Nanny Granny

Jameson at 8 months

I’d like to tell you that I’m back to blogging… but I’ve said that before so I’m not going to make any promises.  I will tell you that I’ve reorganized a lot of my life to make writing a priority again and I’m hoping that will make the difference this time.  Over the past year, I’ve done quite a bit of soul-searching.  (Becoming a grand-parent will do that to a person.)  I’ve re-evaluated my priorities and taken a second look at some goals that I had been ignoring for a while.  This blog is one of them.  I’ve also come to realize that life is a constant state of transition so you might as well embrace it.  The trick is to make sure it’s constantly improving.

Sierra returned to work (after her post-partum leave) on March 2, 2017 (my 49th birthday.)  On that day, I started a new adventure I affectionately refer to as “Nanny Granny.”  I am Jameson’s full-time care-giver.  Monday through Friday – 6:45am until 4:45pm.  I AM exhausted… but I wouldn’t trade this time for anything in the world.  It is a tremendous privilege to be such an integral part of his life at this stage.   Leroy is still home when he arrives (most days) so he gets to snuggle and spend some daily time with him too.  As grandparents, we couldn’t ask for more.

This was only possible because I was able to transition my existing job at Rico, Pfitzer, Pires and Associates from full-time employee to independent contractor. (Leroy and I are so grateful to work with and for some tremendous people.)   Since most of my tasks can be done anywhere at any time, I am able to keep up with my work in between my time with Jameson.  I “work” before he arrives in the morning, during naps, in the evenings and on the weekends.  He spends a lot of time rolling around the floor of my office.

This new flexible schedule has allowed for time to also work on some tasks that I’ve been postponing for various reasons.  I’ve had a lot of excuses, but mostly I just told myself that I didn’t have time.  I know there is always time for what’s important and I decided that these projects are important enough… now.

The first project was going through my old journals and pulling information I wanted to keep and getting rid of the crap.  (More about this in another post.)  The second project is scanning ALL of our old photographs for archival purposes (and to get rid of the countless boxes sitting in storage.)  While we’ve tremendous progress with this project, we still have a long way to go.  (I say we here because I’ve recruited Leroy into helping me with the sorting which is the most difficult part of the process.)  My goal is to have all of the photos scanned and disposed of by the end of the year.  I’ll be writing about both of these in separate posts because I’ve learned a lot through the process.

I’ve also been able to pick up a camera again. (A real camera… not my cell phone.) And I have an adorable, full-time model.

Finally, I had to clean up the blog.  I won’t bore you with the technical stuff (like web hosting) but I had a mess to fix.  Somewhere along the line all of the photos that I had included in posts became detached from the text.  (The writing was about a photo, but you couldn’t see the picture!)  To make a long story short, I moved the entire website to a new host, re-attached the photos (the best I could) and cleaned up the whole mess.  There are still some broken links and if you find one, please send me an email and let me know where it is so I can fix it.  I feel like I’ve gone through the whole thing at least a dozen times and it’s all starting to look blurry to me.

So… I’m back.  (I hope.)  We have some adventures coming up in the next few months and I’ll be sharing them here.  Most I will “publicize” on social media, but you can also subscribe to get posts sent to your email.  (Once a week only… no matter how often I write.)