I left a job I loved in 2006 to go to graduate school. I've been working for my univ. as a grad assistant, but that is not the same thing as having a real, on-my-own why-I-went-to-school sort of job. Two kids later, I knew my dream job for the next few years would be part-time in my field - and I got one this week. I love love love staying home with my kids, but I am really, really glad to be going back to work. It's part-time but will cover full-time care so I can finish my degree and have a few hours of flexibility to run errands or take an extra afternoon with the kids. It's exactly what I wanted right now. so, merry christmas to me!