Wednesday, August 11, 2010

If I had a money tree

For someone who isn't exactly working, I manage to stay pretty busy... so busy that I haven't been blogging as much as I thought I would be (considering my husband is gone so much).

But what I've been meaning to get around to is talking about "work." Last month I was offered an opportunity to do contract work - not contract law, but to work hourly under contract to provide legal services. It took a few weeks to get everything lined up, but I have officially started doing some contract work. While I am kind of on a trial or test for now, I am hoping that my work is to their satisfaction so that I can continue this work. There are some deadlines, but nothing intense. The best part is the flexibility. I can work whenever, wherever. It's great, I can work late at night after Mr. Dawkter has gone to sleep, or I can work during the day, or I can work at my parents house when I go there to visit. It is absolutely wonderful!

Today for example: The husband was on call last night, so I stayed up late doing things around the house, got up early and again did more things around the house, worked out and when he came home in the afternoon (post-call) I was able to take a nice nap with him. It was fabulous. Its little things like this that make this adjustment to residency, so much easier! Don't get me wrong it hasn't been totally easy, it's hard going from seeing your spouse every day, even all day (we had about a month between medical school and residency) to seeing them perhaps one waking hour a day - but it has been easier because I've been around. Being home (and now being able to work from home - hopefully) allows me to get everything done around the house, and to spend time with Mr. D when he is home. I've really been enjoying all the baking and cooking I've had time to do as well. For example, tonight he had a visiting resident over for dinner and I cooked ribs, corn on the cob, sweet potato fries, zucchini with eggplant and a chocolate sauce cake ala mode for dessert! Yum! None of this I would have had time to do if I was working 40+ hours a week and commuting!

So I am hoping and praying that this contract work will work out, because it would be such a blessing!

Although I have been on the lookout for a money tree - because despite what many people may think, residents don't make a ton of money (especially considering the number of hours they work). But my search has thus been fruitless, I have found no money tree, and so I need to work in order to make sure we can make ends meet. But if any of you happen to know where I can find a money tree, I would really really appreciate it if you could share that information with me.

Seriously, wouldn't it be nice if we had money trees?


  1. You mean yours doesn't appear in the backyard when you walk outside like ours does? Ha! Wouldn't it be nice? I hope the job works out for you! Sounds perfect. Even though I can't work from home, I find it nice work is only three blocks from home. Hello quick trips!

  2. I REALLY hope this contract works out for you!!! That would be awesome :) And you are right... such a blessing indeed. Keep us posted... oh and while you're at it, when you do find that money tree (I am looking really hard too btw!) then send some seeds over here so I can plant my own okay?

  3. oh how i would love if I had a money tree. I would even SHARE!!
    Also, sounds like you have a pretty awesome gig set up right now-I hope it continues to go well for you! That's something I've seriously considered looking into for the future - being able to work from home...but I have NO idea how to even begin looking for a job like that!

  4. I've been searching for this money tree thing for about a year now. No luck. On another topic- I'm a medical writer and I'm hoping to establish myself enough while he is in school to be able to freelance while he is in residency. Your post makes me want to try a little bit harder, the flexibility sounds like a dream come true (especially the nap). I'm sure you are doing quality work and the company you are with will want to keep you around :0)

  5. Wow - that sounds excellent!! I truly think having a flexible job (doing contract work, like yours) from home is what made Joe's intern year last year go so smoothly. And now I'm a graduate student so I can still enjoy those wonderful post-call naps :)
    I hope this becomes permanent for you!!!!!

  6. That's so great that you were able to find something that worked out for you! I bet that's going to be great. :)

  7. I've been wishing for a money tree since I was little! I hope the contract position works out - it sounds like a great fit for the rotation schedule :)

  8. If you find it can I have one of its seeds? Mr.B and I were talking about how people don't seem to understand how Doctors don't get rich quickly--if ever-- considering loans and malpractice insurance---but it does make him so happy which makes us rich in an entirely different kind of way :) I hope the contract position works out, it sounds amazing! Lots of love! xo


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