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The museum job

July 18th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

I had a good meeting at the museum yesterday, and we came to an agreement that I can live with. I will be a consultant and will work 15 hours a week. That will include one day a week in the office and the rest done remotely. I will work on profiles while the full-time researcher pursues other projects. They will send me the papers to sign, and I won't begin till mid-August.

After I left, I realized that we didn't even talk about pay! I'll see what the papers say. I am sure I will at least get the going rate; she has always been a generous boss -- but if it turns out to be too low, I'll decline, or counter.

Since it is a contract job, there are no benefits, other than free parking, and free tickets for guests. But I don't need benefits since I am covered on Medicare et al.

I had lunch with my Hyde Park friend. She insisted on treating, and I'm wondering just how long I can work this retirement celebration angle! Smile

We ate at a Mediterranean restaurant, and I had enough leftovers to feed me breakfast, lunch, and dinner today!

Since I can't decide whether to put my earnings toward the mortgage, or save it for an overseas trip, I decided to divide it and do both. Otherwise, I will keep to the retirement budget I have set up. I'm not going to let this income get eaten up by little indulgences.

Today my son installed the air conditioners. Hooray! It's really hot and sticky here. Then we went to my grandson's baseball game, which was bearable because there was some cloud cover and an occasional nice breeze. After the game I went to PetSmart and bought a 42-lb. bag of kitty litter for $16. It's still in the car. I'm going to try to bring it up with my little dolly, but I'm going to wait for the early (cool) hours tomorrow morning.

I also did two loads of laundry today ($3).

3 Responses to “The museum job”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That sounds like a pretty good compromise for an after retirement job. Smile

  2. snafu Says:

    Should you decide to take the contract job...Before you sign and return the contract, I hope you'll check the income tax directives that detail what you can write off in expenses for work you do from home. I think it's important to keep a small, 2" x 3" notebook on my desk and am careful to note date, start & walk away time for any and all work activity. The right edge notes time spent even 10 minutes. It's surprising how cost effective it is for employers as the research explains home workers typically finish tasks for free. It's too easy to use your existing supplies, I suggest asking for a small box of office supplies and negotiate phone costs if that is a major item

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Thank you for the advice, Snafu. I hadn't thought about taxes yet. I will keep that notebook. I don't expect there will be any office supplies, as the work will be all electronic, and there shouldn't be any phone costs either.

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