Last month was crazy. Between Hubby being in Asia for almost three weeks, keeping up with M's hopping weekend activity schedule (she is more popular than me), waking up nightly with Baby A (still isn't sleeping through the night, Lord help us), meeting with prospective clients for early morning coffees and other duties that go along with being a responsible human being (oh, and did I mentioned Hubby ended up in the hospital for a four-day stint due to his trip?), it's been nuts. Yep, it was just one of those months, and we are happy to be into April with no sickness (knock on wood), plenty of sunshine (knock on wood, again) and all family members sleeping under one roof for at least a little while. Blogging has been low on the totem pole since Hubby has returned from the hospital, since we want to spend as much time as possible being a family unit again. But here I am, back at it! Yes, all is right with my world now. Until, wait, ugh... Monday is here...
As I was lying in bed Sunday night, bummed that such a fun weekend with my Hubby and girls was coming to an end, I knew I needed to switch my negative thoughts of Full Time Working Mom Guilt to Why I Am Happy Tomorrow is Monday. Here is my short list, besides the fact that my office is a pretty darn cool place (intelligent adults, pinball, Mountain Dew, arcade games... yes, please). Other working parents, maybe you can relate to this list, no matter what you do for a living.
Here are five reasons this working parent can look forward to going to the office on Monday:
1. I won't have to wipe butts for 40+ hours this week.
Hopefully. I mean, I don't know what kind of work environment you are in, but if you are in a typical office, I would not think that is on your list.
2. My bosses do not draw with markers on their bodies or the wall.
This is great news for many reasons, but mainly because it means that I will not be asked to scrub faces, arms or walls to remove marker for the majority of the week.
3. I get to eat lunch in peace and quiet for five straight days.
Or, even more fun, in the company of other adults with adult conversation.
4. My co-workers do not run around the office screaming and stabbing my head as they try to crown me as a princess.
This happens 10+ times a day during the weekend. It is fun, but my head (and ears) need to recoup.
5. I am not treated like a human jungle gym when I meet with prospective clients.
A simple handshake does it, which is refreshing. My bruising caused by the weekend is practically is gone by Friday, just in time to do it all over again.
So instead of being bummed that a weekend is coming to a close and it is time to go back to "the grind," switch your thinking to the positive. And not just obvious things, like the the facts that you have nice co-workers, you have a stimulating job or you are bringing home money. You might make yourself laugh in the process and be happier to head out the door this week. GO GET 'EM!