Same with all the cluster of Irish dancing stuff. Ditto? Were you in suspense or just OVER IT?
I am curious what you thought of my write-a-ton and break-it-up approach to blogging. Please share your thought in my comments. You can be brief. You can be anonymous. You can say 'boo-hiss'.
So, the method (or reasoning) to my madness? And by madness I mean stories drawn out over several posts . . .
First I wanted to share how stressed out I was in the spring about babysitting. I hadn't told you about all the babysitting nonsense (just a few little bits) as it accumulated, so I didn't know where to begin. Now that you are all filled in, here is the story that was too hard to explain without first sharing the background:
1. I was NOT going to sit for the nutty family this school year. (Yippee!). Joey's family, who I sit for three days a week, was possibly going to take a year off. The mom wanted to find a teaching job that wasn't so far away. I am crazy about these folks. Joey is all personality, the baby is a fave, and most importantly, their parents are great. We are on the same page. Totally. I was so worried that I would have no nutty family AND no awesome family, and therefore no additional in come. My mind was working on overdrive.
2. In April, my friend suggested that I check out a website called 'next-door' for local neighbors. Sometimes people post babysitting needs. Turns out you can also learn about anything from 'unique bird' sightings to 'what day is garbage day' questions and everything in between. The very day that she suggested I sign up for it, someone posted that they needed a school year sitter for their one year old in the fall. I responded to her post.
|There it is . . . the ever important hummingbird advice!|
Within seconds - no exaggeration, SECONDS- my phone rang. It was this teacher from this 'next-door' website looking for a sitter. Her first name is the same as my first name. Self-Taught, my kitchen designer. She remembered Self-Taught talking about my family. My name sounded familiar. A few weeks later, she and her husband and their cute baby came to meet me. They were all in. Hired me for 3 or 4 days for the fall on the spot.
She asked me if I was having work done to my house. I was like 'yeah.' Ready for this . . . turns out she is best friends with
Phew. I was like, 'OK, one customer.' I hoped to find more teachers in need of school year daycare. There is an awful lot of college tuition on our horizon!