Almost there…

I was prompted by Joni’s comment that it had been a while since I’ve even visited the blog site. It seems that all of the writing I have been doing over the past month consists of writing things down since my short term memory is overloaded and things tend to get forgotten!

Last night, I helped teach 80 kids to begin coding their first computer game. Tomorrow through Saturday, I’m helping teach 35 women how to begin coding and prepare themselves for making the transition to looking for and finding an IT job. Sunday I will be finishing sorting the current house, Monday the packers come and Tuesday the movers. Then on Wednesday our current house needs to be cleaned and the garden returned to rights and the handyperson chores need to be completed. I have given myself two days to get that done. Friday I do the walkthrough and turn in the keys for our soon to be old house.

Oh right, and Monday the washing machine gets delivered to the new house. I decided that to save space, I would get a washer/dryer in the same machine. They have those here. They cost more than a washer but less than a washer and dryer together. Exciting, I know…

Lots of juggling going on, work is a state of high friction and I am experiencing being micromanaged which I find demoralizing and frustrating. One of the things I like most about the Netherlands is the lack of hierarchy. Right now, I am experiencing the complete opposite of collaboration among equals. My whole team is struggling with it and it is really impacting how we work with each other and what we deliver. We are all hoping that it is a temporary thing but the longer it stretches out, the worse it gets.

The boys are still very cute and the cats are still running away when I try to round them up for their daily medicine. Moortje is a little more agitated lately, it seems like he gets lost in his head. I was doing some reading about dementia in cats and decided I didn’t need to know any more detail. Instead, as long as he is eating, sleeping, playing and searching for affection, we will take the Slightly Lost in the Living Room episodes in stride.

Maybe more next week 🙂

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