Life moves so fast. I remember being a kid, wishing away the boring hours in the Alabama country, taking very long, very slow walks and bike rides, meandering around. Even after I grew up and had Hazel, there were some afternoons when I could literally feel time stretched out long and thin like taffy. Those days are past, friends. I don’t know if it’s having Jules around too, or just me getting older, but I can never find enough time or sleep to do all the things I need to do, let alone all the things I want to do. So, I’ve been sporadically updating, and that will probably continue for a while until we truly settle down in New Jersey. Some of that is editing the 300 (I’m not kidding) photos I’ve taken since last summer. I edit some, but most are just sitting there, leering at me. One of these is below, a fun picture of Hazel I snapped at an art festival we went to in downtown Kansas City, when we thought we would get to live there forever. A big part of that happens next week, when Hazel starts preschool. She’s starting a real, awesome school, not daycare, and she couldn’t be more happy and reluctant to go.
I’ve started school again, too. After all this moving and putting my career goals on hold, I decided to begin again at Morehead State in their online master’s program. I already had 15 hours there, and it looks like at least 3 of the 6 I took at UNA will transfer (maybe the other 3 too), and I just reached a critical mass with all this moving and stopping and changing and retaking, so I am going to plow through and be done by this time next year. The online program has some drawbacks – missing professor interaction, classroom discussion, the spontaneous exchange of ideas with other people – and it’s a lot more work. Yes, I said it – seriously, there are always more assignments, more papers, and more outside research and reading for these courses. It’s so incredibly student-driven; you really have to be a serious student, committed to the work, to make it. But luckily for me, I totally am. So I’m taking two classes right now (The English Novel and Intro to Film Lit), will have a linguistics course in the summer (VERY EXCITING), and then I’ll write a big old thesis. Seriously – THAT’S ALL I HAVE LEFT. It feels awesome. And scary. But mostly awesome.