Thursday, January 8, 2009

Oh, ok, so this is really going to happen

I think I just realized that I'm really going back to work on Tuesday. It's been a thing we've talked about for a while now, but it's always been in what seemed like the distant future. Yesterday, I locked myself in the bedroom for 2 hours while Dean took a nap on Marcus and finished my syllabus. I have a few tweaks to make, but it's more or less done. Dean took an insane 2 1/2 hour nap this afternoon, so I was able to plan about 6 lectures. I'm washing my work clothes. We've arranged child care (more on that later). I go in tomorrow to fill out all my paperwork, get my ID card (which should be lovely because HELLO BREAKOUT ON MY CHIN!), get a university email account set-up and check back in with the department chair. And then on Tuesday, for the first time in a while, I will teach college students about arts management. I'm rather excited!

I'm using the same textbook that I used when I took this class back in my college/grad school days. Reading the notes I made in the margins is fun. I like seeing what I highlighted, what I thought was super-important information back then. Now that I've been working in arts management for ten years, I see how much of that was less-than-useful information and how much of it was stuff I've used every day. I also love it when I see things like "charge phone" scribbled on a page. The chapter on fundraising (not my favorite) even has a grocery list written over a pie chart. I can't remember why I wrote my grocery list in my arts management textbook, but I imagine my thought process went something like this:
Pie chart. Pie. I like pie. Winn Dixie has pie. If I go to Winn Dixie, I should also get chicken, Dr. Pepper and honey mustard.

My favorite marginal note, however is the one that is written in purple highlighter and all caps and doesn't even have an arrow to tell me what I'm referencing. It just says, "NO." Nice, college Jen, nice.

Jen's first day of class introduction:
Hey, y'all, I'm Jen! Who wants to manage the arts?!?!?!?
No? Ok.

So, childcare. We signed Dean up for Mother's Day Out at a church MONTHS ago, but were placed on a waiting list. I called after the first of the year and was told to call back at the end of January. UGH. Cutting it so close made me nervous. Marcus had even talked about taking Dean to stage combat class with him for the first couple of days (it meets when my class does) if we didn't have it figured out by then. Because that is just what I want--my baby in the room with 12 first-time swordfighters. Anyway, Jesus heard our pleas and sent us BJ. BJ is a recent graduate from the theatre program and the oldest of four kids. And Dean? ADORES him. They've played together a lot and I noticed at the holiday party that BJ just kind of started taking care of Dean while I was refilling the crostini tray. He mentioned the other day that he didn't have a job in town yet (he's hanging around til the end of the school year). Marcus and I talked about him and today we signed him on as our Manny. (that's New York talk for "male nanny." Seriously. That's what they call them there.) There were jokes made about requiring him to wear a uniform involving a neckerchief and a beret, but we decided that might be pushing it a little. He did offer to dress like Dean each day, which we thought was charming. I feel good about leaving Dean in his care for the few hours I'll be gone those two days. Who knows? I might even have time to go get a pedicure!

Speaking of luxury, another of our students wants some Dean time on Sunday, so Marcus and I are going to a movie! Do you know the last time we went to a movie? I do. It was January 2 OF LAST YEAR! We are giddy with anticipation.

Happy 74th Birthday, Elvis!

Thanks to everyone for your super comments on the eczema issue mentioned in yesterday's post!!! I will be referencing them many times, I'm sure.


Lost A Sock said...

So apparently blogger ate my Happy Birthday Deano comment, grrr. I hope he really did have a happy birthday- and I loved the monkey cake!

That's so wonderful that you've got your Manny all lined up, haha - and someone you know that he likes to boot. That's awesome! I hope you have a nice, smooth transition back into the working world.

Heather said...

Yay for finding a Manny! He sounds really sweet. I'm also stoked that you get to go see a movie! I know you'll enjoy some one-on-one time with your hubs.
And the party hat picture??? ADORABLE!!!

Art Nerd said...

Good luck, I start back on Wednesday. I know what you mean about it sounding so far off- I was polishing my syllabus up until the very...last...minute my first semester back. Sounds like a great arrangement for Deano, too!

AJU5's Mom said...

I like the idea of matching baby and Manny - it sounds really cute!

Working on syllabus, etc as well today (have to have everything ready on Monday at 8am!). Hope your semester starts out well!

Hotch Potchery said...

So glad the Deancare situation worked out well. We had several male babysitters when my kids were younger...boy babysitters tend to PLAY more.

Surprised Suburban Wife said...

Good luck with work! It's really not bad at all when you're doing what you love:)

AJU5's Mom said...

Just wanted you to know that I agree with your Just Be post that isn't posted anymore (Google Reader still has it for me though!).

Swanny! said...

I wanna manage the arts! Pick ME!!!