to later. I am also hoping that the people who pinned them gain some benefit from this. For the artists who sell their work, maybe they will get a new patron. I have learned many new things by studying it. I have tried two new recipes and have lined up some new projects to make down the road.

I spent this morning scanning some of my mother-in-law’s pictures. I uploaded them to Facebook so her other sons can see them. My next step is to upload them to a site to make a book that includes the names and some of their stories. It is amazing how much time this is taking though.

The challenge I gave my family and friends was to do 1 new thing each week and to try to spend 15 minutes per day doing something that makes you happy. So far I have done the 1 new thing and spent 2-3 days doing the 15 minute projects. It is slow progress but progress none the less.

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Going to a job fair tomorrow

April 12, 2011

There are not a lot of jobs listed at schools right now but I did see a job fair listed for Wednesday evening. It would be closer, only 20 miles one way. I am not sure I have everything together for this. I worked on the application last night. I called the State Department to find out where they had put my new license. (Turns out they managed to find the forms after I called and it will be here in 4-8 weeks. Good thing I applied for it in February.) I went in and got my hair done tonight. I am going to try to exude strength and competency. I wish I felt that way.

I think I have my sock machine ready to start working. Hopefully I will be able to try making a pair this weekend. My floral rug is over 75% done now. Come summer time, I hope to make progress finishing these projects.

I think I need to chill out

March 10, 2011

The turmoil in Wisconsin has had me very upset. Having gone to graduate school in Madison, I have thought many times I would like to have been there to show my support for the teachers and union members. It seems like teachers are being blamed for so many things. I have personally spent tens of thousands of dollars to learn all I could for this job and have poured hours I could have spent going after  some high paying job with bonuses as I feel it is an important job and I want to do the best job I can.  I don’t expect you, the reader, to feel sorry for me. I chose to do this. I have agreed not to get raises for the last few years and to pay more for insurance. I don’t have a choice on the money going out for KPERs  and whether I see any of it remains to be seen. I have relatives that are just thrilled to see these “liberals”, “hippies” , or whatever they want to call them, put in their place. I was told toward the end of last year I might not even have a job next year. I work hard not to let that get in the way of working with my students. I have seen lately though that it gets harder to contain my feelings and to not to talk, like I am “suppose” to. It doesn’t appear things are going to be much better in Kansas. I need to go to some quiet place to focus on  what is important for me, my family and my life.