Hurricane, then tropical storm, then I suppose tropical depression (is that the next step?) Hanna swept up the East Coast this weekend. As someone who a) lives in DC and b) works two different places on Saturday, I found this a problem. Do I go to work? Do I stay home?
I’ve only taken one sick day from each job in the last 9-10 months, so I certainly have a great track record for showing up. On the other hand, if I didn’t go to the hospital it was possible that a Deaf baby could slip through the cracks for a while. And our library is always stretched thin, especially on weekends, so not showing up would create a lot of stress for my coworkers.
But in neither case would missing work get me fired, nor would it be worthwhile to put myself at risk. I finally came up with a game plan–I’d check the weather early Saturday morning and see whether it would be bad here at the times when I needed to drive. I was almost disappointed that the first arm of the storm went over us in the night and the other arm (more of a fuzzy body by that point) hit hardest while I was still at the library. It might have been nice to have a Saturday off.
In the end, I’m safe and sound without letting down either of my responsibilities. Good.
And now, for some excellent posts on personal finance and the like, collected over the last week.
Paid Twice reminds us that infomercials won’t get you out of debt. I’ve seen the infomercial she’s talking about and had a very similar reaction.
Credit Withdrawal has discovered that credit card companies judge us as much on our lifestyle as anything. How you spend affects their view of your riskiness.
Since various people e-mail me asking how one can make money blogging, I’m including this article by Dough Roller. He lists 50 ways to do it, but don’t try them all at once!
Fabulously Broke draws important lessons from the story of how she left her job. Great read for those considering a career change.
And I am very impressed by how nice Emily made her daughter’s room look and how frugal the whole thing was. Her entire home renovation project has been a real inspiration.