Well with college x2 daughters heading there in the very near horizon, my husband said that I really need to bring in more money than the 12 hours a week I do now. I agree, college is NOT cheap and the little I do bring home is basically mad money... or that small plug that stops the checkbook from bleeding for a few days until his paycheck is deposited. It certainly isn't going to pay for much in the way of tuition and/or books.
Anyway, that was a couple of weeks ago; last week a friend of mine
called me and told me about the city's park and recreation looking for a
visual arts instructor, so I went and checked it. I teach
sewing at my job at Jo-Ann's and have taught at the community college
and the "other" fabric store across town for about 10 years. The lady
was excited about my experience and I'm filling out the application as we
speak. But it's nights and Saturdays and very few day classes....not
happy about that. But I must get extra money somehow.
Then last Thursday, this same friend's husband called me and asked if I
did alterations on men suits..I said NO. He said, "Well, there's a semi-formal menswear store that needs to replace the seamstress that
retired after 10 years and assisted the tailor. Hmm, sounds fairly boring
and nail-scraping, but I let him have the guy call me. He called and I
am going to meet with him tomorrow morning.
BUT, that's not all......I go into work yesterday and my boss follows me
to the classroom and tells me he needs to talk to me about something
VERY important. I said, "Jonathan, should I be scared right now?" He
said, "NO, but you must promise me that you tell no one!" Ok, I said
and sat down. He said that out of 169 Jo-Ann stores, 12 or so are
going to be discontinuing their education departments. I said, "Ah, and
we are one of them." He said yes. He said that I have options, I
could go to the Jo-Ann in the next town and be the education coordinator
there, but as my son put it, "Mom, that's a 'big hell-No" 50-minute drive
for 12 hours a week job?? Or, my boss said, he could guarantee me my 12
hours and I'd work as a floor clerk.
Well, now what? Everything is coming at me at once and I need to make a
decision. I probably shouldn't stay at Jo-Ann's since I'm basically
being demoted from Education Coordinator to sales clerk, but I hate
alterations, but it might pay more and....the classes at the rec center
may or may not take......