It’s been a unique experience to do the kind of shopping I’ve done this move. The curtains we did before – and paid a lot less, if I remember right. We also did the bedding. The new sofa is unique – I literally haven’t ever gone shopping for a sofa before. My ex spent my money to buy one that should’ve been condemned at the store, but I didn’t have any input on the purchase. This time around we’re kind of doing it all at once, which is a weird feeling. It’s literally going to be a new home when we get done, and we’re really decorating almost from scratch. We have to get rid of a lot of stuff too, but we should hopefully be able to sell a lot of what we can’t keep, so it’s all good.
G had to dig the trench for the Internet install. The phone company installer swore he couldn’t do it, despite the fact that I’d ordered an installation at an extra cost. That was a lost morning we’d hoped would be spent painting. It also zapped poor G’s strength so we had a short day today. We both had a hard time staying awake. Granted, this is pretty light work as renovations go, but it’s still a LOT of work for two people, with most of it falling on G’s shoulders.
I have done some of the work, but so much of it I simply can’t do. I’m not a painter. I tried, and let’s just say it wasn’t successful. However I managed to re-hang the cabinet doors, and I take care of virtually everything else – all the bill paying, errands, meals, blah blah blah. So I’m not completely useless.
I didn’t mention the degree of personal pandemonium going on in the background. It won’t go on a public post but hopefully on a private one, soon. Let’s just say I’ll be glad when we finally get to move in here.
On a brighter front, I started the process to become a Mystery Shopper. No, I’m not talking about the come-hither crap that you see everywhere and boils down to a whole lot of nothing. There are legit Mystery Shopper jobs and I know someone who owns one of the shopper companies. She got me connected with the pro Mystery Shopper organization and I’m working toward my certification. The average person seems to make somewhere around $1000-1500 a month average, with some averaging closer to $5K monthly. I talked to one person who did $10K a month for a while but said it was not something they could keep up – it involved a LOT of travel, to the extent they were virtually never home. (Though admittedly, I’m never home NOW.) If I can do part time and do the $1000-1500 range we’ll be sitting pretty since we have no bills, but I’d like to go a bit higher so we can start socking money back for other things. I’d love to retire someday soon, but looks like it’s not going to happen yet.