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.
Art Festival, September 2011
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.