My job searching; or, I realize I’m doing myself no favors trying to fit square pegs into round holes…

(gif by Seth Eckert on Dribble.com) The round holes are opportunities that I could select and try for in the market. The square peg is the part time job I have now, and the desire to hang onto it. It hit me this morning that if I really want to make changes, I'd better find … Continue reading My job searching; or, I realize I’m doing myself no favors trying to fit square pegs into round holes…

Fell a little further than I planned; or, how I suddenly realized I can’t hold myself back forever…

Somehow, I just shut down. I pushed aside everything I'd planned or tried to work on and ended up in some odd little limbo inside my own head. No real goals worked toward, just ideas discarded and never revisited or improved upon. It's been successful only in that I've been able to whittle down my … Continue reading Fell a little further than I planned; or, how I suddenly realized I can’t hold myself back forever…

Building “failure days” into my schedule… or trying to.

Granted, that's probably NOT the best way to phrase that, but I haven't been able to think of a better one the past few days. Brain fog is not terribly fun when you have a ton of stuff to do, but dizzy spells have been knocking you for a loop for a week. (le sigh) … Continue reading Building “failure days” into my schedule… or trying to.

The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

The phrase popped up in my mind, out of the blue a few minutes ago. I didn't even know it was a legitimate thing until I Googled the phrase "creative paralysis." But apparently that's the proper term when it comes to what I've been beating myself up over the past several months. Writing notebooks have … Continue reading The Hell of a prolonged creative paralysis, especially when it’s mostly your own fault.

When you’re an impulsive little twerp, “Maybe next year” is more ambitious than it is a form of pessimistic procrastination.

My bank account and my to-do list are the best ways to determine if I'm an impulsive little twerp, and I would definitely put myself in that category. I get sudden ideas that I'd love to act on, and then I try hard to go for them. It's good in some respects, but when money's … Continue reading When you’re an impulsive little twerp, “Maybe next year” is more ambitious than it is a form of pessimistic procrastination.

Let’s do the Time Warp (but actually LEARN something this time)

I spent hours and days making my Plan of Attack to clean and throw crap away that I don't need. Now that dad's home, that's slowed to a trickle because I want him to get his rest. But my office--I think I'll have to re-read Dante's Inferno to figure out what level of Hell it … Continue reading Let’s do the Time Warp (but actually LEARN something this time)

#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?