At Least It’s Something

Earlier this afternoon I drove the nearly 2 hours out to Springfield, braving the warnings of impending snow and ice that could have trapped me there, so that I could attend a 2 year old’s birthday party.

Ava-Face Baby-Head turns 2 on Monday and so the celebration was held today. So, because of this, I don’t have much in the way of a post for you today (but I’m still posting! Go Day 14!). However, I did manage to bring my video camera AND I thew down for Pinnacle 18 this week so that I can start editing videos. SO, if all goes well and I can get this figured out, I might be posting highlights tomorrow.

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Applying for Grad School and Personal Evolution

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     So, I am trying to get into Grad School. Since my application needs to be in by January 15th (less than 10 days! Ah!), this has moved into top priority status. (Sorry everyone still waiting for the next segment in my current dolly story, I have to put that on the back burner for now. At least I’m telling you this time rather than spending months with no communication.) This is something I’ve really only mentioned briefly before because 1) I’ve never really known how to tie it into the original topics and 2) life often has a way of mucking up plans – what if I don’t get in? What if I can’t get the job doing the thing afterward? What if some other unforeseen change occurs and my life moves in yet another direction?  As you read the following, please note that this is a plan and a desire that may have to change shape as time squeezes me through the toothpaste tube of life.

When I attended undergrad, I majored in Anthropology and minored in Linguistics. I say this much in my “About Me” section, as well as the fact that part of the initial basis of this blog came from that background. And indeed, my earliest posts do a better job of trying to use that lens to reflect on fashion, art, communication, etc. However, it has been almost 7 years since I received my B.A. and my occupational goals have shifted slightly.

In 2013 I started working at a Runaway and Homeless Youth shelter. I really enjoy my job and I enjoy this field. I decided a couple of years ago, really before I even started this job, that I would like to become a school social worker. I like working with teens and I really value education. One of my favorite parts of the job I do have has been introducing these kids to ideas and places that maybe they’re not as familiar with – I take them to the museums, I take them to the library and try to open them up to documentaries, I try to use the reality shows they watch to talk about healthy relationships (not just in the romantic sense) and conflict resolution (and why are almost all the relationships depicted always so dramatic and toxic? Does this affect viewers on any level? Does it affect these kids? How many examples of healthy relationships do these kids get to witness?)
The reality is that it can be harder to focus on school when there are aspects of life outside of school causing stress and pulling your attention. The reality is not every kid has access to the same resources or even knows how to fully utilize those resources. Bullying, which is a classic issue, has shifted into a bigger and uglier monster in this digital age. There are SO many issues that students have to deal with that aren’t always considered or discussed. What needs aren’t being met that I might be able to help with so that they might have a better chance at doing well in school, at breaking out of vicious cycles, at elevating their own socio-economic status?
I think I’ve been interested in this stuff for awhile. I’ve certainly had to get through a lot myself to get to a place where I can say I’ve done better than my parents. I am a first generation college graduate, and that’s a pretty big deal. However, between dating a teacher (going on 5 years) and working in an RHY program for nearly 3 years, I’ve just gotten more sure that this is something I’d like to be doing.
But, it means I need to go back to school and get my Master’s in Social Work and get some other licensing to work as a school social worker in the state o Illinois. I applied last year and was rejected. So, I spent the summer and fall taking classes at the local community college (alongside my 2 jobs, which accounted for a lot of my blog hiatus) in an effort to make myself a better candidate. So, I guess cross your fingers for me that I get in this time and won’t have to re-evaluate my entire life again (lol).

Keeping My Promise

Since I had to take a trip out of town today to take care of some family stuff, I didn’t get a chance to write out anything of any real substance. But, not wanting to go back on my 30-day blog challenge, I wanted to make sure I posted something. I used this as an excuse to test out my video camera. Forgive the lack of edit. At least I’m getting something in under the wire (currently 10:30pm where I’m at, and need to leave for work shortly)

Link to the Amazon Store for Books to Prisoners:
www.amazon.com/shops/AikiFox_Books

I’d Rather Be…

Part of me is already regretting my self-challenge to write a new blog post every day. Today it feels like a chore and I don’t really want to take the time to develop anything worthwhile. BUT, I’m only a few days in and I’m not letting myself shy away from this.

So, some things I’d actually rather be doing at the moment:

  • Binge watching more Mindy Project. I’m in the middle of season 2 on Hulu and I’m absolutely enthralled. And Chris Messina (Danny Castellano) is just… omg. That character is making me act like a 12 year old girl squeeing all over the place.
  • Snuggling with my boyfriend. Enough said.
  • Making doll clothes – I have so many more dolls now than I had when I last wrote about my dolls and I actually cannot wait to introduce you to them all.
  • Going for a walk
  • Eating a pizza I cannot have because diet. (But I’m 143.6 lbs this evening! Down from 150 at the start of this.)

