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Did I mention we were busy…

My apologies to our readers for our absence since the holidays!! I don’t think either of us ever mentioned that this is our busiest time of the year!

I have been swamped at work but it has been “good” swamped, so much is going on. We just released our new 2011 Susan’s Healthy Gourmet menu and we couldn’t be more excited. As the nutritionist, I get to play a big role in the planning and development of the new menu. This is always my favorite time because it’s when I can be the most creative in my job. We have been working all year with our chefs to create new healthy and delicious entrees and we are always proud when one makes it on to the new menu for our customers to enjoy.

There have also been many changes in our sister company LifeSpring Nutrition, which provides healthy frozen meals for boomers plus. I just started managing the customer service staff and I have had to focus a lot of time on training. They too just released a new 2011 menu and it offers so many new healthy dishes that blow your typical frozen meal out of the water.  🙂

But not only have I been busy at work, I have been busy at home too! I am entering my 34th week of pregnancy and man am I feeling it! I am much bigger and all I can think about is my baby girl arriving early, haha! I have been busy nesting and getting her room ready as well as doing lots of shopping. Blake is still in his terrible twos and he somehow managed to start sleeping in our bed full-time.

Although, I am right in the thick of things I will try my very best to keep you updated and keep on blogging, it’s always a nice break from the madness!

-Carissa

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January 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm 1 comment

End of the Day

When I think about the hardest times I have had being a mom I have to say that they have always been at the day of a work day. Blake is currently at a daycare close to home but it’s about 35 minutes from my work, which makes the commute home pretty stressful and leaves no time to waste.

This past Friday I was stressed and frustrated. I had a lot to complete at work and no time to do it. I would have loved to have stayed longer at work but my husband gets out later and is unable to pick Blake up from school so I don’t have that “luxury.” I was frustrated that I couldn’t stay and left late…not the best way to leave.

I got to Blake on time but he was the last one there and for some reason that kills me. He was happy as a clam to see me and that, as always, made my day. Now here is the part where I wish I could understand the mind of a two-year-old —  there are these pictures up on the wall at school and every night before we go home we stop and look at them and he points out his friends and teachers, he loves it. Well, Friday all the teachers were following us out and I told him that we would look at the pictures on Monday because everyone was going home. He was NOT okay with this! By the time we got to the car he was so worked up and pissed that he would not get in his car seat. I tried everything to get him to sit, everything, but he refused. I got the top straps buckled and he just slouched the rest of his body in protest. I asked nicely and I asked in a stern tone but nothing worked. I was so frustrated (and pregnant) that finally I just broke down in tears…I didn’t know what to do and I just wanted to get home after a long week.

I thought about driving home with him half unbuckled but I couldn’t!! I did however drive to a different spot, one that was better lit and I just parked it, and I figured we would just wait it out. My husband called on his way home and heard in my voice that I was not okay, when I tried explaining what had just occurred and why I was just crying it sounded so lame! He made me feel better anyway.

Blake and I got out and walked around the plaza for a bit and this seemed to help. When I thought he was finally ready I tried getting him in again, it was still a fight but I won this time. He cried the whole way home and I just drove wondering why he was so furious. I will never know.

All I can do is try my hardest to leave work on time so that I am relax and re-energized by the time I get to his daycare so that I can be somewhat prepared to handle my two-year-old child. Oh the joys of being a Mom!

– Carissa

November 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

I Am Human Too

Ugh! I hate censoring myself — so I won’t.

I just wrote this long, heartfelt and detailed essay about my day and then deleted it all. I guess I don’t feel comfortable writing about my employee baggage just yet. But let’s just say I have had countless, “Can I talk to you’s?” today from employees. I am grateful I am good at this peacemaking role, but too many in one day leaves me tapped out for playing referee for my kids when I get home.

Work is work. I love my job — it is demanding, but rewarding. It doesn’t feel like a job because it is a family-run business. Our employees are wonderful for the most part, but damned if they can’t all get along!

I think people forget that although I am professional at work, I have stuff going on too! Mind you, not a LOT of stuff as my marriage is great, my kids are somewhat normal and we have been blessed enough to have a roof over our head and food on the table — but yeah people, I am human, too. Like tonight I have to go to the dreaded Olive Garden. Man, I hate that place. It’s messy and I don’t even like pasta. BUT it’s my husbands favorite place and he is my favorite person AND I promised him, so (yuck) I have to go. Plus my back hurts from being six months pregnant and I am tired, emotional and zitty.

I also have to fight the urge on a daily basis from being angry at the people that put in a health reform to stick it to businesses, but then allow McDonalds and other big chains a year’s time of exemption. Meanwhile companies like ours, who fight to grow and give people jobs, don’t get any special treatment and more importantly don’t think we are above the law and try to cut corners and demand it either.

So that’s a typical day for someone like me. When people come into my office to cry about why this person doesn’t like them at work and how they want to quit because she said something mean to them, it’s not that I don’t care. I DO care but there is a fine line between what fits under my realm of responsibility and what fits under theirs.

