Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Working Mom Wednesday

Julia over at Work, Wife, Mom...Life has 2 wonderful Wednesday prompts today:
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:


R. Molder said...

Awesome, you are still consistently drinking the same drink!!!

Julia Ladewski said...

oh dear, i'm a horrible cook, but i'll come back and check out all the recipes!! ;)

ok, you are a windy city suburb girl... ah!!! we might be neighbors!! I"m just across the border in IN... shoot me and email and tell me where you're at! I've been finding so many close neighbors lately!!! ;)

Susan DiMickele said...

Hope your double was bearable today. Hang in there girl! Happy WMW!