Archive for Bitching

Working Mom’s Struggles

I read a post this morning by my friend Catnip who is also a working mom.  She talked about her struggles with reciprocating playdates.  My kids are a bit older and no longer schedule playdates.  But often I am confronted with an obstacles of being a working mom.  Here are a list of my gripes:

  1. Recreational sports start at 5:30.  I get out of work at 5:00.  I have to rush home, honk in the driveway and go directly to the practice.  Makes cooking dinner impossible three nights a week since each child meets at different times.
  2. After school activities.  I am so glad that my kids are involved in school.  But there is no bus service for after school activities.  Which means I have to beg other parents to give my kids rides, or I have to take off work early, or weather permitting I actually have my kids walk the mile home.
  3. Can I ride home on my friends bus and play?  I get asked this question over and over.  And its great, and I want them to play with friends.  But I work until 5:00, and if we don’t have practice, then I have a million things to do every night and cannot have extra kids over.  (this piggybacks on Catnips reciprocating dilemma)
  4. Birthday Party’s on School days.  WTF.  My daughter has been invited to a birthday party this afternoon at 4:00.  I know that I am not the only working mom.  And taking off from work early so that i can bring my daughter to a birthday party is NOT happening.  Sometimes I think SAHM’s can be so insensitive to the challenges of working mom’s schedules.

I am sure I will think of some more and add them to the list at a later date.  But I have to stop blogging and get my ass to work!

Bail Out?

Anyone have an opinion about the bail out plan going before Congress.  $700 Billion dollars.  Where is that money coming from?  No one seems to be talking about that.  We don’t have money for health care, or to bring our bridges to code, but we have bail out money?  I think its irresponsible to use  massive sums of taxpayer funds testing an idea that has been hastily crafted and may actually cause more damage in the long term than good in the present. 

I feel sorry for the people who are in over their heads with their mortgages. I feel sorry for them because of their greed, and their need to keep up with the Jones’, made them borrow more then they could afford to live in a home greater than their means.   I am sorry for the families who chose granite counter tops, 3000+ sf living space, spa tubs and other lavish amenities over the financial security of their families.  Yes, the banks loaned them the money, it must be their fault.  Thats what Americans do, diffuse responsibility…  “the banks made me do it”, “they forced me to upgrade my home”, “and now I dont want to have to pay my mortgage”, “boo-hoo, I can’t afford this”

I feel sorry for me, living in my conservative home, paying my bills and not spending beyond my means.  Because now, I have to carry the tax burden of the bail out plan.