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one more autumn

First of all, I’ve had a lot of people asking me where we’re going first when we start traveling in January. The answer is, I don’t know! Here’s why: Preparing to be a Travel Nurse. But this post is about how much we’ve been enjoying the warm and sunny start to Autumn here in the midwest. Funny, when you know you’re leaving home soon, you really start to enjoy being there. I’ve been taking in the beautiful weather, the perfection of the Michigan wind in the trees, and the happiness of being in the place that is truly “home”. Knowing we’re leaving for traveling in a few months is the reason I can settle down and truly enjoy where I am right now. Also, this is my very favorite season! Down the road is a fantastic old-school Midwest apple orchard and cider mill. We spent the day there last weekend with my sister and nice and had the most amazing time! Caramel apples, cider, donuts, pumpkin patches, hot dog roasts, and wagon rides… The next day we enjoyed the chrystal clear blue sky and perfect temperatures with a long walk around our lake and a play in the park. We met up with neighbors and made new friends with visitors at the park. I felt very lucky to have this amazing place to come home to no matter where our travels take us!  

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august numbers

In spite of switching to cheaper car insurance and cheaper phone service, paying off my cancelled phone contracts as well as unexpected vet and tire bills pushed my spending way up for August. Also, two trips: San Francisco and New Jersey/New York. It was a hotel room in San Francisco and entrance fees to activities there that tipped the balance toward more spending instead of less. In September I have a chance to make up a ton in the travel department, as we will not be traveling at all, but I’m going to lose a lot to licensing/fingerprints in the process of getting my licenses lined up for travel nursing. I’m hoping to drop dollar amounts in all other categories, though. Groceries: $485, up by about $60 from July Gas: $217, up $75 from July, but with my grandma on her deathbed we stayed home a lot that month. I’m actually under both May and June by about $25, even with a road trip across the country!!! Shopping: $174, up by $130 in July but down by over $100 from previous months, mostly due to buying a lightweight car seat for our trip to SF Snacks and drinks: $53.66, up $30 since July but down from June, and that’s all of our airport snacks Restaurants/Fast Food: $70, up $50 but down from June, includes two trips so I didn’t think it was so bad. The biggest expense was Hang Ah tea room, with […]

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just let her run free in fairy land

I go back and forth about preschool on a daily basis. Lately it’s been more back than forth, but this morning M’s little friends came running to greet her and enfold her in their little tribe, and I felt good about the community she has there. Of course, she asked me why she has to go school at all on the drive there. Also, the other day when I picked her up the teacher scolded her for opening the cafeteria door on her own when we left. Apparently there’s a weird school rule that the kids aren’t allowed to open doors because someone got their finger pinched. I prefer her to open and close her own doors, mostly because she can and also how else is she supposed to learn how to not pinch her or someone else’s fingers in the door?? Also, that whole rule about not feeding her at school, because she’s supposed to be independent and feed herself? So much for independence when it comes to the doors. No wonder she feels confused and irritated with school. Last week I got a gift card for participating in a research study at work, so I took my sister and niece to the Renaissance Festival. I have always loved going, and this year M’s inner festie just came out in full force. She completely threw herself into the spirit of things, donning her fairy wings and watching performances, dancing to music, and […]

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my child is my equal

The statement “my child is my equal” would for real blow the mind of those around me. I’m sitting at work while my coworkers discuss child-rearing and allowing your child to modify their own body, specifically as teenagers, but also in general. The discussion was initially centered around transgendered children and at what age they should be allowed to physically change their body (puberty? age 18? age 21?). The conversation quickly deteriorated into, “When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to talk back” and “my mom/dad would say because I said so and that was the end of it!” People feel that that’s a good thing, I guess. Oh behold the good old days when children were seen and not heard, not allowed to reason or discuss anything with the adults who controlled every aspect of their daily lives, and on whom we could exert supreme authority! I’m in the extreme minority, it would seem, but I’m looking at these co-workers of mine, people I generally get along with and like quite a bit, with disgusted amazement. Are they kidding me right now??? They think those were the good old days? Did they like being treated like that as a child? Or is it all they know so it’s the only way forward that feels comfortable for them? Is it “their turn” to be “in charge” since they once had to suffer through the indignity and humiliation of having no control over their […]

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back for a minute

We got back from the east coast the day before yesterday… I learned a lot on this adventure (get a portable charger, campgrounds are often more like trailer parks), got my Manhattan fix (actually I needed a lot more), and hit the beach. It was good to be with family, the kids even got along a lot of the time. Of course, it’s also stressful to be in someone else’s house and not have your own space! You can look for my new blog posts at Across the Never Sky or follow the facebook page if you like your updates that way. I came home to a to-do list a mile long: take cat to vet, fix paycheck error that resulted in not getting paid on time, go to various banks, M’s swim lesson, clean car, a million phone calls… I’m maybe halfway through it three days later. Good news on the money saving front: I got my home and car insurance switched and that saved me $50 per month and got me better coverage. Switching my phone service saves me $100/month. So I’m making progress there. Unfortunately I had more set backs. My foot pain has returned with a vengeance so I had to invest in new Dansko shoes (I guess they wear out after a year and I’ve had mine nearly two). Last time I got new Dansko’s my foot pain completely disappeared… so I needed that. Also the […]

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blog posts on Across the Never Sky

Some people asked me for either an email list or facebook page to notify them when I post to my travel blog, so I made one: http://www.facebook.com/acrosstheneversky Feel free to hit like and then maybe I won’t even have to post links to it here. I just wrote a new blog post there called Ten Reasons I’m Leaving My Regular Life for Full-Time Travel. But if you’re a reader of this more personal blog then you already know the reasons. I’m still trying to decide where to put my nursing posts, or if I should just tweet them. (No patient information, obvy.) Still deciding, but to keep things simple I may just do away with the nursing blog I never post at anymore and do my “travel nurse” blogging on the travel site. Two more days til our family road trip to the East Coast!

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