For the last several months I had begun to have the desire to go back to work part time. It wasn't so much that I felt like we needed the money...although that wouldn't hurt...it was more of a desire to work outside the home. Well, an opportunity presented itself in December. My FIL had a part time secretary that needed to go on a leave of absence for a few months. She only works on Mondays and Wednesdays and the pay is pretty good. I talked to Neal about it and we thought we could make it work since it is temporary. I started the week before Christmas and it's going pretty well. It's an easy job...doing a bit of computer work and answering telephones. If I need to take the kids with me I can (I did take Ben last Wednesday). I really do enjoy it...BUT I'm ready for it to end already. Even though it's only two days a week, I miss my kids! I'll gladly finish out the time, but I won't be sad when his real secretary says she's ready to come back!
So, what am I doing with my extra $$$? I'm buying a gas log fireplace! I've already purchased the mantel and it's in place in our living room. I'll have to post some pictures of it. Next I'll save up for the firebox and logs. Then I'll have to save up for the propane tank. I'm about halfway there for the box and logs, but I don't foresee us warming our toes by the fire this winter!