Friday, November 18, 2016

A New Career

Back in early September, I asked my cousin, Dean, what it would take to get my real estate license, and what the job is really like.  Shortly thereafter, I started down this path.  It's definitely been a one thing, one step at a time journey.  I took an online class, then I had to take a final for that.  Due to snafus, the test took a little longer to get scheduled and done than I liked.  Then I had to register and take the actual licensing test.  I passed that yesterday.  Thank God I'm good at classes and test taking.

The other process involved finding a company to work with.  That's been a little tougher.  There are two very different compensation approaches.  But, as a complete newbie, I know that going with the more training/less money is the smart move.

Today we sent off the official license application.  Week after next I'll be signing all the paperwork to actually partner with a broker.

Throughout the process so far, it's been a roller coaster ride.  Between the stress of getting this preliminary stuff done, there was the stress of the election.  It actually ended up that I took the class final the morning after the election.  Yeah, that was some smart planning on my part!

So, at this stage of life I'm starting something entirely new.  I've said for over a year now that I'm optimistic about life and the future.  This is me trying to put that into a tangible form.

My brain still makes all of this a roller coaster ride.  What if I suck?  What if I never sell a house?  Blah blah blah.  But the other side is the optimism, that I can really do well at this.

Monday, August 29, 2016

First Grade

This is what I wrote this time last year. 

Today is the same and different.  The same in that I'm going to miss him during the day.  We've been together almost 24/7 the past month.  Towards the end of summer it was a little iffy, maybe we were both a little bored.  Different in that he and I have kindergarten under our belts, we've got this school routine down already.  Thankfully he's still excited about going to school. Although he's not clear on why there are different kids in his class this year.  That's a hard one to explain.  

This year he has a Korean woman for his teacher.  I know it's supposed to make a big difference in kids' lives that they have role models and teachers and such that look like they do.  We don't really know how much it matters to Noah.  There's so much diversity in our world already.  She's very positive and optimistic about getting all the kids reading this year.  We'll see how our boy does. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day - This is being a Mother

The past 24 hours are what parenting is about. Changed plans where we end up at an airshow which Noah loves. Soccer games cancelled both Saturday and Sunday. Three hours after we get home from the airshow Noah tells us his ear hurts. Uh oh. Give him tylenol and hope he can sleep until morning when we can take him to a clinic. Wake up at 11:30 pm to him saying it really hurts. Poor baby, this is the first time he's complained of pain.

Off to the ER we go. Where he immediately pukes up the antibiotics and motrin as we're about to head home. My stomach growling because I went to bed hungry thinking I'd wake up and eat a decent breakfast. So, off to the all night pharmacy, which informs me their computers are processing the day's batch and so it's $50 for the antibiotics until I can make a second trip to have it re-processed. Many cuss words. Back to sleep about 2:30

Plans, new plans, changed plans this morning. Fun. (or not) Evil neighbor kid ends up in the house (with Noah and our friends' kids) and dumps 1/3 of a container of fish food into the fish tank. More cuss words. Figuring out how to clean out the fish tank while expelling the evil child and entertaining the good ones. Then Noah pulls out his current loose tooth. At least this one we have for the tooth fairy.

Off to see if the haircut place for Noah is open. Nope. (I kinda figured.) The pet food store to get the cats food. The grocery store for a few things.

Time to finally fire up the grill.

Why in the world don't I drink??

But, this is being a mother. And it's still the best thing that's ever happened to me.