We have hundreds of buds ready to open, but the first full-blown bloom is a real surprise — a white rose. You can see it below.
This is a surprise because I have no white roses. So Iguess one of the bushes must have died over the winter and the original root stock has sent up a shoot. Or else New Dawn got pale down on the patio.
I had to drive up to the college (in the next county to the north) yesterday to sign my contract. I also arranged to withhold a bunch of money for taxes, since I never did figure out the quarterly estimated tax payment thing.
“If I had a tax person,” I said crisply, “I wouldn’t be in this position.”
I also signed up for an online class for the summer. I was really disappointed with my online class this spring. I don’t feel that they got an equivalent experience. So I thought I’d take an online course. I’m taking web design, since that is something I need to know more about anyway.
The class is free since I teach there, but the book was $65 used. I know everything in about the first half of it, so I figure I’ll be able to take the class without enormous effort, get the practice and feedback I need, and have more insight into the distance learning process, all in one fell swoop.
That’s the plan, anyway.
My unbillable hours have increased badly as I negotiate with all these new prospective clients, and it’s mid-month invoice day and I haven’t yet been paid from my beginning-of-the-month invoices. So I’d like to get some oDesk (guaranteed payment) hours in today, but my list of billable stuff is very long. Also my list of high-importance unbillable stuff.