Believe it or not folks, next week is my last week of maternity leave. Yep, in 9 days I’ll leave the good life behind and go back to workin’ for The Man. (Well, I guess I’m technically part of “The Man” at my firm now. So I’ll go back to working for myself as well as the 400 or so others who collectively comprise “The Man.”)
It’s bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s nice being a stay-at-home mom for awhile, and this will probably be the last time I get to spend an extended period of time staying home with my kiddos. And I’m really not looking forward to developing an intimate relationship with my pump :/
On the other hand, I can tell that I’m starting to get a little bored being home all the time. I have far fewer adult conversations when I’m on maternity leave and nothing that really makes me use my brain in a challenging way.
And unfortunately, when I get bored, I tend to shop. In the last two days, I’ve had two boxes from Fabric.com and one from Girl Charlee land on my doorstep. The Michael Levine one would have arrived had it not been delayed by a a train derailment in Lenexa, KS.
I think my pocketbook needs me to go back to work!
All this means that my already-abundant stash is now literally overflowing. I have run out of places to store it! Therefore, I am putting myself on a fabric fast until I work through my current stash. And considering the size of my stash, this is likely to be a project extending over years, rather than weeks or months.
I am, however, realistic, and I am setting myself a few guidelines for new fabric purchases:
1. All new fabric purchases must be for a specific project.
2. I cannot have any other appropriate fabric in my current stash.
3. I can buy only enough fabric for my project, not an extra yard or two “just in case.”
4. I must start the project within a month after receiving the new fabric. No more buying fabric with a project in mind only to have it languish in my stash for the next 18 months!
So no more buying fabric just because I like the print or it’s a great price (after all, spending $20 on fabric that sits around unused for years is basically a waste of $20, right?). No more fabric purchases just because I’m low on solids or prints, or whatever. I’ll report periodically on my progress here, just to keep myself honest!
So there’s my back-to-work pledge! Anyone care to join me?