Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 69

Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are. — Jean Anouilh

Revealed. How do I announce my pregnancy at work?

Read. I need to start the book I’ve had sitting on my Kindle for months.

Consulted. Becoming a new Mom means lots of unsolicited advice on social media.  But why?

Topped. This Zadig & Voltaire blazer is the stuff of dreams.  This Banana Republic blazer is similar, cheaper.

Storied. How we bought into the myth of the “bitchy boss.”

Tailored. Iris & Ink has sleek, stylish pieces.  This magenta twist-front dress is a must.

Waited. Long lines at women’s bathrooms could be eliminated, here’s why they still exist.

Saved. A list of 27 Amazon Beauty Products Under-$10 — like this $6 Glycolic Scrub and $7 Probiotic Cream (great for nights when you get no sleep).

Covered. The $59 packable, water-resistant Bernardo jacket that I can’t live without.

Kyle left Montana last week, and I’ve been eating cereal for dinner every night.  While I can cook, I’ve always hated cooking for one.  But in a town with almost zero food delivery, I need to find a few things that I can make without much effort.

These sushi-stacks from Closet Cooking look like a good idea.  I use the microwavable O Organics rice from the frozen section at Safeway.  I already have the vegetables and sriracha mayo.  All I will need is some pre-cooked shrimp and furikake (which I usually keep on hand to add to takeout poke bowls).

Easy to make, filling, and reasonable on calories. I think I’ll make a couple of variations on these this week.

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  1. Jessica says:

    That sushi stack looks delicious, I would have never thought about that.

    January 28, 2019/Reply
  2. Sushi stacks curiouS says:

    The sushi stacks link keeps going to a jacket.

    January 28, 2019/Reply
  3. Denise says:

    The article on announcing your pregnancy is a pretty good starting point. A few more recommendations if anyone else is interested –

    (1) Just don’t announce until you’re in your second trimester. Even if you’re sick, just let people make their assumptions without saying anything. This protects you in case something happens (and as someone who did suffer a loss, the more people that know the worse it is) and also protects your job in case there are layoffs brewing. My sister in law was laid off at 11 weeks pregnant, her boss knew she was pregnant, and we always side-eyed that…

    (2) When you announce, BE POSITIVE. Babies are a good thing. A GOOD THING. Tell people you’re excited, you’re over the moon…and they will naturally start to feel that for you. I know you’re probably sick as a dog but always approach it from a positive angle.

    (3) When the time comes to plan your maternity leave coverage, be as thorough as possible. Assign tasks to your ‘replacement’ and be specific. That way your business will be taken care of (in theory) while you are gone and your return will be easier.

    Just a few times from someone who has been there, done that x2 🙂

    January 28, 2019/Reply
    • Laura says:

      One million thank yous for this, Denise. Currently sitting in my office on lunch reading this 17 weeks with my first baby and you really helped me. I have not announced on social media or at work yet (since performance review time is coming up at my office). Anyways, thank you again for your insight.

      January 29, 2019/Reply
    • Jen says:

      Yes, great advice! I also found the book “Here’s the Plan” very helpful!

      January 29, 2019/Reply
  4. kk says:

    Iris and Ink only goes up to US size 10? Really?

    January 28, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I guess I never realized they consider a UK 14 a US 10. So it looks like it.

      January 28, 2019/Reply
  5. Jen says:

    OMG, that article on unsolicited mom advice is so hilariously true! Case in point, I just HAD to reply to Denise’s comment with a book I found useful (insert face palm here)! That “why wasn’t I consulted” concept hits the nail right on the head.

    January 29, 2019/Reply