Category Archives: Website

The one where Jennie finds out she’s self-employed.

By   March 31, 2008

In the midst of trying to figure out my American income taxes, I discovered that I am considered “self-employed in a US business” thanks to the Google Ads on my website. Huh? I’m self-employed? But I don’t even make enough money to break even each month!

I had thought my Google payments would just be considered as other or miscellaneous income for tax purposes. But nope. Apparently I have my own business and so I must pay the Self-Employment Tax of 15.3%.

I don’t qualify for the Economic Stimulus Payment or the Earned Income Tax Credit either. Awesome. But at least I can deduct web hosting and internet connection costs.

But here’s the kicker… US citizens have to file taxes only if their income is over $8,750, which mine is definitely not. However, if you are self-employed, you have to file taxes if your income is over $400! Lame.

So since I will have to pay the SE tax anyway and since I’m really starting to fear not being able to find a job in France, I suppose I should try to make my “business” more profitable. What do you think I should add/change/redo on my website? I’m not very good with marketing since I care more about the content and quality than how many people are looking at it or linking to it… But working on my site will probably be my full-time job this summer while I’m waiting for the right to work in this country, so let me know what I should work on!

Almost April

By   March 29, 2008

Our internet was fixed Thursday night. I’m not sure how I managed to live without internet for 12 days, but I did get a lot of work done on my Lesson Plans page and French & German Comparative Tutorial.

Some of my classes were cancelled yesterday because parents “sequestered” the teachers in the building as a protest against… something important? I only have 8 more actual days of work left thanks to the two week vacation in April.

My car can be fixed, but it will cost 800-1,000 €. We’re going to do it though because buying another automatic car would take months and cost a lot more than that. Plus I miss my little Renault. I want her back. She’s in nearly perfect condition except for the motor that will be replaced.

I’m feeling better now that March is almost over. Now if only I could find a job that pays well… or win the lottery…


By   November 30, 2007

My entire website is gone. My host decided to delete my account. I have no idea why. Here is the crappy e-mail I received:


We are regret to inform you that your hosting account for domain has been closed.

due repeated email issues and per terms of conditions we closed this account.

during the last 24 hours and untill the moment, we are suffering from flooding of hundreds of thousands of emails which blocked our email system even after closing your account. this messages are bounce back emails of spam that sent from your account before (due spam, unsecure contact form, easy to guess passwords ..etc).

as suspending the account did not stop the flood, we have closed the account and pointed the domain to another DNS.

its recommended to transfer your domain to another registrar too.

M Noman,
[email protected]

I am totally freaking out here. I have all of the files on my hard drive so I can easily upload my site again, but now I have to find a new host asap. I don’t get this at all. I never got any e-mails from them before saying there was a problem. I can’t believe this.

Any host suggestions? Anyone?

Recent Happenings

By   September 10, 2007

The new assistant at my old school arrives today! I’m way too excited about this. I’m heading to the gare soon to pick her up and bring her back here. I just hope Canaille lets her sleep and doesn’t attack her feet all night like he does with mine… Plus I get to tell her that there’s already an apartment ready for her. I wish things had been this easy when I arrived last year!

So David & I have lived in this apartment for 3 months and we just got our oven fixed on Friday. I am so incredibly happy that I can now bake chocolate chip cookies and apple pie and caramel brownies! And maybe some healthy things once in a while… But of course, what was the first thing I baked? Fondant au chocolat.

David mentioned moving closer to Lyon in 6 months. His CDD ends by March, and I most likely won’t have a real job here anyway. I wouldn’t mind moving, but that does complicate things a bit with regards to the assistantship application. I have a feeling it’s going to be hard for me to find a lectrice position for the 2008-9 school year, so I was going to apply to be an assistant again. But I have to fill out the application this winter, before we even know where we will be in the spring, so I wouldn’t be able to specify a certain city.

I’ve actually been sticking my schedule for the past 2 weeks. I’m up to episode 12 of French in Action; I’ve done 12 chapters in Upgrade your French; and I’ve memorized the départements of 12 régions in France.

David has finally started helping me with my website. He’s recorded about 25 sections of the French I Tutorial, for anyone who’s interested in listening to his beautiful French voice. Or in learning French. Whichever.

I’m starting to baby-sit the little guy again, so I’ll be back to making 35 € a week! Woohoo!

P.S. In case you were planning on buying three flat-screen TVs at Auchan, beware that you cannot pay in cash if the total is more than 3,000 €. You know somehow had to have tried this or they wouldn’t have put up these signs: