Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Update

After Chuck's last day of school, I worked only 1.5 days before we went to Utah. After Utah, I had my eye surgery. Then after recovery, I took off days for the 4th of July. So it wasn't until last week that I worked my first forty-hour week since last August. And like every summer, I can say that I dislike working every day. I really have no plans to ever return to full-time work, even when the boys are in school. I mean, when will I get laundry done? Grocery shopping? Dinner prep? Helping in the boys' classrooms? Certainly not in the evenings! So full-time will only be a thing during the summer. Thank goodness.

How is it going? Okay. It's the same as every summer, I guess. I'm depressed that I have to work every day, preparing lunches the night before FIVE TIMES IN A ROW. Depressed that I have to miss major life events, like Rhett learning to ride a bike last Friday. Depressed that when I come home, the house is a mess and I have to fight the urge to clean it so that I can play with my boys.

But I'm happy to miss the hot, humid summer days of Maryland by being inside an air-conditioned office. I'm happy I can contribute to our family's financial well-being. I'm happy the boys get to spend the days with Chuck, doing things I'd never let them do.

So we'll survive. After this week, it's only two more weeks until we go to Montreal. After that, I have only one more full-time week and then Chuck goes back to work. I can do it. We can do it. We will do it!

P.S. If you want to know what it's like to live in humidity, try this experiment: Run your dishwasher. The second it finishes, open the door and hop on in. Live there. Run there. Play at a playground there. That is what it's like to live in humidity. You're welcome.

P.P.S. I just read "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and this type of literature is exactly why I hated English class in high school. I mean, what the...? I have no idea what was real and what wasn't. What happened and what didn't. What it meant and what it didn't. If anyone would like to enlighten me, please do.


  1. well i guess not many situations are perfect - but at least there are some up-sides to full-time work. frankly, i'm slightly jealous. i think it would be cool for ben to stay home for a while and me to work. but i think i could probably only handle it for a week. :)

    yay for rhett! when do i get to see pictures/videos?

    what are things that chuck lets them do that you would never do???

    humidity is for the birds.

    i've never read that book, but i totally agree with and understand your feelings!!! i was always so mad in english when my teacher would say what this was symbolic of and what the theme was and all that junk. how did she know?

  2. p.s. our humidity is 80% right now! we've been quite muggy lately . . .

  3. I'm so worried about coming back to the hot humidity. But I have to be the strong one to help put a cap on my girl's propensity to whine about heat.

    Madeleine thinks Rhett is awesome with his bike skills. She also thinks she can do the same. We shall see! We shall hope!

    You already know how I feel about your work situation. Over and out.

  4. way to go Rhett!! he will certainly enjoy that new freedom. no jealousy on the humidity issue, though we too have been more humid than normal. not a fan. and that book, hmmmm sounds like something I would never want to read but am slightly curious about anyway. I think i'll take your word for it.

  5. I think your work system is awesome! It really gives you both the chance to see what it is like for the other person. The boys will love their summers with dad, doing all the crazy things mom doesn't let them do.

    It is hot and humid. Nursing out in the heat is terrible. Blah!

    I can't wait to see Rhett's skills!

    I love your comments on English! I've never read that one, but I've heard of it. I'm curious now. Themes, symbolism, syntax, metaphors... be still my heart.