… is totally not a thing. But it’s only fair!
I have been itching to get back into the swing of things for a few reasons.
It seems like we take one step forward and two steps back. Story of our lives.
You see, last time we spoke was in July. We were stuck in stasis for a while with our jobs, but Fall 2017 will be known as the season when things finally got moving for us!
Good News First!
- Mr. Green Acres secured his first Long Term Occasional contact, teaching online high school English courses at the adult high school. It was a two month gig at first, but then it was extended to Christmas, and now to the end of the school year. Because it’s a year long thing, this means that he’s also getting benefits (like sick days, and days to deal with sick kids) as well as health care benefits!
- As for me, and I can get into details later, I was finally able to secure a job at a higher level (two levels higher than my original job). I started at the end of November. Of course, my pay differential has not kicked in yet, and I am crossing my fingers that when it does, I will not be Phoenixed once again.
A bit of an oops!
- A bit of a fail that has turned into a win: like most public sector jobs, teaching has a certain salary scale depending on your qualifications and experience. You’re supposed to apply as soon as you get out of teachers college to find out where you should be slotted. As it turns out, Mr. Green Acres, the lovely absent-minded professor that he is, had not done this application. So when his contact was activated, he was at the bottom of the pay scale. This didn’t sound right to me, so I looked into it. Sure enough, his qualifications didn’t match up with his assigned spot on the salary grid, so we applied to have him evaluated. After two months passed, it came back and he should have been at the top of the scale all along! This was about $10,000 anually that we have been missing out on due to a small clerical error – so those three years of supply teaching possibly could have gotten him a higher rate of pay! Luckily, this is retroactive to the beginning of this school year, so we got a bit of a sum to replenish our emergency fund.
I was a little bit annoyed that this was overlooked, and he says “Well just look at it this way, at least we didn’t have it to squander it.” Ever the optimist. I was not impressed.
Ain’t no sunshine…
… without a little bit of rain. Unfortunately, our wins have been offset by some bad news. This fall, we had a flood, and are facing ongoing (and co$tly!) issues that need to be addressed. I’m not sure, as of yet, where that money will come from.
* found this on a Google Search. Don’t sue – can’t afford it 😉
You Are Not Alone
That’s where we are at. At the beginning of the year, a group of like-minded women in my Mommy Tribe decided that they too have had enough with wonky-finances and committed to a Buy Nothing year. So far, January wasn’t even close to perfect for me, but I have seen a marked improvement where I have been packing my lunch and breakfast more often then not. (Whereas my previous attitude was “Oh well! We have a food court downstairs!” And don’t even get me started on the cost of it all… )
Just writing this out has given me a few more ideas, but I’d love to hear what you would like to read. Let me know in the comments below.
Oh and that 6 months of solid effort for building this place up that I flaked out on? Let’s try that again. It starts now.