2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 did not go as planned. At the beginning of the year I fully expected to still be a teacher at the end of it. That’s not how the year worked out, and I’ve spent the last six months trying to figure out this new identity. Stay at home mom? Work at home mom? Temporarily at home mom?

The truth is that I have no idea what 2014 will look like, at least not professionally. I’m pretty sure my home life will still be as warm and fulfilling, and my friends and family will still be amazing. I hope it will be full of creativity and new knowledge. I hope I try lots of things and don’t completely fail at them all.

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An Investment

Friday, December 6th, 2013

macbookI’ve been thinking about getting a laptop for months now, and I finally bought one a couple of weeks ago. Best Buy was having a pretty good sale, and between writing, chasing Hannah around, and some new courses I’m taking we kind of figured I needed to be a little more mobile. So, this was an investment in me. And my new endeavors.

Today was the first day of courses I’m taking online through Rutgers CCPD, paid for by a grant from the Dept. of Labor. First I’m taking a CIW course in Web Design, and after I finish that program up at the end of March (and hopefully take the certification exam) I’ll be taking a shorter course in Adobe Illustrator. I’m throwing everything I can think of out there into the universe to try and build this new post-teaching life I’m working on. Following all of the passions. I want to keep writing about things I love, I want to totally revamp my blog and web presence, and I want to see how I can build on my crafting experience by trying my hand at things like fabric design. I have wanted to learn Illustrator for years but never quite found the time. Now I’m making the time. And the web design course will give me all kinds of skills and foundations.

It’s all exciting, and a little terrifying. The day I ordered the laptop I waited until Adam was home from work to come with me to pick it up. It just felt like a huge manifestation of all these new challenges and risks. Like once the laptop was in my possession, I had to actually startĀ earningĀ it. And it just froze me.

Until I got the shiny box home, opened it, and got to work. I’ve got a lot of ideas, and I’m hoping it will be a good investment.

 

Let’s Start Over with September

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

I took a blogging break for the second half of August to go on vacation (more on that later), host in-laws, get Hannah ready for toddler school, deal with lots of paperwork, apply for stuff, try (and fail!) to organize the house. We got home Thursday night, and I still don’t have the wherewithal to go through trip photos, or recipe photos, or any kind of photos. But, it’s September 1st (well, for 5 more minutes, anyway). So I figured at the very least I should post a paragraph to burst that block that I often get when I’ve been away from blogging for a bit. After a while it’s hard to decide where to jump back in, so I like to go with short explanations.

There. All done. I have blogged, it is September, I can reboot the process. But another time, when I’ve had more sleep and didn’t deal with a major poonami this weekend (definitely more on that later).

Why I Cut My Hair

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

I’ve been busy since getting the news that my contract would not be renewed next year.

Obviously the left photo is before, even though I had long since retired wearing my hair down in favor of my classic, time-for-a-haircut, Det. Odafin Tutuola braid. I decided to chop my hair off, and it is shorter than it’s been in almost 20 years.

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Time to Pick New Glasses

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

I’m trying out glasses.com for my new frames, so I picked 5 frames to try on at home. I have to send them back ASAP and make my choices, and I’m stuck. I’m definitely getting pair #2, but I can’t decide on the second pair. I was leaning towards #3 (bottom left), but seeing them in photos I’m not sure. I was going for kind of a dorky chic thing, but they may be neither. Adam says #1 makes me look like Will.I.Am, and they are BabyPhat frames so I see where he’s going with that. I have no idea, any thoughts?