Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I have 11 minutes to write this post

This whole working thing has been a change of pace for sure.

My schedule these days?

7am - Get up with kids
8:30am- Braden off to school
9:00am- Casey goes down for nap
9-11am - Work during nap
11-2:30pm - Pick up Braden, feed kids, entertain kids, keep kids from engaging in suicide drops
2:30-4:30 - Work during nap
4:30-8:00pm - Feed kids, entertain kids, keep myself from engaging in suicide drop, kids to bed
8-10pm - Work.
10pm-7am - Watch DVRed crap reality television and sleep.  (And no, I never get 9 hours of sleep.  Ever.)

Rinse and repeat.

The intent has been to budget six hours a day for work.  Some days are more successful than others, but the whole schedule has been a bit grueling and I feel like I'm in a constant race against the clock.

I don't want to complain, because I am really grateful for this short stint job.  The money is good, it feels good to be working again, and it's something to add to my resume.  But it is a gentle reminder that the whole juggle is very, very difficult.

If this were a more long term thing, I'd obviously look into childcare options which would make things a lot easier.  But it's not, so I'll make due for the time being.  And stick to the schedule.

I have more to say, but my time is up, and I'm feeling guilty for not doing the work I should be doing.  Old habits die hard!


  1. Yep. The whole work thing continues to throw me for a loop. I have always worked... sorta... but this past year I have taken on a lot more than I was used to, and although I love it - it continues to be a struggle.

    There is one thing working more did do for me personally, it really made me appreciate the time I DO have with my kids.

    When I am gone, when I am working, when my older two children are away at school for the day - I realize how little time I have with them in comparison to when I worked less and when they were not in school. And I find myself way more "present" during my ever decreasing time with them.

    I love that I feel like I appreciate and know them better because of this intentional time with them. And working more really brought the need for "intentional time" with my kids to light. Does that make sense?

  2. Kate- that does make sense! I do think I'd love to find a part time job with reasonable hours for that reason - to get out of the house a bit, and to appreciate my time IN the house with the kids more. It's easy to feel a bit trapped in the house day after day and count the minutes down until bedtime. I hate that I do that sometimes, but I do! I think even the littlest time away does go a long way to appreciate the time with the kids a little bit more.


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