Five weeks into my new job, I’ve realized that all work situations have pros and cons, and mine is no exception. Here are the standouts thus far:
I have to take the bus.
Pro: I now have 5 hours every week that I can dedicate to writing. Or reading. Or Tweeting. Also, one can never underestimate the treasure trove of character studies found on public transportation, even in the ‘burbs.
Con: Exploring Toronto via antiquated subways and quaint streetcars is fun. Hauling ass through the ‘burbs on a bus makes me feel like I’m back in Grade 8, and not in a fun way.
The Serb is in charge of the house.
Pro: Because he works from home, my husband is now responsible for the following daily activities: packing son’s lunch; do daughter’s hair; ensure hair and teeth are brushed; feed kids breakfast; drive kids to school; pick daughter up at lunch; feed daughter; pick son up after school; begin dinner prep; and keep house tidy. Since he could barely make a sandwich when I met him, my expectations were…not great. The result? Our house has never been cleaner, the school moms are in love with him and I get the kids running to me for hugs and kisses at five o’clock.
Con: None that I can see.
Swapping yoga pants and Tevas for make-up and heels.
Pro: Putting more effort into my overall daily appearance feels good and other people are noticing. Like my daughter, who asked me every day for a week if I was going to a wedding.
Con: My feet hurt.
I get paid weekly.
Pro: I get paid weekly.
Con: I am within walking distance of some serious shopping opportunities and all-you-can-eat sushi.
My employer is fantastic.
Pro: On my first day I attended a 50th birthday luncheon that lasted 3 hours and included champagne. Every day since then I’ve eaten at the company’s swanky bistro:
Which features FREE meals such as this:
Con: The Serb has no interest in hearing me whine about anything work-related.
We’ll see what happens once school is over. I’ll be spending one of those days at an amusement park with my co-workers. I expect the Serb and kids will build an extension on the house while I’m gone.
*I don’t wear, or even like, pantyhose. But I love me some alliteration.