Life likes to throw curves. Sometimes even knuckle-balls into the dirt. And on a rare occasion, the ball comes directly at you and hits you in the head. That is exactly what the last couple of days have felt like. Although I’m not somebody who usually gets stressed, I can confidently say that my blood pressure was probably a lot higher than it should have been the last 48 hours. No matter how well you plan for things, the unexpected often happens.
While the latest curve didn’t affect the minimum wage challenge directly (in fact, it probably helped it a bit), it’s definitely not something that I would do over again. I’d hoped to get out to see some places in the area where I’m currently house sitting over the last couple of days, but these plans were quickly thwarted when the server for the websites had some major problems. While there really isn’t a need to go into the details (which would likely make me explode if I had to repeat them anyway), suffice to say that what was supposed to be 30 minutes at the most of downtime turned into 48 hours of watching the sites crash again and again.
This brings up an interesting quandary. The sites not being up ended up costing me a few hundred dollars in lost revenue from advertising. My sister, because she never misses a chance to make a challenge more difficult if she possibly can, thinks that I should have to deduct that amount from my minimum wage earnings. Her philosophy is that it’s like me getting sick where I couldn’t get into work and had to take a couple unpaid sick days.
I, on the other hand, see it more like a corporate emergency where I ended up having to go in to work overtime for no additional pay. While technically my websites lost money because of what happened, I ended up spending a lot more time working due to the situation so I don’t equate it to taking time off from work. So the question is, which one of us do you feel is correct in this situation?
For those who like to try to find a silver lining in all situations, I didn’t end up spending a dime over the last two days since I was in front of my computer 16 hours a day. While certainly not a lot of fun, it did totally focus me on the problems at hand which meant a couple more no spend days. What’s more, since I lost two days of my normal work to the issues of getting the sites back up and working properly, I will have to spend most of tomorrow catching up on my regular everyday work. This current house sitting job hasn’t been nearly as conductive to getting out and enjoying the local opportunities available like I was able to enjoy in Arizona, but I do hope I can get out and about at least one day before this is over.
On a brighter note, I did pick up another four days of house sitting after this job. I have a friend who is currently vacationing in Hawaii (I need to figure out a way to house sit out there) who has asked me to stay at her apartment for safety reasons (no pets). I will go directly there after this job, and I’ll be there until the 22nd meaning that I only have a few days where I don’t have confirmed lodging this month.
I think it’s definitely time to take out a few of those beers in the fridge, crank up some good music and let it help me forget about the last two days, or at least let them disappear into the past…
Yesterday and Today’s Spending
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