Sorry for not keeping up with this blog. I was so good at one time, enjoying the sharing of what’s going on in my thoughts, my life and my art. Seeing this lacking since March, I woke up this morning with some sort of motivation to write and reflect. I turned 49 this summer. One more year of this half a century left and I have to admit, I may be in denial, but I’m really not that upset with how fast this life is going. Its been a pretty good ride so far! Oh yes, it slows down horribly when stuck in meetings and I have no escape plan. I notice how hard it is to concentrate and have exact meaning of what it is I am suppose to comprehend, even when the discussion is the lack of meaning and comprehension our students have in daily studies. I am getting optimistic but some of the new trends in education that have been persuaded by the experiential education movement. My way of learning. I learn by doing…making mistakes and using problem solving to solve the problems I need to solve. I think most of us learn that way.
I am anxious about my school year this year. I am in year 25! Yes, that is how fast our life can go when all of a sudden a career that you thought you wouldn’t last 5 years, becomes 25. I head a department of 5. All but one is being evaluated this year, which means lots of observations, pre and post ob meetings and write-ups. I have now 5 different preps, meaning 5 different courses I am teaching (one is an on-line class that I just have to monitor and be there as support). So really maybe make that 4 different preps: Art 1, Photo 1, Studio and Advance Studio, oh yeah, and Studio AP. Lets go back to 5 preps. And I’m monitoring AP Art History.
My Jennyjen42 business is going well and surviving. It is my retirement plan. I need to stick with this teaching career for a decent pension and medical benefits…this will be my mantra for the next five years. I spent my summer working towards this retirement life of daily sweatshop routines and have quite enjoyed being able to work on a normal, refreshed mode, as opposed to tired teacher making items for shows and whole sales till the middle of the night. I wanted to work on this blog this summer and you can see how much I did that, but it’s all ok. I am going to work on writing more. Writing and exercise, eating well and getting rid of my muffin top that appeared last school year and is slowly going away. The exercise helps the mood and gets my brain thinking smarter. Hopefully help with my attention span as well.
Today is my last full day of my summer vacation since I will need to go into school tomorrow to set up my classroom and have a full school day getting ready for next week.Gonna make it a full sweatshop day. I have tote bags to make for the BMA! I will post about this later. And a wholesale order to work on. Meaning its potholder day! I know I use this blog as my journal. And I hope to write more and keep more consistent with it/ I know I have lost a lot of readership. I’m going try to keep up with it. I miss it as well. OK, enough for this morning. Thanks for reading.