Excitement and Anxiety

As of January first, I have been unemployed for the first time in 15 years. Three days before my last official day of work, my 17 year marriage ended as well.

In some ways, I’m perfectly happy being unemployed. My former job was giving me an unnecessarily high amount of stress and it was costing me.The marriage was destroying my emotional stability as well. Being free represents a chance to start all over

I have a chance to think about my own needs and to get caught up on all the things I had been neglecting for so many years. It’s actually pretty exciting.

The downside is that unemployment benefits amount to less than half of my former salary, and with no second income in the house, recurring bills are a challenge to pay. Loss of my job also means losing health benefits. I can get health insurance through the state, thankfully, but this costs additional money that I also don’t have

Every day I spend my time thinking about how to stretch my funds, looking for work, realizing that the job I need does not exist, and laying the groundwork to start my own businesses. Then I go back to trying to stretch my money because everything about starting a business costs money.

I can’t look for work every moment of every day, so I am using extra moments to deal with the fallout from the divorce and to work on getting some disability benefits for my autistic child.

Meanwhile, I’m working on making EPOCH Isotopes a reality. Mew-Mew House is taking off as well. I just have to be careful because all of it costs money, which is a precious commodity right now. Visit those websites and the blogs therein to learn more about how progress is going and ways you can help if you’re so inclined!

2020 Vision

It’s a new year. A time for reflection and resolutions.

2019 was a brutal one. I lost my marriage and my job.

But I still have what really matters: My child, my home, my friends, my cats.

And I also have one critical thing: A plan. Real goals. A vision for the future. (And, yes, I intended that pun.)

I’m starting over – but not from scratch. I’m revisiting old dreams. I’m paring off the parts of my past experiences that don’t work and re-imagining myself.

This is gonna be good.

Friday Headlines – October 4, 2019

Friday Headlines, October 4, 2019


Topics from this week in EES 101 – Earth Systems Science

  • Bubblegum rock
  • The 2011 Japan Earthquake

The Origin of the Rose Quartz Monument

This week was the annual week of the Mount Hope Cemetery field trip for my Introduction to the Geological Sciences course. It’s a short walk from the classroom, so it’s ever a great opportunity to see “rocks in the wild.” In this case, I consider them ‘feral’ rocks, because they’ve escaped containment and have been living in the elements for many, many years.

One favorite stop is “Bubblegum Rock,” a large chunk of pink quartz.

Students checking out "Bubblegum Rock"

Students checking out “Bubblegum Rock”

Students are challenged to figure out the origin of the rock. Some do. Some don’t. But all are fascinated by it.

This piece of quartz is an example of a pegmatite. Pegmatites are huge minerals that grow under very specific circumstances. In the case of these giant quartz grains, they were the result of extremely slow cooling of magma well below the Earth’s surface.

Here’s another blog post about Bubblegum Rock on Paleopix

A visualization of the March 2011 Japan earthquake

This is one of my favorite videos. Both audio and video illustrate the magnitude of the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan that resulted in a massive tsunami that killed thousands of people and destroyed a nuclear power plant.

Turn up the volume and enjoy!

Inktober 2019 – Day 1

It’s Inktober. Time to draw.

This is my first Inktober. I’ll be drawing pictures, comics, and characatures of the cats of Mew-Mew House at Second Guess Farm.

Mew-Mew House is the retirement home and hospice for cats at Second Guess. It’s currently occupied by 11 cats, which you’ll get to know as Inktober goes on.

It’s Mew-Mew House – a crazy social group for cats!
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