Jun. 26th, 2008 10:19 am
yrmencyn: (Default)
Yeah, so... I gave my location for that last entry as "The DMP," and then I realized that I hadn't really, you know, mentioned what the hell that is.  (This is probably related to the fact that I haven't really posted here, as such, in a few weeks.)  For a while toward the end of the school year, I'd gotten really stressed out, wondering what the hell I was going to do over the summer to convince someone to give me money for rent, utilities, food -- you know, those little unnecessary luxuries of modern life.  Right up at the end, with a lot of other stuff going on and my stress level rising, I had pretty much decided that I would just take out loans and pay myself to write over the summer.  And then, during finals week, a bolt from the blue!

I had applied, toward the end of April (I think that's when it was?) for a number of extra positions in the coming year, so that I could boost my income and maybe pay off [some of] my credit card debt and/or save for next summer (which will be, uh, lean).  I ended up getting a 25% appointment for the school year, bringing me up to three-quarter time (the maximum appointment possible for a grad student).  It didn't, however, include any summer funding, so while I was happy about the opportunity for Au/Wi/Sp, I was still nowhere for summer.

And then (here's the bolt), my boss for the upcoming year offered me a 50% (i.e. normal-for-a-graduate-student) appointment over the summer.  Yay!  So 20 hours a week I'm here in the English Department's Digital Media Project.  We're the department's in-house rich media production and pedagogical development unit.  This is actually a fancy way of saying that I sit at the front desk and check out equipment :)  Over the summer, the teachers are all pretty experienced and know how to use any tech they plan on using.  But during the school year it should be more lively in here, with various projects going on all the time.

Woot money, woot CV line.
yrmencyn: (vdub)
And, for all practical purposes, comes to an end.  I got a call back from Tom today, and he gave me the bad news.  My window that doesn't roll up (and therefore, you know, requires fixing) will cost 230 to fix, since the broken bit is an integral part of a much larger assembly.  The AC system -- vast swaths of which must be replaced, apparently, once you get air into the system, which will be unavoidable with a compressor replacement -- is looking to be about 925.  I just don't have 1145 lying around, waiting to be used, so the AC will just have to wait.  Sigh.  Poor little Coche.
yrmencyn: (qc - drunk)
This is a pity party!  Seriously.  So, I finally got a call back from Overseas Motors about the AC in my car.  Oh, Jetta, Jetta, Jetta.  What have I ever done to you but love you, coche?  So.  On the front of the compressor, there's a clutch assembly.  Or, I should say that there is usually a clutch assembly.  In Coche's case, however, the clutch assembly has broken off.  So... if I'm lucky, then Tom can find a clutch assembly.  And that'll be three to four hundred dollars.  If I'm less lucky, then he has to buy the whole compressor.  Possibly from the dealer (oh, dreaded words).  And if that's the case, I'm looking more at six to eight hundred.  Kill me.

So... the cheap option I'm not happy about, but it's about what I was hoping for.  The more expensive option, though... ouf.  I mean, I have that money in my savings account.  And this is, arguably, what savings accounts are made for, but... well, I was hoping to, you know, eat with that money during the lean month (I don't get paid between Aug 31 and October 31).  I'm sure I'd pull it together, and Kevin -- being an amazing person -- has promised to make sure I don't starve to death, but... I don't like it.  I fucking hate car repairs.

So to 'celebrate' I'm having a pity party.  I made ginger beer today so we could make Dark and Stormies tomorrow (more on that tomorrow), so I just... well, I'm testing them out.  In a papasan chair.  Parked directly in front of the TV.  With some leftover shrimp and grits.  Yeah.  Partay.
yrmencyn: (armadillo)
I just looked at my bank account, and I had a strong urge to vomit.  Now admittedly, it's the first week of the month, when everything comes due and bank accounts just hemorrhage money, but this is completely beyond.  I have to really, finally, come to terms with the fact that I am beyond horrible with money and do something about it.  I've been lucky the last few years to have had a ridiculously large income, but that's no longer the case.  I spend far too much on... everything.  Eating out, random purchases I don't need, 'treats' that I rationalize far too readily, just everything.  I need to sit down tonight and make out a hard-core budget, and then --here's the clincher -- stick to it.  There is absolutely no way this can go on.  This month may already be shot, but savings can fill in the gaps there.  Can't keep doing that for three years, though...


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