Saturday, August 08, 2009

With the start of the business thing still being one week away

We are down to one hundred dollars. Okay, maybe a hundred and twenty, cause he gave me some of it. But we went and paid the car insurance (which was more than he told me it was) and then we took what was left of the money out of the bank. Just before we went to pay the car insurance, the bank charged us another fee of about forty dollars for being overdrawn, even though at the time the fee went through we actually had several hundred dollars in the account. So we ended up with a hundred and twenty dollars instead of the almost two hundred he said that we would have.

Yesterday, he actually asked me if I wanted to go to the movies. We had planned to see Julie & Julia this week, and then later see The Time Traveler's Wife and District 9. Even at our cheap theater, that is still twenty-one dollars. We can't spend twenty-one dollars watching movies when we are behind on a car payment and don't even have enough money to go on the trip next week. But yesterday morning, like the first thing he asked me was when does the movie start.

Okay, so we went to pay the car insurance, and then we went to the grocery store to get some sodas so that we could get the hundred and twenty dollars out of the account. Only, the store would only give us forty of it. It has been so long since I tried to get more money than that, I forgot there was a limit now. And then we remembered where there was a bank ATM that wouldn't charge us any fees, so we went there to get the other eighty dollars. Then we went to another store and spent about three dollars on food, half of that being for potato chips.

We are this low on money, and he still wants potato chips. I feel bad about the little bit I still spend on soda, but I have a bit of a caffeine addiction. Potato chips are just flat out unnecessary. And of course, since we have potatoes, he could just try to make his own chips, but he hasn't done that yet.

Okay, so we went someplace to buy cheap potato chips, and we bought him a six-pack of root beer, and I bought some spaghetti or something. He already had sandwich stuff. So now he's all set for lunch for the next few days, and if he still goes on that trip.

He finally had to call and tell them that he didn't have enough money to go on the trip, if they don't have some way to advance him some money, which he new that they didn't from the last time we were in trouble. So he called, and they said that it didn't look like they would have enough business for a two day trip anyway, so if they changed the schedule so that it was just the one day could he still work? So he thinks that a hundred dollars would pay for just one day, and he agrees to do that, and now we are just waiting to hear back from them to see if he is working Wednesday or Thursday, or if they are going to leave it the way it is and get someone else.

I have mostly cleaned the living room enough to make room for the equipment. The room still needs to be cleaned properly later, but for now I have moved enough stuff around that there is floor space.

It was too hot yesterday to go out and do actual garden work, but I did water the plants and just go out and look at a few things. And of course, while I was out looking, I was attacked by fire ants. And I haven't really recovered from the last time. But this time really upset me, cause after a time you figure out where they are, and you stay away from them until such time as you can poison them or something, but this time I wasn't anywhere near where they had been, and I wasn't even standing in one place for a long time. I was just walking around and turning on the hose, and they got me anyway.

Stupid fire ants. I would leave them alone if they would leave me alone. So instead of hiding so that I don't know that they are there, they come out and bite me, so now I have to kill them.

I have three yellow squash in my fridge and one left on the plant. I thought that I was going to get more than that, but some of them died. Not sure why, cause I was pretty sure that those got pollinated this time. Maybe not. Anyway, I have four squash, which is twice as many as I've had the whole rest of the season.

The sweet potato plants are really nice looking. This probably means that I have watered them too much and that the roots will end up being too small to be worth eating, but I don't really care too much. They are still nice to look at. I think I'll grow more of them next year. On the other hand, the best thing to eat is the asparagus, which pretty much just looks awful. Not that the plant is actually ugly, but it just sort of gets too tall and then falls over. I didn't remember that it did that, or I wouldn't have planted them right in the middle of everything like I did. Anyway, next year I need to build something so that the plants can be contained somewhat and not fall over onto the pathway like that. Trailing sweet potato vines are attractive, but falling over asparagus somehow are not.

Anyway, I cannot wait for the next two weeks or so to be over. There is all this stuff going on, and I can't do anything cause I don't have any money. Like there is a party at the end of the month, and I would need at least fifteen dollars to go, plus I'm not sure that I have anything to wear. And tomorrow a lot of my friends are going to dinner, which is sort of a send off for a couple of them as they are leaving next month and they are not sure if they will be able to see us next week. I'm not particularly close to these two, but I would have gone to say goodbye anyway. I don't get to see them much, but they are a lot of fun when they are around. So I hope that they make it next week, cause I can't go out tomorrow.

So in a week or so it will either be really good, or it will just be okay and get us out of the current difficulties, or it will be a total disaster and leave us being even more in debt. But the not knowing is starting to get to us, and I will be glad when it is over.


Ananda girl said...

Wow. Stay busy doing things so that you don't have to think about it too much. Time moves faster that way. I know so many people right now in the same position. Everyone is stressed out.

Ouch... fire ants!

dmarks said...

I've never seen fire ants.