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General updates - work, wife, ebay...

July 24th, 2022 at 02:42 pm

Things have been cruising along pretty well.

 

Thankfully my wife is feeling much better. Not 100% pain-free but able to do just about everything pretty normally. She's downstairs sewing as I type this.

 

We were able to go away for a few days earlier this month for our 30th anniversary. It wasn't the 2-week land/sea Alaska trip we had planned, but we had a really nice time just getting away and spending quality time together.

 

My last day of part time work is rapidly approaching. August 4 is my last shift and I officially become per diem on August 7. I've scheduled myself for 8 or 12 hours a week for the 5 weeks after that, either two 4 hour shifts or one 8 and one 4. One thing I'm planning to avoid is closing shifts as I find those the most stressful. So I'll be dropping from 3 days a week to 2 days a week which will be nice.

 

I've been getting more and more active with ebay, which has been the plan all along. This past week was very good as I sold 21 items this past week which I'm sure is the most I've ever done. My rolling 90-day sales jumped to 104 items. Averaging 1 item/day had been one of my goals and I hit it and blew right past it last week.

 

I continue to shop at estate sales and have gotten pickier about what I buy while also being open to buying more at one time. I've been working to increase the average sale price of my items which has been going pretty well. I'm not totally avoiding lower priced things as they can help provide steady cash flow but I have been moving into more items in the $30-50 and up range and less in the $15 and lower range.

 

Not too much else going on. All the usual stuff dealing with family, helping my mom (who will be 92 next week), and such. We have finally been getting back to some sort of social life after 2+ years of doing very little due to COVID. We had dinner with friends the other night, we're going out tonight with 2 other couples, and we have plans to meet other friends for dinner this week. It's nice to be seeing people again.

 

8 Responses to “General updates - work, wife, ebay...”

  1. rob62521 Says:
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    That's great about your work; I could see where closing would be stressful, especially those folks who come in late before you close and expect everyone to be happy about it.

    Good job on the Bay sales!

    Glad your wife is feeling better!

  2. disneysteve Says:
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    "That's great about your work; I could see where closing would be stressful, especially those folks who come in late before you close and expect everyone to be happy about it."

    Over the past couple of months since I made the decision to go per diem, I really tried to pay attention to what aspects of the job bothered me the most. The two things I determined are that I don't like working alone and I don't like working closing shift.

    We have 2 sites where the provider is alone most of the time so I will avoid choosing those shifts.

    The issue with closing time is that we essentially have to see any patients who walk in before the doors lock. We are able to freeze registration if we get really backed up but there's a process involved and it means constantly monitoring the flow to make that call before it's too late. I just fine all of that stressful.

    So my plan is to mainly work either 9-1 on weekend days at 2-provider locations or 9-1 and 1-5 and 2-provider locations during the week. That gives me plenty of choices of shifts to pick from and keeps me from doing the two things I like the least about the job.

  3. Dido Says:
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    I'm glad your wife is feeling better and that all is going along according to plan.

    Happy 30th anniversary!

  4. Wink Says:
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    Happy 30th! Glad to hear your wife is doing well.

  5. Suemm Says:
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    It's good to hear that your wife is feeling better. I like how you decided what hours you'd work and where. It sounds like you've made a wise decision for you.

  6. My English Castle Says:
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    glad to hear your wife is feeling better, Steve.

  7. terri77 Says:
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    Happy 30th Anniversary! I’m happy to hear that the Mrs. is feeling better.

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:
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    Happy 30th!

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