Sunday, March 27, 2005


There are a few big decisions on the horizon, especially now that it looks like I'll be in this country next year.

First is what to do with my summer. My school is making some plans to do long-term planning over the summer; no one is expected to attend all sessions but that will begin to fill in the calendar and it's the kind of decision-making that I like to be involved in. I might be able to do an alumni program at the Exploratorium. So far I haven't found any other summer programs for teachers that I'm wildly excited about. Various friends have talked about road-trips but nothing concrete yet. And I do like NYC in the summer, as I have lots of free time to explore and their are many fun activities to do here during warm weather. A friend suggested that I volunteer with her on a tall ship out of South Street Seaport and learn the basics of sailing; right now, that's the plan that's most exciting to me. I might also try to find a class or two to take and maybe see about volunteering at the HousingWorks Bookstore. The main thing is that I want to CHOOSE what I do, not sort of "default" as time goes by, even if what I default to is perfectly fun in the end.

Second is housing. My roommate plans to move out in June, which is making me think about housing options. I love my neighborhood and like my apartment a lot. I have no great desire to leave. I've offered her room to a friend who is going to think about it. I could also try to find a new roommate through craigslist and similar routes. My commute is too long, though, so a part of me sees this as an opportunity to find a place more convenient to my school. The only way to significantly reduce my commute would be to move far uptown or stay in my neighborhood but much closer to the train station. I don't really want to move uptown, and the chance that I'd find an affordable place closer to the train in my neighborhood is laughable. The process of finding an apartment or a share in this city is so painful that I dread going though it again when I have an apartment I like and can afford in a great neighborhood. The third option would be to change schools, something I don't plan on doing this year and probably not at all as long as I live in NY. I've simply invested so much in my school that it would be silly to leave unless I am packing up and moving away altogether. Which opens a door I hadn't really wanted to open: moving back to California. I like it here - a lot. But I have a lot of friends in California, they need teachers there, and surely there are some innovative small schools hiring.

I'm also thinking about buying a new computer. And - gasp! - maybe even changing allegiances and buying an Apple, a nice little laptop. Big purchases of this sort take me forever to make. My current computer is almost five years old and I'm ready for something new.

On a slightly more frivolous note, I'm also thinking about buying an iPod. I figured I'd get the laptop & iPod before leaving the country, since that would be the most sensible way to bring a computer & lots of music with me. Now that I'm not leaving, I find that I still want both new toys...

Enough procrastination. Back to work.

And happy Easter, everyone!


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