Back to the grind

For whatever reason, I decided to get up at 5:30 this morning. My thinking is that I can enjoy a few more minutes at home with an actual breakfast and a few cups of coffee rather than struggling to make it to school on time because I slept too long. We’ll see if I keep getting up as early over the next few weeks.

A couple of goals that I’m hoping to attain are:

  • Walking an hour a day
  • Eating a good breakfast

The body is designed to walk, and I read that walking an hour everyday can have a very positive impact. Eating a good breakfast will help me make it through the day more easily, I hope.

I have some dread for going to work today. That typical middle school silliness will be around me all day and that gets old. But I’m going to try to make it the best I can.

Yesterday, Rachel and I had a nice day with my parents at their house. We got to walk at the track, play with Alijah (my cousin), and just sit around and talk.

And for all you weather fanatics, I’ll be watching the weather this week to see if we have a good shot for snow this weekend.

Here’s a look at KY3’s outlook:

Mornin’

I haven’t done much this morning. I know that waking up on Monday is going to kill me. I keep dreading going back to school, but whatever.

I had a good time last week going to the movies with my sister to see The Pursuit of Happyness. (Yes, the fact that happiness is spelled incorrectly drove me crazy, but, of course, that is addressed in the movie.) I would definitely recommend that you see it if you get the chance.

The next movie I’d like to see is Freedom Writers. I might try to see if my parents will go with me tonight. I need to branch out and get some movie friends because Rachel won’t see anything because it offends her conscience. (The only movies we ever get to watch together are G-rated kids’ movies.) If there’s one cuss word, she can’t watch it. I think that’s OK, but I think she’s a little obsessive about that. I don’t condone cussing nor do I practice it, but people in the world do it. You can’t hide from it.

Happy New Year (a few days late)

Happy New Year. Resolutions and milestones, in my opinion, aren’t any different simply because it’s a new year. It’s not a new beginning, but rather a continuation of our lives on Earth. No new year’s resolutions for me; I just want to live the best life I can and try to draw closer to God.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, mostly because it’s about time for me to go back to school. I work at a great school with wonderful faculty and administration. For some reason, I just feel like I walk around lost all the time, though. I don’t feel like I’m in the right place, and I feel overwhelmed that I must stay there until June 2 (unless more snow comes). It’s not an overwhelmed feeling in that the work load is horrible, but rather knowing that I must continue until summer. I’ll make it and do the best I can, but I still dread it. Maybe I can make some kind of difference until I’m out.

After this school year is over, I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do vocationally speaking. I’ve been praying for a big answer from God on that one. I’m waiting for Him to open a door for me. I’m praying that He’ll provide me an opportunity to get into a career I love and make a salary that is more desirable to me. I don’t want to make hundreds of thousands of dollars, quite honestly. In my mind, $50,000 to 100,000 a year is what I feel would be the best for me. I would like to be able to afford a few more things without being concerned about making sure I have enough money to do that. I want to be able to get a newer vehicle to replace my 1998 car that is losing its reliability with me. I don’t feel like I’m being too greedy with my thoughts financially speaking. Am I being? Is it wrong to have an ideal salary range that would benefit both me and my wife?

I know that the economic gap between the rich and poor in the US is augmenting ever so increasingly. I hope that our government can get that figured out, but since they’re all in the upper echelon of our socio-economic scale, I don’t think they’ll do much to fix the economy — be it Democrats or Republicans. That would affect their paychecks too much. Why can’t we have more leaders like Jim Sinegal, the CEO of wholesale warehouse giant Costco (similar to Sam’s Club) who makes an annual salary of $300,000. He could make billions like Wal-Mart’s leaders, but he has chosen to run a corporation and give real salaries to his employees. Hmmm, what a concept.

On a different note, I took my grandma to town to get her groceries this afternoon. She got her social security check; Uncle Sam has given her a tiny bit of a raise. We had a good time going to the store. I cooked her a chicken noodle casserole dish so that she would eat on it for a few days. She doesn’t cook much anymore, and I know she eats too many cookies and sweets. If I take meals to her, she typically eats them. I have to say that if I were 80 years old and couldn’t get around too well after suffering the effects of a stroke, I wouldn’t really want to do much cooking either.

