Ree
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Ree
29 December 2013 @ 03:32 am
I'm not, obviously (no money!!) but I would love it. I think everyone wants to, at least at one point in their lives. Even if it's just a fleeting dream, a general sense of "seeing what's out there", but no idea what beyond maybe one or two places.

I've been feeling the travelling bug for a while now. I always do when there's a major change in my life - the major change now was the end of my two month assignment. I think there's also a touch of my new life choice - to become a teacher - and being impatient for it to start (the earliest I can start is next fall).

So I made the mistake of reading a bunch of travel blogs. But not just travel blogs, oh no, that would be too easy; I've made the mistake of reading blog posts by people who travel the world permanently. Who work "on the road" and go where they please.

I kind of hate them, I have to say, but only because I'm jealous. I wish I had the guts to try it.

But as it is now, now that I've made the life altering choice of becoming a teacher and finally feeling as if I have a purpose to work towards, it's not exactly the right time to decide to try and travel around the world on no money and work as you go.

That said, I hope that I will be able to travel during breaks, even if I have to work on location when I do. It would be nice.
 
 
Ree
10 December 2013 @ 01:18 pm
My main concern about going to school to become a qualified teacher (years 0-3) was the amount of time it would take me. I got it into my head that it was 5 and a half years. But it's actually 4 years. And although that is certainly still a long time, and certainly would have caused me some anxiety if it was the only time I'd heard, now that I know it's 4 years instead of 5+, it feels as if I've "won" a year of my life back, and it makes it that much easier to accept the 4 years.

Of course, to make it work, I have to have a job that allows for very flexible hours (which I currently do, if I actually accept new assignments) where I can make sure that I don't work over the "free limit" that would otherwise diminish my student aid. It's a tricky situation, made worse by the fact that I have no idea if I get in (I hope so!). But I like to plan ahead, so...


Other than that, I worked my last day at the school with "my kids" yesterday, alongside their teacher. It was kind of weird, but good to meet her and have a chance to say goodbye to the kids properly. You can tell that they are so used to having me there that they turn to me to ask things instead of her, but I'm sure they will soon get used to it again and forget I was even there!

Hopefully I will be able to return in January to work in another class (I worked in 2A, and it's 2B that might need me - I've had them in two different subjects over the two months I spent at the school) for a few weeks before their new teacher is available.

Things are sort of looking up, actually. It's weird to find the drive and realise what you want to do with your life. I've always wondered about it in other people, but now I get it. I get it much more beyond the dream of publishing, or a desire to have a job where you're not working even on your off hours. But even though I kind of did now, at least mentally, it is still something that I want to do. I was tired as all hell, but I enjoyed it so much and I didn't feel tired when I at working.
 
 
Ree
22 November 2013 @ 05:51 pm
So. Ok, my last post was just after I returned from Edinburgh (such a fun weekend!) and just before I started working as a substitute teacher. I started off in one school, where I worked for two days with multiple classes (of kids from fourth to ninth grade) in a "speciality class" (sewing). I liked it just fine, but I realised I hated working with teenagers (one girl called me a "fucking whore" for giving her a piece of paper) so I contacted the place I work for and asked to just work with pre-school and up towards third grade.

The next week I worked with a third grade, but only for one day - the rest of that week I didn't work at all, as I was doing other things. This job was only supposed to be extra while I looked for work - and great too, since I'd be able to just "not be available" for a particular day if I had an interview (or I didn't want to work) -- unless I was already booked for an assignment on that day (but usually you get the assignments in the morning).

Well, that Friday - the week after I started working there, I got a call from them about working all the following week (week 40) as a second grade teacher. I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did. Now, 7 weeks later, I'm still there. I love it a lot; the kids (I've got 16 kids, which is at least 5 less than most classes have in other schools), the other teachers and the school itself (the food is made in the school, they often have *two* vegetarian options!). The teacher that I'm substituting for injured her back quite badly, and was waiting for her surgery (so we never knew how long I would be there for).

Well, she had her surgery on Tuesday, and hopes to be back on the 9th (of December, obviously). Most of the people at the school doubt she will be able to, as she's been unable to do anything so she will need rehab, but she's hopeful.

Anyway, where I was going with all of this was this; I love it a lot. A lot more than I thought that I would (as much as I do know I love working with kids). So much in fact that I'm going to apply to University and become a teacher (for 1-3 graders). If I'm lucky, I will get in (next fall). Then it's 5 and a half years until I'm a qualified teacher, but yeah.

I do have one class I need to take (Math, ugh) and I have to do an entry exam, but after that I have a few options on schools that I can apply to, and hopefully move in a new direction with my life.

I'm unsure of how long I will continue to work as a substitute teacher - I think that once this particular assignment is done, I will take a break and apply to jobs in the reception/hotel field, while I wait to take the class. The positive thing about working as a substitute would be that I could study at the same time easier than if I had a "9-to-5" job, but that would earn me more money (plus save me the hassle of working in different schools with different people every day).

But yes, that's it for me at the moment!
 
 
Ree
17 September 2013 @ 03:49 pm
I went to Edinburgh last Wednesday, as I was going to the Harry Potter Meetup through the hp_uk_meetup on Saturday (at Riddle's Court!). It was a fantastic meetup, and I made a lot of new friends. Hopefully that will inspire me to be a bit more active on LJ, as I want to stay in touch with them.

I didn't take many photos - in fact, during my 5+ days in Edinburgh, a city I love, I took maybe 7 photos - the majority of them inside the bathroom of the Elephant House, of the Dumbledore's Army wall(s).

