Whoa - it's been way too long since I swam these waters!
How is summer almost over? This is the time of year I get the most excited for fall - fall is my favorite & it can never come soon enough for me.
This summer has been full of change - a ways back, I decided it was time to find a job closer to home. I was spending too much time in traffic & my patience broke (read: died & left the building for good) along with Atlanta's interstate that collapsed pretty much right in the middle of my, and thousands and thousands of other's, commute.
It was a difficult decision to make, but the time gained back is huge & I currently have two part-time jobs. One is less than 15 minutes from home with the option of working from home & the other is work-from-home with occasional meetings about 20-30 minutes away - I love it. It's a great balance of being home & productive, but never feeling isolated or alone.
I've also had more time to give to my side hustles. A few weeks back, I made $75 (in the form of a Visa gift card) in less than a half an hour at a focus group. If you've never done a focus group, it'a fun and very easy way to make some extra money. If you live in metro-Atlanta, check out Focus Pointe Global or Google your city and focus groups.
And speaking of Visa gift cards, if you want to easily use them on Amazon (me!), you can buy virtual Amazon gift cards for the same amount with a Visa gift card. This never occurred to me until we contacted Amazon. I wanted to apply the Visa gift card to an order & couldn't figure out how to do it - so there you go. I may be late this party, but glad I finally got the invite!
Other random summer things:
It feels like it has rained every single day and yet a good chunk of Atlanta is still in a drought.
The show Grand Designs is amazing! Check it out on Netflix.
Catastrophe on Amazon is funny, brutal, honest, crazy, crude, smart, insane, & RIP, Carrie Fisher. :-(
And, Sam Shepard - sigh - I need to watch Baby Boom for the million-ith time. I know it's not his most prolific work, but I love that movie! If you want to see him in something more recent, watch Bloodline.
Did you know that you can't remove bats from your home until after August 15th? Yep, it's true - I just learned this from a volunteer I work with - she has bats in her attic & has to wait because they are protected as they eat so many unwanted pests (mosquitoes!), and it's their maternity season.
I finally got my passport renewed! I know this is not the most interesting news, but it's been on my to-do list
Despicable Me 3 is super-cute! I got to take my goddaughter on a pre-birthday date to see it & if you love the 80's like I do, you'll get a kick out of it.
Twelve-year-old beagles often have mobility problems & it's the saddest thing. Our vet may be prescribing a dog version of arthritis medicine soon.
In the meantime, I can't believe this guy is 12 - he doesn't look 12 to me & besides the occasional joint flare ups, he acts a lot younger too. I recently read that coconut oil may help - if you have an arthritic pup & any advice, I'd love to hear it. He lives for his evening walks, so we are hoping he bounces back soon.
His sister has been very sympathetic.
I have no idea how this post went down the spiral of dog pics, but if you look at my camera roll, that's about it!
Happy dog days of summer - heh!