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How to fail at a seemingly easy task

So, I haven’t posted in about a week, mainly due to my uncreative brain, and not being able to think of a dang thing to write about. I kept on saying “I have nothing to write about” “Nothing interests me right now”, “Nothing is going on in my life, that is even remotely hilarious”. All of a sudden it dawned on me. Why not write about nothing?

Now, you may be thinking How in the world can she write about nothing? Nothing is just nothing. It’s negative space, it doesn’t exist. Nothing isn’t something you can pick up, or hold, or see. So how can I write about it. Well, this is where my ADD brain kicks in. All of a sudden i just start thinking about how you can’t think about nothing. Think about it.  If you are thinking about nothing, then you are thinking.  One cannot stop thinking. Even when you are asleep, your mind is at work, thinking for itself.

It’s an interesting concept really. One cannot stop thinking. It’s kind of weird to picture your brain as never taking a break, never  hitting the snooze button and sleeping in five minutes late. But, it’s true. And that is where thinking comes in handy. How else would you think to think about your brain hitting the snooze button (seriously, how do i think of this stuff).

As a social experiment, I tried to just close my eyes and clear my mind for a minute (that being the seemingly easy task). I sat there for maybe ten/fifteen minutes trying to clear my mind and being totally unsuccessful. Did you ever notice that when you’re doing yoga or de-stresssing how people say “clear your mind”? This has ALWAYS pissed me off, because you can’t clear your mind! It’s impossible!

Anyway, now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, hopefully my mind will be relatively clear, and allow me to sleep. Good night!

Clear Mind

A perfect illustration of what my brain thinks about as an alternative to nothing.

Things I will never do if I am a teacher

Having just completed my second to last semester of my Undergraduate career ( 2 A’s and 3 B’s thank you very much!!), and dealing with countless idiotic teachers, who really did nothing to further my education, I have decided to make a list of pet peeves/ things that I will never do if I become a teacher.

1) Say “Look in the book” – This is probably my number one pet peeve. Seriously, if a student comes up to you and asks a question, they’ve obviously looked in the book. Even if you wanted to verify with the student, you could say, “Hey John, did you already look in the book for that answer?”. But don’t just say “The answer is in the book”. I had a math teacher who insisted every answer was in the book, and it wasn’t, which was super annoying.

2) Hold students after class for one students misbehavior – This is also really awful. I went to a private school, and the same kids were in your class year after year, and there was this one really terrible kid who always made us stay after class. I can’t count how many times I had to stay after school for that kid.

3) Just read off the powerpoint – I understand if you refer back to the powerpoint for the main points, but if you are just going to stare at the powerpoint and read word for word, then you’re just wasting yours and the students time.

4) Return papers four weeks after you said they will be returned

5) Pick your nose in the corner – Seriously, I had a teacher do this one time. We can see you. And it’s disgusting.

6) Have favorites – Favorites aren’t fair, even if you’re a favorite. It’s okay to like someone better, but don’t treat them any different than the worst kid in the class

7) Sit behind your desk the whole class while we read the book – I had a college G.E. professor do this to the class. He would literally give us a block of pages to read, while he sat behind his desk staring at his computer doing God-knows-what. At that point, why not just cancel class.

 

There are many more things I will never do as a teacher, but I’ll save them for another post! Hope everyone had a fantastic new years!

New year, new beginnings, and New Year’s Resolutions

There is something about the change of the clock from 11:59pm on December 31st to 12:00a.m  on January 1st that has the whole world captivated. Really, New Year’s Day is just a day. The clock goes from 11:59 to 12:00 twice a day, so what makes New  Year’s so special? Maybe it’s the magic of having a whole new year to change your life for better or worse. Maybe it’s the anticipation of a better financial year, where your personal, and the national job market will actually recover. Or, maybe it’s finding that person you will love for the rest of your life. Whatever it is, celebrate the new year today (or recover from last night’s celebration) and make plans to change this year around.

Personally, I’m really excited for 2012. This is the year that I graduate from college and start my Master’s degree. I will hopefully also be moving out, although that may be next year. I will also get out of debt with my parents this year, which will help them out a lot too.

I also decided to make a few New Year’s resolutions, and am happy to say i started one today. I’ve been battling my weight for a while (5-6 years). I have tried multiple diets, and weight loss methods, but none of them really worked, and i usually dropped out of them. This year though I am determined to lose weight on Weight Watchers. I even joined and went to my first meeting today.  With the weight loss comes exercise, so another resolution will be to get active!

Another hope for this year, is to start/maintain a relationship. For those of you who know me personally, you know this has been a struggle. If you don’t know me personally, this is one part of my life that I would change in an instant. For me, it’s not about just “having a boyfriend.” It’s more about the relationship, and having someone in your life that you care about, and that cares the same way about you.

Hopefully, 2012 will be great for everyone, and the world won’t end at the end of the year. But even if it did, at least I would die skinnier!

Life Decisions and the Magic 8 Ball

I wish all decisions could be made using a Magic 8 ball. All of life’s complicated decisions wouldn’t be decisions anymore. For example “Will the U.S. ever not be in debt?” Answer: “Outlook not so good.” “Will I become a multi-millionare for inventing the world’s best invention?” Answer: “You may rely on it.”  In theory, this sounds wonderful, although realistically it just wouldn’t make sense to rely on a ball made of plastic to determine major life decisions such as whether we should remove troops from Iraq, or even whether to eat ice cream before dinner.

Right now, in this stage of my life, I’m deciding what I want to do for the rest of my life. I know I want to work with kids, most likely in an educational setting. Where it gets tricky is knowing what to do. For about 6 years now, I’ve wanted to do something with Counseling. At first I wanted to be a Marriage and Family Therapist, then a School Psychologist, and now a School Counselor. I have talked to a few Graduate Schools and other people who are currently School Counselors, and everyone tells me that the job outlook and current job market for School Counselors is terrible. So if I went through the program, there may not be a job when i graduate.