There you go. Sometimes I don’t blog because I just don’t feel like it. And then I blame being busy – which I am, but this isn’t always what I want to do with the segments of free time I manage to get.

I Am Creating…. Something

Has it been forever again? I believe it has! When last we met, I was in the middle of packing. I have since moved, finished unpacking, and have started to settle into my new home. And hey, check it out, I have actual sewing/crafting space again!

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I can make a giant mess in the throws of creativity and come back to it as it was and not have to spend an hour just trying to figure out what I was in the middle of doing! 😀 It’s wonderful!And check out the storage space!

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And now that I am settled in, I am reminded that there is a Hatch 2015 deadline coming up.. soon. So, I am creating.. something. I don’t really know what yet. This is one art baby that I won’t know what it is destined to be until it decides to show me. So far, I’m working with last year’s wall-calendar, double-sided fusible web, and an old lace curtain I picked up a few years back.

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Free to a Good Home!

So, I’m moving again in about a month. I’m steadily working on getting all of my stuff packed up. I’ve been sorting through all of my yarn, fabric, and general arty and crafty stuff. Some of it I am keeping, some of it I will be donating to local second hand stores, like The I.D.E.A. Store.

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So, quick and dirty — How many of you remember The Rag Rug? I spent over a year on it, I blogged about it: Here, Here, and Here. I only managed to get several months of use out of it before I moved into this place (where I have no room for it) and, now, the apartment I am going to be moving into is carpeted and I won’t need it there. I spent a long time and a lot of effort on this rug and I don’t want to just get rid of it, BUT, I don’t really need it. And I’m a big enough pack rat as it is. Therefore, if there is anyone out there interested in having this rug, you’re welcome to it for whatever the cost is of getting it to you. If you’re local, it’s free. If you’re halfway around the world, it’s going to cost you some money as the rug is pretty hefty. It measures 3 feet x 7 feet 3 inches.

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If you’re interested, email me at foxchic85@yahoo.com with “Rug” as a header. First come, first serve.

—————– UPDATE——————

The rug has found itself a new home. Thank you to everyone that expressed interest.

 

Goals, Guilt, and Gerald McRaney

Ok, this post really doesn’t have much of anything to do with Gerald McRaney. I just wanted a 3rd “G” item to make the title sound more important or soothing or something. One of those straggling bits of information from college that lodged itself in my brain – For some reason we just like things more when they’re grouped into 3s. I may also have been watching a lot of Major Dad on Hulu lately – but that’s a tangent for another day.

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As you can see, I haven’t posted in forever. Again. I could go on an tell you how sorry I am and write paragraphs talking about how I’m going to do better and that this is a problem I’m going to overcome. I could also tell you how busy I’ve been or give you some other excuse as to why I haven’t written in awhile. But, I don’t want to do that, you don’t want to read that, and I think, by now, we’ve both pretty much just accepted that this is who I am. So let’s move on, shall we?

It’s finally beautiful outside. It’s finally bike riding weather. I’ve been doing less driving and more pedaling. Because it’s nice. And I want to not spend money on gas. While I was out in the sunshine this afternoon, my mind wandered off. I thought about stuff I’d like to someday trick out my bike with….

1) Turn Signals and Brake Lights

I hate doing hand signals. Also, I just think this would be pretty neat and work better when it’s dark – I often get off work after dark. I managed to find a couple of options for this. Instructables has a pretty neat DIY tutorial. Alternatively, DesignBloom has an LED turn signal jacket. How awesome is that?

2) A Pull-Behind Carrier

More and more of my friends and family members are popping out babies. My boyfriend has nephews, I recently welcomed a new cousin, and I know others who are trying to make genetic copies of themselves. Perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a carrier to take mini-people out on joyrides to bask in the wonders of nature. They also make cargo carriers for hauling non-persons. You can find them online and buy one, or, this guy built his own.

3) A New Paint Job

Eventually, I will sand down the frame and repaint it. I can make it my own moving work of art. I’ve even considered using plastic string to crochet a decorative frame cover.

4) A Grocery Basket

Because I can’t fit everything in my backpack. Also, I just think they look pretty cool.

5) An iPod Mount

It’d be nice to be able to listen to some music while I ride down the road, you know?

Ok. That’s it. I just thought I would share some of my thoughts. And now, I’m going to go be productive and stuff.