Hello bloggsters. Hope all is well with you.
It has been three weeks since my last post, and three weeks since I started my new job. What a whirlwind it has been. The first three weeks have been pretty darn good. The job is going really well, and I really like the company, the people and the work. I'm still on this learning curve (which I hate), but every day it gets just a little easier. And there was even a three-day business trip to Washington D.C. thrown in during week #2. (Thank goodness it was pre- East Coast earthquake and hurricane!) Yes, I'm definitely back into the swing of working full-time again.
So last night I was thinking about the pros and cons of me working again. I thought I'd share the list:
1) THE "ON" BUTTON. The "pause" button that has been on our life (CT and me, that is) has been turned off. The "on" button is, well, back ON. Without me working, we put a lot of things on "hold" because of the unknowns of our future. So now that the "pause" is released, our dream of retiring early is back on! We hope to retire early and find a nice little condo in Arizona where we can spend the winter months. We will never leave Chicago permanently, but we will run like the devils before the harsh Chicago winters coming barreling in.
2) A PURPOSE. I have that feeling back again that I have some purpose in my life (other than cooking, cleaning, errands, etc.) I missed that feeling terribly. It is really a good feeling.
3) A PAY CHECK. Friday was my first pay day. WAHOOOOO!!!! I can't even begin to tell you how great it felt to have a pay check and contribute to our family finances. I had a lot of guilt about not having a salary to help support our family. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for me, CT is the kind of guy that doesn't worry a whole lot about money. It just isn't too important to him. When I was unemployed, I was always concerned about cash flow. I was always reminding CT about "wants" vs. "needs". If CT and I were out shopping and I saw something for myself (like a scrapbook item, a piece of jewelry or clothing item, or a decor for the house, CT would always say, "If you want it, just buy it." And I would reply, "Nope. Cash flow. Maybe next month." Or I would say, "Nope. It is a want vs. a need. And I don't need it." So, now that I can make a financial contribution, that guilt is starting to leave me. Heck, we were out yesterday, and I ALMOST bought myself a Kelly Rae Roberts piece of art. I'm still pondering that purchase... it is definitely a "want" here, not a "need". But I just might go make that purchase today!
3) THE PROJECTS. CT and I are talking about some BIG projects we want to tackle -- like some additional landscaping in the backyard and finishing the basement. Our basement is HUGE, and we will have enough room for his man cave (he's talking about a 70-inch flat screen TV, big time surround sound system, etc.) a separate bedroom, a separate storage room, a full bathroom, and of course, a specially designed room for the Scrapbook Cellar. Maybe next year.
4) A NEW CAR. Maybe... in the spring.
Now, the CONS:
1) WEEKEND CROWDS. So, I got very used to do all my errands during the week. Stores are so much less crowded. Now, I cram in all those errands into Saturdays, and it sucks. The stores were NUTS yesterday. How I miss my quiet weekdays.
2) TIME. I had so much time on my hands before. Time to plan and prepare good, healthy dinners. Time to watch TV (not that I was a big TV watcher before, but there are a couple of regular shows that I watched, and now, they are justing sitting in the DVR waiting to be viewed. About 12 different episodes of a variety of shows.) Time to chat on the phone with friends. Time to bake cookies. Time to read and comment on blogs. Time to workout 5 days a week. Now, time is a premium for me.
3) KATIE AND ELLA. This is, by FAR, the hardest part for me. Bar none.
(Pardon the photo above -- it was taken late last night, and as you can see, we were all exhausted!) I no longer have my Katie and Ella days during the week. I got really used to seeing the girls at least a couple of times during the week, either with full days of babysitting or maybe just a few hours here or there. Now that is gone. When I told Katie I was going back to work, she said, "Well, Auntie, I am NOT happy about that!" And Ellie, well I'm not sure she gets it yet. We had such a good schedule when Ella was a school, and she knew that I picked her up at school once a week, and she would spend the rest of her day with me. There were even a couple of times this past summer when I was leaving Leanne's house, Ellie would say to me, "Good-bye Auntie. Pick me up on Tuesday!" It will be interesting to see what happens this fall when Ellie goes back to school.
So, with all that said, I am so very happy, and SO VERY GRATEFUL to be back at work. I hope the next three week, three months, three years, are as good as the last three.