Friday, April 25, 2008

Full of win

This has been a pretty good week. Positive things:

  • Playing in the dirt, er, doing yardwork. Love it.
  • This game.
  • Realizing just how much music I have and adding to that collection.
  • Extra tutoring hours--more pay, amazing co-workers.
  • Getting call from university offering me an adjunct job for fall semester (i.e. the position I interviewed for).
As it turns out, I can haz job. Teaching writing.

Yeah. Again. By choice.

Back in December, I had a lot going on--a lot of personal things that needed to be sorted through. I was very unhappy, and the most obvious and easily remediable frustration was my job. It turned out that with that job out of the picture, I was still unhappy. Clearly, other things were contributing to the negativity that I couldn't snap out of; the decision to leave that job was one of the best things I could have done for myself, though. Figuring out what something is not can be very useful in figuring out what it is--sort of existential troubleshooting, if you will.*

Teaching, while occasionally irritating and often time-consuming (three different courses meant three different lesson preps and three different and often conflicting grading periods, and all this on the heels of grad school), was actually the best thing I had going--and as noble a profession as teaching is, when your job is the best thing in your life, your life isn't much to speak of. Better to learn that now than at 40, I figure.

I wouldn't say I quite resolved all the things in my personal life that were wearing me down, but they're better now. Much better. I'm learning to--radical concept here--actually talk more about what's bothering me instead of isolating myself, clamping my mouth shut, and letting things fester. Ironic for a blogger, huh?

Anyway, I guess this means more teaching posts will eventually be forthcoming. I'm looking forward to it.

Now playing: So They Say - A Beautiful Plan
via FoxyTunes

* - And metaphors like this demonstrate what happens when computer programmers' daughters get degrees in English...


frizzzzle said...

Congrats to you, and hoo-ray for me! I do like the professor posts.

Fable, eh? You oughta try Guild Wars. That recommendation comes because it's a good game, of course, and has nothing to do with me trying to find more folks to play with :p

Simple Blog Writer said...

Congrats on your new job. May it bring you joy (or at least not suck joy from your life).

Shay said...

I quit my job last week. wonderful feeling, isn't it?

Overeducated Twit said...

Jobs are the most exciting at two points--gaining them and leaving. I'm glad to have experienced both.

What's next for you, Shay?