Well, here we are. Me and Charlie, hanging out. Jon's at work, I've put the kids on the bus. Soon I'll go run some errands, with the imperative that I be home by 12 so I can meet Bel's bus. She and I will have lunch and I'll try to talk her into a nap (or maybe we'll hit up the library). She has homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so sometimes we work on that. At 4 we'll go across the street to meet Otto's bus. I could let him get off at the stop at our court by himself and walk across the parking lot to our apartment, but I'm pretty sure he would miss the stop 90% of the time because he's usually reading. So we meet the bus, and turn it into a little walk for Charlie at the same time.
We'll come home and he'll get out his homework. Last night I didn't even have to prompt him, he just sat down at the table and pulled out his math worksheet. Reading 20 minutes? No problem, he sometimes reads that much before breakfast. I usually have him spend 10 or 15 minutes at Spelling City, too. This year his teacher has an account there, so she fills in their spelling words for the week and all we have to do is point and click to practice.
Now that our routines are settling in, I'm thinking a bit more about finding work for me. And right now I'm mostly feeling... ambivalant. Not sure what I want. More sure (slightly) of what I don't want, which I guess is a starting place. I have some research to do and some lists to make. I'll figure something out. In the meantime, I have some extra time with my kids, who have told me in the past month that I should a) be the first woman president or b) be a substitute teacher. Their faith in my abilities is touching, I guess?
I even have extra time with my husband. It's kind of weird to have him home so much -- the result of cutting a commute from 2-3 hours a day to 30 minutes. Maybe an hour if he bikes. It's nice, and it's also an adjustment. I think he thought I would fall easily into the habit of making dinner, as he used to do. Hah. On the upside, last night we got to try out Smashburger. (I said "this could be our new Noodles!" Jon looked dubious.)
I have a list of things I want to tackle while I'm "off", things like sewing and catching up on some reading. I need to email the media specialist at the elementary school and ask if she could use a volunteer in the morning. I hope she needs help shelving and would trust me to do it -- I kind of like shelving.
And I feel like that's enough planning for right now. Day by day is a good way to do things when your entire life has been picked up and dropped into a new place.