That is my prediction... that this update will be far too long. Let's see how it works out...
I love this icon, btw. Doogie Howser for the win. I bought the DVD from amazon.com and the video is on my iPhone which makes for interesting watching during the long bus ride home from school.
I meant to update on my trip to London, but that was nixed when missing a week of classes actually had consequences. Doh! It took about two weeks before "vacation mode" wore off. In a nutshell, London was fabulous. If you don't have facebook and want to see some pictures, here's the link to my photos http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2286340&l=bab20&id=22925865
(and if you do have facebook, why aren't you my friend! LOL ). It was an amazing city, I can't wait to go back and I kinda want to live there. But considering I can't afford to live in Chicago, and London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in... it's not looking that good. But alas... I shall move on to more current things. Sigh...( More stuff, so as not to break friend pages... )
cough:: left to live in NEBRASKA. Don't get me wrong, the new people are great, and even got all my lame Doctor Who jokes I made about Wales and phone boxes and the dirty feeling you get when you realize you have a crush on Tom Baker, but still. I finally got to move on to making kyle wrappers, but I was kinda bummed they also taught the newbies how to do them. I thought there was an order to learning the treatments, but I'm guessing that was just Karissa's old way of things. It's been hard to fit in all 10 hours at that place, simply because it closes at 5 and isn't open on weekends and my weekdays are very random with classes...
Ahhh... classes. How I miss library classes!!! I'm basically finished with the MLS... which is a scary thought. So right now, I'm taking three... count 'em, three education classes, two at the graduate level. You might be asking yourself, "Stacey, you don't know anything about education, what are you doing in masters level ed classes?" And I would say... "I have no freakin clue!" Thankfully, my one class is basically a rehash of Materials for Youth Services (ie. books that kids like to read), so that's not bad at all. And I have another school media person in the class, as well as two other graduate students. The rest are undergrads... the ones who are only in the education major because they HAVE to go to college and it seems as good as any other major. I doubt some of them have actually read a book. They actually started to freak out when they realized they'd have to read one children's book a week. Yes... one children's chapter book. Sigh... At least that one is tolerable. The other class is Learning and Cognition in Education... which is fancy psychology speak for how to teach kids using psychology. The class is all education majors, with the exception of me, who already have BAs in ed. Thankfully, the teacher is awesome and has noticed that I have no background in education or psychology and will hopefully take pity on me.
The last class is H340... yup, and undergraduate class. I am probably as old as the freakin' teacher. And of course, lucky me, there's a group assignment. My group has to discuss the stereotypes of young girls/ young women in the media. One of my group members, a guy who I think is in the PE education tract, when asked if anyone had any ideas about a way to narrow down the topic, offered this charming bit of info "Well, I have a lot of experience with young women...hehe...". No, you probably don't dear. Sigh... This will be a long semester.
I'm set to take the PRAXIS test on Tuesday. I have to take a test for undergrads to prove basic competence in order to teach. Apparently already having a Bachelor's degree and being in a graduate program aren't enough. No no, I have to pay $130 to take a test to prove this. Lucky me. Do you know the last time I did any college level math? Umm... about 8 years ago. So I'm attempting to study for the Math portion (which is open in front of me, but that's as far as I've gotten). I'll get my scores immediately, with the exception of the writing score which will take a month. Then I can apply to the School of Ed and apply for Student Teaching. And lucky me, when I try to get a job in Illinois, I'll have to take the Illinois Basic Skills Test, which is the same damn thing as the PRAXIS. Illinois just wants more money. Grrr...
In good news, this means I will be able to student teach in the Fall, meaning I will be out of here in December 2009. Woot. Which is both exciting and scary. A bit freaking out about possibly being done. And the whole student teaching thing in general. I just need one more education class over the summer and they will be done. A Master's in Library Science and K-12 School Media Specialist Certification. That better be enough bang for my buck to get me a job... because that's a lot of bucks.
On a geekier front, I'm hoping to make at least one day of ACEN
, although that could be a problem if summer school starts right away. I haven't even thought about cosplay stuff, although I did find an awesome jacket for an original Bellatrix Lestrange design I always wanted to do... this coat
, with green trim instead of red. But I don't really have $70 to spend.
Yesterday, I finished knitting my first hat!! Woot!! It's not as nice as I wanted, since the pattern didnt' mention anything about how knitting on circular needles would require me to have to switch to double pointed needles once it got too difficult to decrease. Still not sure how the recommended "use two circular needles" would work. Knitting books don't always mention this stuff people! In any case, it functions as a hat and I still have half a skein left to try again on either smaller circular needles and double points or just double points.
You might be asking yourself, "Self, why isn't Stacey working on her massively long Doctor Who scarf?" And I would reply because stupid me left all my yard back in Chicago. Sigh. I realized 2.5 hours into my 4 hour trip back to Indiana that I'd left the Rubbermaid tub with all my knitting stuff (with the exception of the scarf itself and the skein of color I was currently working on) back in my parent's house. So no more scarfy for me until I get back to Chi-town. Which I had hoped would be next weekend, but so far there have been no takers on working my Sunday hours. Sigh. It's looking pretty good, if I might say so myself. And so I shall...
I am getting pretty loopy so I think that's enough for now. I wish I could sleep at the reference desk with just a sign that says "Poke for Reference" but I'm thinking that would be asking for it.