As I said, I had to “go back to work”. I put that in quotes because a lot of people forget or don’t realize that I already have a job as a teaching assistant or grader for NAU. It’s a very time consuming, mentally and emotionally draining job that does not pay very well in dividends but will on my resume later on tenfold.
That being said, I had to find a way to make us being on our own work. In addition to being out “on our own”, we had just been hit with The Count’s student loan payment and were both in total shock. I was starting to talk to some of my old contacts at my old job at OfficeMax about working there a couple days a week and then as I was driving to pick Finn up from preschool someone from the district that I worked at last school year called me to see if I could come in and interview for a really great job. Tomorrow. I said yes. The interview went great and they called me an hour later to tell me they wanted me to start as soon as possible. Four days later I had my first day.
Yes, I’m going to be insanely busy. On top of my already five classes (well, four left now), my grading for two classes which is crazy intensive and time consuming- taking about 20-25 hours a week, I’m now working 29 hours at a new job outside of the home Monday through Friday. This is not even to mention my son who requires and deserves most of my time. Do I know how I’m going to do it? Not exactly. But when it’s a sink or swim situation, I guess you just do what you have to do. You figure it out. Luckily my own school semester ends in one month from today so if I just lean on The Count and my mom a whole lot for the next month, I’ll get through it. Then all the big grading deadlines are after that and before December 24th and the school district gets out before then! So— I just have some big hurdles to jump through, but I know I can do it. Next semester I won’t be so crazy on myself and will only take 4 classes (which that in itself is something I never thought I’d say).
As far as the job, it seems great. A lot of responsibility for the entire school but also a lot of freedom. I have my own (huge) office which I share only with my boss. It’s basically a whole classroom converted to an office with 2 desks. I like feeling needed and a valued commodity to the whole school. I’ve only been there 3 days and I already have a good feeling. I hope it lasts.
My body and my mind still haven’t gotten used to working. I’m tired everyday when I get home and I would much rather be home with Finn. Partially out of laziness because if I don’t have to work, I’d rather not, and of course mostly because I miss him and think about him nonstop. I made sure to negotiate when I was hired that I still wanted to take him to preschool two days a week, so I come in later on those days.
I’m intimidated, but excited for this whole new adventure and I must press on!