Sunday, September 20, 2009


So, after sitting, unwinding, and reflecting on this summer, it is time to face reality.

There are quite a few things I need to get done with less than a year before I start my teaching degree. I just watched The Pursuit of Happyness, which reminded me how bad things could have been for me when the split happened, and how bad things could still get if I am not careful and mindful of the possibilities.

I need to research any possible scholarships and bursaries that I could qualify for.
I need to anticipate financial roadblocks and how to get around them
I need to assess what can be cut if needed and what we can do without for a couple of years
I need to knock out as much of my credit card debt as possible, for two reasons - the first being that I'll have more cash flow if I'm not making payments on them, the second being that if I have to, I will use them for tuition and books as an absolute last resort.

That's the medium term stuff I have to worry about. There is also a list of short term stuff that needs to be sorted out or taken care of in the immediate future. Like fall cleaning, reorganizing the storage area in the basement now that the sale is done, starting the next assignment for children's lit, and finalizing what i am getting everyone for Christmas. I need to start making Christmas cards and get some photos taken so I am ready to send stuff overseas. I need to start wrapping everything before the kids come across it, as there have been a few close calls. I guess I better get a pen and paper and write this down before I forget some of this.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wow, its been almost a month

So. A month (almost). Well, its been busy. VERY BUSY

Leading up to Labour Day weekend, I worked something like 8 straight, 1 off, 12 straight.
Then I had one day off on the Sunday, worked Labour Day and Tuesday after Labour Day, then the kids started school. Things were supposed to immediately slow down, however, I had to write my first essay for my lit course. Wow, that was time consuming. I had forgotten. ANd I had to fight with the instructor regarding 2 pieces of an assignment she claimed I never handed in.

This week has been all about getting ready for the local thrift sale. You pay $20, get a vendor #, and you get to keep 100% of all the stuff you sell. They help you set it out, they take it all down and sort it for you, and help you carry it out if it didn't sell. It's well worth it if you have a van load of stuff you want to sell to people.

When I picked up my stuff, it looked like I had sold about $90 give or take. AWESOME!

Now, it is Saturday, the first day of the first weekend I have had off in many weeks. It's been long enough I don't know what the last weekend I had off was.

I am sitting on my heiny. I am doing nothing. I am watching TV, and later I am going to a friends house to watch movies.

Tomorrow, I need to start Fall cleaning, and definitely need to get the air conditioners out of the windows as it has been close to freezing around here at night. But for now, I sit, and I enjoy peace, quiet, and the chance to unwind after 6 weeks of craziness.