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Hope’s Anticipated Spending – Week of 10/12


Life has taken on a bit of a predictable routine that we do not typically have. Work and school, dinner as a family and then everyone retires to take care of their own business – homework, preparing for work the next day or just relaxing. For the first time, maybe ever, I feel like we are a “normal” family.

Anticipated Spending - Week of 10/12

Income *after taxes$524
Auto/Renter's Insurance($267)
Justen (car insurance)$100


It’s what each of my kids has always dreamed about, or at least spoken of as a goal. But the reality is not everything they thought it would be. I think they are getting a little bored.

I, for one, am enjoying the chance to breathe. No running from place to place. No rushing meals. Plenty of time to prepare for the next day and spend time with the kids. I’ve even gotten some reading time. And I know this won’t last forever, or even for long!

Work Update

My client base continues to grow steadily. I am ALMOST full as far as weekly clients go, but continue to apply to avoid what happened a few years ago. And I have left room to pick up one time projects which I really enjoy.

I am starting to think of ways to scale my business as I only have some many hours in the day that I can sell myself. But really don’t have any firm ideas. I do still continue to deliver groceries and continue to put out feelers for more of that type of work.

Kid Update

I am in talks with the local parks and rec department and another select volleyball team for Princess and friends for the spring. I hope to have a solid plan this coming week. And today I will meet with her high school guidance counselor to plan out her remaining high school year and making sure she gets the most out of it.

Gymnast is still homeschooling. And going to gymnastics one day a week. I have high hopes that he will get the opportunity to try public school again, but I believe I will wait until the next school year. There are a lot of bad habits and experiences from time at the local middle school that I am working out how to get past and undo.

History Buff started a job with a tree service this week. It will be hard and he will have to get up early. But it’s a big step in the right direction. We will finalize his school registration for the spring next week, and he will continue to work on the basic subjects as refresher to prepare for next year.

Meanwhile at work….


…I’m kicking ass and taking names.

Isn’t it so funny how things sometimes work – my life is falling to shit in one area, but at least another area is alive and thriving!

I’m so grateful to have a job where I feel so much personal fulfillment, I’m fairly compensated, I have a flexible schedule, I have great colleagues-turned-friends. I mean, just all around I like what I do, I’m good at it, and it feels meaningful and rewarding.

Good thing I like it so much, because I’ve been doing a lot more of it, too!

I was recently awarded this “Fellowship” thing.

That’s how I describe it to people because it feels so pretentious otherwise, lol.

Long story short, I got a high-ranking administrator to agree to fund a program I’ve designed (and will oversee), and he decided I needed a title to make it official so I’m a “fellow” now. 🙂

The problem is…..I’m not actually going to earn any more money for it. The administrator’s office will be paying for course releases (1 Fall, 1 Spring) so I have time to dedicate to the program, and the office will also pay for the direct costs related to the program as well. But I didn’t actually ask for any additional income for myself. I don’t even know how I’d approach that.

The thing is, I’m still an “early career” faculty member. And I’ve never had a real, true mentor. I mean, I had advisors in graduate school: people who I worked with on research and whatnot. But no one has ever been a more general “career guide” to help me in things like negotiations or making big decisions, etc. I’ve always just flown solo on that (and I feel like I’ve done pretty well, but it’d be nice to have a sounding board or someone with more life and institutional knowledge to help me out sometimes).

Sooooooo, I’ve committed to oversee and run this program for the 2018-2019 academic year. But if the program gets renewed for another year….I want to ask for more money, right? The weird thing is that I don’t think it can be salary. My salary is paid by my home department and this project is for another unit on campus. So my direct boss (my department head) isn’t going to give me a raise for work I’m doing for another unit. I think it’d have to be “supplemental compensation” or something???

Here’s the deal. I don’t even know! And I don’t have anyone to ask.

Right now I’m just crowdsourcing opinions from the BAD community. Anyone with higher ed experience? Maybe doesn’t even have to be higher ed experience. Just some better skill and know-how when it comes to negotiations and such. Is this a “thing” at public universities? And what would I even ask for? I already got course-release time. Would I continue that AND ask for more money? Should I ask my departments’ business manager?? Like, I literally don’t even know where to start. Any advice?