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,

Amy

Philosophical Ponderings on the Profession of Pedagogy

The professor of my American Short Story class is an aging woman. She has sharp, angular features, cropped frost-white hair, and a theatrical flair that betrays some sort of background in drama. She likes to dissect odd, haunting stories, from the perplexingly condensed ‘Cheers’ (authored by Jayne Anne Philips) to classics such as Poe’s ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ and Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’. These stories are discussed from every angle; we study the background of the author, the impact of the physical setting and time period, examining each theme and speculating upon every possible specimen of symbolism.

His ideas are actually pretty irrelevant here, but I’m hoping name-dropping Jean Jacques Rousseau and On Education will make me look more intelligent. Is it working?

I like this class a lot. If maybe the conversation isn’t always thrilling and the conclusions a little far-fetched, at best it has introduced me to a wide range of short stories, authors and methods of story-telling. It’s a treasure trove of inspiration.

Anyways, today my professor was attempting to prompt some questions from the class and said something that struck me; “The goal of a teacher,” she told us, “is to render oneself useless.”

It’s not exactly a new concept, but as an individual having just determined to enter the field of teaching the idea seemed to have renewed resonance.  It’s a fascinating notion, that education is really the only profession that’s ultimate goal is to make itself obsolete.

I don’t think it will ever reach this goal. In fact, I quite fervently hope there never comes a day that the world decides further education is without value. But this doesn’t change the fact that the aim of every teacher (or, I suppose, what should be the aim of every teacher) is to transfer the sum of their knowledge to a pupil so completely that, by the end of the period of erudition, this student will be entirely capable of filling their position, perhaps even grow beyond and eclipse it.

And the concept of an educational eclipse is important; a teacher isn’t just responsible for transferring information, their task is also to encourage the student to take that knowledge and use it as a springboard to achieve greater things. In many ways this means a good teacher must be selfless. They can’t be afraid of their disciples surpassing them; in fact, it should be the greatest honor of a teacher to see a student take what has been learned and use their education to overshadow its source.

So here has been another insight into the machinations of the mind of Amy Butenhof. I literally devoted hours of my day inexplicably intrigued and caught up in the concept that the ideal teacher A, looks to obtain no glory and B, aspires to be absolutely useless.

Pretty cool stuff, bro.

And if you managed to sit through all that pretentious musing and monologuing, I’m rewarding you now with  this picture of a pig. You’re welcome. 🙂

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Oink oink!

Here’s to a New Year

One More Thing…

So, it’s been a while since I blew off the dust on my beloved Zebu. It’s so much easier to keep up with a project like this when it’s for a grade. But since I’m stuck in Amherst New Hampshire for an entire month for winter break with pretty much nothing to do, I thought I might as well try to be a little productive and get in some writing.

Since most of my days have consisted of lying in bed under three layers of quilts, watching Netflix for hours on end and gorging myself on all ungodly manner of junk food, I’m having trouble coming up with something thrilling to write about.

I could talk about my New Year’s attempt to go on a 7-day paleo diet (For all you crazy cats out there who don’t hate yourselves and therefore have never considered a paleo diet, it basically means subsisting on meat and plants humans could’ve gotten their hands on back in the caveman days. That means no grain, no dairy, no sugar, and no happiness).

This isn’t exactly my first healthy-eating kick. They start out well; I can get through breakfast with my detox smoothie and my lunch of kale and tomato salad. But a few days in they all end in similar manners; generally involving me, a roll of raw cookie dough and a tub of ice cream.

Day 1!

Day 1!

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Halfway through Day 1.

And I could write about my attempted new exercise regimen, required in part by my crew team coach but also a genuine, self-motivated attempt to get healthy, involving hour-long workouts where I strut from machine to machine and pretend I kinda know what I’m doing. I will take this moment to gush about how much I love being fit. The ability to put your body in a crazy situation and just feel how capable it is of handling the workload, there’s basically nothing better. Empowering would definitely be solid word choice.

