Work Hangover?

One of my favorite things about being a teacher was that I was mentally stimulated and challenged all day, every day. I would become absolutely exhausted. I remember a friend saying he couldn’t talk to me for a couple hours after the school day because my throat would be exhausted and my brain would be unable to process coherent sentences.

After two years of working in an office, I realize that I MISS that. I miss doing things that are a challenge and that allow me to create things.

For the past few months, I’ve been in a whirlwind. I’ve started writing again, blogging mostly, but also working on fiction. I’ve edited tons of pictures. I’ve been creating curriculum. I’ve substitute taught, edited videos, and overall had a good time. The end result is that I go to bed completely exhausted and I love it.

I realize that I think I could live like this. The only problem is that when you’re working on multiple things and you’re in charge of them, it’s very hard to get in downtime. I’ve been careful to get in sufficient amounts of exercise. And it’s very nice to be able to take a three-hour break to watch the Lakers beat the Magic. Inevitably though, that last piece of work finishes around 2 a.m. and I wake up the next morning so confused as to what happened the night before: a true work hangover.

It’s absolutely hilarious, and I’m really appreciating it!

Bridal Shows & Other Insanities

Ever since I left my job, I feel like I’ve been working four times as hard. While this is probably entirely true, it feels strange. It’s even stranger to think about how much things are backing up.

I finally finished the ranking of the 100 songs. I’m currently testing out two alternate blogging platforms for that one. I’m honestly considering making that blog anonymous per Tanaya’s suggestion. As I was grouping the songs into life categories, I realized some will probably make me cry or laugh or a variety of other things. I’m not entirely sure how comfortable I am yet with putting all of that out there in the cyber-universe.

I have been substitute teaching at Westridge School for the past three weeks. I’m definitely enjoying the work. It’s been a long time since I’ve been give the opportunity to just do a job. It’s a lot of fun to “create” in the realm of technology.

And…643 Photography has finally decided to enter a bridal show. June 28th is the date. We sent in the registration materials first thing yesterday, and I’m personally looking forward to it! In case you’re planning a wedding….here’s the place to go :

Fullerton Marriott front

This Thing We Call Time

It’s a funny thing.

For some odd reason, I feel like I’m much more busy than I was a month ago. It’s hard to fathom. Tanaya pointed out today that I’ve only really gotten half of my day back with working four hours and that 24 hours is still not enough.

That’s so true. That coupled with the fact that in my mind that translated into being able to add 10 more hours of stuff to my day has made things a little bit nutty.

It’s ok though. I only bring it up because I’m back-logged on blogging. I have a post-it (of course) of the things that need to be blogged, hopefully in the next two days.

And an additional post-it of other things that need to be done.

I also hope to launch a second blog by the end of the week. I’ve officially decided to do the “Top 100” in it’s own blog. I tinkered with the idea of just setting it as a category, but I also really want to give Google’s Blogger a shot. I think a project like that with a definite end would be the perfect way to try it out.

But now….sleeeeepppp…..

All Along the Watchtower: The Book

In the midst of all that is going on, I have spent the last five evenings, “slurping” this blog into Blurb. My original intention was to create a book of my entire blog at the end of 2009, but I realized that as it stands, the book would be over 200 pages. With some editing and picture-swapping, I have come up with 180 pages. I’m calling it Volume I and hope that this will be a four volume series!

I ordered my own copy today and expect it in a week! I’m very excited! I’m so excited to be self-published!

Check it out here….

on life, politics,…
By Jana Teresa Sosnowski

All Things "S"

In honor of Saturday…..

SUN: I got plenty of it today! Tanaya and I took her new dog, Bella, to Griffith park for a pretty lengthy hike. It was a cool enough day to just enjoy the warm sun on my skin. It’s always nice to be outdoors!

SIDEWALK: We stopped on the way back for what supposed to be a hamburger for me. (I ended up with a chicken on ciabatta, but that’s not the point.) We ate at I believe it was called The Mustard Seed Cafe. We were able to sit out on the sidewalk with Bella and enjoy some more outdoor air.

SPEED: I took another drive out into the desert. Cabazon, to be exact. There was a lot of traffic getting out of Los Angeles, but it was a nice drive once I hit Beaumont.

SOUL: It was a pretty trying week. I think that’s why I was so excited to take a long drive. It was nice to be alone with my thoughts and loud music and to just let the week go. It gave me a great sense of peace. I think that sometimes, even though I do need to talk about what’s going on, I get to the point where I really don’t want to tell the story again.

SLOTS: I played at Morongo. I lost the least amount of money I’ve ever lost in a casino. That was largely due to the fact that I discovered 2-cent slot machines.

SUNSET: Oh my goodness, the sun was amazing. A huge orange ball in the sky. It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve been able to see it at that point in the sky. I was just about to pull over to take a picture, when I thought to myself that I should just remember. And I will.

things.

.1. Work has been crazy busy. I think I could sleep till June!

.2. For the past two days, I’ve been thinking about the difference between “flittering” and “fluttering”.

