There I go again.
In the last six months or so I’ve made a lot of plans. I decided to go back to school, I decided to sell my house, I decided not to go back to school (yet) and now I think I’ve decided not to sell my house. BUT I may have decided to go back to school after all.
For those interested here’s the progression. I have all these little boys whom I ‘m going to have to feed as teenagers so I decided to go back to school so I could afford to do that but when I actually looked at the scheduling it became clear that there was no time that I could actually attend class (something that’s encouraged in those going to school) until the irish twins were both in preschool at least. Then we had an incident with some of the neighbor kids so we thought that we should try to get out of the hood, maybe stop exposing our kids to some of the influences that are part and parcel of where we live (it occurs to me now that I promised you more “the things that happen in my neighborhood” stories, maybe later). So this week I’ve been talking to a Realtor and it turns out that the chances of selling our house without taking a loss are bad, really bad, and, honestly, I’ve just gotten our finances to a place that doesn’t give me ulcers. We can’t afford to take a loss. So moving’s out. The new plan there is to continue with the FHE and the scriptures and prayers (something that we’re actually really really good about solely because it’s the only real protection from the neighborhood and the world that I can give them) and maybe step it up a little. I’d also like to get them interested in something. Some kind of sport, dance, gymnastics, horseback riding, something. Something that will give them something to do aside from hanging out with the neighbor kids.
Also, lately I’ve applied for a different job. Actually, it’s kind of the same job but the hours would be really different, freeing up most of my days, so maybe the school thing could work out after all. I don’t know about the job, my boss was maybe going to decide today so I may know soon. (Not that not knowing is going to stop my making plans, I’m still me.)
Overall, I’m actually pretty happy with the way things have worked out so far, I don’t love my neighborhood but I do love my house. I love my new kitchen, and I think the rest of the house has so dang much potential that I was really sad at the thought of leaving and now I don’t have to think about it. I would love some ideas from you all about how to make our living here a positive thing for my kids, seriously, how do I keep them away from the things that they will inevitably be introduced to living here (yes, I know that kids can find that stuff anywhere, but we’ve already had to put certain houses in the neighborhood off limits because the “adults” in the house were smoking pot in the house with their kids, and my kids there). Maybe this is my chance to be a good influence to the neighborhood. But how?
As to the going back to school, Im not going to put my eggs in that basket until I hear about the job and then we’ll see from there, if I don’t do school maybe I’ll start writing again. Who knows, anything could happen, and no doubt, lots of things will. And lots of plans will be made, and most, if not all, will be discarded. But what the heck, if I can’t be good at least I can be entertaining!