With school starting again comes the end of my teaching quarter. People have been asking me what I'll be teaching in the Fall. I have to give them my 'looks like I'll be unemployed due to California budget crisis' speech. But, I don't just leave it at that, I spin it a bit.
I believe my spin.
It's mostly true.
It goes something like this:
#1 - I'm 40 this year, this is a meaningful year in my life, right. If I'm lucky, I'm halfway through. Good time to reevaluate and make sure I'm living the life I want. I need to do something momentous this year - career change sounds like a good idea, right? . . . . right???
#2 - I never thought of part-time lecturing as a permanent job. It's not like I have tenure or that I can get tenure (teaching so much - and parenting - leaves little time left over to do research, let alone time to write and get published).
#3 - it's not really my dream job anyway, although it's been a very good job to have. I feel extremely fortunate to have such a flexible, stimulating, and easy job while raising small kids.
So, as long as the mister keeps his job and we can pay the mortgage and have health care, I will call this year my 'exploratory' year. I'll be figuring out what I want to do next. I'm actually excited!