It's been a hectic summer here - my fabulous niece, Jennifer,and her lovely, six-year-old daughter Rosie have moved in with Annika and I. Unexpected - yes, a big adjustment - you bet, but an opportunity to get to know a couple of really beautiful souls. Jennifer and Rosie have been dealing with some troubling circumstances with more grace and dignity than 90% of the people on the planet.
So there's some major adjustments going on in my homelife. I'm in the process of clearing out my office so Rosie can move in there. Jennifer is taking the guest room which, thankfully, was in pretty good shape. So I'm busy weeding out a dozen year's worth of art and crafting supplies, paperwork and junk. Some of which I still need to unpack from the move, the rest I'm trying to decide if I'll need to get to it in the next year or so. Why so long? Well, Jennifer is pregnant, and I don't expect her to be in a position to move out until at least next summer. Did I mention that there are some radical adjustments being made at home?
So the first thing Jennifer did was go out and find a full-time job. She intends to work as long as possible, and get back to work at least part time soon after the baby comes.
Annika has been amazingly cool through this whole process, and Rosie has cheerfully adopted her as a surrogate Auntie. We have a hard time keeping Rosie from pestering her though, Annika is busy writing a book on micromacreme, and Rosie sneaks downstairs whenever she gets the chance. It's cute.