.3. I still haven’t had a potato chip! I think it’s been at least 6 weeks. I even turned some down yesterday.

.4. Tears of God is one of those songs that I can hear at any given time and think it relates perfectly to my life at that moment.

.5. A Facebook conversation, an IM chat, and a texting session in the past two days have all been the culprit of fits of giggles that have left me in tears.

.6. My mom and I watch reality TV shows while on the phone together. It’s happening more and more.

.7. Right now I’m pretty confident that all of the pieces are going to fall into place.

.8. I turned down Dodger tickets today, solely because I want Opening Day to be the first time I see Dodger Stadium in 2009.

.9. A lady called me a “Barbie” today. I don’t think she meant it in a bad way. I hope not.

.10. I’m impressed with my patience.

Super 100

I logged in this morning to see that the 100th person had read the “About my Blog” section on this blog. I find it amusing, comforting, and interesting that there are so many people who are interested in the song “All Along the Watchtower.” I certainly understand why it is the case because it is a particularly entrancing song.

In honor of the 100th person who read my reflection on the song, I’m going to add one more verse today:

Outside in the cold distance
A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

I didn’t initially include this in my reflection because my tie to this portion is different from the rest of the song. I think it simply paints a vivid picture. This is the part where I feel like the music starts to swirl. The guitar accomplishes both the wild cat’s growl and the wind’s howl.

And just when you’re caught up in this swirl of music and words, it suddenly stops. It slows down and just as quickly as it started, it’s over.

Thanks for reading! And Happy Friday!

Filter-Free News

Politico featured a great story about how President Obama is “seek[ing] filter free news.” The idea behind it is that some people aren’t news junkies (they aren’t?!?) and could potentially miss out on news that is important to our politics and our society.

The concept behind it is an interesting one to me. It seems that the idea is to communicate constantly to an array of people in an array of mediums. This includes tv, radio, internet, print, traditional, nontraditional, bloggers, twitter-ers. You name it, and I’m sure it’s covered in one way or another.

Even with all of this and my relative faith in Obama, I still have to wonder what is exactly that we don’t know. I mean we are working on a backwards trajectory in some cases. A lot of what Obama has to talk about regarding wars and economics is rooted deeply in an administration that is not his and did not value the constant stream of communication with the general public.

I’d like to say that President Bush spoke just as much as President Obama does and that I just wasn’t paying attention, but the more I think about it, the more I’m sure that it genuinely is not true. I know for sure that it didn’t filter into any of my liberal news sources. You would think, at the very least, I would have read and heard a wealth of criticism.

When I began studying journalism 9 years ago, the internet was a relatively new phenomenon in the journalism world. It was new, and it was mostly untrusted by the veteran reporters I was privileged to call professors. At the time, I could completely understand why an “online journalism” emphasis was not given much credence by these writers who could count the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times amongst their employers. The internet, to them, was diluted. It was something that “anyone could do.”

And it is. It’s something that anyone can do. Anyone can sign up for a blog just like this one and write. Anyone could start up an online magazine, newspaper or (heaven forbid!) a blog.

I can see the positives and negatives. The biggest negative for me is that there is no editor for an online blog such as mine. Presumably, I could make up just about anything and publish it. I wouldn’t do that, of course, but who’s to say it doesn’t happen? The positives though? There are many from my vantage point. Online writing gives someone like me a medium to express myself. It provides yet another layer of that “watchdog” quality that journalism is known for. All of these bloggers and online reporters can instantly post their work and disseminate information much faster than any print newspaper could. I think that’s pretty cool. I think it also gives people (i.e. elected officials) less leeway to lie. Tell a lie? It’s all over the internet pretty much instantly. I think people my age and younger pick up on these things within seconds, and seconds later you have a viral situation going on where millions of people not only know what President Obama said in his news conference this evening, but millions of opinions have already been posted.

For me, that’s the best part of all. One of the lessons that I have carried with me from my journalism education was one taught by a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist of the New York Times. He covered the Vietnam war in Vietnam for several years. When he left for Vietnam, he asked his significant other to collect copies of the Times with his articles in them so he could have an archive of his work upon his return to the U.S.

In class, he described to us some of the most horrific firsthand descriptions of war that I have ever heard. Strangely, the most disturbing part of his story was that upon his return he read each and every article printed in the Times with his byline only to find that they had been edited, altered, “cleaned” up, sanitized and otherwise violated.

“I didn’t write for 12 years after that,” he told us. Thinking about it right now, I still want to cry. I bought his book on Vietnam when I was a junior in college. He signed it for me, and I still have it on my bookshelf. It took him 30 years to be able to write that book, and it is a very moving and very true tale of what it was like to be a reporter during one of the darkest periods of our recent history.

When I think about that story, I always think about Iraq and how little we really know. What makes me even sadder is that the little we know is probably much more than people knew in the 60’s. Even with the advent of the instant “news” online, I think in some ways we’re still pretty censored, even if it is self-censoring.

It just gives me a little comfort to know that we are making strides. The more often that news is disseminated to as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, we are finally making headway on a problem that genuinely plagues this country.