Can you believe it?

It seems like forever ago and just yesterday at the same time.  5 years ago we were 75% done renovating 86, Marc and I had a full time architectural jobs, and were happily living in Asheville.  If you would have told me then that on Franca's 5th birthday we would be living in Detroit with me working from home, I would have told you "SHUT UP!" in my best Elaine voice.

Funny how life works!

Franca has had a crazy 5 years, but she's one of the most creative, fun, and inquisitive kids ever. She wants to be a doctor, loves to declare "Science is my life!", and loves to draw. She's a good big sister and a fun daughter!

Here's to whatever her next 5 years bring!

An Update with a bit of Progress (and a lot of rambling)


Seems like time for another update.

So Marc starts his "real job" on Monday.  We moved here last June in a silly, haphazard fashion both without jobs and not knowing much about the job market here.  The plan was for Marc to get a full-time office job within 3 months.  Despite my relentless nagging, those 3 months stretched into 9 months.

Good news was that he sent his resume to 5 offices, he got interviews at 4.  He then got offers from all 4 of those offices and eventually took the offer from the office he had originally set his sights on.  Pretty good, right? Looks like the job market here is strong and it really helps that his experience is so broad.  (Worked in Detroit, NYC, and Asheville on schools, high-end houses, breweries, restaurants, etc.)

For the time being, I will continue to freelance doing architecture and products for the blind. Work is strong and I love doing it.  Right now I'm working on a book of creatures for blind kids.  It's really fun.

It looks like Marc's first project will be converting an old church into a music venue.  Awesome, right?  Because we are still out in the 'burbs, he will have a ~30 min commute down to Midtown Detroit.  I know that seems like nothing to most people, but we've been walkable to our workplaces for the last 7 years and Marc hasn't had a driving commute since 1998.

We've been busy researching neighborhoods and schools (I've visited 6 already!). We hope to move by June the latest.  We were hoping not to rent again, but it looks like that is how it will flush out.  I'd like to find a place to set up a real studio and surround myself with my beloved various weird machines (3d printer, milling machine, vinyl printer, etc.).

I feel like I need to add that I know some people think we are crazy, but I everyone wants their own type of life and they aren't all the same.  I've recently met a bunch of very normal families living happily in the city.   It has been great to talk to people who know the current ins and outs by living it daily, because Detroit history, ruin porn, and the news paint a pretty grim picture.

A month or so ago, my parents came up for the auto show and I drove them around the city a bit including by a property we have been trying to buy.  Their reactions were pretty fun. My mom thinks we are crazy, but to be fair, my mom has always thought everything I do is crazy! My dad thought it was all so cool and exciting. Wonder where I get my sense of adventure? I'm blaming you Dad!

A big part of me wishing we would have just moved into the city straight-away, but I also realize that testing out the 'burbs while getting our bearings was actually pretty beneficial. That said,  I do feel like we've been in a holding pattern for so long and it is making me nuts. Marc's new job is a step in the right direction though, so at least this update has a bit of progress in it.