First, an excuse. I have been whammed with pregnancy exhaustion this week and keep sleeping instead of staying up late on the computer. I've decided that the baby must have grown an extra lung or something in the past few days because he/she sapped all my energy for a while there. As in, I was sleeping more than Peter and not getting off the couch when I was awake. Thank goodness Dan had a five day weekend so I was able to be a louse.
Next, the biggest news around here--I was offered and accepted the consulting position with my old boss. I'll start in a week and a half--I can hear a clock ticking away the minutes and I'm determined to get a million things done before then. More on that later, maybe. The job is expected to take 100-150 hours between December 6th and the end of January. My guess is that it'll be 15-20 hours a week until New Year's, then 10-15 more sporadically throughout January. Once I get going, the December work should be almost all from home (if I want it to be) and January will involve more meetings with bosses over revisions. My tentative plan has been to have one of Dan's sisters (the unemployed one who adores children and is more than happy to watch my child) come here to be with Peter one day a week and we'd pay her, then to go to my parents' house another day where I could work in the basement while Peter played elsewhere in the house with them. I could take the express bus downtown from our house on the SIL days without much trouble. I'd try to make those the shorter days if possible because the thought of 6-8 hours away from Peter makes me twitchy. Even if I didn't have to go into the office, it might be easier to accomplish something than if I stay in our house where there's no place to quietly work. In the midst of writing this paragraph I discovered that I already have MS Access on my computer, but the program isn't made for Macs (of which my parents have 3). I don't have a laptop and the employer isn't going to provide one, so working at my parents' just got trickier. I could do all the cross-tab work at home and in the office and leave the writing and Excel-possible stuff for their house, I guess. Gah. The little part of me that hates this computer is niggling me to get a new laptop and toss this machine in the garbage. I haven't been able to use Outlook for two weeks and I use it for my biz email, which isn't good. Other little annoyances keep popping up too. Anyone know any fabulous laptop deals? Bad Amy. Must not spend consulting money on a new computer. Speaking of money, they didn't cringe at my $40/hour suggestion, so that's what I'm getting. Yay! That feels insanely extravagant to me, but I need to remember that I'll be getting a 1099 tax form with nothing taken out. The fact that half the work will come in December and half in January is handy, actually.
Back to the million things I want to accomplish. A week ago, I told Dan that I was going to get rid of the giant pile of papers on the file cabinet over the long weekend and put together a budget. This was partially to make me feel less bad about the fact that I was harassing him to work on the bathroom (which still has no sink or new paint) during his time off. Every night I've managed to make inroads on the pile and tonight is supposed to be budget night. I filed away all the easy stuff, recycled six inches of paper, and paid all the bills. I've got about four inches of hard-to-fileables and must-be-moved-somewhere-elses left, but if I can put a budget together tonight, I'll be okay with leaving the mini-stack for another day. It really seems like we ought to be able to cut a few hundred dollars worth of eating out from the month and pay off student loans with that instead (or buy Christmas presents this month). I got behind inputting bills into MS Money but got mostly caught up a month or two ago. I should be able to use that to see what's going where and what we can change. I want to try using cash for all discretionary spending instead of credit cards so we can see what we've spent and ration it out in some more effective way. We're always able to pay off our credit cards every month, but we seem to spend exactly what we're earning, and I know we could be smarter about this. I made a grocery list earlier and have a list of recipes picked out for the week (mostly from last year's Saving Dinner) to keep us from eating out as a result of not knowing what to cook.
What else do I want to do...I finished knitting a pair of longies for a customer and only have one more pair paid for, which should be good timing. I'd love to quilt Christmas stockings before I need to make a fourth one (I bought the fabric FOUR YEARS AGO). I need to call the Joliet hotel we stayed in back in May and demand they refund me since I was double charged. I should find out what our new insurance thinks about homebirth. I'm going to the outlet malls on Wednesday with my mom and aunt and hopefully will get the bulk of our shopping done then. I took the 0-3 month bin out of the basement so I can look through our teeny baby clothes and see if we need anything before Wednesday (mmm...Hanna Andersson outlet...). We determined what train set we're getting Peter for Christmas--that'll be our big present to him. I started knitting a pair of longies for the baby tonight, but I'll probably put those away and do the customer's first if I'm not able to whip this pair out by Tuesday.
It's one week until I hit trimester three. Last time, I developed stretch marks and heartburn almost to the day that the third trimester started. The heartburn has been coming and going for a week now, but stopped in time for Thanksgiving, phew. I've pretty much lost the ability to walk quickly, and getting Peter out of his carseat is becoming trickier. I'll try to take another belly shot when I hit 26 weeks on Tuesday. The baby is making his/her presence more and more known these days--I bet Peter will be able to feel kicks soon. The other day, I kept getting an elbow gliding across my belly or something like it and I kept giggling at the sensation while we drove somewhere. I love those moments only I can share with the baby for now.