Friday, May 27, 2011

The LONG holiday weekend has me feeling giddy...

Ok, if you've been reading here for any length of time, you know that I think cats serve absolutely no purpose on this Earth (sorry Smiley and Karen, and any other of my Bloggy Buddies who are cat people!) That being said, Jorge Garcia (formally of Lost fame) posted this on his blog today, and I was compelled to share it with you. I know, I can't believe myself, either. Like I said, it must be the loonnngggg holiday weekend. :) Enjoy!

On to today's NaBloPoMo prompt.

Friday, May 27, 2011

What was the last song you listened to?

Does the McDonald's jingle count as a song? No? Ok, well then I don't remember the exact song, but it was something on my Santana CD that I was listening to on my drive home.

Have I mentioned that I have a LONG weekend coming? I'm so happy to be away from the Hell-Hole for 3 glorious days!

I'm at the point where I'm about 95% certain that I will not be returning to the Hell-Hole in August. At this point, I don't care if I don't find another job, I just can't go back. I know I've been keeping mum about a LOT of stuff that's been going on in the Casa de ChiTown lately, but this is NOT a decision that I've arrived at lightly. On my first day of spring break, I had an appointment with a financial adviser (isn't that 'advisor'? Spellcheck changed it, but it doesn't look right. God, I'm such a teacher!), who is also a great friend of mine, to discuss my financial situation. He helped me see that I have more options than I previously thought, and I left there feeling like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Not that this is one of my top 5 choices, or even top 10, but if it came down to it, I know I could not work and live off my savings for well over a year. Sure, I'd blow through most of my savings, but it can be done. I won't lose my house, I could keep food on the table, etc. It also took me well over a decade to accumulate what little I've saved, so like I said, NOT my first choice. But, it's nice to know it's an option. I don't feel as trapped as I did before.

I've been to a couple of graduations already this year, and listening to these kids talk about their future has made me re-examine mine. The valedictorian who spoke at Bestest Friend's son's graduation seriously got me going with his speech. He was encouraging his classmates to go for it, and do what they're passionate about, and to never let go of their dreams, etc. I sat there thinking, "You know what, this kid is so right. I need to be doing what my passion is, and killing myself at the Hell-Hole just ain't it!"

Everyday I grow more comfortable with my decision to just leave the Hell-Hole. This doesn't necessarily mean I'm leaving teaching, however, that, too, is an option. I think that's all I want to say about this subject for now, lest I jinx myself with the universe. Just to be safe, maybe all my Bloggy Buddies could send some positive energy my way. :)


Kathy G said...

You're the second blog I've seen today that's posted that video of the kitten. Isn't it the cutest?

Good for you for making your job decision! Hope you find something that's more to your liking

Busy Bee Suz said...

I applaud you for making this big decision...I know it has been on your mind for years now. Follow your what is best for you...blah blah blah....YOU know what will make you happy. Go for it.

C said...

follow your passion and the money will follow [louise hayes] i do believe that however i too am guilty of not doing something about it. mainly because i dont have any financial means to fall back on.

so i say GO FOR IT! you will be happier and you deserve to be happier!

love that kitty blog! said...

cheech, life is too short to be doing something that you dont like. you should get up every morning and be happy to go work. not dread it. i say go for the dream girl. live it to the fullest. reach for the stars. its never to late for you begin a new chapter. just like that kid said in his speech. CARPE DIEM!!

Jen said...

Sweetie, I've read you for years and have always hoped you'd finally leave the Hell Hole. You just have to, it's not safe physically or mentally. Get out of there. Tutor or work at the martini bar or something. Just get out.

otin said...

I wish I could leave my friggin job!! lol

teach5 said...

Definitly noticed a marked lack of posting about your school this year, so this is no surprise. Glad you have options. I think I have to stick it out for another few years, but maybe not in kindergarten. Next year will be kindergarten though, maybe my last. Usually we have opportunities to move around in our district each year, but not this year. Instead we are looking at layoffs. Good luck in your decisions.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

That video is so cute, I'm a puddle on the floor!
I abruptly left my job in a hell hole last year, and it was the best decision ever. Good luck to you!

jlo said...

That cat thing was freakin' adorable!
YOu can't leave teaching- we need great teachers like you! Maybe a change of school is just what the doctor ordered. But, of course...your hapiness is most important!

ModernMom said...

Oh I'm so sorry! (I had no idea things were so bad) Sending you positive thoughts and hugs too! Go for your dreams hon!

Anonymous said...

Really, life is too short to be miserable doing something you should love - there are hundreds of kids waiting for a teacher like you - go find them!

Love your posts -

Becky (Carrie's Mom)

karen gerstenberger said...

I will forgive you because you haven't met Latte and Liger. If you had, I trust that you would see cats in a different light. =)

So glad that you got professional advice before making such a big decision! I wish more people would follow your example. Maybe I need to find a GOOD planner, too...thanks for getting me thinking!