October has been quite a busy month. I accepted a route of 138 BP mystery shops with locations across the state. I spent three days this week on the east coast, mostly around Melbourne down to Port St. Lucie. The route has also taken me to Ocala and the Orlando area. I have 48 shops left to complete the route: 16 in south Florida from Palm Beach to Homestead and the rest from The Villages through Ocala and Gainesville and north from there. It's questionable whether this was the best use of my time. There is a completion bonus of almost $1,000, so I have no choice now but to finish it.
In addition to mystery shopping, it's been a busy month in the meeting industry. We worked a 5 day Tampa meeting, a 5 day Orlando meeting, and several 1 or 2 day meetings.
Today we are flying out of Orlando to Dallas for another 5 day meeting that starts tomorrow morning. It sucks having to drive two hours to the airport, but I saved enough on the flight to make it worth it. We worked the same meeting at the same hotel last year. The hours are long but the work isn't too bad.
Even though I haven't had a day off in October, and have routinely put in 80+ hour workweeks, it will all be worth it in November: Carnival offered me a "Pack and Go" cruise rate we couldn't resist. After the hurricanes, the company reconfigured some cruise destinations, and I suspect this caused some cancellations they wanted to fill. Including taxes and port fees, we paid $400 total for an 8 day cruise. Even better, we are visiting all new ports this time.
With the cruise, another Vegas trip lined up for December, and the upcoming holiday season, November and December should be easier months. The income focus will be on finishing the BP route and making Amazon deliveries. I only have a couple of day meetings scheduled and don't expect anything larger to pop up until January. I have a vacant townhouse and should have a second vacant property at the end of the year, so I'm not ruling out a trip to Birmingham if I can make it work.