Wow, I actually have some "get up and go!" Nice for a change.

I showered, took my meds, and answered my messages.

I cooked some food -- simering pinto beans for chili, and am also baking some biscuits.

I vacuumed the kitchen and common area.

I walked down the steps to get the mail (first time I've been able to do it without excruciating pain in days).

I walked down the steps again to take out the trash and recycling.

I emailed DVR to see what's happening -- my counselor hasn't been returning my messages, and I haven't actively job hunted since the start of the year: I've been homebound, with no energy, no drive, and waaaaay too much physical pain.

I called the Whatcom Homeless Service Center and Assumption Church, asking for back rent help, so I don't get evicted. No idea yet what will happen there.

For me... that's a pretty productive day!
So the temperature finally rose above freezing, and the falling snow turned to rain. Which is good for washing away much of the accumulated snow, but turns everything into a sloppy, slushy mess -- and when it freezes again tonight, it will be dangerous. But for now the streets are clear, and it's warmer, so I decided to brave the slush in order to run some errands. It's the first time I've been out of the apartment for days.
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I got a notice from the state: based on my knee and foot problems, they're reinstating my short-term disability benefits!


This means three very important things can now happen: 1.) The monthly benefit is just barely more than my rent, so going forward I will be able to meet my rent! 2.) I can now go to the Opportunity Council with proof of income and plead for help from their eviction prevention programme to cover the back rent and late fees, and 3.) I get a breather in the stress of worry about eviction while I look for suitable sedentary work.

This is SUCH a load off my shoulders. For the time being, I don't have to fret about paying rent while job-hunting, or worry about being evicted.

Thank you, DSHS!
One of the reasons I have been having so much difficulty in finding a job is that the joint problems I have in my knees, ankles and feet limit the kinds of jobs I can take. Most of the readily available menial jobs in Bellingham -- fast food, retail, custodial, day labour -- are not jobs that I can do, because they require standing for long periods of time, and walking, bending and squatting a lot. I'm capable of working desk jobs -- within the limits of my mental health issues -- but those jobs are very hard to come by in the current job market. As I am fond of saying, I graduated from university at the end of August, just in time for the economy to tank.
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( Dec. 1st, 2008 10:56 am)
Got an email from the owner of my property (not the property manager):

> What we have decided to do is to continue like this for another month and then we will re-assess.

That means I have another month before they evict!

Thank you to everyone who lent me money to pay one month's rent -- it's what kept me from getting evicted!

Thank you thank you thank you!

(Now I just have to find a JOB!)

The depression seems to have lifted a bit. This is good. The sunny day today helped.

I finally got a second wind today and got caught up on some things that I had been neglecting to do for a while:

  • I filled out a bunch of paperwork DSHS has requested.
  • I wrote my thank you notes for folks who had given me graduation gifts.
  • I caught up on some emails and messages that I hadn't gotten around to answering (I admit it, I am the world's worst procrastinator when it comes to answering emails).
  • I tied up some various loose ends that had been hanging around.

I know it doesn't look like a lot, but that's about 6 hours of work there. My world is a little less chaotic now, and I feel accomplished.

No idea what tomorrow will bring -- will I be evicted? -- but at least I've accomplished something today.
In less than 24 hours, my friends raised $225.00 for me towards my rent (I have awesome friends!).

And, my good friend [ profile] pocketlama is doing a photography fundraiser for me! Buy a print for $40 or more, and he'll donate the profits to me. Isn't that sweet?

I have another avenue to try in borrowing some money. I'll get back to you on that.

A little over 24 hours to go. I may avoid eviction yet!


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