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Not such a schlump after all

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I was whining before about my "January schlump." Typically in January and February I slow down physically and motivationally, and end up gaining weight that I then spend the next three or four months fighting. This year I did slow down, but between having much less holiday partying and no exposure to leftovers, and being at least a little more active than usual for January/February, I came out of it with no gain, and in the last week or two actually lost two or three pounds. Yay, me! I'm now technically not overweight. I'm hoping that I'll lose another five as I get out an do some of the hikes I haven't gotten around to yet, before it gets too hot.

The money situation is scary, though. I'm at the point where if I had car trouble I would have to put the repairs on a credit card at 20+% interest, which is not a good thought. I'm planning to take some jam and candy to the little farmers' market in the nearest town, which might make me enough to buy a tank of gas (34-gallon tank + $3.97 gas = Eeeek!!!) I would take something healthy, but other people already take whole-grain breads, soup, etc, and the community garden sells whatever produce they can manage to produce. In such a small town, you don't want to step on toes by competing with someone who's already been there before. And I'm looking for work here and on-line. The rangers have said that if I stay around, there's a good possibility of getting hired at the park, but it's pretty definitely not going to happen in the next month.

And then my parents are talking about buying a house here, if I would live in it while they're back up north. That would be financially pretty much an even swap for me; I would have to come up with money for utilities but I could get my stuff out of storage in the city and stop paying that bill.

All of this would work if I could find some online work to hold me while I'm searching/waiting for a real-life opening. So if anybody knows of an online copywriting, editing, translation, or forum moderation job, I'll do it cheap!
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    I can get work back in Austin if I have to. The IRS has a major processing center there that hires temps constantly, and being bilingual makes it almost automatic. I could go back to the tutoring job on top of that to bring in a bit more. Mom & Dad have already loaned me some (the last-minute car repair before I left) and would lend me more if I get desperate. Moving in with them in Illinois wouldn't be particularly helpful because there's less work there than central Texas.

    One thing I need to do is crank up my other blog, convert it into a "living on a shoestring" guide, and see if I can get some ad revenue there. If I get on the ball and start doing all the little things that will bring a few bucks at a time, they will probably add up to enough to pay most of the bills. It's just a matter of DOING it instead of spending all my time thinking about it!

    I did take in $75 at the Farmers' Market! Not too bad considering that I didn't take the candy (one batch burned and the other got left in the fridge.) Of course, once you take out the cost of supplies, I made about 25 cents an hour for the time I put in, but it was time when I wouldn't have been doing anything else.
    1730 days ago

    Could your parents loan you some money for the time being ? You've been really great at economizing and saving. As long as your car holds out, you wouldn't need much. You've proved that.

    Have you considered moving in with your parents (back home) until you could find a decent paying job ? Or do you want to continue working at the park ? When can they offer you work if you do stay ? I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to stay with the park. the pictures you've posted are beautiful. And well, it must be nice to get away from the rat race.

    I know I'm still looking for a full time job. you might try

    ve applied to a bunch of jobs through their listings.

    could try these folks too


    Hang in there !

    1734 days ago
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