Thursday, April 24, 2014

Working 9 to 5 (Or 1 to 3, Who Am I Kidding?)

Earlier this month, I went back to work. It’s a very-part-time-from-home position in a local non-profit’s communications department, and I’m trying to get my assignments done during nap time. Assuming the kids take naps. If not, I try to get my work down during “Yo Gabba Gabba” time. Whatever.

I have to admit, it’s nice to be working again, even in this limited capacity. I have discovered in the 11 months since Will was born that I don’t really thrive as a stay-at-home mom. Who knew how much I’d miss my job? In an environment of pre-school drama and infant poopy diapers, it’s great to escape into the adult, professional world each day. Call me crazy, but I do love spreadsheets and deadlines.

The part where I get paid for my work isn’t too shabby either. CHA-CHING!

My new job may put a little pressure on me at times - “You’ll have to excuse that screaming you hear in the background,” I said to my supervisor on a recent call. “Lucy really doesn’t grasp the whole ‘inside-voice’ or 'Mommy's-on-the-phone' thing.” But, it’s taking a huge burden off of my husband’s shoulders. It’s nice that I can help reduce his stress level instead of adding to it (which, to be honest, is my typical role).

He’s so happy that he bought into my suggestion to pay for a cleaning service with part of my paycheck. That’s what I call a WIN! Now I just need to work on getting a nanny to handle the witching hour/ dinnertime meltdowns (that both the kids and I seem to have every night). Just kidding. Maybe.

Anyway, the downside of the job is that it’s gobbling up my blogging time, as you can see from lack of recent posts. I told Lucy that she better work on her funny. Her response: “Mommy, you do your thing, and I’ll do my thing.”

Apparently, “her thing” includes making up more knock-knock jokes for you. You won’t mind if I decline to do another post about that, right? But, with Miss Sassypant’s advice in mind, I will make a promise to you to do a better job of scheduling more time to write.

I do love a schedule too.

In fact, I was watching the news the other day, while Lucy and Will were playing at my feet. The anchor mentioned school schedules, and Lucy jumped up in excitement.

 “Mommy, that lady on TV said ‘SCHEDULES’,” she yelled. “That’s what YOU DO!”

Indeed, it is. So, I'll get my calendar in shape (making sure to dedicate time for work, play, and, of course, wine) and meet you back here soon.


  1. Super choices you know who you are and what makes you feel comfortable!

  2. Good for you! I would not have made a good stay-at-home mom either... Luckily, Corky was a great stay-at-home dad! The timing worked out beautifully as he got a job again when our son was 3 and ready to do pre-school. I congratulate you on being able to work at home. It's hard to do, as you know, but the rewards are great!