Friday, September 2, 2016

Two down

We are now two weeks into the new school year.  What a giant pain in my ass.  It doesn't seem to matter how prepared they say that they are in the evening, or how early I get them up in the morning, they always run late.  Shoes are missing. The hairbrush is gone.  Where are the shorts to go under the jumper?  DD2 has already lost a library book, and that ticks me off.  She had it, then it got sucked into the nether realms.  I don't understand it at all.

DD3 and DD4 have been doing well.   Everything is being turned in as it should be.  DD2, who is on academic probation, and risks being kicked out of the school if she can't show improvement in the first 6 weeks, already has had two assignments not turned in.  No reason for it, just didn't turn them in.  I know one got in because it was online.  She had it done.  Why would you not send it to the teacher if it's done?  The other assignment she didn't even have remotely close to finished, and she had 5 days to do it.  The work was finished, and she STILL didn't hand it in.  I'm not sure that she'll live to see the end of the 6 weeks.

Currently I have no clue where any of the children are.  DD2 said she was going to work on a class project with two school mates.  Um, suuuuure.  No, I don't believe her for one second.  However, the moment I say no, she really would be working on it, and since it's a group thing...  I can't win in this situation.   DD3 and DD4 I have no clue.  I think they might be at the corner house, but I haven't checked.  It's all too exhausting to attempt keeping track.  I need chocolate and a nap.

I had two massage appointments this past week.  It was amazing.  I made enough in two hours to pay my basic bills for the month.  Who wouldn't love that?  Now to just keep getting clients.  The current goal is 4 a week.  No, that isn't were I want to be, but it's a start, and better than nothing.  I'll build from there.

The weather has been amazing.  It's rather cool for the midwest this time of year - high 70's.  The humidity does flux, but we're having a lot of rain.  There is a nice breeze.  It's great.  I just wish that the damn mosquitoes would die.  They're awful this year.  I also seem to be having an issue with spiders.  Spiders are evil, and they are everywhere.  Not little ones, either.  Big nasty ones.  I just gave myself a full body shiver on that one.  Since the weather has been so, I don't even know what, I wonder what winter is going to bring.  I'm trying hard to not dwell on it, but I can't help it.  I really hate snow, ice, and freezing temps.  It makes me hurt physically.

For those in the U.S., enjoy your holiday weekend!  Be safe when you're out and about.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hmmm

Every year, since about the beginning of time (or so it seems), the first week of school is so hot it hurts.  Two weeks ago, the local charter school went back.  Last week, the local school district started.  Tomorrow, my kids begin the school year.  The weather was a bit on the toasty side last week, but not horrible.  It's actually cold today.  In fact, I think it may rain at any second.  I could almost use a sweater.  I believe that the weather is going to be cooler (though not cold at all) next week.  Maybe the key to a better start to the school year is to stagger the start dates.  Then the weather can't figure out what's going on!  Or do what they used to do, and start after Labor Day.  Anyway, I'm happy that the girls won't fry on their first day.  Granted, they're pretty spoiled.  The school has air conditioning everywhere except the gym.

Speaking of the weather.  I wish it would make up its mind what it's doing.  Cold, hot, wet, dry.  It's messing with me pretty hard.  Plus, the bugs are awful this year.  DD3 looks like she was the lunch buffet for the stupid things.  That's with bug spray.  Oh, side note:  There are some amazing natural bug sprays on the market these days.  They aren't any more expensive than the name brands, and work just as good.  Just saying.

Things are slowly looking to get started.  I have my first official and paid massage on Wednesday.  I also have a coffee set up with a local business woman (she's a good friend, too) to talk lotions and scrubs.  We will also be working out barter for some goods.  I love having a service that I can use for things I need.  I'm broke, and it works for both of us.  Win/win.

DD2 shared her cough, so I'm hoping that I feel less like I'll cough on every thing in my wake.  I have to wonder if some of it is allergies.  I don't feel bad, my throat just itches and tickles.  I hate that.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Almost time for school

School starts for the kids on Monday.  They're pretty jazzed about it, thankfully.  I'm not quite ready yet.  As in, they still don't have bookbags, socks, or underwear to start the year off with.  They also have no school supplies at home, though their school stuff was ordered and delivered last May. (that's done through the school)

For the first time since November of 2012, I'm not enrolled in classes.  I feel a little lost, to be honest.  I may be looking at ceu's online to do for now.  I know there are some free ones, and some really cheap ones, that I can do.  I just feel like I should be doing something, and I'm not.

I took the plunge and ordered some cupping equipment.  I did not go expensive, because I very well might hate it.  I just want to play around, watch some youtube videos, and make my friends and family my victims.  If I really enjoy it, show any kind of talent for it, and my friends and family are interested, I will take a course in it.  The Olympics have put this in the spotlight (again) and cupping is the talk of the town right now.  This has happened before, and the interest goes away quick, but you never know until you try.  No, I'm not doing fire cupping.  That isn't covered by insurance.  I'll try and take pictures when they finally get here.  I'm pretty excited to learn something new.

