Random Monday

In CategoryRandom Monday
ByDeb

• One of the things I am worried about with this Adventure is my hair.

Obviously.

I have my guy, Jeff, trained how to cut it. Maintaining Lesbian Cop Hair is not as simple as it sounds. A certain way over the ears, texturized a little on top, and my bangs have to be long enough so my eyebrows don’t feel naked, but short enough so they don’t poke me in the eyes. If they start poking me in the eyes, I have been known to go after them in the bathroom with my Lady Schick.

And then who suffers? We all do.

• I am super excited to have arranged a FABULOUS give away at Heart of the Matter! A 24-volume set of Great Moments in American History! Click over to read more about it AND to take advantage of the amazing coupon code they are making available to homeschoolers. It’s a great deal, and one I will be taking advantage of myself.

• I was so geeked last week to discover the famous Life of Fred math series has expanded to include elementary books! I ordered the first 4 and am already a tiny bit in love with Fred.

The Life of Fred, for those who don’t know, is a series of math books written expressly for homeschoolers. Fred is a 5 year old math professor at KITTENS University. Each chapter is written in story form, telling the adventures of Fred in his every day life. He encounters needs for math, then works on solving the problem – to avoid that neverending “WHY are we learning this exactly?” question that is so prevalent in every math class. Fred is fab. I like him a lot.

• Happy Monday!

Dadgum kids

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

Why is there always a lake on the bathroom counter?

How is it possible that my children are both so vehement and so ineffective with handwashing?

The deets (did I really just say that? Lame)

In CategoryAdventure
ByDeb

You guys are all so nice! No one even really called me crazy (to my face at least)!

Selling our house in this market has been a horrible, soul-sucking venture. So while we are determined to go SOON, we have not nailed down the time frame yet.

No worries, though, because this leaves me lots of time to obsess publicly about how many shoes to take.

oh my gosh, y’all, you don’t EVEN know how bad I wanted to tell this secret while dithering over what to sell/pack/store! I needed a committee of some sort – “Deb, seriously, when are you going to ever wear Hammer Pants?”

My biggest concern is, of course, the kids. And all their stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. The books alone! They are too young for Kindles, and books are an even bigger necessity than clothes, practically, so we will be trying to figure that out. There could be lots of indecisive whinging and whining in your future, so brace yourselves.

Here are some more details about our plan:

We are not going to buy an RV, because that would be VERY EXPENSIVE when we don’t even know how long we will do this – what if I cry all the way to Wyoming and change my mind?

Actually, when we moved from Colorado to Seattle with no job and no place to live and a paid off credit card that we pretended was the same thing as money, I DID cry all the way to Wyoming (see? it’s not my first Crazypants Rodeo).

Plus, even though Jim works from home doing mysterious computer geekery, he spends a lot of time on the phone. A LOT. A 4 year old, a 6 year old AND a daddy on the phone 6 hours a day talking to other basement-dwelling geeks in a tiny RV does not seem like the ideal situation.

We are planning on buying a small cargo trailer and loading it up with all our most prized possessions. We will tow that behind our SUV and stay in Vacation Rental by Owner houses. We want to stay in each location for a month or two because a) we can see and experience everything each place has to offer; b) I want to make sure the kids do okay with this and moving every week seems more chaotic than they could handle; and c) Jim does not want to be loading and unloading all our stuff constantly. I mean, he does have to work. Working interferes with all the fun, don’t you think?

We rented a tiny UHaul last weekend to take some stuff to storage and I drove the car and totally did not hit anything! I even backed up the trailer – twice! AND one of the times other people were watching and I still did it without hitting anything!

Listen, backing up a trailer is a skill. Not hitting stuff is a pretty important part of it.

Getting Ready

In CategoryAdventure
ByDeb

We spent the rest of last Fall talking about what was quickly dubbed The Adventure. We weighed all the options, pausing occasionally to decide if we were just plain nuts.

The lure of possibility, though, was irresistible.

There are two reasons why we can do this – we homeschool our children, and my husband is very fortunate to work from home. All he needs is a high-speed internet connection and we can still get a paycheck. The paycheck is obviously a key component to…well, our whole life, really. The only thing standing in the way is our house.

There is no way we can afford to do any amount of travelling and still hold on to our house. Even the thought of a typical two-week vacation to Disney is out of reach. My husband makes a nice living, but we are a one income family and there’s certainly not enough extra to finance a year-long trip around the United States and pay the mortgage. My Amazon habit is a money hole as it is.

Of course, daydreaming about knitting on the beach whilst my kids dig in the sand and conjugate Latin is one thing. Getting ready to embark on this journey is quite another.

After Christmas, we realized that if we wanted to put the house on the market in the spring (in the worst real estate market in decades – yay), we needed to get to work.

We sold our second car, sorted through our junk, had a gigantic garage sale, and rented a storage unit for the stuff we were keeping. I opted out of catalogs, let my magazine subscriptions lapse, and got as close as I could to one hundred percent online banking. We purchased identity-theft protection, paid off our credit cards, and tried to figure out what to do with our mail.

And then we sorted through even more stuff, sold it on Craig’s List, and tried to calculate how many Legos we could bring. We got stressed out, grouched too much at the kids, and bickered about whether or not to sell the sofa.

We painted the bathroom, fixed a doorknob that had been broken for 5 years, and called a realtor. We tormented the kids about keeping their toys picked up, argued about whose turn it was to clean the kitchen, and parked down the street to spy on any house-hunters who toured our home.

I planned the school year around the idea that we’ll actually be living a geography study and bought several field guides to help facilitate a nature study. I printed all my favorite recipes to create a traveling recipe binder and packed up all my cookbooks. I sorted through my yarn, decided which projects I wanted to take, and packed up the majority of my giant yarn stash in huge zipper bags.

And then my yarn got lonely and I brought it back home.

Minor setback. Luckily, I’ve taught myself to crochet and crocheting uses, like, THREE times the amount of yarn that knitting uses. So far I can only make tiny creatures that look like Pac-Man ghosts.

But they are cute.