My Life Thus Far

Sorry it’s been a while, after finals week I effectively wrapped myself in a cocoon and dropped off the face of the earth. I haven’t been able to muster the energy to do much of anything besides consume foods of questionable nutritional value and sleep. A lot. But now that it’s been about a week and a half, I think I can safely say my brain has recuperated enough to be capable of some average-level writing.

I haven’t been particuarly inspired to write any real pieces lately. I’ve got some vacation location spotlight ideas and movie reviews on their way (Two words: STAR TREK. Two more: SO GOOD. Two more: INFERIOR ADJECTIVES. One more: SORRY), but I haven’t quite worked up the requisite amount of creative juice to get them typed up yet.

So today I’m just going to give you a brief summary of the life of Amy Butenhof.

1. Still Enrolled in Two Colleges

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That’s right, as of this moment I am a member of Hofstra Honors College graduating class of 2015, and a transfer student at UNH. Hope they’re not the jealous types. I’ve got my official orientation coming up late June so I’m just standing by and hoping this brief Q+A session will magically solve all my problems and lay all doubts to rest.

2. Catching Up on Every Show Ever

The past few weeks have been dedicated to a pretty much constant Netflix, Hulu and otherwise video-streaming marathon involving infinite episodes of Happy Endings, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, of course the new season of Arrested Development (which I feel like I’ve been waiting my WHOLE LIFE for)and Breaking Bad, just to name a few. I should probably be ashamed, but I confess I hold no regrets.

3. Substitute Teaching

Over the past few weeks while home I’ve been waking up around 6:00 AM roughly every other day to substitute teach for classrooms in my town’s elementary, middle and high schools. And you know what I’ve learned? When I decided to go the teaching route as my official profession I told everyone this; I’ll teach elementary, I’ll teach high school, but there is no way in hell I will ever go back to middle school. Yet for some strange reason the world has been turned on its head and it turns out these middle school kids are really growing on me; I might even be tempted to say 5th through 8th are among my favorite grades. Go figure.

4. Moving to Boston This Week

That’s right, the week has finally arrived!!! On Saturday, June 1st I will pack my car with a ridiculous and unneccessary amount of luggage and drag it all down to Medford, Mass (right outside Boston) and officially move in to my new home (for the summer, anyway). Speaking of which….

5. Currently Jobless

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I have a little over a week between move-in and the start of my unfortunately unpaid internship to secure a job and earn some actual cash. My plan involves filling out and delivering a resume to literally every business within a ten-mile radius. Wish me luck.

6. Second-Guessing Pretty Much Every Decision I Have Made in My Life Thus Far

Per what is expected of me I’d thought I’d had my career path mostly laid out – Finish college, secure a job in a relatively teacher-friendly state, work towards masters, continue onwards and upwards. But now I’m thinking I want to teach abroad, see the west coast, take a few years off to do something entirely non-teaching related all together; anything and everything! I know it sounds irresonsponsible, and it probably is, but the more I think about it the more I realize I don’t think I’m ready to set myself down in one place and begin doing the same thing I’ll be doing for the rest of my life.  I’ve still got #reckless things I need to get done!!

So that’s all for now, hopefully I’ll get around to writing something productive very soon. 🙂

‘Til then,