This morning didn’t start out great–I was tired and really didn’t want to go to work (though a little countdown I’ve got going on helped). But shortly after getting here, I received an e-mail asking to schedule an interview for the job testing newborns’ ears.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a part-time job, looks like the kind of thing I’d enjoy, and I’ve heard great stuff about the people and the job from a friend who works there. The best part? Tomorrow I’m participating in a volunteer opportunity with the company where I’m currently employed. And after doing it, we get most of the afternoon off, so I was able to schedule the interview for tomorrow. Thoughts, prayers, and good wishes would be great! πŸ™‚

I’m trying to contain my excitement.

In other news, the Festival of Frugality went up this morning–Paid Twice is your host this week. πŸ™‚

My article about Dreamhost being the frugal choice was included.

Other posts I like include:

Melissa from A Penny Closer found out that her frugality was inadvertantly distancing her from a friend.

Brip Blap just might have to start a t-shirt company. I’d buy one if I weren’t being frugal! πŸ˜‰ (p.s. leave a good comment and you just might win big–see his site for more details)

And Mom is Teaching asks readers to comment about the cost of homeschooling. Some excellent comments here. I can tell you what my family did— bought used curricula, swapper curricula, and of course bought a set and using them withΒ both kids (looks better when you average it over, say, 7 kids). Oh, then reselling them cheaply to another family. (If you have friends who are alternate years with your kids, you can pass most reusable materials back and forth–like Saxon Algebra (which about killed me!).)


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura November 6, 2007 at 11:46 am

If this part-time job is something that you want, then I hope you get it. Best wishes!

Mrs. Micah November 6, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Thanks, Laura. I really do want this job! πŸ™‚

xentek November 6, 2007 at 1:56 pm

Dreamhost is not very frugal at all. Its cheap. But so is the service, which is constantly down, has a crappy NON-STANDARD interface to manage your site(s), and besides the generous affiliate program they have – there is nothing good I can say about this company. If you care about your site, then you will find a more reliable host.

mrsmicah November 6, 2007 at 2:04 pm

xentek, I’ve heard that from a number of users, but I’ve heard the same thing about every affordable host out there. πŸ™‚ And I’ve heard good things from Dreamhost users. (And other programs.) I guess you must have had a bad experience with them.

The advantage of the $23 first-year fee is that if, after a couple months, things don’t work out, I can switch without feeling bad or bothering about getting a refund. If you read my article, you’ll notice that I mention this, and my plans to switch if things go sour.

If I didn’t switch to Dreamhost, I probably couldn’t have afforded hosting for another few months anyway and would still be at WordPress.com (which as had a few glitches with my site). πŸ™‚

wealthy_1 November 6, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Good luck at the interview. You’ll be great!

Money Blue Book November 6, 2007 at 2:32 pm

MM:
From my experience, ALL of the host providers have their share of problems. The worst in my opinion is Host Monster. Their technical support is not only rude, they make excuses and never actually fix the problem.

Even so-called reliable services like MediaTemple go down as well. Dreamhost servers will also go down on occasion, but at least they respond and apologize. However, with Dreamhost, I do notice a good faith attempt by them to try to fix them problem. That’s why despite a few downtimes, I am still overall pleased with DreamHost.
-Raymond

mrsmicah November 6, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Thanks, Raymond. I remember your post about Hostmonster. It was on my possible list, but a blog search convinced me that it wasn’t one of the better options. So far the Dreamhost people have been helpful with my setup and everything. πŸ™‚

Dawn November 6, 2007 at 7:09 pm

My prayers go out for you to get your job of testing newborns’ ears. I still remember the people that helped when my firstborn was 6-weeks early. I was scared and he was so tiny. All the different health care people that did the testing and such were such a comfort. Good Luck Mrs. Micah πŸ™‚

Hilda November 6, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Good luck!

Brip Blap November 6, 2007 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for the mention! Good luck getting the job – sounds like a wonderful type of job to have, actually. I mean, it might be sad at times but I think being around babies all the time would be uplifting.

mrsmicah November 6, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Thanks, Brip Blap. I hope babies will be uplifting on the whole, my friend certainly finds the job happy. πŸ™‚

Melissa November 8, 2007 at 9:31 am

Thanks so much for the mention – I’m glad you liked my article!

Good luck with the job and keep us posted!

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