Monday, December 10, 2012


This last month has been a bit challenging.  First the layoffs and paycuts were a one/two punch.  To be honest, the major push over the last year or so to reduce overtime has had a bigger effect on my income than the recent paycut.  This has forced us to come to the realization that we will have to move this coming summer.  That sort of thing is tough.  Moving is not fun.  In the past, the houses that I have moved into have always been slightly more than I really wanted to spend.  However, in those cases my income did not take an immediate southbound path after the purchase.  Such is life I suppose.  In response to this challenge Michelle has taken up a bow making business.  This is the sort of thing that you hear about stay at home moms doing as a hobby.  I think most people would hear about this and think that it would probably wind up being a waste of time and money.  However, Michelle has taken it very seriously.  I am impressed with her initiative and determination.
Meanwhile, I have taken up the freelance banner once again.  I saw an email from my old friend Josh Prykril (yes that is how his name is spelled) from back in the Netter Digital days.  In it he said that he needed somebody for a small freelance job.  I responded to it.  A few days later he replied that that email had been sent over a year ago.  The reason this happened was because I had been deleting old spam email from my yahoo account and had stopped around that time.  So in my inbox it looked like I had just received it a few days ago.  After that, I decided to look up the business that he is now running from China.  It is a company that specializes in outsourcing CG jobs.  After a few emails back and forth he offered me a small job to do over the weekend.  I dramatically underbid it by a factor of probably 3 times.  That's fine though because I think it could open the door to a huge amount of work in the coming months.  I am already being offered a big chunk of work to do until February.  The real question is how I'm going to do any rendering.  I don't really want to build a render farm on the scale of what I had when I was working at home and had 16 computers cooking 24/7.  I think I'm going to get one more machine and see if I can get by with just that.

The second challenge of the past month has been all of us being sick.  I have personally been coughing up phlegm since early November.  A little over a week ago I felt like I was just about done with it.  That was a friday.  When I woke up the following Saturday it was like I had reverted all the way back.  I don't know if this is a getting old thing or what, but I am sick and tired of being sick.