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1st-Nov-2010 09:43 pm

Thirty Days of Me - 01 Introduce Yourself.

Alright, let’s do this thing.

Hey folks – I’m Debi, also known as IB but mostly just known as Debi. I’m nearly thirty and still a full time student, currently in my eleventh (11th) year of post-school education, having spent four years as an undergraduate and 6 doing a PhD in palaeontology. I’m currently studying for a masters in education at Bank Street College in New York and it’s kind of nice to have found something I love doing this hard.

I was born and spent my childhood in a large village to the west of London and lived for eleven years in London itself, before moving out of the country. I loved London deeply, but there’s a limit to how long I could live in the same city before it felt stagnant. And yes, this probably has a lot to do with how long it took to complete my thesis and all the anxiety and self loathing and all round bad vibes I picked up by being that slow. The thesis is done now; all I have to do is survive a viva and get my corrections done. You know, around doing a masters degree in a whole other country. Anyway, I still have general whew I survived even though I was crap at it vibes about the whole thing.

Teaching, though, teaching I love. I am currently a student teacher at a public expeditionary learning high school in Brooklyn, and also at the American Museum of Natural History and am about to start at a private school attached to a university in Manhattan. The culture shock is as big a one you can get while remaining in the same educational community in the same city. On top of that I’m filling my brain up with educational theory and am rapidly becoming a total nerd for Friere and Gardner (and Dewey, in a way. I love the guy’s theories, but dear Bob, his writing is tedious)

Beyond needing a change in scene and a more positive life direction, a major part in my moving out here was to be in the same timezone as my girlfriend, K, who lives in Boston. Yeah, I know we still live a sizeable distance apart, and due to opposing schedules and busy lives we don’t get to cross ist as often as we’d like, but hey, timezones and unlimited phone calls are working for me, and it’s pretty great, I can tell you.

I live in Brooklyn with roomie Ana, the bloke to first introduce me to DC comics, so you can blame my Batman obsession on him. He and our friend Becca are slowly also infecting me with Korean dramas and Pushing Daisies and I am playing a lot of Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider and Batman on the various consoles in this, the first console-rich environment in which I have lived. I’m atheistic, but trying with varying success to practice Buddhism, but there’s more on my beliefs and crap to come in this meme, so we’ll deal with it then.

I like people! It’s probably quite annoying, from the outside, if I’m honest. I like to be lavish with my affection, and actively dislike having ill feelings towards anyone. I’m therefore gullible as all get out and often that person who remains friends with both sides in a fight. I understand the viewpoint that you can judge a person by the company they keep – it’s a feeling that I’m had in the past and still recognise in myself from time to time. Still, I really don’t like carrying animosity in myself and if I risk other people’s ill opinion by kind actions, then at least I do so without the risk of ill feelings in myself.

I really really dislike having ill will towards other people.

And I think that’s a decent summry. There’s all sorts of in detail things to follow up on this, but that’s, basically me.

Hello, my name is Debi and I’m addicted to comics and knitting.

This post can also be found at Thagomizer.net. Feel free to join in the conversation wherever you feel most comfortable.

2nd-Nov-2010 04:51 am (UTC)
HI! Nice to meet you!

See you in, what, a week?

Hi! Thank you for having me! :D :D
2nd-Nov-2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
...oh yeah, I should clean the couch if you're gonna sleep on it <3
2nd-Nov-2010 08:00 am (UTC)
It's 36 days, surely? I love the idea of doing these but never have. Maybe I should do it!
2nd-Nov-2010 09:14 am (UTC)

So nice to meet you!
6th-May-2011 08:59 am (UTC)
My boyfriend and I did the Boston/New York thing the first year we were dating--it sucked, but was totally doable. Luckily he was taking post-bac classes/studying for the MCAT and I was in my final year of art grad school so we were able to see each other most weekends and talk for like 1-3 hours a day. He's been in the Caribbean for the past two years for med school, though, which makes Boston/NY really NOT THAT BAD in comparison. As much as it sucks, though, it's nice knowing another long distance couple! Part of what makes it hard for me is how nobody really understands unless they've been through it themselves.
6th-May-2011 09:33 am (UTC)
NY/Boston is NOTHING when you've done international. (or compared to doing international now.) Though it is different for everyone, obviously.

7th-May-2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Very true! I also look @ it as being good training for when he's an intern-I'll never see him, but it'll still be more than what I'm used to!

Hiii! What are you up to this summer?
7th-May-2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
I am doing child development in Summer I, but MOSTLY I am writing the corrections for my thesis, so I can really be a doctor! What about you?
8th-May-2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Children's Litearature (the older one, for grades 3-8 or something) in Summer I and Math for Teachers in Summer II! Aaaand working hardcore on my novel. So I will be around :) Hooray for being a real doctor! That's so exciting! What did you do your thesis on?
9th-May-2011 07:17 am (UTC)
Dinosaur leg bones! So by the end of the summer we'll both have book length pieces if work to our names :)
10th-May-2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Yay! omg I love your icon! I loved the first Land Before Time. Hilariously, even as a five-year-old I was identifying with the bossy, opinionated female who doesn't play well with others :)
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