January has been very kind to us. We settled into somewhat of a routine with Don working away and myself huddled at home, trying to manage 2 jobs. I have also committed to some new volunteer opportunities. I know that once April 1st arrives and I say that’s it – neither of us are working the rest of this year, I am going to start feeling unproductive. So I took inventory of what I was doing with my time and added a couple of new adventures.
Here is my volunteer life: Spruce Grove Ringette Treasurer, Friends of the Stony Plain Library Treasurer, North Central Co-operatives Association Board Member, Stony Plain Family & Community Support Services Board Member, and AURORA Foundation Vice Chairperson.
I imagine this will help my transition from working to non-working!
Did I actually tell everyone we are hoping not to work this year after April 1st? We are both open to taking some small contracts along the way to “sustain” ourselves, but not hoping for any large time commitment opportunities to come along. Having said that though this past year has proven to both of us to never say never.
Don has completed his job up north a shift earlier than expected. Some growing pains along the way for “the department”, but overall not so bad for Don. He has a pile of to do items on his list around home (and no not my stuff!). For the most part I am quite independent about household stuff, being used to Don being away from home is his government job. More like things in the garage, ATV oil changes, etc. I will sneak in some items come spring:)
On January 28 Tracy and Lindsay had a birthday party for me! I will be turning 50 on February 20, but that is too close to Lindsay’s due date of March 2 for her to venture south, so it was planned for a weekend that still felt safe for travel. The date was not a surprise for me, but the location, activities and final guest list was. It was an amazing evening full of good friends, food and laughter. We have the greatest daughters and love them so much! Thank you!!
February is a busy family month, and a full work one for me. March will bring our new baby!! Don and I are going away for April, and looking forward to that.
So as the next few months approach Don and I are trying to figure out what our normal will be in the way of daily routines, etc. I am privileged that the contracts I have allow a non-traditional work day and for the most part I work at home, and hopefully we don’t get in each others way too much unless we want to!
Have a great February everyone – and I will let you know how things are going for us! Call for a coffee if you are near…