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Monday, February 24th, 2014


I think some of my friends wonder what I do all day now that I’m not teaching. I’ve heard cracks about all the naps I must take, yadda yadda yadda. And seriously, since I’m basically a cross between a stay-at-home and work-at-home mom, it can be hard to explain without being met by blank stares that are most certainly thinking I hang out on the couch all day.

So, this was my day today (in bulleted list form):


First Week of My 2014 Resolutions

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I’ve been busy.


I spent a few cold days hunkered down inside and dealing with all of my scraps. ALL. OF. MY. SCRAPS!


2014 New Year’s Resolutions

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

It’s that time of year again. Time to see how last year’s resolutions measured up, and to make some plans for the new year. I know some people hate on resolutions, but I’ve always enjoyed making them and tracking them. I like lists, and resolutions are the ultimate lists.

So, here’s how we did last year before diving into this year:



Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 did not go as planned. At the beginning of the year I fully expected to still be a teacher at the end of it. That’s not how the year worked out, and I’ve spent the last six months trying to figure out this new identity. Stay at home mom? Work at home mom? Temporarily at home mom?

The truth is that I have no idea what 2014 will look like, at least not professionally. I’m pretty sure my home life will still be as warm and fulfilling, and my friends and family will still be amazing. I hope it will be full of creativity and new knowledge. I hope I try lots of things and don’t completely fail at them all.


An Investment

Friday, December 6th, 2013

macbookI’ve been thinking about getting a laptop for months now, and I finally bought one a couple of weeks ago. Best Buy was having a pretty good sale, and between writing, chasing Hannah around, and some new courses I’m taking we kind of figured I needed to be a little more mobile. So, this was an investment in me. And my new endeavors.

Today was the first day of courses I’m taking online through Rutgers CCPD, paid for by a grant from the Dept. of Labor. First I’m taking a CIW course in Web Design, and after I finish that program up at the end of March (and hopefully take the certification exam) I’ll be taking a shorter course in Adobe Illustrator. I’m throwing everything I can think of out there into the universe to try and build this new post-teaching life I’m working on. Following all of the passions. I want to keep writing about things I love, I want to totally revamp my blog and web presence, and I want to see how I can build on my crafting experience by trying my hand at things like fabric design. I have wanted to learn Illustrator for years but never quite found the time. Now I’m making the time. And the web design course will give me all kinds of skills and foundations.

It’s all exciting, and a little terrifying. The day I ordered the laptop I waited until Adam was home from work to come with me to pick it up. It just felt like a huge manifestation of all these new challenges and risks. Like once the laptop was in my possession, I had to actually startĀ earningĀ it. And it just froze me.

Until I got the shiny box home, opened it, and got to work. I’ve got a lot of ideas, and I’m hoping it will be a good investment.