Oh blogging. The thing about blogging is that when you disappear for a year you kinda feel like you have to explain yourself. It’s like so many things, once you’re out of the habit it’s hard to get back into it. But I’ll try…
This last year has been a big one for change. I told Julio recently that all I really want for the next while is BORING. Beautiful, simple, BORING. That sounds so glorious these days. I know that when life is boring I get stir crazy so that’s not the real me, but right now it sure sounds appealing.
Oh the changes. The first big one happened almost exactly a year ago. I got a 0.75 time, permanent job. It blew my mind – getting the interview, meeting the principals who were so warm and personable, getting hired THAT AFTERNOON, and then having it sink in that it was a permanent position. It’s like the blessings were raining down. It was a lot to absorb, and quite frankly, I think I’m still trying to absorb it. Teaching grade 8 French immersion Math and Science wasn’t the job I dreamed of, but it is definitely the one I should have. Besides all the crazy hormones and chronic weirdness that comes with grade 8, there’s a lot of fun quirkiness and those crazy kids are actually fairly endearing. I’m having fun. And speaking French all the time and not feeling weird about it anymore. It’s been a lot of change, for our kids and us, but they’ve all handled it like champs and we’re doing just fine – with a bit more whining about doing some extra chores but overall doing just fine. The trade off is trying weird science experiments together and tackling problem solving questions as a family over dinner. And I’m never at a loss for a story about the goofiness that comes with being in grade 8.
The other news is that we’ve moved! We bought a lovely house in a great neighbourhood, with a park across the street and new friends for the kids…it’s been a fairly wonderful transition, other than a week of brutal sickness for me when we moved in. I’m so thankful that’s behind me and that these new walls are feeling like home, and that everyone feels glad to be here (now). We’re building a suite in the basement for Julio’s mom and looking forward to her moving in around July or so.
And now it’s time to read to the kids before bed, so I’ll go. Hopefully it won’t be another year since I write!