Blog friends, it has been several weeks since I last posted—and with good reason. Need a hint? It begins with a ‘J’ and ends with a ‘B.’
My J-O-B keeps me busier than I have been in 12 years. For the past decade, I paused my work life to become a stay-at-home mom. While that kept me busy, it allowed time for blogging and all the other social media fun out there (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…). Now, when I come home from my job as a school paraprofessional, I have my three kids’ activities, dinner prep, and laundry to occupy the day’s remaining hours. When the kiddos head to bed, that’s exactly what I do, too. The blog will be there tomorrow or next week, I say while drifting away to dreamland.
Two months later on a cold, overcast Sunday afternoon, here is that new blog post. Thank you for your patience.
The reality is, Lipreading Mom is now a Lipreading-Working Mom. With that, I had to make some life changes. Here they are, the Three C’s that many a working mom knows too well.
No longer do I fly by the seat of my pants with the day’s schedule. I had to buy a daily planner. This is huge because I have an organization phobia, the kind that resists the use of a watch, Microsoft Outlook planner, or calendar on a smart phone. My planner is paper because I’m old school and don’t even carry a smart phone. (Horrors!) The fridge also is adorned with a dry erase calendar that gets erased and marked on quite a bit. There’s even a listing of each night’s dinner menu so that I know what food to buy and prep the night before. Which leads to the next ‘C’…
Let’s face it: I’d been a spontaneous cook for years—the kind that made up my own recipes and planned the night’s meal exactly 20 minutes before it was to be served. Now, I browse Pinterest slow cooker recipes in my spare time, and I know that frozen ground turkey needs to thaw overnight in the fridge in order to make it into the crockpot by 7:00am. Add a jar of sauce and trimmings to the meat, dump it all in the crockpot, and set its timer. By 4:00 when I return home, the kitchen smells like Cracker Barrel, and I have my New Best Friend to thank. And now for the third ‘C’…
With mere minutes to fuss with a hairdo in the morning before skipping out the door, Lipreading Mom opted for the easiest style known to working mom: a bob cut. Goodbye, thick and long locks that once flowed to my mid-back and looked snazzy in a ponytail. Hello, sensible style that dries quick and is pretty low-maintenance. Bye-bye, ponytail.
So that is what I have been up to for the past two months. If you have any tips that have worked for you in balancing a job with life, let me know in the Comments below. Lipreading Mom is still trying to figure out this whole Working Mom thing, you know.