Preparing for the End

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

This is a pre-written post. I’m either asleep recovering from an awesome vacation or asleep recovering from a sickness that I caught during the awesome vacation. (I hope its the former.)

Today I have a month and a half left in my Parental Leave for Pegasus. It’s gone by so quickly and frankly I’m not ready to go back to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love making money and doing my job. It’s just way better writing, hanging out with my kids, and doing things around the house. Darn it, I should have been independently wealthy. (How do I do that?)

It’s been great even and with the lack of sleep and the mini-nightmare that was/is potty training, I had a great time. I know I’m extremely lucky to have this time. Most people don’t get it.

So all good things come to an end. It feels more final now than it did the last time. I think that’s because we’re not planning on adding any more to the Mythical Brood. So this really is the last time I have extended time off until retirement (2040-2045 here I come) or making enough from my books to do that full time. (Come on, movie rights)

So I’ve had this overwhelming urge to make sure everything is ready for me to be gone all the time. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or driving my wife to irritation, but I’ve upgraded our computers, fixed my daughter’s closet, built storage in the garage, cleaned the laundry room and added shelving, re-organized the kitchen, changed 2 faucets, added deck tiles to the deck, bought a lighter vacuum, bought and set up kitchen equipment to make it easier to cook, and replaced some light fixtures. I’m sure there’s more, but that’s off the top of my head.

I feel like I’m preparing for me not being there. Almost like someone who’s going to die. (That reminds me I need to set up an RESP for Pegasus.) I’m not. I plan on stubbornly hanging around until the 100 year anniversary of Doctor Who and Star Trek. I might as well see the fireworks for Canada’s bi-centennial while I’m at it.

It’s almost over, but I have another month and a half to spend with my little family and I intend to make the most of it.

Thanks for reading,

Éric

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