On the other hand, being an instructional aide for moderate to severe special education right now, I know that I may want to teach special education later in life. This is something I really never saw myself doing, but now that I work in special education, it’s becoming more of a reality. The students that i work with teach me so much about myself, and I know I would enjoy working with them to make their lives better.

So now comes the hard part: The decision. Should I go to Grad School for Special Education, or School Counseling. My passion in life is School Counseling, but there are no jobs. I also really love Special Education, but it isn’t my passion. I could do both, but that’s a lot of time and money. Also if I get my teaching credential first, i couldn’t do the hours needed for my masters in counseling. and if i do counseling first, i couldn’t get my student teaching hours in! All of these decisions make me want to pull my hair out!

Magic 8 Ball, I need you!!

Magic 8 Ball

The story of my life...

Hi, my name is Alyssa, i’m white, and I can’t dance.

Hi, my name is Alyssa, i’m white, and I can’t dance.

Well, actually i should clarify that statement. I can dance as long as it doesn’t involve some crazy feet moving concept. Like for instance, I can do ballroom dancing. Nice, fluid motions.

However, if you want me to do any sort of dance where the feet move at a faster pace. WATCH OUT. Wednesday night, I went dancing at this place called InCahoots in Fullerton. It’s a country bar but they also play some other music and people do awesome looking line dances to them. Anyway, I went with a group of  friends, and we decide to wait until they have an instruction on how to do the dances, since none of us really know how to line dance. I start following the dance instructor, and i get to the second combination of steps. It went something like right, behind, cross, heel, left, behind, heel cross.  Basically it involved a significant amount of steps in a short period of time. And that was when they were going slow.  When they sped the moves up and added music i thought my legs were going to fall off. Not only that, i was missing steps so much that i was bumping into everyone around me. I’m pretty sure i took out a few people in the course of the night.

And don’t even get me started on Dance Dance Revolution.I love that game, but the most i can do is standard on some songs. I usually stay in light. But then i watch those people who hold DDR champion titles and you watch their feet move 50 miles an hour. My jaw just drops and stays there.

Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Shopping

Here is my list of do’s and don’ts for the holiday season. This includes black friday, valentines day, halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas. Pretty much any holiday that is commercialized.

DO:

  • Plan for long lines – Aka, leave an extra hour or two at the end of when you plan to be done just to accomodate for long lines/traffic etc.
  • Wear comfy shoes – So if you’re standing in the return line at Walmart for 19 minutes and 30 seconds, then at least your feet won’t die. This also comes in handy for the mile walk back to the farthest parking spot in the lot.
  • Bring snacks if you plan on shopping all day – It beats having to pay extra money for snacks, and cuts down on horribly caloric snacks.
  • Let people go in front of you when you are driving –  It won’t slow you down that much, and it probably saved them their sanity.
  • Tip better at restaurants –  Think of it as them giving up their holiday weekend with their families and loved ones to serve you.

Don’t:

  • Be a jerk –  No one likes people who push, shove, and demand their way everywhere they go. Be courteous, everyone else is in the same boat you are, and you being a jerk to people isn’t making your life, or their life any easier.
  • Take up two parking spaces – parking is bad enough around the holidays, so if you can’t drive, DON’T. (This happened to me while I was shopping today. I wish i was a cop so i could give them a ticket.)
  • Pull up in your car so someone else can’t turn right out of a driveway – Ok, this one seems obvious to me, but apparently not to everyone else. If someone is waiting to turn right out of a driveway, and there is already a line of people in the right hand lane coming to about the driveway, stop BEFORE the driveway, and let the person turning right get in front of you.
  • Wait until the day before a holiday to do your shopping – Unless it is literally the ONLY time you have to go shopping, don’t. You’ll save yourself a ton of a stress.
  • Go driving in downtown areas in the whole week before a major holiday (Christmas) – I was out shopping today, and it probably took me an hour a half to drive what normally would have taken a half an hour. Not fun.

Well, there is my incomprehensive list of holiday Do’s and Don’ts. Most of these apply other times too, but especially during the holiday season. Happy shopping (or not shopping).

Food and Phone Calls

Imagine this scenario: Your fork is in your hand, moving up toward your mouth.As you open your mouth, and close it around the fork that contains the next piece of food you are going to eat, THE PHONE RINGS. I don’t know if this happens to other people, but it always happens to me. I mean seriously. Almost whenever I’m eating food (even without fancy forks) the phone inevitably rings. Sometimes, I wonder if people have a special Alyssa-meter that tells them when I’m eating so they can purposely call when I’ve just taken a bite of food.

The worst part isn’t the phone call. I’ll gladly talk to anyone that interrupts my terribly dull life. No, the worst part is what to do with the food. I mean, it’s already IN your mouth.You can’t spit it out without looking like a freak, and depending on what it is, you can’t swallow it easily (chips, a large meatball, one of those jawbreakers, etc.) . So, what do you do? Can you push it over to the side of your mouth? Do you just wait for the phone to go to voicemail? But what if you’re at work and answering the phone is your job?

Well, this happened to me today. I had inevitably just put a lifesaver in my mouth, because i had this crazy craving for something sweet. Then, three sucks in, the phone rings. *ring ring…. ring ring*. In my head i’m going “Oh crap,I can’t spit this back out, but i don’t want it on my desk, and I would sound weird talking with it in my mouth *Silent Scream*” In the end, I just ended up spitting the stupid thing in the trash. All of this happened in a grand total of maybe five seconds. Oh yeah, life is crazy.

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