95% of the time I am Work at Home Mom. About 5% of the time, I am Construction Mom. My job is to run the commercial estimating department of a construction company in a family business. It’s infinitely stressful and full of adventure in itself. In the last couple of weeks I have been allowed to get out of my cave and get out on some job sites once a week. It has been a whole different kind of adventure. Here’s a recap of one day last week.
When I arrived to the site, I missed my two year old that I hadn’t seen since the night before. Right when I got to the site, I did a video call with him. He was so stoked to see all the equipment, it didn’t matter that I was standing in the way of 22 people carrying heavy things.
Last Tuesday was one of the hottest days to exist. It was 106 degrees when I was there in the morning and my Weather Underground app was sure to tell me it feels like 115 degrees (it meant 155). I thought I was going to faint on multiple occasions, which prompted me to worry that our amazing men actually doing the work, should probably go home.
Have you ever used a Porta Potty on a construction site? You have not lived until you do so. When a piece of equipment broke down, I jumped at the chance to go to the rental place in hopes of using a restroom where I could wash my hands and sit to pee. What I encountered was a spa. Did you know that it’s common for people working with grease to have spa-like soap dispensers in the restrooms? When I washed my hands, I got a nice exfoliation, one I never do at home. Pamper day! Here is the soap for curious minds:
Fast forward to late morning, where the temperature was actually 115 (and probably felt like 179) degrees. I received an email from a customer asking if I could meet on site. I agreed since I was in the area, before realizing I was soaking wet in sweat and looking like a hot mess. So I ran to Chipotle, scarfed down some lunch, drank four more bottles of water and went to the meeting. Thankfully the guys work with people who smell all day, so there was no face to face judgement.
At the end of the day, I literally smelled worse than I ever have and worse than anyone. Even the guys doing the actual work. But it was super fun. The main site I was on is a new hotel with amazing design and (of course) hardscape (my trade).
So what did I learn? Lessons of the day:
- Stay out of Palm Springs in the summer.
- If you are too busy for a manicure but your hands need a little spa attention, stop in at a mechanical shop and use the restroom.
- Don’t schedule meetings with people you haven’t met before after being in the sun in what feels like 115 degrees (actually 155).