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February 27th, 2007
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I'm dreaming of a white ... something
It's snowing like crazy outside the office -- about six inches in six hours, which is huge for the foothills -- and roaminrob is advising me not to drive home. While I'm waiting for him and kadyg to pick me up, a few happy updates.

First of all, my intestinal condition ... isn't getting worse. It appears to have stabilized at "loose stools and minor discomfort," which is about what it was when it took the downturn two days ago, but still much better than before the meds. So I'm trying to take it easy while the clock ticks down to the gastro specialist's appointment on Monday. I appreciate everyone's suggestions in the last post; if the doc doesn't bring them up as possibilities, I will.

Secondly, my financial situation just took a wild and sudden swing. A former roommate who has been gradually paying off an old debt I financed for him decided to clear the books and is sending me a check for $4500. I'll probably be putting this mostly toward its intended use -- nuking credit-card debt -- but this does give me a cushion with which to cover the deductible I'd been freaking out about.

On top of that, I've been furiously working on our taxes for the last few days. I was expecting our return to come out as a wash -- Kady and I both earned a lot less last year than usual, but I also got paid a good chunk of money without any withholdings. Turns out that, due to credits and exemptions and self-employment health insurance deductions, we're getting a $550 refund. ]B=8D That money will go to settle bills, eat out somewhere nice once my stomach recovers, and maybe even fund the tattoo on my ten-year goals list.

Many thanks to everyone who sent me public or private offers of financial assistance. I took a wait-and-let's-see approach with them; this isn't exactly what I was waiting for, but I'll *gladly* take it. I'm heartened that people were so willing to chip in -- because I do know several wonderful people (mostly artists) who have hit similar tight patches and don't have freak strokes of luck like this to fall back on. I would much rather see the money people were willing to contribute go to one of them, the next time a crisis strikes. And if anyone has already put something in the mail for me, when I receive it, I'll set it aside -- if I can get through this without anything going dramatically wrong, I'll re-gift it to someone else deserving.

Also, tomorrow is kadyg's birthday. Yay!

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Date:February 28th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
I am glad the universe has lightened your burden money wise, now get healthy. :)
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Date:March 2nd, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
My body doesn't seem to want to do that on its own. But the dr's appointment Monday should help me at least pin down what's still wrong.
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Date:February 28th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thank god for strokes of luck; that's all I can think of to say.
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Date:February 28th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Does this mean what I think it means? Is this the debt I think it is being paid back?

Wow. I never thought you'd see that money.
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Date:March 2nd, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
The check I got today is from a different person, one who's taken great pains to make regular payments.

If you're thinking of the debt I think you are, part of that was canceled out when I moved to Penn Valley and he covered my rent for a while. I got as much as I could out of the house sale when we all scattered, and if there was anything that didn't get settled by that point (I honestly don't remember the figures and don't care to dredge it back up), I wrote it off.
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Date:February 28th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
I finally figured out what I want as my first tattoo, after a few years. Now I'm trying to figure out where to put it. Where is yours going?
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Date:March 2nd, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
Great icon, btw. :) And sorry for not noticing your LJ change earlier -- re-friended.

This one will be my first tattoo, as well. It'll go on the back (outside) of my wrist. I know the significance and symbolism I want, but I'm still settling down on the exact linework -- I'll post more about it in the next few days.
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Date:February 28th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
*hugs* :) And tell Kady happy birfday from me, and enjoy the snow! or something. ;) Weather forecast-waffles here say that we might get some on Friday... kinda scary that you're getting more than we are, but hey, Global Warming, whatyagonnado? ;)
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