I will admit that the last few weeks have been stressful.
When they call something dental surgery, they aren’t kidding. I was a bit surprised that I could drive myself there and back and that they weren’t using more sedation than local anesthesia and calling it surgery. I’m also not doing anything like that willingly again soon.
Then there is the whole cornea abrasion thing from the dry eye. I’ve had another small attack upon waking. Yes, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to see out of that eye again.
Then finances. I was making somewhere higher than $60,000 a year teaching. Between retirement and the part time gig, I’m pulling in $40,000. All good, but we’re still in a bad place tax wise, and I didn’t realize it. I made a $6000 mistake on our taxes, which means our take home is $6000 a year less than I thought. I’ve found the money but still. I also paid off my truck leaving us with no cushion but then no $400 a month truck payment.
I’ve started some other part time work and of course, that adds to the stress. I like it, as I can schedule it when I want and do when I want. I might even be able to do it while traveling but we’ll have to see. I am doing well at it, the first two times I had to add to my reports, but the last 2 times they were accepted as is.
It fits in well with the Johns Hopkins work, since it is also a “do when you want and where”, to some extend. I get up every morning and go through email, sending out reports and grading work that came into the night. I tend to drop everything and respond during the day if I get a question, but put off grading most of the time until I have a chunk or its the end of the day. Of course, since I’m a private contractor, it’s going to be a fun tax thing.
So I didn’t need the prescription stress. Though I will admit the savings is going to go a long ways towards the tax discrepancy.