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A little update…

6 March 2008 199 views 9 Comments

I’ve always wondered about people who blog daily.  I certainly can’t do it – at least not now with my current workload.  Maybe when we’re in Costa Rica, but I really hope I spend less time at the computer when we’re there.

In the past month I built a social network site for unschoolers, which is now in the testing phase.  Sometimes you have to  run with an idea while the inspiration is there, and it had to be done.  I’ve had a couple of NYT articles on my mind, one on how discoveries & advancements occur thanks to incremental knowledge & improvements over time, and another article that posited that innovation was more important than perfection.  The first made me develop the site, allowing me to make something I cared about while increasing my knowledge, while the second convinced to make the site live as soon as possible as my anal retentive streak could keep it on ice for weeks while I tinkered.

There’s also the issue of selling the house that’s hanging over our heads.  Spring is coming and doing stuff with 2 active kids is near impossible.  We caught a nice break when a carpenter/contractor we requested an estimate from was open to bartering for a website.  Looks like he might be down with becoming a duck owner too – he was very interested in them and I’m waiting to hear what he thinks of the eggs we gave him.

This whole time Costa Rica has been in our minds.  Cold weather made it easy to think of the warm weather there.  The empty trees inspired visions of the greenest of green leaves.  We’ve made it to March after a milder than usual winter and will see about getting the house on the market next month.  After that, we cross our fingers & wait.


  • Rick said:

    I too hear the climate is great in Costa Rica in March.
    I was interested in your post about homeschooling, and from what I read on the Costa Rica HQ blog that homeschooling is quite easy in Costa Rica. The government does not get involved.
    I will be looking for your latest post, can’t wait to read about your move.

  • Arp (author) said:

    afaik, children are required to be in school until they’re 16. Seemingly, most people don’t mind if foreigners homeschool since public schools have limited resources. But there is a possibility of catching someone’s attention, or worse – angering an official by pulling kids out of school. Due to the lack of funding, you could escape that kind of attention by moving to a different area.

    Do you have a link for that post at Costa Rica HQ? I couldn’t find it, and the search function isn’t working very well.

  • Summer said:

    You guys are just too busy. ;) That relaxed pace of things once you get down to Costa Rica wil be a much needed break, I’m sure.

  • Arp (author) said:

    I hope so!

  • Anastasia said:

    Children are NOT required to BE IN SCHOOL until they are 16 years old. They are required to

  • Anastasia said:

    BE SCHOOLED. There is a difference.

  • Arp (author) said:

    That’s in the US – the comment was about Costa Rica.

  • Amelia Hart said:

    Hi, I noticed you asked about the link at Costa Rica HQ where you can find information on home schooling. I happened to be reading that blog and came across it here: http://www.costaricahq.org/schools/

    Hope that helps.


  • Arp (author) said:

    Thanks Amelia – I did manage to find it. I was searching for ‘homeschooling’ and it’s ‘home schooling’ there :-)