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18 December 2012 @ 10:55 pm
Damn you, Christmas! 1*  
So, I spent last November to May with minimal work, and Mr B has not been working for the last 18 months. This has been less than financially optimal, I calculated how much money we were down over the period: it was a Very Distressing Sum. Happily I charge such an egregious amount for my services that we've been able to keep going without too much stress, but I have been Making Economies.

And, being a crafty type, I thought to myself: why spend a fortune on gifts when I can make them!?

Which is why, a week from Christmas, I have a huge pile of gifts to finish making and a massive blister from hot glue on my thumb. Cold water really does work, though: three hours of alternating water and ice packs last night shrank the size of the blister by about 60%.

I am SEWING the rest of the gifts. Maybe a spot of knitting.

And if you are not in Australia or New Zealand and are yet one of the few people I have been organised enough to get a card to (a ridiculously small number, sorry!), let us pretend we are Italian and Christmas goes through until 12th night, at which point La Belfana will arrive and clean our houses!

* It's ever so likely there'll be a 2 …
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on December 20th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
ouch to your finger! hope it's gone now and won't get infected!!! One only realizes how much one needs a certain finger when you can't use *stares a bit at thumb*

And doubly ouch for Mr B's past 18 months! Didn't realize that Australias economy was bad too. Our news are swamped with Greece and Italy and Spain, I literally cannot hear those country names anymore.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 20th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
The Aus economy is pretty robust, but print media is a bit of a dodgy field at the moment and I refuse to work for a lower salary than I deserve (I literally went without money rather than allow publishers to get away with offering stupidly low amounts, because the whole 'Everyone's having to cut back' excuse is bullshit when it comes to CEOs and publishers salaries.) I realise this might sound self-defeating, but I refuse to be a part of devaluing my skills. I had enough coming in from writing to cover the bills, even if I did have to write 8000 words about sheds ;-)

Mr B was made redundant because his government department could not manage a fishbowl, and then he didn't start looking for work for 15 months, at which point people were slow to employ him as 'you haven't worked in a long time'. He is just a giant computer-game-playing slug. Started work yesterday, thank goodness!

Thumb doing well! It looks as though it will scar, but the skin stayed closed, so it's all healing in under there.