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Folks house for supper; New job opportunity
Yep. We are going to my parents' house for supper tonight. Obligatory family stuff, and Allie and I have both expressed our lack of desire to do this tonight, but the kids enjoy it and my folks enjoy it, and, by the end of the night, we have usually enjoyed it, too. It's that whole ambivalence about the level of family involvement that I deal with. Tonight, I will tell them about calling my sister last night and we will commiserate about her situation.

Now for the good stuff! I got a call today from a lady who does drug studies in affiliation with the "other hospital" where I work part time. A lady who works part time where my real job is, works with this woman full time at the other hospital. With me? So she recommended me to help with a study coming up. Here is what that means for me. I will help by working occasional 12 hour nights over there, where I will assess the patients in the study every 4 hours and help in administering the study drug. Then, I am free to sleep till the next assessment 4 hours later, repeat till shift ends. In other words, I will be paid $20/hour to mostly sleep, because they need reliable, competent nurses to accurately record the data for the study. I can do this in addition to my regular job shifts and my extra shifts at the other hospital; so, more pay without suffering through more sleepless nights and flip-flopping my schedule back and forth from days/nights. If you could see my bank account, you would realize the significance of this opportunity. It. is. huge! I will probably only do this once or twice a week and it won't be every week, so I plan to take every shift they offer me that I can.

Baby needs a new pair o' shoes, ya know.

I grow more and more hopeful that we will actually overcome the burden of our undisciplined debt in the next couple of years. When that happens, our life will take on a whole new sense of freedom. I get excited just thinking of that day. This is one lesson I will make sure my sons get a lot of instruction on; NOT going into credit card and other revolving credit debt. I wish my parents had focused on this and taught me the perils of debt, but alas, it is a lesson they haven't even fully learned yet.


(Note to gallery: that was more of a "moving back to the positive" sigh, as opposed to a "dwelling in the negative" sigh.)
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dancingwaves From: dancingwaves Date: October 14th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* yay to hear! :)

In my own little way, I totally commiserate with the debt issues -- financial issues are not my forte, and the possibility of financial freedom -- YAY! I will keep you guys in my thoughts!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: October 14th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Debt free is the only way to live. Learn this now Steph, and it will serve you well your whole life. I promise!
dancingwaves From: dancingwaves Date: October 15th, 2004 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying -- it's hard, because I have student loans out the wazoo...but, I am trying really hard to keep myself out of other types...and learning to budget (it's taken a full year to get a handle on finances and the whole concept of budgeting....)
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aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: October 15th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes it is. I'm trying to resist chicken counting.
sundaughter9 From: sundaughter9 Date: October 14th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


Been there, done that, and still (somewhat) there. Hang in there. Things are bound to change for the better. Hugs....Sandi
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: October 15th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: debt

Yep. Hangin' and changin'. Thanks!
kjillane From: kjillane Date: October 15th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on the new job opportunity!
I have been there with the credit cards too. Took me *years* to pay them all off (luckily I made my mistakes really young, like, as soon as they would hand me plastic.) And you're right, there should be mandatory consumer education in school. :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: October 15th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I find it telling that children are taught how to use a condom in schools, but not taught how to balance a checkbook. I agree that basic financial management should be a part of education.
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