1.) Your Life in Pictures
2.) Single working life vs. working life as a mom
I really really really want to do the first one, but unfortunately I work a double today so I am squeezing this post in between getting ready for work and Jack's morning nap.
So I'll save the first post for another day and move on to question 2.
Working pre-baby life was MUCH different than it is now. Pre-Jack I worked full time as a retail manager for H&M. I started in 2003 as a merchandiser there and worked my way up to management in the 6 years I was there. It was a stressful job with a long commute but I thrived on the chaos and stress. My schedule was not consistent- I worked some nights, then days, some mid shifts. I really had to plan my life carefully and Kev and I had to coordinate our schedules monthly to see where we could make plans. My favorite shift was a morning shift, mostly because I has the best routine for that shift. I woke at 4:30 am most days I worked mornings, because I work an hour away and traffic was brutal if I left my house any later than 5:30. So after I got ready for work, I got in the car and listened to my favorite morning radio show, The Eric and Kathy Show on 101.9FM. Then I would stop at Starbucks for my usual Grande Iced Toffee Nut Latte-no whip. Usually I got to work at least 15 minutes early so I would either stop for a breakfast and eat in my car or sit at Starbucks by work and read the RedEye. On the way home, I usually set up my blue tooth and made my phone calls while I sat in traffic.
Life now is very different, mostly because I don't work that job anymore. I miss some of it. Things like that morning routine, the great vacation and personal days I had there, and of course, the pay. But my part time job has it's perks too. I am fortunate to have a job that is pretty flexible with my schedule which allows me maximum time with Jack and Kevin. And if I want to work more I can usually pick up an extra shift or two.
Plus my commute is a cool 8 minutes-10 if I hit all the red lights. I don't start early enough to listen to Eric and Kathy, but I do still stop at the Starbucks on the way for my Toffee Nut Latte!
I hear my little boy stirring so it's time for me to get him and finish getting ready!
Please come back and visit tomorrow for part 2 of this post.
And get your best quick and easy recipe ready for Mom Friendly Meals Monday. I debuted it on Monday and I'm hoping for more entries this Monday. I even got fancy and made a button for it: