Not writing makes for a very sad Dorothy.
I don’t enjoy being so busy that I don’t have time to scratch myself, let alone do my Christmas shopping, or write.
The time for self-indulgence is over. Not that I’d call stressing all day about having no job, few clients and no money self-indulgent, really, but I certainly had no excuses about not writing. Except the stress.
I began working at a local primary school a couple of months ago. I work 15 hours a week, over three days, in school hours. It’s a casual position, so I don’t get paid, when I don’t work, but to meet my Centrelink requirements I have to work the 15 hours, so when I miss a day due to public holidays or school holidays, I have to make that time up. This means that some weeks I’ve worked four day weeks and longer hours.
“Boo hoo”, you say, “that’s still pretty cruisy”. I don’t blame you. But going from being totally in charge of my time for four years, to suddenly having to be out of the home for most of the week, takes some getting used to.
I’m enjoying the work though. The school is small, with only 86 students in 2014 and four teachers, so my job is to help out wherever I can with whatever I can.
I spent a couple of weeks reorganising their library, I’ve done some remedial literacy work with one of the students, I help the principal with whatever administrative tasks she needs help with and generally make myself useful where I can.
I’m also building the new school website, which is actually work I love. The other day I got to read the school history, in order to write something for the website and I loved that, too.
You never knew I was a secret history nerd, did you? I don’t enjoy general history, but I do like to find out about the places I live and work at.
Finishing at 2 pm is pretty nice. Gives me enough time to run any errands, shop for dinner and pick up the boys from school after work. It also means I don’t get much down time. Some days, I so badly just want to be ALONE.
Christmas shopping is done and my emergency credit card is at its limit after some unexpected big expenses in the last couple of months. I’m not sure how I’m going to get through January without the extra income from work, but I guess there is always the Salvos for some food vouchers if we’re desperate. Just remember to pay the rent, first.
Do you have boys? Do you find that they’re obsessed with video games?
I’ve had to institute a “no games during the week” rule, they were becoming so obsessed. They could talk about nothing else and they were so MOODY. Things are bit less crazy now that they have a break from them during the week.
This week they’re into Terraria. Last few weeks were all about Growtopia and before that, it was Minecraft. All their friends are into them, too. And more parents are implementing the same rule as me.
My 11 yo had his Year 6 Graduation this week. I find the whole idea of graduating from year 6 a bit silly; not as silly as graduating from Kinder, though. The only time I graduated was when I got my Degree.
He’s really excited about going to high school next year. I’m worried about how he’ll cope with all the social stuff, but maybe he’ll just continue to be oblivious to it all, as long as he has his best friend by his side. Sadly, his other best friend is in another home group, but I’m hoping he’ll make some new friends. He’s in the selective entry program, so maybe the other kids are more like him than those in the general school population. Yes, he’s pretty clever, this child of mine.
So apart from work, the boys and Christmas, I’ve been busy with some pretty exciting work in my business. I am running a 21 Days to a Blogging Biz Challenge for bloggers and it’s been so much fun. I made some videos, wrote an epic blog post about making money from your blog, ran webinars and hung out in a Facebook group full of bloggers. I’ve enjoyed sharing everything I know with people who actually want to listen.
I’ve finally stopped looking at what everyone else was doing and did something that was all MINE. Now, fingers crossed that it will be a success. I’ve got some awesome guests lined up for a new program I’m developing and can hardly to wait to tell everyone about it.
So that’s me, for now. All caught up.
Next week is our last school/work week and then the resting may begin. We’ll probably do some baking just before Christmas, but other than that we have no plans.
Can’t wait for the holidays! Can you?