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March 29th, 2018 at 02:54 pm

I'm overwhelmed by decisions right now.

- My cat. Is she in pain? I've just decided that she probably is and giving her all the pain meds. The other night she thoroughly enjoyed a sponge bath and brushing. She was purring and flopping like usual, perhaps a bit more carefully due to the feeding tube, but almost like her normal self. It's a constant stream of decision-making with her, though.

- My graduate program. I've done the research and the one I'm in is the cheapest and fastest path to a master's. If I switch now, I'll be in school for at least 2 more years and in debt at least $10K more. I can't find anyone here with a I/O Psych degree. Anything else I'm interested in (counseling, social work) doesn't pay enough to sustain life as a single woman with hopes of retiring someday.

- My house hunt. I recently discovered that my neighbor has a lengthy drug dealing record, which explains a lot. My landlord is useless. I reached out to my mortgage lender to get an updated quote, and with the .5% interest rate increase, a $150K home is now $100 more than my current rent per month. I can't find a $150K home here unless it is a tear down, in a sketchy neighborhood, or out in the boondocks. I can't believe this housing market. I looked at rentals too and everything at or below my current rent is garden level. Should I even stay in this city/state?

- My job. I was interested in a promotion but discouraged from applying as I was told I needed 2 more years of experience (presumably post-master's degree). The person hired for the job just got her bachelor's degree last fall. Frustrating. I'm biding my time, but where do I go from here?

- How much longer is my car going to survive? The check engine light is still on. It's running fine so I'm ignoring it.

- I have a few potential dating possibilities. Should I even bother right now?

Financially I still have an emergency fund cushion but have spent nearly $8000 on my cat since December. Obviously that will be tapering down now. I need to tighten my belt in April.

3 Responses to “decisions”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    You sound frustrated. Sometimes, when everything seems dark and dreary, you just have to keep on keeping on. Better days will come.

    Are you in Seattle? I've forgotten. Sometimes a move can mean a better, more sustainable lifestyle, but be sure to take into account your friendships and other non-financial assets.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    {{hugs}} Kashi

    You are having a tough time of it right now. I'm guessing your stress over your cat's health is overshadowing everything else (projecting a bit here.) Would focusing just on spending quality time with cat for now, and letting the other things just be on the backburner (as much as possible) help a little?

  3. rob62521 Says:

    You have some big decisions and I think you are feeling a bit down to boot. I would look to see if there are other job prospects out there and if so, that may mean some other changes in other areas of your life as well.

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