Thursday, February 22, 2007

100 Things About Me

I've added a "100 Things About Me" blog. Check it out when you get a minute.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

At least I'm finding things to laugh about

I've been working like crazy all day trying to get the budgets done for my old, pre-baby job, and the grant that we have going in, and it just hit me . . .

In order to work on this grant, which is a ch.ild.h00.d grant, I have my 10-month old sitting in his high chair, in front of the tv, watching dvds and eating teething cookies to keep him quiet so I can work.

Oh, the irony.

But thank goodness for children's DVDs (today it's Se.s@m.e St.ree.t and the Hy.mnb00.k) and cookies!


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

It's finally warm!

The snow is all melting and the temperatures are actually in the 50's! I love it - these early signs of spring are so nice. The dog has been tracking in mud all day though because it's so wet out from all the melted snow! I'm not too worried about it though, because I haven't cleaned the floors in about 3 weeks anyway.

I really need to go buy a mop; I had a housecleaner when I was working full-time that I got rid of recently, and I don't own a mop. I tried to buy one the other day, but then was overwhelmed by all the choices. Any recommendations?

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

10 days without a post . . .

I realized that the past few weeks were a really bad time for me to start a blog and then actually make regular posts. I've started about 10 posts in the last few days and haven't finished any of them. Why? Because stupid me, who can't say no, is still doing consulting work for my old, pre-baby job in order to help them make a March 5 deadline for a huge project. Granted, I really like the extra money and I feel really invested in this project since I'd worked on the first submission of it last year (it went in 6 weeks before J. was born, and I really thought I was going to go into early labor from all the stress and work). I was sad to leave this job, as I really did like it, and it's been nice to stay connected to it. And the work is something I feel really confident about doing, unlike my new job which is more challenging and new work.

However, every free minute I have has been spent working. I've barely been keeping up with the consulting work and barely doing the minimum I need with my real/other job. I feel like this:

Since I'm doing all this work from home (about 35 hours a week) with only 8 hours of childcare a week, it's been really hard to do anything on the computer other than work. And H. has been working late lately, and often not getting home until J. is in bed already, which means that I was entirely responsible for J. all day and all night.

Oh, and did I mention that I am also taking care of all the "what's for dinner?", "do I have any clean white shirts?", "did you pick up the dry cleaning", "when is our appointment with the accountant?", "our trees need trimming" crap. Which doesn't leave much working time, and also leaves me exhausted by the time J. goes to bed.

You know, of all the "jobs" I'm doing, the one I'd most like to quit is Wife. It's probably the least enjoyable and least self-fulfilling right now.

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Monday, February 5, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Here's our plans for the week:
Monday: Spinach Pie, sliced tomatoes, and fruit salad (we already ate dinner tonight, and I can report that this combination of food was great together and my husband did not miss the meat! The Spinach Pie was a frozen, ready to bake, version that I picked up at Trader Joe's - it made for a quick dinner).
Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff, salad (if I make it to the store for lettuce)
Wednesday: Pork Chops with mushroom gravy (I'm making this recipe up, so I'll post on what I did and how it turns out), asparagus steamed with lemon
Thursday: "fend for yourself" night/clean-out-the-fridge (I'm expecting leftovers from the stroganoff and pork chops)
Friday: Chinese take-out
Saturday: dinner out at a charity event
Sunday: Hamburgers, potato wedges, sliced tomatoes, fruit