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Beings of Love

April 14 quote

You may have noticed that I have had two weeks in a row of quotes. I feel it’s important to maintain a presence here, but I am buried in the end of the semester. My final paper and research proposal will be about the place government programs have in a changing workforce. I think they will both be incredible and I’m excited to link to them on my LinkedIn page. But it is definitely a topic that is taking me deep down the rabbit hole!

I am also a syndicated columnist at The Relationship Blogger and I hope you’ll visit me over there! My first post, Keeping your Marriage Alive in Sickness and Health, is pretty stellar (even if I do say so myself).

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I am not yet dead . . .

As always happens when it’s been a while since I’ve blogged I feel the need to share this song. That’s right folks . . . “I feel happy, I feel happy!”

In the last month since I shared how difficult it was for me to stay home I have since acquired three (or in some definitions, four) new jobs.   I went from . . .

. . .basically feeling like this . . .

To

. . . wearing a lot of hats!

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love everything that I’m doing. I’m just also reeling from the quick shift from the voice in my head going “Nobody wants you,” to “You’re the most popular kid in school!”  Literally one (or two, if you prefer) of my jobs are at my local middle school. I was hired to be an AVID tutor and once I was hired they begged me to also be a lunch aid.

For those of you who don’t know, AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination and it’s basically a college preparatory program for students in grades 4-12. I work with students in grades 7-9 and it is awesome! I work with them twice a week as a tutor to help them to be academically successful.

In the cafeteria I’m one of the people that makes sure that students in grades 6-8 don’t get into any shenanigans during lunch time. So far it’s been an interesting experience. By far my most interesting experience involved a student in 8th grade spending a considerable amount of time trying to convince me that I was 14 and not 24. Come to think of it, that could be a pretty good comic, hehe.

I consider those two positions to be one job because I do them in the same location (ie, the middle school). But I can see how you could consider them to be two jobs as well :).

In addition to this I am also babysitting two darling children, A & E (A is 4, E is 1) on the days that I am not doing AVID. Their parents are both phenomenal people, nurses at a local hospital, and I really enjoy being able to participate in their family. The parents, J (the mom) and C (the dad) are very relaxed people. Truthfully, I feel really lucky.

Finally, I just started giving piano lessons today! Two little boys, both eight years old. I’m really excited for the unique challenges that both of them will present.

As I get settled into these new positions I’m also getting started back into writing. Paisley has been neglected for far too long and I miss writing comics. I also feel much more comfortable writing about Paisley now that I am spending a fair amount of my time with her peers. And it’s much easier to write comics about your life when there’s actually some life happening to you outside the four walls of your home.

And now to get to writing!

Resisting the Urge

Over the last several weeks I have been resisting the urge to start shrieking, “I’m melting, I’m melting,” every time I step outside of my nicely air-conditioned apartment. Upper 90’s and low 100’s do not sit will with this lady, that’s for sure!

However, now that it’s cooling off and I’m getting back into a routine I realized it’s been a while since I sat down and actually wrote a post for no reason.  I’ve been doing Six Sentence Sunday and Comic Monday faithfully, but that’s about it (at least, in terms of writing on here.)

That said, I have been doing quite a bit in other areas.  I started a new job about three weeks ago (how could it possibly be that long already!?).  I’m working as an office manager for a student advocacy group.  It’s been awesome!  And as it turns out, I’m on a career path at the moment that I certainly didn’t expect.  A large part of my job involves bookkeeping (or. . .  accounting, if you will.) And as it turns out, I kind of like it. I once took an accounting class in high school. To put it lightly, I didn’t do very well. Amazing what 9 years can do, hehe. My boss excitedly told me that I was on track to be a Finance Director within the next 10+ years. And oddly, I don’t actually mind that.  I’m not sure what’s going on in my brain, but I think I like it.

I’ve also been doing a fair amount of work for school.  I finally just finished my independent-study course from h-e-double hockey sticks! Now I just have “Philosophy & Sexuality” and “Childbirth in the U.S.” The second one is certainly the most interesting to me. That may be because I picked the topic myself, haha.  Although, it’s having an odd effect on my psyche when it comes to actually having a baby someday. I’m focusing on how fear became such a huge component in having a baby. In my research I came across a study that states that women who are afraid to have a baby are in labor, on average, 2.5 hours more than women who are not afraid to have a baby. As a result, I am now afraid of being afraid to have a baby.  Go figure that one out, haha.  In “Philosophy & Sexuality” I am writing a paper about how we place value on love. I know I should be pulling out my right-brain philosophical self, but I’m somehow managing to look at it in a left-brain analytic way.  Seriously, what is going on with my brain!?

Finally, I am sad to report that my attempts at balcony gardening have failed spectacularly. Mostly due to the heat my poor little plants have baked alive, despite my best efforts to keep them alive.  So, I’ll just be looking forward to having an actual patch of ground to garden in.  I have a suspicion that they’ll do much better in actual earth.  In the mean time, out dwarf lemon tree is doing remarkably well.  At least we’ll have lemons some time soon, hehe.

