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Sunday, August 10th 2008

10:40 PM

Just an update...

  • Mood: tired, but pretty content
  • Weather: It was less humid this weekend, and I think it was sunny today. I'm not totally sure, as I had to work most of the day.
  • Gas Prices for My Car: Ooooo! It's down to $3.89 a gallon! Yippee!!!
  • Michael's Happenings: He's currently pretending to eat a cake. Sounds good to me!

I thought it was a little funny to read over my last entry after almost 2 months ago.

For starters, the job that David was to have gotten fell through.  The temp agency dropped the ball.  After a week, David phoned them and found the person responsible was not available at the moment, so he left a message.  No one got back to him.  After a few more days, he phoned again.  Again, voice mail and then no subsequent return call.  Eventually, he learned from someone else in that agency that the job had gone to someone else.  David was upset, but nothing could be done about it.  The responsible party finally told David over the phone that he was sorry, and that he was claiming responsibility for dropping the ball.

A couple of weeks ago, after the agency continued to have nothing for David, we decided that it would be better for me to start working at the studio more hours per week, beginning immediately.  I have been able to work half days on the weekdays, and that still allows us time to do a little homeschooling over the summer.  The schedule has already been figured out for the fall months leading up to Christmas, since David will be needing to get to the college each day, Monday through Friday.  I will still work Sundays, and nearly all weekdays in the late afternoon to evening.  I have applied everywhere I can think of that's a safe place to work at nighttime, and into the wee hours.  Then, I can still get home from my second job before the sun comes up, and I can get some sleep before having to make the drive to a college campus or two.  Once David begins doing clinical work, he'll need to get to various hospitals early in the morning.  That's not until January 2009, but I'm hoping to find a nearly full time job, and keeping it until we can afford for me to quit ... like after David graduates.  Even I'm looking forward to that!  (We have one car, and the traffic around here is horrible if the car contains only one person.  The HOV lanes make it a little better at least.  So, it's very possible that Michael and I will be homeschooling, away from home, on some days.  We did it in the fall semester last year, and we'll do it again if we have to.)

Something that I have been looking into closely is starting up my own business.  It would allow me to make the same amount of money I do in 6 or 7 hours, yet in 2-3 hours.  I have been working on writing up a business plan for about a month, and as I realize a better idea, I can incorporate it into my plan.  I've done some research on what needs to be done first, such as obtaining a business license, filing for a DBA, obtaining a seller's permit, etc.  The Small Business Administration has a lot of info in general for entrepreneurs, but I have to do a lot of research on the local end too for the legalities.  I've been told by some that I am a "smart girl" and can do whatever I want, if I put my mind to it.  I looked at the list of qualities common to entrepreneurs on the SBA's website, and many of these adjectives have been sitting on my resume.  So, go figure...  Here's the link where I found those qualities.  Anyway, there are naysayers who think I can't make it, but that I should do a job I hate and am not good at, only because it seems more secure.  Well, I hope that someday I can post an entry that I'm going forward with it, and I'm opening my own business.  I've already had people ask me to do such services for them, and how much do I charge?

Michael is wrapping up the tail end of 3rd grade.  He should be starting 4th grade the day after Labor Day.  I am amazed at how well he absorbed his times tables.  He's enjoyed doing division, if it's quick.  When I say "long division," I hear a little groan emitting from him.  But, it's really not that bad.  The end of his 3rd grade math book has some geometry, and he was very happy to come to that.  He likes math pretty well, especially when we take the book and some sidewalk chalk outside to find a more fun way to complete his math problems.

Michael still finds time each day to occupy himself with more leisurely activities.  He has a neighbor friend whom he plays with at the nearest playground, and when the weather is not cooperating or while I'm at the studio job, he likes to watch TV or his DVDs or he likes to generally rain toys all over the living room floor.  At the moment, he's taken my laundry baskets and turned them into some sort of building or structure.  There is an odd assortment of toys piled on top, but I'm not exactly sure what it's all about.  He's also playing with a jump rope.  Bert, Caillou and some VeggieTales toys are lying on the floor nearby.  I'm guessing he was putting on another one of his shows that he makes up.  Yesterday, a mother at the playground told me that her daughter doesn't play with toys anymore, and she's only 5.  Huh.

0 Paid their dues.

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