Thursday, December 23, 2010

Girly Man

I'll admit I'm kind of girly. I like girly movies and girly music. Former students have picked up on this fact and have poked fun extensively.

This probably originates from the fact that I was the only boy growing up and have five younger sisters. I can't tell you how many times I've seen Dirty Dancing, Adventures in Babysitting, Grease etc. As you can tell from my teaching blog my music tastes run the gamet but usually settle on folky/girly tunes. I can't help it. I have been surrounded by girls my whole life.

I'm not sure how I ended up married to a girl that has four brothers. My wife is just as tough as her brothers. She could beat the two younger ones in an arm wrestle until they were dang near in college. The first time I actually remember noticing my wife was when I saw her in a fight at the local gas station with two other girls. It's really kind of funny hanging out at my wifes family dinners while they are talking guns, trucks, fights they've been in. My boy told me the other day that when we move to Canada we should get one of mom's brothers to show us how to hunt. He didn't even ask if I knew how to hunt. ha.

Why the self deprecating admission? I've spent the past couple of nights browsing the internet for blogs similiar to what I'd like The Simple Farm blog to be like and it seems like 99% of the bloggers are women. The terrible thing is I like reading all the girly posts and comments. I wish I didn't and I hope that none of my male friends read this post as I'm sure I'll never hear the end of it.

Anyways, I've added a few blogs that I like at the bottom of the home page and they are listed here as well.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/
http://coalcreekfarm.com/ - tell me you don't like this lady dancing in her kitchen in front of her kids.

If anyone has any other blogs I should check out please send me the link.

Even if they happen to be a little girly.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Freedom from stuff

I was talking to a friend today about how free I feel because I don't own a house. My friend is toying with the idea of selling his house and buying a boat. From the boat he could travel the seas while working from a laptop. How cool would that be?

It has been a surprising feeling to actually like renting. I've been a landlord for the past 5 years and have owned several houses over the course of 6 years and I've become accustomed to owning what I live in. We are renting now for a few months and it's actually quite pleasant.

This past weekend the water heaters conked out and guess who fixed it? Not me. Ha. I tried to help but what could I really do on a place I don't own. The landlord came in and replaced a couple of elements in the water heaters and I didn't have to do a thing. Ha again.

This feeling reminds me of a really good summary called the Story of stuff. It makes me want to throw all my boxes out that have been stored for the last month. Chances are I'll haul the boxes around for another year or so and then end up disposing of the items anyway.

Here's my goal. Go through all of our stuff and get rid of at least one third of it. I figure we have about 100 boxes. That means 33 boxes of stuff is getting dumped on someone in the next 2 months.

Let me know if you need any stuff to add to your stuff.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

WE'RE DEBT FREE

So its official. WE'RE DEBT FREE. Our house closed at the end of November and we just made the final payment on our land in Canada. We may not have a house or any farming equipment but we are heading North. We actually will not leave until early spring but we have a lot of planning and deciding to do before then.

Since our house closed we have been moving around calling upon the good graces of many friends. We've slept on numerous floors and have our our possessions farmed out to a few empty garages. Thanks Rick and Cami, Bill and Kim, John and Amber, Lee and Amber, and all the other folks who's helped along the way.

Our poor kids don't even know this is not normal. I think they are enjoying the adventure of sleeping at a new friends house every night.

We are now in a place that we will rent for a few months while I finish up at the college etc. We are OK mom and dad. (Our phone hasn't worked for the last week and my parents lost touch of us as we moved from one place to the next. I'm pretty sure my mom is about to come and take our kids away from us until we get settled. ha.)

I think it's about time we going skiing and get a Christmas tree. We've got a lot to celebrate.