It became a sort of public version of a very cathartic journal. All be it a journal you weren't so free with your thought in and definitely edited out the crap. Maybe the crap shouldn't be edited out but then again, when venting on the petty stuff in life - when you read it later, when your hot head has cooled down - you realize how nice your life is if your worst problem is the curmudgeon coworker.
Will I be starting this little blog up again. Yes, I think I will.
|Painting by Jennifer Golden (September 2017)|
During these past 5 years I worked for the CEO at PBS headquarters in Arlington, VA. My last day there was October 2016 and I've spend the past year working on my art. I haven't produced as much as I thought I
would in that time but then again, I really had a blast taking advantage of the free time to be with family. There's also the art I created and trashed - probably more trashed than kept and shown. All the art is over at www.JRGinTheStudio.com I used to have a website with my name but I let it expire and they now want some ridiculous amount of $500 to get it back - forget that! I'll let some other Jennifer Golden have that one. ;)
|Author's sons ages 10 & 8|
These boys amaze me every day and though sometimes it's tough it's mostly all good! My husband and I had sworn we would raise our kids ourselves. To which you'd shake your head and say "Of course you would". What I mean is we swore there would be no nannies, no caregivers that took on the role of parent (ie. attended the games, matches, and events in our kids lives). No nanny to pick them up from school or help them with their homework. We wanted to be their parents. THIS has been an incredible challenge. We both work, my husband has a great, but very demanding job, I work as an assistant for CEOs - ever see the devil wears prada? OK, OK, my bosses were never that bad but sometimes the jobs were that demanding with long/late hours and travel. That's a real challenge when you've vowed that you will not have a "stranger" raiser your kids and both you and your husband have conflicting travel schedules. This is by no means a judgement on those who hire nannies and sitters. Frankly, if it hadn't been for my mother helping out we never would've gotten this far with our vow! But she's now in South Carolina, the boys are getting older and my husband and I are advancing in our careers (ie - things are getting tougher on our schedules). So it's time to start introducing some independence in the boys' lives and it scares the hell out of me.
I could keep going playing catch up and airing my fears and dream but I'm pretty sure this is only interesting to me and my family so I'll stop there. I'll save up some stories of antics of our lives should they occur, though admittedly - nothing is as funny as the days when the boys were babies and I was sleep deprived and didn't function like a normal human - like this story. I re-read that one today and laughed remember it all. At the time ... well at the time I laughed then too because I was so sleep deprived I was a loopy silly mess.