Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January - Welcome 2019!!!

Wow, January has flown by already and it's been a busy month! 

Our temperature today is -35 with wind chills in the -40's. I'm dreaming of a warmer climate! I'm so glad I wasn't scheduled to work today or tomorrow. Friday is supposed to be back up in the 20's which will seem absolutely balmy after these arctic temperatures.

Thankfully my Jeep has started every morning that I've needed it to. We did put it in the shop yesterday morning just to be sure I could get to work. I couldn't believe how many people called in the night before without knowing what the roads would be like the next day. Yes, there was a travel advisory out, but the roads were almost totally clear when I drove into work. It might not be a huge thing in most fields but when you work in the medical field, staff not showing up is a huge problem.

This morning I got up and did 35 minutes of yoga (on Gaiam TV) targetting the neck and shoulders since my back has been tight - a hazard of working as a CNA. Lunch was some leftover BBQ pulled pork I made Sunday. On Sunday I also did a batch of low carb chili to take for my lunches. I was nice and shared some with my traveling nurse since I know she can't make food like that in her hotel.

January 2nd we went snowmobiling with about a dozen family and friends. We rode from the farm to Rugby, stopped for lunch at the Eagles in Rugby, rode to the bar in Balta and then rode back to Wolford through Rugby. We stopped at the Corrigator bar in Wolford for supper before returning to our place. The trails weren't in the best shape as there had been a ride earlier that day so the trails had gotten pretty torn up especially when we returned. We saw a herd of deer that ran out of a slough and Mr. B's brother found a 4-point antler laying on the ground in the field he picked up to take home. Mr. B's sled broke down so he had to be picked up and his sled loaded to bring back.


Lil Dude enjoying his strawberry margarita (virgin)
My poor son was diagnosed with a huge kidney stone mid-month. Surgery was scheduled for the first week of February and all of a sudden I got a call on the 21st saying his surgery was the next day! Talk about having to change gears quickly! I had to pack and drive down to Jamestown so that I could drive him to Fargo the next morning. I decided to treat myself and stay in a hotel. My second thought was the pool would give my grandson a way to wear off some energy before having to be confined with me at the hospital the next day. 

My son was supposed to have surgery at 11:15 am, but they didn't get him into surgery until almost 4 pm.  While he was in recovery, I made the decision we would stay in Fargo for the night. The news reports were already advising that I94 was already becoming slippery and I didn't need to slide off the road with my son still coming out of anesthesia and my 3-year-old grandson, so I got a hotel room in Fargo. I'd planned to take lil dude to the pool to wear off some energy, but after a whole day of dealing with him at the hospital I was just too tired and let the TV entertain him. Unfortunately, I didn't get much sleep as he woke up at 1:30 am crying, pulling on his left ear and it took several hours before he fell asleep again. Needless to say, I came home totally exhausted.


I've been toying with trying to find a job working from home but hate the idea of dealing with other company's office politics and drama so I've decided to launch my own business. I was hired by an online transcription company but they take most of the profit away. I waste so much time having to research online that they pay isn't that great. I really want to work 40 hours or less and be able to set my own schedule again. I miss having my pet sitting business, but it's just not workable where I live. 

So based on my skills I've decided to launch a Virtual Assistant and Transcription business. There are a lot of things about launching this type of business I wasn't sure about so I researched and decided to join the Virtual Savvy Bootcamp and Savvy Tech Training courses. I found programs ranging in price from $300 to almost $5000, Abbey's program is somewhat in the middle ranging from about $1000 to $2600, depending on how many options you want. I added the Savvy Tech option as I know I need to learn some new programs and felt the cost for a year was affordable, especially since she adds about three new courses every month to chose from. If you're considering a change into the Virtual Assistant field, please check out their programs (and yes I will get a small reimbursement if anyone signs up).

Virtual Savvy Homepage

Savvy Tech Training

Jump Start
The Jump Start program was free when I took it but that might have changed.


In the Shadow of Denali (The Heart of Alaska Book #1) by [Peterson, Tracie, Woodhouse, Kimberley]  Hanish: House of Storms (Dragon Guardians Book 6) by [Grove, Scarlett]  Hygge: The Complete Book of Hygge To Discover The Danish Way To Live Happily by [Jensen, Sarah, Nielsen, Carl]  Dark, Witch & Creamy (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 1) by [Hanna, H.Y.]

I was able to read about a book a week, which for me right now is doing pretty good, and makes my Kindle Unlimited subscription worth keeping. I liked Dark, Witch & Creamy, so I downloaded the next book in the series. I haven't quite finished In the Shadow of Denali but I'm 75% done with it, and I'll be downloading the next in that series also. Hanish was an amusing romance.  I've downloaded Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith, The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker, Witch, Chocolate Fudge by H.Y. Hann and Aquaponics by Celine Walker for future reading.

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