So after posting on Facebook that I was upset I did not get the job that I applied for, my friend from way back in high school messaged me. Her and her husband have a photography business, going all over Long Island taking student portrait shots for their school pictures. They are growing their business and wanted to know if I would like to jump on board with them and help as a photographer. Now, the camera, backdrop and lighting will be set up completely for me so all I have to learn how to do immediately is adjust the zoom to crop the picture and center the subject. I was REALLY apprehensive about taking on the task, but they assured me, no photography experience will be necessary. (I guess my habit of over sharing has paid off, no?)
I went on Friday afternoon to their studio to discuss the job and the need to just be quick, organized and efficient to get through 500 kids in the time period allotted for picture taking. The pay is really good, but the downside is that they have a slow season, which is January, February and March. I might work a little, a day here and there, but for the most part, I'll be home. Since I'm not earning any money right now, any income will be a good thing. (And since "they" are calling for a terrible winter, I may appreciate being home and NOT having to drive in the inclement weather!)
Tomorrow is my first day. I'm so nervous! They are starting me out with taking the class pictures, so I'll have to situate everybody, tallest in the back, shortest in the front... I hope I don't offend anybody. Again, everything will be set up for me, but I will have to learn how to do it for myself. I'm also a bit anxious because I have to drive west about an hour from my house on highways I've never been on. Of course I'll give myself an extra half an hour to account for traffic and wrong turns. It might be a good time for us to finally join AAA! Thankfully, Wednesday and Thursday we're at an elementary school that's only 10 minutes away.
I hope it all works out. Not having any money is pretty stressful. It seems when it rains it pours, since I had to charge our recent home heating oil delivery (my savings has been depleted and my husband didn't have a chance to transfer money to the checking account), my husband's car was in the shop for breaks and inspection AND I finally booked our flights to and from Miami for our Ragnar Relay trip in January!!! That bill will be a heart stopper!! Then there's Christmas and the actual trip expenses like hotels and meals just a week after Christmas...
Now I'm concerned about not being home and a change in my very regular routine. I have to figure out when I'm going to squeeze in my workouts and runs... Thank goodness it's now fall and I don't have to contend with scheduling runs around the intense heat, yet. Maybe I'll be able to go to the gym in between my kids leaving for school and the time I need to start work, if the school is local. I definitely won't have that time tomorrow. I never really had to juggle all of this before! How do YOU all do it?
And guess what I did this morning? I registered for NEXT year's Diva Half Marathon! It was only a week ago, but if you register early, you save $15, so it cost $65.30 (with the $5.30 registration fee). I really enjoyed it, so I knew I was doing it again, why not spend as little as I possibly can to do it?