Good morning! How’s your Monday?
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that the past week was at least better than the week before. I did have to go back to that school on Wednesday, and it was again a tiring day. In fact, I had the same class again, and they were probably the worst that I’ve ever experienced. Their teacher was there though, she just had other work to do elsewhere in the school — it was encouraging when she told me they weren’t responding to her either. #notjustme
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that by the end of this past week, I was burnt out of working at elementary schools. I turned down work on Friday and took the day off to do blogging stuff and hang out with G. I definitely needed it, and I’m doing well for work this month, so it won’t hurt financially. But it made me think… is it worth it to stay on both the elementary and high school lists? I end up dreading elementary days, even though only the one school stresses me out. I’ve been considering requesting my removal from the elementary subbing list, but I’m afraid to lose work — the majority of work I get is in fact at elementary schools. But I really miss high school. It’s always such a treat when I get a call for anything above grade six! Shouldn’t I just do what I love?
If we were having tea, I’d tell you Matrix has pretty much all his adult teeth now! His sixth month of life being over, he’s almost done his growing — five months to go! G and I never found any of his baby teeth lying around, so he probably just swallowed them; apparently that’s normal. I’m a little sad — I kind of wanted that mommy moment of, “Oh, you lost a tooth, honey! You’re getting so big!” Oh well. We’re giving him buttloads of treats when he doesn’t nibble now… as a result of his big adult teeth, his little nibbles are hurting more. (Seriously, just you scroll through the photos below and find what his box looks like now. You’ll see what I mean.)
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that Matrix has also made the epic jump from the stove to the table. It was definitely a big moment of realization for him — I’m nervous for cooking on the stove tonight. He’s already hurt himself once! We made popcorn on the stove once and I jumped on it right after we removed everything from the heat. He did bounce away oto the counter pretty quickly, and he wasn’t injured, but when I’m cooking there will be lots in the way of him getting away. I really hope he doesn’t do it! Usually, he just watches from the kitchen table, but now that he knows he can make that jump… I’m a little concerned.
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that I’m finally doing better financially, and will likely stay that way. YAY! This next paycheque will be bigger than usual because I had five days of salary pay last week — when I work two or more days in a row, I don’t get paid the fixed rate for subbing a day; I get paid my salary pay for those days. Whoo! That’ll be a nice bump. And next month, I have 8 days of salary work expected. I’ll be able to save a good amount for when I don’t get enough work later on, too. Things are looking better! Hopefully, I just continue to get lots of work.
If we were having tea, I’d tell you that when it comes to the blog, I’m doing well. Out of nowhere, this past week I had a major drop in pageviews. Like, an 80% drop. I was getting excited with doing so well from the beginning, so the drop had me down for a couple days, because I’m feeling a little pressure to maintain my views so that the ad network I’m with won’t kick me out. I had applied expecting to wait three or four months before I’d get approved, giving me lots of time to build my blog and get things going, but I got approved right away — and pressured myself as a result. But I realized over the last couple days that I didn’t start blogging to make money. I started it so that I could write for myself, process my life, and document little Matrix’s early days because I’m that kitten owner. So though you’ll still see ads and affiliate links every so often, I’m relaxing about it. I mean, the worst that happens is that the ad network kicks me out. Then I’ll have to focus on content… exactly what I’m doing now. I’m kicking myself for getting frantic!
On that note, I’ve been considering adding a series about blogging itself, how I started, and how I switched to self-hosting. The whole she-bang. I thought maybe some of you fellow bloggers might like to read about exactly how I went about it, and I’d love to help you out. It’s definitely a learning process, and I know I’ve been doing a TON of reading myself. I’m thinking of making an email list that you’ll need to subscribe to get notifications of posts in the series. That way, if you’re not interested in receiving those posts you won’t get them. I know lots of you aren’t bloggers! What do you think?
Whew. I talked for a long time there. How was your week?! It’s your turn to talk to me!