Settling in for Winter

Well, even though I told myself I wouldn't, I stopped blogging for another few months. I went to Europe in May and then stopped blogging ... then updated in July and stopped blogging again ... and now here I am, at the tail-end of October, adding a new post. This was supposed to be a somewhat comprehensible "let's follow my life" diary kind of thing, but alas. Anyway, though, all of this is not what I wanted to blog about, so I'll let it go.

It's finally cooling down here in Logan, and we've had a few days of rain. The forecast says snow next week, but for some reason this doesn't bother me. It will, though. Once it snows. :) Next week should be overall relaxing, though. My students are giving presentations, so there's not a lot I have to do to prepare for class, other than a bit more grading. This will be a nice break for me.

Brendan and I have also been working on a play together, which has been fun and stressful all at the same time. Memorizing lines and music when you already don't have enough time in the day to breathe is a bit daunting, but it's been worth it. We were both cast in "A Christmas Carol" at the Old Barn Community Theatre. Yes, it's true ... after nine years off the stage I decided to start auditioning again. And, to make matters more interesting, the show I'm doing now is also the last one I did back when I was nineteen (not the same version, but the same story). And I've been cast in the same part (nine years ago I was "Isabel," and now I'm "Belle" -- go figure).

Brendan, though, after auditioning for the first time, was cast as Tiny Tim! He's ecstatic, and he's got all his lines memorized. The tough part for him is learning a British accent. When he rehearses, I wonder if it might be better for him to leave the accent out altogether (yes, it really is that bad), but hopefully it will come together. He's having fun, which is what's important.

I've also been doing a lot of thinking lately about what I want to do with myself once I finish my master's degree here at Utah State. Yes, in roughly six months (or so) I'll have a graduate degree in English literature and writing. So there's a huge decision to be made, as to what will come next. There are a few ideas that I've been throwing around for the past year -- apply to doctorate programs, find a program to certify me to teach high school, apply for jobs, etc. -- but I think that I know exactly what I want to do now.

Unlike many of my fellow grad students at USU, I've decided not to pursue further education at this point (at least not right now). I'm done with school. This is actually a refreshing feeling! I'm going to pursue a career now, in a few different areas. There are some amazing prospects out there that I'm looking into, and I'm really excited (if you want more info on this, e-mail me).

The biggest thing, though, is that I've decided to pick where I want to live first. This next move I'm making will be the last one until I'm done raising Brendan. I want to start building foundations for him, and establish a home for us. I eventually want to look into buying a house, and so rather than choosing a program or a job, I'm choosing a city. Of course the job market will play a role in this, but I know I have a job with Dixie State College teaching online classes, so I have some leeway with this. The important thing is that I'm going to go where I want to go, where I know that Brendan and I will be happy for at least the next twelve years. I have it narrowed down to a few places (again, if you want info on this send me an e-mail).

All right, that's enough life update for the time being.