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Day 14 declutter/organize results! etc.

April 14th, 2014 at 09:40 pm

I can put "results!" back in my title. Smile I filed away that lingering pile of stuff. No photo because there's nothing to see!

Actually I noticed some bits of paper that had started littering various spaces already. But, much more manageable now that the main pile is done.

I was so busy at work today that I didn't get chance to go mail my taxes or the W-9 for the land deal. But I did make tax copies for my records right before I left work, and gave all the mailing for NT to do at his work tomorrow.

The reason I was so busy at work is I suddenly have a rather challenging, rather high-profile writing assignment. It's a bit stressful because my supervisor and others are kind of giving off signals that if this goes well, I could be on my way to a full-time writer job (which I believe is quite a bit better-paying than my current position). So of course I want to get it just right, but I'm also paying attention to how it makes me feel to make sure it's the kind of job I would want. So far I kind of like it; I think I'd like it more once I gained more confidence in my professional writing skills. We shall see.

NT is undergoing some interesting times at his job. They kept making and breaking promises to hire one more person to make work manageable. So he's been looking for a new job. Then his supervisor and friend found a job and is leaving at the end of this month. His upper management is freaking out and I know they want to keep NT. I also know they're stuck on this idea of not hiring an extra person. I think they'd give him a promotion and raise but try to hire only one person, instead of one to replace his supervisor and one to fill the gap they've had for a couple of years. And that is just not going to fly long-term. So I really hope they come to their senses and hire two people, OR I hope he finds another job, even if it's lower-paying. Things have slowed down to a normal pace for a little while, but when it ramps up at his work, there is no relief and it starts to affect our home life. I don't want to go through that again with no end in sight.

AS is also assessing her long-term career prospects now that we're not planning to move to the UK. So we'll see where all of this leads!

5 Responses to “Day 14 declutter/organize results! etc.”

  1. snafu Says:

    Don't wish to be noisy or get personal but what made moving to the UK go off the rails and out of the picture?

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Not nosy at all -- I explained as best I could here: ceejay74.savingadvice.com/2014/04/12/wow-suddenly-some-clarity_108295/

  3. snafu Says:

    Thanks for the link, I'd missed that post.It's wonderful that you have a clear professional path. Selling up and moving 'across the pond' only to be disappointed by career routines and colleagues faux concerns has potential to wreck havoc with family life.
    I add my voice in praise of all your work and effort planning and actioning financial paths that benefit your family the most. You do an excellent job with all the variables in spite of people like me who natter on the sidelines hoping you understand your strength and stop worrying.

    Acknowledging it's none of my business, would you consider delaying your donation to an environmental group until some of these events have been completed? While premature, I hope it's ok to point out if you plan to send DDs to a public school, even one block outside that school district to identify any 'leader' pattern or special benefits. Have your well handled CC deals affected your FICO score? Hope you have that free system tracking system.

    Hope you'll give yourself a reward for the phenomenal job you do for your family.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Great points, snafu. Now that we may be moving sooner than I thought, we should probably stop doing CC deals pretty soon to make sure our credit history starts to even out.

    I'm pretty set on donating to the environmental group, but will be sure to email the tax accountant I used for a couple years to get his take on the likely tax hit of this big windfall before I move any money anywhere. (That's assuming this crazy deal actually goes through; it doesn't feel like it's under my control at all so I have no idea if or when I'll see any money.)

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    As for schools, AS is in charge of looking into that. I've heard mixed reviews of public schools in Minneapolis, but one good thing is we have this "school choice" program where you can apply for any of the public schools in the whole city, so we're not just stuck with the one whose district we're in. Of course the Waldorf and Montessori schools are very tempting, but I didn't feel like public school impeded any of our academic success as kids even though all three of us are somewhere on the "bright" to "gifted" part of the spectrum.

    We shall see. If we want to send the kids to private school, then that will have to factor in to the size of mortgage we take on, because it'll be an ongoing budget item.

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