Note: This is actually me. My  body looks like this.Post-Note Note: lol jk. /sob

Note: This is actually me. My body looks like this.
Post-Note Note: lol jk. /sob

And oh hey, now that I’ve rambled for half a post I’ve finally discovered the best and most non-cliché topic to write about: my New Year’s resolutions! So let’s see, I guess we have to begin with… A title, actually, it can’t be a list of New Year’s resolutions without a title.

Amy Butenhof’s

2013 New Year’s Resolutions

1. Be Healthier. That means keep up daily visits to the gym, whether or not I choose to remain part of a certain athletic club, as well as try to subsist more on kale and Greek yogurt and less on Jif and Ben and Jerry’s.

2. Get More Involved. Do a play, join an a cappella group or get on board as editor of or contributor to a campus newspaper. I feel like I’ve gotten really comfortable where I am and although I love the people I’ve surrounded myself with at college, there’s more I could be doing, and ample room to push myself.

3. Take Steps to Plan Out and Prepare Myself for my Future Career. So right now the plan is to become an English Education major and teach English in high schools. I’m taking all the necessary classes, sure, but I want to find a job that ties into my chosen field, and definitely work to scout out an abroad program that will cater to this chosen path (Florence Italy, here I come!!).

4. Do Something #Reckless. As I said earlier I’ve gotten pretty comfortable where I am, and although I like to entertain ideas of cross-country road trips, tattoos and working as a princess in Disney World (it’s gonna happen), it’s always with the mindset that these crazy adventures need to be put off until later. After college, after I have find a job, after my masters, after I’ve earned enough money. But keep putting things off and later will start to look a lot like never, so I’ve made a promise to myself that at least one of these crazy things is going to get ticked off the checklist in the upcoming year.

5. Write. It’s what I love to do, but I so rarely make sure to set aside time for it. I’m promising myself I’m going to find time every week to write something, not for school or work, just something for myself. And this blog happens to be a rather convenient vehicle for keeping up this particular resolution.

There you go, my five New Year’s resolutions, which I’m determined to uphold and not let fall to the wayside as so many past resolutions have been wont to do. And, assuming I uphold resolution number 5, I’ll keep you all posted on how the other four are faring.

And with that, good luck with your own resolutions (if you’ve made any) and here’s to ridiculous idealist attitudes brought on by the dawning of a new year. /clink.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Iphone Emergency

So, this happened this weekend:

Harold and his grievous injuries.

I’m rather distraught. I’m an infamously clumsy individual and yet, no matter how many times or from what height I’ve dropped my phone, it’s always pulled through! Until last night when I dropped it from two feet onto some tile. I’m so sorry Harold.

But according to my father the Mac expert he can still pull through! I just need to get him to the Apple store ASAP. And by ASAP I mean I’ll probably get around to it sometime within the next few weeks… months… eventually…

Anyways, I swear I’m getting on that review soon (I know, it’s been a week). I’ve just been soooooo tired, I feel like every spare moment I have is spent passed out on my bed. Me and college have such a love/hate relationship.

Luckily at Hofstra the weekend is not yet over, so I have a few more days to recover! Something is happening for some reason and we’ve got Monday/Tuesday off this week. So I have to decide whether I want to get out and do something, stay in and be productive or just sleep. My heart says A, my brain says B, I have a feeling it’s gonna be C.

(*After note, that reason is President’s Day. Sometimes the sleep-deprived shouldn’t be allowed to write…)

I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you’ll keep Harold in your prayers!

À bientôt!

– Amy

I <3 Nick Jonas

One More Thing…

 

Soooo, remember that time about a week ago I said I was really busy? Turns out I didn’t know the meaning of the word. Can I just detail my schedule for you right now and let you cry for me? Wake up at 5 AM for crew practice (It’ll be four once we’re back on the water…), walk in freezing cold to gym, intense workout, die, run back to building at 8:30, change, snag breakfast, run to 9 AM class, finish 9 AM class, run to three-hour-block C+E, snag lunch at 2:30, do homework, sleep, extra workout, dinner, more sleep. And it seems like no matter how much sleep I barely manage to get I’m still sleepwalking through every class. I’ve legitimately nodded off in lecture nearly every day for the past two weeks (actually, that isn’t really that unusual…).

