Again it has been two days since posting. I realize this is a bad trend; however, it is a trend that involves me actually writing. I have no excuse and I will not make one. Let’s just move past the apologies and the guilt. As a heads up, there is likely to be another break in posts as I will be in Washington D.C. this weekend to celebrate my third anniversary with hubby. Who knows, I might find time to share some events from the trip. If not, we’ll be home by Monday and posts will likely resume then.
In other news, I’ve spent a lot of time researching phones and bachelor’s degrees. The phone is something I’ve been working on for a few months. The degree I’ve worked on for years, but keep changing my mind about what to declare when I transfer.
Earlier this summer, I finally bought an LG G2. My EVO 4G LTE was starting to freak out periodically: disconnecting from the network, force closing, and losing voicemails. All of which was occurring even after a factory reset. I decided to get a new phone before it shut down completely. I did a lot of research on specifications like battery life, processing speed, and especially the camera. I went back and forth between a Samsung Galaxy and the G2. My husband has the SIII and while it’s nice, it also experienced the freakish SIII Sudden Death. It’s the Samsung version of Xbox 360’s Ring of Death. The G2 had a great predecessor in the Optimus G, which I got for my mother, but hadn’t really proven itself against the big dogs of smartphones. Realistically, I probably would have been happy with an Optimus G, but as I’ve mentioned, my mom has that phone. I was under the opinion that I should have a nicer phone that my mother so I looked at the G2. I was intrigued by the back buttons and the KnockOn feature. I took the plunge and bought a barely used one from Ebay. I fell in love with the KnockOn feature. After using it for a couple weeks, I wanted to tap every screen to turn it on. It’s also as fast as people and specs indicate. My problem was that the 13 MP camera couldn’t capture my fast moving kids. It did a weird blurring thing to compensate. Basically, it had to go. So after more research, I went with it’s successor, the LG G3. The camera is much better so far and I like the interface. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. I can’t say I don’t have a bit of buyer’s remorse, especially considering the extra money added to my phone bill each month, but I’m glad that I’m not screaming at my phone any more because it can’t take a simple picture of my children.
The research on degrees has been equally time consuming, but much more stressful. Here’s the deal: I graduated high school and went straight to George Mason. I went in with an Anthropology major because I thought it would better suit my interests. I could learn about language, sociology, and a variety of topics so I was unlikely to get bored. The problem is that you can’t do much with a degree in Anthropology. I felt like I was locked into teaching if I pursued that degree so I switched to undeclared. I withdrew from school when my father died and focused on work. I got married, had a child, and became a store manager. After doing that for two years, I found myself burnt out on retail and disillusioned with the position. I wanted to go back to school and get a degree that would secure me a job that didn’t feel like a high opportunity cost. It sounds shallow, but financial security would be appreciated. I want the degree for more reasons than that though. More than anything else, I want the pride of saying I have a degree. The problem is what degree. I don’t have time to waste on a degree that doesn’t pay off. I’m not opposed to hard work and dedication. I’m opposed to getting a degree that has little to no demand. I want to find a career that I feel good about. If I have to be away from my kids, I’d like some sort of pay off. I need to either make some money or gain some fulfillment. My preference is to have both. I don’t want it to sound like all I care about is money, but I have three children and a husband living on a teacher’s salary, which is not even close to where it should be for what he goes through teaching at a private school. The educational system is a whole other topic that deserves a lengthy discussion. Point is, I have a lot of reasons for wanting a degree, but no real clue about what career I want to get out of it. There are facets of my job that I want, but I’m struggling to pin down what I would enjoy doing. So far, I don’t like history and I’ve fallen out of love with biology and environmental science. I’m looking at local universities to see what majors seem like a good fit. The next step for me is to meet with an adviser. Hopefully then I’ll find some direction.