Where Have We Been?
I haven’t touched this blog in months and haven’t really done much with it this year. Honestly, 2013 has kicked our butts, me especially. I took on more projects at work and essentially joined the Ethiopia team (remotely – sort of). I got really sick in the spring and was “off” for months and have been on the road (for work only) for about 16 weeks this year. I have one more trip (domestic!) for sure with the possibility of a week in Ethiopia between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Honestly I am beat. Sunday dinners, regular workouts, home projects – none of it really happened.
Even Micah is struggling a bit. He’s teaching 4 classes (normal at his school is 2) and he’s working ALL THE TIME. He’s at school by 7am, home at 4pm and is working on school stuff by 6:30. Lately he’s been at it every week night until 9:30. He probably devotes at least 6-8 hours a weekend to work too. He most of the summer prepping for a new class he’s currently teaching. Whoever thought being a teacher was a cushy job was SO wrong. If you are a good teacher, you really don’t get summers off. Micah definitely is working longer hours that I am, that’s saying a lot.
Despite all this complaining, we are optimistic things are going to turnaround. Micah will be down to 3 classes in January and I am going to be home through New Years, including moving to a reduced schedule for December. I am doing what I can to bring a little more order to me work/life balance (or lack thereof). Yay!
Around the World
In the midst of the madness, we managed to make it to Peru. We loved it (minus the Machu Picchu death march) and I would happily go there again. We had a few snafus (American Airlines, I shake my fist at you) but got there and back in one piece. Hopefully I will get a post up and share some pictures this year. The food was delicious and is the inspiration for our Thanksgiving meal this year.
A few weeks after Peru I went to Mozambique for work. I really enjoyed it, well the food mostly, and hope I get to go back in the new year. Seriously, the best place I’ve eaten in Africa. Pictures to come on that too.
We are headed back to DC (!) in 2 weeks. I haven’t been back since I moved to Seattle and am really excited to see friends and be a very part-time tourist. I am already making a mental list of things I want to do. Micah is taking a day off to come out and make a long weekend of it.
I said we neglected the house but I guess that’s not entirely true. We did manage to get a few things checked off our 101 in 1001 list (#7, #26, #47, #53, #60) and we are actually on our way to getting solar panels! We got a green loan, paid the deposit and are waiting for the panels to arrive so we can schedule our installation date in early January! I was sure this was the one item our list that wouldn’t get done. We went through a bit of a modified process, so a post is coming on that. And, since we were spending SO much money, we decided, why not spend more? We are in the middle of finalizing a plan to get the slope professionally landscaped. I am really excited. It makes me want to get the whole property landscaped but we definitely don’t have the money for that.
Seasonal Affective Disorder – the Dog Edition
Is that a thing? If it is, Izzy definitely has it. Once fall hit, she became super sad and distant. She only wants to sleep or be right on you. She hates getting out of bed (don’t we all) and once she does her business on walks, she just pulls you in the direction of home. We have to force her to go on walks of more than a block. Is this bad? Do we need to take her to the vet?
The only crafting Micah will participate in is food crafting. We got a sausage attachment for our mixer and he’s been making his own sausage. We just found a recipe of English Bangers I am excited to try. We’ve also been keeping up with our smoked salmon activities. I am taking a pasta making class with a friend (more a way to catch up than to learn) and am hoping to craft a bunch of delicious food gifts for Christmas. Rose water marshmallows or homemade bitters anyone?
Just because you haven’t been hearing about them, doesn’t mean they are gone. Where to start? They painted their house in a style that is reminiscent of a circus tent. No joke. I will say, it is a good paint job and I am endlessly impressed by the fact that the Mom did it herself on a ladder with one (!) paintbrush. In addition to the cat problem (which hasn’t gone away), there is also the Chicken problem. Yes, chickens. They got 3 of them over the summer. They seemed OK until Izzy caught them eating the arugula at our front door planter. The whole reason we have the planter is because the cats were pooping in the vegetable garden. We can’t win. I’ve also seen the “free range” chickens 3 or for houses down the alley where they are picking through trash, etc. I have not idea what to do.
That’s it for now. I have a long list of work projects that need to get done today and a few home ones too. A post on Thanksgiving plans, house updates (with pictures), Mozambique and Peru are coming soon.