Thursday, October 23, 2008

Exercising my right

Passed in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees women the right to vote.

Early voting is open in Colorado, and I've exercised my right and cast my vote.

Now, whatever happens, I've earned my right to bitch about the outcome.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gainfully employed (part-time anyway)

Back in June, I began volunteering as a tutor for the Children's Literacy Center. As of two weeks ago, I began working for the Children's Literacy Center as a site coordinator. I had been tutoring for a few months and thought it wouldn't be too difficult to take over the job. It's been a bit of a rough transition as the person who left had been stretched too thin, trying to cover two places at the same time. I think trying to be in two places at once defies some kind of law of physics, but I never did well in science.

When I started they rearranged the schedules so I don't have to break that law and can focus on each site individually. I also have to switch up some students as the program is designed for kids who are at the youngest in the second semester of 1st grade. So, this little part-time gig has been all-consuming -- at least mentally and emotionally. I've even dreamed about it. I want it to run smoothly and I want everyone -- tutors, students, myself -- to get the most out of the experience. I think it's a really important program.

As a total bookworm since I learned to read, I just can't imagine not having the ability to read, let alone enjoy the escape of a really good book. I hope that once I get organized, it will all run a lot more smoothly. The kids are great and the tutors are the best. I just need to pull it all together.