Friday, December 23, 2011

It's only been two weeks this time!

I'm doing better!  Okay, in real life, not a whole hell of a lot has happened, but I'm watching the Avs-Lightning game (I LOVE that I can get Altitude on DirecTV!) and am apparently in a typing mood.

So, if you don't know... Actually, I don't want to start there.  We'll come back to this later.

So, I have started as a personal trainer.  I don't like it.  Before I gripe about it, however, let me own some of the blame.  I clearly didn't ask the right questions when going through the interview and hiring process, so I didn't have all of the information necessary to appropriately set my expectations.  I thought I'd have a more consistent schedule.  I thought I'd have more to do when I'm there.  I didn't realise that there would be days when I'd have two clients.... four hours apart.  I go to work for an hour and a half, leave for three, go back for another hour and a half.  I learned that I am to clock off between clients when my manager adjusted my time card to clock me off for time that I had been clocked in for, and been doing busy work in the club.  I am looking at this written down and wish I'd asked more questions.  In addition, the job itself is not nearly as... stimulating?  Exciting?  Rewarding?...  as I'd thought it would be.  I find my eyes wandering about the club when I'm with a client.  Looking at the way people are lifting, the cars passing outside, the clock, the TVs.    I already hate this post because it sounds like griping, and I don't mean for it to come off that way, but really, my current hope is that I will make back the money that the training cost me, then get back into the classroom.

I suppose I should address that (yes, I realise that I started a topic at the beginning and promised to return to it.  I still promise that).  I did get to spend four weeks in a sixth grade Lang Arts classroom.  It was incredible.  Goodness I miss teaching.  I want to get back to it.  I have a meeting next month with the HR Recruiter for one of the local school districts.  Evidently my name is attached to really positive reviews throughout that district at this point, so I'm anxious to find out what my next steps should be (I know I have to take the PRAXIS and take a Human Relations Training class to get my full NE license).  I have really enjoyed my time in the classrooms in this district, and I hope that by next fall, I can be teaching full time.  We shall see, however.

Okay, so sadly I will not be in CO for Christmas.  As a matter of fact, I probably won't be in Denver (aside from passing through) until the end of February.  I did, however, hold out so that I'd at least be in Grand Lake from my birthday through New Year's.  That means that I'll be in Denver long enough to be on I-76 and I-70.  I will also fly into Denver in early February for Boy's Weekend with Dad and Jay.

Okay, so awhile back, I said I was gonna add "Only in Nebraskas" to the end of my blog posts.  I managed to do that once, I think.  I am regularly reminded of this one however...

Many stoplights in and near the west side of Omaha have "Be Prepared to Stop" signs that are a couple hundred yards ahead of the stoplights.  I don't get it.  It's not like they're hidden stoplights.  In fact, the lights on the signs (yeap) start flashing just before the light turns to yellow.  I CAN SEE THE DAMN STOPLIGHT!  I'm sorry, I can't buy into this doing anything besides wasting resources.

That's all.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas (of Hanukkah) and New Year's with your family and friends.  I'll talk to you all soon after the break!

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