Saturday, May 21, 2005

Ah, Procrastination...

Okay, I got tagged by Post-Hip Chick to do this little ditty. You are supposed to pick five sentence starters to write about and three people to "challenge".

if I could be a scientist...If I could be a farmer...If I could be a musician...If I could be a doctor...If I could be a painter...If I could be a gardener...If I could be a missionary...If I could be a chef...If I could be an architect...If I could be a linguist...If I could be a psychologist...If I could be a librarian...If I could be an athlete...If I could be a lawyer...If I could be an inn-keeper...If I could be a professor...If I could be a writer...If I could be a llama-rider...If I could be a bonnie pirate...If I could be an astronaut...If I could be a world famous blogger...If I could be a justice on any one court in the world...If I could be married to any current famous political figure...

Here I go.

If I could be a librarian, I'd be fulfilling my childhood career goals. I always wanted to be either a librarian or a fire truck driver. I think if I could be a librarian, I'd combine the two and create a bookmobile with a horn that played Dixie. And I might sell ice cream out the back. If I was a librarian, I think I would happily work overtime. I'd read all the books in the library and I would guide people to the book that would suit them just right. Reading to kids would be my favorite part - I would start with my favorite read aloud, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.

If I could be married to any current famous political figure, I'd use my clout to make sure that everyone understood the downsides of No Child Left Behind and teacher incentive/merit pay. I also might promote a beagle rescue operation. I'd be very vocal and do lots of volunteer work with low income schools. Yep.

If I could be a scientist, I'd jump right onto some research into the annihilation of leg hair. I would also look into curing adult acne and other frustrating beauty situations. That takes care of the selfish science issues. I think I might should reverse my order here...also I would like to work on cures for obvious life-threatening diseases, particularly those affecting children.

If I could be a writer, I'd write a book for teachers in training. It would skip the usual feel-good positive reinforcement/varied learning styles/everyone wins poppycock and get straight to reality: Kids are Tough, Parents are Brutal, and the Administration Does Not Always Have Your Back: A Survival Guide for New Teachers. Hey! I think I just hit on a title! It would be funny and realistic and would provide real solutions to real problems. (We will not be focusing on thematic units or bulletin boards here) Most importantly, it should make good people want to teach, not scare people off. We need more good people.

If I could be an athlete, I'd start with all of the sports at which I did not exactly excel growing up. Which would be, um...most of them. We'll start with t-ball, where my dad the coach put me in the far reaches of the outfield. Then we'll move to soccer, where I quit after getting hit in the mouth with the ball. Never even got the team picture. After mastering those sports, I will then delve into gymnastics. I will once and for all learn how to touch my toes and do a cartwheel without having limbs flying in every direction. And I would like to be able to jump gracefully on a trampoline without looking like a disjointed clown. I will finish my athletic endeavor by acing the dives I never managed when on the diving team in high school and learning how to slice the ball in tennis, thereby moving me to a more competitive league. That's all I have to say about athletics.

So, those are my five, what are yours? I challenge Carrie, Jen, and MadHatter. And anyone else who is procrastinating!

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