a) I was muuuuuch younger then
b) My old job was not challenging
c) I now have two kids to wrangle on my days "off"
I'm going with "a" and "c". And as for "b", well, it was challenging most of the time, but it was sooooo different than what I'm doing, and where I am, now. First off, it was handling public relations for a full service agency. Secondly, the management style over my particular department was . . . how do I say this? . . . interesting. Thirdly, I think I was inhaling black mold the entire time I worked there. No joke.
Now I'm doing some public relations projects for a non-profit organization, something that I've always wanted to get into. (I worked at the U's Bennion Community Service Center in college) And I'm really liking it! Yes, I flipped out the first couple of weeks when Lucy started part-time in the Baby Room at P's school, as I equally flipped with him. But I'm finally realizing that after a year of me being home pretty much full time with her, this is a really nice change for both of us. She is learning so much from the kids at school:
- Walking - with assistance of a pushable cart (Go Lu!);
- Sharing - Eva is an excellent play pal; and
- Flirting (followed by Rejection) - she sat in William's lap the other day and he was all like, "Hey, get this cougar off of me!"
So, yes, this working part time thing is pretty nice. And when I have a couple of pretty nice days at work I truly feel that I am more able to enjoy the time I spend with the kids on the other days. I mean, the house isn't as clean, Matt may have picked up a pizza on his way home (twice) last month, and my dogs are rather pissed that they are occasionally crated for 9 hours straight (they'll get over it), but generally it's working out rather well for everyone.
Though, I will say that there is one tiny downside of working at a non-profit: When I call my dad from my work phone he admits to almost not answering because he thought it was "some damn fundraiser begging for money." Direct quote.