I am updating our blog to reflect our current realities and reflecting on how and why we started this to beginning. I am so glad we chose to blog (even if it wasn’t all too often) and I am excited to continue writing about the intersection of librarianship, food, agriculture, love, and life.
This blog is a personal exploration space for the act of going with our love, quite literally, to the fields.
After two years of Liza being a full-time grad student and full-time library employee, it is time for a little adventure. Mike and Liza have long discussed the impending graduation and “September 2010″ has been the source of many a daydream. Maybe we’d live in London? Or Guam? Or hike the Appalachian Trail? The possibilities seemed endless. And suddenly this past winter – September 2010 a short six months away – the perfect plan fell into place.
Mike is a preschool teacher September through June and spends his summers working on a garden and teaching about agriculture and meditation. A couple he knows through the summer program happens to own a large patch of developing land in Mexico. Baja California Sur, specifically. And they need a hand (or two) developing it.
So we’re going. Liza will have her masters in library science at the end of August, which means it only would have been a matter of time before leaving her paraprofessional library assistant position. We are taking a leap and moving together to Mexico to garden and learn and eat avocados for a few months before returning to the States and, inevitably, those pesky student loans.
This blog will be a space for us to explore a developing relationship with each other, agriculture, food, our relatively new professions (librarianship and early childhood education), and the unexpected. We want to be accountable for the tremendous opportunity we have to do this – accountable to our supportive friends, family, and professional colleagues – accountable for approaching the experience in a thoughtful, relevant way.
This blog is another way for us to practice resurrection.
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Tomorrow I go back to the 9-to-5 working life, something I haven’t done in a couple of years. I am excited (making money! Doing what I love! Working without the pressure of being in school! Meeting new people!), scared (what if I suck? What will I wear – all my clothes are still in boxes! Meeting new people!), and a little sad (goodbye, glorious freedom of the past six months).
Mostly, I am waiting in anticipation for normalcy. For having a regular schedule, coming home and making dinner, doing yoga, seeing friends, etc. It will take several months for this normalcy to appear and I am acutely aware of this (Christine’s honest opinion, which I love her for, “the next few months will suck. Suck a lot. But it’s fine”). And so tomorrow I will try to live what I would like a ‘normal’ day to look like – waking up on time, doing yoga before work, packing a lunch, feeling energetic through the work day, making dinner, speaking with a friend or two, chatting with Mike, going to bed at a reasonable hour.
Some times the idea of months and months of average days like this frighten me (ahh! suburban, coupled life!) but today I find it appealing in its simplicity. I think the crazy week of co-chairing the InterFuture conference and then moving is making me crave the basics. I appreciate the chaotic times and late late nights with friends when they are less frequent than the boring, normal days. The chaotic times have been more often than not for the past month and I won’t miss them as I recuperate for a couple of weeks.
On a side note – I am coming to Boston in a couple of weeks (Feb. 19th, I think?)! Boston folks (i.e. Kate and Kaitlin), I look forward to seeing you then!
One week ago: I used a small, quick-dry, packable towel for showering. Showers involved cold water from an overhead tank or a bucket. If I wanted to clean my towel, I hand washed it, also in a bucket. Castile soap was the only hygiene product present. For washing my hair, clothes, dirty dishes, etc…
Today: Hot water shower. Clean clothes. Actual shampoo, intended for hair, AND conditioner. Lotion, because it is extremely dry. And a huge, fluffy towel, freshly clean because my mom just washed it, unbeknownst to me.
Life is different.
Now that I’ve discussed the technology I have come to appreciate, here’s the other side of the coin – the things I really don’t miss. The things I would like to change the way I approach when I am back in the ‘real world.’
Technology I need much less of:
1. El televisor – TV. Don’t miss it whatsoever. I have lived for periods of time before without TV and I never miss not having it but I find it totally impossible to avoid watching it if I do have one. So I’m not going to have one from now on. Maybe a TV to play movies but no cable. Not necessary. Continue reading
I am finally getting back into the swing of writing regularly – for the first month or so here I was really enjoying disconnecting from that part of my brain and learning through physical means and experimental processes, only. Now that it’s been several weeks (and it has cooled down enough that it is comfortable to sit still during the day, not to mention that the bugs have been significantly reduced), I am beginning to process by writing again and am enjoying it. So hopefully that will mean I will be more present on the blog. But no promises. 🙂
There is so much to talk about – my first experiences gardening, the local foods, learning Spanish – ah! But before I get to that, I wanted to discuss one of the reasons I was avoiding doing any significant blogging – technology.
I have come to appreciate technology in a totally different way. Things I took for granted before I now appreciate so much, and things that used to seem so important now seem just the opposite.
Let’s start with the technology I am grateful for.
1. La luz – the light. Living in a place without electricity, the first thing you notice and become acutely aware of is the sun. When the sun is down, the options of what you can do are severely limited. All work must be done in the daylight hours, and it is extremely important that we have flashlights with us anywhere we go, just in case we end up coming back to the land after dark. Continue reading