I've been searching for a way to break the ice after such a long absence from my once-loved blog. I realized tonight that there isn't a smooth way to do this where I glide back in, segueing into a well-crafted post after a pithy sentence that somehow erases the months and months that I've been away (only proverbially... in real life my only absence was a lovely few days in Austin this spring).
Rather than explaining my absence (so very, very busy with... life) or trying to play catch-up (which would never work well), I'm just going to jump right back in and see what happens. It's my blog after all and that's how I want to do it.
Things are changing in my life. After seven straight years at home with my children, I am returning to work this September. I'll be back with the government, in fact, with the same department but in a much diminished role. I didn't truly expect to go back at the same level I left, given I was away for 7 years but I didn't really expect to return to an entry level position. However, things are really tough in Canada's public service right now. People are losing jobs not getting them. I'm just so thankful to have found something that will fulfill the debt that I owe the government from my maternity leave top-up. I don't owe them money... I owe them time. If I hadn't found a position, I would have had to pay that top up back.
The position I've taken will be for one year. I don't know what will happen after that. I'm not too concerned at this point. Right now I'm completely focused on reorienting our family from one where there is a parent home full-time who is largely responsible for most stuff at home - meals, laundry, cleaning, school work, play, lessons, etc - to having two parents working full-time and all the kids in daycare and school.
I'll be tough. Particularly on me. On the plus side, there will be more money in our pockets.
And that is the first transition. The others are much more interesting to talk about, but I'll save that for another night when the UK version of Life on Mars isn't calling my name.