Thursday, January 29, 2009

learning curve
TA and I have had an idea for a business; well, TA had the idea, but I'm the one who is currently executing on delivery. It's a big leap in the dark! Anyway, I'm experimenting with the tools that will form a supplimentary part of the project over in the sidebar. I expect the adverts will be removed once the project is up and running. It's a bit crazy - we've never done anything this wild before, but necessity is the mother of invention and all that.

learning curve too
Sprout is one. It is time, I have decided, to get more disciplined about enriching his environment. That sounds very serious, doesn't it? It isn't at all, of course! I'm aiming for one new activity a day.
Yesterday we did finger painting for the first time, which was a qualified success - the activity lasted all of three minutes with at least five minutes of set up and clean up either side, but there. The day before we played with playdoh, again it was only diverting for a few minutes. Today, I am planning to help him develop his balance (he's walking and climbing already) by setting up an obstacle course in the living room with cushions.
We walk Skye in Centennial Park most days, which gets him looking at trees, ibises, cockatoos, pelicans and so forth, we go to the swings most afternoons (he dislikes the swing itself, but loves picking up leaves and twigs). He also has a fair amount of independent play each day, not to mention naptime.
This stay-at-home mother business is more time consuming than I ever imagined, what with chores and all the other bits I fit into the day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

TA's job situation has gone from bad to worse as the two-month extension passes. I had thought that this would happen as I've watched similar things happen to friends in the past. Plans are being hatched, cunning and otherwise, to get us out of this employment pickle in a stronger position than before. We're entering, for us, uncharted territory as we seriously consider taking a year off to travel, amongst other things. It's an interesting mix of excitement and terror! TA and I have flirted with doing this before, but this time we might really mean it.
Watch this space, as they say.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ouf. Things have gone for a burton; if not immediately, soon, we might well be back in 2004, with neither of us working. It’s all even more scary this time. We’re much better prepared for employment gaps - we have some savings, for example - but I can’t look for work until I have a spouse visa, which although in progress has been complicated by my odd medical history and may take months to come through. And then there’s Sprout to feed, clothe, house and care for. TA is fighting for his career survival and I’m lone parenting so that he can put in extra hours. We’re both terrified, but trying to stay strong for each other. At least it’s not -10° outside, like it is at home.