Ah, the joys of life

January 23rd, 2007

Busy week ahead here with Pinewood Derby and the 3M Half Marathon. I got my New Balance 891 shoes and Shoe Pouch (for my Nike iPod Nano) in the mail yesterday. I am hoping that my new shoes will help my underpronation problems. I am one of the only 15% of all runners that have an underpronation (roll feet to the outside) running style. Of course, that makes it easy to get shin splints and knee injuries.

I have been trying to sell books, movies, software, etc. on Ebay and Yahoo groups lately. This time of year is slow for sales. Folks are still paying for Christmas and cringing at the thought of paying taxes in April. Tony isn’t getting the extra hours like he was before. That makes extra funds non-existant.

It looks like I will need to go back to waitressing soon. It isn’t my favorite job, but the pay isn’t bad for a part time job. Most shifts I would make $12/hr. On a good day, I could make as much as $20/hr. Not bad. The thing I don’t like is the childishness of my fellow employees. So many people in the restaurant field don’t have anything else going on in their lives. Many I have worked with are smoking or snorting their paychecks. That is very sad to me. I find myself becoming one of “the responsible ones” and a Mother figure to the other servers. I get invited to parties with them, but I never go. I have more going on with my life than to waste time on drugs, parties, and alcohol.

I really wish that I could find a job to do from home. Selling items on Ebay is great when people are buying. When they aren’t, I am not bringing anything into our family budget. That worries me. It isn’t that Tony and I spend a lot of money. Sure, we go out to dinner or rent DVD movies. We don’t go out regularly or buy lots of toys.

This sounds like I am ungrateful for the path we have chosen. I’m not at all. Living on one income is very tough. There are so many people that just can’t afford to do it. We have been blessed to be able to have me at home for so long. No, I don’t want to go back to work. Working 6 hours or so at a restaurant wears me out. I can been very “short” with family when I waitress. That is an area I will need to work on.

My wonderful husband has been so supportive of our life. I am so fortunate to have such a special man in my life. He works so hard and his job can be so frustrating. I want/need to help him more. He is a great provider, husband, father, friend, and son.

I pray that I can find a way to bring in some extra income without compromising our schedule. As my husband constantly reminds me: “Things always work out.”

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