Not a Very Independent Independence Day

How are you holding up these days? I’m somehow managing, but it is a daily struggle. Warning! This will be a rant and whine post.

The Virus

Blast this virus to the fiery depths of hell!  I’m still virus-free, thankfully, but everything about this pandemic is relentless. I’ve greatly limited my news intake, so that’s helping.

Roommate #1, the one who fled to her parents’ house upon the start of lockdown, has completely moved out as of last month. Now that there is an empty room in the house, the rest of us roommates are paying higher rent and utilities to cover the cost. My monthly payment has gone up over $250. And good luck to us getting a new roommate in the middle of this pandemic with more rentals on the market now that people are leaving town.    Read More

2020 – The Year of the Emergency Fund

For some of us, 2020 was supposed to be the year of resets, freedom, and new beginnings. It didn’t turn out that way, unfortunately. Sigh.

With no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, we cling to hopes of a vaccine and medical treatments.  It’s all scary, tiring, and depressing. This, combined with a draining job, has resulted in my not posting much this year.

The Job

The job is still draining and stressful and I’d rather be doing any number of things instead, but given the current environment, I’m grateful to have any money coming in. Three more people in my division have been let go. One of those let go was in my team.  Read More

As the World Turns: COVID-19 Edition

I should be halfway around the world right now, dining on exotic delicacies.

Instead, I’m at home ordering mundane, yet much appreciated, delivery.  Yes, that’s right. I had to cancel my trip. Thanks to COVID-19, I, and millions of other people aren’t going anywhere, any time soon. %$#%$#!!^%#. Sigh. %$@$^$!!^#$

In a miracle, I was able to get most of my money refunded. However, I lost at least $1,100 from non-refundable charges. 😦 Well, now I get to work more instead of taking a vacation. Yay me. (Not!)  Read More