Thursday, January 26, 2012

Working Late

Things that blow: being here instead of with my kids.
Pumping in an empty office instead of nursing my baby to bed.
Is it too much to ask that my family have health insurance AND that I am able to put my babies to bed each night? Am I being unreasonable? I know that nights like this are rare and it could be worse, way worse; but you know what? I purposely never pursued jobs that would be obviously worse (in terms of work/life balance). I always knew I wanted a family. But I also knew I wanted to have an interesting and hopefully fulfilling career. Why is that so difficult? I know there must be some magical job out there that achieves this balance. One that is flexible, lets you prioritize your family, and maybe is not a full 40 hours a week (while I'm asking for miracles). I just have to look a little harder for it I guess.



  1. I'm lucky enough to have my office and the house within a mile of each other, so I always leave at 5 or so, it's just that on occasion I come back at 8 or 9 or VPN in.

    I think every job has its good and its bad. I have to travel some (which can be a bad from kid perspective, though can also be refreshing), but I have great flexibility to go serve pizza or help in the library at my kids' schools and things like that.

  2. I only live about a mile and a half from work too, so that is nice. I hadn't thought about coming back after the babies are in bed. Probably because that is around when I go to bed (I'm so lame/tired).

    I'm jealous that you can have a good attitude about travel. Our travel budget was suspended during/since the layoffs and I could not have been happier. There is still some travel, but usually if I keep quiet, people will forget about it until it is too late. But travel hurts my feelings too. I try to have a better attitude, but I fail.

  3. :( Off post: I hate how clean your desk is.