Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Technology Overload

           Is anyone else bothered by the amount of technology we subscribe to? Don't get me wrong, I use my fair share for sure but between using a laptop, smart phone, iPod, iPad, video games, and television I would guess the average American spends more time sucked into technology than actually having a person to person conversation. And since when does a grade schooler need a cell phone? Since when does a baby? Did you know that one of the top selling baby toys at Toys 'R Us is a fake iPhone? Here take a look:


          Of course there are a lot of wonderful things we can do today because of cell phones and the internet and I like being able to keep in contact with my loved ones and even getting to see them via Skype here and there. But what happened to playing board games, taking a walk, writing letters, or reading books? Have you seen some of the cell phone commercials on TV? They show happy good looking people walking around town with their nose in smart phone. No one stops to smell the roses or admire an adorable puppy or wave to a friend. Instead they are trying to find an app for that.

          Well I think I'll go take a walk and window shop with my little man. Thanks for reading my little rant. I feel much better.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

            Things are finally starting to slow down and I think that its time to either adopt a hobby, continue my education, or get a job. I'd really like to stay home with Ben for a while longer so I'm leaning towards one of the first two options. But here's the problem. They cost money. Hobbies cost money. I'd really like to get a sewing machine and learn to use it. Maybe get so good that I could create and sell something. But that would probably be far in the future and take quite a lot of money sunk into "practicing." Continuing my education also costs money. I'd like to get my certification to become a lactation consultant or childbirth educator. I can do either online which means I could stay home with Ben. Plus this would be another step towards getting my dream job working with infants and mothers. But its a two year process and a couple grand.

             Or I could get a job. Not thrilled about this option for many reasons. Student teaching really left a bad taste in my mouth and shook my confidence. I don't feel comfortable with the idea of leaving Ben at a daycare. Plus daycare is expensive! If I could find a job at a daycare that would be great. Unfortunately I haven't had any luck and no one seems to be hiring. I'd have to make enough money to pay for daycare and still have extra to put in the bank for a job to be worth while.

             So tell me what you think? Hobby, school, or a job?