Friday, February 12, 2010

thinking out loud...with *after-thoughts.

It's Friday. And I'm glad. I think I mentioned once or twice or 18 times, Friday is my favorite day of the week.
And even though this weekend is turning out to be a bit busy...I know that I can still enjoy today.
I work at the book store today from 10-1. I was offered a new position earlier in the week! Starting today I am going to be our stores ICS person. And do you know...I don't even know what those letters stand for?!! (That makes me laugh at like me...jump first, check for water later...sheesh)
I do know what I'll be doing, though. Inventory. Shipping and receiving. Keeping the backroom stocked and organized. And I am pretty excited about it.
The good things about this job 8% pay increase. (*Add that up from minimum wage...what is it? Like 4 cents?'s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick as my mama says! Hi Mom!)
Predictable hours!!! THIS one is HUGE. I have been wanting something that I could do while the boys are in school. Something that would allow me to drop off...pick there after school...and this is it. 10-1 Monday through Thursday. Ideal, if you ask me. Especially for my schedule...and my boys' schedules...and my husband's schedule. It's ideal...for us. (*We're still working on how this will work out during the summer...but it'll work out.)
I told them I'd have to leave Friday's open so that I can go to our business and do payroll and payables and such. (*Although, yesterday while at the elementary school there was talk of a 12 week day a week...possibly Fridays. So...we'll see what that's about when the gal calls me.) I will also be able to go to our office after work on some days, if necessary. (*If the Friday thing works out...then I WILL be going to the office after the book store. But a coule of afternoons a week should be enough.)
A lot going on, eh? A little overwhelming? Yep. But...BUT...I know that if I take it all one day at a time...I can do it. I can work a few hours a day. I can get all my office work done in one day a week. I can have plenty of time for my own school work. I can have time to hang with my kids...and cook good dinners...and even some time to do something crafty here and there. I can. It's just going to mean that I need to be a better steward of my time. I'm going to have to make my time count. No more wasting time on the computer. I will not stop blogging...or reading my favorite blogs. I don't consider this a waste of time. I consider this an outlet...a conversation..."me" time. I consider it spending time with friends...even if I've never met some of you in real life!
What I mean by wasting time on the computer is that, once I'm done reading favorite blogs...and sending emails...I'm talking about what I do once I'm done with all of that. And what I do is search and search...and look and look...and click on link after search of...of....what? What more am I looking for? I don't really know. And then...before I know it...too much time has gone by doing nothing. Finding nothing. Learning nothing.
So. No more of that. Yes...I'll click a link now and then if one of YOU has recommended that I do so. But I won't go out searching for...I don't even know what. I will do what I need to do on the computer...then I will log off. And I will pick up a book instead. (Sociology, anyone?) Or a garden planner. Or Mother Earth News. Or hey...maybe I'll gather that pile of fabric and start cutting squares for the quilt I'm going to make! Basically, I need to be more productive. And it's totally doable. As long as I am careful and mindful of my time.
Speaking of which...gotta go!!


ThyHandHathProvided said...

Congratulations on the new hours and position! It does sound perfect:-).

Conny said...

Happy Friday to you too. So happy that you got the work hours that suit you better. :>) And, glad that you're not leaving the blog world. I think of it in the same way: me time, friendship time, groundedness time.

Have a great weekend.

Nancy said...

Having a work schedule that works for you and the family is excellent! So glad for you.

Enjoy the weekend, friend.

XOXO - in honor of Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

the computer has become a huge distraction for me. I just developed my own little "rules" to help me practice self-control.

all your work opportunities do seem to be an answer to prayer, right?

Kelly said...

I am SO laughing at sharp stick in the eye comparison, that is a good one and I must remember it.

Congrats on the new position and the raise!! :)

Anonymous said...

this is such a great post. i relate to it. first of all congrats on the many wonderful opportunities that have come your way. i know God has put them all there, you deserve it. how wonderful 10 to 1pm. i work 10 to 2pm mon thru friday and love it. still plenty of time for family and whatever else and 'else' is a lot when you are a mum. hope eveythig else is going well! have a lovely weekend:)

Beegirl said...

Congrats on the promo! You know how I feel about a "regular" schedule! YIPPEE! Have a great weekend!

ain't for city gals said...

Totally understand the search and searching some more thing...and usually end up just staring at what could be a blank screen for all that I am reading. I finally figured out that (for myself anyway) I am doing it for stress relief...but so many better and productive ways to do that...go for a walk...sweep the patio...yardwork...just a habit that sneaks up on you. Thanks for bring it to my attention

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Oh happy day...congrats Michelle. I know how time can just wisk away.