Back to the office

Tomorrow will be the first Tuesday that I won’t be working from home since Stefanie returned to work Jan. 2, and it’s going to be more difficult than I thought.

I initially was excited about working from home two days a week, and I was incredibly grateful that my boss let me do that so I could watch Alex. It helped that I have spent much of this year working a huge project to move our court (around 200 users) from Corel WordPerfect Suite to Microsoft Office 2007; much of my time has been spent helping users (mainly judges and their staffs) convert forms from WordPerfect to Word (it’s just as exciting as it sounds *snore*). 

But working from home wasn’t really that fun for me. It broke my heart to have to focus on a tech support call rather than play with Alex. Alex is such a cutie, and I have so much fun playing with him that it took every ounce of self-discipline to not spend my day entirely with Alex. Instead, I mainly worked while he slept, and being a baby he slept a lot during the day. Then I caught up on my remaining work before or after work on my in-the-office days or during lunches, which I spent in the office while Stefanie fed and played with Alex at her office across the street.

I had been looking forward to going back to work full-time. The thought of fewer interruptions and fewer distractions made me smile. But now that I’m here, I don’t want to do it. I already see Alex so little — his 7:30 p.m. bedtime is only an hour and half after I get home from work every day — that giving up what little time we had is going to be really difficult for me.

So I’m trying to stay positive. This huge project should be finished by July, after which I should be able to focus more on some of my own project ideas (lots of geeky stuff that probably wouldn’t interest you much but that I love). And I’m really happy that Stefanie decided to go to part-time so she could be home more with Alex. I know that she is sacrificing a lot — not just financially — to do this, and I love her even more for making that sacrifice. Knowing that she will be with Alex makes me happy. And me? I look forward to the weekends more than ever.

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~ by amarvin on Monday, May 5, 2008.

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