Mrs. Ha nannies for a family where the mom is a PhD student, almost all she makes goes to Mrs. Ha. But, her professors didn't get funding for her for the summer, she can't afford to pay Mrs. Ha, and there's a $900 monthly hole in our budget.
We won't starve, but we won't make progress on usurious credit card debt, or save for tuition. Mrs. Ha may file for unemployment, may work a few hours a week for the family, or may try to find stuff to sell on ebay. She may also look for a summer job, but it's doubtful she'll find a compatible family on a college schedule.
Maybe we'll have a summer where I come home to cooked meals, and a relaxed, happy wife.
In other money pits, I renewed my Passport. I had hopes the corporation would pay for it, since they only time I've needed it was for a short term international business trip. No luck, but I figured it gave me a competitive advantage over other employees. Still, that's $110 I could have used for other things, just to keep employed.
The local economy is dismal for people with my peculiar skill set, my old manager just showed up last week. He got rehired after being laid off two years ago, and couldn't find anything comparable.
My previous manager just retired last week, she was 65 and a coder. He's her replacement somehow, even if he doesn't code.
Yeah, work is very stressful. I finally met my manager last month, he's offshore. One good thing is a four day weekend coming up, including a four day work week this week.
We are planning a short trip to Toronto to celebrate Mrs. Ha's birthday in June. She had to get her enhanced driver's license, and maybe my Passport will be back by then. Are there any alleys downtown where a battered, rusted minivan with US plates won't be disturbed overnight?
I've been trying to add bike racks to my bike and seventeen_year_old's, but there's apparently no standard for bike racks, so I'm trying to hack something together to mount them without interfering with brakes, etc. The oldest has been riding a lot, even in the dark, so I bought her some LEDs.
My cheap Freestyle mountain bike, handed down from my dad, also had a bad tube. Strangely, the replacement tube has an odd stem, the only pump we have that engages it is a hand held ball pump. It's going to take a while to get to 40 psi.
I've been gaming with people I'm not related to, at least once a month. Last month was A Study in Emerald based on the Gaiman short story. I liked it, nowhere near as fidgety as Arkham Horror, and you can finish it in three hours. Saturday was an ASL SK scenario.
Somehow seventeen_year_old got roped into hosting a graduation party with newspaper_girl and sa_girl. We're kind of irked that newspaper_mom is going all out on graduation party favors, including customized photo printed M&Ms. I never heard of a high school graduation party that gave favors. We're doing what we can without having to spend a lot, see above, another broken summer.
A different friend is asking her to go the prom, so her date would know someone else (they're UU sorts). She had a lame time last year, she doesn't want to waste $50 she can use for better things, and we don't have a spare $50.
A few years ago I picked up Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea from a library sale, and finally got around to reading it. It's a story about a gold rush ship sinking near North Carolina with hundreds (thousands?) of pounds of gold, and attempts find and recover the gold under thousands of feet of water. It ended up a positive note, but subsequently all the gold is locked up for a trial with the insurance companies, the protagonist is missing, maybe on Key West.
I should be more grateful and less whiny. My brother_in_law is dealing with liver failure and hasn't found a hospital willing to try a transplant. The Buffalo hospital is suggesting stay at home hospice, and Strong won't take him. My sister is hoping for good news from Pittsburgh.
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