06 April 2017

The unmoved movers

That would be us. We've put in one application and innumerable phone calls, and still haven't gotten anything solid lined up for housing near our new jobs. It's wearing me out, and it's certainly not something I want to talk about, but it keeps getting thrown in my face that we're leaving - either by watching all my friends prep their gardens for summer or by people telling me I don't care about the community because I'm leaving. They both hurt in different ways. I mostly hole up and work on projects. I have done a little in the garden, in spite of myself, on the sunnier days.

It's finally starting to get somewhat sunny and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. I've tried to get out in it as much as possible, whether it's doing yoga on the lawn, walking on the beach, eating meals on the porch, or soaking it in while I read my homework in a lawn chair. My gym card certainly isn't getting much use, and I'm not being terribly active I'm afraid. But I am trying to get things done. I've gone through all of "my" drawers in the house, sorting what to keep/donate/throw away. I've taken multiple boxes of things to the thrift store.

I've also been working on a few projects for friends. I've got a knitting project halfway through for Jack that I ought to finish up, and a nalbinding project underway with one of the nalbinding needles that Jack made me for my birthday and the Icelandic wool yarn that he gave me too. We are talking about going to Iceland for Christmas this year. We'll see how much money we're able to save up this summer.

School is going well - my last small paper was turned in last week and now I've got the rest of the month to work on my final paper for this course. I'm debating whether to take American Revolution and Federalist Era (which I know sadly almost nothing about) or Borderlands (a sort of historical geography type course, a corner of history that I'm very interested in) over the summer. I've got until the end of the month to decide for sure.

Alright, that was a bit of a cluster of thoughts all rolled up into one, but that's kinda how I'm feeling right now. The never-ending house hunt has definitely got me down. Things would be so much less stressful if we didn't have this giant question mark looming over us all the time. We have a couple friends from South Africa on their way here. We'll be picking them up in Medford on Monday and hosting them on and off for the next couple weeks (they'll be visiting some other friends in the middle too). I knit them each a pair of slippers, which I'm excited to give them. I didn't sew up the backs on the mens slippers though because I'm not sure if they'll fit! I wanted to be able to add on if needed.

02 March 2017

When it rains, it pours

 We got a little bit of snow at the beginning of the year - or at least that's what I'm gonna call it. :) So glad that I got to experience this rare phenomenon in Crescent City before we move.
 I FINALLY found my dream thrift store item (actually it was at an antique shop): a stoneware mini loaf pan. This one makes 4 loaves, but I'm not complaining.
 I also finally finished my bear rug pattern (designed and knit by me) for my friend Lihi. The bear now lives happily on her cabin floors.
 Because I couldn't get enough of knitting, I also knit one shy of a dozen of these "pussyhats" for my friends (and my husband). So cute to have little ears like that! I only made one pink one, I suppose that's the rebel in me.
 We went to the opening bout for the season at Humboldt Roller Derby. This chick had a funny sign so I got my picture taken with her. It was a good match, although one of the long-time players busted her shin and had to get surgery. Yikes! It happened so fast, too. Reminds me to be grateful, that's for sure.
 The month of January I did an online 31-day yoga challenge (along with my mom and some of my friends in town). By the end, I was able to do this fun arm-balancing pose. Haven't been able to do it since... :)
 I also got into candle making this winter. I've been melting down beeswax and making tapers and pillars and really enjoying it.

 I joined 9 other ladies for a retreat up the North Fork of the Smith River. Fairly easy to get to, but amazing and "untouched" country. We were blessed with relatively mild weather, although it did rain the entire weekend.
 Jack and I went on a whirlwind trip to San Francisco. We went to see my first-ever professional musical performance. It was a quirky one called "Assassins" and it was absolutely amazing. I hope it is the first of many more professional musicals I get to see in my lifetime. :)
And after that (the previous two events and this happening in the space of 9 very busy days) I went up to house-sit at Lihi's cabin, where I was blanketed in beautiful, true, snow. Wood stove fires and fluffy flakes were my companions as I alternately chopped wood and read my latest homework book.

School has been busy, and I am about halfway through the semester already. Which reminds me that I need to pick my topic and submit it in about a week... better look into that. We are anxious about our upcoming move. Jack finally got the Lassen job officially, but now we are struggling to find suitable housing for both of us and there is a lot of stress in the house right now. We are also expecting two sets of houseguests and Jack is preparing for entering the Humboldt Homebrew competition for the first time (which is forcing him to learn a lot of things he isn't familiar with about kegs and carbonation, etc.). We just hope that amidst all of this, we're making the right decisions for the present and for our future. Hopefully everything falls into place in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, the rain continues after two sunny days, and we're ready for it!

Until next time!

29 December 2016

End of the Year

December has been a happening month. We visited my aunt and uncle in the Santa Rosa area, visited a friend in the Chico area, and then hosted Jack's folks for the Christmas holiday. Now, with New Year's Eve on the horizon, we're possibly hosting some trail crew friends but will otherwise keep it pretty low-key. Jack has said no visitors in January, and I'm actually looking forward to having a bit of a social break. Although no visitors doesn't mean no traveling, and some of that may happen.

These last few days it has been beautiful and sunny, but there's snow predicted in the forecast for early next week. If it happens, we'll have been lucky enough to be in Crescent City for a rare event. Depending on who you talk to, it sounds like the last time there was snow on the beach was around a decade ago. Figures that this winter would be so cold the year I decide to buy a bunch of winter garden plants. ::sigh:: At least I mulched, and so far only a couple things have wilted.

I can't help but get extra retrospective right now since we recently had the life-changing job offer from Stanislaus National Forest and that means we will be moving come April. We drive around town and view everything as if it could be the last time - elk in the meadow by our house, sunsets over the ocean, roads with very little traffic. Yet I'm also starting to get excited dreaming about what may come. What will my new job be like, what kind of home will we live in next, what new trails will I be able to hike? I think I am most excited about the relative closeness of my former life in the Eastern Sierra. I am already planning a meet-up with one of my many friends for a hike, and I'm sure I will make it over to Bodie at least once or twice over the course of the summer.

Things are about to get very busy for me. Now that I have a student position, the goal is to finish my degree as quickly as possible so that I can hopefully get converted to permanent and then be able to start moving on with my career. That means that instead of doing one course at a time, I will now be taking two. Not too big a deal during the winter, but come summer that will certainly require me to be extra focused with my time. At least for the brief two months that is the summer semester.

In some ways I regret shaking things up so badly - when I applied for this position I really didn't think I would get it. On the other hand, I feel a wave of relief because getting this position has helped to rid myself of that horrible stuck feeling that I've had this year. As hard as it is to move after being in a place for 2 1/2 years, I really think that this should be a good thing for us overall.

Alright, I'd better get to bed - I've been trying to get to bed on time and workout plenty (and in a variety of ways - gym, yoga, swimming, walking, skating, depending on the weather), plus reading and other free-timey things while I'm on break between semesters. In mid-January things are going to pick up for me again and then it will be school and moving and transitioning to a new job... hopefully it all goes well! But for now, it's good night.

Until next time!