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Thursday, February 21, 2013

I-Need-Therapy-Thursday: Back To Work


I've started back to work.

See, back in my life BK (Before Kids) I used to be an Occupational Therapist.

But then after my 2nd baby was born, I went whole hog with this parenting gig.

And I've kept at it for 15 years.

And with college on the too-near-for-comfort horizon, Mama needs to put some money in the bank.

We always meant to start college accounts for the kids, but then we would always need a new hot water heater, or four new tires, or a horse would colic or the refrigerator would die or just, you know, life, life, and more life.

But now I've got a senior, a junior, and a freshman, and that's just the oldest three.

Now, lucky for me, I was able to get my license back with relatively little pain, and I found a job doing home health care.

Home health care is my favorite.

And I can wear scrubs if I want.

Hello, if I want?

Are you kidding me? I was wearing scrubs as pajamas, so do I want to wear my pajamas to work?

Well heck to the yes, mister man!
to be read with a nasal midwestern accent

So now I'm working per diem, in my pajamas, about 15 - 20 hours a week.

And it's all quite convenient.

I get up at about 5:20, make breakfast for the five older kids and see them onto the bus. Then I get Daniel up and get him to school by 9 and head off to work. See a few clients, do a lotta paperwork (which is all digital now, and the bane of my existence), and get back to Daniel's school by 3 to pick him up. Then I get home and it's the usual ratrace of taking kids for driving lessons, helping with homework, soccer practice, carpools, overseeing chores, making dinner, taking care of critters, etc,


et friggin cetera.

Anyway, I'll get used to it.

And the paychecks, even though I'm not working a whole lot of hours, are SWEET.

After so many years of doing pretty dang hard work and not getting paid one red cent for it, it is really nice to see a paycheck, with hundreds of dollars typed into the little box with MY name on it.

That feels good.

Almost makes up for my complete and utter exhaustion.


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  1. I wouldn't make enough money to make my getting a job worth the craziness it would create with my husbands busy and random schedule...Can you tell I'm upset about that...because I am definitely not! lol.... Congrats on going back! :)

  2. Well, congrats, I think. Good to have the extra cash and an excuse to wear your pajamas all day long.
    I work all of three hours a week at preschool. I don't get a paycheck, but I also don't have to write a check for my 4 year old to go to school. This job is cramping my style, so I can't imagine what 15-20 hours would do to it.
    Good luck getting the logistics worked out.

  3. Oh, good for you! I would love to do something part-time outside the house but my husband's travel schedule is unpredictable, so I can't. Extra $$ certainly would be helpful, though.

  4. Nice to meet you! Love the fact that you have a big family. We had 5 and there's nothing like it! Blessings to you! Please come visit me and link up at my new blog hop! I plan on following you as soon as I finish typing this message

  5. Hey ladies, thanks for stopping in!
    I'll be honest, I'm NOT liking being back at work, but I DO like the paychecks!
    Thanks for your support!


  6. Stopping by from the link up and am now your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog and follow along.

  7. Oh man you've got a SHWEET schedule! I work 8-5, which means that really I'm away from my family from 7-6. I would love to be able to put them on the bus, help w/ homework, etc. As it is, my hubby does that.

    It is a lot of juggling...I wrote a post about it lol

    Have a great weekend! :)

    The 5th Level of Motherhood

  8. One of these days I'll work strictly from home! For now I'm in scrubs and in my free time we have wrap parties!
    Welcome back to the workforce!

  9. Thanks, ladies! I'm getting used to it already, so... yeah.




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