So, fine followers and readers of this little piece of cyberspace, I have good news. No, no, I am not having another baby. This is better than that! *drum roll, Maestro….*
I am changing this domain name!! Woot!! Soon, I will no longer be babycakesandwafflefries.org. I am going to switch it to something more suitable now to my lifestyle since I have more than two children. As you may remember, babycakesandwafflefries came from the nicknames I gave my two, now oldest and middle, daughters. With the birth and addition of Finola as our third, I have decided it’s time for a facelift on the old domain name. Keep posted to get the new name so as not to miss a beat!! THIS IS SO EXCITING, GUYS!! Can you feel it!? I CAN FEEL IT!!
*UPDATE* The new domain name is devontasteslifetwice.com. SO, check it out!! Bookmark it. Subscribe. Whatever. That’s where you will find this. 🙂
Second, I am excited to share that I am a MINIVAN MOMMA!! I know, I know, I said I would never ever in a million years ever get a minivan. BUT! Three kids means I need a bigger car, and the Equinox has been on its last leg for about three years now. SO…. I proudly present….
She is a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan, and I have decided to name her Saoirse O’Blue. (SAYR-shah is the pronunciation of her first name). I have loved that name for years, and my husband shot it down at every turn (I know, what a SHOCK, right!?). So, since she is my baby girl minivan, and it is not his concern, Saoirse it is. Saoirse O’Blue. She’s gotta be Irish, you know!! The kids love her. I love her. And I don’t know what took me so long to get on board with it all. I paid less for her new than some of her used friends were on the lot for, so I can’t complain about that one little bit, now can I? 🙂 Minivans!! Rule.
I only have a few weeks left of classes, and then it is off for the summer. I would love to teach this summer, but am looking forward to spending some time with the girls as a Mommy. Ask me again about mid-June how that is coming along, and how many bottles of sangria I have polished off. My mind, though, will not go to mommy mush!! I will be hopefully setting aside more time to write, for I need it to live. AND! I will be taking classes to start fulfilling some goals I have in regards to my further education. I am going to be completing my Composition Certificate next Spring semester, and then I will be rolling into another Masters program in English Composition.
WHAT!? TWO MASTERS!? But WHY, Mrs. FancyPants do you want TWO MASTERS!?!?!?
Well, for starters, excellent question. I have come to the blinding realization that English is what I need to be doing. With the Writers Workshop from last weekend still blazing in my mind (Claire McMillan did follow me on the Twitter, by the way! SQUEE!!), I realized that I need to be around writers. And writing. And helping students with writing. So, I want to be able to help them to full capacity. As it stands now, I can only teach the developmental courses, which is awesome, but I want more (I know, you’re so surprised). Plus, I want to be able to diversify my abilities within the school I teach at, and I want to be able to one day be in a leadership role. Having a Masters in English composition will put me in position for that role. Ideally, I will also then get my PhD in something, but as it stands, the University is cutting a TON of PhD programs, and there is a lot of unease in it at the moment. Besides, my children are small. And I am in no way ready for the rigor of a PhD program anyway. AND I don’t find the idea of educating myself out of a job to be such a glamorous idea, so another Masters it is (this one will be on the house, which is really one of the best reasons to get it!). This summer I am taking a few education courses I have been interested in to help me in the classroom, and in the Fall, it is onward and upward to finish that Comp certificate. YEE-HAW! Let’s do it!! I love learning, and I love writing more than most things. This is a win-win. Career advancement + following my passion for words + helping budding writers with words = BAZINGA!
I don’t know what took me so long to come back to this and realize this is my destiny as a writer and educator of writing, but I am glad I had the journey that I did. That Writers Workshop changed my life in many ways, and I am glad I was a part of it to be able to see the truth standing right in front of me. It had always been there, but I ignored it out of trepidation. I think a part of me is afraid that teaching writing on a grander scale may make me not want to write as much (like when you work in fast food and all of a sudden can’t stomach a Frosty anymore). As I have been writing since I was a very young child, I don’t think anything will quell the desire to tell others’ stories and lives through the written word. I will be brave, as Sara Bareilles asks us to. I will be brave and let the words fall out.