first day back at work

This morning started unlike every other morning of the last nine months. Sure, I woke up, showered and fed Jessica, but then I ate an amazing breakfast Scott cooked for us (Dutch apple pancake baked in our new cast iron skillet – so yummy!) and after seeing the twelve-year-old off to school I kissed Scott and little eight-month-old Jessica goodbye and went to work. My first day back at work after nine months of maternity leave.

It actually feels pretty good being back at the office. My desk is so tidy. My phone is rerouted to my old phone number, my computer is hooked up again and I’ve gone through my email (actually I just archived everything from 2008 without reading it) and my paper mail (mostly catalogues). I’ve been figuring out my schedule for the spring. I’m teaching into the web design course, HUIN105, with Eric Rasmussen, who’ll be substituting for Scott this semester. I’m also supervising a few students who are doing independent practical projects in HUIN305. But I’m only teaching for a couple of months, because I’m getting a bonus few months of sabbatical since I missed part of it being on maternity leave. And thanks to brilliant Norway I only have to work 5 1/2 hour days: I get two hours paid leave every day because I’m still nursing. I love Norwegian parental leave.

I’m also giving a couple of talks in the next weeks, both for librarians, who are some of my favourite people when it comes to genuine interest in using social technology and the web to connect with readers. The first talk is at Neptunseminaret on January 21 here in Bergen, which is an annual meeting organised by various regional library associations. This year the topic is “Human meets machine”, and the other speakers look really interesting. I’m looking forward to attending this. My second talk is in Oslo at Kari Skj¯nsberg-dagene on Feburary 9, and is organised by the Faculty of Journalism, Library and Information Science.

All this is good.

But walking to work I realised that I may never again spend all of every day with my baby. She’ll be with her daddy for the next semester, which is fabulous. But our days of me being there always are over.

I’m already looking forward to going home and holding her close again!

05. January 2009 by Jill
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