- a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
- a power or process of transforming something common into something special
- an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting
Now that I am working from home more I am sure that there are a lot of people who think I’ve got it easy – sleep in, watch TV, lounge around in my pajamas all day while I’m “working.” Yes, I still go into the office on Mondays but for the most part I am home now. And yes, I often do stay in my pajamas all day but not for the sake of being lazy.
The days that I work from home are some of the most hectic days imaginable. Once Spencer is awake the rest of the day is spent juggling activities such as diaper changes, feedings, work reports, spreadsheets, invoicing, emails – not to mention the stuff I do for the blog: cooking, photo snapping, research, planning. AND most of these things are done one-handed since I am usually bouncing Spencer on my knee or some other crazy positioning that keeps everybody happy. By the time 5 o’clock rolls around I find that I am still in my pajamas, on my 6 or 7th cup of coffee, and no plans for dinner as of yet. Then it’s a race to see if I can have the house look half way presentable with dinner ready by the time Nick gets home, all while still keeping Spencer entertained. (Hint: I rarely win this race and if I do, it is either the race for presentable OR the race for dinner. I am not a triathlete and Spencer trumps both dinner and chores if the choice must be made)
The days that I go into the office are full of another type of juggling. Getting the kids to preschool, the slog into Salt Lake, having my blog posts ready for publishing BEFOREHAND, picking the kids up, getting home and having dinner ready before midnight and all those little details that only moms understand can fill up the day.
I don’t want to paint motherhood in a bad light and it really isn’t hard, which is not to say that it is easy. It seems to me that when you are in a certain situation (for lack of a better word) you just “do what you gotta do.” I look back on my college years and wonder how I did it all – three jobs, friends, parties, trips, and classes – now I’m in another routine that from the outside people probably look in and say “I don’t know how she does it.” I am grateful for the opportunity to work from home and to have the time with Spencer. I’m also grateful to be able to work on something I care about as much as this blog and I’m not going to complain about the added “responsibilities” it tacks on to my days. In the end, I’m pretty lucky – a job that pays the bills, time with my growing baby and the ability to put time and effort into something I love on the side.
It’s not just me that juggles and balances like this. Every mom does it in one way or another. And, we’re pros at doing things sans mano so we can hold our kiddos all the while.
We’re one handed alchemists.
Forget the medieval definition of alchemy. Women are modern day alchemy experts. Especially that mysterious transmuting – that’s the “I don’t know how she does it” part of motherhood. And let’s be honest, we’re the women that are transforming diaper changes, teething, temper tantrums, potty training and all the rest of it into something special – motherhood is special, those children are special.
And even as I type this, there is me – just another one-handed alchemist at work. I just wish I had the ability to transmute things to gold. I could use the money.