Almost peeing our pants

We don’t have anything home related to share with you today. I spent more than 6 hours yesterday working on a piece of writing for another publication, a new writing gig that we’ve alluded to in a few previous posts.

We’re pretty excited that today, we can finally tell all of you what that is all about.

This (sorta) Old LIfe: Purple Clover screen shot

Like the photo of Cane and me trying to look like the badass (er, often clueless) DIY homeowners we are?

Earlier this spring we were contacted by an editor from BermanBraun, a media company launching a new site for those of us in a demographic we still find it hard to believe we’re now part of. They wanted to know if we’d like to write for them.

We get spammy sorts of offers fairly frequently, and I almost deleted that message without even reading it because I thought it was more of the same. I’m really glad I didn’t.

Because this offer was a for-real opportunity. Like, almost-pee-your-pants for-real. (The resumes for the company partners include the words like “president” and “chairman” for such places as Paramount Pictures, ABC Entertainment, and Fox.)

Once we stopped laughing–because, c’mon, us, really?–we had to really think about it.

“Do you want to write for us?” might sound like a no-brainer question, but it really wasn’t. In our first post for them, we explored why we seriously thought about saying No, thanks. You can read it by clicking here (or on the photo above). (You can also read what Purple Clover is all about here.)

As those of you who read regularly know, the real DIY project we’re chronicling here is the one of making a good life. The house is just a vehicle and metaphor for that larger undertaking. And that larger project already has some pretty big, non-negotiables in it; namely, our kids and our careers. Although I like to refer to mine as a day job, it’s more than that.

This (sorta) Old Life: Making a workspace like home--retro school posters

Last fall I shared how I made a new commitment to my job of supporting teachers’ professional development.

This opportunity has made me deeply question why we’re doing what we’re doing here. As I wrote in the post on Purple Clover, we began blogging here to learn new things and find community. It’s never been about launching a different career or business. Although I initially flirted with the idea of going pro as a blogger, I decided last summer that I wasn’t willing to do more than casually date the whole world of social media. Going pro requires a full-on commitment, more like getting married.

Writing for Purple Clover feels kinda like agreeing to go steady. It’s saying: OK, yeah–I’m willing to take my relationship with writing/social media to the next level. But it’s not like we’re engaged or anything.

See, Cane and I really love blogging the way we’re able to do it here. We love the creative work of shaping and sharing stories, and we love the interaction we get to have with those of you who comment here and on our Facebook page. We love that we have the freedom to blog when we can, the way we want. We don’t want anything to change that. Signing a contract to write in another place and having a weekly deadline there will change what we do here. So we’re trying it out, but we’re not making any  long-term promises.

As we wrote in that post, we know this will come with some growing pains. It already has, even though the site is only launching today. You might have noticed that we’ve posted less frequently the past few weeks. That’s not just because of our new gig, but it’s definitely played a part in it. We’ve still got the same 24 hours in every day. Something’s had to give to make time to write there.

So why say yes?

Because it’s just too rich a chance to pass up. Not so much because we’re going to make a little money or gain attention, but because it’s a chance to grow, and that’s what we’re really all about here.

Most things I do are just that–things I do. But writing, that has always been part of who I am. I knew that if we said no, I’d always wonder if we should have said yes, because I’d always wonder how I might have grown as a person through this experience.

So, we hope you’ll read us there and keep on reading us here. We’ll be writing on a wider range of topics at Purple Clover, things that don’t always fit into the scope of this blog. In many ways both sites are about the same topic–how do we build a good life at this stage of our game?–but we won’t be focused only on issues connected to making home.

Please know that whatever we might be doing elsewhere online, this place right here is our online home. It’s our baby. It’s something we’ve made together, and it’s all ours. We have no plans to let go of it. We hope to have a regular post up later this week.

Just know that it’s the last week of school, we’re nursing a sick dog, and, honestly, hanging on until Friday will be viewed as a major accomplishment in our household.

This (sorta) Old Life: Rocky

Here’s how poor little Rocky looked last Tuesday night at the vet’s. He’s got a herniated neck disc and is on strict bedrest for at least two weeks with a neck brace. He’s not a happy camper. We aren’t, either.

Next week, we’re out for the summer–and then watch out. It’s gonna be all family room renovation, all the time. Unless it’s the kitchen table project. Oh, and we’ve decided we cannot live with the carpet in our bedrooms one more week. Those are coming out Saturday or Sunday. And we have to re-spruce our deck because it’s been summer here and it took a bit of a beating over the winter and we just need to.

OK, so it’s going to be business as usual, with us hopping from one project to another in our full-on ADD style.

This (sorta) Old Life: Cane tearing up carpet

Yes, it was just about a year ago that I came home to find Cane tearing this carpet up. No, those stairs still aren’t finished. (Don’t judge.)

See, nothing’s really going to change. :-)

And we’ll still love (and answer) your comments!