Just, you know, basically having it ALL for these 5 seconds

Remember that one time when we had a good get-it-all-out session about women and finances and SAHMs and basically how we all have nightmares involving us living in a ditch somewhere because we chose to breed? Yeah, that was awesome. (And, seriously, so were the comments and the podcast that inspired the discussion, so if you haven't checked this out yet, go get ye there.)

Anyway. The point of all of that was me saying that I was trying to get back into part-time work. And now I'm here to report that it happened! My local liberry, where I used to work back in 2007-2008, got a new director in the last little while. And when I gave him my resume and told him I'd be happy to come in and work on just about anything he might need, he actually read the thing and took me seriously, unlike perhaps some other people before him who completely shut me down in a not-very-nice way and yes I'm over it no-I'm-not.

Basically I work part time (less than 20 hours a week, some at the library and some at home) on special projects, like summer reading stuff, advertising, social media, and whatever else they could use an extra person to go spend time on. And it's the best, because I mostly get to do cool stuff rather than the stuff where I have to explain to the eleventy millionth person that the reason their email is on fire is because it's a yahoo account and so I'm sorry but they were pretty much asking for it.

Am now the Facebook Guru, which is why we occasionally have what I like to call Man Candy Friday where I post stuff like this:

Aw yeah.

It just feels so good to be back in a library, it feels so good to be involved and valued and paid, and it feels so good to fill out countless medical forms and be able to list an employers's name but not the phone number because who even remembers junk like that off the top of their head? (Note: It is not actually enjoyable to fill out countless forms, but filling out the employer part and leaving the phone number empty is a highlight.)

I couldn't do this without my sister and my sister-in-law, who between them have watched The Tiny Dark Lord about 2 mornings a week for the last couple of months so I could go get my Employment Validation Fix. Without them, this would have absolutely not have been possible in the small window I have before I'm house-bound with a newborn again. We just had our big Summer Reading Program opening party, and because my sister-in-law offered to watch TDL so I could work all day and because she brought him to the party, he entered and WON a raffle drawing for two free jet-ski rentals at Bear Lake. So . . . yeah. I owe her a lot. Like probably one of the jet skis, which is what she suggested.

And now it's time to take a break from Summer Reading Program planning and actually do some summer reading. GH has had a crazy week at work with some 14-hour days, so we are both ready to relax a bit and have some summer fun. We are heading south tomorrow for Salt Lake City to take TDL to Hogle Zoo, to see some friends, and to make a Costco run (yay, Costco!!!). Then we'll spend a few days up Ogden Canyon at this place with GH's family, hanging out and swimming and eating (hauling out my tent of a maternity bathing suit and a vat of SPF 70 now) and watching the little kiddie cousins play together and did I mention eating? I'm stocking up on Playaways and knitting for the down time I'm hoping to get (even if it's only in the car).

Happy Weekend, everybody!


Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

I got hired today myself. So, yeah, I totally get it.

MBC said... [reply]

That is super excellent and I feel a bit jealous. I think I would really love to work for 5-10 hours a week, but I barely leave my child even to go to the doctor, probably because I'm a neurotic first-time parent but also because we just don't have many people we feel comfortable leaving him with during the day. Maybe when the grandparents move back here next year . . . But yay you!

Kayla FrecklesinApril said... [reply]

I've hard a part time job for just over a year and it is my sanity saver. I have to have SOMETHING. A job makes me feel useful. Motherhood SHOULD make me useful buuut mostly it just makes me feel tired.

Desmama said... [reply]

Does Costco still have the baklava in their bakery? If they do . . . I'll reimburse you. :)

Bridget said... [reply]

Hooray!!! That is fantastic. Congratulations and best of luck.

Saskia said... [reply]

Sounds great!

Rachael said... [reply]

What a dream gig! Have a lovely time this weekend and don't get too sunburnt!

emandtrev said... [reply]

I am really so happy for you. You are such a great mom, and soooo very smart/creative, so it is wonderful that you can do both! It can be tricky, but it can be done! Go you and your bad librarian self. :)

Monica said... [reply]

First George Emerson and now (Colin Firth as) Mr. Darcy? You are killing me! :) I am way jealous of the library gig, so fun! I enjoy working part-time, but my laziness always seems to take over when it comes to hunting down freelance jobs. Also, I miss Costco.

Jessica said... [reply]

Awesome news- congrats!!!

I'm working on social media for my library right now, and I always want to do fun things like you shared, but am pretty sure our audience would not appreciate it. Still working on suppressing the urge for mischief :)

Have fun with the new work!

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