All of Home/Office:
Motherhood: The New Competitive Sport
One of the advantages to working from home is that I am able to spend more quality time with my son, Dawson. One of the disadvantages to working from home is that I often spend too much time with my son.
With my husband working outside the home 40+ hours a week, he doesn't have as much time... read more
Maternity Leave: A Working Mom's Dilemma
My friend, Kay, and I are both pregnant, and our due dates are within days of each other. We were due on the same day for about a month, but I seem to be growing the Monster Baby, and my doctor has since moved my due date to October 22nd, less than 15 weeks from now.
Being pregnant, my... read more
To Work or Not to Work, That Is the Question. Again.
Now that I'm half-way through my pregnancy, people are getting more daring about asking personal questions. I understand the curiosity. Everyone wants to know what we're having (a boy), what name we've chosen (not telling) and whether or not Dawson, our oldest child, is excited to have a sibling.... read more
Give Me Back My Groove
You know that feeling you get when you're on top of your game, the bliss you experience whey you know you're managing every part of your life (work, marriage, parenting, housework, etc.) successfully? Yeah, that feeling. You remember that, right? As the Righteous Brothers... read more
Work vs. Motherhood
Just after Valentine's Day I discovered I was pregnant. After two years of trying to conceive, this is a welcome blessing. My husband is elated, my son is very excited about his soon-to-be big brother status, and I am filled with emotion. Damn hormones.
I'm so happy that I'm expecting,... read more
Didn't we almost have it all?
A few weeks ago my son had his first "snow day" of the school year. Granted, he's only in preschool, but he was still excited that he got to stay home and hang out with his mom. As luck would have it, I didn't have to work that day and little Dawson was thrilled.
"You don't... read more
Learning to Let Go of My Holiday Expectations
The holidays are here, and while I'm excited about spending Christmas with my family, I can't help but worry about all the stuff that needs to be done. Did you catch that part about all the stuff that needs to be done? I sometimes wonder if I put too much stock into what... read more
What's for dinner? Got me.
It's five o'clock. You've just finished work. Now you must pick up the kids from daycare and get home in time to make dinner. You're half-way home when you realize you have no idea what's for dinner. What to do? Other than panic of course?
a) Make a quick stop at the grocery... read more
For the past few weeks I've been struggling with balancing home and work. As a work-at-home-mom (WAHM), one of my biggest battles is getting my work done and still having time to be wife, mother and household manager, and maybe even enjoying some time for myself.
With Dawson now in preschool... read more
Is Sarah Palin Willing to Fight for Women Everywhere?
With the 2008 Presidential Election creeping up on me, politics has been on my mind lately. More specifically, John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, has been the center of my attention. Who is this woman, this working... read more
Back to Life, Back to Reality
Summer is almost over. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting darker and many parents are ready to get back to reality. Ready to send their kids back to the life of text books, loose leaf paper and sharpened pencils.
I don't know if I'm ready. In less than three weeks,... read more
Work is a Four Letter Word. So is Jose.
If you've ever worked in a busy office, you know that phones are constantly ringing, fax machines are incessantly beeping and the click-clack of keyboard typing fills every moment of potential silence. It's enough to drive a person to drink (after work cocktails anyone?). If you've ever worked in... read more
Money (That's What I Want)
Last week my neighbor, Shelly, and I were discussing employment and the topic of wages came up. Shelly is an Advertising Sales Representative for a local radio station with an exceptional sales portfolio. For the last five years she has exceeded every sales goal imaginable, yet she told me... read more
They Say That Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Just after I lost my job, one of my closest friends took it upon herself to call me anytime a position became available at the company she works for. Since I have a background with insurance sales, and my friend works for an... read more
Job Seek and You Shall Not Find
Today marks the two month "anniversary" of losing my job. I'm not celebrating unemployment, although it's wonderful that I'm no longer in the worrying stages of this unfortunate situation. In the last two months I've submitted countless resumes and applied for various positions in a variety... read more
All Fired Up.
No sooner than I discussed my frustrations with my job, the company I worked for decided they could no longer keep up with the competition in the Audiology/Hearing Instrument Sales Industry, and axed my position... read more
All is Fair in Love and Work?
It's Valentine's Day, the holiday in which lover's express their love for each other (according to Wikipedia), typically with flowers, chocolate and romantic dinners at fancy restaurants, not always in that order of course.
But... read more
Under the Weather, Under the Gun
Two weeks ago my son, Dawson, came down with a terrible cold. He was whiny. He wouldn't eat. He was barely able to swallow a few tablespoons of Pedialyte. He was miserable, and I was getting there. Because my husband is the primary bread winner of our household, I called in sick to work to take care... read more
To Buy or Not to Buy, Online
We're halfway to Christmas, and I haven't done any shopping. Okay, wait. Let me be more specific. I have purchased a few gifts for my son and my husband, but I bought them both online.
I didn't have to leave the comfort of my home, or my office (which is where I've been... read more
When my son was a little over a year old my family and friends began asking when I thought I'd have another baby. I always tried to avoid the question and often gave vague answers. "Someday," I'd say. It bothered me that people were discussing the size of my family when my husband and I had... read more
With Halloween just around the corner, I got to thinking about costumes. Dawson is dressing up as a UPS man and he anxiously awaits carrying his bright orange pumpkin bucket so he can ring our neighbors' doorbells and exclaim, "Trick or treeeaaat!" just like we practiced the last few weeks.... read more
The most difficult part of motherhood for me was never a crying baby, middle-of-the-night nursing, diaper changes, toddler temper tantrums, or even potty training (though I admit, getting a three-year-old to use the toilet isn't a task I'm completing successfully). I can manage a child who demands juice... read more