Debbie Downer

Today, I must admit has been a downer of a day. If you can tolerate a little complaining, I'd love the opportunity to vent.

1. The first thing that is getting me down is related to my job. I LOVE my job. I LOVE what I do. One of things I do is to coordinate a tutoring program that is funded under No Child Left Behind. Basically, if a school has not met it's test score goals for several years in a row, they are required to offer students private tutoring from a state approved provider. Our company is one of the approved providers.

The hard thing though, is that some schools really try to keep this information under wraps. So many parents do not know that these awesome services are out there, available for their children at NO cost to their family. Some schools do their part to inform parents, they genuinely try, but parents don't even bother to show up to fairs where they can meet the providers and ask them questions about their services. Some schools inform parents but then make it really hard for providers to do the tutoring by adding in a ton of unnecessary hoops to jump through. I don't want to get too specific, but I'm really frustrated because I'm trying to do a good thing- HELP KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL and I keep hitting walls that shouldn't be there.

2. The second thing that is getting me down is money. I suck at budgeting and once again my poor budgeting has put me in a crappy position until my next payday. WHY do I always do this to myself?

3. I often hop around checking out links to blogs on pages that I frequent, to see if there are new blogs I would like to subscribe to and bookmark. And, I have to say, I am utterly depressed by the number of people who just blog about the most shallow things. It's as if they don't care about ANYONE but themselves. Don't get me wrong, I know I post shallow things at times too, but there are just so many people in the world so wrapped up in themselves, that they don't even realize there are things much larger in the world. I don't know why this bums me out so much, but it just does.

4. The election is bumming me out big time. I'm not thrilled with either candidate and I hate that I feel like all I can do is choose a lesser of two evils. I am not looking forward to the next four years, I am very nervous.

That is all. Thank you for letting me air these frustrations, I appreciate it.

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