Hello, 2017.

I think I’ve started 4 or 5 drafts of this post in the past month and I’ve deleted every one of them. It has been a weird month, and there’s just not much to write about I guess. Or I don’t have the words for things I want to write about. Now that we’re in a new home that doesn’t need much work, I really need to re-define/re-evaluate the purpose of this blog. I’m not sure I’m going to continue it. Or maybe I’ll just pop in once a month, or maybe just once a season, with updates/thoughts/ideas. I’ve sort of lost steam for social media based interaction lately…. I’ve been blogging here for over 5 years and my interests and focuses have changed.

I’ve done a few house things (patched a hole in the wall, built a stand for essential oils, used my new bread maker obsessively), but otherwise I’ve just been hibernating- as I do most winters. Winter in New England can be so pretty, and it’s especially pretty in our brand new woodsy house, but it also means I generally want to spend time under a blanket with some tea and my pups. After the rush of the holidays I taught an accelerated evening course on top of my full time job (which means I worked 8-4, then 4:30-8 for 9 days straight), while dealing with the flu, so most of early January was a blur. Once that cleared up I got back in to a regular day-time work schedule, but I’m also teaching two online classes. Life is busy, but the classes translate into vacations (yeah yeah yeah, and savings too- but mostly vacations!). My husband and I have a few days booked in New Orleans for a family wedding, I have a trip to Vegas planned with some of my girl friends, and tonight I’m planning a summer London/Paris trip with my husband and another group of friends. We’re in a fun season of life where we both have good full time jobs, and minimal expenses, and no children. So I’m squirreling away some money (new septic tank, addition to the house, retirement) but also giving myself the freedom to just have fun and explore and adventure. It’s exciting and freeing, and I look forward to it all.

Also, and I know we’re all tired of being on either side of it, this election has got me so deep in to reading articles and looking at historical patterns and asking questions that it’s sucking up a lot of time I would otherwise spend thinking about house projects and goals. I’m reading articles on NPR’s website constantly, and “unfollowing” Facebook people/pages so I’m not barraged with things that infuriate/frustrate me, and talking to like minded peers about how to appropriately “fight back” in an educated and organized manner. Feminism has a bad rep, and maybe I can help with that? In a tiny tiny way?  I think it’s safe to say that as a 31 year old female, in New England, with a career in education… I am not a fan of our new president. But I’m also not super good at being involved in things. Instead, I’ve identified charities that may need help throughout the next few years and we’ll make one donation a month, and I’ve educated myself so I can have fact-based discussions instead of pointless banter, and I’m tiptoeing in to attending some marches. I desperately wanted to go to the women’s march but we had a family obligation and I couldn’t, so I live streamed what I could of it and it looks like there’s an interesting next step planned for April.

ANYWAY- If you’ve made it this far in my ramblings thank you… I don’t know what’s in store for this little section of the internet but I expect some radio silence and maybe a change in direction.