I know it’s been a little while since I posted. The past few weeks have been BUSY! First I had to get ready to start my new job and then once I started my new job, I had to get back into the swing of working. I’m starting my 4th week and so far so good! It’s been mostly training but I needed to brush up on stuff plus, I needed to learn their ways and how to use their systems. I like my team and I think this will work out nicely. On the 25th, I’ll actually start doing my job and I have a feeling it will be busy which is what I have always liked about this particular position…there’s never a dull moment. I know I will never get bored!
It has been an adjustment for everyone though. I seem to be doing OK with getting up and getting ready to go in a decent amount of time (until today…no clue what happened there). I haven’t started the actual schedule I was hired for yet but I have still been going in late enough to take L to school. Literally my second week of work, both girls ended up with stomach bugs so that put a cramp in things. But B has been great about getting dinner stuff ready so I can just throw it on the grill or whatever when I get home. We had already gotten used to eating later since we moved here so even my working later shouldn’t affect things too much. We’ve been making meal plans and sticking to them and that definitely helps. It’s been much smoother than I thought it would be.
I think the person this has been hardest on is Buggy. She was used to having me there when she got home from school, etc. so one night at bedtime we put up her bed rails for toddlers, then I told her I missed her during the day, she said, “I miss you too, Mommy. When can you stop working?” My heart just about broke but I explained that I wasn’t going to stop and that next year she’ll be in school full time and she won’t notice as much. I explained that with Mommy working, we’d be able to do a lot more fun stuff and she seemed to understand. I had thought I had been handling it pretty well but last week it hit me too. My manager told us we might have to stay late last Friday and that combined with PMS and the things Buggy had said led me to pretty much burst into (controlled) tears. In the end, we didn’t have to stay late and I realized that it was all just a delayed reaction to going back to work after being home for four years.
The addition to our finances has definitely been nice! I managed to get our taxes done early so we got our refund in no time. I got my first paycheck on Friday and I had actually budgeted to close to the right amount…I was off by about $30 and it was MORE than I though so that was nice! We spent a night at Disney and it was nice to not have to nickel and dime everything although we were careful not to go crazy (everything there is so darn overpriced!). Our goal is to still follow a budget but it won’t nearly be as strict which is nice. And now we’ll be starting on our household projects list which we are BOTH excited about. Once thing we have always been responsible about is our finances so I don’t plan on letting that change.
I know I am still getting used to being back at work and I promise that once I get into a normal groove, I will be sure to make time for blogging (on ALL my blogs). I just hope my life doesn’t get too boring and my writing dries up!