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March 16th, 2015 at 05:35 pm

Checking in, even though I haven't got much news to report!

I've still not found a job, but I have a ton of applications out. I'm applying to jobs that will get me close to being able to afford a decent place in a decent neighborhood. I'm so grateful for online crime maps, especially for the parts of the city that I don't know well, even after 14 years of living here. I've lived in four different suburbs and have friends all over, so I have a pretty good sense of most of it, but not all.

Packing takes roughly 879 times longer than I expect it to. I brought 10 bags of books to Half Price Books, and they didn't pay well at all, but whatever. I sold one book on Amazon. Several things are up on craigslist, and I've received numerous bizarre messages and one no-show. I suspect that is the norm for craigslist.

Several people I follow on Instagram are currently obsessed with Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of D.... After seeing their results, I want to read it. I still have 10 boxes of books, 10+ boxes of kitchen stuff, and let's not even talk about the boxes dedicated to my hobbies. I realized I have at least 13 hobbies, which explains why I have So Much Stuff. Downsizing is hard.

My former employer hasn't sold their building yet, and it's still partially furnished. They are giving me a loveseat, a recliner, a folding screen, and a small bookshelf for my new place. I am so, so grateful. I just need to move before they sell the building, or I'll need to get a storage unit.

My check engine light came on over the weekend. I had a minor emotional breakdown once I made it home because it's one more stressor that I just don't need right now. I'm bringing the car into the shop tomorrow.

I find myself vacillating between confident hope for the future and utter despair, and not a lot in between. I can't wait for this period of my life to be over, to be perfectly honest. I'm ready to move on to greener pastures.

3 Responses to “March”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I had that experience of being in limbo a few months ago when my husband was off work for 3-4 months and money was pretty much non-existent and we had to rely on spaced apart income protection payments (where they weren't upfront with us at all) and loans from family members. What got me through? Throwing myself into saving money in all sorts of ways (some people think I'm over the top sometimes but I feel like there's still a lot of ground to make up - not happy with where we are) and throwing myself into simple pleasures/frugal hobbies. My nails pretty much always looked great! (Couldn't afford new clothes but doesn't cost anything to do your hair nicely and your nails Smile ).. If there is an inexpensive way to pamper yourself go for it, stressful times are when you need to embrace anything relaxing. Wishing you all the best Smile

  2. CB in the City Says:

    With our college downsizing there are many here who will soon be in your boat. I'm okay because I have a plan, and I was so close to retirement anyway. But others are scrambling to figure out what's next. I have every confidence, for them and for you, that better years are ahead!

  3. kashi Says:

    Thank you, VS_ozgirl! Yes, you're right, I need to embrace relaxing. I've been feeling guilty any time I do anything other than cleaning, packing, and job hunting!

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, CB! I'm sorry to hear that your job is downsizing, but I'm glad you are prepared!

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