Narrowing down the job offer that the Aussie company is sculpting for me. Emails going back and forth pitching ideas, work schedule - like, how do I help teams in Australia, New Zealand, San Diego, and London, and not work 24 hours a day?!? - and how to measure my deliverables and set good metrics for achievement. Also, how much of a chunk of the biz do I get when they/we sell in 4-5 years?
Current job: People have pretty much forgotten I exist. Which is OK by me. Saw a New Hire notification of someone being hired in another department/team... with my same job title, and role. (Functionally speaking. Technically my role is broader-focused, but in reality all the work I do falls directly within this new guy's domain.)
Dealing with in-law stuff is hard. My wife is the youngest of three daughters, and I overhear conversations where she is still treated as the baby - like a child - when she's in her 50's now. Familial roles are hard to shake, man! But, fortunately her skillset is becoming very valuable to her elderly parents, as their lives wind down, and they are beginning to understand the powerhouse capable amazing woman their youngest daughter has become. That part is kinda cool to witness... and then they are back to talking-down to her like she's a child again.
Meanwhile, my dad continues to just fade away, with moments of bright sharp lucidity interspersed with long periods of not really engaging or participating in life/conversations/anything, really. It's hard on my Mom, who is much more vibrant, capable, and cognitively engaged... yet needs to throttle those things to be my Dad's caregiver for most of the time.
And my knee is responding well to acupuncture. Again. I hate acupuncture... it works EXTREMELY well, but does not, in any way, shape, or form, conform to my worldview of How Shit Works. "Energy flows" and "pressure points" and fucking meridians and other hocus-pocus bullshit is NOT how this world or life works. It's all just simple chemical and electrical processes that can be broken down and examined. Not "energy flows" and other hokum.
But holy fuck, does it work! My knee has been under Western Medical Care for a month, with little to no improvement. A single session of acupuncture has reversed the badness probably 80%, and I already know that the two-sessions-a-week will put me in great shape for hiking later this month in Sedona.
But I still don't understand it, or how it works, or why. But I know it does work, and I just need to stop denying it, and do acupuncture regularly.