Remember a couple of posts back, I wrote there had been an opportunity to leave Mouseland that we turned down because it required moving every two to four years which we decided was too much to ask of our kids. The responses to that post were along the line of a door closed, a window opens. So last week I receive an email that appears to have nudged open a window. No, we are not leaving here, but it is an opportunity. This fall, on a lark, I applied to a program for an advanced degree in international law. It is a one year program if done full time. I really never thought I'd get in, but I guess the university didn't look to hard at my transcript because I have been accepted and I start tomorrow. Not only did the university agree I could enter the program, they agreed that I could do it part time. So I have managed to schedule two classes around my kids schedule so as not to disturb their universe. Plus the unversity has summer classes (namely the equivalent of thesis writing during the summer). It is possible that I could be half-way through the program by August. We are still going to keep looking to leave Mouseland, but in the meantime this gives me the opportunity to learn a new area of law and increase my marketability for when I am ready to return to work (and I can see that day coming as Hew finishes Kindergarten this year!). And for now I can still pick the kids up from school except twice a month so the impact is pretty limited. No it is not immediate gratification and I don't get to pack the boxes yet, but still - an open window of opportunity. Although I admit to being terrified as law school was a horrendous nightmare for me and I have now volunteered to return to it for 24 more credits.
And on an unrelated note, the freeze has left Florida leaving behind a trail of dead citrus and tropical fish, but I still loved it. It was cold and the grass is dead and the kids wore jackets to school - and it is so over. But for now, I have my roses to remind me that even in hell it does freeze over once in awhile.