 

Haven’t you always wanted an emu?

The past six weeks I have been taking a course called “Writing the Graphic Novel.”  It’s been a blast!  To commemorate my last day of class I have decided to post my first attempt at a comic strip.

My instructor asked us to come up with an image and design a three panel story around it.  What came to me was the song “If I had a Million Dollars” by the Barenaked Ladies.  I hope you enjoy it!

First Comic

I have an announcement to make!

To all my dear readers,

This past semester has been a rough one. Everything from family health problems to mental breakdowns have occurred.  Nathan can certainly attest to my unstable mental state over the course of this semester.

I have explored the globe through a GLBT perspective, queer theory, and ecofeminism.  I have increased my knowledge about how women are treated across the globe.  I have been sobered as I’ve reviewed facts and statistics regarding rape and other forms of sexual assault.

Feedback on my senior research project has been sketchy and I think I have more than one grey hair due to those circumstances (I guess it’s lucky that I dye my hair, haha.)

However, the happy day has finally come!  I met with my research project adviser this afternoon and my paper is complete and in her inbox!

That’s right folks, my research on rape culture, Take Back the Night, and Slut Walk is finally taking a break!

I would like to thank you all for your patience as I’ve had a spotty posting schedule.  I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you.

Love,

Rachel

Perspective

Monday is always a really long day for me. I work all day and I have class in the evening. As a result I leave the house at around 7:15 am and get home between 9:30 and 10:00 pm.

Luckily I have about 3 and a half hours on campus before class starts. Because I’m a mediocre student I usually use this time to finish reading for class and write my weekly reflection paper.

Today, the reading part went stupendously (glbtq organizing in China) but the reflection paper did not. Unfortunately all the computers in the computer lab are being used. Luckily I have until 11:59 pm to turn it in.

As this campus isn’t really set up for relaxing I decided to sit in my car and fell sorry for myself. As with any self-respecting pity party, I broadcast my woes on Twitter.

It was at that moment that I realized the absurdity of it all. I have a job, the means to be in college, a new car (2010 Yaris), and I am writing right now on my brand new HTC Trophy. So no, I can’t write mt paper. And yes, I am extremely worn out. But quite frankly, I have nothing to complain about.

So, gentle reader, I hope my perspective is useful to you. It’s certainly helped me out.

Everywhere

Well. . . today has been a pretty weird day.  It’s my first job free day for over four years.  As a result, I’ve had a lot on my mind.  And as a result of that, I haven’t been able to pull together anything even remotely coherent. However, I think I may have come up with something that isn’t going to have everyone (including me) running for the hills.

I have to admit, I have to credit my sweet husband with this blog entry.  I wasn’t going to write anything, but he was so encouraging that I felt like I had to write something.

So, you may ask, what did I do with my first job free day?  Well, I actually went to work with my sweet husband.  We had a master plan that went somewhat awry and he ended up with my job (through no fault of his own.)  And I didn’t have a chance to train him in on everything yesterday, so I came in for about 45 minutes to show him how to do a lot of things and to bring him up to speed on what was going on.  A lot of things have changed since we were both work-study students there.

Then I came home, had some breakfast, and started a movie (the movie turned out to be pretty stupid, so I didn’t continue it after breakfast.)  I then checked my e-mail and discovered that there was a problem with my student loans.  You see, technically I’m only registered for 4 credits currently.  You need at least 6 to qualify for loans.  However, I’m not registered for my capstone yet (there’s a special process for that) so I will (within the next week) be registered for 8 credits.  So I called the school to make sure that I wasn’t going to get dropped for non-payment.  20 very irritating minutes later it was confirmed that I would not be dropped for non-payment.

After the call to my college I was planning to do homework.  However, I was way to frustrated to focus on the homosexual habits of animals so I decided to sew instead.  I’ve had a project that’s been languishing in my sewing bin, just waiting for the finishing touches.  I’m happy to report that I was able to finish it!  I now have a black dress with pink ribbon around the waist hanging in my closet.  And with the weather we’ve been having I have a feeling I won’t be wearing it for a while.

Then I went back to my former work place to have lunch with my sweet husband.  It was really nice.

When I came back home I did some homework, did a workout (Dancing with the Stars: Latin Beat, it’s quite funny to watch someone as white as me try to do latin dancing in the living room), had a shower, cleaned up the kitchen, and went to go get my sweet husband from work (we’re down to one car at the moment.)

We then watched part of “Inglorious Bastards” and now I’m writing this!

I would like to point out that I do have a job offer on the table from a bank that is opening a branch in my town.  I’ll be starting next Wednesday.  However, I have a job interview tomorrow morning with a local school district as a tutor for a college-readiness program.  I’m more than willing to admit that I’d rather tutor than be in banking, so keep your fingers crossed!

I also have another interview on Tuesday for an organization that has camps for developmentally disabled children.  I’m really excited about it, so keep your fingers crossed for that one too :).

I’m afraid that it’s for now.  I hope you have an awesome weekend!