The Indoctrinated Roommate
The working-from-home roommate and I are continuing to get on each other’s nerves. On top of everything else, he’s now told me he thinks COVID is a hoax and is not taking it seriously. He spends time getting indoctrinated by weird conspiracy theory and pseudo-scientific videos online. Because he blasts his computer at high volume in the house, I can hear the nonsense he listens to.
Since my last post, he had an out-of-state relative fly in to visit for a couple of days in the house without even telling the other roommate and me, let alone asking if we were ok with it. Not a mask in sight as they spent time in the common areas of the house. (Apparently, his family doesn’t take this seriously either.) I wasn’t comfortable with this and voiced as such.
He got offended and deflected what I had to say as a personal attack on his relative instead of accepting his own insensitivity to the needs of the other people in this house during a pandemic.
One Foot Out the Door
Guys, I have spent so much time looking at apartments since my last post. I’m so ready to have my own place. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to pull the trigger because of the cost. The more I increase my expenses, the more I become dependent on this stressful job to pay the bills. Plus, my ability to save anything to get away from this job reduces significantly.
Since burnout and the stress of working are a central problem for me, I want to take some extended time (months) off any work to travel and regain my health at some point in the future. But I won’t be able to do that until:
One. I’ve saved enough money
Two. I’ve been vaccinated against COVID. (I know that no vaccine will be even near 100% effective.)
Three. Travel restrictions against Americans are removed by other countries.
All three of these won’t likely be in place until late 2021 at the earliest. I don’t know how I’m going to last that long. Ughh.
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In the meantime, my goals are to save money and ameliorate multiple acute health issues that I’m dealing with right now. Plus, I may need to have another surgery and will need to save for all that. Hello, High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) $$$$$. #2020SUCKS
Soooo, all this makes spending money to move anywhere less appealing. For now, I’m staying put. Unless the Indoctrinated roommate gets really reckless, I plan to endure the coming months with the goal of saving money.
It may be time for another spending plan. I’ve been very lax in my spending over the last several months since getting out of debt and it is definitely time to tighten the belt again.
One ray of good news, in my life right now is that I have just maxed out my Roth IRA for 2020! (Congrats to Michelle at strugglingtobedebtfree who recently maxed out hers as well.) Now the money that I was taking from each paycheck to fund my Roth will now go toward medical savings.
“When you don’t have options, you’re in prison.” (DDSW Archives)