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September 9th, 2006

02:34 pm: Retiring...
Hey everyone-
I think after 569 entries and almost 5 years, it's time to retire my livejournal. I just find it easier to blog on myspace because then I can multi-task. Please add me as a friend there if you haven't already: http://www.myspace.com/mitchelatkin You can read my blogs there. If there is a HUGE objection to me leaving livejournal then please tell me and I can reconsider my thoughts. Thank you all for your comments and fun times these past 5 years...hope you continue on with me on myspace. As usual, until next time...

Current Mood: touchedtouched
Current Music: Make It Real - The Jets

June 12th, 2006

07:20 pm: Summer Vacation...
I don't know why I don't have my livejournal addiction like I used to. Maybe it's because I'm getting older.

Let's see what's happened since we last were together. I graduated my first set of students last Monday. On Tuesday morning my grandma died so I dealt with that all week. All day Tuesday I had to say goodbye at both of my schools which was also pretty sad. On Friday was the funeral and I had to get through that. Saturday I went to Rockford and hung out with Veronica and Lisa. That's about it.

I've gotten myself in an emotional whirlwind about Christian. I still don't know what to do. He has it in his head that we are still together but I don't feel like we are. He wants things back to normal yet he's not willing to make any changes. I need to figure this out soon so I can get back into the dating pool.

Alright back to doing nothing during summer vacation. Only one week till summer school begins!

Oh yeah...who has a 4.0 in grad school! That's right, ME!!!

Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: I'm Every Woman - Mandisa

June 4th, 2006

04:09 pm: My big step...
So I broke up with Christian yesterday. It was a big step for me. I wasn't happy. I needed to be free. He wasn't willing to work on getting his life better. It's sad but it needed to be done. I guess I can be cliche when I say that if it was meant to be then it will one day. I thought about the things I missed about him and it wasn't enough to carry me through. I want to start my new job in 2 weeks on a fresh start. New apartment, new job, new life. I need to concentrate on my happiness. I told him that I can't be with him until I was able to make sacrifices for him again. I should of said that I can't be with him until he made sacrifices for me, which he desperately needed to do. I'm sad but happy if that makes any sense. I'm listening to music to calm me and making sure I spend time with friends.

I've gotten slightly hooked on myspace. I don't know how I feel about it but it's fun for the time being. Ok I'm going to hang out online until Jessica calls me. Until next time...

Current Location: My studio apartment
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
Current Music: Nothing Hurts Like Love - Daniel Bedingfield

June 3rd, 2006

03:50 pm: My hips don't lie...
I should probably make this post pretty significant. I only have two more days till summer vacation. Earlier in the school year I got laid off because they let go of all the 1st year teachers. It's was super depressing and kind of scary. I didn't know what to do. I started interviewing everywhere across the earth. I managed to get an offer at New Hope Academy in Niles. It's a gifted school for kids with emotional needs. An extra $13,000 a year. That excites me. I'm excited, it's a year round school and I start June 19th. It's only half days over the summer and all of August off. Very manageable. Plus, what would I do with myself over the summer.

Christian and I are not doing so hot. He's been blowing me off for really stupid plans. People keep ask me if he's cheating on me but I'm not entirely sure. At this point I really don't care. He doesn't really have much direction in life right now and I'm sick of his irresponsibility. We'll see if he gets his act together then we might have a chance, if not then I'm fine dating other people. He's got some serious growing up to do. Word to the wise: Teachers do NOT make good sugar daddies! :)

I'm hoping to start running again once school gets out for summer. I really want to lose my stomach. I want to be fit and toned. It's a long shot.

Other than all of that I'm in my new apartment in the city. I moved from the 4th floor to the 2nd floor. I'm saving myself $110 a month in rent. I'm so proud of myself. My studio is super cute and not as small as you might think.

That's all kids. Until next time...

Current Mood: headachey
Current Music: Hips Don't Lie - Shakira

June 1st, 2006

09:01 pm: I have internet again...
I have internet in my apartment now. Makes me excited. I'm back in business...

Current Mood: tiredtired

March 27th, 2006

02:58 pm: It's been a long time...
So a lot has gone on in my life since the last time I wrote. First off, I got myself out of debt finally. Making teacher salary has really helped that out. I still have a lot to pay off but it's finally manageable.

I started my master's degree. It's a master's of teaching and learning with an emphasis in secondary literacy. It's pretty simple, I got a 4.0 in my first quarter. I'm only taking 1 class this quarter mainly because I want more time to myself.

I got laid off after this current school year. There were not enough students to fill my position for next year. I have 3 interviews this week and one of them is my 3rd interview. My current prinicpal said that they should be hiring me soon. The pay at that school is negotiable so I'm going to ask for $38,000+. It's high school for emotional needs. I love the high school level so I'm excited about it.

Christian and I are going to live apart after our lease is up in May. We are still going to stay together but the separation may be good. I don't know how it's going to play out until it happens. I'm pretty depressed about it. When we do move, he's moving with his friend Ashley and I'm moving two floors below. It's a studio but I'll save $110 a month.

