11 September 2012


How the hell did that happen?  September?  Already?  I have a lot of catching up to do...  Items sorted by weight for your convenience.


The teenager has decided that she would rather live with her other aunt for the second two years of high school.  I have a plethora of opinions about this ~ some positive, some negative.  Really, this one deserved it's own blog post but was shortchanged at the counter.  Suffice it to say, we are child-free again.  YAY!
There's a chance I'll write more of this drama later, just to get it out of my system.

My own kid came down to pdx for Labor Day weekend.  Yes, she brought her man, and a spare (a young friend of theirs who wanted to check out Portland), but it was still great to see her.  It's just so much better having her here on the West Coast where we can actually drive and see each other.  Or take the train.  She is coming down again soon - not this coming weekend, but the following - and we are going to a Quilt Show together!  I'm happy about that!


We have a new boss at my work and there is a lot of uncertainty around how things will be moving forward. (As an aside, the new boss is the Chairman of the department.  In fact, he is a man but the more correct term these days is simply, Chair.  But, if I say we have a new Chair at my work it sounds like furniture.)  I so wanted to get out of here before there was any serious shuffling or rearrangement of faculty and staff.  Mostly out of laziness, and that phenomenon called "Short-timer's Syndrome."  I've only got a little over a year and a half to go before my planned departure from this place of employment.  I wanted it to be easy, dammit!  I wanted cruise control.

My daughter's father emailed me recently and asked if I still owned a property we had lived on in far north-eastern California.  Yes, I do still own it.  It's paid for and the taxes are ridiculously low so I have kept it all these years.  He asked if I would mind if he went to check it out.  No, of course not.  Then he emailed me and asked what I would want if he were to camp out there for a while.  I said he could stay as long as he wanted and if he wanted to actually live there he could just pay the property taxes.  What I didn't say, but will should the occasion arise, is that if he wants to live there he can just have the property.  I'll sign it over to him.  It's worth virtually nothing, there's virtually nothing there, it's hard to get to, there's no economy, hell, there's no electricity.  It's way off the grid.  Yes, I'll give it to him.  It feels like the right thing to do.


We took the vintage travel trailer out last weekend.  It was the Oregon Coast Pride event weekend and we decided to spend the weekend at the beach.  Had a pretty good time, too.  The weather was absolutely to be expected for the Oregon coast: cool, gray, damp.  Nice, really.  Waved at the Dykes on Bikes ~ all 20 of them (ok, it might have been just a dozen), danced at the Inferno party, spent money on good causes and supported the local economy.  And had fun!

We are planning to take the trailer out one more time before it's all rain, all the time.  We are meeting up with some other vintage trailer owners at a campground near Bend in October.  I think it will be fun to see what other people are doing with their trailers, although T wants everything to be perfect, and come on, life and vintage trailers just aren't.

Sorry I don't have pictures of the cute little box on wheels.  I'll work on that...

That's it, women.  It's been a bit of a slog lately, but I'm keeping my head above water.


8thday said...

Wow, big changes at your place!

It's so great that you get to see your daughter more often. I get to see my youngest almost every weekend as we travel all over the northeast for her games, but the oldest now has a serious boyfriend and doesn't come home as often. And I do wonder where they will end up after college. *sigh*

I'm feeling your pain about your work situation. We have had some changes too and this old dog does not want to learn new tricks.

And yes, pictures! I've love to see the trailer.

Don't work too hard to keep your head above water my friend, sometimes it's okay just to float.

the only daughter said...

Hanging with the kidlet...Fun!

Changes at work, not so much fun. I'm dug in so, no changing, at least voluntarily for the foreseeable future.

Yay for the good times. :-)

bookish butch said...

I echo the floating sentiment, lay back and float, just as effective as thrashing about and requires less energy:-) Hockey season is right around the corner

great packages said...

Mostly out of negligence, and that trend known as "Short-timer's Problem." I've only got a little over a season and a 50 percent to go before my organized leaving from this job. I desired it to be simple, dammit! I desired vacation management.

Anonymous said...

Kid free! That's huge! This story sounds like an interesting one indeed.

How great that your daughter is visiting again soon...hopefully alone. :)


Em said...

Welcome to September! It's going too fast for me, frankly.

Being kid-free is a huge change. Something like this I'm sure has both positive and negative factors to it. But now you have a certain freedom, for sure.

I love quilts! Doing that with your daughter sounds very fun. Enjoy!

Work uncertainty is challenging. As I have reason to know at the moment. A change in Chair can be pretty huge depending on how they use their power: for good or evil. (My ex two exes ago was an academic. I know more about this sort of thing than I would actually like to know!)

And you are a lovely person: re: the land. That is a kindness that I can guarantee will be huge for him.

Selfishly, I would LOVE (cannot emphasize LOVE enough) to see pics of the trailer. Soooo interested in that. No pressure, but when you have time, that would be lovely to see.

Sorry things have been a slog. Here's hoping they lighten up a bit.

Jean said...

Changes all over the place, missy! And ditto on floating. Sometimes - LOTS OF TIMES - the most important thing is just to keep the water below your nose.

And I want to see the pic of your camper!!!