As much as I enjoy writing about robots and tiny houses and long term unemployment (seriously, I do), I know some of you like to hear about what’s up with us as well. So now that March, a long dismal damp month, brightened only briefly by rainbows that purport to hide pots of gleaming gold, is nearly behind us here’s an update.
I very nearly finished cleaning out our storage unit. It took longer than I had anticipated, partly due to a rainy weekend that interrupted my progress, and partly due to a certain indecisiveness on my part. We have sorted and downsized our possessions so many times that we were mainly left with necessities, and belongings with personal meaning. Not entirely of course, and we took several bags of books to the library for their booksale, dropped off scrapbook supplies and crayons and paper at school, passed on outgrown clothing to our neighbor’s daughters and even managed to sell a few things. We also had a filing cabinet full of papers – most of which can probably be discarded but all of which need looking through before tossing.
I say I almost cleared out our storage unit because I thought we had one more day than it turned out. On the 27th, after a long stint of lifting and toting that left me sweaty and sore, I had 90 percent of the belongings moved to a friend’s house. Thinking that since our bill was due on the 28th I would have until the evening of that day to move the rest, I dashed off to collect the kids from school. When I returned on the 28th I was told I would need to pay the next month’s rent in order to gain access.
Our rent is more of a priority so I guess they are welcome to whatever I left! I believe I got the important things out – including our camping equipment, winter clothes (the few not outgrown), books, and personal items. Just another reminder that procrastination is not your friend!
A few of you may be aware that last month I finally saw a doctor about a mole that had grown dramatically and was told it should be removed asap. The appointment was for the 29th so I had hoped to have that behind me but when I saw the doctor scheduled for the removal he brought in another doctor for a consultation. After some discussion the consensus was that it would be a more extensive procedure than originally thought and so needed to be rescheduled. At least that gives me a bit more time to get my Medi-cal paperwork processed before the medical bills come in.
March was a slow month as far as work went – it’s typically slow in the field of archaeology due to the usual winter rains. It was slow for other work as well and for cat bed sales. Another reminder of how close to the edge we live and the need for some reserves. I do have a writing job lined up for April that will bring in nearly half of our rent.
But enough of the grim and gloomy! Now for the upbeat updates! All of the kids are doing well. My youngest two don’t get grades per se, but their teachers sent home cheery notes declining a parent teacher conference on the grounds that both are doing well in their classes. This is something of an achievement for my son who came home with deficits in both health and development. And my oldest girls are my shining stars – both on honor roll (again) and excelling in their extracurricular activities. I’m very proud of them.
And last, but not least, I’ve been invited to attend an interview panel for the position at the non-profit. On a cautionary note I will say that the gentleman who called to schedule the interview said that they had received “a lot of applications, and would be interviewing a lot of applicants.” They will be sending confirmation of the appointment time, as well as a writing exercise that the board would like completed before the interview next week. I will go to the interview, and as a friend suggested, razzle-dazzle them and will no doubt be a lot more relaxed doing so, knowing that I have another option in my back pocket!