So, here's the thing. We live in a town where neither of us has any family. Nearest family is 9 hours away. I've made a few friends since we've lived here (nearly four years), but most of them are very busy, and a couple are very stressed right now, and some don't have kids and wouldn't know what to do with them if they did ... so, none of them are people I want to leave my children with as a regular thing.
I don't attend church. I do volunteer work, but haven't met a lot of the other people who also volunteer. Neither of my children is in school, so I'm not involved in the PTA or anything like that. The kids are in a few classes/groups (art class, dance class and Itty Bitty sports for DS and the library reading group for DD), and I meet moms there, but again, not someone who can watch my kids on a regular basis.
I told you all that so you'd have some background and know that I have been looking in the usual places ... now, how DO I find a babysitter? I need someone for a couple of hours a day, a couple of days a week, and someone who can be available evenings sometimes and weekends, too. I'm a WAHM mom, but I need to be able to go to some appointments without my kids. Not to mention that I need some me time more often than a couple of hours every two months.
DH works three jobs and is out of town for five days out of every eight, so I can't really count on having him available. He was supposed to be free this Friday night when I have a booking, but now he's not going to be. I've covered for that, but I would like to find someone to be more of an ongoing thing. Any ideas?