Looks like it’s going to be another sleepless night. Anne checked the credit union account today and announced we were down to $198 left in checking, which was a bit of a shock to the system as we had expected to have closed to $400 left at this point. Then it occurred to us that a couple of the automatic bill payments kicked in. So after taking what was left in savings, which included a couple of donations from folks who read SEB, and what we had in the Christmas Club we’re back up to $500 in checking.
That means I’m officially in trouble come the end of the month seeing as rent is $725 by itself and I still have yet to receive my first unemployment check. Even if they start arriving in the next day or so it’s not going to be enough to pay all the bills so the time has come to start shutting down various things such as my cable service and finally clearing out the storage unit we’ve been renting. SEB and the other blogs I maintain for family members will remain as the PayPal account still has over $100 in it to pay for the hosting over the next year or so. I just may not have the internet access to update my own blog regularly until I land a job.
Speaking of which that’s not going all too well either. I’ve still not heard from the travel tech job yet and the other couple of opportunities that I was contacted about didn’t pan out. Anne still hasn’t gotten a phone call back on any of the jobs she’s applied for so I’m left considering a possibility that I consider even worse than being on unemployment: welfare and/or filing for bankruptcy. I honestly don’t see any other way around it. Hell, I haven’t even been able to get the crap jobs like working at a local retail store to call me back so the possibility of working two crap jobs isn’t even an option at the moment. I don’t tend to scare easily, but I have to admit I’m pretty scared at the moment. We’ve been joking about having to move in with Anne’s sister and brother-in-law, but it’s starting to look like it might become a reality if things don’t improve soon. I never would’ve thought I’d have this much trouble finding a new job.
So I’m going to break a promise to myself and ask for your help. If you folks enjoy reading SEB and can help out with a donation then I’d be most appreciative if you could toss it my way. Several of you regulars have already donated money and you have my sincere thanks. If anyone else has been thinking of donating, well, I could use your help now. I really wish I had something to offer in return ala PBS fund raising drives, but I’m afraid I don’t. I apologize for having to break down and ask, but I’m at my wits end. I’ll probably regret this entry once I manage to get some sleep in, but there ya go.