I promised myself--and a few of you who were kind enough to inquire--that I would be back to blogging once The Girl started kindergarten this fall, but here we are nearly two months past that deadline, and this page has lain fallow.
I've been in a bit of a funk--surprisingly (for me) boo hooing about mah baybee growing up and realizing that, despite all my bellyaching about how hard it is to go back to work, it is really hard to go back to work. There are the usual issues: I don't have any remotely current work clothes, my professional references are a bit out of date, and my child care situation continues to remain challenging.
I started to look for work that I could shoehorn into my requirements; that is, it didn't necessitate the purchase of a new formal work wardrobe (just say no to suits), it didn't require me to leave the house before my kids get on the school bus at 8 am, and I had done it recently enough that I had references who could back up the quality of my work. Let me tell you, these were some grim jobs. I met with a headhunter who said she would put my resume with "her other mommies," which, coming from a know-nothing twentysomething was even more insulting than Mitt and his binders full of women.
And then I had a moment of clarity. Hadn't I decided to leave this all behind eight years ago when I went back to school for my teaching credentials? Yes, indeed, I had. Teaching poses some logistical challenges that remain unresolved, but I'm going to cross that bridge when I come to it, which is utterly and completely not my style.
Naturally, my New York state certification has expired, but over the last few weeks I've pulled my paperwork together to apply for Connecticut certification. It's not entirely clear how many hoops I'll have to jump through to be certified here, but the State Department of Education has kindly agreed to review my application in four to six weeks so I guess I'll know then. In the mean time, I am preparing the take the math portion of the Praxis exam. The practice test produced paroxyms of laughter when I realized they seriously wanted me to use the pythagorean theorum (top of mind for English teachers who completed high school more than 25 years ago).
So, this is where I've been these past few months. I am hoping to be back here more often. Pray tell, what's new with you?