As a Mother’s Day present to myself, I am going to be re-branding this blog. In the past I’ve used it to showcase some of my creative endeavors (most recently, my 21 Days of Creativity). I’ve also occasionally linked to my cooking blog, Butter and Whisky. That stuff will still happen, but in addition, I will be writing more about being a mom.
This is not another SAHM Mom Blog!
I am a career mom. I am a librarian at a university; I am tenure-track faculty. I love my job. For the first year of my daughter’s life, I can honestly, 100% say that I loved my job more than being a mom.
These days, it’s more-or-less even. Some days work sucks (cornered by the chancellor, difficult student questions, unruly employees who love writing on the whiteboard) and some days being a mom sucks (middle of the night wake-ups, super messy/stinky diapers, unexplained tantrums), but they tend to even out.
But I felt like I did not have a lot of places I could go for advice about being a career mom. I adapted some advice from SAHM blogs, but a lot of it, I went it alone. So I am going to write out my experiences, starting from the pregnancy and going forward. Not all of it will pertain to every one, but I hope it will help someone.
Especially a couple of friends – one of whom has a career and is about to try to have a baby, and the other of whom has kids but is going back to school to pursue a career.
I’ve got a few categories of ideas thought up, but is there anything else you want to see? Let me know in the comments!
Well, it’s the new year, and I am clearly having trouble getting back into the groove of things. My library is closed until the spring semester, but I’m supposed to be working, so I’ve had to come up with some things to do.
There are meetings, of course; I went in yesterday for my weekly staff meeting and I am going to the main campus for a library-all meeting tomorrow.
In addition, I’ve got work to do on two conference planning committees. (One of which has an email sitting in my inbox right now that I should get to.)
Plus, there’s my book proposal to work on. I don’t know how much I talked about it before the break (and I’m too lazy to go look), but I’m currently looking for a co-editor that the publisher will approve of; I’m hoping now that the holidays are over that’ll get accomplished quickly.
What are you up to now that the holidays aren’t eating your brains?
It’s my birthday, so I’m taking the day off… See you on the flip side!
Due to low traffic on the site, the fact I’m not currently at work and this is a career Mom blog, and the general hectic nature of the holidays, I will be dropping this blog back to three days a week until January 2nd.
Tentatively, the categories I plan to continue at this time are: Together Tuesdays, Flashback Friday’s, And Self-Care Saturday’s, unless inspiration strikes for any other day.
Thank you for understanding that my schedule change is for my own self-care.
I don’t remember my 30th birthday.
In fact, I dare say I remember my mother’s 30th birthday better than I remember my own. (Or at least, I remember the joke that she was “29 and holding.” I was 10.)
I had a two month old, it was nearly Christmas, and I was sleep deprived. According to my husband, we went out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants (Red Robin). If it’s the day I’m thinking of, I remember that things went fairly well up until we got our food, and then Baby Girl started fussing. The waiter was understanding, though, and we scarfed our food (my husband holding Baby Girl the entire time) and got the hell out before we disrupted the other customers anymore.
But that might have been another night. I’m only assuming that was my birthday.
I think that was also the year that it was unseasonably warm, and so we took Baby Girl to see the big light display in the park. Or that might have been last year. Not sure. We’re going again this year though, since we have a couple more unseasonably warm days forecasted.
Today we had an end of the year potluck at work and I went even though I technically didn’t really have to be at work. My staff was covering the minimal (and frankly unnecessary) hours the library was open.
I made my amazing macaroni and cheese, which was almost completely devoured and cupcakes, which I am sure everyone will eat tomorrow. There are three holiday birthdays (not including my own), so I made this batch to cover them.
Coworker cupcakes will resume in January. The 19th, I think, unless that’s a weekend – I haven’t looked yet.
I also brought my daughter to work with me, which was fun, but then I pulled a muscle which was not fun and led to me crying while trying to get her in the car seat. Fun times.
Now I need to try to do some cleaning and figure out what’s for dinner.
The verdict is in.
A little over a month ago, I signed up for Coupon Cabin in an effort to save a little bit of money.
I have done one of their % cash back coupons – and one of their “members only” deals, which was $40 back on $40+ at Children’s Place.
I am happy to report that on Friday, I received my cash back for the $40, so I essentially only paid tax on the purchase (shipping was free based on a promotion from the store that needed no additional coupon.) In all, I am pleased with the experience, but I can see where others may not be. There are a lot of rules for using the coupons, and I have seen several stores on their list that I just know I would screw up by not thinking and applying coupons that would void the Coupon Cabin deal. But, if you can be careful, you too can get cash back!
I am going to try another one of their member deals in the near future, and will report back when I get that cash back (between 30 and 90 days, depending on store return policy.)
This is going to have to be short, since I’ve already failed (for today anyway) to keep my own advice. But, my lesson can be your lesson, too.
Humans are creatures of habit. You know that your kids function best in a schedule, right? Well, so do you. Yes, you are an adult and can process changes better than kids, but why waste the brain power? Do yourself a favor this hectic holiday season, and try your best to maintain your normal schedule and normal routines.
This post is brought to you by the fact we have to grocery shop today (instead of our normal Sunday) and my realization that I’m not going to have my normal weekday morning coffee for the next 6 weeks or so, unless I break out my Keurig (I usually don’t drink coffee on the weekends, so this literally just occurred to me…)
Running off to fix that coffee problem now! Ta ta for now!