It’s early, ish. For me anyway. I haven’t written here for a while because I’ve been busy with on spec work. It’s a sharp contrast from how things were in July, which was looking very bleak. It’s still not that great, because you can have items sit in queue forever and never sell, but at least there is work out there to pick up, write, and wait for to never sell. So at least there is that. I’m grateful for the work that has been coming through at any rate. Though the content gets a little repetitive. And I wish the clients would check their queues more than once a month.
Today I have some house business to take care of. It is being inspected for energy efficiency, so that means workmen testing appliances, coming and going, and not a lot of long periods of quiet to get the work done this morning. So I’m optimizing my procrastination time and getting my goofing off on the internet done before they are done.
I haven’t had a day off in over a week. Even the day that I did take off last week wound up being a work day and lots of driving. I need to take the work while I can get it in case I have another July, which was downright scary. The good thing was that even though there wasn’t much that could be done about it, I had other things that kept me sane throughout. I have access to some of the best hiking I have ever experienced, just a 20 minute drive in any direction. No groomed trails. No signs saying I can’t have my dog off the leash. And best of all, no crowds. There’s nothing worse than hitting a trailhead and being met by twenty people.
Each week I was doing a five to ten mile hike. I was working on my photography skills. I finished the floor in the living room. I kept busy. I lived on dried beans and cup noodles for more than a few days. The food drops help, and I’m pretty handy in the kitchen, so I came up with some pretty creative meals (when I wasn’t too lazy to cook).
Mostly I’m just passing the time until the afternoon. I have a couple assignments to write. One is due in a few hours, so hopefully I’ll have my house back before then. The other is due later. And I have one that is due tomorrow evening.
As much as I want a day off, I have to tighten my belt. Leaving town (even for a hike) costs money in fuel, snacks, and random stuff I can buy for a quick dopamine hit. Being away from my desk also means I’m not making any money, so that’s a double hit. I’ve begun to learn other things too, like how inexpensive reading is, or cooking, cleaning the house, doing laundry, or just calling a friend on the phone and chatting for an hour. I tend to not eat out much, because there are three restaurants in town, and they all serve pretty much the same thing. And it ain’t cheap.
Anyway, it looks like they are about done with the inspection, so I’m going to finish this up, get some lunch, and write about X number of things you need to know about roof replacement. Still beats the hell out of working in Higher Ed.