It occurs to me that I haven't posted for quite awhile... and it isn't because I've run out of things to say!
Emma and I have been so busy, I feel like every monday morning I just throw myself headlong into my week, and hope feverently that I manage to make it to the weekend. Today is a nice, quiet day where I don't have anything planned or scheduled - the first of such days in quite awhile. Well, I do have to go buy some cat food, but that's nothing compared to everything else! Between park playdays, field trips to here and there, visiting with family, jaunts to the library, the mom's club meetings and events, my tax clinic sessions, dinner with various friends, trying to exercise regularly etc. etc. etc. it gets a little exhausting. But I am enjoying it, and it does help me sleep well at night!
One commitment that Matt and I decided to drop though was our active membership in the forming cohousing group we were part of. We haven't dropped out completely, but we'll no longer be making the once or twice a month drives to the meetings and orientations, nor have all the work associated with being part of this group. It was hard for us (ok, well, me) to make this decision, but now that it is made and everyone knows about it, I feel a lot better. I just wasn't looking forward to moving to where this group is, and I was getting really tired of trying to participate from a distance. We're also really happy where we are, and we're happy with the level of community we're finding here. At this point, I feel like cohousing would be overkill for us. I think Matt and I went towards cohousing so much because we felt so isolated and lacking in community when we lived in the Santa Cruz mountains so we went towards the other extreme and joined the cohousing group. But really, I don't think we're people who need that level of community, especially considering all the meetings and wrangling it takes to get it going and keep it going even once it is built.
So, anyways, we'll be here for awhile... and maybe someday housing values will soften a bit or Matt will get a hefty raise (not holding my breath for either one of these things though!) and we'll actually be able to buy a house. But until then, we have a great situation with the place we are renting, and we have full permission from the owners to make this place more our own.
First project - painting and redoing the downstairs bathroom! Maybe I'll even start today, given that I have nothing scheduled.......