I can't talk about work much, with much detail at all, because the nature of the beast means it's all confidential and for good reason. Anything even remotely identifying is pretty much off the table, at least in terms of writing it out for an uncontrollable audience. This has been hard for me, both as a chronic overshare-er and because writing online in various ways is my primary way of keeping most of the people I care about in the loop of my life. In trying not to say too much, I've had to default to saying nothing, and that's not ideal. Now that things are getting underway a bit more, I'm having an easier time talking about what I'm doing, and how I feel about it, rather than having to rely on details about other people's lives to describe it. It's still complex and full of rocks, but it's getting a little bit easier to balance it.
I can say that I've been working quite a bit. I haven't had a ton of clients, but between the preparatory work and the follow-up work and the paperwork and the networking and the professional development and the marketing, I'm keeping busy. It's coming out to about a half-time job right now, which is a change. And I've officially been paid, which feels better than I expected. I haven't made a dollar of my own money since early 2011, so it was a little bit thrilling.
We went out with Graham's lab last night and I even got to open our tab under my name and close it myself, which I've possibly never done before. Not that it's a major goal of my life or anything, but it felt nice to be able to give something. Graham's never had a moment's hesitation about being the sole breadwinner and has always been more than willing to continue doing that indefinitely, and I've had a lot of time to get past any guilt I might have once had about that situation, but it still feels nice to have a little bit to pitch in here and there.
Hobbes and Molly are slowly adjusting to my being gone more often. They do ok, but Hobbes has gotten much more dependent on Molly's presence and doesn't like to be separated from her at all. Better her than me, I suppose, but it's just not so much an improvement for him as it is a shift in where the anxiety goes. Still, it's helped the people in the house be a little bit freer and less worried when we have things to do.
I'm still doing book reviews for Library Journal, but I may have to back off on those for a while, because it's just gotten a little bit overwhelming with everything else going on to have to read pre-pubbed books that I don't get to choose. It was a great time-filler when it was the only obligation I had, but now that my time for self-selected reading is reduced so much, having assignments isn't really making me feel all that stellar. I'm just trying to figure out how to do that, I think.
Graham's doing well. July was tough in the lab because a bunch of equipment went down and a lot of people went on vacation, so research progress really stagnated, which makes my goal-oriented partner very agitated, but things are getting back on track and his own vacation is coming up in a couple of weeks, along with a big family wedding, and it should be a good break for everyone. We've talked about going camping.
So I think that's pretty much the life update, totally non-philosophized.