Roller Coaster

These past few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride, up with possibilities and then the stomach churning plunge down as they slipped away or ran into obstacles. I drafted posts full of optimism and trashed them in discouragement and finally gave up even thinking about writing anything as it was all too tangled and messy of a story. If it were a novel an editor would have chided the writer about the implausible and much too numerous plot twists!

You may have, being astute readers, gathered that if I am now writing the story it must be resolved in some fashion or another. And I state happily, albeit tentatively, that it is resolved. This summer will bring some interesting and hopefully positive changes to our lives, including a move to town and a new (part-time) job.

I won’t detail all the twists and turns that have brought us to this conclusion, instead I will report on our upcoming plans, with the caveat that, life being what it is, there’s no absolute guarantee that they will work out. My experiences have provided me with a wary cynicism regarding anything hopeful!

We have found a short-term (one-year) housing option. We will be house sitting for someone we know who has an older, small vacant house right downtown. It is in need of some mostly minor (and one major) repairs. We will pay a fairly small and affordable rent and oversee some of this work.

One of the nice things about the downtown location is that it is only about 4 blocks from my new job! Next week I start training to be an Information Assistant at the local public library. It is a 20-hour a week job and will replace my cashier job at the grocery store (and pay $3 more per hour). They understand that I’m an educator so I will have evening and weekend shifts.

The combination of move and new job should improve our quality of life. Although we will have more utility expenses in town (including parking permit, water and sewer bill, trash pickup, etc) driving expenses and time will lessen and I will be making a bit more with the new job. I daresay there will be other challenges to town life – especially in a college town -and to other related changes – a new school for the kids, for instance, but I’m hopeful that the benefits (running water!!) will outweigh them and I believe we, as a family, are reasonably well equipped to meet challenges.

We hope to move by July, providing I can save enough money (my emergency fund having been wiped out by recent car repairs), or by August at the latest. I’ll be posting more as plans solidify and progress.

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12 Responses to Roller Coaster

  1. Peg M says:

    Wow! Sounds like it is just what you need for now! Hopefully the repairs will fly by and will be easily accomplished. In most houses there is always something more to do, but you’ll probably situate some flowers in an eye-catching place and have your new (albeit temporary) house looking like a well loved and tended home in no time. It is okay to call it a day on the chores, so you can have fun in your new neighborhood.( When you get there.) I hope you all enjoy less time in the car and more time just being together. Ahh, plenty of water…daily…right at the tap. Need a coffee or a coiffure? I am just guessing that you can leave the keys at home, because a 15- 20 min walk will get you either and a little exercise as well, minus the gym fees. You might want to add bike helmets to your savings wish list and later look for free bikes that need a new home! Congratulations! I hope your move goes smoothly.

  2. This sounds like a great opportunity. Don’t forget, if you miss the night sky too much, you can buy a tent and spend a night at Monroe or Brown County. I think it will be a while before you miss it, though, because you are going to be loving your new way of life!

  3. OneFamily says:

    This sounds like a great plan. Will look forward to hearing about you and your kids adjustment to the new place/town life. Congrats on the new job!

  4. tadpole says:

    Sounds like a positive move. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

  5. Rachael says:

    I am smiling from ear to ear!! My internet went off for 3 hours and what did I find when I came back? Yay good news!! This is definitely, good news.

  6. Lynn says:

    I am so happy to hear you will have a place in town, with running water and flushing toilets and maybe even heat, so your bedside glass if water doesn’t freeze at night! And your car troubles should decrease since you can get to work without a car. And with half the family off to college most of the year, you will be less stressed, day to day! Such good news.

  7. Cheryl Graham says:

    This sounds like a great move! I know there will be issues, but the positives are wonderful!

  8. Melanie says:

    I’m a long time reader, and absolutely love to hear about positive happenings for you and your family. Your family’s resilience and cautious optimism is inspiring! Wishing you all the best n this new chapter.

  9. Maja says:

    I’m glad for your small victories.

  10. Jen says:

    I think this is great progress!

  11. Maryl Jonas says:

    It all sounds good. I’m sure it will be a bit of culture shock to be living in the heart of civilization, but there look to be a whole lot of plusses.

    • boxcarkids says:

      I hope so. I know I will miss the quiet, dark night sky and plants and wildlife that we enjoy here but less driving and more amenities (both in the home and in the area) will make life easier. Once we get through the repairs!

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