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23Nov/120

Coming Up for Air…

Oy vey, by the looks of the date on the left-hand size of my last blog entry, it's been more than two months since I've posted anything! I had promised myself when I started up this blog (again) that I wouldn't let that happen, and yet here I am. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It's been a couple of very busy months (Autumn is the season of back-to-school and of endless toddler birthdays,) and we're finally starting to regroup again just in time for the holidays. So... I hope my next post will be sooner rather than later. I plan to write about mice next time. Specifically, mice that invade your home prior to winter. Fun!

But first, here are a few of the things we've been up to:

Celebrated our wedding anniversary (6 years!)

We spent the night in Boston away from the kids (first night away from our youngest, who is almost two.) I had wanted to revisit the Audubon wildlife sanctuary where we were married, but it didn't happen. Maybe in the Spring! I think the kids would enjoy it there too.

Went to the Butterfly Place, The Topsfield Fair, a local NESBA Marching Band Competition, and the Nashoba Valley Winery

There is something mesmerizing about walking amongst hundreds of butterflies, and my kids both adored the experience. Chris and I went to The Butterfly Place years ago, before kids, and it's still a cool experience for adults. The Topsfield Fair was a little different this year, if only because we spent more time in the poultry barn than we have in previous years. An afternoon at a local high school marching band show is another cheap thrill for kids, and the money raised is for a good cause too. Lastly, if you haven't been to Nashoba Valley Winery, I highly recommend it. We went on a Sunday, and just picnicked on the lawn with some wine, cheese, and bread. Live bluegrass music and a man with a giant bubble wand for the kids were some of the highlights of the afternoon.

Volunteered for chicken processing at Pete & Jen's Backyard Birds

Just what it sounds like. Since we are hoping to get some chickens next year, I thought I would try my hand at evisceration on someone else's birds first. Although we intend to get chickens mainly for eggs, there is the inevitable consequence that a hen will need to be "retired." And, we're also not ruling out the possibility of raising meat birds either, once we get comfortable with poultry husbandry. I was happy to receive experience and education at Pete & Jen's, and will likely volunteer there again if I can, since they are doing important work with the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and their mobile processing unit. (And yes, I did kill a chicken. And no, it wasn't horrifying.)

Started a work-from-home part-time job

I'm still trying to come to grips with this, since I have earnestly tried embrace my "mommy" job title over the last two years. After our youngest was born, it became clear that I would be a stay-at-home mom for several years more, and it was a real mental shift to think of myself as homemaker and not just a career woman on extended-leave. But now that I have this job (a work-from-home-at-odd-hours job, mind you) I'm having a hard time with that too! There have been some challenging conversations with my oldest child, since he wants to know why I'm "working" even though I'm not in an office like Daddy. He is still getting adjusted to our new household schedule we have adopted, one that allows me to carve out 15-20 hours a week of "working time." Although a part-time job was not something I was necessarily seeking out, this opportunity presented itself and I decided it would be a foolish to ignore it. Legitimate work-from-home opportunities are  hard to come by, and later on down the road when both my kids are in school, I will be glad to either: still have the job, or have the resume experience from the job to gain some income somewhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

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