Or attempts to work at home. Better yet, give me an office, cubicle, desk, or cubbie anywhere but here. Because with 5 snow days down, and winter far from over, I want out of this house.
Give me a job, any job, and the kids can Lord-of-the-Flies it here at home. Good luck kiddos.
In the spreadsheet my geeky, rather-attractive, self-proclaimed-Excel-guru husband set up,
I saw quite clearly I far exceeded my modest goal for 2010, and did so with piddly little jobs here and there that actually did add up to something quite substantial by year’s end.
And I did it while still maintaining the momming ability to drive to and attend said school, music, swim, track, basketball, lax and soccer events. Which means working 8-2 most days, and piece-mealing jobs wherever and whenever I could grab some free wi-fi and 20 minutes of uninterrupted thinking.
But considering in 2009 I made ZILCH, and the year before, earned less than 2 car payments, this year has been outstanding.When I realized my success, I asked rather-attractive-husband where that money went. He looked at me with surprise.
It went to Costco. And Olympia Sports. And soccer registration and vacation and new cleats and Christmas. And gas and groceries and transmissions and pharmacy and vet bills and haircuts and prom and docs.
Instead of an extra emergency tuition/slush fund, my income paid the bills that paycuts, disappearing bonus checks and furlough took away.
And so the new year has begun, with one part-time gig of 20 hours a week vanishing, another part-time position maxing at 5 hours/week, and a very lucrative freelance gig belly-up. So I’m back at it again. Looking, networking, and learning what I need to know so I can land a few more jobs that will hopefully, a year from now, snowball into a substantial contribution to Costco. And car repairs. And cleats and trumpets and dog food.
I’m back to cruising Craigslist and Monster, LinkedIn and Twitter, but better yet, the online community of Comeback Moms, Women for Hire, Work at Home Moms, and MomCorps.com. (Not affiliated with any.)
As well as my most lucrative networking tool: working the bleachers and pool decks and soccer sidelines (affiliated with all) and telling everybody I know what I do, that I’m looking, and am ready and willing and able to work within their timeline and budget.
Whatever you want, people. Whatever you want.