My hiatus from blogging was the result of a much needed period of thinking about the future, given my recent decision to leave graduate school and begin the “real world” career hunt. I think at this point a review on the journey thus far would make sense! I apologize for my absence; I even attracted the attention of Christina from FeelGoodKnitting since my spinning on Tuesdays dropped off due to my pondering. In truth, these past few months on the job market and coming face-to-face with the reality of the “power” of a bachelor’s degree (*cough*) has been awful. I just haven’t had it in me to write or keep up with much of anything.
Having a BA hasn’t made a difference in my job search. Not one shred of a difference. Everyone I manage to get an interview with, which was about 7-8 jobs out of over 80 applications, wanted experience. As I have said before, the job market is slanted heavily towards employers. In this rotten economy, there are far fewer jobs than applicants, so employers can sit back and wait for the perfect person with a load of experience to show up. I have never been that person. Even after applying for an utterly perfect position for my education, a sex/sexual health educator for Planned Parenthood, it still amounted to nothing but a great interview that went nowhere. Every single time, I fall short of some super-experienced powerhouse who lands the position. I also have several State jobs that I have applied and taken tests for and am subsequently qualified, that have sat in limbo for months.
At this point, I have begun reconsidering graduate school. I feel pretty defeated. I have applied for the GLP in the Department of Education, which is the Graduate Licensure Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I have always loved teaching; I pursued elementary education as my BA originally, but changed my mind after being told I had prerequisites on top of prerequisites to actually get my BA. I will keep you all posted, but honestly, I still feel disillusioned and unhappy with the idea of attending a graduate program. Especially after facing the reality of my BA’s worth over the past few months. Being depressed has really cut into my knitting and spinning. I just haven’t wanted to do anything I enjoy.
There have been other things going on though! I have been working through the convoluted and expensive process to get a substitute teaching license, so I hope to be doing something and earning income fairly soon. Also, I just got back from six days in New York City with my husband Al. We went museum hopping and got to enjoy a huge amount of cuisines…if there is anything that is great about New York City, it’s the abundance of very good food (and the fantastic tap water, I kid you not. Try Nevada’s tap, with its heavy magnesium
and calcium content, and you’ll see what I mean). The trip was thoroughly exhausting though; Al and I literally spent 10-12 hours a day running around the city on foot –and not the leisurely type strolling, either. We stayed with friends in their apartment, which was a fine and large apartment, especially for New York, but I’m sure my readers will agree that it’s difficult to fully relax in someone else’s home. So, sleep and rest were not adequate, resulting in exhaustion and major soreness from street-hiking all day. I’ve been in recovery mode since Tuesday.
On a happier note, I have resumed a hobby I have been neglecting since Al and I moved into the new place: bread making! I LOVE to make artisan and standard breads by hand, and being without work or school to keep me occupied, I really needed something else besides knitting and spinning…especially since I was avoiding both activities.
Making bread is completely wonderful and very inexpensive. I can’t think of a single thing that is unpleasant about making bread. And,
despite what many think, making bread by hand is not difficult, but it can take a lifetime to perfect. Bread is actually made up of four major ingredients: flour, yeast, water and salt. If you mix these few things in proportion to the amount of flour (a calculation called baker’s measurements or baker’s math) you will get a standard white bread dough. Most bread has several other ingredients such as sugar, a fat such as butter, and even nuts, fruit and/or seeds. You can also use other types of flour, such as whole wheat flour, to change things up or accommodate a particular diet. Here is a site I really enjoy: thefreshloaf.com. I have the link set up to take you right to the “Lessons” page on the site, so you can see for yourself how simple bread making by hand really is. Give it a try! I’d love to see some pictures of any other bread artisans…!
I am trying to get myself back on knitting and spinning again, so hopefully I should have some more project pictures soon! I’m shooting to resume spinning my wool skein this coming Tuesday along with feelgoodknitting.