Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Won't give up my day job

It's been hard to blog lately because of work committments. And it's a struggle, to be honest, figuring out the right balance, how to organize my day so I can focus while not feeling that I'm neglecting my little kindergartener who is still home for half the day. I've even had to put her into daycare for a couple of days a week just to get things done. Of course I also need to make quality time for my 8 year old who is growing so quickly; thank goodness he is still enjoying his "Mommy & Me" time before we pick his litte sister up.

Don't get me wrong, I'm really enjoying what I'm doing, the chance to use my skills in a more productive fashion. The opportunity to put on a suit and real heels. Volunteering at G's kindergarten class is certainly rewarding but after so many years at the school, I can still barely figure out how to make 120 double-sided copy booklets without chewing up a dozen sheets and jamming the photocopier twice.

Working from home is really the best arrangement, and this was always the plan. But rushing around my suburban neighbourhood the last little while, absorbing the sights and sounds of ...

well, not much really, except other mini-driving moms on the road chauffeuring their kids back and forth, doing the groceries, loading up at the newest Costco that just opened up ...

So it was only natural that a few recent observations seemed to link up in some cosmic fashion that suggested a potential second vocation for me.

Numero uno: Aradia fitness - this pole-dancing studio opened up not far from me a while ago, and I pass by it on a daily basis.

La deuxieme: I had to pick up some milk early on the weekend and made a quick drive to the Walmart. What did I see there at 9 AM on a Saturday morning? A girl walking into the store on the arm of her boyfriend, wearing these beauties:




Walmart, seriously.

The third sign: The stripper dip move in Bodyjam release 34, performed to Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl" , which I am trying to perfect.

Stop laughing, I'm really getting there. Just ask Hubby, who happened to pop into the gym studio briefly on the weekend and watch approvingly while I was gyrating to Sean Paul...



(basement parties I've been to have never been that fun ...)


Wow, to be young, hot, able to dance like that and hold the power.

But as I sit here on my 40-something ass, having my coffee after downing a couple of Ibuprofen to combat the aching hips that almost hip-hopped- out at last night's workout, I've decided. I should just get back into my home office, to the data and mounds of paper that await.

After all, I have to let my body recover and re-energize, especially if I'm gonna learn how to work that pole.

23 comments:

donna said...

It is so hard to juggle! I only have the one kiddo but I just had to make the decision to give up my work for now. We don't NEED the money (although I enjoy having the money to pay my personal trainer and pay for extras without feeling guilty or having to justify spending out of the household account) and it's getting too hard to make time for husband, kid and house. I'm sad though.

Kathryn said...

Wow. I'm exhausted reading all of that. I don't know how you fit it all in.

I would love to take a funky dance/exercise class. I wish we had a good one around here.

Miss said...

You could put strippers to shame. Guarantee.

Momisodes said...

I know you'll rock the pole. I've heard it's a killer work-out.

Juggling the work-at-hom gig was probably the toughest thing I've done. It sounds like you're finding a great balance though :)

April said...

I SO want to try the pole-dancing work-out! Wonder if they'll offer that at the new company fitness center they're building? Balancing is a lifetime art. As soon as you get the hang of it, something will throw it all out of balance again.

Kori said...

April told me I should be reading you. I have seen you on XBox's site. And I come here to read about a pole dancing fitness thing? Yeeeeaaah. I'll be back. :)

Kami said...

Um, I am tired just reading this! Pole dancing?!

Now I want to see a video of you doing that! No I really do, honest. And it would be so I could be awe of you.

Not to laugh at you.

Honest.

:-)

Cherry said...

So I've considered the pole dancing classes. Really dance class for me is the best workout and the most fun i think. Which is why you probably love the BodyJam classes so much too.

Alas, I don't know how you even fit that in. I guess you just have to make the time and do it.. which totally goes against my lazy!

Currently considering Zumba, Belly Dancing, and just straight up free running. We'll start with the running...

Laski Gal said...

Really, I think people need to use the word "gyrating" more often.

Or, at least they need to GYRATE more often.

The world would be a better (if not sorer) place . . .

Yay for you to trying to figure it all out. I have only a sorta-kinda part-time gig and I'm strugglin'! Go, you!

Karen said...

I think I strained something just watching that video.

imbeingheldhostage said...

wow, I'm so jealous-- not of your over packed schedule, but the fact that you can gyrate. If my husband came in on me. it would not be a smile on his face :-)

C. K. said...

Damn, hot mama.

dkuroiwa said...

Yes..I agree...you are one hot momma!! :-D
Love the stipper pole classes...just wish that the idea would catch on over here...oh well..until then I will put Santana or the Gypsy Kings on and do my own version of gyrating and what not!!! Hey...whatever works, right!!

Hang in there on the juggling aspect of your life....I've been doing it for so long that when I have a day with little to do...I don't really know what to do with myself...it's strange...but for me, busy is best!!!
It will all come together soon!! Just hang in there and keep on dancing, baby!!

Ginaagain said...

Wow.. can I have some of your energy?

louann said...

I completely hear you. But its funny because once we get used to this (do we?),it's what keeps us sane in the end!

Good Luck with that pole!! =)

another good thing said...

irl. I would LOVE to take one of those classes.. my first long term beau was a male exotic dancer-- so I had my share of nights in strip clubs-- oh yeah. It's all in the lighting- oh and the music. Let's blog on that.

Kellan said...

"Work that pole" - Ha! I think it sounds like you have a lot going on and I know how hard it is to balance everything. Good luck finding your balance - I'm STILL working on find mine.

Hope you are having a good weekend - see you soon - Kellan

Kat said...

You're so totally adorable.

Well. You sound like me - busy and wouldn't have it any other way. If you do figure out how to fit everything in and keep it all balanced, though, would you let me know?

There's gotta be a secret to this that I haven't figured out yet.

;)

Cheryl said...

It's a delicate balance, easily toppled by one bad swing on the pole - tee hee! A warm soak in a salt bath may get you back on the road in the mini!

Jocelyn said...

I just want to see YOU dancing on YouTube! Slam some ibuprofen, and get out there, babes.

Beck said...

I'm too clumsy to do any stripper-type athletics. I'd break my neck and make a really goofy looking corpse.
I once was at a CRAZY basement party, though! 100s of people! Dancing all night! Other stuff I won't write about!

Kimmylyn said...

You need to put a youtube of this up !! I would love to see you rocking the pole..

Oh..and I HATE multi tasking ..seriously.. it sucks.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

ACK! Watch out girlfriend. Those were some serious hooker shoes for 9am at Walmart. ;)

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