I haven't seen the inside of my office for more than 30 minutes at a time these days. In fact, the last three days I've been out of the office almost all day everyday. I've been at a conference, or out on my golf course, or in meetings for what seems like a life-time. In case you are new around here, or haven't read any of my old Pre-Minute Man posts, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job. There isn't a thing in this world I love more....well, except Mr. M. .... ok. And coffee. But that's it. THAT'S how much I love my job. But some days, it wears me out. I worked almost 18 hours last weekend - 11 hours on Saturday - to get everything I needed to get done DONE by Monday morning. Now, it's true, I work EVERY weekend, but lately, I've been taking Saturdays off to spend with my Main Man. But this semester in addition to everything else I do, I am also teaching a class. The class is great, and I really REALLY enjoy it, but I'm out of practice with writing lectures and this Monday's lecture needed to cover a LOT of ground. All in all I think I did ok, but WOW was I crabby, and really just flat stressed out until it was done. It took me by surprise, I think, b/c I have had a really good balance with everything lately, and job stress just isn't on the table much these days. I mean sure, I get stressed, but not like enough to lose sleep over...but last weekend was certainly a lose-sleep kind of weekend. And that totally stunk!
However, I've been doing really well lately, and have been just plain happy. Remember the bad old days - about 4 months ago?? I couldn't function some days. I'd literally sit down on the floor of my bedroom and sob. I felt as though I were the WORST mother out there, and I was totally CLUELESS as to how to raise a child, how to be a working mom, how to take care of myself, my home, my pets, my life...and I was depressed a LOT. I also caught a lot of crap* from some jerks out there in blog-o-land, and got tired of hearing it, so I pretty much stopped writing anything of substance. Well, party people - I'm back. I have lost 20 pounds, I have a fabulous new wardrobe, my job just flat kicks ass, I have not one but two people working with (for) me, and they, unlike people in the past, ahem, are FANTASTIC. I have a wonderful office, and have I mentioned how much I love love love my job? And the BEST part? I'm making time to do the right thing for my little Dude. On days I teach, I'm at the office until 8:00 pm (which means an 11 hour day usually with no lunch break). But lately, I've been taking time to run home and spend an hour or two with my kiddo, and when the weather gets nice, DH and MM are going to visit me at the office and we can play in the park outside my building. Frankly, I get more out of it than MM does, I think. I miss him terribly when I don't see him, and I ALWAYS look forward to coming home these days.
With all that said, I'm also looking forward to next week - a HUGE turf/golf trade-show in New Orleans. I get to spend 4 days hanging out with some of my Australia peeps, as well as guys I've met at other conferences, and in the "biz". And I know I've mentioned this before, but I never have to pay for anything!! I love it! The guys are all so good to me, they treat me like a kid sister (but one that they like!). Which, yes, can be annoying sometimes, but most of the time, it's great fun.
Are y'all bored with this post yet? Sorry, I'm sort of rambling, but it's been so long since I've had the TIME to post!! I thought I might actually SAY something.... although I'm not sure I did! LOL. Anyway, thanks for still reading. And I'll post more cutie pie pix soon!!
* I also had a LOT of support and good advice, as well as a LOT of wonderful and kinds words from many f you, so to those of you that helped me though that, I can not tell you how much that meant to me!!