From the north shore to the north shore or from September through (mid-)November

The October Edition

October was about as awesome as work can get in my line of work during quarter end. About 2 years ago I got a call about changes being made at the company that would be at times interesting and fulfilling and thrust me into the spotlight at work, but also include crazy hours (the type of hours that had me take my family and run away from the east coast in order to have a better family life). Two years later, the original team I started with has been trained up and excellent at their respective jobs and the open positions I was granted are (mostly) filled. Which means that while October will never be a fun time of year for me workwise, when I look back at all the (non-work) stuff I got to do… it was pretty great!

I hung out with college friends and their families!

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I worked my butt off in the office the Sunday before Columbus Day so that I could take the day off to be with Emma, but when she decided she hated the ice palace and ice skating (but it’s so cool inside Emma!!!) and begged to hang out at my office instead, who was I to say no….

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it turned out to be a very productive work day for me, albeit my office did take a hit…

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With my dad out of town on various trips, we eagerly said yes to his season tickets (and coveted parking spot) to the state college football game.

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Ryan took the day off to chaperone the school’s field trip to the pumpkin patch.

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I stopped being secretly embarrassed by just how bad Emma was at ballet and incredibly proud of how far she’s come in such a short amount of time due to all the practice she puts in (and no, I am not forcing my three-year-old to practice…. she loves it so much that rarely an hour goes by without her trying to perfect her arabesque or plié).

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Swimming held a similar from-embarrassment-to-pride moment for me. (The embarrassments related more to her bad behavior in class than skill… but she doesn’t exactly have born talent in either activity…. shhhh.) I signed my non-swimming, freak-out-over-water-in-face child up for her first non-daddy and me swim class and the other day watched as she attempted to swim the width of the pool.

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Check out the fully submerged bright pink object in the middle of the picture.

We had a Halloween party at work! One thing that I still struggle with (even though I expected it when I moved back) is the complete drying up of corporate funds. Call it being spoiled but I came to expect a fun happy hour from time to time, Christmas celebratory lunch, and definitely that quarter end boondoggle celebration. All of which were funded by a corporate card. I try to treat my coworkers here to similar parties here, but it hurts my wallet a whole lot more since I fund it (with the help of others). Heck my boss certainly is more generous than any I’ve ever worked with and it’s all on his own dime. So why did I bring this up? Because I really wanted one party that I had on the east coast. A crazy Halloween party. At my last CT/NY job we catered food, invited the spouses and kids and had a crazy trick or treating event for the kids. I had big plans to do that here but then I got busy and sort of dropped the ball. So I killed myself the day before hanging every decoration I could find that I accumulated over the years and on Halloween day I was over an hour late to work cooking up a storm to try to singlehandedly pull off my unplanned party. Exhausted and sad that I hadn’t done more I started driving Emma to day care… when my phone started going off. My team was freaking out. I received a bunch of texts saying “we’re screwed!” And “everyone did better than us.” I actually started crying. No not because it seemed like I lost the decoration and team costume competitions… I’m not THAT creative. But because an entire division banded together and cooked and decorated and turned the accounting department of my company into a Halloween wonderland. I’ve never been so honored to work with such wonderful people.

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And then after the department all banded together to put on a party, I left early to first join Emma’s school party and then my mom’s party at our house.

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And Ryan was the biggest trouper of them all, showing up in an Olaf costume to make Emma happy, despite super hot temperatures!

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The one crappy part about October dealt with my (fur)baby Sushi. Almost to the day of when we lost Spam (so I was already wheeling with memories of that day) Sushi ended up in the pet ER with an ear problem. He’s doing great and on the mend but NOT happy about that cone of shame.

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