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Adapting to Change

Thursday, February 28, 2013

So, two days ago, work decided I needed to start staying an extra hour every day because my co-workers work later in the day. It doesn't matter than I come in earlier....they might need something after 4. I don't have to work during that extra hour...I just have to be here. Yea, that makes sense. I was really quite disgusted with this at first, but it is what it is and at least I'm still employed (blessing #1).

Tuesday, when I found this out, I had school. After school, I went home, hugged my children, tucked them into bed and read them 2 stories. They LOVED the story time and so did I. (blessing #2)

Yesterday, I stayed until 5, sat in traffic for an hour as opposed to 45 min that I used to have. Still, an hour was better than the 90 minutes I had anticipated. Got home at 6, had dinner with the family and then we all went for a 5 mile walk (blessing #3). The kids were CHATTERBOXES the whole way. The 5 year old was complaining about having to walk. He's done this walk several times and when it was an adventure, he was running this walk. Now, he wanted to be carried. About the 3rd or 4th time I chastised one of the kids, hubby looked at me with a smarta$$ grin and said "you wanted quality family time". Jerk! hahaha

Instead of sending the kids to bed at 8 every night, we've decided to let them stay up until 8:30. If I'm home at 6, that still gives us time for dinner and a nice walk before they go to bed. Since hubby picked them up around 5, they used the hour before I got home to get their chores done (homework was done at the Boys and Girls club before being picked up). (blessing #4)

I really didn't like the idea of missing out on time with the family, but we're adjusting. And bonus.....we're too busy to turn on the TV and they don't even miss it (blessing #5). We got rid of cable almost a year ago and just watch Hulu and Netflix shows over the internet. Everything is on-demand so that eliminated any arguments of "I'll miss my show". TV will wait for what ever time we decide is convenient. I love that our world no longer revolves around the TV.
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    =) I was in HR once, I understand that kicking in. I'm salary so no, I'm not getting paid extra for it, but if I need to work from home or take off early for an appt, I have that flexibility. I've been using the extra hour for exercise except today when I used it to study for tonight's exam. I'm making a point to make that extra hour MY time, rather than their time because it was my time before. Now, I just have some MY time in the middle of the day and I don't apologize for it. I only plan to be here for another year-18 months anyway and then I'm leaving to pursue my RN degree.

    I appreciate your concern. That was really very nice.
    3071 days ago
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    Congrats on the family time and adjusting. But, I am a HR Manager and want to know if you are getting paid for staying the extra hour whether you actually do any kind of work or not. Sorry, just my profession kicking in.

    3071 days ago
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