Hello! Happy end of May!
Tiny Houses! As many of you know I have been endlessly interested in the Tiny House movement. From attending a tiny house workshop with trend-setter Dee Williams in 2014, to preparing a permitting advocacy power-point presentation for a macro class last semester, to just generally living within and exploring small spaces, I have been hooked! Last weekend I connected with the Tiny House Meet-up Group here in Minneapolis and toured the NextDoor Housing granny pod.
This handicap accessible, transportable house is meant to be placed within a city backyard when a short-term health issue arises with a family's senior. These homes allow for family members to stay close to each other rather than hassling with distant care facilities. The NextDoor Housing team has just spent eight months getting their Temporary Dwelling Bill passed into law, effective September 1, allowing for 6-12 month temporary permits for the homes. This is a huge success for alternative housing!
Work! So, today I am back sitting in the spacious circular receptionist desk on the 13th floor temp-ing for the day with Meet Minneapolis. The view to the Cesar Pelli downtown library is just a glance away, and I have the freedom to work on schoolwork while getting paid (a nice perk for being at a desk at all!). ;)
Life! Before summer semester started a few weeks ago, I was having the most blissful Spring Break. My journey through my home state of South Dakota was filled with swing dance, games with kids, family dinners, hot tub adventures, and random backyard conversations; plus, the scenic drive was most pleasant... Then, I enjoyed working on my trailer for a few weeks -- after getting an obstruction permit for temporary street parking. I mounted the three solar panels, reorganized the interior, and brainstormed options for best ways to utilize the small space. Mostly, I'm excited to be showing the orb and the solar trailer at the Tiny House Expo, October 1 ... I, also, returned to the Lindy Hop scene in May and have been having an absolute ball taking the weekly dance classes -- while desperately trying to follow without back leading, lol! Fun times!
Painting! For weeks now I have been working on updating the paint job on both the orb and the Subaru. The orb (full photos coming soon) is now a vibrant blue and the base is a bright grass green (earth & sky)... The multi-colored Subaru got a little mellower with a primarily sky blue body that is now blending in more with her other car friends. I have to admit that I am missing the pink hood, but I am appreciating the simple calming blues.
School! I am happy to report that five days before the start of summer semester (semester 6 of 7!), a spot opened up in a class that I have been wanting to take since I started this part-time Master of Social Work program. Welcome, Jess, to Program Development and Grant Writing (woot!)! Also this semester is a macro social work internship, a research evaluation class, and a management class. MSW completion is set for December 2016. Count down in-progress!
Love to everyone, thank you for reading, and drop me a message or a postcard if you get the chance. Peace!
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