Mat Leave Monday

I’m currently on maternity leave. My last day at work was two and a half months ago. Between my 12 months and leave and my accumulated vacation time I won’t be back at the office until sometime in September 2009. Which is awesome. More than 13 months to dwell in babyland without penalty is possibly one of the best parts of being Canadian. Yay for us!

The only downside to mat leave is that, sometimes, just a little bit, you miss the chance to do something grown-up and thinky. You know, like participate in a meeting or solve an intellectual problem. Right now I solve plenty of problems, but they’re more like untying knots for my 3-year-old or changing my baby’s poopy diaper to get rid of that smell. It’s very fulfilling in a deep and meaningful way, but it’s also sticky and gooey and involves way too much screaming.

So I’ve developed this grand plan to exercise my brain during my time at home. I’m going to share the travails of mat leave with you here. On Mondays. Because ‘Mat Leave Monday’ has alliteration, and the word alliteration is grown-up and thinky. What kind of stuff will I talk about? I was thinking about things like activities I’m doing with my kids to get us out of the house. How I’m balancing my finances while I’m not making my usual salary. My constant wrestles with my company’s remote email access. It will be riveting, I promise you. You will not be even slightly bored with my unabashed navel-gazing. Or maybe you will, but don’t tell me, OK?

I’m also planning, in the next few months, to upgrade the website and install all kinds of fancy features. We’ll see how it works out. I’m telling myself that I am an engineer, gosh darn it, and my job involves PROGRAMMING COMPUTERS. I can figure out how to build a fancy-dancy blog without my husband’s help. I know I can!

So, check back often. Big things are afoot. Unless I lose interest or become too involved in playing with my kids, which is likely. But today, today I have big plans. :-)

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