I had a fantastic time though and I can't wait for the next meetup.

It was a small gathering (I believe we were 19 people in total) but that just made it all the better, as it allowed you to talk to people. We also had some food-meetups both before the dinner and the following day, that people could join if they wanted to.

It was a great weekend.

And one thing that I found incredibly funny; a small gathering, in another city, in another country - 3 out of 19 people were from Sweden (and I miss you guys!). :P
 
 
Ree
10 August 2013 @ 08:03 pm
But quite honestly, I'm not sure what to say. I want to be more involved again, but yeah, anyway.

No job yet; it's getting me a bit down to be honest, but I'm not desperate yet. I'm considering going back to school to further my education, but I've missed the deadline and I'm not sure exactly which hoops I have to jump through, not to mention if I do get a job I would only want to take a few choice classes (language, writing, reading, not sure) in the evening or online, but if I don't get a job, I would need to consider earning a "proper" degree within my field of study (so probably something like 'hotel management' although I've sort of gone off working in a hotel, I much rather work in the reception of an office). So we will see.

I need to sit down and write down all the things that I need to look up and then look those things up - and set up appointments, like with a guidance counsellor at the university and that sort of thing.

As for my writing, I've not done much of it - most of what I have written has been Darcy/Elizabeth of, of course, Pride and Prejudice, but nothing has been shared yet. I might soon though.

I hope others are well! At least the weather here is great.
 
 
Ree
27 June 2013 @ 08:38 pm
And now you can see who has visited your journal, and when. Greeeat. Completely and totally not at all pointless/annoying.



What else is new, but with you?
 
 
Ree
19 February 2013 @ 12:24 pm
Excepting my posts regarding the Holiday Drabbles, I haven't posted since September. SEPTEMBER! It is quite shocking.

A lot has happened since then, though things have pretty much remained the same. I got my tattoo, I went to Edinburgh and Glasgow and not only met up with Chiara (chiaw) of pips_n_chiaw but also met another friend who was in Glasgow visiting some family. I got to see Mumford & Sons live (it was completely awesome! I can't wait until April, when I get to see them again - this time in Stockholm). I finished my schooling, of course, and I technically have a job.

I say technically because I don't consider it to be a job, because it's only maybe two-three hours per week (one hour per shift, starting at 7am) and even if I were to work every day (seven days a week, as I have done) I would probably still not really consider it to be a job because I wouldn't really earn enough from it to have that as my job. So I'm still looking, but if nothing else, this particular job will be something else to put on my resume and I get some exercise walking to and from it (one hour there, one hour back home). It's at a hostel, so I do have some receptionist/administrative duties, which is why it is ok enough for me to stay with for a little while longer - it'd look good on my resume, as I am looking for work as an hotel receptionist or as a business receptionist.

But this is also why things don't feel as if they are any different; it is technically a job, but I'm still searching for a proper job. Even if it's not full-time, there's got to be something better than this. The job itself is... fine for the most part, but could've been much better.

I got a new cellphone, I got a big separate computer screen (my little laptop is 10 inch; great for travel, hard on the eyes) and behind the cut is a instagram photo of my tattoo, for those who wants to see it (and didn't see it on facebook). Speaking of which, any one of you on facebook and wants to be friends there? I have to admit that I'm much more active there these days, because although I do check my flist often, I am obviously not very good at all at posting.

So, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and Happy Valentine's Day.

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Ree
24 December 2012 @ 07:09 pm

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Ree
11 September 2012 @ 02:05 am
I have been back in Sweden for three months now, but not really been very active. I've tried to check LJ as often as I've been able to, but I've spent the majority of these past three months out on the island and often, the only internet connection I have had has been through my phone. And my phone hates LJ. I can't even use the LJ app for phones. It got to the point where I had to email my drabble for one of the months at dmhgchallenge to the mods (it won third place and mod's choice) because I couldn't post it myself.

As a result of that, I've not really been updating or commenting as much. I have tired, more or less, to catch up since then though. I suppose it might be a combination of things; of vacation, of back from vacation, or just new things happening in the lives of people, but it seems as though LJ is not as active now as it once was. There's not much difference in the communities I'm a member of (maybe a little, over the summer, but the communities that post fanfiction often has fluctuating amounts of posts, unless there's a fest going on) but in the posts made by the people on my friends list.

I suppose I shouldn't say anything, considering I so very rarely post, but I wonder if people truly are moving away from this site. It seems like it has been happening for a while, but it's only when I've come back to it and seen how "little" people have been posting in my absence, that I have truly noticed it. Where does people go?

To me, LJ has been almost synonym with fanfiction. This is where I have read a lot of stories. This is where I have shared my stories. This is where I have felt a part of a community. It's funny, because even though I know that LJ is so much bigger than fanfiction, to me, this has almost been like a fanfiction archive, with a very active and personal forum where readers and writers can interact - either in communities or in the relative privacy of their own f-locked posts. I would hate for that feeling to disappear. LJ has been a huge part of my life for the past nine years. In fact, it was around this time nine years ago, that I first visited LJ. It was through a Buffy/Spike fanfiction, and the author posted on LJ. Another author whose website I visited recced the story with a link, and here I was.

LJ gave me my writers name. LJ gave me friends I hold very dear even today, and it was through LJ that I developed and grew as Ree. As myself, really.

I think that's why I feel the way I do (or, at least, did) about LJ being like a forum or an archive, because so much of my interaction on LJ has been about fanfiction.

It would be sad to see it disappear.