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.