To the home improvement related:
- Fix water pressure issue and replace water softener. (The fact that I've lived with this issue for nearly 4 years is a testament to the patience I didn't know I had.)
To the annual spring preparations:
- Plan garden and start seeds. (Am I insane?)
To the exceedingly practical and realistic:
- Call and schedule Merry Maids.
Of course there's much more.
I'm also working on finalizing all of the documents related to my maternity leave. It's very odd to have to plan in advance when you have no idea when the big day will be here. My plan for now is to work up until the end, and then take 9 weeks leave after the baby is born. Yes, for a variety of professional and personal reasons I'm going to back to work after she arrives. For us, there really wasn't any discussion or any other option. Rykert will hopefully stay home another 4-6 weeks after I go back (he'll be the guy at the dog park wearing the baby in a Baby Bjorn type carrier like baby Carlos in The Hangover), and then we'll start day care part-time in August. That's the plan as of today. Unforeseen issues would of course change all of that that, but luckily we have some flexibility. Unfortunately, we don't live in Norway.