Super Mom, kinda but not really

I don’t think I was fully prepared to be a wife, mother of 2 girls under the age of 2, and a full-time employee.  How do people do this!  After being off work for 12 weeks, I finally went back to work on Monday and realized what I had been missing was not worth missing.  The first day back it seems that I scared off the replacement we hired to help while I was gone.  She literally went to lunch and never came back, leaving me with a full afternoon of patients, one doctor, and new office software I had never touched.  Stupid girl.  Why bother even coming in on a Monday morning if you plan to go to lunch and not come back?  The day went fine though, mostly because I’m freaking awesome.  I would like to find the little twit and tell her thanks for setting me back on taking a new position.  Now I have to find and train the next person which is going to take forever.

Everyday is battle for me lately.  Basically a battle not to open a bottle of two buck chuck when I walk in the door from work.  I know I can’t be the only one that feels that way.  My oldest girl is so great with the new baby which actually surprised the hell out of me.  She basically just tickles her fingers and feet, kisses her hand, and tells me to put her down. She has her little meltdowns though when I’m holding Reese or feeding Reese.  Exhausting some nights. All I’m thinking about while I type this is a bottle of wine.

Hopefully all this exhaustion will pass.  I pray that it will at least.  Between the dishes, laundry, and the attempts at sleep I feel like a failure some nights.  Wendy’s counts as dinner, right?  I even found myself flipping off my 22 month old as she ran away from me the other day.  Okay, I know what your thinking but her back was turned and that was me getting my frustration out.  I realize that I’m not winning Mother of the Year 2012 but maybe next year.

Nine Months Without Wine Again

Well, we are pleased to announce that we are expecting our second little munchkin.  I think I found out I was pregnant by the fourth week, very irritating to me for some reason. Have you ever watched one of those I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant shows and just said WTF! I know, I know, every pregnancy is different but I could spot it both times very early.  The reason it irritates me is that I would like to wait until at least 10 weeks to tell everyone but people typically notice when I don’t have a drink.  I am not saying that I’m some drunk but I am known to want to have a glass of wine or two.  And wouldn’t you know it, I buy three cases of wine the week before we find out that I am pregnant!  Awesome.

We are thrilled and cannot wait for our new addition to our family.  My little girl is  14 months now and she will be a big sister at 21 months, scary.  So many fears run through my head when I think of two children under 2 years old, like am I going to sleep, have time to shower, or even go to the bathroom!  I think the bathroom thing scares me the most.  I know that plenty of my girlfriends are alive and kicking with 2 young children, so I know it can be done.  We are very fortunate to have both our families so close so I know that there will be helping hands.

I have a little less than 7 months to go, grrrr.  The first months of pregnancy are always weird.  You usually try to wait to tell people about your news until you can hear a heartbeat or see it with the sonogram, which is around 10-12 weeks.  I don’t think I started showing in my first pregnancy until 5 months so that is strange I think, especially on your first pregnancy.  Looks like we planned this one just great, due in the beginning of August so being very pregnant in the heat of the midwest summer sounds freaking amazing. Do you since my sarcastic voice?  At least I have a pool to keep cool.

All we can ask for is a healthy little boy or girl. We are blessed and excited to share our news with everyone.

Suck It Tip Jars

These days many people have so many choices on where to get their morning coffee.  Most days I try to make a pot at home and take some on the road with me but my 45 minute commute sometimes requires more joe.  There is one coffee-house out by my house but it is inside a shopping center that requires a horrible parking situation and a long walk.  No thank you.  Super convenient on the developers part.  Next to my office I have many choices from Starbucks, Coffee Girls, Latte Land, and One More Cup.  The location of my office is prime location for little shops.

On one of my last few stops into Latte Land I became so angry I could have flipped all the tables.  The staff has to be some of the worst in the city. As I walk up to the counter there is a shark-tank sized tip jar in front of the register.

Reasons you DO NOT need a tip jar:

1.  You are paid higher than $2.13 an hour. (some paid up to $11.00 per hour)

2.  That is your job.  Make drinks.

3.  It takes you 10 minutes to make a latte.

So today I stopped in there to give it another try before completely writing them off.  Same people there.  Same woman with a 4 month old playing on her computer with every baby item thrown about the chairs.  Same jokesters behind the counter.  Same housewives on their iphone blabbing so everyone can hear that she just hated the colors of linen at her dinner party. Same business men checking email on their phones.  All I want is a vanilla latte and I want it fast because I have a job.  I got a dirty look this morning after taking my change and putting the $.27 in my pocket.

Latte Art

Fuck you and your tip jar, I have piggy bank in my daughter’s room that gets my change.  I know they are not too busy to make a latte but it took 15 minutes this morning.  I don’t need you to try to draw a transformer in foam on the top of my drink.  I am just going to drink it.  And would it kill someone to put a lid on the hot cup so I don’t burn my hand trying to move it to the bar so I have to put the lid on it.  Oh and by the way, there is no caution on their cup stating the obvious, CAUTION:  HOT BEVERAGE.  Can you say lawsuit!  That was the last time I will ever step foot in that place.

I will go to Starbucks because they are fast, polite, and they get the drink right every time.  They too have a tip jar, which is smaller, but I still will not put in any of my money.  Starbucks is one of the best places to work for the world.  They take care of their employees quite well.  I get paid an hourly wage and provide a service, you don’t see a tip jar on my desk.