I have news. Well, you know how I used to talk about how much I enjoyed my job but I had a long, painful commute? I’ve given that up and I will start at a new job this week. It is bitter sweet in that you never know what kind of boss or coworkers you’ll get when you start a new job and I really did like my former ones BUT that drive was simply too much. 90 minutes in the morning and 2 hours to get home. More than half of that being nothing other than me sitting in traffic.
I will now have a 15 minute commute and I am very much looking forward to the extra time at home.
Last Thursday was my final day of that awful drive. Actually, it was only half awful because I left early and was home by 4pm. I picked Jay up from school on my way home and since Ace takes the bus he was there waiting for us. By 6pm, we’d had dinner and cleaned up, the homework had been done and checked, we’d showered, I’d taken out clothes for the boys to wear the next day and chores had been completed.
It was quite a shock to my system since 6pm is usually the time I’d be getting home. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself then. Bed time seemed so far away whereas it’s usually the next step once we’ve done our evening routine.
The boys, realizing they had lots of time left, took off running. As I lay in bed watching TV (something I NEVER got to do at that time before), I heard them laughing and play fighting and chatting. They were up the stairs and down the stairs. They were in the kitchen and they were in their rooms. They bounded into my room wearing their Halloween costumes and I chased them out. They came back 🙂
We got to just hang out being goofy and silly and it was really nice. At 7:15, when they had apparently exhausted their immaginations, they asked if they could get on their electronics. (They don’t typically get to use them during the week). I said they could for a little while.
It was such a lovely evening and while I don’t expect that every evening from now on will be like that, I do feel like it gave me a little sneak peak into what I’ve been missing out on and what it will be like soon.
The one downside to this arrangement is that it seems I’ll be the one responsible for preparing dinner since I’ll be the first adult to get home most of the time. It was kinda nice coming home to a cooked meal every day.
Not THAT nice though. I’ll take the extra chore of cooking dinner if it means more quality family time.
Wish me luck!