I finished my second full week of work with the Adidas Group, working about 56 hours total this week. I worked 3:30pm-2:00am M-F and and 1:30pm-7:30pm on Saturday.
And though the money will be nice, I am done working for now, at least doing this. Manual labor is hard. Your feet are tired, your back is sore, your legs hurt, and you sweat like a pig (record high this week!). While I did improve on my hooping/looming skills this week and learned several new trouble-shooting things (while screwing up a few more garments in the process, like sewing the front to the back on one! Oops!) and started to get to know some of my coworkers better and really coming to like some of them, I still wasn’t loving this job. I kept thinking, “What am I doing?! I have a college degree and this is where I am working?” And fooling yourself that embroidery is artistic is just that – fooling yourself. I’m not physically sewing anything: a machine is.
But, I’m a tough girl, and I like the heat, and work hard at whatever job I have, so why not keep working and garner the money?
Because it’s not that simple.
Josh started school on Monday, and we luckily found two friends to watch our kids Monday and Wednesday night, for six hours each, and then had one of Josh’s former students watch them in our home on Thursday night, paying her some money. Oh, and then there’s the fact that we have one car, and while I was able to get a ride from someone, who miracle of miracles, lived literally on the next street over, she no longer works with the company. She was fired for poor productivity. I now no longer have a means of getting to work, unless I drop Josh off at school, drop the kids at someone’s house, and leave Josh to find a ride home from school at 8:15pm and find a way to get our kids home if they are at someone’s house. If we have a babysitter come to our house each day instead, then we’re shelling out some of my earnings (18+ hours of babysitting each week) to make me wonder how much is this job worth the money then?
But, that’s not all of it either. Josh wants to go to campus early and study, but I want to sleep in because I didn’t go to sleep until 2:30am or later. And if he does go to campus early, it means I don’t have a car to run errands. It also means Josh and I have almost NO time together. And we both have little time with our children. And that’s not okay with either of us.
So, I’m done working for now.
Now I will have time to work on my business idea again (I’m not going to tell you what that is yet, unless you ask really nicely) which is way more awesome than the hot manual labor I’ve been doing.
Thanks for the money and the experience Adidas Company. Thanks friends who watched our kids. And thanks to the girl who gave me a ride this week.
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