A lot can change in one month

I now work from home. Yes, you read that correctly. I no longer work for eBay. It feels totally great and unreal at that same time. I’d worked there for over eight years and even though it’s been three days I still feel like I’m going back to work tomorrow. I suspect it will take some time to get used to it.

That’s not to say I’m no longer working. I work part time for VIPkid where I teach English in the wee morning hours online to Chinese kids about to turn in for the night. It’s kind of brutal in that I have to get up 4am to be showered and ready for my 5am starting classes, but it means that I have the rest of the day to be home with the kiddos.

Leo no longer goes to daycare while we figure out what the finances look like over the course of a month. The tricky thing is, my income is not static. My pay depends on how many classes I book over the course of a month. So some months I might bring in $400, some may be over $1k. I would like to get regular students so I could depend on that income, but so far there haven’t been any repeats, just new kids. I am hoping that I will be able to bring in enough so that Leo can go to daycare at least two days a week. I think the social aspect was really beneficial to him for the few weeks that he went. And honestly it’d be great to have a couple days to myself where I could focus on other things, like writing, making soap, or shopping for things to resell.

I had been thinking awhile now of trying to find other work. I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing but the catalyst really was when Leo was sick for a couple days. I had to stay home with him and in our department there was only enough PTO assigned for 16 hours a week. On both days I was out I wasn’t able to schedule PTO early because one person on the team had scheduled 8 hours and one person had scheduled one hour! So even though there were seven hours available, I needed 8 and because there wasn’t “enough” time available, I had to take an occurrence for those days. At this time in life, Leo seems to get sick pretty often. I need the flexibility to be able to stay home with him (or Ezra) when he needs me.

Monday was my first official day not working at eBay. It was good timing, really, because Ezra had a fever that day and had to stay home from school.

I think I’m also going to look into becoming a notary. When we signed the papers for our house refinance, we were able to have a mobile notary come to us and she made it sound like she brought in a fair amount of income for limited work. Looking into it, it seems like it could also be a good fit for me. Wish me luck!

End of summer 2017

Holy potatoes, this summer just flew by! We finished out summer vacation by going on our annual Salisbury/McFarling trip.

This year it was to the Sun River resort in Oregon and it was fantastic! I told Jesse I wouldn’t mind living there. At the resort. They had the most amazing bike trails and I just LOVE the way Central Oregon smells.

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

I don’t know how to explain it because the climate is very much like Utah in that it is arid but the scent is definitely different. More sage and juniper berries.

We purchased a bike trailer for the boys to ride in while we were there, even though we don’t have bikes at home. One more thing for the shopping list. I was a bit nervous to get on a bike because I legit hadn’t been on a bike ride in at least 10 years but I’m happy to report the saying really is true, you never forget how to ride a bike. By the end of the week I was pro style again and jonesing for a bike of my own. Of course, SLC and the surrounding areas aren’t as bike friendly as Oregon and we’ll need to get a bike hitch for the van.

 

We camped for one night close to Crater Lake. I was excited to see the lake again because the photos of it online are gorgeous and I hadn’t been there since I was a child but it was just our rotten luck the surrounding area was having major fires and it basically was a smoke pit.

No sparkling views for us, unfortunately. And it was reaffirmed that mosquitoes love me. No sooner were we out of the car that I got a few bites. Y’all, I got bitten on the ass while using the restroom at the camp site. Talk about your most vulnerable position. And I seemed to have had an allergic reaction to all the bites because I wanted to saw off my feet for about a week.

After that reunion we headed over to Aunt Ginny’s house for the Baugher reunion. We took our time and meandered across the coastal highway for a bit. The boys were able to play on the beach and Leo was knocked over by waves twice. He was completely soaked and sandy by the time we were ready to go but he didn’t care.

We ate dinner at a great little seafood restaurant, all of it fresh caught. I’ve lately thought I would love to live close to the ocean, within an hour or so. Inland enough so a tsunami wouldn’t get us but close enough we could do some great day trips.

We stayed in Ginny’s camper for that first night and it was so nice not to have to pitch our tent and squish in. We didn’t have to fight mosquitoes although Leo is always a handful when getting put to bed in a new location so we had to deal with that situation instead.

Saturday dawned bright and beautiful and the rest of the family starting rolling in. It was wonderful and I was able to visit with family I hadn’t seen in several years. Tawnya brought a karaoke machine and we all rocked the joint! Super fun times! We barreled through straight home on Sunday and sleeping in our bed never felt so great.

We still had to figure out what we were going to do with Leo during the day since Brenda was no longer able to watch him. I reviewed a couple childcare places online and then on Thursday we all went first to Ezra’s new school to get oriented and show him around and then we checked out the childcare place. It was nice in that it had really positive reviews online and it’s also probably less than half a mile from Ezra’s school. The place checked out so we figured we’d give it a month, see how it goes.

The boys had their first day of school/daycare yesterday. I was able to modify my work schedule by 15 minutes so I’m able to pick up Ezra right as school ends. He did so well in waiting for me yesterday, he was just hanging out with a group of kids until I got there. He’s gotten so big! He’s in an advanced first grade program that is dual immersion Spanish language to boot. I think he’ll do fantastic. I’ll definitely need to brush up on my Spanish skills myself. I purchased some Spanish language flash cards and I told Ez that we’d be practicing at home. He seems down with it.

After I picked up Ezra we went to get Leo. It seems like he had a great day as well. One of things I like about this situation is he’s around more kids in his same age range so he’ll get to learn more social skills. It seems to be kind of a preschool style daycare where they have structure and some learning practices in place. It’s only been one day but so far so good.

I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do as a career and am coming up blank. I’m really not enjoying my current position. I mean, some of the things I like, others I don’t, but I don’t want to be here for another five years, you know? I also don’t want to spend a lot of money on schooling when I’m not sure what I want to do. I’m thinking of managing properties, becoming a realtor, re-skinning apps, the list goes on. Ideally I’d like something I could do in my spare time that would bring in some money. The problem is if I didn’t work full time things would be pretty tight and with two incomes we can get some luxuries.

Like the new KichenAid mixer we bought last night! I have been drooling over the mixers at Costco for quite some time. We got our KitchenAid when we were married so it’s about nine years old now. It runs more slowly and it’s a smaller bowl size with a lesser engine. We bought a professional series mixer yesterday and I’m VERY excited to try it out. Of course, we’re trying to eat less baked good so it’s the perfect time to purchase, right? Oh well, we all have to go sometime.