Stalled in so many ways! Our fundraising has ground to a halt and house hunting isn’t turning up anything remotely relevant (but look at this neat 1850s log cabin for sale – too bad it would cost $$$ to move and reassemble and make livable! – http://bloomington.craigslist.org/mat/3849961648.html).
School has started and is already proving to be challenging – it’s the 21st century and EVERYTHING is online, although all my classes take place in actual classrooms. All the readings, forum discussions (part of your grade), assignments, messages, etc. are online. Since they are sometimes posted within the 24 hours before class and I’m not always at the library in that period, it’s already hard to stay on top of it all. The kids aren’t the only ones who really miss having Internet now! I have 3 courses – an integrated seminar, a course on literacy in your content area, and a course on psychology in education – and they fill my days Tuesday and Thursday until 6:30 PM. The semester is only 8 weeks so the classes are fast-paced with lots of reading and written papers due. It’s not easy.
In the meantime a job has come open in the clerks’ office – 30 hrs a week at $13.66 per hour (compared to my 15 hrs at $9 an hr) with partial benefits. I wonder if I should apply for that job. We could almost live on it which we cannot do with my current job (which after deductions and minimal taxes nets me about $450 a month). I would not be able to attend classes with that job so I’d have to drop school. In fact I won’t be able to keep my current job next spring semester when I start student teaching full-time. If I stick with school I should be positioned to find a better job, and teaching will be a good fit with the family schedule. But it will be a tough year, especially if we aren’t in our own home.
This is the beginning of year 5 of our Great Recession struggles, and unlike apparently everyone else (did anyone else see the news story that said Americans had regained the household wealth lost in the Great Recession?) we are still struggling. And as periodically happens, my reserve of get up and go is running low. I’m not as resilient as I was when this began – my bounce back has been stretched and stretched and now resembles a baggy pair of pantyhose! I need a little energy boost, a favorable sign, a winning lottery ticket… 🙂