Vending Machine Jealousies

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“Soft drinks, electronics, nutrient-free snacks – you can get all those from a vending machine. But what type of vending machine is sorely needed but doesn’t yet exist?”

Guess what? The vending machine of my dreams already exists! Unfortunately, it does not exist within a hundred mile radius of where I live…or 300 mile radius for that matter. In Geoghegan’s article, he describes the history of book vending machines and includes images of where they can be found – mostly in different European cities (thus adding another reason why I need to find an excuse to live abroad again). This summer I’ve been spending more money on my addiction than ever, as evidenced by my goodreads activity feed (as seen in at the bottom left of page). But more so, the idea that people can easily go and buy a top-selling paperback novel is just wonderful. Yes, I recognize that this vending machine would really just satisfy one niche audience. Yes, I recognize that my desire for this machine is purely selfish…but screw it. I want a book vending machine!

I could continue to rationalize how literacy would steadily improve and book sales would increase due to the availability of books at a lower cost. But no, I want this machine to help satisfy my addiction. I’ve been on vacation for nearly 3 weeks and I’ve already read 8 books and am reading more. I would happily wait in line to purchase a book from this vending machine or sit by the book slot to catch a whiff of a new crisp book. Can’t you just imagine the smell? Ugh…so good. I could see myself sitting on the floor by the machine, reading book, and then buying another in an endless cycle for the rest of the summer…happily supporting the economy, literacy, and my all-consuming addiction.

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Glass Case of Emotion

“Which emotion(s) – joy, envy, rage, pity, or something else – do you find to be the hardest to contain?”

Lately, the most difficult emotion for me to suppress and hide is disgust. It’s such a pungent and visceral feeling. If I’m speaking with someone who I find repulsive, my face gives me away. I can’t help but feel the hairs raise on the back of my neck and wish with every fiber of my being that I want to run away from the person. It’s not that I feel that a person is beneath me. This disgust usually stems from either an action or something this person has said to me about someone else. I can’t be around people that make me feel that way.

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Stream of Consciousness

Darkening sky

Cold room

Walls slowly coming down

White

So much white

 

The story of our year together, so much as passed. A movie plays upon the wall keeping them entertained. The majority of them at least. Some of them will leave, and a few of them will stay on another year. It’s weird to think that they’d want to stay.

A shiver runs down my spine.

Why is it so cold in here?

I can’t wait for summer! Warm days, cool drinks, sand underfoot, loud music, road trips, hanging out with friends. As soon as I put my anklet on, I know its begun. I don’t put it on before summer officially starts – when the academic year is over. I don’t know. Feels like bad luck or something. Despite, everything I’d rather wait for a clean break from work before I start the summer.

A brand new day

A new beginning

Can’t wait

 

**Part of Writing 101 Challenge

Leaving a Legacy

“In 300 years, if you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be? Places, activities, objects – all are fair game.”

This is a tough one, a lot of pressure. As a saint, not only would I be forever remembered, but people would pray/turn to me in times of need. If I could choose…I would be the Patron Saint of Fandoms. My saint story would probably go something to the affect of…

There was once a young woman named Rebecca. Her heart and imagination were so big she read/watched as many books, television shows, and movies as time allowed. She was a Potterhead, Nerdfighter, Wedonite, Browncoat, Trekker, Buffista, Scoobie, Downtonian, X-Phile, Slythindor, Brony…to name just a few. She often spoke of her fanatical love for fictitious worlds and spread the word of fandoms. Often helping her friends, strangers, and students find new works of art that led them to find their own fandoms to join. As she was attending a fan club meeting, a strange man come up to her. He pulled a gun to her head and told her that if she disavowed her multiple fandoms he’d let her live, if not he would kill her. She refused. She began to recite of Joss Whedon quotes, sing Hank Green songs, explain the differences between the 4 HP houses, and argue who was the best MLP (Rarity, of course!). She was martyred for her beliefs. Now, when fanboys and fangirls ever feel defeated, bullied, or get into another squabble over who the best X is of their fandom – they turn to Rebecca, Patron Saint of Fandoms.

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Futures Past

“As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?”

As a kid, like everyone else, I changed my mind on a regular basis. For a time I wanted to be a marine biologist. I thought I’d spend my day playing with dolphins and swimming in schools of fish. My father, as a loving concerned parent, quickly explained to me that I spend long lonely years in a submarine at the bottom of the sea researching plankton. Of course to a 6 year old, that didn’t sound like a good idea. Then at 10 years old I wanted to be a sniper. I can’t remember where I got the idea, but I figured it would be similar to a spy. Jet setting and taking out the bad guys. My father then informed me I’d need perfect vision to achieve that goal. FYI, by this time I had had glasses since the third grade and my eyesight was steadily getting worse. So that was out, too. In middle school, I thought I was going to be a psychiatrist. More schooling that a psychologist and they prescribed meds, which meant more money. My parents approved, which meant I changed my mind. Then in high school I realized I wanted to work in television. My passion and obsession. I then got my bachelors in Telecommunications and Spanish, for fun. Now, when I got out of college my former contacts in the industry had either moved or couldn’t help me find a position. My mother suggested I try teaching in the meantime, so I wouldn’t be out of work for too long. You have to understand. My family is filled with teachers. I had grown up watching how much work it takes to actually teach. I did NOT want to be a teacher. But once I started, I realized how much I like it. So how close am I to my original vision, you ask? Not even in the ball park! Well….sort of…I do teach TV Production, so I guess I’m in the minor leagues. But it’s not really what I had originally envisioned for myself. But here’s the real question…Am I happy? Yes. Yes I am.

