It’s been awhile huh? For awhile there there was some major problems with my domain name and the company going out of business and it being lost. Or so I thought. I thought it wall gone and over the course of several months I came to terms with it. Until one day I asked if we should stop using the website service provider and he said “But the website is still there. IT was resolved months ago.” Well no one told me.
It has been on my to do list for months now to start writing again. But write what? I don’t know. People don’t do journal blogs anymore detailing the trivial details of their life. They do facebook and instagram and other such services with teeny little tidbits about the best things they are doing. I would be a hippocrite if I said I didn’t do it either. I do. Anyway. I still have my website, and so therefore I should do something with it. Since the last post was a year ago almost to the day, I should do some updates.
Me – I have a job. I am working full time with my tribe as a language apprentice. It is very challenging at times for a variety of reasons, none of which I will go into detail here. But overall, I like it. It really makes me think, create, adapt and learn. It is a four year position. I don’t know what will happen afterward, but after working for 6 months — I have started to think of a focus for my apprenticeship — other than learning the language and that is to ultimate create distance language learning resources for people who want to learn ho chunk — but can’t leave their house, or have other other obligations that prevent them from going to classes, or live to far away. I do have a youtube channel with short language videos I have made — you can see them here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XDeJ9tZnlMTeJFyquJgrw?nohtml5=False
Sure they are low quality — but considering I didn’t know anything about making videos or was able to speak much language 7 months ago — it’s not too bad. My hope is that I get better.
Other than work, I still am the Chair of the Johnson O’Malley Dane county program, go to PTO meetings, maintain a monthly book club, host parties, hang out with friends, volunteer for my community and watch too much TV while coloring.
Morella – is in 2nd grade and is awesome. She is an excellent swimmer and started taking piano in January. She and Neeners both volunteer at a cat shelter once a week, and in face last week we had our first foster kittens at home. She likes to spend her time playing video games, reading, playing with her sister and waiting for it to get warm.
Neeners is in 1st grade. She and Morella both got student of the month this year. Her swimming is coming along — I believe if she fell in the deep end she would be able to save herself, but she isn’t done yet. She volunteers with cats and said she might try piano but balks at the nightly practice that comes along with it. She loves playing with tactile things, playing with her sister, reading outloud and wrestling.
Tim still works his job. He goes and does archery every now and then. Still runs a weekly game night. Takes the kids to the cat shelter. Walks the kids to and from school every day, makes sure we all have clean clothes, and usually takes out the garbage and recycling.
Pets — we lost Arkham in October from cancer. His sister is now deaf and going blind and isn’t far behind – but she seems content and happy. Migo still suffers from thyroid and started to refuse taking any medication. So who knows how long either of them have? Falkor is great. He goes on almost daily walks with Tim to get the kids and adores all the attention he gets from the schoolchildren at the end of the day. We have two fish — one a carnival fish Neeners won this past summer and the other a beta fish that she conned out of Tim. Tim has a bunch of madacasar cockroaches to keep him company in his basement office.
Overall we are happy. That is a good start I think.