Ah, Friday

Today is a better day. For one thing, it's near lunch time and I'm not drinking wine. Yesterday, I met my boss, the Publisher of Austin Family Magazine, for lunch and I told her that I was giving notice. We drank a bunch of wine and we both cried. Part of the beauty of my job was how closely we worked together and how well we got along. I just love her.

I know you're thinking that I quit my job to have more time to knit. This is not true. Really. No, REALLY.

I quit because I figure I have one shot at raising these kids and the last year has shown me that while I can multitask on the mindless stuff pretty easily, I have a very hard time shifting my focus from one big thing to another. So, it was really hard for me to stop working and concentrate on my kids when they got home from school. (I'm still working on the part where I stop concentrating on the kids and start concentrating on my husband after they go to bed.) And often, my husband would take them to go do fun stuff and I'd stay home to work. This is NOT quality family time. Plus my spouse is traveling more and while he's been unbelievably supportive about taking over when I needed to work longer hours during production week, etc., it adds a lot of stress to ask him to do that on the days when he's NOT traveling.

And then there's the whole thing where I discovered that I simply don't know how to work part time. I'm just missing that gene.

The kicker came when I realized that I hadn't filled out some paperwork that Jane needed that would have made a big impact on the start of the next school year. I am still so mad at myself--failure to execute makes me CRAZY.

Anyway, I'm hoping to do a bit more marketing of my own work--since I've done absolutely NOTHING in that regard, this should be an easy goal to achieve --and I'm hoping to get back to writing humor columns like mad.

(Um. And knitting. Shhhh!)

Here's Ana wearing her new sock.


Anonymous said…
I thought you quit so you would have more time to blog!


Make sure you do something really special WITH the kids and something really special TO your super supportive hubby.
Anonymous said…
I went back to full time work and then realised it just wasn't for me. I can't do 40 hours a week when my husband does 60. The wheels fall off. So I now to 30 hours a week and that's OK, but still not ideal. If there was a way out of it I would quit tomorrow but I'm also not happy being a full-time stay at home mum. I haven't found the right balance and until I do, nobody's getting any clean underwear.

Congratulations on your decision to quit.