Tuesday, 20 May 2008

We interrupt this program ...

I don't usually write about work, but today I must. Since 2000 I have proudly worked on this project, starting as a developer and moving up to being one of the (many) project leaders. It has been exciting and hard work and wonderful to feel part of research that has had a huge international impact. It hasn't all been perfect all the time - what is? - but the good parts outweigh the less than brilliant so many times.

But now I've realised that my family, especially the smaller members, need me more at the moment than the computers do; so for the next couple of years I'll be at home with them. I'm excited at the adventure that awaits us, and thrilled to be getting this chance; but still, I'm sadder than I expected to be at leaving such an amazing place.

I'm sorry, for once I've run out of words, so I'll stop now and just show you one of the three cakes I took in to share. Back to fluffy stuff next time, I promise.

35 comments:

  1. ((((Hugs)))) to you DC!! I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy your time at home with the little DC's and although you'll miss work just think of all the crafty blogging time you'll have!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed my year off after redundancy and although I'm enjoying work now I'd still rather be at home!

    xxx

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  2. I hope you really enjoy your time at home with the little ones!
    and your cake looks amazing, one of the many reasons why I'm sure your colleagues will miss you.

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  3. Changes are hard, but just think of all the benefits of being at home for a bit!

    Now pass a slice of cake please.

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  4. Awww, I can understand the see-saw of your emotions at such a time. (((DC))) but I'm sure in the long term you'll feel you did the right thing for you and your family.

    Take care. x

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  5. That's a big step! Congratulations on taking it. The project that you were working on looks really cool, but it will be so nice for you to have more time with your girls. Have fun!

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  6. How exciting! Lucky you to be able to take the time off. Your project looks amazing -- as does that cake!

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  7. Enjoy your last days being able to look forward to a long summer with your girls, then I'll give you Herts. Uni details!

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  8. Welcome to the other side of the coin!

    It is fun and interesting and boring and repetitive and free and without recognition and non-paying and filled with micro and macro thanks and for all the millions in the world I wouldn't have swapped being at home for the last nine years.

    Take a deep breath and let yourself enjoy the flow.

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  9. A big hug for you now that you have climbed over the fence and landed safely on the other side. Enjoy every moment with those Tiny Smalls because you won't get a second chance. Don't forget to allow yourself time off too - being a full time mum doesn't mean that you are not allowed grown-up fun.

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  10. I'm sure you will not regret this decision - It's such precious time while they are still small! And believe me they grow up so quickly - can't believe it when I look at my four!
    Fab looking cake!

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  11. When I left my much, much, much, much less important (and interesting, and relevant and and and) very, very part-time job last year because I knew there was no future in it nothing prepared me for how bereft I would feel so I do understand what you are going through - but think of all the amazing benefits of spending so much more time with the Smalls!

    Lucy x

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  12. Just think of all the extra baking opportunities! I hope you really enjoy your time at home - I really enjoyed mine and am sad in some ways that it is all over. Now mine are both at school it doesn't have the same attraction, so I hope you love every minute.
    Cathy XX

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  13. I'm sure you'll adapt in no time, but it is, without a doubt a big change. Hope you find a new groove soon!

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  14. There have been days as a SAHM that I have wondered what on earth I have done - children don't tend to tell you you have done a good job. As time has gone on and I have relaxed into my job in the home I feel more and more strongly that I am doing a good and useful thing.

    And I feel very lucky that I am fortunate enough to have this choice when so many women must work for financial reasons.

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  15. I can understand your feelings and the change too. But as a mum who is at home full time it is fun too. Having the bliss of time to spend just being with your child, with out worrying about time. The cake looks really good too!

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  16. The project looks amazing and I wish I had the knowledge that I need to explore it fully!

    Hoe exciting that you are able to make a choice that best suits you and your family.

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  17. Congratulations on this new phase of your life :)

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  18. What a fantastic project to have been part of. I'm sure you're going to really enjoy the next couple of years. Congrats and good luck with it all. Love the look of that cake, mmmm it's tea time here. You couldn't just pass me a slice could you ...
    Kimx

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  19. You exchanged a wonderful job for another very, very if not the most important job on earth... raising kids. I hope you enjoy every day and I admire the step you’ve taken!
    (Of course you will miss your amazing job and the adult conversations, I’m sure... sigh)
    So please, take another slice of cake and keep us all informed!

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  20. Good luck with your change in life pattern, Its very difficult trying to juggle home and work and little people. I've done that too and found it very difficult when the children were off ill. Especially as at one time i didn't have anyone to look after Em when she was younger. Jane x

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  21. I left work 18 months ago to look after my little dear, it is really hard at times. Sometimes I wish I was back at work I feel sometimes I have lost my identity!

    It's not all doom and gloom though because sometimes I have the best times with my little dear.

    I hope it all works out for you as I know what a tough decision it would of been, enjoy your kids while there young.

    Vanessa x

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  22. It must be so hard to leave after eight years, but I'm sure you'll enjoy your time at home with the smalls. I always used to wish my mum could be one of the mums who didn't work and came on school trips - now you can be one of those cool mums! I'm sure you'll not be complaining about all the extra crafting time either :)

    Thanks for the link, it's really interesting to see what you do, you don't often meet biologists. Where are you all hiding?

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  23. what an exciting time - although tinged a little with sadness a leaving what must have been some very rewarding work. I've no doubt though that you'll enjoy the change of pace and making the most of your smalls while they are still small!

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  25. Well done on taking this big step.. I'm sure you and your little girls will make the most of this special time together :O)..and when the time is right..you can always go back to work..maybe even part-time? That's what I did and it's worked out very well.. Gx

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  26. Lucky you Val! Enjoy your time at home. Your cake looked fantastic too x

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  27. Best wishes for this change of direction. I bet you'll soon wonder how you ever had time to go out to work.

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  28. oh wow, big decision... it'll be exiting though and frustrating and wonderful and crazy...

    But it will be wonderful to see more of your little ones...

    and by the way, next meeting I want THAT cake. Please.

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  29. What an exciting time for you. I'm sure you are going to love being at home, and just think of all the new possibilities and challenges opening up to you. Good luck with this new step.

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  30. I made the same choice about 18 months ago and haven't regretted it once, although I think your work looks much harder to part from. It's a great decision - you'll be giving them lovely memories.

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  31. Congratulations - I hope you have the most wonderful days at home with your children - they will no doubt be absolutely delighted by your decision. x

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  32. Hi, hope you don't mind but I have tagged you for a meme.

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  33. LOTS of changes await...but change can be very good :o) Your work looks/sounds amazing, and hopefully you can take it up again later. How wonderful that for a time though you will be home with your girls. They must be excited! Enjoy this time...and the cake ;o) ((BIG HUGS))

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  34. Having just had 6 months off myself after leaving my dream job for "domestic" reasons, I know the mix of excitment and sadness you feel, but i am sure you made the best decision and won't regret it.
    x

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  35. wow! How nice for you and your family! I am happy to welcome you to the ranks of parents at home with their kids!!! I am too and it is mostly quite lovely. I am so excited that you will have more time to create wonderful things to show us here!!! What a nice cake!
    ~Emily

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