Ok, so many of you are aware of my unemployment status. I have some promising prospects but no offers yet. I remain optimistic though.
However, it is now getting to the point where my money is running pretty low. I calculate I have a maximum of 1 month left of funds before I can't pay the mortgage. So fo course this has me nervous. It also makes me cringe whenever unforseen bills pop up .... Like what happened this week.
A few days ago, my wife and I were in the kitchen and we heard a noice that sounded like rain splattered on pavement. It sounded close and unimpeded so we knew it wasn't teh rainstorm outside. I traced the sound and figured out it was coming from my basement.
So we went down into the basement to find it flooding (with water already covering at least a full quarter of the floor of its 1500 square foot expanse). The sound we heard was coming from the back of our boiler which was continuing to spew water out the back. WONDERFUL.
So I called the plumber, and he got tehre after about an hour and a half. Turns out a pressure regulation valve failed and double the pressure the system could handle was going in (the system was made for 10-14 pounds and 30 pounds were going in). He shut off the valve, drained the system to 12 pounds of pressure, and told us this was just a temporary fix and we'd have to get teh valve changed soon. Then he charged us 100 bucks and left with the basement still flooded.
The next day I had an important job interview. After the interview I went to home depot and bought a wet vac to clean up the flooding. Yay, another 100 bucks out the window.
So we got home from Home Depot and while my wife was pulling out of the driveway to go on a nighttime pet sit (she takes care of other people's pets) I grabbed the wet vac and started to bring it down to the basement. At the bottom of the basement, my geniusness had placed a rolled up piece of carpet. Of course at the bottom, my right foot stepped on it, and my left foot stepped on the EDGE of it. My foot bent inward and I heard a loud *CRACK*, which was followed by me falling and screaming in pain.
I then had to make my way up the stair on one foot after recovering from the initial shock, ate 3 Advil, and tried to call my wife. No dice, eitehr her phone was off or she wasn't getting a signal. Eventually she got home an hour later at which point we went to the emergency room.
Thankfully my ankle is no broken. It is however sprained, either 2nd or third degree. They couldn't tell because it was so swollen.
As a note, I don't have health insurance now. My severence coverage ended on the 1st when I got the Cobra bill it was for $2000/month so I decided to not opt for that (how in God's name could anyone rack up $2000/month in medical costs to actually justify that kind of insurance rate?!)
So now I'm going to be receiving a hefty ER bill. Joy. This pretty much makes it so I can't afford the next mortgage payment.
On top of that, I was up late that night as a result and had an interview Friday morning. Suffice to say I was not well rested. I also couldn't drive to it (I drive stick, my wife drives an automatic and doesn't know how to drive stick). Thankfully y wife drove me, but I wound up having to spend the entire day after that in a car because I had ot go with her on her pet sits.
To top things off, I had to buy birthday presents for my mother, my sister-in-law, and my wife (3 birthdays inside a single week).
Yay More expenses!
I'm just hoping one of the interviews I went on comes back with an offer ASAP, and at this point I'm hoping it is one of the contracting positions. permanent positions usually take a few weeks after being hired before you can actually start and then you have to wait like a full month before getting paid. Contracting gigs start work immediately and get paid weekly or at worst bi-weekly. Plus, the contracting gig that I feel I'm most likely to land pays really well.
Anyway, sorry I went on that rant there. I just needed to vent a little. I'm sure things are going to turn out cool. Not liking the whole being a gimp thing though. I can't walk yet so I use crutches everywhere or I hop. Hopefully in a few days I can start limping.