A quick overview of where I’m at.
Fighting through an illness is never fun but is a part of life that at some point everyone has to endure. I came down with a head cold that started out slowly this past week, and came on strong yesterday. It’s more annoying than debilitating, but it’s still never fun to have the sniffles and endure coughing, runny nose symptoms. Alas, I have too much to do today to sit around and be sick, so it may end up being a virus that sticks around for a few days longer.
I attempted to get in a blog yesterday morning, but it was extremely poor timing on my part. Between the kids beating me to be awake, and hanging with Traci in the morning, there just wasn’t anytime to get onto the computer. One by one each of my kids took their turns at the computer and I just never got to it. It was an interesting dynamic as I wandered throughout my own house without anywhere to really go. Traci was watching some house flipping program in our bedroom, the kids were watching Disney Channel or some other kids related program on our other TV, and another one was on the computer either play Web Kinz, Club Penguin, or Heytanna or Facebook the entire time. Bottom line, I was a king without a castle, and it was the norm for the most part.
A couple weeks removed now from the interview position, I’m seeing no real movement inside my store and wondering if there is really a plan for me in action. My hours have increased slightly, but my pay has decreased slightly thanks to the tax differential of the new fiscal cliff deal, and everything being more expensive in California so that the schools can have more money for a year. I’m eagerly awaiting my W-2 from Best Buy so that I can file my income taxes and get a bountiful return because Traci and I are in desperate need of it. We have thousands of dollars in vehicle repairs to complete, one loan to payoff, and a laundry list of other items that need to be tended to that we probably won’t have an opportunity to tackle. But we’re in “hurry up and wait” mode right now, and it sucks.
I’m trying desperately to hold onto the fact that our areas of need are met today. There is food in the refrigerator and a roof over our heads, gas in the tanks of our cars (despite the fact that they seem to be breaking down more and more by the day), and really there isn’t anything else that we need for survival today. But unless a change is made somewhere along the lines, we’re going to be in some tumultuous financial peril, and it’s going to happen quickly.
Traci and I have talked a little about me taking on a second job, and it may come to that. Although, with the odd hours that I keep doing the retail gig, I don’t know when I would be free to have a second gig. But with this one not paying well at all, I need to find a way to put more pennies on the table. Every little bit will help. I’ve seen some offers that are pyramid type schemes, but I never really trust those, and I’m not looking for something to invest my money into, because I have none to invest in. I’m also not looking for a commission only gig, because I won’t have the hours to dedicate to putting in to make a commission only job really work the way that they’re intended. It’s a strange paradox, but one that I think lots of people are struggling with in this economy. We’re stuck way below the poverty line, and there isn’t really anything that we can do to get us out from it.
So right now, I’m looking for some healing. One for my health situation, because having the sniffles is just no fun. And secondly for our financial situation. Something needs to be fixed in both of those areas.