...wasn't the best idea I've ever had.
I was a volunteer for almost 8 months last year, with no income during most of that time (although with extremely little in the way of expenses-- housing was provided and I had laid in a pretty impressive supply of non-perishable food before I started). Then I picked up a freelance job that was supposed to give me 15-20 hours a week at a fairly generous hourly rate. Since I could accomplish 15-20 hours on weekends and evenings, I went ahead and took a low-paying full-time job that came with low-cost housing.
Well, the 15-20 hours somehow grew to 40+ for most of the past month! While I am very grateful to have two full-time salaries, I have to say that 85-hour weeks are not particularly fun. And forget about exercise! I've held my weight steady by not eating much, but since I had gained a few pounds over the summer due to a broken toe or two, I need to do more than hold steady!
The good news is that my hours at the low-paying on-site job are changing so I'll be getting home an hour earlier and have time for a run before dark. The good/bad news is that the online work is going to dwindle soon as the project is almost finished. I'll miss the income, but not the hours. I haven't added it up yet, but I earned enough in the past month or so to make my bank account almost healthy-- but both jobs end at the beginning of Feb. and I don't have the next one lined up yet. I only have one application in, and it's for another low-paying one that doesn't start until May and that I'm not sure I would want, anyway, in a place I know nothing about.
So... Time for another job hunt. I haven't decided whether I want permanent or term/contract. I hate having to look for work every few months, but I do like having new things to learn and do, and I love knowing that if I don't like something about the job, it's going to end soon.
On an almost completely unrelated note, I'm doing my Thanksgiving tomorrow. Most people in the park worked the actual holiday, so there was a quick "park family" potluck hosted by one Ranger who gets Thursdays off. I went to the nearest city two weeks ago (500 mile round trip in one day; another not-best idea) and turkey was 47 cents a pound, so I bought one figuring even if I didn't do Thanksgiving, I could roast it for myself at some point and have protein for a month. But my parents made it down here from the frozen North last week, so they're coming over tomorrow. I'm going to do the turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and roasted cauliflower, and Mom will bring a cabbage dish she learned recently, and maybe a pie. It's a big meal that I don't really need, but it'll be relatively healthy. If they get here early enough and the turkey is done on time, we might go for a little hike afterwards; we'll see.