Yesterday I was a SAHM. Today? I am WHAM, hear me whimper, yawn and cry out for caffeine!
I was up at 5am this morning to get started on my new job working behind the scenes for the BlogHer Ad Network. They don't demand that I start that early but it's quiet then and nobody asks me for a sandwich or to wipe their ass. There's also the issue of the work needing to be done before noon and being told it usually takes about 4-5 hours. Good morning sunrise!
Seriously though, it went well enough. I had ten rotations to complete and my first took an hour, what with all the questions and navigating the details of HOW this is done. My second rotation took only 15 minutes. It gets fuzzy from there. But I kept my head down and my kids distracted and in only five hours, I was totally done. Next time I'm supposed to do 20 rotations and not have any backup to instant message if I have a question.
I did learn how quickly and efficiently I can deal with my children's needs if motivated. I kept marking down "breaks" and then seeing that they only took three minutes or so. At the end of the shift, I only had thirty minutes of real down time to factor into my time sheet. And the girls were pretty great, going outside to play or entertaining themselves together most of the time. I was tempted to turn on the TV but I don't want them to think that's the norm. Instead I plan to be as boring as possible so they give up and have fun without me. I'll bust out the TV on rainy days or when I'm worried I'll kill them. It totally helped that their cousin and her nanny (who happens to be one of my best friends) came over for a visit during the last hour of my work and I was able to concentrate on the computer while Vikki kept and eye on all three girls.
Wish me luck and plenty of sleep when I can get it. I have a feeling that adjusting to this new gig might take a little time and a whole lot of explaining to my clingy kids. But I think I can make it work. And since we're running out of cash around here, that's a very good thing.