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And Then There Was One October 14, 2010

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Only the hospital to sort out now. Just filled in the paperwork and made a couple of the new, reduced payments. As far as we’re concerned, the hospital is sorted, we’re paying them what we can pay them, and if they don’t like it, they can ::gasp:: Call Us Back. New car is registered and payments set up to auto-deduct. Despite my dreary appraisal of my review, I did get a small raise, and heading into the holidays, perhaps there will be a few more hours available. Yes, I was hoping to be out of there by now, but that’s what I say every year about this time. I have to take massive action if I really expect to leave the store, and I haven’t yet. My own fault, so I march onward. It’s only October, I could still get out before the holidays really hit. Again, it would require massive action, am I ready? Probably not, since I’m sitting here blogging about it.

Excited about my work with Bookup lately. I started some new split tests this week. And two new email campaigns. To provide value to the customer, I am sending out more tutorial videos when they sign up or buy the program. I have also started work on updating the Help file from the old file that Windows no longer will read. I am very excited about that, not only because it will help our customers, but also because I will learn about the program as well. Next project on the burner for me, is transcribing the videos for those who prefer text to sitting through videos, especially if they have low connection speeds. These things make me geekily happy to an extent that’s a little disturbing. 😉

Surely, these are the things I should be doing instead of the store to make all the money I need? But they’re so random and specific, that I don’t even know how to find such work. Need to look closer at elance.com, but I was required to sign up in only one category when my skills kinda slip and slide over three. I think it requires paying them to be allowed multiple categories. Ah well, new things to add to my resume skill sets list. I’ll figure it out.

Maybe the email campaigns will take off so well that I can just quit the store and spend all the time I want working for Bookup, on a monthly retainer fee instead of charging hourly contract fees. And then do anything else I want to bring in whatever extra money I want beyond that which I need to feel stable. That’s the ideal, pipe-dream goal anyway. So much to do, so many obligations, such wonders just waiting to be found. Life is amazing.

October Already October 7, 2010

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One week in and the parties and activities are lining up. I can’t possibly go to all of them, probably won’t make it to half of them, and I don’t even have the slightest idea if I’m going to attempt a costume this year. I haven’t really gone in for costumes other than ren fest garb for years now. I’m not very crafty, and I don’t want to spend money on something I’m only going to wear once(wore my prom dress both years). I don’t really dress for Halloween either, not a fan of orange, though, as anyone will tell you, I have plenty of black clothing.

Last week was a big week, not much else has happened since then. Got the surgeon’s office sorted out, for only $5 more than we intended a month. Hospital still not returning calls. Money’s tight by not overwhelmingly so anymore. I took some online editing tests this week. That was oddly entertaining. Did better on editing than proofreading, so I’ve got some studying to do if I really want to make a go at being an editor again.

I want to earn a living by writing, but I’m not experienced in the type of writing that is actually money making – nonfiction, technical, articles, copywriting. I’ve been randomly curious about it off and on, but it seems like I need a different type of education or background to do that kind of thing professionally. Not to mention I did everything I could in school to write stories instead of papers. This, blogging about my life(and previously and currently journaling on paper), is the most non-fiction writing I’ve ever done voluntarily, and my life isn’t really all that interesting to people who don’t know me. I tried to write stories for books like Chicken Soup once, but I didn’t really have any compelling true stories to tell. I love my life, but I don’t think it’s inspiring.

Anyway, things to do, people to see and all that. Until next week. Enjoy life and love each other.

Money Maths September 2, 2010

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So, we’re working on creative refinancing of Rich’s transportation. In the attempt to trade in his car for a cheaper car, we hit roadblocks in the face of negative equity. So today, we talked to the bank about a loan to act as a down payment on the aforementioned trade in. Now we get to see if we get approved for the loan, if the dealership likes the amount we can get the loan for, and if they’ll finance us the trade on the cheaper car. The goal is to have the new total payment be half the current payment.

Also going to be contacting all the folks we’re making monthly payments to for Rich’s medical bills. We cannot really afford the amount they’ve added up to, so we’re going to be renegotiating down to a total we can manage with our current income and bills.  We are still in the black for the year, thank you Mom, Dad, David and Mary, and I’d like to stay that way.

Stock market is not helpful right now, I have one thing running, but calls aren’t working for me in a downward market.

This month, looking forward to Rich’s birthday on Sunday, a party with friends the following weekend and Marianne coming to visit from Scotland the weekend after that, and possibly one more trip to Cedar Point before the season ends, but that might not be until Halloweekends.

Things to do March 25, 2010

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A lot of balls in the air. A lot of contacts to be made. A lot of plans to complete. Mind is swirling with ideas. Work, writing, blogging, investing, websites, marketing, bills, insurance, jobs, family. So much to do and never enough time in the day.

Spring is here. Easter is coming. A time of renewal and rebirth. Things are changing and growing, always. Now is the time to get everything in order and begin again. Every day is a new day, a new chance to start over and move forward.

Life is what you make of it. Now is the time to create the life I want.

Hospital Fun February 23, 2010

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So one trip to the emergency room leads to checking Rich into the hospital and then a few days later to surgery, and down to recovery and restrictive visiting hours for a week. The wound nurse and the surgeon argue about closing the wound and that’s now scheduled for tomorrow, and I might get to take him home by the end of the week.

Life has been full of nurses and doctors this week. Next week we get health insurance back.

Waiting to see how money balances out. Starting to look back at investing depending on how that goes. I’m getting work done here and there, and Rich’s boss is looking into PTO for last week and this. I’ll probably have at least one day off of B&N this week, next week I’m only scheduled for two days. Joy.  We’ll make it work, though.