As the title says…Times…they have changed. Not changing. CHANGED!
Well, I’m not sure if any of you have noticed my absence in blogland lately or not, but I feel like an explanation is WAY overdue.
First and foremost…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my wonderful readers. I haven’t responded to many of you lately and I apologize. Life has been beyond crazy and I’ve had to make some harsh decisions about my priorities. Family first, of course.
I’ve mentioned my previous life as a science nerd. I’m a lab rat to the core and loved my career.
My previous job ended over three years ago and this little blog was the result of me being home full-time for the first time in my life. The kids kept me busy, the blog kept me sane.
Being home has been a surprisingly great experience. I never thought I would be able to swing the full-time stay-at-home mommy thing. I’ve always worked and juggled motherhood. Turns out that losing my job was a gift I never knew I needed or wanted.
Not only have I experienced my kids (good and bad) in a whole new way, I also learned how to do a barrage of new things that I wouldn’t have had time for otherwise: photography, cooking, crafting, DIYing. All along the way, I’ve met some amazing new friends via blogging, several even in my own area. It has been such a rewarding experience.
Alas, I’m a career girl at heart. I missed my work. I missed my field. I felt like I was missing out on something that I went to school and worked so hard for. Over the last year, I’ve kept my eye out for jobs in my field (I’m in a really specialized science area). And finally, one day, a position was posted that fit me perfectly. The commute and location???? Not so much.
I applied. I interviewed. I got the job. I struggled with the decision to actually accept the position. Can I handle commuting to the city? How can I be away from my family that many hours a day? Who’s going to make dinner? Photography? Is that over now too?
Then the positive…WOW! This is such a great lab. Such a great group. It’s both clinical and academic. I haven’t come across many jobs like this over the last three years. Would another position like this one come up in the next few years again? When B goes to big boy school next year and I’m still home, will I kick myself for not taking this job?
So much ran through my head. So many discussions about it all with my husband. Ultimately, it was up to me. Derek has been 100% supportive to whatever I chose to do. And I decided in the end it was too good to pass up. I accepted the job and started working full time December 12. Yep, right in the middle of the holiday craziness.
It’s been a whirlwind over the last month. First, preparing to start the job during Thanksgiving. Coming up with meal plans. Stockpiling food. Finding the right childcare. Figuring out my commute. Then the actually job began and Christmas came too. No crafts were made this year, although I bought everything with the intention of making these again for friends. Sorry friends. I didn’t make that lovely Prime Rib from last year either. Nope. This year, with all the job craziness, we made the holiday festivities simple.
And you know what? It all worked out. We had a great Christmas with both sides of our families.
The boys got matching jammies…
We hosted a wonderful New Years Eve gathering with neighborhood friends.
And now we’re enjoying a few lazy days together.
So, there you have it. My absence explanation. I have so much I would love to post about, but I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it. I’m hoping to keep the blog going. It just might take a different direction. Stay-at-home mom turns working mom again.
Again, thanks to all of you, my friends and readers, for continuing to read my blog. Please bear with me during this HUGE life change. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2012!Pin It