Last time I posted I mentioned that I got 2 part-time jobs: Fresno Discovery Center and Barnes & Noble. I have now been working at both for about 8 months. I still love both of them! (Although there are many times I am EXHAUSTED!)
Surprisingly, even after 22 years of being out of the workforce, it didn’t take me very long to get used to being at a job again. And the fact that things are constantly changing, with me going back and forth between 2 jobs…never the same thing for long…I have managed to not get bored yet! This was always a major issue for me in my past life, working a 40-hour work week at one job.
AND both jobs each offer their own fairly varied work on any given day…so my ADHD brain has been happy.
There are definitely times that I wish I didn’t have to work so much…but there tends to be plenty of time off spread throughout my schedule…often a rough, very busy/hectic week is followed by a slower one. So it’s been working out quite nicely!
Adam is still looking for full-time work but is getting a little freelance work here and there. Not enough for us to not be financially strapped, but it helps. And I know it will get better at some point. For now, my income has been mostly helping us pay the bills fairly regularly.
It’s not perfect, but it’s going better than it has since Adam’s unemployment ran out and things got scary for a while there.
I’ve settled into my new life and am starting to finally get back to working on my websites. I am currently in a hyperfocus working on FresnoFamily.com. (It’s rough looking right now because of this.) It’s going to be getting a complete overhaul again…found some new plugins to make it all snazzy again!
And I took down Tina’s Learning Adventures because it was costing me so much in annual fees for the paid plugins I used on it…and I wasn’t getting anything out of it since I stopped working on it ages ago. I lost my steam on that project, so I backed it all up and pulled it all down off the web. I still have the backup files and the domain so if I decide I’d like to go back to it at some point, it won’t be an issue. But for now, it’s a relief to have it off my plate and the fees no longer to worry about.
I’m not sure where that leaves my planned podcast project, since it was going to be called “Tina’s Learning Adventures.” I still would like to do a podcast again…just haven’t been able to find the time or energy to get that going. FresnoFamily.com is more important right now since it has a whole lot more done on it already (since it’s been a site since Jan 2001! Check out the archived pages to see how much it’s changed over the years! I love looking back at all that!) I’m now thinking that maybe I want to do a podcast that has more than just homeschooling info (though I still would like to do that)…maybe something with books, since I’m immersed in that world now and I’m LOVING it so much! Working in the kids’ department, I find so MANY great kids’ books!
I am absolutely obsessed with reading (rather, LISTENING) to books for the past couple of years…and that certainly hasn’t changed since I started working at a bookstore! I find new reads CONSTANTLY! My TBR list is HUGE and grows daily! I’m on track to read another 100 books this year again! (I read 107 last year!)
One thing I haven’t written about and I don’t feel like writing about it here now…my dad died on December 10 last year. And my mom is in the process of moving to New York state to live near my brother and his wife in a senior community she fell in love with when she recently went to visit. So many feelings and I’m not in a writing-about-my-feelings kind of mood right now, plus I have work to do on FresnoFamily.com today, so it can keep to another day.
That’s all I feel like writing today so I am going to close this out and publish so I can have a little time to work on my website project before I have to go to physical therapy, where I’m getting work on my hips. Toodles!