I know many of you have noticed that I have not been as perky or peppy as usual. Thanks for all of the emails. I promise I’m not terminally ill, quitting, or pregnant. I am just exhausted. Here has been my life for the last 3 weeks.
March 14th – Grandma Passed Away
My stepdad married my mom when I was 6 years old. He’s my dad. That said, I never really got to know his mother since she lived in El Paso. She lived with my parents and then in a nursing home near my parents for the last decade or so, but I was out of the house by then. She passed away at age 90 after a life full of children and dance. Even though I did not know her well, I know my family and they were hurting. My only real contribution was setting up a memorial site for her, but I think that made my family smile.
March 14th-15th – Google Goes Nuts
Right after grandma passed, I started receiving emails from clients about their Page Ranks being smacked down by Google. I obviously then checked my own Page Rank (PR) as well as those for my other sites, and Google trampled my numbers like a Black Friday Pre-Sale crowd.
For any non-blogger readers (love you!), Google Page Rank generally determines whether advertisers want to do business with you or not. There are other ranking systems like MozRank and Domain Authority, but Page Rank is usually put first. So when Google punches a bunch of bloggers with PR hits, an ad rep like myself has a very bad month.
Mr. BFS and I spent the last 2-3 weeks trying to pacify our clients, our ad rep contacts, and ourselves. We won’t know whether we can continue with self employment long-term as planned until the end of April. This will be our test month to find our new norm. It’s been extremely stressful to say the least.
March 25th – We Adopt Oreo
You all got introduced to Oreo last week. I know that adopting another pet during all of this stress and uncertainty is border line insane, but Mr. BFS had been wanting his own dog for more than 6 months and we wanted good stress instead of bad stress as the end of March calmed down a bit. That did not work out as planned.
Oreo has severe separation anxiety and has eaten through an interior doorframe, a towel rack, a heavy duty plastic kennel, and popped a wire travel kennel open in less than 20 minutes. We bought a kennel to end all kennels on Thursday, March 29th, but between March 25th and March 29th, Oreo got really sick and had to be left at the vet overnight Thursday.
She was diagnosed with pneumonia that she apparently contracted when she was being spayed. She was given nebulized medicine several times over Friday, and $600 later she was sent home with us along with 6 new medications – 3 for pneumonia and stomach issues and 3 for her anxiety issues. She is recovering well.
As for the new, uber-kennel, it has bested her so far, but a few of its heavy metal rungs have been bent already. It will last, but it has seen better days. We are slowly crate training her but it will be a month or more before we think she won’t be as nutso anymore. And yes, nutso is the non-politically correct term I have decided to use with her.
BUT, one ray of light, Oreo, Mr. Pug, and Miss Doxie get along great now. They ignore each other completely and occasionally share a couch.
April 1st – Mr. Pug Catches Pneumonia
Yep. We were told that it would be highly unlikely that the form of pneumonia that Oreo has would be contageous at all, but Mr. Pug laughed at the odds and contracted pneumonia in record time. He is now on antibiotics too along with visits to the humid shower room to help him breathe. We won’t know until tomorrow if he’ll need heavier treatment. We assume that the steroids he was on for his allergy issues left his immune system open to whatever illness it could get. We’ll see how fast he can get better…
Through All of This, We’ve Been Looking at Houses
Yep, and if life wasn’t crazy enough, we got the house bug. Even though we aren’t planning on buying anything this year, we can’t stop ourselves from looking around to see what’s available. I mean, come on, how can you not look at 2500-6500 square foot homes with drool-worthy kitchens and games rooms that are currently being sold for $160,000-$280,000?! I’m only human!
My Current Life View
I can honestly say that I am exhausted. I am pooped out. I have been bitchy. I sometimes feel very sorry for Mr. BFS because he has been nothing but supportive and is going through the same things, BUT sometimes I want to smack him for convincing us to adopt another dog that happened to be a disease-carrying nutso. But she’s sweet. And damn cute.
So my life view right now is a bit dimmer than usual, but I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I know Oreo and Mr. Pug are recovering or will be recovering one way or another. I know that we will not jump into buying a new house unless it is perfect for us. I know that my parents and sisters are okay. And I know that we have money on hand for the dog costs and living expenses even if our business takes a permanent hit. I just hope that we don’t have to use a lot of it.
In short, I am tired but optimistic. I know I don’t sound optimistic, but I really am. Really.
How has life been treating you? Feel free to vent or brag. 🙂 I am reading every single comment even if I am not making it back here right now to answer. They have been making me smile and think. Thank you.
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!