The unbearable cold this week has reminded me how lucky I am to to work at home. There are no long, freezing commutes or business casual work clothes to get ready. When my family comes through the door and brings all their news and drama from the world, I am just waking up. They remind me how nice it is to be a homebody.
I've been careful to keep the lights up during my night shifts all January, knowing I need at least the illusion of light. And then I have the bright, icy mornings delivering the kids to school so I don't lose all connection with the sun and clouds.
Honestly, it's been enough. I'm fine being inside the rest of the time when it's -4! And when I'm off work or on break, there is plenty to keep me busy.
|what I should do|
|what I do|
|my mom gave me her breadmaker|
|hibernating in my case leads to over-doing double coupon day. for real.|
|they put freaking caramel swirls inside these|
As you can see, working at home has it's perks, even when it's all night by oneself. As long as I continue to get enough sleep and healthy food (like the buttery cinnamon white toast and "Champys" pictured above) working at home, and being home a lot, will be a good fit for me. If someday I'm anxious to join my co-workers in the office or try another challenge within my company I would put my efforts there. After working first, second and third shifts with and without childcare over the last four years I empathize with all parents trying to be the best mom or dad they can be while also trying to be the best employee they can be, too. It's hard to find the right job, the right schedule, the right childcare. It's not hard to find the right bedtime story, the right boot or mitten or the right caramel-laced ice cream cone. My situation is pretty great but I remember the struggle well. Good luck to those who are going through something similar, it's not easy.