I don't normally talk much about my town job because it's the kind of work that makes most people go cross-eyed with boredom. I am a medical coder and biller. I spend my days at a computer, translating doctor's notes into insurance claims then doing everything in my power to see that they get paid, which includes reading reams of Medicare and Medicaid rules and...
Yeah, I see you there in the back, dozing off.
You may have realized by now that we live some distance from Cut Bank, our nearest town, with 'some' being equal to 55 miles, the first twelve of which are gravel roads. I drive those miles every working day, just under an hour each way when the roads are good. Extreme, you might think, but many of the city folks I know spend easily as much time getting to and from work. I'm willing to bet my commute is a lot less stressful, and a whole lot more scenic.
As frustrating as it can be to waste two hours a day on the road, I try to keep the whining to a minimum (excuse me while I reach over and whack that smirk off my husband's face). It's part of the package when you choose to live out in the sticks. It hadn't occurred to me that my commuting situation could go from bearable to ridiculous.
In the middle of December my boss calmly informed us that we were assuming management of a medical clinic in Great Falls. And we'd be making the hundred and ten mile drive at least two days a week. From Cut Bank. Which is, as I believe I mentioned, already some distance from my house. For those of you counting on your fingers...yes, you are correct. I now commute 165 miles each way. And the last hundred miles is one of the most boring stretches of road in the state of Montana.
There is some good news. In order to avoid overtime, we depart and arrive at the home office during normal business hours as much as possible, so I'm not actually working longer. And I'm a passenger for the Cut Bank to Great Falls stretch, so I'm not behind the wheel any more than before. Since I am lucky enough not to suffer from motion sickness, I can catch up on my reading. But still...
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I got an email a couple of weeks ago saying how I could make thousands of dollars working from home, stuffing envelopes. I wonder if that offer is still open?