I’m an ptwahm/mftsahm and sometimes I have office envy.
Oh wait, you probably don’t know what ptwahm/mftsahm means…it means part-time-work-at-home-mama/mostly-full-time-stay-at-home-mama. And office envy is what I feel when I trudge by the bus stop pushing kid number 2 in the stroller after dropping kid number 1 off at school in the morning.
At the bus stop on most day’s are two stylish young women clearly on their way to work. They probably woke up with their alarm went off (ummm…I haven’t had to use an alarm since the day Hudson was born 5 1/2 years ago…lucky me). Then they made coffee and probably checked their facebook without a child trying to use the computer with them. My bet is next they had a shower, then actually styled their hair, and then they opened up their closet and tried to chose what stylish clean modern outfit to wear to work. Then they walked to the bus stop, where they saw a shlubby mom walk by wearing THE SAME THING they saw her in yesterday when she walked by.
Then they caught the bus downtown. They probably just sat on the bus and looked out the window enjoying the quite and the view. Or, maybe they read the newspaper, informing themselves of what is going on in the world beyond their couch.
Once at the office they saw their office friends, and gossiped a bit. Then they sat down and did some work which contributed to the greater whole of something important. They probably snuck in some online gossip and maybe went out for lunch- god, what if they went for after work cocktails???
I MISS THAT!!!
Here is what my day is like: I get up and try to do things on the computer before the kids get up…but once my feet hit the ground I hear a child. So, then I don’t get to do what I was trying to do. Then, because it’s still sooooo early, I have to entertain my sweeties for almost 2 hours before Hudson goes to school. Luckily, I guess, I work from home…so I don’t have to have a shower and look presentable. I just have to make a lunch and breakfast and get big H to school on time. No problem.
Oh yes, getting dressed is easy for me to, I usually put on what is laying on the floor beside the bed (leggings and a sweat shirt that Jeff say’s makes me look like I’ve given up). This, by the way, is supposed to be my morning outfit. I’m supposed to shower when I get home from drop off, and then change into my day outfit for which I won’t be embarrassed by. This rarely happens because morning outfit is so darn comfy!
Then I amuse baby Hank until his nap…then I work, work, work. Then he’s up, and surprise, I have not showered or gotten into the wonder that is day outfit. Then baby is up, so baby is looking for mischief, so I follow baby around helping him and moving things that will hurt him out of the way. Then maybe I try to sneak an email in, just one email, but baby is on to me, and baby comes over to computer and tries to pull the screen off of the keyboard. I shut computer quickly and hide it. I miss it though- the computer and I used to be best friends.
Then the day goes by, I fetch Hudson, why am I still wearing morning outfit??? And hey, soon enough it’s bed time for the kids. At this point morning outfit becomes evening watch The Kardiashion’s outfit…and then I call it a day, and put on sleep outfit- wondering what those stylish office workers are up to. Probably painting their toe nails and gossiping on the phone.
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