#crewlife

Okay, but enough complaining. Since I’m faced with yet again another monumentally busy weekend, I’m giving you my wrap-up of the week a day early. 🙂 I am ridiculously excited because my best friend will be coming up to visit me in NYC tomorrow (!!!) and it happens to be the same weekend of Valentine’s Day, her birthday, and my-cousin’s-band-playing-in-NYC day (Indobox, check it out 🙂 ). Oh, and did I mention I’m going to see How to Succeed in Business again on Saturday, featuring the always lovely Nick Jonas, Beau Bridges and Michael Urie from Ugly Betty (!!!) ?

 

 

So, I don’t know if this has come up, but I should let you all know that me and Nick Jonas are Type 1 Diabetic soul mates. He doesn’t know it yet, but I figure after the show at the stage exit is the perfect time to let him know! Yes? My plan is for us to lock eyes and instantaneously fall in love, whereupon he will sweep me away to Hollywood and I will become a famous actress and ultimately eclipse his fame, but he will stand by me as a supportive husband and we will both live happily ever after with our great dane and matching insulin pumps. And this whole scheme will be set into motion by Saturday night. Exciting stuff.

 

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Anyways, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be the best weekend ever and I will certainly be telling you all about it sometime this week, paired with (hopefully!) another How to Succeed review, concentrating on cast comparisons (the first real article I’ve done in forever! Sorry!).

I hope your weekend is almost equally lovely as mine (because, let’s be honest, I don’t see how it could be better) and that you are awaiting with eager anticipation next week’s installment. 🙂

Much Love,

Amy

 

Friday the 13th

One More Thing…

 

It’s Friday the 13th! Woot woot!

It probably has something to do with the fact I was born on a 13th, but I’ve always been a huge fan of the stereotypically unlucky number. And every Friday the 13th I’ve experienced has been a good day, if not a particularly great day! I attribute this to the fact that being born on a 13th renders the unlucky powers of 13 null and void. Solid logic, right? (Incidentally, my next Friday the 13th birthday will be in 2013. I’m excited. 🙂 )

Anyways, it wasn’t exactly my most exciting Friday, but I manage to avoid getting crushed by a tree or mauled by bears or some other equally unfortunate fate, so that was good. And I went to go see My Week With Marilyn with my family which was, by the way, as amazing as everyone’s saying it is! Michelle Williams was Marilyn. It was a little eerie.

Maybe I’ll have to write a review for it! 😀 But it’s a little late and that’s not gonna happen right now.

Sorry I don’t have anything particularly exciting to bring up. :\ I guess it’s exciting that it finally snowed in New Hampshire! We can now say it’s officially winter! Although I’m still kind of deciding whether that’s a good thing or not…

Anyway, have a lovely weekend frolicking in the snow (if there happens to be snow wherever you’re at)!

– Amy

11/11/11

One More Thing

That’s right!!!!! 11/11/11!!!! Aaaah! I hope you all made your wishes. 🙂 But if you missed it, you’ve still got 11:11 PM 11/11/11 to make it happen!

It’s gonna be a really good day, I can feel it! 🙂 I already got a pretty quality time I’m on my 2k test this morning for crew, and I had a wonderful breakfast and am preparing for a wonderful lunch, and I’m going shopping and I’ve got a party tonight and, oh yeah, I auditioned for Glee (again) ! You should probably check it out. 🙂

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It was just a good week overall! I don’t really have much to update you on, but I’m just in a really good mood right now. 🙂 Counting down the days to Thanksgiving!!! Family and good food, what could possibly be better than that?

I am super-bummed I’m missing my little sister’s show this weekend back in NH. :\ She’s Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I’m sure it’s going to be supercalifragilistic, but unfortunately I’ll be up here freezing in NY. 😦

Do you know what the history behind 11:11 is?

Neither do I. But my friend down the hall says that he thinks it derives from Armistice Day being 11/11, and somehow that translated to wishes of peace which became make a wish at 11:11. I don’t know if that really makes any sense, but I’ve heard crazier . 🙂 Anyways, because I’m on a bit of a sugar high and probably not making much sense right now, I’m just going to end this post where it is and wish you all a incredibly wonderful 11/11/11. 🙂

Till Monday,

Amy