athenaltena: (Default)


I love how easily amused cats are.

I actually have those because after I finally got my missing paycheck replaced in addition to this week's regular one I went to get some new shoes since the elastic on my old sandals had worn out and they kept falling off my feet, and it turns out the Sketchers store was having a buy one get one 1/2 off so I went and got two pairs. And now Mari has two boxes.

And just the thought that I actually have at least a little money is kind of making my brain short circuit after so long with next to nothing coming in. Most of it either went to savings or got used to pay some things I've been behind on, and to my shock I still have some left! That's a pleasant change.
athenaltena: (Bored)
No one has cashed my missing check, so it most likely got lost in the mail.  I prefer that more benign (but still irritating) explanation to the idea that the same asshole who vandalized one of the mailboxes downstairs took it. The staffing people said to wait one more day since they have sometimes had checks mailed Thursday show up Tuesday, and to call them tomorrow if there's still no sign of it tomorrow.

I also got a direct deposit form that I'll fax over while at work so this doesn't happen again. I don't need to have this sort of stress if I can avoid it.

*KABOOM*

May. 14th, 2012 08:00 pm
athenaltena: (RAGE)
In case you didn't guess from the subject line, still no check. Tomorrow morning yours truly is going Godzilla on the staffing agency.

Though it did occur to me that this might not actually be their fault, since sometime this weekend someone sabotaged the mailbox of another person who lives here (meaning it's a broken hunk of metal on the ground now) and I wonder if that same person might've stolen my check if it did arrive on Friday. If so they only took the check and not some junkmail that arrived. Either way, I need a replacement, NOW, and I found out that they do have direct deposit through some other people who work through the same agency so I'll set that up so this doesn't happen again.

FUCK

May. 12th, 2012 06:45 pm
athenaltena: (RAGE)
Still no check. It better show up Monday or heads are going to be cracked.

I'm especially unamused because I basically have no savings at the moment, so there is next to nothing to fall back on. I can subsist until maybe Monday but if it's any later than that... well, see the second sentence of this post.

ETA: Realized that I could ask K to give me his half of the utilities early (I usually ask around the 15th of each month) so that will hold me over.
athenaltena: (-_-)
Today I'm being reminded of how nice having direct deposit on my last job was. Usually my paycheck shows up on Friday, so when it wasn't in the mail today I was naturally worried and called the staffing people. They confirmed that they did mail it on Thursday, so it'll probably show up Saturday. What was kind of funny is that when I called their line was busy for a good few minutes, suggesting that a bunch of other people were calling to ask what was up too.

I don't think it's anyone's fault per se, but it effectively derailed my plans for today and pushed them back until tomorrow. The good news is that when it does show up this check will be for more than enough to cover everything I need to do (and I'll probably put most of it into savings to begin trying to build that up again) it's just waiting for the damn thing to show up that's aggravating. If I hadn't been so frazzled when I  called I would've asked if they do direct deposit to prevent this in the future, which I actually had been meaning to ask before this happened. Luckily I can subsist until then, it's just annoying.

What happens to a check deferred?
athenaltena: (swearing a blue streak)
I realize that it's probably a bit shocking for people who don't know me well to suddenly hear me drop a swear like the subject, but I'm not as delicate a flower as I look. Especially when dealing with bureaucratic bullshit.

Long story short, spent quite a bit of time dealing with the Unemployment Insurance website, and then when that didn't work used the phone. Which then flaked out on me. Twice. And then when trying to setup direct deposit the thing kept cutting me off as I was trying to enter the account number, even though I was pausing to make sure I had it right. It took three tries.

And then not five minutes later I get a call from my mom saying that the health insurance division sent them something about how I needed to pay my continuation fee or I'd be cut off. Even though I mailed the fucking thing weeks ago. So I checked my with bank, and nope, for some reason the check hasn't cleared.

So now I have to mail it again.

And the irony that I went from trying to get money from the state to giving money to the state in the course of five minutes is not lost on me. I keep expecting them to ask which arm they should take the blood out of next.*

*Despite my ranting, I know exactly how important both of these things are, but I could do without the bureaucratic bullshit.

Alright

Mar. 15th, 2012 09:59 am
athenaltena: (Yuzuriha)
If nothing else, I've got a temp assignment for tomorrow and at least a few days next week. They told me that the guy who runs the place expects it to only be 3 or 4 days, but they've had people doing the same thing in the past who've wound up there for a few weeks.

The fact that I managed to get something is a major boost to my confidence.

Phew!

