Sunday, November 15, 2015

Still here...

I feel like I'm so completely behind, and I don't know where to start to catch up. For now, a chronological, bulleted list as a place holder:

  • The first intensive teacher's ed class led to a second, meaning employment for two months (May and June)
  • A bit of inventory work in July within the department
  • A single semester of lab instructing in a different course began on Sept 1st, and is likely to continue next semester. New course = new material and lots of prep = busier than ever
  • A last minute trip home in September, because after battling Alzheimer's Disease for almost a decade, my beloved grandmother gained her angel wings and my heart remains in pieces.

I now just need to survive the semester. Nearly there....

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Not sure why I decided to upload this today, but it's one of the things I very happily hooked over Christmas - little ornaments with bows and snowflakes for my cousin. The gold bow is size 10 crochet cotton with a metallic thread, and the snowflake itself is my usual, coated in glitter.  They're held together by a loop of invisible thread, and the photo doesn't do them justice.

Maybe I'm just a little nostalgic for Christmas, seeing as we're staring down the barrel of a hot summer ;)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Not dead! Still here!

Holy shiitake mushrooms, that's a long radio silence... and I miss everything that was put aside during it - knitting, writing, cooking, baking, just BEING.

It was worth it in a lot of ways, though.  I came on board at the university again, to sub in for someone on medical leave, and had a fantastic semester. I'm still hoping something permanent will come up for me in the future, and I'm optimistic, but have to stay the course. In the meantime I'm helping out with an intensive teacher-education program here, teaching biology to the ed students.

The one shining light in all this is that Hubby was hired on to the tenure-track position :) Which means that for at least a few years, we're here. Here. In a place we can put down roots, hopefully for a long time.

We still have to think about buying a house (which I'm totally not ready for), and he needs to put his head down and get things aligned for tenure applications down the road, but it's good news.

I've barely enough time to sleep, though, let alone knit and craft, but I'm organizing myself to get some things up and running to work on during my breaks at work. If I end up off for the rest of the summer, I hope to get back at it seriously, but if I'm working (which I hope to be), I'll figure it out.

It's amazing how things can change when your perspective starts looking up :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Falling into place...

Well, good things come to those who wait... It's looking like I'll be able to teach again this semester, although we're still waiting on official approval from the powers that be.

We're also waiting to see if Hubby will be chosen for the permanent position in his department... After yet another year of slight calm but full uncertainty, we should know something soon.

I never thought I'd consider myself happy to stay somewhere over 4000km away from home... but in these past few months we've been content. Life's not too exciting, but there's a big city two hours away from our little city. N. is thriving in school, and wants to stay. He asked me the other day, "Mom? Can I go to the same school next year? PLEASE?" and my heart broke because I couldn't answer the way he wanted me to. I said, quite honestly, "I really hope so, my bud. I really do..." I know no matter what happens we can't stay in this tiny apartment forever, but I'd dearly love an in-town move rather than a cross-country one.

Do things ever really settle, I wonder? Even if this works out (or even if it doesn't), in the next year we're probably looking at another move, possibly to a house, at the very least I'll be hopping from one limited term position to the next (which, at this point, I'm extremely grateful to have)... and is it really that bad? I guess after all this time searching for positives ;) I've come to the conclusion that the universe is keeping me on my toes, and hopefully keeping me sharp.

At some point, too, I'll have to pick up needles or hook again. I did a bunch of crochet snowflakes before Christmas for gifts, and was commissioned to do some fingerless mitts (which were awesome if I do say so, and only took a few hours)... I miss that part of my sanity...

Monday, January 5, 2015

A new year begins...

... and not much significant to report...

We had a relatively quiet Christmas in that we decided not to make the trip back across the country to my parents and sibs. We haven't accumulated enough airmiles at this point, and we were looking at somewhere around $900/person, or $700/person followed by a 4 hour drive... In the past it's been a difficult decision to stay put, but this year it just seemed right.

We've spent Christmas just the three of us before, and while it is quiet, it's nice not to think about travelling on someone else's schedule when it means being on the move for anywhere from 8-14 hours. The nice thing about living here is that we have family a mere two hours away, instead of 14. So what did we decide to do in the end? Saw as many people as possible and moved as little as we could :)

Santa found us here in our tiny house, and we had a wonderful Christmas morning Skype with my fam back east. We were happy because we had Christmas in our own space, and they were happy because a) they got to see their #1 grandson open presents and 2) with the two hour time difference, they didn't have to wake up at zero dark thirty with the excited child, but had time to get some coffee ahead of time :)

Once we went through all the bounty (and a very large number of Terry's Chocolate Oranges), we packed up our little car (did I mention we bought a car?) and drove exactly two hours and 11 minutes to my aunt's house. My cousins are there, one of whom was just posted back with her husband after military service a few provinces away, and hosted Christmas Day dinner at her home. So, after some quiet, and then some quality skype time with my parents, we got to have the full-house full of laughter and kids and fun :) We spent four days there, just long enough to get comfy, have some fun, do some shopping, and then came back home and had most of the week to get ready to go back to school.

I'm not officially working yet, but there's some talk about being able to pick up a little time; I'm hoping to hear by the end of the week. N. is back at school today, and is *that* excited that he barely slept last night. I de-holiday-ed the house last week, so that much at least is done, and I'm trying to get a handle on everything else so we start the new year off right. Cleaning, organizing, purging, dealing with small, manageable areas. I have yet to tackle my yarn and craft supplies in any real, meaningful way, but that's going to take at least another solid week. If I get back to work, it'll have to wait til spring break, methinks.

I'm not one for resolutions lately, but I'm hoping to keep busy, focused, and calm, and that this semester is as busy and productive as last :)