Why yes, yes I am. That's my official title!
I'm a working woman again. Last Monday I woke up at 5am, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for my first day of work in over a year. I returned to my old company to help out while another manager is on maternity leave. There were lots of familiar faces and new ones, too. The commute was long, but listening to morning talk radio, drinking a cup of coffee and setting the cruise made for a nice and relaxing 50 minutes.
The job is the same; the dealership, operating system and pace are different. And for a girl who knows nothing about Hyundai, I am learning fast. Did you know they are in the luxury car business now? Yup. They offer a $60k sedan with a 5.0 liter V8. Who knew!?
It's like I never left. Dealerships and the car biz are in my blood. I love listening to the shop banter, the whirl of impact wrenches, that distinct New Car Smell and the sound of garage doors going up and down all day. I'm happy to be using my brain for purposes other than creating new ways to get Jack to eat vegetables or teaching him how to pee in the big potty.
I never thought that I would miss 'work', but I guess I kind of do! Or at least I have missed getting my own paycheck. I think that it's safe to say I have pre-spent my first few days worth of earnings. A new job means a trip to the Clarins counter for fresh skin care and the department store for some new clothes, right? And then there will have to be a visit to the Aveda Salon, but I'll wait another week or two before that.
I think that what makes this gig so wonderful is that it is part-time. I am away from home for only 6-7 hours. I still have plenty of time to spend with my toddler, husband and keep up with house chores. If I were back to 9-10 hours a day, I would feel that same Mommy or Career conflict that I felt before.
So internets, I know I have been ignoring you and I fear that it will only get worse. I have a part-time job now, a room or two to finish before baby arrives in June, and a yard that is begging for a good raking and spring planting.
Over & Out!