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Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby blackmageheart » Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:06 pm

Somebody wanted a neutral thread for in-between FML and YML. (Somewhere along the line we'll probably have a GMH one too. :) ) So here it is!


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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby MeiTow » Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:26 pm

Been loving this lady and her violin and this Phantom of the Opera Medley is amazeballs!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-MsxYc

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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby RMDC » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:27 pm

I took a Sprite Stitch hiatus to focus on schoolwork. I finished school for the summer, but then we had a death in the family, followed by a week of summer camp for the kids, followed by a rush of preparation for a camping trip with the extended family (as a sort of reset after the passing of the family matriarch), and then the camping trip itself. But now I'm back! I should be getting back to blog updates pretty soon as well.

So there are two big developments that have happened in the last few months. The smaller-but-still-terrifying development is a shift in career plans. For the longest time I've been plinking away at an engineering degree, a few classes at a time, while I served as a full-time SAHD to our daughters. This spring we moved closer to my college so that I could take more classes in person (as opposed to online courses - the upper-level courses are slim pickings in terms of what's offered online). But after a rocky semester and some soul-searching, I've come to the decision to put the engineering degree aside. I really don't like engineering one bit; it's always been about being able to make enough money to support the family should anything happen to my partner's income, but it's simply become too onerous for me to handle it anymore. I'm now trying to get involved in an apprenticeship program for bench carpentry (!) so that I can pursue my long-time dream of becoming a luthier. The nice thing is that apprenticeships are paid positions - not anything like engineering money, but it's something. The problem is that the job market is terrible right now. I may have to wind up working retail until I can snare an apprenticeship. I do want to go back and finish my degree someday... but it'll probably be in something more fulfilling than engineering, like English or literature or punching myself in the face until I look like Mick Jagger.

Second development is bigger, but less scary. My partner and I are separating in anticipation of a divorce. But it's not a bad thing! We've been talking about getting unmarried for a long time because both of us have issues with marriage as a patriarchal institution and we want to walk our talk, especially considering we have two daughters who pay attention to whether the walk matches the talk. What finally pushed us to it is that we both kinda came out to ourselves about being gay. I pretty well knew my partner was a lesbian for a while, just like she pretty well knew I was gay; we just needed to get around to recognizing it ourselves. :P We're still co-parenting and living together, though we've taken separate rooms. We're best friends and don't intend to change any of the important things about our relationship. In a way it's been rather a relief to start the process - it's comforting to know that our relationship can survive without the inertia of marriage holding us together.

I'll try to update with some projects and get the blog rolling again. It's good to be back on the forums. :)

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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby DuckyBelkins » Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:24 pm

Wow RMDC I wish you and your ex luck :)

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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby yessamaca » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:06 pm

RMDC, your daugthers are so lucky to have two parents who can go through such big stuff and come out as partners still. It sounds like you are taking a very healthy step and showing your daughters that a family can work even if it looks a little bit different. Best of luck to the both of you an congratulations on coming out!

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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby blackmageheart » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:06 pm

RMDC I wish you and your partner all the luck in the world! Many people could learn something from the two of you, I'm sure.
Glad to have you back, my friend. :)

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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby starrley » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:15 pm

"I assure you, Commander, the cards are sufficiently randomized."

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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby Ally » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:43 pm

I got to have a tour through a Freemason lodge yesterday! The local Freemason chapter held my late uncle's wake after his funeral yesterday, as he was a member, and they showed us around! Super cool to have a look at, especially since the Freemasons are pretty secretive and don't typically allow women in there.
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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby rockinwithrammstein » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:16 am

RMDC, there's so much I want to say about your situation, but I'll just leave it at this: It's so refreshing, and so sweet, to see SUCH a cooperative family working towards happiness. I wish you and yours the best of luck in this new endeavor in life, though based on the support you and your wife are offering, you may not need it :)
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Re: Neutral Thread, or ~ML

Postby Yurtle » Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:53 am

RMDC, that's a whole lot of self-realization for a year! I am very envious of you that you were able to find out so much about yourself and what you want for your future and are taking steps to move towards that! That is all kinds of awesome. I am so happy for you and wish you and your family all the very best! Great job on being a role model!

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