Friday, January 20, 2006

Schedule change

My workday schedule, such as it is, just got changed. Here's the thing: both of my kids catch the bus to their respective schools about 7:25 a.m. or so right around the corner. They go to different schools but their buses almost always come within 30 to 60 seconds of each other. I put them both on their buses, walk back to the house by 7:30 a.m., and put on a pot of coffee to get my day started.

The deal is that the head start kid's bus is going to start coming a little closer to 8 a.m. now that they have other kids to pick up. I did let them know that I really enjoyed both of them loading up for school at the same time, but alas, rules are rules. Or something like that.

Now this might not sound like much of change at all, but those 30 minutes are precious to me. I can sit with my cup of coffee and goof off until 8 a.m. and not feel guilty about it. Any time spent on nonessential matters after that seems like wasting good working time for some reason.

Not that I get to work at 8 a.m. by any means — I never went to work at 8 a.m. when I was in an office, for crying out loud — but that time is generally regarded as the start of the workday.

With the new bus time I may have to revert back to my office workday start time, which was closer to 10 a.m. and most certainly not before 9 a.m.! Perhaps a change in routine might not be such a bad thing after all.

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maria said...

Hi Michelle,

This comment is not related to
your change of working hours.

This one is sending you a big
"Congratulations" for your 2005
Award from the " Press Association Better Newspaper Editorial Contest."

I just read your story and it was
very moving.Hannah is a real trooper.


smbwallace said...

Thanks so much! They are a really sweet family. For anyone else who wants to read it, click here. It's posted on my website, Arkansas Profiles.