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Labor Day Randomness

Happy Labor Day! This is the day we set aside to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. Personally, I’ll be honoring those achievements by working all day, but most people are lucky enough to have the day off. Yay for cookouts, time with family, and sleeping in!

A few random thoughts and updates:

The Financial Blogger Conference. Wednesday morning I’ll be on a plane headed to Denver for FinCon12! This will be my first actual vacation since I became self-employed, so I’m super excited about some time away from a computer screen. I’m also a little stressed because I have so many pending client projects, but I’m determined to put that out of my head until I get back. I’ll have a couple of guest posts while I’m gone – please take the time to read and comment. I like my guest posters to feel welcome while they’re here!

Shopping for FinCon12. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen several tweets about failed shopping trips lately. I’ve been trying to find some clothes for the conference (I literally have not purchased clothing since last July) and it’s nearly impossible to find things that (1) I like and (2) actually fit. This weekend I finally found some shirts and didn’t spend too much money. I also successfully turned down the offer to get 20% off if I applied for a store credit card.

Roberta. I got some really interesting feedback on Friday’s post about my family member who is currently mooching off me. I’m still deciding what I need to do about that situation. I did try to talk to her over the weekend but she burst into tears and slept for about 3 hours. Sigh.

Jayden’s fundraiser for JROTC. Thanks to a number of you who were willing to buy random junk, Jayden met his JROTC fundraising quota. In fact, he was recognized at school for reaching the goal fastest! This is the first time he has ever really been involved in something and it has made a huge difference in his attitude toward school. I really thought letting him join JROTC was a mistake – between the uniform, the physical activity, and the interaction with other kids, it sounded like a recipe for disaster. But so far it has been a really positive experience for him and I appreciate all of you who helped out.

Speaking of Jayden and school…. I know we’re only about a month into the school year, but I have to brag for just a minute here. (After all, when I do I EVER get to brag about my kid where school is concerned?) As of this moment, Jayden has zero missing assignments and he has straight As. I couldn’t even tell you the last time he had straight As. Maybe 3rd grade? This time last year, he already had Ds and Fs in most of his classes and kept telling me he was “stupid.” This year he actually seems to have some confidence. It’s almost scary what a difference his new IEP is making.

Business expansion FTW! As of last week, I’m now offering website hosting on top of the web design, graphic design, social media management, and tech support services I already offered. I’m also hard at work on a series of ebooks related to starting a WordPress website, though it will probably be 20 years before they’re done. My business is doing well, I’ve had several great months for income, and I almost feel calm about self-employment for the first time ever.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Don’t forget to check out my guest posts while I’m gone – they’re good ones, not crappy boring ones. You can also follow me on Twitter, friend me on Instagram, or become a fan of SOT on Facebook if you want to keep up with my play-by-play of the trip to Denver! See you guys next week!

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. deenadollars says:

    So happy to hear that Jayden is doing well with school and that you're doing well with work. 🙂 Can't think of anyone more deserving of all that good news! <3

  2. It's amazing what finding the right thing to do can do for a person's motivation.

  3. Glad to hear Jayden is doing well in high school. Everyone has their talents and skills. It just takes a while for all the pieces to fit sometimes. Enjoy Denver and maybe Roberta will be gone when you get back. A girl can dream right?

  4. Aww, I could cry happy tears with you for how well Jayden is doing in school!!! Whenever my oldest (smart but lazy and unorganized) is doing well in school, I don't know how to respond! Do I praise him tons and buy him lots of things? Or do I try not to react too much, because that is after all how he SHOULD be doing, as smart as that kid is. Where's my mom manual?!

    See you in Denver!!!! Glad you won't be naked. That could be awkward.

  5. It sounds like mostly everything is going great for you! Jealous that you're going to Fin Con.

  6. Budget & the Beach says:

    Praise away! Glad to hear he is doing so well in high school. I think junior high is just about the worst…for everyone! I enjoyed high school a lot more too.

  7. I have just become your fan on FB, looking forward to see some spectacular videos and pictures from your trip. Congrats on Jayden's success!

  8. Glad to hear Jayden is rockin' school and extracurriculars! Here's hoping that the winning streak continues.

  9. What a round of happy news! I cannot wait to meet you in person on Thursday!

  10. I’m so happy to hear that Jayden is doing well! (and everything else!)

    I’m sure the IEP has a lot to do with it, and you’re his mother so you know more than I…but I have to say I’m not super surprised that JROTC is going well. I’ve known so many people who benefited hugely from JROTC/ROTC, and extracurricular activities in general. Whatever the cause(s), I am glad to hear that things are better than last year, and I hope they continue to be!

  11. Hope Fincon is awesome!

  12. Obviously i can't be there at FinCon, well, coz im here. Anyway, i wish everyone good luck with the conference.

  13. Congrats to you and Jayden! That's awesome!

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