life

Being An Adult

Part of being an adult is making adult decisions.

This large move and the impending arrival of our second monster has forced me to review and re-evaluate my educational plans.

We spent far more of our savings than I had anticipated during the move and we’re only getting a fraction back. Plus, we have additional expenses I had sort of counted but apparently not enough.

In order to be a proper adult and provide appropriately for my family while enjoying life I will not be going back to school. I know education is an ongoing thing and that I could theorhetically take one course at a time but that will only get me so far. For the B.Ed I NEED to be a full time student for 2 years and that’s not something we can afford.

With childcare costs, getting new furniture for both kids, having a monetary safety net plus potentially saving for a house, new vehicle, or even the pop-up trailer we’ve been wanting it’s just not realistic. We also have debt that needs to paid off like student loans which Gail Vaz-Oxlade would be happy to know we’ll put first.

I’m very sad, if I’m 100% honest, but it’s not like I can’t work with the educational background I have. It will then become a matter of the availability of childcare and the job opportunities available when it’s time for me to go back to work.

I’m glad I faced this decision sooner, rather than later, because it’ll give me time to ‘grieve’ and look towards the positive things that will arise from this choice.

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Weekend in Ghostville

I still don’t have a charger for my tablet so I have yet to catch up on my reading.

I did a short review of what’s been going on with my book since I published it and not too many sales overall. But that’s okay. It’s not like I published it solely to make money.

Because I haven’t had time to catch up on my reading, I also haven’t had time to catch up on my writing. Now that we’re moved and settled (for the most part) my focus has been on trying to get EI to process my damn application within their “reasonable timeframe” (which is bollocks if you ask me. Give me a concrete time-frame, like 2-3 weeks or something). It’s now been 2 weeks since I submitted my application and nothing has yet to be determined. I would rather know yes or no. Either way is fine, but I can’t do much with my budgeting or life if I have no idea.

Aside from that, I’ve also been stressing out about going back to school in September 2014 and finding child care for that time. I’m not worried too much about The Boy because he’s old enough that for his age group there are lots of spots. The one I’m worried about is The Hatchling. The child care on base currently only lists 8 spots for that age group. The Hatchling will be 10 months. The child care at the University won’t take children until they are 2 years old and I would like to keep them together if I can. This means I might be restricted to Tuesday/Thursday classes because the “casual” childcare runs all day those days or online learning only. That is also going to impact any hope for a part time job.

*sigh* Maybe I won’t go back to school. It’s not like I’ll die without it. We might not even have enough money to send me back to school anyway. I might be better off looking for work and full time child care so we can save up to buy a house and potentially put my husband through school if he wants it.

We’ll see. I have lots of time to think about it and to try to get things organized. I’ve contacted the Child Care Coordinator for the base to see what the wait-list looks like so I have an idea. She’s on vacation, so I should hear from her in a couple weeks.

Until then, I’ll just hang out and try to enjoy my son without him driving me crazy. Which is hard for a three-year-old ahahaha.

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First mobile post

This is my first post from my smart phone, so please forgive any spelling mistakes. The Boy won’t detach himself from my hip today so working on my laptop or tablet will be a bit difficult.

Today is the first day my husband has gone in to work since we moved! This means I have two weeks of bad morning habits in my son to break. So far, we’re doing alright! He’s in a good mood today (which is a bloody miracle in comparison to how he’s been the past little bit) and we’re chilling on the couch.

The Hatchling is co-operating a bit today too. It was wiggling around so much last night it was hard for me to sleep so I’m glad it’s sleeping itself right now.

This weekend will be the first haircut for the Boy in MONTHS and since this is a new town, I’m taking him to a place I found through a discussion board specific to the city I live closest to. I went to their website last night and watched their video. It seems to be run by burly tattooed men which I think is AWESOME since I’m a tiny tattooed woman 🙂 maybe I can ask them where they got their ink done and have some places lined up for my Mother’s Day tattoo.

My tablet died and apparently we lost the charger. This means the books I’m supposed to be reading and reviewing are being put on hold AGAIN and I feel terrible. I’ll get back on it as soon as I can!

Well, that’s it for today! I hope that this posts correctly 😀

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Today is My Last Day

This will be the last time I ever post from this particular Day Job.

That means in the coming few weeks my posts will be few and far between, if they happen at all. I anticipate I’ll be more active in August once we move and settle in.

In the meantime I’ll catch up on the books I said I’d read, I’ll maybe put something up on the Twitter now and again so people don’t delete me because they think I’m inactive.

So for now, this is it my friends. Watch for me soon. I’ll be back, I promise!

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It's Almost Time to Say Good-Bye

Tonight will be the last time I go to sleep in the house where I have lived for almost four years.

This is the house my husband and I moved into shortly after getting married. This is the house where I lived when I had my first child, dealt with the first time my husband was deployed to Afghanistan, had our first two dogs, and where I’ve raised my son for three years.

Even though it’s just a rental house, it’s still the place I’ve lived for four years of my life and where I’ve gone through many life changes. I’ve done school in that house, I’ve had friends come hang out, watched movies, had slumber parties (grown-ups can do that!) conquered many a video game and just basically had a good time.

There have been some annoying things, like when the roof leaked, the basement kind of flooded, the furnace went out in winter.

We’re moving to a smaller house and losing some storage space, but that’s okay. I think it’s a good time to move as we get ready for the next chapter of married and family life with The Hatchling on it’s way.

Tonight I’ll say good-bye to that old house and Friday I’ll say good-bye to my Day Job. Saturday I’ll say good-bye to the city completely.

It’s not the first time I’ve moved, and certainly won’t be the last, but it’s bittersweet nonetheless 🙂

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