It’s been a very busy couple of weeks around here. Vacation reentry almost did me in but I got through it and so did everyone else. We now have 3 more days of April and I might be jinxing myself by saying this but *whispers* so far, so good. (NO WHAMMIES!)
For me, things on the work front are going really well. I had my first day of work where I was really flying solo and it felt so good. There is a lot to do and lots I need to catch up with because things have been very loosey-goosey before now. But shit is inching ever closer to a line (as opposed to splattered on all four walls).
After a decade at home, it is amazingly fulfilling to me that I can go do a job, use my brain, and benefit someone’s business in a real and tangible way. Like, I had forgotton how good it feels. It’s a completely different thing from the satisfaction of taking care of a family and home. I think this is going to be a huge boost for me – not just financially but mentally as well.
So yeah, I like my job.
Liam has decided to take a break from Tae-Kwon Do. He’s been feeling very stressed with school – more than I realized and I feel so bad for that. He just had too much on his plate between TKD, band, chorus, school, etc, etc. He was strung out. So we took TKD off his plate. We set up some ways to help support him better with schoolwork. We had a talk about how the PPSAs are bullshit, they mean nothing, and we didn’t care how he did on them. In fact, we’ll probably opt him out next year. They cause him anxiety and he doesn’t need that.
Jamie continues to be his usual mercurial self. He’s starting to be able to read a bit but he’s not too confident with it yet. To be honest, I think he’s scared to make mistakes and that keeps him from attempting things sometimes. He just doesn’t ever want to be wrong. But! He’s made a speech breakthrough and it’s a BIG one. That pesky ‘k’ sound is suddenly coming out correctly more and more often on a spontaneous basis. He’s even correcting himself before I even have a chance to prompt him. I’m so damn proud of him. He’s been working on that sound since he was TWO. FOUR YEARS. And he’s getting it. He’s also starting to get ‘g’ but it’s not showing up as frequently as ‘k’ yet.
Scot is doing OK. Work has been stressful and spring storms have kicked his migraines into high gear. He’s had two rounds of Botox for the migraines with a third upcoming in June. If #3 doesn’t truly lessen the severity/frequency then we’ll be done with Botox treatment. I had such high hopes for it to work for him – he’s a good candidate! – but I have my doubts that round 3 will be a miracle cure.
Speaking of medical things – we FINALLY paid off all the medical debt we had from the Great Organ Removal Festival of 2014. It took us a full year to get it all paid off but it’s DONE. It’s such a weight off our shoulders as it was a huge drain on our already very strained budget. So, I am glad to have that done. However, that said, I have to say that we are very lucky. Over the course of 3 years, it took 2 job losses, 2 surgeries, a broken arm, and 4 hospitalizations for our budget to come to a point where we were truly in the red. Any one of those things could have been the tipping point for many, many families. We are so lucky that the combination wasn’t enough to break us.
Last but not least, I’m about start on the first of my final 3 classes for school. I have the book in hand, the courses have finally migrated and been put up for purchase, I’ve gotten access, and I’m ready to go. My original timeline of being done by June is out the window. No way, no how. But I’m taking these last three courses one at a time instead of in a group (for a lot of reasons) so I think I’ll be able to get through them a little more smoothly. Reimbursement Methodologies is first up – which dovetails nicely with my job.
All in all, life is very good. I’m tired and I’m still trying to figure out how to cram in all the things I need to do into the time I have. Despite that, I feel like I’m emerging from a protracted hibernation to a springtime full of possibilities.