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I'm free!!!! Almost?

August 3rd, 2013 at 05:12 pm

Phew. I made it to august first. I turned in my giant project and feel like a weight has been lifted.

Well, of course, one of the 20 companies I was writing about dropped out a day before deadline and our scheduled interview, but we have a replacement.

I have to write one more story for it to be officially finished. But hey, worrying about one story instead of 19? Not so terrible!


My "new" life will really start to settle in this coming week, but I'm already seeing glimpses.

For instance, my mom comes up on Tuesday afternoons to watch the kids so I can work. Usually I have to shuffle off to the basement office immediately and begin war dialing sources and typing until my fingers bleed. (maybe not so dramatic, but hey).

But THIS Tuesday, the boys are taking grandma out to lunch and for a treat at our favorite bakery, then she wants to go see them get their school haircuts, so we're all going to do that. Then, hubby and I are going out to dinner and a movie.

Sounds so much more awesome than the pressure of deadlines.

I also feel great because under this project, and my life the past two years, a lot of things have been pushed to the back burner. As soon as the project was filed, I managed to knock some things off the to do list.

like, sort the clothes the kids have outgrown, hit some yard sales for bigger sizes, sort out their toys and the garage, then take my sweet time dropping all of that stuff off to their respective charities. And, posting a few higher value items on craigslist.

I also baked two loaves of zucchini bread today.

I might even have the energy tonight to repaint my living room. (paint is already purchased).

Time is such a luxury.

Speaking of luxury, I had kind of a sobering experience at the thrift store today. I was looking for pajamas for my youngest, who just hulk smashed out of his.

there were a lot of families back to school shopping. Probably more out of need than my just being cheap and liking a deal.

There was one dad with his 8 year old son, who I watched as he grew more and more distressed while trying to find a decent pair of used shoes for his son. He had already said he wanted his son to at least look nice at school, which was touching. I totally get it, but as nothing was quite right, I watched him grow more and more agitated until he started yelling at his son for basically typical distracted boy behavior.

Anyway, it made me sad and humble. I told Dh that I'm grateful we don;t have to worry about if we can afford new shoes for our sons. Our problems, really, are middle class problems. Puts things in perspective.

In other news, the mortgage payment hit today, and we're under $63,000. feels great! Only about 6k more to go to reach the goal for this year.

3 Responses to “I'm free!!!! Almost?”

  1. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    I hear ya on the humbling part. The same does not affect my very positive thinking husband, there is not a discouraging bone in his body. It must be a mothering thing. That might have been a good spot for a random act of kindness, somehow saying or doing something to show help. I will do one to add to karma in general this week, ok?

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    I thought about it, but after assessing and watching, I thought with his growing agitation it might not have been well received. I even thought about trying to pay in advance at the register, but the only cashier was a bored teenager, so I wasn't sure that plan would work. It really hurt my heart, because frankly, I totally understood where both of them were coming from. The dad, getting frustrated ergo yelling at his son, because of the stress of wanting him to look nice and have nice things for school but the economic pressures of real life. And the son just wanting to play around and be a kid, clueless as to the feelings and thoughts of his dad, which are so complicated and grown up.

  3. scfr Says:

    Good to read your update. It sounds like things are really looking up for you.

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