Back to work!

I decided to fire up my dormant blog in honor of my first day of work today. I am an administrative assistant for Healthy Child Care Arkansas, which is under the auspices of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its Kids First program. The job is ideal because I work 20 hours a week and will be able to pick John up from school and schlepp him to swim practice at UALR every day. My first day consisted of getting office supplies for my desk, filling out paperwork (I felt like I was buying a house), and attending a board meeting for Healthy Child Care Arkansas. Once I go through orientation at UAMS Monday and Tuesday, I will get a better feel for what my job entails. I’m working for a nurse consultant who conducts training sessions for childcare providers, so I think the job will have some variety and evolve as I get acclimated. I feel very fortunate that I found a job that I can manage with my crazy schedule.

I am looking forward to getting out of the house and interacting with people every day. I’ve been in a funk lately, mainly because I’m homesick for friends and family in Texas. I told one friend who called today that I miss my old friends too much to make new friends in Little Rock. I know that’s not a productive attitude, but I can’t seem to pull myself out of the funk of self-pity. I think the job will help because I’ll be forced to get out of the house, and I won’t have as much time to mope. We’ve moved eight times in 27 years of marriage, and I know the drill, but moving still sucks.

On a lighter note, John turned 13 on Halloween!! He was nine months old when we moved to Little Rock in 2000, and six years old when we moved to Belton. It seems like only yesterday we were playing with trains and Legos. He used to carry a blanket around (“soft blankie”), and he would put it over his head when he was tired or upset. I even wrote a poem about it. Ahem….

Ode to a Blankie

O blankie worn and full of holes, you bring me so much joy.

You keep me warm and calm my fears; I am a greatful boy.

My mommy says it won’t be long before you fall apart,

But I will always hold you in a place within my heart.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to do a better job of keeping my blog up-to-date.