Saturday, March 24, 2012

A night at the theater! ...Actually, two nights.

For Christmas, my parents were ever so kind and purchased gift cards to Derby Dinner Playhouse for Carl and I to see a play! It took us awhile to find a good time to go, and ironically we made reservations for the same weekend as my sister's musical! Our weekend as follows:

Friday, March 23: Angela and Autumn starred in South Oldham High School's "Beauty and the Beast"! Okay, they weren't technically the stars, but you know I watched only them when they were on stage. :) Yes, the main characters were there too, but I would constantly point out for Carl and Amelia "Look, there's Angela!" or "Can you see Autumn?" I always felt like I had to search for Autumn, and she would always be on top of a platform. I don't know how I would miss her in the first place :P Angela played a silly girl, a dancing knife, and a mobster. I loved watching her as the mobster; she looked like she was going to really kill someone ;) Autumn was a villager and a dancing fork! I loved how she would always interact with her fellow villagers; such a cute performer!
Me and Tim!
Saturday, March 24: We ended up seeing a performance titled "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at Derby Dinner Playhouse. I was a little hesitant because, as you might be able to tell, this was going to be a performance with nothing but oldies hits from the '40s and '50s. When it comes to music, I'm game for almost everything BUT oldies. It just never struck a cord with me. I ended up loving the show, and Carl and I came away singing a few tunes :) I've been to Derby Dinner in the past, and I have never been disappointed with their shows. Their charisma, playfulness, and professionalism just make it so easy and entertaining to watch.

(No pictures; I didn't want to get in trouble!)

Needless to say, we had a fabulous weekend :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Me, Myself, I

One of my New Year's resolutions was to document personal insights about myself. I have only half kept this resolution; I have pondered about different things that I react to, think about, talk about, but I haven't actually written it down on paper. We'll call this post entry 1 towards this resolution.

I wanted to be a teacher since elementary school. At least, I remember thinking my third grade class, 'I want to grow up and be a teacher.' Needless to say, I declared my major in education at BYU-Idaho and now have a degree in English Education. (Because of state requirements, I have not switched my Idaho teaching certificate to Kentucky because we don't know where we are going to end up in life. Who knows if it would be worth the time and money to take extra tests and pay crazy fees?) So I am tutoring at Huntington Learning Center and substitute teaching.

I think people's favorite adjective to describe me is "sweet." While that is very sweet of them to say, I'm realizing as an educator you cannot always be "sweet." There is a time for niceness and a time for firmness. I can't believe after my degree is all said and done I am just now finding this out. :P Lately, I've been feeling like my personality isn't fit for a teacher. Because I am so patient, I can easily get walked over. I've been feeling like people don't respect me because they can see I'll be lenient. I had a kind of crazy experience this past Tuesday, and all but fell apart to Carl.

Long story short, after a long (and tearful) conversation I realized that a teaching career is still for me. I don't think anyone is totally made out for their career choice even if it is their dream job. Life will always throw that curve ball and keep you on your toes. For me, this career will help me not let people walk over me. Just because I'm a nice person doesn't mean I can't stand up for myself. People will still like me even if I am firm sometimes.

Good discovery, eh? :)

FUNNY QUOTE FROM CARL FROM TUESDAY NIGHT: "You always decide how you act? Really? So Tuesday morning you woke up and said, 'Tonight I want to have a good cry. Just a good, uncontrollable, nonsensical cry. Twenty, thirty minutes tops. And then question my entire career choice and rethink my life. Okay! I'm ready to seize the day! Break!'" :)