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January 2012

new beginings

After the cat destroyed our first efforts (don’t even ask) the replant has been initially successful. I will not claim success till I have actually been able to use some of those chives, but the first step has been accomplished. The final pot was sprouted this morning. Yippie!

10 things i’ve learned at home

So I’ve lost track of how many days into this we are, which is really a testament more to my counting skills…or lack thereof…than the actual amount time that has passed. I do know this, we are rounding out the first month. I have learned some things here at home, I’ve decided to share, briefly, yes it is possible.

Here goes.

1. Sleep is not an option for this job, way more necessary than any other job I’ve ever had. I MUST have a good nights sleep or a nap or it’s not pretty.

2. Wearing your hair lots of colors is awesome, dyeing it lots of colors slightly less awesome.

3. I have so much nail polish it’s ridiculous, also I have a hard time deciding on one color.

4. I really do enjoy challenges, I cannot tell you how rewarding it is to finish a day doing something that stretches you.

5. Being caught up on the laundry is pretty cool, doing some form of laundry almost every day of the week, yeah not so much.

6. Having margin in your life rocks as much as all those books said it would.

7. Bottle feeding is for the birds!

8. Babies are cuter than I remembered.

9. This job is way more active than an office job, I’m so out of shape

10. ok maybe I couldn’t think of another at the moment…

I’m interested to see what the six week point will bring. It was the point, with all three children, when I was screaming to go back to work. A few more weeks will tell.

day 8 of the experiement

As I am about to wrap up the second week of working mom to stay at home mom experiment, I am quite amazed. I know, for me, the anticipation of an event is always worse than the event itself. I have an active and creative mind, it often creates scenarios that are more real than reality, I know this about myself. It still never ceases to amaze me though, how different walking through a transition is than anticipating it.

I know there will be crazy days, days when I feel like I’m at the end of my rope and beyond. In the meantime I’ll enjoy the fact that we aren’t there yet. Today we planted kitchen herbs, basil, parsley, chives, the first of many, I hope. I have conquered the laundry and it mostly stays that way (this is an utterly new feeling). The kitchen stays mostly clean and I actually do enjoy cooking dinner…about three times a week, hey not everything’s perfect. Neil’s kicked in with breakfast most of the week and even an occasional dinner.

All in all I stand amazed at how easy it has been so far.Doing my best to enjoy it while it lasts, while trying not to sit around waiting for the other shoe to drop.

and so it begins

We are on day two of the new job. Day one went swimmingly, like the ideal day you always enjoy, but never expect. I got to read quite a bit, cleaned the kitchen, got two loads of laundry done, and cooked a very yummy dinner (if I do say so myself, and I do). Today, day two, was a bit more difficult, but amazingly fulfilling. I ended the day in one piece, with minimally screaming children, dinner ready to go. It was more tiring, more challenging, but in the end I felt amazingly rewarded for surviving what most people’s looks told me I was crazy to take on. I feel good. We’ll see how day three goes tomorrow.

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