Since my last post, we have found and pre-leased a new place! It's not a rental house or a townhouse -- like I originally set out to find -- but, it's a larger apartment in a great complex! Again, Brian's voice of reason reigned me in. I could not find a house that would fit into our budget, or if it did, I didn't like the feeling the landlords gave me via the phone conversations I had with them. He suggested I look at some complexes "just to see." :)
We will have a much larger apartment: 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath. 1200 square feet instead of our less than 900 in our current 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath. It will be so nice to have a little extra space! Brian will have an actual office with a door that closes, and I won't be in his way when I'm home on school breaks.
The complex sits on 64 acres of land. There are nice wooded areas, open fields, and walking trails throughout the complex. It's close by, so my commute to work won't change terribly; and we'll still be close to the stores we frequent.
Our move day isn't until the end of May, but I have already started packing and flipped into hyper-planning mode. I enjoy organizing and planning (I'm a weirdo, I know), so it's exciting and fun! I have been pinning lots of things on Pinterest for the new place. Many that probably will never get done, but are nice to think about! I am enjoying online window shopping for new furniture and have already drawn out tentative furniture arrangements...
I'm excited about our next
“Surprise and the unexpected are aspects of a realm of freedom, where quantifying and prediction have little part to play. And, indeed, they are an aspect of a story-in-the-making, of discovering who we might become..."
- Maxine Greene
Maxine Greene was one of the theorists that was an integral part of my action research for my Master's thesis. After returning from the National Art Educators Association annual convention last weekend, I have been mulling over how these theories and ways of thinking, ways of being, are not limited to my classroom nor to my teaching.
Duh, right? It took me long enough to realize this. Maybe simply to remember it?
We are each stories-in-the-making. Our lives can take such unexpected, yet exciting, turns. There is not always one right answer, nor one right path to take. As in my classroom, I need to remember to be open to possibilities.
I tend to make decisions rather quickly. I do a little research, find a few options, but I am usually ready to make a decision as soon as possible. I hate not knowing, or not having a plan in place. I am a planner! Brian is really good at slowing me down. He likes options, order, and research, too. But he is my voice of reason and usually says, "Let's wait a bit."
This has proven to be the "right" thing to do time and time again. Our first apartment for example: I did a lot of online research, visited a few places, and was ready to sign a lease at a place I thought to be the best option. Brian had me wait just a week or two to sign; and in that time, we found our current home -- a much nicer complex, better rent, with more space than the apartment I felt "was the one." Waiting a bit brings new possibilities; options that I cannot anticipate or foresee.
I have recently gotten it into my head that we need more space, and I was convinced we should buy a house - like right now! (even though we have not be preparing for this and are by no means ready for home ownership) Again, Brian has been the voice of reason. Slow down, Amber. Let's wait and see. He's so good! :)
Instead, I have been watching the rental house market in our area. The planner is me is ready to start and be done; but I think I'm still too early. I keep falling in love with houses that are available now, not in June when we'll actually be able to move.
I look back on the almost 4 years Brian and I have been married, and I wouldn't change a thing! I love the story we have made, and I am excited about our story in the making, where we're headed. There are so many possibilities for us; I'm excited to see what this summer will bring!
Greene, M. (1994). Carpe diem: The arts and school restructuring. Teachers College Record, 95