Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Direction

You may not know it, but I've actually been unemployed for quite some time. Dental hygiene does not have a good job market so I've been staying home with my daughter. My wife works and has become the breadwinner while I have been raising and taking care of the baby and running a household. You would think not working a job would give me more downtime. Any stay at home parent can tell you that raising a child and running a household doesn't really have a lot of down time. But it is giving me some time to think about where my life is going and where I want it to go.

My daughter and I at the zoo
I have recently enrolled at a local community college and I'm going back to school to get a degree in nursing. Being a licensed nurse would give me a better salary, better job market and benefits. But we're also looking into moving out of the city. We live inside the city limits and it's not a great neighborhood. My wife's son was held up by a 12 year old with a gun a couple of weeks ago just down the street from us. It turns out it was just a bb gun replica, but it looks just like the real thing when all you can see is the handle sticking out of someone's pants. It's not a great neighborhood and we don't wanna raise our daughter here in the city (her son lives with his dad in the country).

We have joined a couple of sustainability and homesteading groups on Facebook. We are interested in moving into a communal homestead. We have actually found one that sounds great to me. I'ts all the way at the tip top of Maine. They grow their own food and raise livestock. It sounds awesome, but the only problem is that Heather is a chiropractor. Getting a chiropractors license in Maine is a major pain in the ass. Otherwise the place is perfect. It's even run by pagans which means we don't have to worry about having religious conflicts with our neighbors.

Over the next couple of years I'm going to be in school (I start next month). Who knows, maybe we'll find a nice community to move to and get out of the city before I finish my degree. In any case things will get real interesting from here. I will continue to find time to do some blogs, hopefully more often than I've been doing lately. It's very difficult to get a blog written when you have a 10 month old trying to bang on the keyboard while you are writing. Until next time.