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Can’t believe I almost missed…Mutants & Hybrids

“If you were one part human, two parts something else – another animal, a plant, an inanimate object – what would the other two parts be?”

I can’t believe I almost missed this one! Better late than never. If I could be a hybrid of three things, I’d pick: human, tigress (any of the big cats, really), and a mirror. As a hybrid I would be a humanoid looking creature with physical features and traits of the others two objects. My senses would be heightened like a tigress/big cat and I would be able to move effortlessly with minimal sound. Also, of all animals I really like the big wild cats. Then I’d choose a mirror to help with camoflauge. I imagine my skin would have reflective properties that would just “mirror” back the image of what’s in front of me, allowing me to hide in plain sight. I could go about my business relatively unseen or at least less noticeable, as most people do not seem to notice what’s right in front of them.

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It’s coming…

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As another academic year draws to a close, I cannot believe summer is only 5 work days away (6 if you count our last teacher planning day)!!! I’ve been teaching for 5 years now and I feel (and hope) that each year I grow a little bit more knowledgable and savvy about my craft. I know popular opinion out there is that “Oh teaching is such a sweet gig. I wish I had summers off too!”. While that may be true for a few weeks, after about a month there are serious things that need to be done in order to prepare for the next upcoming school year. I know that this summer, in particular, I have changed my vacation plans at least 3 different times. So I thought I’d turn to the trusty interwebs for help in solidifying my summer plans using some questions from About.com.

  1. Get away from it all…Summer is probably the only time when a teacher gets to escape from his or her role as an educator. Multiple times this year I’ve been out with my friends at a restaurant or having a casual drink with friends and have bumped into students with their families. Therefore in order to truly escape I’ve already starting planning trips to visit one of my besties in Ohio (where she got a new job working for Ford, this past year) and to the Alabama countryside to visit family friends.
  2. Try something new…Like I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to try out yoga. I took a class once in college and felt like such a dork I couldn’t keep from laughing and smirking the entire class. Hopefully, I won’t do the same this time around – but I feel like it would help me recharge and find my center as I prepare to tackle new challenges next year.
  3. Do something just for yourself…I recently got out of a long term relationship, therefore I plan on spending as much time as I can surrounded by my friends and family. I’ve been widening my network of colleagues and friends, going out, and getting recommendations on new restaurants and local haunts I’d love to try out. I also went to a great spa earlier this year, I’m planning on taking my besties and cousins for a “girls day out” for pampering and lounging 😉
  4. Reflect on last year’s teaching experiences…As with most educators, it’s sometimes difficult to remember the successes rather than the failures. It’s human nature. However, this past year I feel that I have really perfected my curriculum for my introductory/elective Broadcasting course. The transition time between topics went really well. So well, I was able to let them participate in our program’s short film festival. Some of their work was actually more creative than the level two students. Challenges for next year will probably focus on creating a magnet level curriculum for both the middle & high school students (which I’ve already started working on) and creating a conducive working environment for both middle and high school students to work in. Squabbles between the two groups (my 7th & 8th graders) often occur this year. I’m hoping they’ll mature more over the summer.
  5. Be informed about your profession…I’m not one to get involved in politics. Sure I’ve signed petitions, but I’ve never participated in a protest. They’re actually against our contract.
  6. Maintain your expertise…However, I do plan on furthering my education with either a doctorate or specialist degree. I recently earned a masters degree this past December in secondary social studies curriculum. Since, I entered the education field without any formal education background I feel that these degrees and summer professional development opportunities keep me in the proverbial education “loop”.
  7. Choose a few lessons to improve…I’m actually working on rewriting and finding new Civics lessons for next year. However, I won’t know if I really teach that next year until the week before school. I know, the perilous world of teaching. It’s a tough world. But for sure I know I have to write new lessons for next year’s Broadcasting classes for my 8th/9th grade combination course. One class with two lesson plans…teaching is fun! I hope you caught the sarcasm there 😉
  8. Assess your classroom procedures…Next year, as our school is expanding to a 6-12 grade model, I have been looking for different ways to “upgrade” my classroom. I want to create a space that would work for both the middle and high school students, without pandering to one group over the other. I’ve created a board on Pinterest with a collection of classroom ideas, board samples, and other classroom procedures that would work best with high school students.
  9. Inspire yourself…A couple years summers ago, I read “The End of Molasses Classes” by Ron Clark. I felt so energized and ready to tackle the new school year I started planning for the upcoming school year a full two weeks earlier than I usually did. I’m hoping through my book challenges, writing this blog, and following educational blogs I’ll find the inspiration I need to gear up for next year. If you know of any great inspirational teaching books or films, please let me know in the comments!
  10. Take a colleague to lunch…Every summer, my colleagues and I try to get together for a happy hour or lunch. My favorite person to get together with is my mentor teacher, from my first year of teaching. Oddly enough, she wasn’t supposed to me my mentor. My mentor worked in the reading department, while I was part of social studies. So this older, spunky teacher – Jo Ann – took me under her wing. Her sarcasm and quick wit helped me a lot during my first year of teaching. She always knew what to say and if she didn’t know something would always guide me to someone who did.

Hope you all are able to enjoy your summer! Maybe this helped inspire you to do something you haven’t done before this summer, whether you’re a teacher or not. Even if you don’t get actual summers off from work, take a week or even a weekend to escape your normal day-to-day routine and do something fun for yourself 🙂