Thursday, April 9, 2009

On the Road Again...

Once again things might be a little quiet around here. I'll do what I can, but I'm afraid my posting is going to have to slow down for a week or so. On Monday I will be taking a business trip and I will be gone through Friday. While I will have a computer along, of sorts, I don't know if I will get much opportunity to write. My plan was to try and write a few articles in advance before I left, but trip planning has been taking up all my time.

Not only do I have to take care of all my own packing and so forth, I am in charge of prepping everything for my two coworkers (well, except packing their suitcases.) All the work equipment we'll need (and we are talking 4 50lb boxes) has to be packed up and shipped out. I am also supposed to be the one who thinks of every contingency. While it isn't like we are going to be in the middle of the North Pole, no one wants to have something break in the middle of a presentation. It is my job to think of "worst case scenarios" which means... I'm a little high strung these days.

The other thing that is stressing me out is that I am not going to be able to earn any extra income over the next week...

The fact that I won't be able to do any part time work is actually okay, there isn't a whole lot going on next week anyway. The bigger disappointment is that I am going to have to put all my book sales on hold. It isn't a lot of money, but it brings in a few extra well needed dollars each week. However, I can't have orders sitting around for a week and not being sent out, so I need to put everything on hold.

I did manage to pick up two Mystery shopping gigs this week, both of which I completed on lunch hours. I also signed up for several part time shifts when I get back, but I think I am really going to have to pump it up in May in order to get all my goals accomplished.

Its funny, at the beginning of the week I was so upbeat about my finances, now I am feeling the teensy bit stressed. Ugh! It is like a roller coaster!

The good side of all this is the trip will be some enforced relaxation. I, oddly enough, enjoy airline travel. It's sort of mindless. You are just a cog in the system, you know? I pack as lightly as possible and have little tricks for making getting through the airline smoothly. (Tip One: Don't wear metal.) I'll pack my iPod (well loaded up with NPR shows,) and bring along a few books. I'll be spending most of Monday and Friday in airports, and as long as I can snag a quiet-ish corner I can kick back. Plus even while I am at the location working, there will still be downtime. I don't have money to go out on the town, but I can always grab a swim in the pool or go for a walk.

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4 comments:

RTC said...

Dawn, I hope you enjoy the forced relaxation. I certainly can relate to feeling up and down about finances. Hang in there and try to have fun!

getting stuff done said...

hey - perhaps you could try some relaxation cds - or even the paul mckenna one about being wealthy?? or some cool podcasts for your flights?

do you at least get travel expenses? when I used to travel for work, it at least meant I spent no personal money at all for the duration.

J. Money said...

yeah me too, that relaxation will def. help the brain out a bit :) be sure to come back with some juicy stories...

Dawn said...

RTC - Thanks so much! I always appreciate the support.

Getting Stuff Done - I really should get some of those CDs. I need to get over to my library and see if they have them so I can check them out. I do get travel expenses, by the way, but I am sure there will be some personal spending as well.

J. Money - I will do my best!