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August 7, 2010

Yesterday started out as a really good day. The weather was gorgeous. AJ woke up in a great mood. I spent the day cleaning all the carpets in the house. That may not sound so great, but it was good exercise and it’s sometimes nice to do a job where you can see the results immediately.

But sometime in the afternoon, Mr. Spy got an email from his biggest client responding to his invoice. For ten years, Mr. Spy has gotten a regular check from this client at the beginning of the month. Apparently they had neglected to tell him that the arrangement was changing. Ultimately, it shouldn’t affect Mr. Spy’s pay negatively, but because they’re changing the way they pay him, we will have a 6-8 week gap between checks. Effective immediately. Which means the money I was counting on to pay the bills for the next couple of months is not coming. Functionally, Mr. Spy was furloughed with absolutely no notice.

So that’s pretty much coloring the rest of the weekend. After AJ’s football practice, which he loved – they got their team assignments for the year – we dropped AJ off for a sleepover, which he was extremely excited about. It’s with his friend who moved away a month or so ago. His family was visiting friends in our town and so we dropped AJ off there. Today’ we’ll pick him up at their new house an hour or so from here and head down to hook up with Mr. Spy’s brother and sister to go to The Cell for a White Sox camp. It’s a present from AJ’s uncle. AJ did it a couple of years ago when his other uncle gifted him with it. They spend a couple of hours running drills with Sox coaches, meeting a player or two, and getting a tour of the dugout and other parts of the field. AJ’s having one of the best weekends of his life, I think. Mr. Spy and I are scouring the want ads.

Sometimes I hate being a grownup.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. readersguide permalink
    August 7, 2010 12:42 pm

    Oh dear — that’s awful. Sigh

  2. August 7, 2010 1:43 pm

    Ick. But it’s part of our life too – waiting for checks and then they all come at once.

  3. eleanorio permalink
    August 7, 2010 6:00 pm

    Ah, to be independently wealthy. Then you could be a gentleman geologist!

  4. freshhell permalink
    August 7, 2010 8:12 pm

    Ugh. I know how that is. When my husband was an adjunct (a mere year ago), there would be certain months when there’d be no check – usually at the very worst times of the year (Dec, June) and I’d have to scrape the bottom of the savings acct to pay bills and daycare fees and figure out who was going to be paid with the credit card that month. It sucks. I hope life improves, financially, for you soon. I guess its best that you didn’t go with the Catholic school, huh? Just more stress.

    At least the carpets are clean, huh?

  5. August 8, 2010 7:12 am

    That’s terrible. I’m sure the client could have given some notice, that just sucks.

  6. August 8, 2010 2:55 pm

    I sympathize. But also I’m thinking of a line from the movie The Sure Thing: “I’m the kind of gal who likes to live life on the edge!”

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