We are finally having a real Iowa winter this year. We haven’t had a winter that has been typical in years. We had several years where we were buried under snow all winter long with many no school days. Someday I will share my story of Evil Genius and the blizzard. Last year it was warm with only one snowfall. I enjoyed the warmer weather but it was weird. This year has had cold and snow, but not too much of each.
This week we had a Winter storm Tuesday night into Wednesday. It came up rather suddenly-the winter storm watch popped up in the morning (which I didn’t know until afternoon) and then it turned into a warning by afternoon. The snow was bad enough that school was first delayed and then cancelled. Yet Evil Genius made it to work, and was the first one there, beating people that live right there in town. We live an hour south of where he works. Impressive, very impressive.
Both kids slept in quite late that morning. I was not looking forward to another day stuck in the house. We had to do something different. As they got up, I had a bright idea. I informed them “We’re going to have pajama day.”
The Professor yelled “THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!”
The Princess scrambled to find different pajamas.
It was all good. After breakfast we brought blankets into the living room, laid on the floor, and watched “The Greatest American Hero”.
Late in the morning I remembered that Evil Genius had given Princess Difficult instructions to clear a path through her room the night before. You couldn’t even walk through it. She threw a fit. “This is supposed to be a FUN day. This is NOT fun!” When she realized that her video game privileges would be revoked, she complied.
We had breakfast for lunch-pancakes, eggs, and bananas. The pancakes were good, even though I had to scramble after I started the first batch-I realized I had forgotten the egg. My house still smells like syrup. The magic sort of faded after lunch, since they got their video game time. A couple of weeks ago they pooled their Christmas money to buy Skylanders for the Xbox. They enjoy it, and it’s incentive for good behavior.
More TV, and eating popcorn and drinking juice on the floor during snack time while watching PBS Kids. The Professor said “This day just keeps getting better and better!”
And then it was over. Dad was coming home, and everything was picked up and put away. The Professor decided to put on regular clothes, for some reason he thought his dad wouldn’t like him wearing pjs. Princess Difficult was the only hold out. She changed, into yet a different set of pajamas.
These days are coming to an end, at least for awhile. That pajama day morning I received a message from a friend, and upon answering it have opened up a whole new can of worms in my life. I have taken a substitute position at the preschool I used to work for, starting Monday. I’m stepping in for a friend who has to have surgery. Good pay, and childcare taken directly out of my check.
So I have a job for awhile, 6-8 weeks. Remember that I have severe anxiety. Even though I have been looking for a job for quite some time, I am freaking out. On one hand, Princess Difficult will get to be with me. She needs to be around other children, and be on a schedule. This is very good for her. On the other, I worry myself sick. Will The Professor be ok going someplace else before and after school? Will the kids be able to get up and get ready early? Will I have enough energy to make supper and do laundry, because working with kids can be very exhausting. Will we have enough money for gas so I can get there every day? Will we be able to pay the sitter? Will I be able to be on my feet for that much time without my back killing me?
Last night I told them all about what was probably going to happen. At first The Princess, who is dead set against me working, was upset. “But Mommy, I will miss you!” When I told her she was going to come with me, she started to warm to the idea.
“Do they have a playground there?” she asked.
“Yes.” I replied.
“Do they have ponies there?” she queried.
“I don’t really remember, but I think so.” I answered.
That was it, she was sold. Now both kids were very excited. Not me, I was sick with anxiety. I was almost crying.
Evil Genius was no help. “Do you want the job or not?”
My answer “We need the money.”
His response “That’s not very convincing.”
He wants me to believe in myself. love him for seeing me as someone who still has potential and is worth something, even though he isn’t always so tactful about telling me so. My former coworkers seem very excited that I am coming back, if even for a few weeks. So much has gone wrong for so long, it’s hard for me to believe that something good is happening. What a gift this is-to be able to try this and see if I can really do it. Last night after he went to bed I called my Mom in a panic. She calmed me down, reminding me that it will all work out. I also talked to a very good friend, who was so supportive and understanding of why I feel like this!
Today everything fell into place as far as The Professor’s before and after school care. I went in to fill out paperwork, Princess Difficult saw the classroom and the kids she would be with, and it all seemed right. I’m now looking at it as all a great experiment. By the time I am done it will be Spring. The weather will get nicer, and we can get out and enjoy it again. Right now this may be just what we need to get through the doldrums of winter.
Today I filled out a zillion forms. Tomorrow I go get fingerprinted. More on that soon to follow…
So followers, don’t worry-I’ll still be blogging, I just may not post every day. This is still my dream-the writing. I am to the point where I need new inspiration, and need to not be on the computer all the time. I won’t let people down. I bet I will have lots of wonderful stories to share too! Preschoolers are wonderful in that respect-they are never boring!
And of course, don’t forget to vote! Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Moms Contest. I’m hanging out in the top 120. It’s all right. It’s comfortable there.