Hey there, so glad you popped by! I've moved to a new address, however, and you can find my new blog at: The Weaver's Apprentice as of Monday, January 26, 2015. I hope you'll come visit me there! See you soon! XOXO

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Litha!

Happy Summer Solstice, my loves! I hope that the sun is shining and the birds are singing for you. For the first time in recent memory, it's actually not raining here in Bellingham on Litha... It's not even cloudy. @_@

I'm going to be taking full advantage of this mysterious, wonderful weather and having a picnic with the missus for dinner tonight.

"Noon of the Solstice" is by Damh the Bard, one of my all time favorite musicians. He's right up there with Dan Folgelberg. And Korn. Yes, I love his music that much. ^_~

So enjoy the song, enjoy your day and know that I'm sending warm, summery thoughts your way.


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

I'm feeling pretty happy today... the sun is shining, my plants are growing nicely and I haven't seen a squirrel on my porch since my cat played whack-a-mole with the one that ran up the railing to sit next to her... no, I have no idea what that crazy rodent was thinking either. But it was funny as hell.

I've got a few things on my "To Do" list that need doing tonight, mostly homework for my online classes at Coursera, which you should totally go check out if you're into learning awesome stuff for free. From top universities from around the world. Seriously. This site is the definition of awesome. I'm currently taking an Intro to Forensics course from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, a class on organic solar cells from the Technical University of Denmark and a programming class from the University of Michigan.

I've been looking into going to school for something computer science-ish, and computer forensics has piqued my interest (at the moment...), so I'm able to take classes related to things I'm interested in.

I also have quite an interest in alternative energy sources and permaculture... so I've been looking around to see what kind of degrees & jobs would let me study things along these lines and have skills once I graduated that would be employable. At this point in my life I need to make sure that what I choose to get a degree in will actually enhance my employability, so that I don't get stuck in another job like the one I'm working now... One that pays okay, but that I don't enjoy and has no room for growth.

I figure I'll be a life-long student, so my first step is getting a job that I'm passionate about, and then I'll keep going to school for all the other things that I find interesting along the way.

Anyways... I have holes to drill in some more gutters for my vertical gardening experiment and some more lettuce & spinach to plant. Once I get the gutters hung, I'll post some pictures. ^_^

Until then, I hope your week is treating you well, and if not, give it the finger & don't take any more crap. ^_~

Show you week who's boss. And then have an exceptionally fabulous night tonight & day tomorrow. Got it? Okay.


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Random Rambles

This evening finds me sitting in my office, wishing my desk faced the other direction so I could stare out the window.

The weather has been lovely here, these past several days. Lots of sunshine and time spent on the porch with my plants and cat.

I've been spending my Saturday mornings in The Parlour with Veronica Varlow and a contingent of energetic people, all learning/practicing reading tarot. I've really enjoyed the past five classes I've taken, and am super bummed that I won't be able to make it this week or next week.

Unfortunately, tuition is due two days before our next pay day, so the entire $600 or so plus text books is coming out of this paycheck. OUCH. But we have to get Britt into this class this Summer, or she won't be eligible to apply for any nursing programs this Fall... because two of her classes had credits that expired (so stupid...) this month, so she needs to re-take them in order to be able to count them toward a nursing prerequisite.

So we reworked our budget and tightened the belt a few notches. On the bright side, we now have the most detailed, comprehensive budget we've ever had, and I think it'll work well for us. We'll even be able to start paying off our mountain of debt (yay!!!), and working on staying out of more debt.

Having to choose to spend our money on what we need to instead of what we want to (at least when those two things don't coincide...) is difficult, but it's been rewarding so far. We're learning to take a long view on our finances and eradicate the short view/no view we've clung to so stubbornly in the past. It's also helped up set some goals as to where we want to be financially in the next several months and years.

We would like to expand our family in the next five or so years, but since that will be quite the financial investment, we need to be out of our current debt by then, have at least our basic schooling finished and have a good amount of savings stored away... just for starters.

I've changed what I want to go to school for so many times now, even I can't remember them all. I think I've finally settled on something in the vein of Computer Science... currently looking into Computer Forensics. I hope to have something at least somewhat resembling a plan by June 21st.

I'm also hoping to have my blog revamped by the end of July... I'm still not quite sure where exactly I'm wanting to go with it, but I'm getting there. ^-^

I hope that you're all having a supremely lovely day, and hopefully I'll make it back here sooner rather than later.