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Monday, July 31, 2006

Clock-watcher

I thought my days of clock-watching were over when I quit my job.

For the last months of my employment, I was bored and impatient to be doing other things. I thought those feelings would end when I spent joyous, fun filled days at home with my daughter.

Not so.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining—I love that I am able to be home with Cakes. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

But, it is much, much harder than I thought it would be.

She is a busy, busy girl. She wakes at 6 or 7 and it’s go, go, go until naptime. After nap, we’re back at it and it’s go, go, go until bedtime.

Some days (rainy/snowy/too hot/too cold), by 4:00 I am looking at my watch and am horrified how long there is ‘til quittin’ time.

When she goes down for the night, it’s “fuck, thank God she’s down. Pour me a cocktail”.

The other problem is, blogging has awakened a dormant beast in me. I feel compelled to write and am frustrated by not having much time to do so.

I am extremely lucky. BP is home more than many fathers and I probably get more free time than most. There are many women who are responsible for most of the childcare. I don’t know how they do it—I admire them greatly.

Gotta go now. The boss is calling and my shift aint over yet.

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I’m pleased to report this is my 50th post! Time flies when you’re having fun.

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8 Comments:

Blogger penelopeto said...

hang in there, mama; we all have days like these.

9:43 AM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

You know, I totally know what you mean, and I'm not even home all week. Talk about feeling guilty when you find yourself noticing this "how many hours to bedtime" thought on a Saturday!

But no matter how much we enjoy them, it would be totally lying to pretend that they are not exhausting and hard work.

2:42 PM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

I was just thinking about this the other day. I am a total clock-watcher. It's the one thing that sucks about a regular nap schedule!

Oh, and I love the "voices carry." I'll have 'Til Tuesday going through my head all day now.

3:18 PM  
Blogger penelopeto said...

ooh, i just noticed - voices carry - good one. i've been totally trying to come up some clever way of saying comments too. bubandpie - i'm with you on the song in my head. at least its a good one, and not britney, which was in my head all weekend (i'm toxic, you're slipping under...)

3:40 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

VOICES CARRY...ME LIKEY VERY MUCH.i AM WRITING FROM THE BRIDES PALACE IN THE GREAT WHIIE NORTH. i FIGURE THAT THIS WILL BE MY ONLY COMMUNICATION FOR THE COMING WEEK...GASP!
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7:36 PM  
Blogger tomama said...

I'm big into the clock watching. I used to hang around if the naps went late because I'd think, oh, it's almost time for dinner. But almost takes SUCH a long time. Now we stay out until there's time for nothing but microwave burritos. And we pray for days with no rain!

11:18 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh yes. I know what you mean. I drink more now that I've had a child than before... heehee.

Oh and thanks for the tip...

4:22 PM  
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