I have quite a backlog of "real" posts waiting to be written- an Ask Cloud post about getting into grad school, a write up of our recent weekend getaway, some thoughts about all the questions Pumpkin is asking these days... But it turns out, setting up a company is consumes a lot of time and mental energy. I knew that. But now I really know that. Still, I miss writing... so here is the post that I can manage tonight, about something I want to remember in 10 years.
The first thing is the feeling of setting up the company. I can't remember if I've said it here before, but this particular career move was a leap of equal parts faith and frustration. I'm choosing to focus on the faith part: the way in which this move is me having faith in myself. The most probable positive outcome of this experiment is that I end up with a solid contracting business. (I won't dwell on what the most probable overall outcome is.) However, I'm not setting the business up as if that were the outcome for which I'm aiming. I have created a corporation with one name and filed a different fictitious business name for the consulting practice. I have chosen to do my accounting in a way that allows for other sources of revenue. I am registering separate domain names for the "main" business and the consulting one.
I am doing all of this even though I still have no firm idea of what the non-consulting part of my business will be. I am just trusting myself to figure it out, once I finish the paperwork and other set up overhead and can use the time I've freed up to try things out.
No matter what happens, I want to remember this time, when I believed enough in myself and my ideas to give this a go.
Petunia is moving up to the final class at her preschool next Monday. She's very excited. I look at her and wonder when she got so big.
She says "oops-a-daze" when she does something she didn't mean to do. I have no idea where she got this, and whether she's the one who shortened "oopsie-daisy" or if one of her classmates did it. But it is adorable.
She loves the movie Frozen with all her heart. Pumpkin still won't watch it, so Petunia only gets to watch it when she's home without Pumpkin. She's only seen it three times, but she basically knows it by heart. She likes to play Frozen, which mostly involves sitting in our bedroom with the lights out. I haven't gotten to watch it with her yet, so I have no idea what she's doing, but it keeps her entertained for ages, so I am not complaining.
Petunia is much better at playing on her own than Pumpkin was at her age. She also likes to play with Pumpkin, and they act out long, detailed scenarios with their little dolls. My favorite is the Frozen-Doc McStuffins mashup that seems to involve a bunch of princesses getting check ups from the Doc.
Pumpkin continues to grow up faster than I can keep up with her. I will write that post about the questions she's been asking, because this is a phase I'd like to remember- at least for when Petunia hits it!
She still loves to invent elaborate games, and it still disappoints her when her schemes do not go off as planned because other people don't follow their parts. Luckily, Petunia will often be a willing actor in her set pieces. A couple of months ago, one such piece (the details of which I've long since forgotten) involved her creating signs for our bathrooms. There is a hand-lettered sign in our hallway pointing to the bathrooms, a "girl's bathroom" sign on the main bathroom, and a "boy's bathroom" sign on the bathroom in the master bedroom. I can't bring myself to take them down.
I'll be back with more posts soon. The urgent set up tasks for my business are almost complete, and then I should be able to slow down the pace. Of course, by then it will probably be time for our vacation. But at some point, surely, I'll make the time to write some more posts. For now, I'm off to work on vacation planning. Mr. Snarky has once again underestimated the distances involved in American travel, and I need to figure out which of his proposed stops I should argue we cut from the itinerary, so that we can have an actually relaxing vacation.