What a week it has been! I didn't realize how "out of it" I was in respect to being in the work force. So much I've forgotten, so much I need to relearn!
I began working again this week after 6 1/2 years of being a stay-at-home mom. I knew it would be different, but I didn't realize how different. I felt a little like a fish out of water, even though my bosses are dear friends of mine who love the Lord and have great patience and understanding. I had to admit to MM today that I had to get used to the phone. I haven't had a land line in 3 years. I haven't answered a work phone in twice that. So the phone rings, and I honestly don't hear it! I try to pay attention to it, but I get busy doing something and my mind blocks out all other sounds. I have to make a conscious effort to listen for the phone so I can help get it answered.
It's also a very different industry than anything I've worked in. For my last two jobs, in which I worked a total of 20 years, I worked in manufacturing. I was a purchasing manager for 10 of those years. Yes, it was office work, but extremely different from the service-type of industry I'm in now. I didn't have to deal with customers. I was the customer. People came to me offering me products and prices, and I got to shop and get paid for it (every woman's dream job). Now I have to work with the public, learning the names of the teachers and the students, their curriculum and needs, and it's gonna take me a while to get everything straight! I pray each day that I would please my Heavenly Father by doing the best job I can while treating others the way I'd like to be treated.
The perks of this job are simple: I work 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday. I work from 3:00 to 8:15, which gives me plenty of time to homeschool, take care of the house, and make food. I've timed my drive to work: 3 minutes, unless I get caught by the traffic light, in which case it takes 4 minutes. All the teachers have been super nice to me - they all like my daughter, so it's easy to see why they'd be that way, but I do believe they're just all really nice. Most of the teachers are college students, though one is in high school and another is an older guy that's been there for years. They're very professional and polite. It's a great environment to work in.
Of course I've had to really buckle down and keep my commitment to managing my time efficiently. It hasn't been nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, though. In the mornings I make breakfast, then I have my bible study time while eating. I make sure E gets up early as well; no more starting school at 10 am I'm afraid! We start school at 9:00 and go straight till either noon or 1:00, depending on what classes he has. I've used the crock pot to help me, so I don't have to stop and cook, though I have done that as well. Today for instance, I made meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Meatloaf is a quick prep, then it goes in the oven. The potatoes take longer because I make them from scratch, but I didn't make a huge batch so I was able to get them in the pot fairly quickly. Recipes that are quick and simple are my go-to's now (think: 30 minute meals). After lunch I get dressed and put on my makeup, so that we can get some more schoolwork done before I have to leave. While E is doing an online class, I'm doing laundry, preparing the meal, sweeping up dog hair, whatever needs to get done. After work I come home and finish anything that didn't get done earlier, including any pending schoolwork. All in all it has worked out quite smoothly, I'm glad to say. I think I can relax a bit now.
I got a couple of shipments in from Bare Escentuals this week. The palette arrived yesterday and I immediately started to use it. I'm in love! The palette has 4 color groups: pinks, plums, golds and greens. The pinks are a nice neutral, with a brown shade that is really pretty. I used that one yesterday, and the plum colors today. They go on smoothly, blend really well, and last the whole time I'm wearing them. I'm dying to try the greens!
I also received my skincare order, with the Active Cell Renewal Night Serum. I'd used several samples the company had sent me on previous orders, and I could clearly see and feel a difference in my skin. I've also been using the Purifying Facial Cleanser which is gentle on my sensitive skin, and the moisturizer that accompanies it. I love the mild smell; I can't use products with fragrances because they make me break out. This moisturizer doesn't irritate my skin at all. It's been nice using products that are helping my skin rather than harming it.
Of course my weekend won't be very relaxed. My best friend IV got us tickets to see Chris Tomlin in concert tomorrow - it was her Christmas present to us. Our church is having its annual carnival starting tonight, though we passed on it. Our temperatures have taken a bit of a nosedive. It was 50 degrees this morning when I got up, but thanks to the wind chill factor it felt like 43. Tonight the temps are going into the 30's. It was already cold and windy out there when I got off work, and I knew it wasn't going to get any better, so we chose to stay home. Tomorrow my son and his best friend will go to the carnival while the ladies go to the concert. I don't like going without him, but he wants to hang out with his friends, which I totally understand. Saturday will probably be more carnival time, then Sunday we have tickets to see Tim Hawkins, my all-time favorite comedian! My daughter got to see him live years ago, but I wasn't able to go. I'm so excited to see him this year!
That's my wrap up for the work week. I'll do my best to get a post up before the weekend is over. It's gonna be a busy one! God bless and good night.