3 years ago
Friday, July 15, 2011
in the words of james brown...
In the words of James Brown... I feel good.
Yesterday, however, I did not feel good. Unemployment (or should I say underemployment) and a long-lasting job hunt is not exactly chicken soup for the soul. The past couple of days have been disheartening, but I think we're on the upward swing of this emotional pendulum.
And that's good. I much prefer the upward swing.
On top of that upward swing, I feel good for another reason: I'm simplifying my life.
While Christian looks for full time work and can't find it, I have part-time work falling in my lap and can't take it.
Funny how that works. Such is life.
Last week I got an email from the director of my evening teaching job to see if I had made a decision about teaching in the Fall. I've been putting off this decision for weeks.
Yesterday I got a phone call from an former professor of mine at SJSU asking if I'd like to teach 2 sections of a remedial reading/writing course for SJSU undergraduates. Talk about feeling flattered. I'd have to convince Stanford to let me cut back to 75% FTE for a semester.
Would I like to teach my ESL students again? Of course I would!
Would I like to take a shot at teaching undergrads? Of course I would!
Would I like to have a nervous breakdown? Mmmmm, probably not!
So today I called my ESL director and told her to go ahead and find someone else this year. She knows I love them, and I know she loves me. There will be opportunities in the future.
I also decided to decline the SJSU position. It's not a highly sought-after course among the faculty, so there should be opportunities in the future.
Then I took a deep breath and thought about an entire year of having only one job.
And I feel good.