I'm busy with lots of boring things. Mostly really super important doctor appointments that were just being pushed back and pushed back while more important life things took precedence. Two year olds and doctors offices do not mix. That means I can only go in evening or when I can arrange child care. A lot of times when I call I am told doctors aren't taking new patients or I have to wait months for an appointment. I took for granted how hard it is to do these basic appointments with a toddler in tow. Right now my glasses are paint chipped and held together with tape. 'Get new glasses' goes on the never ending to-do list. The rest of my is spent taking care of Sophie. We now go on a weekly zoo trip as well as play group and visiting the wild park, play grounds and walking the dog. I try to be as patient as possible but some days there are only so many times you can say 'please don't touch bird poop' before threatening time out forever.
I'm trying not to be resentful of the last year in Brandenburg. I feel like it was a stagnant, frustrating year of waiting and trying to get all our ducks in a row so we can proceed with our plans. The year is almost over and everything is about to change for us. Our agonizing Kita search thankfully reached an happy end. My stupid health stuff is slowly being taken care of, one referral and appointment at a time. I finally get to find out if I have glaucoma! I get to know for sure if I am pre diabetic! Ugh. In an effort to not die early or go blind I started running again. This time in the evening after my husband gets home from work. Exercise is the fountain of good health. It's also more stress relieving than the couple glasses of wine I had started to consume on a regular basis. I'm doubled down on eating healthier but I think I'm going to be paying for the three weeks of American food indulgence for months to come.
Being accepted to grad school means going through the enrollment and registering bureaucracy. I clearly remember this was confusing and frustrating ten years ago when I enrolled at NIU. This time it doesn't seem so bad. Yet. I am so lucky my husband found this program for me. My brain is so excited to do something more challenging. I can't wait.