too hot everywhere

I don’t even live in the hottest area of the country, but it’s still too hot.  Ugh.

How does anyone keep motivation to do anything in the heat?

I did, however, finally tune the mandolin I got for my birthday.  That’s step one to learning how to play it.

Try to keep cool!


T and I signed up to take a fostering orientation in October, after the wedding.  We’ve talked about having kids, but I’ve always wanted to foster or adopt, and anyway, with our ages and finances, having our own kid is not really an option.  We’re both very aware that fostering is super hard shit, which is why I want us to get started on the learning aspects of it.  After the orientation, there’s a 27 hour training, as well.  Not that I think that’s quite enough, but, again, we’re just starting.

I’m not sure we’re ready for kids, but is anyone?  My biggest concern about having kids around in general is that I want us to be more financially stable, which in about a year, we should be (we’re probably fine, but I like to have a lot of cushion).  As for fostering, I just worry that we won’t be prepared.  Those kids come with a lot of baggage, and none of it is going to go away quickly.  I don’t want to be a disaster story.  But I also want to be able to offer a home to kids who need one.  And that is why I want us to get started on the process.

I’m hoping that we’ll be more sure of where we want to live at that point, as well.  I certainly don’t want to be renting where we are for forever (although, buying a house may not be an option any time soon).  But that’s yet another big decision.

July already?!

I think we’re finally in the swing of things.  It’s taken awhile, but I think we’re there?  The boxes are gone, we’ve done a ton of yard work — the front yard was a dust bowl when we got here, now it has plants and greenery and it looks great.  The back yard is our next battle — we’ve bushwacked back there quite a bit — nothing had been done for probably 15 years.  Next, we’re hoping our landlords will pay for materials and we’ll fix it up.  We did the front yard out of pocket, but the front is much smaller and we wanted to show we could do a good job.

Our wedding is in 3 months!  We’ve gotten the suits ordered, we have an appointment to see rings (from a eco-friendly, queer-friendly, local jeweler), we are mailing invitations today.  We’ve had the venue for awhile, we’ve met with our bartender and photographer.  We’ve booked our flights and hotel for the honeymoon.  Honestly, it feels like we’ve done a lot of the big ticket stuff that you have to do ahead.  We still need to finalize what we want to make for food (because we’re doing it ourselves). Oh, and a dozen other little things, like music, decorations, cake, etc.

As for out little dog, he’s doing better, but my goodness it is a lot of work.  He’s a chewer, and he’s trying to destroy our stuff.  He recently started chewing on my couch (I love my couch), and I was nearly ready to get rid of him.  But we’re going to make this work and train him up, and once he’s older he shouldn’t chew so much, anyway.  At least, that’s what everyone keeps telling me.  It had better be true.  He still has a wonderful personality and is just so friendly.  It’s hard to be mad at him for long, even when he is truly horrible.

It’s time to get ready for work for me, but I am going to try to start blogging again.  Honest.