Archive for October, 2012

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  I turn 38.  I am a bit freaked about the prospect of eventually dieing one day, but plan on that being a long, long time from now.

The one thing I have learned in my life is that while it is good to make plans and preparations, it is better to be flexible with them.

We are in the process of adopting.  Well, we are in the beginning stages.  BJD has flip-flopped a bit – but that is mostly his fears and lack of familial support.

During our first visit, the woman asked if we would be interested in fostering.  I said no.  I don’t share well.  We definitely wanted to adopt – a younger sibling at that.

See that?  Plans in place.  Preparations being made.

What do you think has happened since?

Bubba Joe has a friend.   His mom is a single-parent.  His friend was needing a foster home.  (Do you see where I am going here?)

He is now with us.  It has been a bit longer than a month with many ups and downs.  We have not had the support we hoped for from social services but we are confident in our capabilities, kinda.  It seems to be working more than it is not working and for right now, that is enough.

Our adoption plans are still in place – BJD has a second meeting today to discuss his fears and concerns.

And, drum roll please … I have decided what I want to do with my life.

I have worked in many industries, have my MBA (remember me talking about how presumptuous it is to speak of grad school and differentiating that from undergrad?) and have seriously been considering getting my PhD – though in what I don’t know.  My undergraduate degree was in Applied Music (basically theory – because I chickened out of a senior recital).

I have contacted the Uni-Münster about studying for my PhD there – and the process seems pretty straightforward.  But then what do I do with a PhD?  I don’t really want to work full-time.  I enjoy volunteering … and knitting … (I do NOT under any circumstances enjoy cleaning – a clean house, yes, but cleaning no way!)

And so, I have decided to become a certified Suzuki piano teacher.

It is the method in which I learned at the age of 3.  And it is the ear training that has helped in learning to speak German.

So I have been practicing again … on the piano we purchased with the money my dad left when he died – a beautiful baby grand with an amazing tone and touch and feel.

I am home again.

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