Feb. 17th, 2012 01:39 pm
athenaltena: (content)
That money finally showed up in my account, so the first thing I did was pay a bunch of bills. It's really nice to see the amount you owe on utilities go down to zero. I can already feel that my stress level has gone down. So with those out of the way that money should be able to last me for a while, barring that I don't terribly fuck it up and blow it on something I shouldn't. To try and prevent that I'm moving most of it to savings, which is probably a good thing since I can already kind of feel my brain short-circuiting since I'm not used to actually having this much money, so I'm pre-emptively transferring it to avoid doing anything stupid. So keep me the hell away from Downtown Crossing.

(That said I did go ahead and pre-order Mass Effect 3 because I'm a huge nerd and because it's been high on my "to do" list after "pay bills" and I figure one reasonable indulgence will keep me from going completely overboard)
athenaltena: (lethargic)
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

And it's not just the people I interviewed with earlier this week either (which is annoying in itself but part and parcel for this sort of thing), it's waiting for my final lump sum from my last job to clear, since that's a significant amount of money and I need to pay bills and put it in savings, dammit. Luckily I have some time to do the bills but I'd prefer to get them out of the way, since there's more than enough to cover them several times over once this stupid thing finally shows up, and I know it'll help my nerves in general to know I have a bit squirreled away. I know I submitted all the paperwork to get it and they said it'd go out "after my last paycheck" which was a week ago, so hopefully ING has its act together.

I'm also not sure if it'll show up via direct deposit or in the mail, since I did give them the information to do direct deposit, but if that doesn't work for whatever reason they'll mail it to me, and yeah I made sure my address was correct. I'll give the person in charge of all this at my last job a little more time before I start bugging her over it, since I don't need it per se but it would help my nerves if I did have it.
athenaltena: (over shoulder)
Despite all this stress about losing my job, they honestly are trying to help me as much as they can. I told my boss a while ago what the official date I stopped being a student was (the 23rd) and figured I'd stop around the 20th, but today she told me that I might as well continue on until the end of the month to "finish up" what I've been working on, and the way she said it had a definite wink implied. By my calculations that'll get me around $200 more than I would have otherwise, not to mention more time I find something, even if it's only a week.

Either way, I'll take what I can get, and I do appreciate it.
athenaltena: (Anthy ponderous)
The holidays went pretty well, and I mostly managed to avoid wanting to kill my relatives. That's considered a success with our family. My parents and aunt got me and my cousin Derek American Express giftcards that will be very handy, and I also got some books and trinkets.  I also made my grandmother some breakfast rolls using my mom's breadmachine, and those went down very well. My cousin Derek also finally managed to find work after over a year, so he knows exactly what this is like, and the other family members were smart enough not to make any comments about how the job market sucks to me, which some well-intentioned but kind of dumb people have been doing lately and driving me batty. So I'll give them credit where it's due.

Today mom and I went to JC Penny and I got some new clothes, though I brought the wrong giftcard with me and gave mom the difference once we were back home. Oops.

I've also been applying to lots of different jobs, and made an account with the state unemployment office website. I haven't actually filed anything yet, because I'm not actually unemployed yet, but I knew I should at least have it set up in case I need to use it. My pride also took a bit of a hit, but there is actually a lot of stuff that's been coming along that I can do, so I'm trying to think positive. Once I get back to Boston I'm really going to start looking around, and with any luck something will turn up.
athenaltena: (serene)
I managed to make my boss laugh this week when I remarked that with all these stock market shenanigans that some of our developers spook easier than horses. She's a horse person herself so she appreciated the reference.

Besides database gnomes this week was interesting because of all this stuff, and I actually had one guy leave me a message to the effect of "Remember how a few months ago we said we'd be going forward? Yeeaaahh... We'll get back to you on that." Repeat that conversation about 12 times and that was essentially my week. Oy.

Luckily it seems to be stabilizing, but it was real interesting being in the thick of that since we're pretty close to State Street, the big financial center. During the worst of it I was down there at one point and brokers were just standing on the sidewalk looking forlorn. Not to mention that I get out of work at 5 and the markets close at 4 so I'd always know if it had gone badly because people in my  building would be talking about it, and at my gym there are TVs showing the news so I'd catch news of it there.

