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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ob La Di Ob La Da..

And life goes on. Yes, it has been since September. A lot has happened in that time. The rain is falling and the weather is changing around here. It seems like a good time to write.

First, I know you are dying to know. We moved right before Thanksgiving, and the time since then has been full of the joy of living in a half finished house. Today is cleaning day, and that is a challenge, since there are still unpainted walls to be tackled. Because of the move, I was without internet consistently for about 2 months. That was interesting, and definitely contributed to my silence.

Konal is still living at his dad's house. He has asked to change that many times, but decided not to at the last minute. The drama gets interesting, but he is doing well, and I am very proud of him.

Aidan has adjusted to his new Arts Charter school. I'm having trouble adjusting to the 7 mile drive to drop him off and pick him up. I have cobbled together a network of making sure he gets there and home when I have to work. Last week he brought home an award for most improved. This is the first award he has gotten since preschool for academics. I am proud of him as well.

Chris and I are adjusting to life together. Like any couple, we have our moments, but they are fleeting. We are struggling with money because of the house and the debt we incurred to renovate, mainly. It will get better- the fun part is just trying to keep gas in the vehicles and eating while we figure it out.

I am finally an official college graduate. My degree arrived last week. I got a pleasant surprise when my work reimbursed some of the tuition as well. I am persistent if anything. I am now studying for the GRE and trying to figure out where the money is going to come for licensure. It is not a cheap process.

I am not sure what I am going to do for my master's. ASU has a dual MSW/Masters of Public Policy program that I am eying. I wanted to go to Portland Oregon, but life has settled down here and it would be wrong to uproot the family. Although, with the political and financial state of AZ, I am tempted with leaving.

Jobs are still touch and go. There are threats to funding every week, and it has come down to a "what will be, will be" kind of attitude. I am still uninsured, and they are threatening to cut KidsCare, which would affect Aidan as well. Chris and I may have to get married, but it will hurt us financially at a time we are fragile. It is all one great big balancing act.

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr day, Chris & I took Aidan (with his willing agreement) to the Human Rights March against Arpaio and racial profiling.

I am for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform. I don't believe we have enough acceptable ways for desperate people to do it the right way. I am for basic human and civil rights. The march was peaceful, but we had some violence where we were at when a self-professed Anarchist faction started pushing into the police and causing trouble. Chris and I started getting Aidan out of there. One of the dangers for standing up for what you believe in. I am proud to have marched, and so sore now- it was about 8 miles round trip.

From Human Rights March
Heading back to the car post march. "Obama: Where is the reform?"

And life goes on....