My heads on at least three different courses at once today, hang on, let me count them; there’s the usual childcare (completely down to me today, Mr. Lacer has succumbed to the extremely mild tummy bug me and Girl Lacer had at the middle of the week and it’s completely floored him, leading me to debate on the nature of men and their immune systems), although actually on the childcare front today has been quite calm and the flat considerably tidier than normal for a Sunday afternoon (normally it’s a depressing wreck). I’ve got an interview tomorrow, so my mind is also occupied with that. The interview has come up so quickly, I knew I had this interview about two weeks ago and time has flown without me really thinking about it, almost making me wonder did I really want it? But I realise now I’ve just been too busy to think about it and it’s been compartmentalised away until I actually had to think about it and I really want that job again, although I still don’t think I’ll get it – I’m not experienced enough. I’ve been doing some research in preparation, reading some papers and it’s made me realise even more what a crucial job, whoever gets this job, will be doing, working with children of a certain age where the issues surrounding their medical condition becomes very very important for them personally. I just hope that if I do get it, childcare issues don’t prevent me from taking it, I’ve been worrying in the back of my mind about childminders, I’m not convinced I’ll be able to find one that will be able to take both of the kids but Mr. Lacer reckons he might be able to negotiate some flexible working with his company, as he’d really only need to finish work a couple of hours early for one day a week and he could make that up at other times. Not using a childminder would save us quite a chunk out of what would not be much pay and it would be far easier on Boy Lacer to I think. But with that possibly sorted, the other worry is that as the job hours are listed as one day a week, in the evening but also with some ‘office hours to suit’, I’m a little worried that the ‘to suit’ could turn out to be having to turn up to random meetings during the working day and right now with Boy Lacer still at home in the mornings, I can’t do that, I don’t have any childcare that would take him on the odd extra day when I had a meeting, so I’m taking the ‘to suit’ on face value at the moment, but I can imagine meetings might become an issue.
Interestingly as I type Mr. Lacer has emerged from his sick bed and is back in the living room and the kids immediately ramp up about three gears of hyperness, personally I prefer calm. Girl Lacer is showing off and Boy Lacer is being mildly naughty.
As well as the interview I’m also working tomorrow (tutoring), my interview is at 4pm in central London, I should be back home about 6.30pm, giving me an hour and half’s grace before my client arrives, in which I’ll have to switch out of interview mode and into chemistry teacher mode, plus inevitably tidy up the living room. So, I’ve been trying to prepare in advance for my client tomorrow, today as well, difficult though as we’ve almost finished one segment and I’m not totally sure yet what the next segment will be, I’ll have to wing it. So, it’ll be a busy day but I’m quite looking forward to the afternoon off ‘mummy duty’ and getting to act like an adult and seeing a bit of London I don’t normally see.
So, that was three things, but wait there is also a fourth, even though my Etsy shop preparation is not going well (it seems I can either devote my limited spare time to writing at the moment or I don’t, I can do something else (like the Etsy) and not write), but anyway, even though my Etsy preparation is not going well, I’ve agreed to hold a stall at the kids’ school’s christmas craft fair, however I am pretty fairly confident that I know what I’m doing and I can do it. Book selling for the past two years has been a major boost in terms of experience with these things and even though I’m moving from selling someone else’s product to my own, I can use the lessons I learnt from all the previous fairs I’ve done (and from watching the other stallholders) and tailor my stock pretty well. So, I’ve been making a list of what I’m going to make and stock today, looking at spread of cost (going for the cheaper end, with a few more expensive pieces), making it explicitly Christmas-y (lots of Christmas decorations) and going for products with low material costs (in fact I’ve got most of it already anyway). I’ll have about a month to make about 60 items and about two thirds of those will be small, cheap items, I think I can do it, if I’m organised, although if last week is anything to go, where at the beginning of it I had thought I had loads of time to work in and it turned out to be virtually none, we’ll see.