Day 9. In which the glories of the full internet are restored.

May 2022. This is a post from the beginning of the pandemic. It’s been sitting in my draft folder for more than two years now. I am publishing it without revising, so please excuse its first-draft form.

And in which I attend two webinars.

The Century Link arrived sometime after 9:00 am (which turned out to be about 45 minutes before the text telling me he was about to arrive pinged on my phone) and got to work upgrading the internet.

He did the outside thing, and when he came to do the inside thing he found trouble with the phone jack. Apparently, the wiring was correct right up until the jack, but then it was so very wrong that he was surprised we were getting any internet at all.

Things were done, including me moving the dresser beside my bed and frowning at the amount of dust that had gathered, and behold! The internet loaded in a manner that did not cause me to take multiple yoga breaths.

When I ran a speed test on 3/18 our download speed was 5.44 mbps and upload was .75. On 3/20 the download was 22.98 and upload was .75 again. Today: 33.9 and 9.1. Ahhhh.

This afternoon I attended two webinars. One was from Upwork, the platform where I have done a lot of “up”ing and no “work”ing. I learned that I need to just work for not much for the first 5–10 jobs and then can start increasing my rates. So that was good.

My other webinar was one about increasing my freelance business using LinkedIn. It had some good stuff which I will apply.

Peas were planted today, food was made, and those things plus the webinars, didn’t have to get shoved in around being at my office job from 8:00–4:30 (plus commute time).

I’m looking forward to April 1, which is the day I will be fully free of the W-2 job and into the W-9 world.

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