Life is throwing me curve balls again, after a year of relative peace and recuperation.
Last November, M decided to run for office. He’s been nominated by the Green Party of BC to run as the candidate in Vancouver – Fairview. At first I resisted being his campaign manager, but because he never got one, I became his de facto CM.
In December, I lost my job and R lost his daycare. The family daycare nanny had taken in too many kids under the age of 2. She claims she’s never had a problem with the Westcoast Child Care Resource, with whom she was registered. Except that at the beginning of December she got a new inspector, and this new inspector says, rules are rules, lady. Bam. No more daycare the next day. Not even, like, hey, you have a week to find another nanny, ok? Nope, scramble scramble scramble with my schedule and M’s schedule and my parents’ schedules to see if we can put together enough hands to childmind for two fucking weeks before the holidays. Merry Christmas.
Lesson learned: it’s
always often worthwhile to check the rules anyway even if the expert says “it’s ok, don’t worry.”
There are more pictures (lots of pictures) over in der family blog.
So what does a full-time mum and part-time campaign manager do to stay sane?
I turn to work for inspiration. Namely, Getting Things Done to stay on top of things, a mindmap to keep my eyes on the big picture, and Agile Fucking Family.
We’ve had two weekly family meetings so far. The best part so far is, quite simply, how uplifting it is to get together and talk about all the things that went well, because it’s really easy to focus on just the shitty parts (especially when they’re staring right at you in the form of piles and piles of dirty dishes and/or laundry).
I don’t have enough time or know enough about it to talk about GTD, so I’ll just let you google it yourself.
I don’t have enough energy to talk about my mindmap at length, but I’ll just say that it’s helping me identify areas of my life that I really want to work on but haven’t been putting enough energy into. Things such as spending time with the pooch, or looking at going back to school, or hanging out with my friends. I’ve poured myself into motherhood and working on M’s campaign and I’m really neglecting a lot of things I want to care more about.
And, like, that campaign stuff just kind of landed on me. Looking back, it’s not something I really want to pour my everything into. Don’t get me wrong, I want to support my own husband in doing something really cool and so far being a CM is a really cool job and I meet tons of cool people. But I also want to just fucking knit, you know? I haven’t touched my knitting needles in three months. I really miss ‘em.
Counting down the two months until I can start knitting for babby.