Reasons I love my schedule:
1. I don't have to leave for work too early, so the morning's not a stressful mess.
2. The half hour drive to work and home again allows me to keep up with the Patriots and NFL podcasts I listen to.
3. If I go straight home, I have two hours of time before the kids come home, time I can designate for fiction or freelance work.
4. Even after the kids come home, their homework time is still work time for me.
5. I can focus on soccer practices, school stuff, and my kids' needs without guilt.
Reasons I don't love my schedule:
1. I still have to get up at 6:30 because Number One leaves at 6:40. She doesn't need me, but I'm not letting her go without saying goodbye.
2. The half hour one-way commute carves an hour of wasted time out of my day.
3. I rarely get to go straight home. I always have errands to run. Even when I don't, two hours is never enough time to eat lunch, catch up on e-mail, address whatever volunteer stuff I have to do, do any freelance work that came in or was pending, and work on my fiction.
4. "Homework" time is also "tell Mom about my day" time, essential and only precluded by an intense deadline.
5. HA! Guilt will never be banished.
So on paper, my schedule looks perfect. In execution, though, I think I need to do some tweaking. This is the first full week of school, so I've cut myself some slack so far.
That's going to have to end.