Saturday, October 9, 2010

Crazy Few Days

The last few days have been a bit crazy.  Here is some background information: I started a part-time tutoring job about two months ago.  I have been tutoring reading to a 15 year old teenage girl and a 10 year old girl.  I really enjoy both of them.  What I don't enjoy is that the tutoring sessions are two hours each.  Two hours for anyone is long, but especially for two girls that have been in school all day.  The first hour we do okay, but by the second hour they give up and tell me they can't do it or get extremely giggly.  I get it.  It feels wrong to me too.  But, I ran into a bigger problem than feeling worn down after two hours, I wasn't getting paid.  The company I worked for kept giving me excuses as to why they couldn't pay me.  So, feeling foolish for continuing on this long, I quit on Thursday morning.  They emailed and called asking me to reconsider, but there were too many holes in the stories.  Something wacky is going on and I don't feel like I need to be in the middle of it.  I feel good about my decision.  I did have a call yesterday from one of the moms to let me know how happy they were with me and how sad they were that I wouldn't be working with their daughter.  It is nice to feel appreciated.

Thursday night after dealing with this company all day and feeling wiped out, I finished teaching my adult ESL class and did a quick check of my emails from my iphone.  Guess what?  A job I applied for in the summer and have been busy gathering paperwork for was approved by the Illinois Board of Education.  I am going in this morning to sign the paperwork and I start Monday night.  How perfect is that?  It felt like my decision to quit couldn't have been better.

This will be the most hours I have worked since Alexander was born fourteen years ago.  I am still part time.  I will work my current job on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a total of 12 hours and then Monday and Wednesday nights with a total of ten hours.  Plus, I will have homeschooling stuff/family life during the day all week.  I am feeling a little overwhelmed.  But, I have some good things in my corner.  My health has improved a lot (minus my right foot that is reminding me that RA is still a part of me) plus Alexander and Sophia are about the two most responsible people in the world.  When I am at work on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, they take care of cleaning the kitchen, making lunches, dog sitting jobs they have and any other responsibilities while I am at work.  That way we can either go to homeschool group on Tuesdays or do "school" stuff on Thursdays between my work schedule.  Also, they have started making more dinners.  I just need to replace my crock pot now!  Knowing I have such responsible kids at home and a supportive husband will make this transition a lot smoother.

Overall, I am excited.  It will be a new experience for me.  I am looking forward to it.  I am also looking forward to working on some financial goals Steve and I have set for ourselves.  If we can reach these goals, wonderful new things will be in our future!