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Working and Thinking

August 13th, 2014 at 10:36 am

Not sure whether I said, but I took the freelance accuracy checking gig. It pays well, but entails fairly serious work checking chapter and web content for a textbook I use. The publisher wants a quick turnaround on the content, so I'm working all day today on it. Or most of the day. I expect it to take several weeks of on and off work.

I also filled in for a colleague in his night class yesterday. He always pays me cash, so that'll be a couple hundred. And I took the garage sale money to the bank.

I also filed the flex spending reimbursement for $750 of my periodontal surgery. I need to take photos of various leftover garage sale items for listing on Craigslist and ebay. Maybe as a break from all this detail work.

It seems I have plenty of financial stuff to do. I had a long chat with another colleague about teaching more than a regular load. I'm rarely in favor of that; my teaching load is heavy, and to do a good job, I really can't take on much additional work, but she is teaching way too much. She and her husband are trying to save for a down payment on a house. They live in a two-bedroom rented duplex now, and have two children. To give the kids their own rooms, they've moved their bed into the living room. Both her husband and son have had serious medical problems in the last several years, and I'm worried about her taking on so much. I'd like to do something to help, but can't think of quite what. I was encourage to hear that her parents (who are also struggling financially) are moving into the flat below them. That will at least help with the babysitting.

5 Responses to “Working and Thinking”

  1. laura Says:



    Wow, be careful you don't burn out, MEC! I am always in awe of people who manage on less; I hope things work out for your colleague.

    I was in Wisconsin this past Saturday for a dance competition for the girls and spent the day at the Student Union for UWM. What a lovely city Milwaukee is!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Laura--you were right on my home Panther turf! Too bad I was running my garage sale. :-(
    The Eastside of Milwaukee is indeed lovely. And the northshore suburbs. I'm not too convinced about much of the rest of it--even after all these years.

    I won't burn out--I just need a week without the kid in the house to get my fall planning done. And as of right now, my first freelance section is DONE!

  3. laura Says:


    I actually ended up visiting my brother's ex-GF/finance who I didn't really like until after they broke up. She lives in a house on Superior St. on the south side and Lake Michigan is in her backyard. Lovely old house built in 1920 that I would love to live in!

    I may be back in Milwaukee at some point for a dance competition and maybe if the moons align we will be able to meet up.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It sounds as though you are keeping yourself quite busy!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Bayview is nice. The Southside has a style all its own.

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