Upheavals

Apr. 24th, 2013 08:40 am
metawidget: Person sitting cross-legged from the rear, in black and white with noise and scratches (body)
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I put my shoulder out this morning... Oscar had broken the coffee press, and I was looking for the last bit of glass, crouched at counter top level, and I reached to move a dish the wrong way. Ugh. I got it back in pretty quickly and eventually found the bit of glass. I felt it was a little crunchy lately, maybe due to being tired and maybe a bit stressed about the return to work and life in general. Getting Oscar to sleep continues to be a bit of a crapshoot these days, and we're doing it in shifts more and more. He doesn't tend to sleep in after long battles to get him to sleep, either. On the good side, he's getting more range and some more focus when walking places; I took him on foot and Vivien strapped to me to the grocery store yesterday, about 1.5 km, and he didn't need carrying until I popped him in the cart. We took the bus home and he sat patiently in his seat until it was time to get off.

This time next week, I should be somewhat re-oriented at work. I don't have a clear vision as to how I'll get back up to speed, but there'll probably be meetings with HR to straighten out stuff arising from parental leave and make sure I get paid, a supervisor meeting about expectations and learning plans this year, and I hope there'll be some introductions and orientation with the new clients. There'll probably be some re-connecting with the confidentiality people, too, and with friends who I don't work with directly (or don't work with anymore), and figuring out what organized activities and committees I want to take part in. I'll be getting used to a very different structure of day, aside from the content of the work — coming home and shifting into high parent/cook gear right away (and helping Elizabeth get out of high parent gear), and generally being more focued when I am around home, I hope. I'll have to make a point of relaxing (but moving quickly) on the bike or bus ride home! Even with the extra responsibilities, I suspect that the increased contrast between adult-land and parent-land in my life will be a net reduction in stress.
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