What lovely days...
Today is our Day of Many Paper Routes. Rain and I do 4 alternate delivery routes on Wednesdays - we deliver the food ads and the Neighborhood News to people who don't subscribe the the daily paper. We deliver a total of 362 papers.
We're both not feeling well, with a scratchy throat and some cold symptoms, so I set the alarm for 8 but didn't roll out of bed until 45 minutes later, and we didn't get down to the newspaper place until 10. We can pick up papers any time before 11 and deliver any time before dark, so it was okay. We rolled there - we take one ads, top it with the Neighborhood News, roll it, and bag it. Today our 4 routes had three different supplements (different groups of ads), so we used three different colored bags to keep them straight. They have tables set up there so you can roll there, and we talked to some other carriers and the two old guys who work there.
Then we did the first two routes. These are the more walkable routes, in neighborhoods where most people don't get the paper so we deliver to about half of the houses on most streets. On the other two routes, almost everyone does get the paper, so even though there are fewer papers it's a larger area. Each route takes about an hour, and rolling takes about an hour (it seems like it would be faster but we talk some, too), and then driving takes another half hour...
We make $80 a week, and split it. Rain is saving up for her dream trip to New York in March, with her dance school, where they'll get to see three Broadway shows (each with a castmember who took dance at her studio) and dance and just have fun. We haven't really worked it out in detail, except that she's going to contribute towards it. The trip is $1200 for airfare, lodging, and shows, plus she'll need to pay for food, cabs, and whatever else they do. It's going to last 5 days, and they've estimated that she'll need about $100 a day.
Anyway, it started raining at the end of route #2, but we usually take a break between them anyway. We saw a church rummage sale on the way home and stopped it; Rain got a funky backpack and necklace, and I got a coffee grinder (in case mine breaks, nice to have a spare), two travel coffee cups (I left mine somewhere last week), a stuffed toy for our dog, some bath beads, and a canvas bag for groceries (I'm slowly acquiring a collection). All for $6.
We took a lunch/computer break then did the next two routes. It was raining more but neither of us mind the rain, as long as it's not too cold. Now we're home, and I'm on the computer and Rain is watching That Seventies Show and eating tomato soup, and someone needs to take the dogs out. Tonight Rain is going to a teen coffee night thing with some local secular homeschoolers - she's never been to this event before but knows some of the kids. I'll probably hang out for a couple of hours, because it's a good 20-30 minutes away and gas is still expensive. I need to come up with a new knitting project to bring, maybe. I want to make a little short-sleeved sweater for me out of this great tweedy green yarn I got.