The waiting game

October 7, 2009 at 9:58 am (Family, time)

I think I’ve mentioned before that my wife and I are expecting our first child. Well, we’re still “expecting.” The baby was due last Thursday and, as of today, still seems to prefer the warm confines of her mother’s belly.

It’s a weird feeling, this waiting. We obviously know that we’ll never be returning to “normal,” but we’re still caught in a kind of holding pattern. We’ve done all the reading and preparation we can do for the delivery; the nursery is all ready; family has come and will be coming to help out; my wife’s all ready for her maternity leave. And yet…we can’t move on to this next exciting life stage just yet.

So I make plans in case I have to miss a day of class for Grad School (depending on when the baby comes). My wife tries to continue working (some days) so as not to use up all her sick days. Her sister patiently waits as her week of vacation wiles away here at our home.

“Come on, kiddo! Let’s get this party started!”


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Priorities and wisdom

June 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm (Job search, our house, time)

The thing about being a writer who doesn’t actually get paid for writing (yet) is that writing well takes lots of time. It takes constant practice. And, surprising as it may be, life doesn’t put itself on hold to make room for my writing. It moves on, quickly, and finding a nice coffee-and-quiet-table-so-I-can-write time doesn’t alway fit well into the hustle and bustle of being a responsible adult. 

Take right now, for example. I need to write. I also need to be looking for a real job, one that actually pays money so my wife and I can eat and she can stay home with the new baby next year. I also have a bathroom that’s halfway remodeled and multiple other house projects that need to be done sometime in the next decade (Kyna would probably prefer a much shorter timetable). I’ve done all of the above in the past week and I guess in the end its about priorities and wisdom.

Unfortunately, I have lots of priorities and not nearly enough wisdom.

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