Update: This giveaway is now closed.
My kids and I have a new rule. If I am not looking directly at them when they say something, they should not assume I am listening to them. Even if I’ve said “uh huh.”
I caught my daughter this morning. As she walked by me, seeing that I was on the computer, she said, “I’m kinda tired this morning. I think I’ll just hop back in bed and skip school today.” I may have been on the computer, but I heard her. She didn’t get a typical “uh huh” from a mom who was busily trying to accomplish some work before the sun gets up and the carpool run starts. She got a smart alec-y “That’s what you think. Get moving.” The problem is, most times I don’t hear her. My response would’ve been “uh huh” and she would have known at that moment, she wasn’t my priority.
And that’s kinda how this whole work at home thing has always gone for me. I started working from home years ago as a Team Leader for a mystery shopping company. My job was to make sure all the shopper reports were edited and to the client on time. I had to be available by IM for a part of the day, so getting up early wasn’t always an option. And that’s when the neglect started. I know as moms we’re supposed to be great multi-taskers. But if I’m in “computer land” I’m definitely not present in “mommy land.” Working from home has always been a huge balancing act for me. And I haven’t always balanced it well.
Then I got an even better work for home job with a competitive intelligence company. I could work early, before the girls got up, but I did have to take phone calls during all hours of the day. In the summer, I would take the girls to the basement and beg them to just let me get the call completed quietly – so I looked like a professional. If that wasn’t bad enough, I’d leave the computer volume up really loud, so I could hear whenever I got an email. When I heard that sound – even if it was during dinner – I’d have to jump up and check it. It was like a bad Pavlovian dog response. It was sheer agony to not run up and see what the email said.
Who could use a little “me time?” Eversave is giving one lucky reader not one BUT TWO mani pedis at Sit ‘N’ Chirp in Lakewood CO. By winning two, you get to take a friend and share the “me time” love. Got a few more friends you’d like to share this deal with? You can buy additional ones for only $22! It’s a $45 value!
In addition to this giveaway, Eversave is hosting a blog carnival with Audrey McClelland author of the Digital Mom Handbook. Moms will be sharing their “How I Do it All” posts at www.momgenerations.com. Be sure to read them as I know it is affirming to know we are not alone in our struggles!
How can you get a mani/pedi for you and a friend at Sit ‘N’ Chirp? You can get multiple entries, but you must do the following:
- Leave me a comment and tell me how you most like to spend your “me time”
To get additional entries:
- Follow Eversave on Twitter then leave me a comment and let me know you did.
- Like Eversave on Facebook then leave me a comment and let me know you did
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This giveaway will close at 10 PM EST on Monday September 19. Entrants must be 18 years old and located in the US only. The winners will be chosen at random and announced here on the Greenbacks Gal and notified via email. If any of the winners does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
Disclaimer: This giveaway was sponsored by Eversave but Eversave is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Eversave. I was given my own mani/pedi for participating in this giveaway.