“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” - Buddha
On Monday I took a walk with a friend from where I used to work before darling Maeve came along. It's a great company full of people I loved working with, although reading and compiling information from mesothelioma depositions is neither cheery nor easy. My friend told me that things are just crazy busy over there, so I emailed my old boss to see if there was anything I could do to help.
Apparently, there is. I'm trying out doing some as-needed work from home, seeing if I can manage my most important job, Mommy, along with something that will earn us a little cash. My best management tool so far has been a little stopwatch, so I can time how much work I actually do, then just hit stop when I get up for diapers, bottles, walks, cuddles, playing, etc.
Maeve will always be my first and most important job, but we'll see if I can work hard and fast enough during her naps for my old company to be able to use me. So far, so good, and it looks like I'll finish this case by the deadline they've set for me.
And Maeve has work of her own: discovering her world, as the Buddha said, is her job right now, and mine is to help her find all its wonders. Yesterday we found this one: gnawing on carrots is good for sore gums.