Righto, so back to the beginning, a month ago I started a new job, an NGO - perfect! New field (mental health) and much to learn in short time; I love a challenge so still perfect! Part-time - perfect, However, part-time has morphed into near full-time at the moment which would ordinarily be fine, however has been made more complicated by (a) my mum was in her final three weeks with us (b) J has two weeks of school holidays and (c) C2 is in the USA - oy!
This last month has been about trying to skill up very fast on the basic principles and statistics of the current mental health crisis in Australia, trying to skill up equally fast so that I can work respectfully with the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who are key stakeholders in my project, trying to make my mum's last three weeks with us not just about doing our washing and making our dinners, and reminding J that he really does have a loving and present mother. Toss into the middle of that, a 3-day trip to Sydney (completely awesome) to accompany my mum part-way back to Canada, and well, it's been quite a month!
|The Sydney opera house....and a pirate ship?|
I can cope with my current chaos because I know that balance is around the corner; that sweet spot where my brain, body, and soul are fully engaged and there is still milk in my refrigerator. For the moment, that symmetry is elusive, but I know it's close. At least the chaos is helping me not notice that my mum has returned to Canada.
One of the highlights during the school holidays was reclaiming our old annual J-Day tradition. On J-Day, J chooses all meals and activities which not supposed to cost
|Our sushi consumption, why yes those are all our plates, impressive right?|
|Geneva calling....still best mates|