I’m a bit of an oddity for a few reasons. First, I work full time in my house- I’ve been telecommuting for the past 8 years. Second, I really, really like my job.
Before kids, working from home meant sleeping until 8:20, rolling out of bed and starting work at 8:30. Now it means working a full day from 6 – 8:30 am getting the kids up, taking Scorch to school, then coming back again by 8:20, handing off the Bean to our amazing nanny, and then starting my official work day. There are some mornings when starting work is my break. 😉
I’m incredibly lucky with this arrangement and know it. I love my job and my coworkers; I get to feel productive every day and bring in a pay check all while hearing my kids play upstairs. Some people take coffee breaks, I take hugs & kisses breaks. When the kiddos were little, I could stop to nurse them or calm them down. Now I can kiss boo-boos and hear about school days between conference calls.
But I do miss, on occasion, getting dressed for work and interacting with adults everyday. Which is why I love quick business trips! I get to see some of my favorite people, stay in a hotel much nicer then what we stay in as a family, eat dinners out at places that don’t have a kids menu and just get to be Grown Up. Conversations don’t revolve around Preschool Politics or potty training progress at the dinner table. I get to be Heather instead of simply Scorch & Bean’s Mom and, sometimes, that’s awesome.
I just hope my coworkers didn’t notice the crayon marks all over the top of my laptop.