The First Week
The week is not yet over but I can say that it hasn’t been that bad. I didn’t have a hard time getting up early the first day, but it had been so hard trying to keep awake in the training room. We learned about the theories of the new system in our workflow and although our facilitator was an upbeat kind of person, it didn’t keep me from almost falling asleep. Go figure. I only had four hours of sleep the night before. But I easily learned my lesson. I made sure I went to bed early the following night.
The kids have been very cooperative. No tantrums. I did manage to cook breakfast although we didn’t eat together. And it sure helped that I have a teen-ager now who drops off my two youngest ones at the neighbour’s (my dear sis) before he goes to school. The kids can look after themselves in the morning. They just want a written structure – a guide. So I made a schedule of their daily routine in the morning. They have to eat breakfast at this time, get dressed at this time, and leave the house at this time.
I take the bus in the morning. I get up early and I don’t know why I still end up rushing and running after the bus. Buses here are on schedule. I take the 7:18 a.m. bus and I see familiar faces. The same people that used to take this bus with me five years ago. There’s this lady in her 50’s who used to talk with me while Ryland, who was only three then, sat on my lap. There’s this woman who always picks her nose and plays with her boogers in her fingers. There’s also this weird guy who acts like a child – combs his hair and fixes his shoelaces there at the bus stop.
It was also nice to see familiar faces at work. Nobody’s weird there. I’ve also met a few new people. And yeah, it was nice “talking to people” again. Getting dressed up in the morning instead of just working in t-shirt and shorts and getting out of the house is indeed a nice break from my mundane life of being a work-at-home mom.
I recently celebrated my tenth year anniversary at work. So did another girl who also works at home. So on Wednesday, our supervisor invited a few of our friends in our Department and we had cake. We were also presented the gifts, which we picked out ourselves. I picked a small traveling case (luggage) and the other girl picked a glass desk clock. But the best gift I think is the additional five vacation days we get for having worked there for ten years. Twenty vacation days is pretty neat!
Thursday was a pretty hectic day. Right after work, the kids and I had to get ready for Reggie’s concert. His school had a Spring Jazz Concert that night. He did a beautiful flute solo in their rendition of Fables of Faubus. A girl also did a lovely flute solo of Letter from Home and another boy did a wonderful tenor sax solo in their rendition of Boy Meets Horn.
That was my week. How was yours?