Friday, April 25, 2014

Working Mom Chronicles: Week of 4/21

What a week this has been.

It started really rocky. I was quite the emotional wreck on Monday morning, since my weekend had been a bit of wash. With so much to do (still unpacking, food shopping, laundry, ironing, organizing) I spent my weekend in LI, not doing anything at all. For my Type A personality, which is nothing to be proud of lol, I felt like a complete failure. Not to mention the painful commute to and from LI (3 hrs to be exact!!), I was quite irritable when I walked in the door on Sunday night after 9 pm. That's right, I missed Easter Sunday with my family. Let's not talk about it.

To add to the madness, I had to do frequent trips to the market after work to pick up some things to make the night's meal. Each night, dinner was on the table after 8:30 pm. The chaos in my house mad me tense. I was dragging myself out of bed each morning. Not because I was tired, but because I just knew what awaited me at work and back at home. It was like sucking the life out of me.

I envy stay-at-home moms. I won't compare my apples to your oranges, but gosh darn it, there's a lot to be said about the convenience of working in pajamas and on your own schedule! All that chatter about moms needing time away to feel like herself is a quick fix. Go to the bathroom. Lock the door. And come back out when you feel you can face the kids again. Or heck, lock them in the bathroom until you can finish the dishes lol I'm kidding. Not really.


I work everyday "8 am -7 pm" (any time I spend out of the home for work.. is the sum of my work schedule lol). With that said, who has any time or even energy to cook every night?? I mean, when is there any time at all to do ANYTHING? That is why my weekends are oh so precious to me.

Every Friday I make my weekend to-do list. Do I always stick to it? No. And not because I don't want to, but because I just don't have time to do it all. I will admit that when I put Gabby down for her nap... I join in. And when I see the sun beaming outside, I tell the kids to put on the shoes and just head to the park. All very spontaneous stuff. I want that part of my weekend too! I crave an afternoon of nail salons and shopping. I want a morning walk, just with my beau. I want to hear my kids laugh and squeal when we play hide and seek. But non of those things is going to make my Monday to Friday any easier... and that's when I get back on that crazy-mom-mode, where I put errands and laundry before my family. I try to convince myself that it will reward us in the end...

I work because I'm good at it. I work so I can provide for my family. I don't work so I can climb some latter and collect merits. I do not work for shoes and handbags. I work because I have to. But that doesn't mean, I will work so that someone else can raise my children. I deserve to benefit from the 9 months that I carried each of my children...

Damn the women who fought so hard to get us in the work field to begin with! (kiiiiiidding). But I truly salute the many woman who understand the struggle and made a name, brand, enterprise out of themselves... right from home! #OneDay

In conclusion, I am looking forward to the weekend. Here's what the weekend's to-do list looks like:

Friday 4.25 8:00 pm - Walk through the door...
                   9:00 pm - Watch my Novela #LaVidaMeRobo, while folding the laundry
                   10:00 pm - Scrub down the bathroom (my 10 minute quick-clean regimen is the best!)

Saturday 4.26  7:30 am - Rise & Shine!
                       8:00 am - Grocery Store - under an hour.
                       9:30 am - Prepare the kid's lunch bags for the afternoon trip to Coney Island
                       10:00 am - Breakfast for the kids: Pancakes and egg whites
                       11:00 am - Wash and dress the kids
                       12:00 pm - Wash and dress myself
                         1:00 pm - Make the beds, tidy up
                         2:00 pm - Family trip to Coney Island!
                         6:00 pm - Order Pizza for dinner, begin meal plan prep (day 1)
                         8:00 pm - Kids: Bath, Book & Bed

Sunday 4.27    8:00 am  - Rise & Shine!
                       9:00 am - Family Breakfast
                       10:30 am - Get dressed for church!
                       11:30 am - Get out of the door! (pack snacks!!)
                         1:00 pm - Lunch
                         2:00 pm - Church Service
                         4:00 pm - Stroll the streets before heading back home...
                         6:00 pm - Meal Plan prep (day 2)
                         7:30 pm - Kids: Bath, Book & Bed
                       
Yeah that about sums it up. Eventually, I too will take a bath, read a book (or pin a few pins!) and go to bed. A whole new work week awaits me. Yay.

What was your week like?
What do your weekends look like??

-S

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