So the good news is:
- That I really like all of my new co-workers
- The long commute isn't getting getting on my nerves too badly yet
- My mom seems to be much less anxious and her mood has improved dramatically. She's quite chatty most days, though she's still very difficult to understand. She even appears to have a gentleman admirer who likes to sit with her during group activities. He's a pleasant enough widower, 16 years her senior, who is also facing the challenges of dementia. I think she finds his attentions quite amusing.
- After a couple of brutal nights where he cried...nay, shrieked for periods of an hour or more, Nathan only needed to be "comforted" once last night. I put that work in quotes since my gentle words of soothing generally only serve to intensify his squallings. He seems to be adjusting to full-time daddy care with much grace and good nature. I think he probably gets more chocolate during the day now, so that may be a contributing factor to the smooth transition.
And the bad?
- My grandmother is back in the hospital with heart issues. I'm being told the situation is serious, but I'm not sure of the exact details.
- One of my close circle of friends from high school passed away unexpectedly on Friday. I learned about the news this morning from a facebook posting and am still trying to get my mind around the reality of the situation. I keep fantasizing that the whole thing is just a form of social media performance art...it does seem like the type of thing he might conjure up. If only the outpourings of grief from his other friends and family didn't seem so damn sincere. I can't imagine not attending his funeral or memorial services in DC or Virginia, but at the same time, I can't imagine how I could.