These days I have a lot of static running constantly in my head. A generally gnarling buzzing squealing noise that sometimes ramps up and sometimes maintains a low rumble.

I am tired of this. I am tired of being stressed.

Last night the buzzing squealing got so loud I didn't think I would be able to sleep. I definitely had to work some distraction magic with the tv and the computer, but I actually did sleep and I am so relieved.

The buzzing squealing is, of course, money related so this morning I decided to take action and called a few moving companies to get quotes and made an appointment with a financial planner. I also found out I'm eligible for extra loans as a grad student and did the paperwork for an extra $5k so I will have a "just in case" nest egg.

Tonight I feel bunches better, like a big load is off my shoulders and out of my mind. Ahhhhhhhhh… The buzzing squealing is more like white noise, easily ignorable and actually a bit soothing.

Tonight I plan to get a good night's sleep.

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First Update in Three Weeks… Yikes!

Hello Voxies,

Thank you MexicanShrimpCocktail for the nudge. I am alive.

My last post about the money issues sent me into a two week stress-session where I ate my weight in chocolate and fretted about the future. But I'm ok… I was just in one of those places where talking about it made it worse and everything seemed to lead back to talking about it. If I posted anything on here it would be doom and gloom and what-if's. So I practiced avoidance theory, holed up and beat Big Kahuna Reef 2, ate chocolate, and worked on getting my plan figured out.

Plus my brother was here and he is fun and was a nice distraction, so I spent a lot of time hanging out with him.

Now he is back in DC preparing for his next big adventure and I have been to State College to find my new home. The only thing between me and my own big adventure is 6 weeks of work at JMU and packing packing packing.

So, for now, here's my new place in State College. I am VERY lucky to have gotten in because they only put a sign in the yard to advertise so I was just fortunate enough to drive by. Plus they were concerned about my cats and hesitant to allow them in. But, I won them over with my dazzling personality and credit score and it is mine! Well, for the next three years anyway. Ha ha.

A beautiful place. I am excited. It's only 1.5 miles from campus, so I can walk or ride my bike. A bit more expensive than I wanted, but options two and three were not really even close in comparison. This will be my sanity and sanctuary during the PhD program which I am sure will push me past my limits at times.I will need a place to go home to that recharges me and helps me relax and unwind.

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My wallet hurts…

Had a couple of those unexpected little life lemons recently.

The water heater went out in my house last week. I've been suspicious of it for a while because I ran out of hot water when showering and it's just me in the house. I even had the thermostats cranked waaaaayyyy up to try and make it last longer which worked a little, but I still ran out. That sucks when it's freezing outside. Brrrrrrrrr…

So, that little adventure cost $575 – $300 for the new tank and $275 in labor for the emergency plumbing services. We had to turn the water off to the whole house because the knob to shut it off just to the tank was frozen shut, so we had no water for a while. We were carrying buckets over from the neighbor's house to flush the toilets and bought out the whole supply of gallons of bottled water from the neighborhood convenience store. lol…

Tuesday night I got a flat tire – like all the way down flat. Grumble grumble… Of course I was an hour from home. Grumble grumble… One positive note – Fix-A-Flat is the BEST STUFF EVER. Go out right now and buy a can to keep in your trunk. It is a miracle product. A lifesaver. Absolutely amazing.

So took the car in to get that tire fixed and found out it couldn't be because there was too much wear. It was a 30,000 mile tire and I got 50,000 miles out of it so I'm not complaining. But my car is all-wheel drive and you have to replace all four tires at the same time or it messes up the computer that controls the all-wheel drive stuff. AND… while they were poking around in there they also noticed that my rear brakes were worn basically down and needed to be replaced too. Ha. Of course.

So $100 for one tire turned into $450 for tires and $150 brake pads leading to $620 with tax.


Me poor. Me no want pay lots of money. Me want save for future.

The silver lining is that I won't have to pay for these repairs when I am in school for the next three years making next to nothing. I'd rather pay for this kind of thing now then face it when I'm REALLY poor. And I do have to say I take pride in the quality of house that some lucky person is going to buy. It's a nice house with lots and lots of quality improvements. That makes me happy.

But… then I read my horoscope for today and realized everything is going to be ok. Read and marvel and how the world knows things in a spooky way sometimes:
Scorpio – Someone may have a good money-making plan but it doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you. A change in plans will probably cost a little more but, in the end, you will be better off not scrimping. Ooooooooooo…. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…

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