Congrats to my winners! Kathleen; Chrissyb; skgaff
Since I became a mom for the first time a little over 2 1/2 years ago, my work status has shifted several times. I've worked in my office, I've worked from my couch while on pregnancy bedrest and now I'm officially an "on-call" employee at my old job. This essentially means that my project manager sends me emails with work requests that aren't urgent, and I put them on my to-do list and ignore them until the list gets too long. Then I freak out and cry and my husband takes away the kids for a few hours or I get up at 4:30 in the morning and work before everyone gets up, and the list gets back to a more manageable length.
All that to say, I've been a working mom in various ways, and appreciate the unique challenges of that lifestyle. So, I was very happy when, thanks to my involvement at The Product Review Place, I got the chance to review a new book by Kristin van Ogtrop, mother of three (ages 14, 11 and 2!) and editor of Real Simple magazine. I LOVE Real Simple magazine. One of the highlights of my month is when the magazine arrives, and the kids go to bed, and I get to sit on my couch with the magazine and a glass of wine and dream of organization and flowers and pretty things. So I suspected that I would love a book written by one of the people responsible for this happy time. And I did! The book is titled Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom.
The book is laid out in the style of a dictionary- with a chapter for each letter of the alphabet. Inside the chapters, Ms. van Ogtrop has written paragraphs (or in some cases pages) defining words that are essential to a working mom's vocabulary. Her writing is funny and clever and full of truth. I love the layout of this book- it makes it easy to pick up and read a bit at a time, which, as we all know, is about all moms have time for. I found myself opening the book and reading a letter or a definition at a time- whatever I could manage. Regardless of how much I was able to read per sitting, I always walked away from it with a smile. It's nice to be reminded that this mom thing is complicated for all of us- regardless of whether we're working at a big office in New York City or from a IKEA desk in the corner of a messy living room.
I am definitely going to be doing two things with this book. 1) I will be keeping it on my shelf to read again as my kids get older and life gets even more insane with the work/motherhood balance. And 2) I will be buying copies for my friends who are working moms. If you're feeling stressed out with life and trying to juggle your family and your job and just need a good laugh- you really need to read this book!
The good news? Three of you will win a copy of this book! US/Canadian mailing addresses only, please.
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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on April 22, 2010. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.