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The Exclamation! Issue!
Sorry for the ! points everywhere.
This newsletter is the first of at least two this month — perhaps three, if I get a year-end message crafted in time. Time, these days, is weird. I recently gave this some thought, how new parents talk about not having any time — in some ways, I find this to be true, I’m not getting things done as I would like, and I rarely have the time needed to get into that deep work zone which benefits my brain so very much.
However, I also find time has been elongated too, stretched and pulled in odd directions. I like this. The past seven and a bit weeks since Ailsa arrived in the world have been fast and slow, full of things noticed and thoughts strange and wonderful. Would I like more time to get things done and remove that level of stress? Of course I would, but at the same time I’m more than happy to sneak downstairs from where I work and go to see our daughter — after all, these moments are not going to come back and, as much as I long to reply to messages and emails, finish bits of work, move on with others, I also know that my ability to have these moments is not to be ignored. Too many people don’t have that chance, and I am very grateful I do.
Which is a long way of saying, this newsletter will mostly be brief news and snippets.