The irony is that my personal finances are in better shape than they've been for a while, though on a significantly smaller scale than all of this. There's still not much and I could pretty easily fuck it up or have it get fucked up by outside forces, but I have at least a little squirreled away at the moment. I also realize that one sign I've become and adult is that my nightmares have less to do with getting chased by monsters so much as realizing that I owe someone $6000 with no way to pay them back. And yes that was a real nightmare I had not too long ago.
athenaltena: (Sweden)
One thing I've found about me is that to get me to save money it's best if I never see it, so I have transfers go to savings accounts at various times. I just found out I could do that with my credit card, so I just set up a similar thing for that. Since I've had to use said card lately due to the cell phone disaster it'll help me pay it off and be less painful than having to shell out a payment once a month, and get it paid off faster.

I also need to wash and change my sheets today, and I've having the comforter air out on the fire avoider since it's been in storage. Hopefully that'll help get rid of the musty smell.

And I'm glad to say the allergies have mostly calmed down, though I'm still coughing. So I actually sound worse even though I'm getting better. Huh.

Fuck me.

May. 17th, 2011 08:07 pm
athenaltena: (blank)
I keep reminding myself that all things considered I have a pretty good deal with my internship, but I have too much free time to justify without working. So I need to try to find a second job. Also because I'm tired of hardly ever having any money, and it's not like I'm frivolously spending it (Hell, it's been about six months since I've even gone to the movies and I skipped both Anime Boston and Boston Comic Con). The fact that I had to bust out the emergency credit card -- which I hate doing -- to the deal with the phone situation also got me thinking about that.

I just applied to a part-time receptionist position on weekends, though I'm looking in other places too and just asked the Career Services guy I've seen before to send me information on another part time internship.

I'm also keeping my ear to the ground in the area to see if anyone needs a helper, since I think I'm fairly well known and I'd prefer to be close. So far I haven't heard anything.

And yet, I keep telling myself, I'm still pretty well off. Doesn't make this suck any less.

Damn it.

May. 11th, 2011 05:15 pm
athenaltena: (tears of frustration)
I cannot find my cell phone and I want to cry. I know I had it last at the gym yesterday since I dropped it on the floor and the back panel came off, so I had to put it back on, and somewhere between there and home it went missing. I still had my sweatpants on so the only place it could have gone was my purse, my jacket pocket or my backpack, all of which I checked thoroughly. I've torn the apartment apart, gone to the gym to see if someone found it, and tried calling it from Skype (which cost me $10 since I had to buy Skype minutes) in case I could hear it if it was here, but nothing, it just went to voicemail, and it seems the battery's dead since when I first tried it on Skype it rang but now it just goes to voicemail automatically. I even sent a text message through Skype promising a cash reward if someone has it and they return it to me. I don't know if it just fell out of whatever I was carrying it in or if someone took it, but it's gone.

Goddamit. I just fucking replaced this thing less than a year ago, and it's increasingly looking like I'll have to do it again and toss down at least a hundred for a brand new one. And knowing my luck the second I go out and buy a new one the old one will turn up. I'll try to wait until tomorrow at the earliest to do anything in case it does turn up, and when D comes home I'll have her call it and I'll keep calling it on Skype in case someone picks it up. I'm so frustrated that I'm tempted to just go out now, deactivate the current one remotely so people can't steal the information on it and just plunk down the money for a new one.

Why do I have such bad luck with technology lately? I got rid of the Vonage phone to save money, but that'll more or less be erased by the price of a new one. I guess it's time to be a grownup and charge the emergency credit card, even though I hate doing that, but that's why I have the damn thing and since my cell phone is now my only phone at this point I don't seem to have a choice in the matter since I need to be able to call people and they need to be able to call me.

Shit shit shit shit shit.

Edit: Fuck it, if the battery's dead the odds of someone finding it and getting it back to me are next to none, so I'll just go out and get one before the store closes at 7. Not like I have a choice.
athenaltena: (Bored)
... When you don't have cable or internet. I found out about an hour ago when I went out on an errand that Osama bin Laden was dead. Wow. I'm stunned. I don't tend to wish death on anyone, but I'm glad they got him. I was among the people who thought they'd never get him.

In other news, yesterday I went to Ikea with D, and it was a bit like being in Oz. We mostly go stuff for D's room, and my legs are shot from walking around there and moving stuff up the stairs. We also picked up D's cat, Thomas, from where D had been staying with a friend, and he's a very, very well behaved cat. She raised him since he was 7 weeks old, and it shows. He's very relaxed and doesn't really cause trouble, so he seems like he'll be a good fit.

We also got the sink fixed today by the maintenance guy, and while he was there he fixed two of our windows that hadn't been opening properly. Very nice guy, and I'm glad we got that fixed.