I love my life. I truly do. But that doesn’t mean I am not busy and it doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated. And it doesn’t mean I am not human too.

– Kerry

November 10, 2010 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

Pregnant Paradise

Imagine a place where you have your choice of meals and snacks, chocolates or dessert and a fun ambiance. Now imagine going there everyday and getting paid for it at the same time. Welcome to my place of work – three amazing companies in one!


I get to come to work, work hard and eat healthy meals and snacks whenever they are available. Being that I am pregnant and ALWAYS hungry that is a huge perk! Earlier today I was wondering what I was going to have for lunch, and lucky for me, we were tasting meals for LifeSpring, our senior meals company. Problem solved! Following that meeting we HAD to taste a variety of chocolates for Xan Confections, our chocolate company – no one had to twist my arm ;). I am literally surrounded by delicious food and chocolate.

Not only is the food good, but the people are amazing! I think a lot of women battle with being pregnant at work – I can imagine it would be uncomfortable at some places and not genuinely accepted, but that’s not the case here. I get asked how I am feeling everyday and if I am ever not feeling good someone will make sure they help me feel better. I get to talk pregnancies details and mom frustrations with my boss (Kerry) on a daily basis – who else can say that?

Companies offer many different perks and I think I get the best ones…back to work!

– Carissa

October 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Everything is OK

We are done, done, DONE with babies after Kenady arrives.

I was informed I was not allowed to write about our birth control decisions by my husband so I won’t. (I am such a good wife 🙂 ) However, I will state where we stand right now. IMO (in my opinion), my guts will have been put in a bowl three times now to get our babies out, so the least he could do is get cozy with a bag of frozen peas for a weekend. But who’s keeping score?

Ok, so what is on my mind today…besides how schmoochie cute my G Man is? How about how one does 3 babies under 3 while working full-time?

Support systemYou have to make sure you have the surrounding support system you need. We have Papa, Susu, Grandma AND aunts and uncles all around us. Not to mention we have a super close group of friends who love helping us out with our kids. (I personally think that’s odd. I don’t really like other people’s kids THAT much, but hey I will take the help). We also are close with a group of young sober college students that always need $, so they end up being perfect babysitters for the nights our other helpful people choose to live their own lives.

Scheduling VERY important. My calendar has everything on it and my fridge is piled with magnets and sheets of papers with schedules and what day is what. You can do it that way or keep a calendar book in your purse.

Load up early – Put stuff in your car the night before. It’s like laying out your clothes the night before, only with your kids’ stuff. I stick everything I can in my car the night before so I don’t have to a) carry anything down when I have a baby in my arms or b) forget anything in a rush to get it all packed.

Get a routine – I have found with my kids routine is really important to them. And for me it’s much less stressful not having to guess what I am doing this morning or that morning with this kid.

Acceptance – You have to accept you will forget things. You will get to work with barf on your shoulder some days. You will cry in your car from love and gratitude or sadness from leaving your child at daycare. And you may not be perfect but you will be perfectly imperfect. It was also very difficult for me to accept my mind wouldn’t be as sharp as I am used to every day at work. I mean for the most part it is, but being pregnant or tired or distracted does take its toll.

And guess what? That’s OK. It’s OK. Everything is OK.

It really is. I promise 🙂

– Kerry

October 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm 2 comments

Momtastic Profile

Did a really fun interview recently with Momtastic about balancing being a mom and president of three companies – if you have time, give it a read and let me know what you think!

http://www.momtastic.com/parenting/features/107994-work-life-a-balance-kerry-johnson-anthony\

– Kerry

October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm 1 comment

Ivanka would NEVER do that

Every time I watch The Apprentice I get deflated a notch or two. There are so many times when I think “Ivanka would never do what I do at work.” I only relate to her on a much smaller scale being the child of a business owner, a woman and with a big position. Of course she is running billions while I am only running a mere millions.

So let’s list out all the things I do at my job she would NEVER do:

– Wear jeans
– Let my hair get to root status a little too often
– Drop an occasional curse word under my breath
– Undermine my Mother, the CEO (Ivanka would NEVER question the Donald)
– Lipstick doesn’t always make it on to my face in the morning
– Have a wrinkle or two and maybe even some white cat hair on my black outfit
– Do social media at work
– Lose my temper and have to call my sponsor to calm me down
– Tell my lawyer “I am trying to come from a place of love here” (He thought that was hilarious)
– Use “being pregnant” as an excuse for forgetting really important conversations
– Have pictures all over her office and little decorative surprise magazine cut outs put up all over the walls of her office by her employee’s
– Put off doing reports she just doesn’t feel like doing until next month
– Allow laughter in management meetings
– Bring her kids into work and having crumbles of goldfish on her office floor the next day

Mom and me at work (in jeans!)

Mostly though, when I hear her speak, I feel like I never sound as eloquent as she does or use as big of words that flow together so nicely. So on a serious note – thank you Ivanka for being a great communicator and giving me something weekly I can strive to be better at.

– Kerry

October 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm Leave a comment


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