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Many changes. Many, many change.

Most important things:

  • It has been a tough 365 days. There were setbacks. There were life moments. There were toxic people and there were tears.
    • In fact, it was really just pretty muddy since Fall 2016.
  • I moved back to Texas in Fall 2018 for a new job and family.
  • There was some additional turmoil to muddle through. There were more tears, but mostly disappointment and a little bit of anger with family members mostly.
  • Today, things are on the up.
  • New Apartment — no roommates. 2 bedrooms — getting ready for adoption life goals.
  • Job going good; job is exactly what I was looking to get hired to do. I have also clarified my professional goals — which have changed over the last year substantially.
  •  Spiritual life on the rise.
  • Professional development a bit stagnant, but looking to work on that this year.


  • Apply to a college to take more classes with tuition benefits
  • Register for classes
  • Gather my belongings from across the states (long story — turmoil & tears)
  • Begin adoption home-study once stable
  • Find acceptable spiritual community
  • Read spiritual texts
  • Make friends
  • Find local support / social group
  • Participate in service work (step outside of familiar territory)
    • Ideas: People with Exceptionalities, Habitat for Humanity, etc.
  • Seek out internship opportunities in computer science
  • Seek out teaching experience through MOOCs
  • Seek out presentation experience on campus and beyond
    • Perhaps become an officer for a student club (if not a conflict of interest as an employee)




I took this photo a few years ago…


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New Life: Update 2

Things have radically changed since I last blogged. In fact, we are still in a cycle of change. For now, this is where we are at:

-Graduate school is over. I hold a master degree! Hoot! Hoot!
-I am job searching
-I gained some weight over graduate school — both physically and mentally
-I have recently gotten back on the wellness train
-My partner and I are living together with our dog in Massachusetts (for the moment)
-As soon as I land a job, we will settle permanently and then, we will begin to truly live our lives!

New Life

Hello everyone! Many things have changed in my life. I will keep this short and sweet:

– I moved to New Hampshire
– I started grad school — a year early
– I’m temporarily living alone; my spouse and pup are hundreds of miles away in Minnesota for the fall.
– I am doing OK, although the transition is hard and the reading in grad school is even harder.
– I am working as a Hall Director in a graduate assistantship.
– This program is accelerated so, by the end of summer 2017, I should have a Master’s degree.
– I was provided housing (apartment inside the resident halls) and a partial meal plan.
– I live among the undergrads and that is…interesting.
– 75% of Students here are playing Pokemon Go.
– evenings are getting cooler here
– leaves still green

I seem to be doing alright — all things considering:




Hello world!

I apologize I have not been posting much lately. Major things are happening in my life.

First, I am down to 229 lbs from my original 247! I had started to implement 20 min spurts of cardio into my week a few times.

Second, I have just not taken very many photos lately, BUT I did find a slew of old photos that i will be sharing with you shortly.

Third,  I am dropping the ball on cooking but will try to get back into the groove of things tonight with steak fajitas!

Fourth, for my anniversary, I received an electronic drum kit. Photos coming soon!…and maybe a recording =)  I have wasting all of my time with this for two weeks.

Fifth, and probably the biggest news is that I applied to my first graduate program. The larger part of this news is that the program does not begin in Fall 2017. Instead it begins in Fall 2016 — in August. Thus, I have been scrambling to get all of my materials together for that. I am super excited and I hope I am accepted but if not, I may apply to another school for this fall. If all of that falls through, I will continue on my original plan to apply foe programs in Fall 2017. The advantage to the Fall 2016 program I applied to is that it is accelerated. It means that I could graduate at the same time my spouse will graduate. =) It means that we will have to probably live apart for four months. =( It means that we can talk about having kids two years sooner than we imagined. =) It allows us to make a plan sooner rather than later in my spouses career.

All in all, major things happening with me!