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Monday, May 29, 2006

Things I Miss About Working (Outside the Home)


I will write something serious on this subject when I can string more than ten minutes together. It’s a busy week. Last night S. was working. I had Cakes down at 6:45. Showered, dined, completed the essential chores and thought I had two hours to write-- until my next-door neighbours knocked on the door. They were having a campfire. I have a baby monitor with great reception. Who can resist a campfire? Tomorrow night is another little neighbourhood party; Wednesday night, the Family Resource Centre BBQ; then we’re off to Kingston for my sister-in-law’s wedding (there will probably be no posts next weekend--but I’ll probably return with lots of blogging fodder!).

Back to things I miss…


1. Free pens (we never seem to have a damn pen in the house anymore).

2. Water cooler conversation - I had the good fortune to work with the most fun group of people who watch the same shit I do and love to analyse every detail.

3. Having occasion to dress up (I never really did, but at least I had occasion to).

4. Money, honey.

5. Getting home from work (especially Friday of a summer long weekend).

6. Cursing. Many of my colleagues had potty mouths and so did I. Now, nobody we hang with swears. S. hates it and I need to watch my mouth around Cakes.

7. Beers after work (they taste the best. no, wait…the one after you get the baby down is pretty tasty too).

8. My work being appreciated (I’m sure Cakes is grateful but she still has a limited vocabulary. S. is appreciative, but it’s not quite the same as recognition from colleagues).


I don't like work--no man does, but I like what is in the work, the chance to find yourself. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

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8 Comments:

Anonymous cageymama said...

ha ha. don't worry, some of your best mama friends will be happy to ditch the kids with dad, dress up all pretty, go have a beer and talk about the biggest garbage on tv, increasing the number of expletives used with every beer downed. of course, the crap coffee, petty whinging, crazy politics and football/soccer ball/golf ball dive bombs are harder to duplicate.

8:21 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

fuckin a cageymama!

9:45 AM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Finally found cute flower girl headbands. Went everywhere, and finally found them at a dollar store.
We do not have air, so I am a wee bit cranky, and I also think I will be either TOTAL PMS or first day of my cycle for the wedding...the joy of it all....
On the working note, I always hated working, so lucky moi!
See you soon....AC

2:56 PM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

I taught a class today, subbing in for a friend of mine, and I thought of this post as I relished the moment of getting home, coming in out of that hellish hot weather we're having.

I think staying at home is something you learn how to do, not in the sense of learning how to parent (everybody has to do that), but figuring out how to avoid going crazy. Maybe I'll write a post about that...

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Alicia den Ouden (Ali) said...

Jules, are you mental? I would trade hanging out with Cakes then sitting on my fat ass staring at a computer screen having to answer the phone whenever it rings in a fuckin flash. hand that baby over.

ps. love the nickname, cakes=?

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