Well, it’s late, and I need to get to bed. I have to get my body used to going to bed and getting up early so when Monday comes, I won’t have as bad of a time getting to school and feeling like a human.

¡Hasta luego!

Business Babble

Well, I’ve been thinking about it some more, that is owning a bakery/cafe. There are so many variables in having a business like that. It’s a lot of work, and I honestly have no idea whether or not I would make the same salary as I do now in education. In a sense, that is my point: Why get out of education so that I can make the same salary as I do in education?

I’ve also been giving some more consideration of getting into journalism. I would like to get on at a TV station. I think that right now would be the best time to get on at KSPR and concurrently working on my broadcast meteorology degree from Mississippi State. I think KSPR is going to really see some awesome changes with KY ahold of it, and I would like to be apart of that transformation.

A big issue I have with switching careers is that Rachel is in college, and we must have one stable income until she’s out (unless we want to get loans, which we don’t). I have things I want to do (like getting back into journalism), but I keep thinking I should wait until she’s out of school so that we can “play it safe” with being assured of my income. At the same time, who’s to say I wouldn’t have a stable income outside of teaching? That’s my debacle.

A whole lotta nothing…

I’ve had a lot of various thoughts over the past few days:

  • Why can’t we get a better cable provider in town? Today, I switched from rabbit ears to the most basic cable service Mediacom (better known as Mediacrap) offers. I am excited that I can actually watch the news without the fuzz. I guess we get Springfield’s tower signals from Fordland rather than from the actual TV stations. Along with complaints about Mediacrap, the person who hooked our cable up today wasn’t a Mediacom representative, but rather a sub-contractor. When a guy pulls in with his old Chevy pick-up and comes to the door with several of his front teeth missing and over an hour later than he was supposed to arrive, it makes you question the reliability of the service.
  • Teaching isn’t too bad of a profession, but I’m questioning how much longer I can do it. I don’t know if middle school is giving me a bad taste or what. I liked teaching high school better, but as Rachel has said, I still complained a lot. I’ve also been thinking that I’m not so sure I want to make $30,000 the rest of my life. Hey, I can go back to college and get my masters and make a whopping $40,000. This leads to my next bullet.
  • I’ve always liked the idea, but because I’ve been pondering the possibilities of owning my own cafe/bakery — similar to a Panera or Starbucks — in Marshfield on the square. There is a building on the square that I have loved for years and would really like to open a cafe with gourmet coffees; the typical morning pastries; and lunch that features sandwiches, soups, and salads. Marshfield has nothing of the kind, and I don’t think a chain will come in anytime soon. A big concern with the business is that I don’t know if the residents of Marshfield will pay much for a cup of coffee — but I think that there are enough business people at the county’s courthouse that would relish a good place to go for breakfast and lunch. Like my mom says, it’s probably just a dream — but why can’t I take a risk in life? I mean, sure, I have no money nor rich family members to help start out a business. On the other hand, I have good ideas, and I’m still young enough to make decisions like this. I know it’s risky being in business, and that does make me nervous. I’ll just have to do some more considering and talking to people about possibilities. If you have some ideas, leave me some comments.

Welcome to my blog

Mil gracias for stopping by my blog. As a person who enjoys discussing news and current events — as well as life matters, I hope to chronicle my journey throughout the coming year.

To introduce myself, I currently serve as a middle school Spanish and contemporary issues teacher in the city where I live. I have been married since 2003 to Rachel, who is on a change from being a fashion design major to a dental hygienist (it’s more practical and won’t distract her from her religion — which is not the same as mine). I have a sister who is 12 years older than me and has two sons, one who was born last week and another who is two years old. My parents live about 25 miles away in the small town where they grew up and have been married 38 years. I frequently visit them, and I also enjoy visiting (nearly every day on the phone) with my 80-year-old grandma who lives 10 miles east of my parents in the country.

Again, thanks for visiting. I’ll talk to you soon.

Hasta pronto.