Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Final Michigan Days...

I am wrapping up my last week here in Michigan - in less than a week now I will be loading my things into a trailer and making the 1,200 mile drive to join my husband in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I have spent about 18 months in the great sinking state of Michigan. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to live in Detroit, to really test my strength and pioneering spirit there. I am thankful I was able to start married life in the little cottage on the lake I am leaving now. (I am going to miss this house...). I have made some amazing, beautiful friends. I have cycled up and down the roads, and been through most of the trail systems in South East Michigan (and one in Canada, too!) I've learned to kayak and have seen some beautiful places. It's been a good run, Michigan.

While I still can't tell the schools apart (which is Michigan state? Which is the other one? I just call them "mgoblue" and "that one with the 's'") and I grumble at the drivers, and the way the politicians and people handle things, I have, overall, really learned a lot and enjoyed my time here...

I am starting a new chapter in life (It seems like I start a new chapter every three months or so, doesn't it? Moving, moving again, marriage, moving again :) and we are happy to finally be doing something we have always dreamed of - living next to the Rocky Mountains.

Also, as an added bonus, I get to participate in my dream job for a little bit - I get to be a stay at home lady :) My Primary Focus is going to be school, but in the interest of finance I will be defering the grad school part of coursework until we have resdency. After that, the program will take two years. I will defenently get a job at some point, but for the month or two until then I get do my favorite thing and...keep house!

Additionally, I have some General Ed Requirements in order to get the Teaching Certificate - Including three semesters of a Foreign Language. While Wisconsin only required 2 years of a high school Foreign Language, Colorado requires three years, or alternatively, three semesters. Right now I'm trying to decide which one to take - the possibilities are endless - I can keep working on french (I would probably need to re-take first semester...), start Spanish, which is a useful language in the United States, or move onto something else like Italian, Thai, Korean, or Chineese. Who knows!

Although I am overwhelmed with moving, I am excited to see JR again and set up house, as well as see what life is like on the Northern Front Range.


  1. Hello! I came across your blog a couple of weeks ago when I was searching sewing blogs. I stopped back by today and see that you are moving to Fort Collins. Just wanted to say welcome to you adn your husband!!! My husband grew up in the area and I have been living in Fort Collins for the past 6 1/2 years. We love it here. Colorado is beautiful and there is some excellent biking in the area. Hope your move to Colorado is safe and uneventful.

  2. Anonymous7:32 AM

    As for foreign languages, I found Spanish the easiest because it seems to be closest to English in structure and grammar. The sound system is nice because every alphabet letter is pronounced, never silent, and each letter has one and only one sound. So reading is easy and always consistent. A huge advantage to Spanish is that it may increase employability since it is the most common language seen in non English speaking kids comming to the schools. Very practical application and gives you and edge.
    As for French, linguists rate it more difficult for an adult second language learner to acquire. But if you already have a semester and they let you repeat that semester for credit (placement tests will probably show deterioration due to lack of practice) it will be helpful. Keep in mind you will need a good grasp of the sound system, as well as the written aspect which is very different from English. If you already have this it will certainly be to your advantage. Think about transferability, the usefulness of it may not be there.
    In the end, the ability to acquire a second language as an adult will play into this but I think the most important factor will be motivation.
    You can do this successfully no matter which language you choose. This I know because I know you and am aware of your intellectual abilities and huge drive for success once you put your mind to something.