Now, if I could just get my hot/cold stones, warm bamboo, and a portable massage chair, I'd be set.  At least for a little bit.  There are so many things to learn and try.  I love my profession!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The swing of life

I love my friends.  I have a lot of them.  They bring out both the best and worst in me, as good friends should.  Sadly, over the last many years, they've been on the back burner.  Not any longer.

In the last week I've attended two lunch get togethers and a cookout. There is another get together this week, and a party coming in October.  We are also planning monthly hangouts.  Did I mention I love my friends?

It's been a little lonely being in school, being moved away, being at work.  Whatever was going on.  However, these people never let me just slip away.  Much like I don't allow them to do so.  We keep tabs, and jump in when needed.  Family that was chosen.  It's nice to be able to participate more fully in that.  I've missed it.  Best part, my kids get to enjoy it, too.

Now, I just need to get me a massage chair.  I've been handing out business cards left and right, so who knows.  I know people who know people, and that's major helpful.  Let's get this massage thing going!!

I'm going to get together with a friend that sells Posh products (they're all natural).  I want to pick up some sugar scrubs to do hand massage with.  Those sell well, and are rather quick.  Plus, they feel amazing!  Now to set a time with her.  Where does the time go, anyway?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

So much to do

There is a lot involved with trying to practice massage therapy.  Seriously, a ton of crap.  I'm schooled and licensed, that's for certain.  I have a great need for equipment.  Lack of funding is kicking me on that.  I have a table, and I have some lotion, but not a lot of other stuff.  One set of sheets limits how much I can do in one day.  Shoot, I don't even have a bolster.  I need to get one of those - or I could make one.  Yeah, might do that.

I'd love to have a massage chair, but funds are low.  I want a hot bamboo and a hot/cold stone set.  I'd like some different lotion to use.  More sheets and a table warmer would be good.  I also need music.  Crap, I forgot about the music.

I'm currently trying to finish my website.  I did get business cards ordered, but they are the seriously cheap ones.  With luck they won't suck.  I just need something to hand out.  I also have my liability insurance set for another year.  My booking software is set up, which will allow people to book when they want, and also lets me take credit cards.  I plan on doing a facebook page.  I thought about twitter, but I'm not sure I have all the time in the world. 

My scheduler also has SOAP notes, but I'll have to look and see if it has intake forms and such.  Just in case, I do have some.  I also have a few file folders, though I would love to have everything online.  To be honest, though, online freaks me out.  There's something about having a paper copy available.  I also have a folder for all of my receipts.  Freaking taxes.  I've just started, and haven't even really started.  I need to check in with the bank on getting a business account.  Who knows how much I have to have for that!  So much stuff to do, so little understanding.  I hope I don't have to file taxes in September, cause I have nothing.  lol

I bought a frame for my license.  It is currently living on top of my tv.  I love it.  I also have a tiny little pocket license.  It's a little bigger than a business card, but it works for outcalls and the like.  I can't find a frame for it, which makes me sad.  Oh well, maybe I can just laminate the thing and hope for the best

Thursday, July 21, 2016

OMG!!

My license came through today!!  I am now a Licensed Massage Therapist, and can charge for my services.  So need to celebrate.

Yeah, that's all I've got, but it's so much.  lol

Monday, July 18, 2016

So humid

We did not go to the riverfront Pokemon get together last night.  I felt that it was going to be way more crowded than I wanted to deal with.  My kids tend to wander, and I didn't think it would be safe.  I heard it was an awesome time, though.  I guess they're going to be having more, and we can attend one of those.  I also heard that there are a lot of people at the outdoor mall across town, so that is a can do, as well.

I let the girls pick the Pokemon Go team.  They basically went with favorite color.  To keep the peace on here, I'm going to keep it a secret as to which team they picked.  I've noticed that it's much like picking a religion or political party.  People are VERY pushy about which is the "correct" team to be on.  Seriously?  It's not that big of a deal.  I also don't really intend to battle, but we'll see how that goes.

It is so humid today.  The heat is normal for summer, but I think I'm swimmer every time I go outside.  That's not a good thing for the lungs.  Or maybe it is, I don't know.  I just don't like feeling like I got punched in the chest when I step out of the air conditioning.  It makes it difficult for me to tell the kids to go outside an play.  They have a pass on that for today.  It's just miserable out, and I'm not going to force them into it.

I'm still waiting for my license.  This is ridiculous. I think I'm going to see what needs to be done to get the state to think about a three month provisional license.  I can't be the only one that really needs to get working.  One of my classmates noted that they wonder if the wait is one reason so many therapists in Illinois just say screw it.  Maybe I'll be an activist, and get a chance to use that criminal justice degree and all of it's knowledge.  We shall see.  I'm already looking at helping to get massage therapy listed under medical instead of "other".  Seriously, that's just crazy.