I'm not much for new year's resolutions, but 2017 has not exactly been a picnic, so it feels like a good time to put out a list of some things I don't just hope for in 2018, but really NEED. You never know who might have a connection that would be helpful. I'll start with the biggie and work my way down from there.
I got laid off from my last “real job” near the end of 2016. In the meantime, I've been doing freelance writing, I spent several months in a retail/customer service job (which I quit because it turns out I don't enjoy an environment where most of the employees get yelled at a lot), and I've picked up extra cash performing with two bands. Heck, I've made money blowing up balloons. I am not at all picky about what I do to make a living at this point.
Thank goodness I've managed to buy generously subsidized health insurance through the ACA up to now, but I do not feel at all confident that I'll continue to be so lucky. Therefore, my primary requirements for employment include affordable health insurance benefits and enough take-home pay to cover my relatively modest bills. So if you know of anything, let me know.
Some Home Repairs
One of the problems with living on a very tight budget is that when things break around the house, they tend to stay broken for a while. Then more things break, and the list keeps getting longer with no end in sight. So I'm looking for recommendations for people who can fix some of these issues without bankrupting me.
Right now, the most pressing problem we're having is with our garage doors. Mine just refuses to open with a remote. Period. The button on the wall works fine, but the remotes have all given up. My husband's garage door is getting stuck halfway whenever he tries to open or close it. He can only get it to go where it needs to go by getting out and pushing or pulling. If it were still reasonably warm outside, that would be less of a problem, but at 6°F...
Second on the repair list is my dishwasher. Dr. Google tells me it has a faulty fill valve which is preventing it from taking in enough water. It's something I could theoretically replace myself, but I am hesitant to root around in there and potentially break something permanently. In the meantime, I have to toss in a pitcher of water at the beginning of each cycle. Sigh.
Last but certainly not least, our (only) television has chosen now to start crapping out. It's a plasma screen TV and we've had it for a long time, so it's not a surprise that it's finally wearing out – it's just very poor timing. So far it's still possible to get it to come on and work properly after a few turning-it-off-and-on-again cycles, but sooner or later it's going to shuffle off this mortal coil. Then how will I finish binge watching “Supernatural”? This one isn't an ask because there's nothing to be done, but if I can take care of the steady job thing, I'll be able to afford a new TV without guilt.
In most ways, I'm still incredibly fortunate. My health is decent, our house is safe and warm and filled with snuggly pets, my car is fairly new and reliable (yes, I have a car payment, but you know) and I have plenty to eat. Still, it's time for me to jump into a new chapter of my life and address a few things that went by the wayside in the past year. I'm ready!