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There's a shrub in my living room

and it has 480 lights on it.  I need to tweak them to get them evened out, but it's a good start.  We should have gotten the tree up yesterday, but Charlotte let us sleep in so we took advantage of it and the day got away from us.  Tomorrow the ornaments will go on, and we have to make a decision about a tree top - crystal vs. electric.  I think we put the lit star up last year, but we don't need to decide immediately.  This year is already a departure, as we picked a balsam instead of a frasier fir.  It's been a long time since I've had a balsam.  I like the frasiers, but they're fluffier and therefore harder to hang ornaments on.

Tomorrow I'll also start picking up the ingredients for this year's boar's head.  I think this year I'll try to photo-document the process and not just the finished product.

Very apprehensive about going back to work on Monday.  I've got this irrational fear that either I won't be up to doing the job any more or that they won't be happy with my work any more.  Stupid of me, I know.  But it kind of feels like starting a new job, and I've always hated that.  Hopefully by the end of the week I'll be settled back in and be back to terrorizing the other assistants.

I also need to track down a sitter for a few hours sometime in the next few weeks.  I want to see the new Bond movie.  I'm sure there are a couple of people I can hit up.

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kebbykate
Nov. 30th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Good luck with that first day back at work. People will cut you slack for at least a few days if not a couple of weeks. Knowing you, you'll be chewing tacks within a few days.

You will get lots of inquiries about "the baby", how much you miss her, where is she, are you getting any sleep, etc. etc. Don't be surprised if you have some co-workers, in my experience typically older women who stayed at home while their kids were young, who will be mildly to overtly negative about the whole "working mom" thing. Some may see your working as a judgment on what they chose to do, however irrational that is. Usually the take is that you have decided to fund a "lifestyle" in lieu of caring for your young children. Never mind that the lifestyle I try to support is buying groceries, paying the mortgage and maintaining health insurance for the family.

Are you planning to pump at work? If so, I can send you some advice.
kls_eloise
Nov. 30th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I'm not worried about slack - of my two direct supervisors, one has three small children, the other came to visit in the hospital, and they're both women. Not only will they cut me slack, they'll understand. It's a very supportive environment.

I work with a lot of women with children, so I don't anticipate much negativity there. Also for whatever reason, it's a very "young" company, so it's a lot of people like me who have never known anything else. Anyone who wants to disapprove can go talk to someone else, as far as I'm concerned.

I am planning to pump. We've got a dedicated room with comfy chairs, privacy screens, and a mini-fridge. I'll have to figure out timing and duration - I've been pumping for 30 minutes whenever Bob gives her a bottle, but that'll take a big slice out of my day. The bosses won't mind, but I don't want to aggravate the other assistants. Well... some of them. ;-)
merimask
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Hey you're so lucky! We don't even have tree lots around here yet. I want a tree too, darn it.

*hug* You'll be fine. From what you've said in the past, your workplace is very friendly towards moms. It'll be another adjustment but I have faith.
kls_eloise
Nov. 30th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Really? We've always gotten our tree the day after Thanksgiving, or at least for as long as I can remember, both here and in Herkimer. I wonder why the difference? There's a few orchards and nurseries and such fairly close to us, but I have to think that the prices in any place in the Farmington valley are going to be boutique-y, so we went to Stu Leonard's again. They always have very nice trees down from Canada at reasonable prices.

I'd forgotten how nice a balsam smells.

Intellectually I'm sure that everything at work will be fine. It's just really weird to have been gone for this long and then go back. And you know my propensity to over analyze. I expect next week to be awful, and then we'll all settle in to the new schedule.
oocdc2
Nov. 30th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Best of luck tomorrow! I thought about Kiddo a lot (read: all the time, to the point of distraction) for the first few weeks, but then it became business as usual.

Kudos for going forward with pumping. Remember to bring a picture for inspiration. :^)
vynehorn
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
You'll do just fine. Remember, I'm just an email away if you need to vent. :)
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