I took my car in last week to have the oil changed and the battery replaced, only to discover that at the next appointment I have to have about a thousand dollars worth of repairs done (on some sort of motor mount something-or-other and some bushings or something - can you tell I'm not a car person?). I seem to be in some sort of loop here. I've been wanting a new computer for awhile, and every time I just get enough saved up something wipes it out. First I ended up spending $1,500 on medical bills. Now a thousand on car repairs. But, as several of my friends have pointed out, at least I have it to be wiped out (and I'm not borrowing to pay off my medical bills). I'm still in the black. I did my taxes tonight (you know it's a slow Sunday night when you're bored enough to do your taxes), and the refund will help "defray" (a popular word that means "you only have to bleed a pint instead of two") the car repairs. Maybe I can get the computer in May . . .
On a more-stressful note, half of my department was laid off on Thursday (wow, was that
a stressful day). I've never been through a round of layoffs before. It's not fun. To all my coworkers who vanished into the night, I wish you the best. Those of us who remain are walking around on tiptoes until the dust settles . . .