Tomorrow I start a new contract at work – I’ll be going full time as web assistant, instead of splitting my time in half between reception and web assistant. It will last for at least three months, and then I guess we’ll see what happens after that.
There are a lot of reasons for me to do this.
First off, it’s a nice change from being reception. Eventually, answering phones is just plain dull – even though I did take on lots of other things that made the job more interesting (and thusly myself more useful, to the point that they’re afraid of me not being in that position it seems) and I actually enjoyed the job quite a bit. Still, answering phones gets dull.
Then there’s the fact that web assistant pays more. All things considered, I have a baby coming. More pay is a good thing. Maybe there’s more room to move within the department, as well… don’t really know that for sure right now.
There’s also the flexibility I have with web that is simply not there at reception. I can leave early or come in late when I have appointments. I can make up time, and work from home if needed. I don’t have to arrange for someone to be there to cover for me when I’m sick. It is handy, when pregnant, to not have to be on such a tight schedule of 8:30 – 5:30.
And of course this also gives me the opportunity to go back to a four day work week. I had been working five days a week the the last eight months – I was tired out, and really wanted the chance to rest, especially with the pregancy. So I’m back to a Monday to Thursday work schedule, and I have Fridays to get things done as needed, and the rest of the weekend to relax. Or however it works out.
I miss biking. I can’t mountain bike (obviously) or even commute anymore. I went snowshoeing yesterday with some mountain biking girls, which was fun and all, but it’s not biking. The weather has been terrible for riding (as in, you should avoid the trails due to extreme waterloggedness) so no one’s really been riding, but it’s starting to sink in to me that there is no biking any time in my near future. I don’t know when I’ll be able to ride again. There are plans for a Muddbunnies trip to Silver Star Mountain Bike Park in August. I’d love to think I could go, but I’m pretty much certain I won’t be up to biking yet by then, what with the due date being late July and all.
I met with a midwife last Tuesday, which was really neat. She had a machine that could hear the baby’s heartbeat – there’s some weird static interference in my apartment (they come to your home to meet with you) so it was really hard to make out, but it was there. Hopefully next time Adam will be there, and the heartbeat will be a lot more apparent. The next appointment is February 13th.