I was feeling all deep and smart today so I decided to make my own quote. I hope I didn’t completely steal it from somewhere else. It sounds kind of like the end of the Rocky Horror Picture Show song at the very end of the movie. It’s also possible I just have the last word of that song stuck in my head, which kind of happens every time any quote or sentence ends with the word meaning.
If you’re not someone who has seen Rocky Horror, I’m so sorry I just did that to you. My grandmother loved that movie so I saw it a lot when I was younger. I had a very odd grandmother.
February Was Rough but We Made It
Thank you all for finding this blog and reading it and I promise I’ll do my best not to let you down in March. My goal is a post a day and I’ve done a pretty good job sticking to that. If you have any questions for me, please, get in touch via email or Facebook or Twitter and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. I tend to do great when I have some kind of prompting to work with.
I’ll be doing the budget post with the actual copied and pasted spreadsheet budget on the first Sunday of the month, so in two days you’ll have what my budget looks like, this is more kind of a reflection/prediction so we can all kind of place bets on what’s going to happen! I mean, not real bets, you know how I am about gambling (even though I’m fine if you partake) the stress would kill me.
How Did February Go?
Oh we did pretty good this month. Just today the elliptical went out the door for a cool $300. Sure we bought it for like a thousand when I had money and thought I loved cardio but from here on out it’s all kettlebells for me. The 15lb. one I have was less than $20 shipped and the next size up is less than $30 shipped. That’s a great value for weight training and add in some free YouTube videos and I’ll be working out for a fraction of the cost of other methods.
Selling the elliptical means that with unemployment we will have enough to pay the main bills for the month. This does not mean we will stop trying to bring in extra money – oh heck no! – but it does mean there isn’t that cold feeling in the pit of my stomach while I look. That metallic feeling of cold desperation won’t hang over my search for writing work. It is a very nice feeling not to have.
There is always the lingering, small hope of the weather that looms. Mr. Brickie did work two days this month I think. Days he went to with a spring in his step and a happy heart. He really loves his job. Even though it can be a really rough start I cannot recommend the trades highly enough. That man worked in marketing for years and I seriously thought he was lazy and had no ambition and would nag him like a prize pony.
Now that he’s doing this work? He never forgets a Union meeting, can’t speak highly enough about the people he works with/for, and takes pride in his work.
It’s been a little sketchy this month because it’s been so cold and we’ve all been cooped up together in the house and I sometimes feel like Jack Nicholson from the Shining and want to kind of mutter, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” as I wander around the house, but I think the family is safe. For now. *grin*
How Is March Looking?
I have to say March is looking interesting. The whole month can’t be bitterly cold, right? Watch me as I go find my husband to knock on his head and say, “Knock on wood!” sometimes I seriously have the sense of humor of either a really young kid or someone with just a really bad sense of humor. He laughs, because he has to and we are married. It stopped being funny years ago, I promise.
The thing is, if he starts working…even one day out of the week knocks him back out of the unemployment system. It’s better if he works, of course, because money and hours toward his next bump in apprenticeship, but it adds another layer of “stuff only unemployed people deal with” hassle as he has to go back into the unemployment office the day after he works if the next day is crappy again to sign back up again. It’s amazing how much time it takes, overall, when you consider we get enough in a month to pay the car payment.
I am not complaining about receiving unemployment benefits! Some people don’t qualify at all, others don’t get as much as we do. I’m not whining, far from it, I’m only stating the reality of having to go in person when the system is all online for people applying for the first time. See, again, I’m not complaining because with the whole system moving online you better be good at using a computer if you want to apply for unemployment. You also better have access to one.
Even for people who can go use the one at the library, you still have to get to the library and it’s baby it’s cold outside. If a person doesn’t have a car to get there they have to walk. I sincerely hope everyone who has to walk to the library has proper shoes, socks, and winter apparel because if not they are going to end up being bitterly cold.
Our inconvenience is nothing compared to people who have to go through all that just to get to a library to use an application system that takes me over an hour because it’s set up in such a way that there are questions for every possible situation and you have to determine which ones are right for you and which ones aren’t and if you make a mistake you’ll just get denied. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for someone who is not computer savvy to navigate the whole thing. Plus, the application has a time limit. They say it’s for security but I kind of think it’s to add one more layer of pressure on to people who might already be feeling under the gun having to figure out this whole computerized system all of a sudden after losing a job or being laid off or running out of work, which already makes you half-crazy with stress.
But enough about my crazy conspiracy theories about how the state uses stress and technology to make people give up and thus save a bunch of money. I’ll put my tinfoil hat right over here by the Time Life Mystery book series I got that one time. I’m kidding, I don’t have the book series. I do still remember the commercial though.
The part I remember most vividly was the woman in the Midwest (probably because I, too, am in the Midwest) feeling the sharp pain. I wondered if I hurt myself if my mom would feel it.
My great-grandmother always swore she woke up from a sound sleep, sat straight up, and said her brother was dead when he died in WWII though, so she would scowl at you if you made fun of the commercial. She wouldn’t say she believed in the stuff, though. She liked to kind of hang out in the middle ground and keep an open mind without actually picking a side.
I get that from her.
I am predicting March is the month where Mr. Brickie starts bricking again with the bricklayers doing the laying of brick. As the weather gets warmer, his work schedule will become more full. Honestly, if he works a full two weeks in March it would be beyond our wildest expectations. It’s all going to depend on the weather.
Our next court date in Chancery court is supposed to be in March, but we haven’t gotten any paperwork from the mortgage company’s law offices or from the Chancery court itself. I’m not sure what’s going on there, but I’ll let you know when I find something out.
Do you have anything big or interesting coming up in March?