Welcome to a couple of new friends! As promised, this is my try at an intro post.
I am 43 years old and a university administrator. I have been in the business for 21 years, so I tend to talk here-and-there about higher education politics, observations, moments of joy and empowerment, disappointments, the whole continuum of life in the ivory tower.
I am married to Allyson (nickname Ally) and we have been together for the last decade+ of our lives. In 2010, we experienced the greatest miracle of our lives in adopting our son together. If you want more on that truly miraculous story, please ask. Otherwise, I am not going to add a link to this public post. My wife is a midwife. She owns a business in our town of residence - in the Mojave Desert. Being the wife of a midwife is not for the faint of heart! She is on call most of the time in the same way as a doctor. So, I also talk about this aspect of our lives from time to time.
I earned my doctoral degree in Diversity Studies in 2007. For most of my studies, we were living in Florida. Moving from the beach to the Mojave Desert was a tremendous change, but I have fallen in love with the desert. Most recently, I have taken my love for this place to the challenge of desert trails running. It's challenging and fascinating...and I often snap quick photos of my beloved landscape along the way.
Over the last 10 years of living in Las Vegas, I have come to adore desert gardening. I write a lot about growing veggies and the flowers in our backyard. It is the hobby that is closest to my heart because it is ultra difficult and WAY EXCITING to actually get plants to grow and thrive in caliche soil!
I am a semi-serious runner and I am training for a half-marathon. I actually participated/finished my first half-marathon in Las Vegas this fall, but that was for fun and I was as slow as a turtle. This time, I am running with a couple of friends and we have a timed goal for our March Rock N' Roll marathon adventure! I am well on my way of making the goal. With six more weeks of training, I know I will feel ready!
I enjoy reading and I have a goal of making it through 10 books during 2016. Given that I am on number five, Girl at War, I think I am going to make it easily! Reading for pleasure has always been a joy, but it was not a priority or possibility after our son was born. We are an active family and spend lots of our time together outdoors. We hike and we travel A LOT! Last year, we spent three weeks in Europe. The year before, we explored Nicaragua, and the year before, we vacationed in Curacao. We do not spend our money on many things; we spend our money on travel adventures!
I have a major goal of retiring by 59.5 years old. It is not likely to happen, but it is a lofty and inspiring goal! Please do not misunderstand --- it is not that work is not good and empowering and all the stuff that comes along with the positive aspects of a career. From all perspectives, I have enjoyed a magnificent career. But, I have been in administration for 21 years and I am very ready for my next phase in life. Many people express to me when I go down this road of discussion that work DOES feed life for them. Yeah, yeah, I understand. But, I am talking about the next phase of life in which all hours are mine to do with as I want and please. I dream of doing things like creating a small gardening nursery or traveling without deadline of a beginning or end date....and, and, and...I dream of life with a retirement check coming in and my time being MY OWN. Seven years...tick, tock...
I grew up in Cajun Country Louisiana. I visit every three months because my mom still lives there. My dad passed away in October 2015 and it was the darkest period of my life. I am/was very close to my parents and treated our son to visiting them as often as possible. It paid off. We call him our part-time Mojave Desert / Cajun boy. Perhaps the greatest theme across my writing is the significance of family. I live and breathe that value to my core.
My home is my sanctuary. I believe this comes across in my writings as well. This is not to suggest that I/we do not have moments of dischord or ordinary ups and downs, but we work actively to preserve our life n a peaceful, loving, and authentic way. Our family "rule" is to treat each other better than we treat anyone else in the world...and all of the rest of the niceness in the world will follow...
I am an early riser, so I generally update LJ in the morning...
Let's connect on LJ. I have enjoyed the gifts of real friendships being created via LJ!