The first pay day of my new job is today. It includes a small monthly supplement to cover beverages and snacks. The situation is looking good, and I foresee regular work here, and work that may be more interesting than before.
I hoped for it but did not expect to see any progress in my career at my age and after returning to Canada, but it looks like it is happening. This program is different than others I've worked for, and it is an expanding business. That is a welcome change from teaching general English in shrinking programs with shrinking enrollments! A receptionist and an English foundations teacher were added to the staff last week. As the institute is expanding, and my work site is a newly opened office, there are new experiences in the offing. For example, I am already compiling material for a workbook, and a commercial was made. Right now I mostly teach reading and a little general speaking, but I foresee teaching other subjects, such as writing, perhaps.
My peer co-worker tends to grumble and she is saying she would rather do something other than teach English. As for me, however, this situation is satisfying in regards to the work, the terms, the atmosphere and the location. I sometimes hang out downtown and get some errands done. Last Wednesday, I went to a singing action then had dinner with activist friends, for instance. I have gone to a library or to a bar after work, too.
With the livelihood stabilizing, I can move other aspects of my life forward. I am doing some little activities for fund-raising on behalf of my local committee. I am trying to decide about an exercise plan. I am also planning two parties, my birthday dinner and an open house at my place on New Year's Eve's Eve. The latter will require a lot of food and I am looking forward to cooking. Fortunately, I get a Christmas holiday between Christmas and New Year's Day.
A recent horoscope disagrees, but my financial life is looking up. I am now able to pay off outstanding insurance bills and a small credit card debt. Happily, I got a couple of refunds worth nearly $600, which helps. I have even small amounts in the regional lottery for two weeks in a row!