Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Argh... money problems

As always, finances are REALLY tight this week. Ugh. I hate to even think about it.

We're the type of people (hey, who isn't these days?) that live paycheck to paycheck with very little in between. Our income barely meets our outgo. It's depressing.

Anyway, we were able to get a small cash front (thanks, ma!) to take a vacation in July that was SO wonderful [mental note : post yer damn vacation journal & photos already!] and much needed... unfortunately, there is an ebb and flow to everything, a yin and yang... so, after a fabulous Carribbean getaway, there was trouble in paradise.

Ryan's paid time off wasn't going to be available for use until August, but since his store is preparing for the Fall Season, no one is allowed to take vacation until November. Since we had an opportunity to get away in July, his boss agreed to trade the time... since he's salary, she'd just report that he worked the week that we were gone, and then in August she would mark him out for a week when he really worked. Sounded great.

When we got home, we found out that his boss had been fired (lovely) and forgotten to mention to anyone that she was 'time swapping' with him, so he was marked out for a week. No problem, right? Ha! Since he wasn't there, and his vacation time wasn't available, he just didn't get paid. For an entire week. Ouch.

I am still reeling from the loss a month later, while still owing my mom for the money we borrowed... sigh.

THEN, Mr. DumbAss Himself gets a speeding ticket. Great. $120 due ... this week of course. This is also riding on the tails of my sister who borrowed my car and slammed into some guy who insists that the ding in his bumper is worth thousands of dollars. This is going to be fun. Insurance prices will be sky rocketing and I will be crying.

If you see me, toss a penny in my hat. Please.

Incedentally, I will probably be adding some art for sale on this site really soon. :)

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