Sunday, September 28, 2008 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Hey there Kyle

While I have been cursing the pouring rain for the past two days, making my internet connection go out, I finally was able to check the status during a lull.

Heck, it hasn’t even landed yet. I wonder what tonight will be like?

Tropical storm Kyle.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Can I get an amen?

This gal said it real well. The S Word

(I know! I need to update! But lookit all the cool new blogs I’m finding…)

Sunday, September 21, 2008 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Stuffing in as much as possible

First off, y’all gotta go look at my mom’s blog where she’s been posting quilt pictures and food. I’d say it makes me long for home again, except I just got off the phone with her, so I’m full up for the week. ;)

My Mom: Best in Small Doses. (If you’re wondering, she’s probably cackling loudly over that right this second.)

To pick up where we left off in the sage of my life -

Wednesday: Ron had called the internet install guy and asked if he could drop in and have a look at our wiring and talk about how much it would cost to move it so it comes directly into the office upstairs. He showed up right at lunch on a day Ron was at the office, took a hard look at everything, shaking his head and muttering, then I went to check on lunch. I come back and he has the entire thing disconnected and is moving it already. Why yes, I *was* right in the middle of mucking around in a client’s database. By the time he gets it all set up again (bang, thrash, pound) it won’t work on my computer. He gets his laptop hooked, checks the connection, gets it working for him to verify it’s up and running. He takes one look at our computer, says “It’s not Windows, can’t help ya.” and leaves.

So I had to wait until Ron got home, and he spent an hour getting it back up and running, where we discovered our router was toast and our IP adrress changed too. Then he had a client project to start that took from 8pm to 3am. (Wow, you really wanna work from home now, don’t you? :D )

Thursday: Emma and I went on a field trip to the Potato Museum, got home in time to make lunch. Then Ron and I went on a “date”. :D First, we picked up some books for Emma from Tree of Life. They are out in the middle of nowhere in a very nice spot, but really only a pleasant drive between my house and town. Great people, you should buy homeschooling books from them. I got books 1 through 3 of Draw Write Now.

In town, we picked up a new router and Ron picked out a desktop for him. We’re gonna need it. He asked about getting no operating system and they said sure. All they did was swap out the hard drive with an empty one.

When we got back, Emma and I spent a good solid hour drawing.

Friday: I worked. Ron put the second window in our bedroom, since it’s been cold at night and the old window by the head of our bed was chilly. It made a HUGE STINKING DIFFERENCE. Now we have all new windows on the North and East side of the upstairs of our house.

It hasn’t been cold enugh to run the pellet stive all the time, but we have been using it to take the chill off the downstairs. We still get quite a bit of solar gain, and with the new windows in place, we’re retaining heat well.

That night, I finished up some work (two clients had server crashes, yay fun!) and we went to get groceries past 7:30pm on a Friday night. remind me never to do that again.

Saturday: I loaded up my car with a bunch of crap that thankfully was already set aside by my past self. (Yay for smart and lucid days!) I took myself down to the clubhouse/community hall where we were having a small community yard sale. I spent all darn day there and made maybe $30 at most. I came home with 3 empty boxes though, and I spent less than $10.

Also this week in Meaghan’s kitchen:

Seriously, I’m gonna hafta start freezing some of this stuff. I didn’t even count the peach jam and pear preserves, but that might have been last week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 in working at home & loving it

WAH Wednesdays – the freelance freefall

Last night, Meaghan, Emma and I were watching a show on tv and a bunch of people jumped out of an airplane. We talked about how working as a parachute tester would probably suck, and I said if I didn’t have any kids, I’d probably like to go skydiving for the thrill.

I’m sure you’re wondering how that relates to working at home. This isn’t part three of my recent How Moms can make money online series – I still have to finish writing that, honestly – but I had to interject in the series for an official announcement.

Last Monday morning, Ron walked into his boss’s office, shut the door and laid a resignation letter on his desk. “I was hoping you’d hold out until Christmas,” his boss sighed. Ron’s been having a really hard time not grinning his face off at work. To make it an easier transition, as there are some projects he doesn’t want to leave in a lurch, he’s spreading out those two weeks – ten days, really – over five weeks, so two corporate work days a week.

To be fair, he’s not coming home just to “help” me with my work. We passed that point a while ago, and you can pretty much tell we’re in this together. Hmm, that’s probably why we’re known as Ron AND Andrea – you get one or the other, but more likely both. Yes, we’ve planned this for a while – these things always take longer than we think, it seems, but for now, everything is looking very much UP. We have a lot of exciting projects for us both to work on.

For me, I fully realize that most wives, upon hearing their husband wants to quit and get back to freelancing and work on some other projects, would probably freak right the heck out. But the closer we’ve come to this, and now that it’s a done deal, the more I’ve felt… content. Settled. We’ve been sleeping like rocks lately.

In explaining this working-for-ourselves to other people, in offline life, it strikes me that this isn’t new for us, even if it is for others. *This* is what we’re used to, what we’ve done for most of our married life. It’s only been the last couple of/ few years that Ron has walked in the corporate world. Getting back to it, so to speak since it’s a different field, different setup, is the familiar old gear.

We’re checking our equipment, packing our chutes, loading up the plane, just like we’ve done before. This time, we’re jumping while holding hands, in perfect formation.


skydiving by gonzo_fan2007

Photo by Gonzo_fan2007

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Milk in bags

milk in a BAG!

Here, for your Internet perusal, is MILK. In a BAG.

Why? Well, it probably takes up a bit less space in shipping. There’s definitely less waste, too . Recycling the plastic is easy – so is re-using the bags. Just slit open the top, wash and use. Sometimes they are used as freezer bags, as the plastic is quite sturdy, but there’s at least three people reading that would be right chuffed to hear the bags perfectly hold a sewing pattern.

The other reason is economy – sometimes it’s cheaper to buy it this way. Also, there’s only 1.333 liters open at once, so a smaller amount than 4L (or a gallon) to get spoiled or spilled.

You know, we’ve always bought milk this way, so I did have to think a bit for the “why”s other than that. :D

Bagged milk: available in Central & Eastern Canada and parts of Wisconsin.

Monday, September 15, 2008 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

See what I did there

Let’s see if I can get back into even a quick updating schedule. Ron and I both had dental appoints today – his was at 7:30 in the AM which I think is just an unholy hour to ask someone to sit there and undergo that. Mine was at a more reasonable hour of 10:15. They have tvs in there, but the placement is such that you can only really watch when you’re waiting, not when they have the massage chair tipped right back and your head pointed at the ceiling with your mouth gaping wide and in a headlock.

Other than that, our dentist is a really nice guy. We’ve been doubling up our appointments, and the receptionist thought it was pretty funny we were both in there on the same day. Now to get the girls in as fast as possible before Ron’s Blue Cross coverage runs out, seeing as he gave his notice and all.

I’m thinking we should book all them for the same day, get the initial checkover done all at once and hope they don’t find too much. Luckily, I’m all done until March, when I have the next cleaning. That should be cheap enough to pay for out of pcoket.