Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Long Overdue Update

So it's been awhile since I've made a blog post. Our life has been a bit hectic, having moved twice in 3 months time. It was not fun. I think most everyone who reads this blog knows already that after 4 weeks of working at his new job, Gary got fired without any warning, or in our minds, reason. It was sad, and dumb, and really heartbreaking for our family. So after only three months living in a place we were beginning to love, we had to move back in with our family. Which is especially disheartening to a family who have been out on their own more or less.

However we refuse to be too discouraged, as this change has been a blessing too. It has pushed Gary to really pursue one of the other courses of action we were considering: going back to school. At first (before he got a job) Gary was just going to get a masters in mechanical engineering, or perhaps slide on over to civil engineering, but after thinking about it for a while, we decided that if he were going to go back to school, he was going to go back for something that he could truly love, and that, he decided, was furniture design.

This is going to be a bit of a switch, since Gary has never had any art classes (why don't they make engineers take art classes? It would only make sense if they want engineers to be able to think creatively), so he'll have a lot of first and second year classes to complete. But he'll get to skip all those lame history and literature and feelings classes that they make you take at university. I get the desire for a well-rounded education, but we go to college to specialize, so why do they waste so much time making us take classes that we don't need for our specializations and end up forgetting all about anyway. The whole thing is silly and makes higher education much more expensive than it needs to be. Okay end rant.

Back to Gary. Gary is going to apply to school for furniture design, and he's been working very hard making some art to submit with his application. I've been helping him a bit by giving him art exercises to do to get the creative juices flowing. So far he's doing pretty good. Peri and I are both very proud of him.

Meanwhile, he's also working on doing a bit of renovation to our family basement. It's really beginning to take shape and one room is very close to being done! Just a few more steps to go and then we have a nice updated room to sleep in! yay! Doing the second room is going to be very complicated though, but hopefully it can be done very quickly so we can have two rooms to sleep in instead of one! It is very cramped with all three of us in one room.

Otherwise it's been great being with family. Peri adores her cousins and is so happy to get to play with them. I think that will be another post though, as this one is pretty long all ready.


  1. What a positive spin on things! That will be a really cool thing to study!!

    1. We think so! And the upside of that too is that I'll never have to go buy my furniture again! Custom everything baby! (except maybe couches)

  2. I'm sorry to hear about the job not working out! It is nice that you are able to take it in stride and pursue happiness. It is crazy how quickly things can change, we were def. not expecting to move again so soon but it did turn out to be a blessing. I hope to hear more about his school and his progress with the new path. Does WSU offer that degree or would he be applying somewhere else?