February is almost done and it’s clear that things are changing. Andy and I have a pretty solid routine now that he’s been rowing for a couple of months. We both get up a little earlier for school and life. By lunch time, I usually have dinner cooking or ready for Mike to put in the oven. Andy packs the cooler full of water, Gatorade and snacks that get him home without crying after practice. I make my tea and fill my awesome travel mug. The tea stays hot for six hours!
On good days, it takes us about 30 minutes to get to practice. Other days, it can take as long as 45 minutes. Practice is three hours long. It’s not worth it (tolls and gas) for me to drive home, but that’s a long time! I’ve worked out grocery shopping on that side of town. I just have to make sure to have coolers in the car. On the non-shopping days, I have been going to the library. We sucked it up and bought a laptop.
I found the cutest library close to practice. It’s bright and open and has lots of workspaces. I park myself and check into a bunch of different writing sites. Slowly and surely, I’ve been writing and getting paid for it. The process is kind of slow for someone like me who has done NOTHING for twenty years. The learning curve is steep. Press releases are different now than when I learned press releases. Letting go of the double-space after a period is killing me. SEO and meta thingies and all kinds of new things are expected knowledge. I’m getting there as you can see by my highly technical language.
For now, I am working on the sites that pay less just to get stuff published. So far, so good. My feedback has been really nice. On the sites that require samples and make you take tests, I’ve placed highly and that helps. But, wow. So much to learn. The variety is fun – I’ve written on everything from the Kentucky Derby to science fairs to roof inspections. I just have to get faster and learn to balance my tendency to read and read and read even when I have more than enough information to write.
My goal is to have the laptop paid for in another month and after that to use the writing proceeds to pay for rowing and other weird expenses that are always popping up. Though I have always been a pretty organized person, it’s weird to have actual, real deadlines that involve people I don’t know. It’s really cutting into my whole Candy Crush experience!
Andy continues to do well with the rowing. I am trying hard to keep up and learn the sport. Lucky for me, he’s a patient kid. He’s up early, packs the car without prompting and doesn’t complain ever. He just really, really loves it.
He and Mike are going to a regatta in Tampa this weekend. I’m staying home because next weekend is our club’s big fundraising regatta and Mike and I are both working ALL weekend while Andy rows. I have to catch up the laundry and get some meals in the freezer. Still. I feel a bit guilty for not going on Saturday. Andy swears he doesn’t care, and I don’t think he does, but . . .
Dan, Ian and Tim continue with their studies and work. Ian will start at FSU in the Fall – he has less than two years to finish. He’s planning to replace one of Dan’s roommates. Dan will graduate in Spring 2015 – gah! Tim is starting at UCF in the Fall and he, too, has just under two years until he has his degree. Weird.
So, what’s new in your world?