You only get the one shot at being a mom. Screw that up and then what? Live with regret forever? Fuck that.
I have signed a contract to write for Babble. It's not what I made at FOX but it's enough to get us moved to Pennsylvania this summer. Serge has a couple irons in the fire there that hopefully work out and I'll continue to supplement our income by writing from home, thanks to y'all. For reading and clicking and commenting. I can't thank you enough for giving a shit. I read each and every comment from this post and it just thrills me beyond words that so many of you from all over the world keep reading and caring about my family.
We've been talking about this move to Pennsylvania and I've been trying to figure out how to make a career out of freelance writing for years - and now we're doing it. For those of you who don't know, that's where Serge's family lives. After we moved from Brooklyn so did Serge's brother Dave. He now lives in Central Pennsylvania near Serge's mom and step-dad. That's where we're headed. So put on yer overalls, pull up a log and have a seat, we're moving to Amish country this summer!
As Uncle Dave said in a highly persuasive email today, "We have Shrimp feeds, pig stomach dinners and a weekly hay sale. I have a bar in my house! We have the Mill Hall Rotary! Money wheel, funnel cake, grange fair, shoo fly, fried ham!!! Bingo (and Dollar Bingo), sweet corn!, whoopee pies, oil fracking, dollar movies, wild deer, junk cars, money pitch, ham pot pie, Middlesworth potato chips (the weekender), humming birds, hoop houses, wild squirrels, maple syrup, lamp oil, Bush Light, burn barrels, cheap pumpkins, a haunted grist mill, rhubarb, pickled watermelon rind, town-wide yard sales, ice cream (no frozen yogurt though:() Sam's Club diet white birch beer, shelled corn, ear corn, bird seed, regular Bush Beer, burdock and sweet potato vine, wild ticks!, Puff's discount Tobacco, Curt's "smokin' Ribs, The Jaycee's, SV historical society, local watershed meetings, fresh cider, wild fish and sandy field pears. And not a lot of natural disasters!"
Funnel cake, shoo fly pie and hay sales? And New York City only a four hour drive away? What more does a body want from life? From New York City buildings to the Utah suburbs to the Pennsylvania countryside - I hope you stay with us for the journey because it's going to be crazy, scary and exciting...so stick around.
Our future neighborhood: