The comment that I deleted made a reference to my being "out of work." I haven't posted much about my job situation here, but given the comment, it's a good time to post about it.
Because of my medical situation this year, I was able to take a leave of absence from teaching while also guaranteeing my job for this next school year. As the year was coming to an end, I needed to make a decision, which was really tough on me. I love working with kids, and I love the environment at Riverside. However, since I have continued to have health problems (with no real answers as to what is going on) I had to formally resign my position. Working in special education, it is important to me and the students to ensure consistency. I didn't want to be in and out this next year in the same way I was this past year because I don't think that is fair to the students (or staff). Whether life will bring me back to teaching, I am not yet sure.
In the meantime, I have been putting together some projects that I hope will work out. I have been building a portfolio for blog designs (at designherblog.blogspot.com). I have really come to enjoy graphic design, and I like working on blogs because they are quick! I also have a much larger web project that I am working on. We are hoping to launch this fall, and I am anxious to share it with you all because I am excited!
I am also working on setting up a Life After the Fire nonprofit. The one thing I have learned through all of this is that there is little out in internet land that provides support for people who lose their homes in a fire. This really surprised me, and it's something I hope to remedy. I would also like to work toward promoting disaster readiness for others and ensuring that if a tragedy does happen that resources are being appropriately managed. There are things that would have been INCREDIBLY helpful to have had the night of the fire, and I hope that we can work toward ensuring that all people in our situation have those things (rather than someone asking them what they need when they are in a state of complete and total shock). If you are interested in helping out with this project, I would love to hear from you (see the Contact me link). I have a basic understanding of how to form the nonprofit, but it's an area in which I am, by no means, an expert (or even close), so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Besides that, I try to keep our house in some kind of order. And I'm raising a very very curious child (who still isn't "walking"- his record is 10 steps in a row). I am also trying very hard to keep my stress level as low as possible and avoid sleep deprivation as both tend to exascerbate my health issues. For now, that is enough to keep me busy.