I actually sent those words – “Miscarriage #2 is a wrap!” – as a text to my mom and then a couple of my friends yesterday. I know it might come off as glib, but sometimes glib seems right to me.
My blood test Tuesday came back as HCG 0, which means my body is back to its starting position. My tube didn’t explode, so no surgery! Yay! I’m no longer bleeding or cramping, so double yay! All emotions still come way easier and faster than normal for me, so that’s
slightly VERY annoying. Stupid emotions. Screw emotions.
Moving onto happier things…
Pet Sitting for the Win!
Pet sitting has been truly helpful. I thought that forcing myself to do some jobs would make me resent the work, but animals really are the best company when you feel like poop.
Between our cats and all the clients’ pets, I was generally surrounded by furry hugs most of every day. Picking up poop and scooping cat litter is not more fun when you are grieving or angry, but it’s not less fun either…it’s like a constant that makes everything feel a little normal.
When you are going through life’s craptastrophies, I highly suggest finding a dog or cat to smother with attention.
Between wanting to be around animals more than people, and it being the start of summer vacation season, business pawsitively boomed (see what I did there, lol)! We ended up making more than $5000 in May just in pet sitting, and that is after paying our new pet sitter, Tiana, her significant cut. That is by far our highest grossing pet sitting month to date. Woot!
Our Online Business
Other than the miscarriage and pet sitting, I still had to keep up with a bare minimum here too. I didn’t post much because I suck at writing when I’m feeling negative, but I did do my other online responsibilities and Len covered his big part too. So we did pretty well. I don’t have the final number yet, but it’ll be $3000+.
Our Overall Income in May 2017
In short, with pet sitting, our online work, and rent from our first house ($1250), we brought in between $9000-$10,000 in May even though I was mentally punching dozens of people in the face every day and generally feeling like crap. I am considering that a HUGE win. Made me do a happy dance right there in our kitchen. 🙂
Making Money Choices
With the extra income and my returning energy, I finally tackled figuring out how to move my old 401k into our current SEP IRA. It ended up taking less than 20 minutes.
I also sat down with Len and we made a new plan of financial attack. Getting a loan for another rent house is just too difficult with our current self-employment situation, so we could save up enough cash to just do it outright. But we’ve decided to just make sure to continue maxing out our Roth IRA’s and SEP IRA. Then with any extra, we can work on paying off the remaining $187,500 of our current mortgage.
It would be cool to actually own two homes outright, and the extra $1250 in cash flow each month once the mortgage is dead would be nice too. As long as our future finances are covered, we may as well make ourselves financially satisfied now too.
Making Life Choices
No cramps and no bleeding means I could start weight lifting with a neighbor again this past Monday. And weight lifting made me want to eat fewer calories, so I’ve given up donuts for at least a solid week. I’m on Day 2. I have pretty much gained back all the weight I lost in 2011, so my plan is to spend the next few months taking off 20 or more pounds. Wish me luck!
Soooo, May was far from being a total loss, which actually surprises the hell out of me! Way to go pissed-off Crystal!!!
How did May treat you? Feel free to share the good, the bad, and the craptastrophies.
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!