Monday, October 26, 2009

Being a WAHM

It's a slow day today at work so I decided to jot down my thoughts in being a Work-at-Home Mom. Whatever I write here are my personal opinions and/or experiences as a WAHM.

Being able to work from home is a blessing for someone like me who does not drive [yet]. As a matter of fact, my inability to drive is one of the 2 prime reasons I decided to try my luck in finding a telecommuting job. What's the other prime reason? Motherhood.

But those 2 primary reasons are not the only things to be considered when deciding to work from home. There's a lot of other important things to think about before taking the plunge diving into the work at home industry. So what things did I consider before getting into this thing called telecommuting?

*Family Income. Questions like: Can we survive with only one income while I look for something I can do from home? I was already pregnant when we decided that I should give it a shot to work from home. Understandably we were a bit scared that we may not be able to make ends meet especially with a baby on the way. But we were able to work around it for me to start my quest for an online job.

*Do I have what it takes to be a 'telecommuter'? Self-discipline is a must when working from home. It's very easy to get distracted since I have no one breathing down my neck. I am essentially my "own boss"....although I do have a boss.

These were only 2 of the many things I tried to think about before finally coming up with a decision. About 7 years later, I'm still working from home. Hopefully, I'll be able to do it 7 or more years to go.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Winter yet?

Courtesy of:

It feels like it anyway. And in other states, it does not only feel like it's winter, it looks like it is with the snow piling up already.

Per the 7-day forecast from the site, our 'cold' weather is not going to last for long. It seems the coldest [at least this week] was this morning which was in the 40s. The weekend weather was very nice. I was able to go out and pull some weeds with the sun shining brightly.

I am inside the comfort of home so the cold [or hot] weather doesn't really bother me. If it gets too cold for me, I just turn on the heat. If it gets too hot, then AC it is. Right now, the heater is on. Can you say: WIMP WAHM??? LOL! I may have to turn it off later on because it will be in the 70s in the afternoon.

Anyway, it's another Monday again. In about 2 weeks, Halloween will be here. The little one already knows what she wants to be and we ordered some of her costume already. The most important item has to be shipped yet. I am hoping it makes it or we will be really disappointed. We ordered it at the beginning of this month and as of today, it hasn't even shipped yet. Arggh! I've been in contact [via email] with the seller and she's assuring me that the item will be here by Halloween so we'll see.

Aside from the aggravation because of this much delayed delivery, I've also been stressed out because of a software I need to install for work. The software has so many bugs that I decided not to install it until they get rid of all of them. It seems the tech people that developed it are doing a "trial and error" because they want us to let them know of the problems we encounter while installing it. Yeah, right! I wouldn't take the risk of my computer crashing just because they couldn't make it right the first time.

Work was released and we were told to use the new software which I hadn't downloaded yet. So I went ahead to download it. It took me approximately 2 days to do it because of, yes, BUGS! I was able to install it nonetheless. But it was so so so sllloooowwww that I was only able to do very little work. Our boss said that they're going to address the issues as soon as we're done with the project. Ugh! That means there will be more de-bugging in the near future.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I know that a lot of people are in really bad situation because of all that's happening brought about by the different calamities that took place within days of each other. Those affected by the massive flooding in the Philippines have not even recovered yet when the news about the tsunami in the Samoas came. A day after the tsunami, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake in Indonesia occurred. Because of all these, I can't help but think...

Is Mother Nature telling us something? I'm sure I'm not the one thinking this. Or am I?

One of the things I do on a daily basis is browse the internet for the latest news. The news in the past couple of years have been full of the economic crisis that the world is facing. The past few days though, it seems that the crisis has been taking a back seat giving way to all the devastating effects these natural calamities have causing.

As I am writing this, the Philippines is again bracing for another typhoon. They are labeling it as a super typhoon. The worst part is, it seems to be taking the same path that Ondoy took. I am hoping and praying that this latest typhoon changes direction because those who got hit the hardest by Ondoy can't take another devastation. It's just WAY too soon.