My Mustang needs new brakes and I need to find a way to afford them. I will this summer but I don't think brakes on a car is something you should wait on. Especially considering I drive and back and forth in rush hour traffic everyday of the school year.

That's about it. I need to get some grad work done so that's where I'm headed. Until next time...

Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: PYT - Michael Jackson

December 20th, 2005

06:30 pm: Winter Break as a Teacher...
I try not to update this as much because then people will have to call me. :)

I'm on winter break...it's kind of nice being on break and getting paid for it.

I went to my stupid graduation ceremony on Saturday and it was pretty dumb considering I'd already been teaching for 2 months and I got my certificate a month earlier. I guess it was just closure from the hellish ISU program. I ended up graduating on the Dean's list and getting a pretty phenomenal overall GPA.

Christian's at work now so I'm pretty bored. He should be home soon I think.

I'm starting my Master's program January 4th. I know it's soon after my bachelor's but I want to get it moving so I can get up in the pay scales. I'm making good money now but master's credits will make it even better.

I'm debating on leaving my district after this school year. It's one of the best elementary districts in the state but I think high school may be more for me. Either way it's a job and I'm grateful for it.

Next month Christian and I will be together for a year, I don't know where the time has gone. We've been through a lot together and it's awesome we made it through those hard times.

I think that's about it. I'm going to go home and work on some IAA stuff so I don't have to do it when I get back to school next month. Until next time...

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: La Vie Boehme - Rent

September 23rd, 2005

08:45 pm: I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey...Guess what?!?!?!! I got a TEACHING JOB!!!!! I will be part time self-contained LD at Frost Jr High in Schaumburg in the morning and a 4th inclusion teacher at Nerge Elementary School in the afternoon. Both schools are in Schaumburg district 54!!! I'm so grateful I was able to get a job literally two days after student teaching. I finally graduate college in only 4 weeks!!!!! I start teaching October 24th. Things are finally looking up! Until next time...

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Graduation (Friends Forever) - Vitamin C LOL

August 13th, 2005

07:16 pm: Wondering Where I've Been?
I don't have internet access in my apartment so I have to go to the internet cafe a few blocks away to check my e-mail. I gathered some change from my change bucket just so I could come and update. I'm still at the Jewel at the corner of Montrose and Sheridan. Hell store on earth though I don't think it's as bad as the Rolling Meadows store. I think my favorite store will have to be my Bloomington store down at school. That was just fun. One of my old co-workers from that store is moving to Chicago so her and I should have some good fun here in the Chi.

Christian and I just celebrated 6 months at the end of July and are edging towards 7 months now. We got through our rough spell and things are starting to look up again. Financially it sucked for both of us. I just need to get through my last 2 months of school and then things are really going to be good.

I got my first teaching job rejection. THANK GOD I didn't like the school. It was this run down building in Naperville. The principal was one of those aggravating special education people that have warped perceptions of their school and how it is supposed to run. Of course I would probably be ecstatic if I got the job but I think it was for the best. I'm probably going to be subbing in District 207 until I can take Mike's job when he retires in June of 2006. Mike was my cooperating teacher at Maine West.

Let's see what else. Tomorrow starts my last week of summer vacation before school starts. Of course I only have 1 day off but it will give me some money for when I start school. Finally the end of my college career. This has taken too long. At least I'll be done and I may start working on my masters degree in January. Type 75 administration degree here I come.

Other than all of that my life is about the same. Everyone in my life is pretty much done with college now and they have full time jobs so I don't get to see my friends as much as I would like. All part of growing up. I think that's about it. Until next time...

Maybe I've crazy but I did I tell everyone that I moved to CHICAGO??!?!?! Yeah I moved a few blocks from Boyztown. Maybe I did I'm drawing a blank. Christian and I live on Wellington near Broadway. :)

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: The Way - Daniel Bedingfield

June 15th, 2005

02:38 pm: Trying to get through the summer...
So for the bastard whore bitch who decided to make a comment about me not graduating. This is my response to them.

The reason I didn't graduate yet is because I decided to finish out my spanish program as well so I had to push graduation back a bit to get some work done. SO yeah, I haven't graduated is funny? Now I'll have a degree in Special Education and Spanish. Hmmmm....oh yeah and I'm male...who's more marketable in the field? Me bitch now shut the fuck up you bastard child. And stop harassing me because I know who you are.

So other than that, I'm getting used to my Jewel in the city. It's another world but I'm having fun with all the black women that I work with. We were singing Alicia Keys and Fantasia the other day together.

Christian and I have been doing our thing. Just trying to work on our no money situation but it's hard considering I don't make all that much money. We'll hopefully make it through this rough time. We've been together awhile now so we have to work at things a little harder now to stay strong.

That's about all...I need to leave this internet cafe ASAP. Until next time...

Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Diary - Alicia Keys
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