As I get ready to get back in the swing of things at the barn, I wanted to jot down a few thoughts about some of the other changes that have happened since I was last riding (and blogging).
A big one is that I am back to full time work! I was pretty contentedly doing part-time contract work with no plans to change that, but an old coworker approached me about an opening. I was initially hesitant to make a change, but the more I learned about the role and the company, the more excited I got about it. I was totally sold after talking to the CEO and hearing her vision for the next couple of years.
I’m now very happily acting as a technical product manager for a small company in the higher education technology sector, and totally loving it. The mission is one I feel strongly about (making higher education admissions more fair and accessible to more people), the culture is incredibly supportive of a healthy work life balance, and the people are SO FREAKIN NICE (have I mentioned this is a Canadian company?). It’s crazy working for a place where the benefits and policies all work to reinforce this encouraging culture, and I’m beyond grateful to be a part of it.
I hadn’t been looking for full time work, in large part because I still happily have Lina home with me. Even if I wanted to send her to daycare (which for various reasons, I don’t at this point), the waiting lists for every facility in our area is literally months long. Luckily, we have a great situation going where she spends 2-3 days a week with her daddy when he’s home from work, and on the other days she hangs out with our new sitter who brings her son. He and Lina are the same age, and it’s hysterical watching them play with each other.
I was definitely nervous about balancing full time work, even with childcare lined up, but I had such a reassuring interaction with a coworker earlier this week: I told her that I’d have to be a few minutes late to a meeting. I had several back to back, and needed a quick break to feed the baby before getting back into it. She could’ve just said “ok, thanks for the heads up.” Instead, she told me that it’s totally reasonable to expect breaks between meetings, and that we all will work together to find balance in our days. I was floored. It went beyond acknowledgement to active support, and I didn’t realize how important that was until I had it. So yeah, I feel super super lucky.
On the Maggie front, she continues to be the bestest pup in the world. We’re very careful not to overwhelm her with the baby, but she’s been beyond patient and still loves to come hang with us while we’re playing. She has a fan club at Petco – they all recognize her, and her favorite groomer always calls dibs when we make an appointment – and she’s been such a good egg about having a second baby in the house with our sitter. We adore our Sweet Meegz.
We also added another couple pets! We decided it would be fun to get a couple fish, and have a whole tank set up. I realize it might have made more sense to start small and get a goldfish, but we jumped straight to a 20 gallon tank with a bunch of tropical fish. If you know me at all, you know I don’t usually do things half way. We now have a couple zebra danios, some bumblebee catfish, and plan to add a couple gouramis, a shrimp, and some snails. Lina LOVES watching her fishies and waves good morning to them every day. We also made friends with the person working in the fish department at Petco (shoutout to my girl Bri) and she knows to brace herself when we walk in. This is why you never leave two extroverts with low impulse control loose around people. We do things like this.
On the house front, we’re starting to tackle our long list of projects we want to do. We got recessed lighting put into the living room and the TV mounted on the wall with some cable control, so it no longer feels like a dark cave with a thousand wires running everywhere. Getting those lights in may have been more fun for me than Christmas. The next project is going to be doing something with my office so it doesn’t look like the catch-all room for our random junk (even though it is), and we want to start saving for a deck off the side of the house. One thing at a time!
On the baby front, Lina just gets better and better. She’s such a calm happy baby, loves people (the child crawled down a row of people at the airport, pausing and waving to every single one. In case you were wondering if the extroversion thing was genetic), loves her puppy, loves her fishes, loves her pony, loves the barn kitties, pretty much loves everything. She’s a snuggly little creature, always looking for hugs and kisses. Basically, she’s a total delight and we love her more every day. I’m so excited to spend my weekends at the barn with her! I’m hoping I can bribe some of the juniors to entertain her for an hour so I can ride, but I might have to get a portable playpen to keep her entertained on the days I can’t. I’m sure we’ll figure it out as we go.
Now that we’re back up to speed on all the boring non-horse stuff, I’m getting so excited to share lesson updates, show plans, and all things Francisco!