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The Working Mom - 11/21/11

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
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Well, that is...

One of my favorite cartoons from Randy Glasbergen shows a woman working in her office and on the phone with her husband saying, "I'll be home late. I've joined a support group for women who need a reason to stay at work until the house is picked up and dinner is on the table." Unfortunately, I haven't found that group's meeting night or location yet and, ironically enough, not sure I have the time to attend. When it comes to finding that balance between work and home, my trick seems to be finding what you love to do and just doing it. For example, when I started making jewelry, loved it, and wanted a beading room of my own, I made it happen. Well, that is, after my husband left for his snowmobile trip and was away for four days-just enough time to move furniture and paint everything. Well, that is, except the corners and trim (he's the perfectionist and, on my best day painting and his worst day, he would still be the hands down winner). OK...bad example. Oh, I know! There was that time that I wanted to paint old furniture like my shabby chic sister-in-law, Nic. After finding an old dresser for a rock bottom price, my plan was to paint it glossy black like the magazine style ads and be super trendy! A funny thing about taking on new projects; this wanna-be hip chic should realize her limits. Again with the painting. My hubby wondered why I needed more than ½ inch of newspaper to catch spills (remember he is a paintbrush wizard) but gave in and put down a couple of more sheets. Alas, I had out the mineral spirits within the first 15 minutes and was cleaning the flicks of black paint on my white SUV and everything else within five feet of the paint scene. My husband arrived home to kindly ask, "you ARE putting on a second coat aren't you?" Well, that is, he offered to finish it for me as he put his good eye on the run spots, additional paint splattered on the garage floor, and spots oh-to-close to his snowmobile. So, as I think of my favorite cartoon and was thinking of the support I get as a working mom, it hit me how much support I DO get with my husband just letting me do all of the things that make me happy, though sometimes it teeters on the edge of too much...hey, but who doesn't like making jewelry to sell at shows and online, judging cooking contests, couponing and starting a neighborhood coupon club, volunteering, fundraising for charity, organizing a craft show, singing, oh, and writing a newspaper article? Totally happy things! So, working moms, put in a frozen pizza every once in a while, let the laundry sit just a bit longer, and find a craft or hobby that brings you to a happy place. And, if it includes your hubby, all the better! That is...ask him be your painter. Enjoy your week everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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