Monday, June 29, 2009
I'm starting a new chapter. Stay tuned...things are about to get very interesting.
The kids are settled...
The house is
The summer babysitter has been hired...
Its time to go back to work.
I began a new career today...as a newspaper reporter.
Weird, huh? Who ever would have thought this TV news junkie and blogging mama would EVER step foot inside a newspaper newsroom. Certainly not me. But that's exactly what I did today.
I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. I've never actually BEEN a reporter before.
Okay, I have, sorta...but not a bona-fide reporter. One that turns several stories a week and writes stuff that goes in a real newspaper. All of my other work was for a monthly magazine or a special section that would come out on occasion.
Now people can read my stuff EVERY. DAY.
That makes me squeemish.
Add to that the fact I've been away from the paper for almost a year and I was worried I'd be a bit rusty.
You know what was weird? As soon as I sat down at the computer it all came rushing back. Passwords, software shortcuts, design techniques...all of it.
And the best part...all my co-workers were so welcoming. Just about everyone in the building stopped by the desk to welcome me back...offer encouragement...ask what had happened in Grab-Your-Lasso and how the kids were settling into The Emerald City.
I even had a 'Welcome Back Kotter' (Insert real last name here) sign on my computer when I walked in. These guys are awesome! :)
The one thing that marred the day...my kids weren't with me.
I'm not going to start a discussion here about stay at home versus work outside the home....AND NEITHER ARE YOU! Lets just all agree to disagree, shall we? And keep in mind I don't have a choice in this matter. All choices were taken away from me, by financial decisions Shad and I made years ago. I have to work in order to pay bills...that's all there is to it.
I'm just thankful I've been able to spend some serious one-on-one time with my kids during the last 10 months.
It was a gift.
And I have a boss who has kids, understands their needs, and gives her employees flexibility.
I can't ask for anything more.
Oh, except for HEALTH INSURANCE! Woohoo! That goes into effect in a month. I can finally take Alek back to the orthodontist, Anya to the endocrinologist to check her height and Maddie to get an updated hearing aid check. I'm relieved.
So I'm starting a new chapter in my life. One I'm looking forward to...and at the same time am nervous about.
Stay tuned...things are about to get very interesting. ;)