Hello, friends! After diligently working on my to-do list, I’m taking a break to dust off this space and tell you a bit about my August.
This time of year is the dry spell of the academic calendar, so things have been very slow on the work front. Which is great for our peace of mind, less great for our wallets. I’ve been working on several projects, some of them work-related and others just for me.
* I’ve started creating on-line content for my students. The idea here is threefold: 1) it lets me practice my teaching in a way that’s not dependent on having students, 2) it gives students access to my knowledge, gift economy-style, and 3) it lets me market myself to students in a “free sample” way. So far, I’ve done lessons on mitotic recombination and population genetics. My goal is to have four of these lessons completed before the fall semester starts for Texas A&M University (where I tutored several students in genetics).
* I’ve been studying thermodynamics at the general chemistry level. I finally saw, for the first time and with Paul’s help, how calculus applies to chemistry, and it was kinda awesome. I’m not sure if or when I’ll move beyond general chemistry as a tutor, but I am becoming more and more intrigued with math and physics. I’m surprised but delighted!
* (This is a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway…Paul and I had a job interview last week with a company here in Austin. It went really well, and we might get hired. I’m excited!)
* I’ve been cooking a lot and settling into our new kitchen here. I’d like to give you a little photo tour of our kitchen because I like it. The best thing about the new kitchen, though, is sharing it with our roommate Courtney, who has been cooking all sorts of delicious things for us. Her secret? How to Cook Everything The Basics by Mark Bittman. If I didn’t have access to Courtney’s copy by virtue of living with her, I’d be running out right now to buy a copy!
* I’ve resumed my preparations to get a driver’s license. Paul is really looking forward to not being the only driver in our twosome. (But I did just buy us a new car, so he can’t complain too much…right?)
* Let’s see, what else…? I want to get back into running and have signed up for a half-marathon here in Austin in February.
* Finally, I’m working on Part Two of my “Budgeting for Freelancers” series. What a challenging subject! I feel a bit like a fraud offering anyone advice on this topic because we’ve spent SO MUCH MONEY this year. What I really want to do is tell our story, not give anyone prescriptive advice about budgeting. Maybe I’ll follow Chrissy’s lead and give you nitty-gritty numbers on our expenses to illustrate how we’re using money as a tool to build our life in Austin as freelancers.
Bonus: my cat is adorable. Sometimes she thinks my socks are kittens and carries them around in her mouth.
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How are y’all doing? What’s new? Got any good links to share? Happy week to you!