Big News!

May 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

HA! I tricked you into reading my blog. I knew I had to come up with something good in order to pull you in. Now let’s see if I can create some content that doesn’t disappoint.

I have been thinking a lot lately about my MVS assignment and all of the things I wanted to do this year. I wanted to remove myself from the rat-race of the American dream and getting ahead. I wanted time to reflect on my skills and desires. But most of all, I wanted to do some good somewhere. In orientation we talked a lot about community and the benefits of being present. This appealed to me a lot. I envisioned myself attending community meetings/meals, volunteering extra time to community clean-up efforts, knowing all of my neighbors, etc. I thought I would immerse myself in getting to know more about Seattle and its issues, then venture out to save the city. (Or at least try.) As it turns out, though, I’ve only really met a couple of my neighbors.

I’ll give myself a little bit of grace and mention that I don’t just sit around inside the house all of the time. I meet a lot of great people at work and get to talk to them about what I’m doing and why I’m here. But I could do so much more to engage in the community. Occupy Seattle was less than a 1/2 mile from my house this fall and I didn’t even really try to seek out activism opportunities. So, the big news is I’ve renewed for a second year of MVS. I want to do more. I want to be more active in the community- and saying this here is my way of asking for folks to hold me accountable. Same house (new housemates, though…*sniff*), same job, new approach.

AND EVEN BIGGER NEWS! Our house welcomed 4 new ladies into the family a couple of weeks ago.

 

Our track record with animals has not been good this year. But Laura and I are co-parenting, and so far so good. The girls are adjusting well, love socializing, and provide the house with fresh eggs. Aren’t they so CUTE?!?!?!?

I am a proud mama. Have a great week, all.

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This one’s for you, Delores

October 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Oh my, what a week. A quick update for right now because I’m heading off to have dinner with my brother! Woop, woop!

This week the last of our chickens died. We believe that Delores was attacked by a raccoon. Sad times- she was a cute little thing that loved to peck around the yard and was always interested in people working in the garden. Sometimes she got on our nerves when she jumped on the picnic table while we were eating dinner, and it certainly always stressed us out when she escaped the backyard, but for the most part she was a sweet chicken. She particularly enjoyed joining one housemate in the hammock.

To Delores, cheers…

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