Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I was whining before about my "January schlump." Typically in January and February I slow down physically and motivationally, and end up gaining weight that I then spend the next three or four months fighting. This year I did slow down, but between having much less holiday partying and no exposure to leftovers, and being at least a little more active than usual for January/February, I came out of it with no gain, and in the last week or two actually lost two or three pounds. Yay, me! I'm now technically not overweight. I'm hoping that I'll lose another five as I get out an do some of the hikes I haven't gotten around to yet, before it gets too hot.
The money situation is scary, though. I'm at the point where if I had car trouble I would have to put the repairs on a credit card at 20+% interest, which is not a good thought. I'm planning to take some jam and candy to the little farmers' market in the nearest town, which might make me enough to buy a tank of gas (34-gallon tank + $3.97 gas = Eeeek!!!) I would take something healthy, but other people already take whole-grain breads, soup, etc, and the community garden sells whatever produce they can manage to produce. In such a small town, you don't want to step on toes by competing with someone who's already been there before. And I'm looking for work here and on-line. The rangers have said that if I stay around, there's a good possibility of getting hired at the park, but it's pretty definitely not going to happen in the next month.
And then my parents are talking about buying a house here, if I would live in it while they're back up north. That would be financially pretty much an even swap for me; I would have to come up with money for utilities but I could get my stuff out of storage in the city and stop paying that bill.
All of this would work if I could find some online work to hold me while I'm searching/waiting for a real-life opening. So if anybody knows of an online copywriting, editing, translation, or forum moderation job, I'll do it cheap!