wlotus: (Temper...)
The management of our apartment building mailed us notices detailing the electrical work they intend to do to the building as soon as the proposal is approved by the city. They finally plan to upgrade the wiring and install circuit breakers, which is GREAT and long overdue.

But...

This will most likely mean an increase in rent to cover the cost of the work (just like when they installed a new boiler a couple of years ago).

AND...

Instead of electricity being included in our rent as it is now, they will begin charging each apartment individually for its electricity usage.

Now I am stressed about the effect this will have on my already tight budget. That could spell out the end of being able to put money into savings each month, not to mention losing the modest $20 a week I have for spending money.

I dislike feeling stress over money. I like being calm and knowing I have enough. My brain comes up with the worst case scenario, however.

What if I considered a more positive set of possibilities?

What if I continue to have enough, even though I don't know how that will be possible? (I don't have to know how, just like I don't know for sure the worst case will happen.)

What if we are able to make everything be alright?


Wednesday, 18 August 2010, 4:17 PM

Now that I am calmer, I have re-read the documentation. They are not proposing an increase in the rent (yet); they are simply detailing the work to be done and asking for our comments. I wrote that I approve and asked, "Now that electricity will not be included in our rent, by how much will our rent be reduced?"

Ha ha, I know. But at least I am putting it out there, instead of hoping they will think about that on their own.

Thank you!

Jan. 4th, 2010 10:57 pm
wlotus: (Happy)
Thanks to some generous folks, all of whom I have personally thanked, I have nearly half of the remaining $350 I need to pay my car repairs. My overtaxed budget and I are grateful.

It's tough being the one asking for help, rather than being the one quietly helping from the background. But it just goes to show, you never know when the tables will be turned. I'm just glad there are people out there to help me in my time of need.
wlotus: (Princess)
On Wednesday night my brakes failed (while the car was parked, thank goodness), so on Saturday I called Roadside Assistance and arranged for my car to be towed to a shoppe down the road from me. After 10 minutes on the lift, the mechanic delivered the verdict: ruptured brake lines, thus a damaged master cylinder, and (unrelated) a broken stabilizer bar. At $90/hour for labor, the whole job came to $705. I have $350 outright, and the other $350 will come out of my savings to cover the credit card bill. That's nearly a week's worth of expenses sucked out of my savings when I can least afford to lose them. Now I am afraid to drive my car, for fear something else expensive will go wrong when I least need to spend that kind of money.

Just to add insult to injury, I think the hard drive in my iPod is dying. As important as music is to me, that is akin to spitting in my face. It isn't fatal or life-threatening in the least, but it's insulting and underhanded.

Last night T and I found a bed bug crawling across our comforter. I wasn't surprised; we'd heard some apartments in our building had recently been exterminated for them. It's just one more thing to add to the pile of "not right, today".

2010 is starting out on the wrong foot. It is fired.


If anyone is willing and able to help with the unexpected expenses, you can do so here:








I'm going to take the iPod to the Apple Store this week, to see if they can run a diagnostic on the hard drive. (I put the iPod into diagnostic mode, but the test that scans the drive for bad sectors is missing from the menu. Disk Utility doesn't pick up on anything, either; it says the iPod's hard drive and the drive on which my music files reside are perfectly fine.) If the hard drive is on its last legs, I can buy an OEM drive for just under $90 and replace it myself. It would cost a couple hundred dollars to let Apple do it, so since the iPod is already out of commission and out of warranty, I may as well do it myself.

T and I woke up early, so we're washing our bedding (separate from everything else, in hot water, colors be damned) and the rest of our laundry. We were up early enough to take over the entire laundry room: all four washers and dryers. Our things are in the dryers now, so we'll be out of there before the normal Sunday rush for the laundry room starts. When you have to share a laundry facility, that is a major accomplishment. :-)

T found a recipie online for a natural bug repellant: 10 parts rubbing alcohol (or vodka or witch hazel or olive oil) to 1 part tea tree oil. We sprayed the bed down with that last night, and I'll spray the edges of the room later today. That will help keep more bugs from migrating from other apartments into our room, at least. Later in the morning we'll vacuum out the platform that holds our mattress; I doubt the rest of the family would appreciate being awakened by us running the vacuum at 8:30 AM on a Sunday.

Later today T and I are going to visit a friend of hers, whom we have not seen in a while. I'm looking forward to that. :-)

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