I'm working on my take-home final for my sociology course, and I'm about half done. I have my Japanese final tomorrow, and then my English final on Thursday, and then I'm done for the summer! Granted, besides work I don't know what I'll do with myself over the summer, but light at the end of the tunnel and all that. I also hope I get at least a little cash for my books, since while I'm not broke after the taxes thing I don't have much in the way of savings anymore and need to start building them up again.

I'm also not sure if I'll do a radio show this week, because the Comcast guy might be showing up at the same time I'd be doing it. I'll see how it goes.

One down

Apr. 1st, 2011 07:46 pm
athenaltena: (KuroFay)
Alright, I just officially canceled the Vonage phone. It was not as painful as I was expecting, and amusingly enough the call center person saw how little I used it and then changed their tune. They were very gracious about it, though, and it's true that I don't use it enough to justify it.

At the same time I changed it so my cell phone refills every month, so that should cover what I'd use with the Vonage phone and might even roll over. The plan I'm on is $2 a day for every day I use it, so it should work out since I don't call many people very often at all.

All in all I know this'll be a drop in the bucket as far as the budget goes, but I had to cut something and this was the thing that I needed least.

*grump*

Mar. 25th, 2011 01:06 pm
athenaltena: (-_-)
All I can say after this week is “Thank God for warranties.” A couple weeks ago I woke up and was reaching for my glasses when I knocked them off and BAM! right onto the floor, resulting in a huge dent in the lens. So I went to the place I got them and found out they were still under warranty, so I could get replacements at no cost to me. I did so and picked them up on Tuesday.

And I now I have a new MP3 player after the last one broke since I paid 8 bucks for a replacement plan. Totally worth it, though I did have to buy a new plan for the new MP3 in case I break that too. I am having bad luck with electronics this year.

In other news, guess who’s broke again? Yup, me, until next Thursday. I already took some money out of one savings account to cover me until next week and I have to save what’s the in other one to pay my taxes, so every time I check my accounts online I feel like I’m looking at a cake I can’t eat.

It seems like one thing they don’t tell you about being an adult is that yes, you technically can do whatever you want, but you’re usually too broke to do it.

Though at least the degree I'll eventually have tends to pay out pretty well, which was one reason I picked it. I was an idiot at 18, but I was at least smart enough to do that.
athenaltena: (Sweden)
Since it turns out that I owe the feds $180 on April 18th (for comparison, $182 is my weekly paycheck after taxes, and because I had to change my tax status since I made more than we thought I would last year it's actually going to be less soon) I've been going over the budget and trying to figure out what I could cut. And I made a decision, which actually wasn't that hard since there isn't all that much that could be cut. I mean, I almost never go out to eat or to bars, make most of my own food from scratch, bring lunch to work with me and and just don't buy all that much stuff in general. Hell, I've even cut back on the comics and manga and probably won't do Anime Boston this year.

So, bye-bye Vonage phone. I'll still have it for the better part of this month since I actually just paid it this week, but I just can't have that much taken out for how little I use it and justify it. I did find a compromise, though, mainly switching my cell phone to a plan that charges $2 for every day it's used, and after that charge the use it unlimited for that day, and it only charges for the days it's actually used*. Considering that I average 3 days between uses on my phone and tend to go back and forth on the same day it's the best choice, and I can keep refilling with the "pay as you go" system and not have to buy a $60 plan that is too much for how little I use my phone. I looked at my phone and how much I used it and it comes out to less than my current cell phone costs and Vonage together. I only have 2 hours and 45 minutes worth of call time on this phone total since I got it, which is apparently next to unheard of if the number of people I know who are always glued to theirs is any indication.

*FYI to Mom, if I call you it'll only charge me, same as with the Vonage phone, so it won't increase your bill and I won't have to keep conversations between us short.
athenaltena: (Bored)
I got pretty well financially drained during the holidays due to not working for two weeks, so I'm trying a few tricks to build up some money for the next time something like this happens.

Part one is setting up transfers to my two savings accounts once a week as soon as my paycheck gets direct deposited, $10 in each one. I might increase that after a while. I've learned the trick with me is to get it out of my hands or I will spend it. My hope is that after a couple months I will actually have some savings again, and because it goes through right when my paycheck does I never see it and thus can't spend it unless I really need to.

Part two is having emails with the balance of my checking account sent to my email once a day so I can see it, since I check my email several times a day but sometimes do not check my balance. This will hopefully help me rectify any discrepancies pretty quickly.

Part three is something I used to do that got wiped out when my last computer died, which is putting into my email calendar when certain automatic payments go through (gym membership, Vonage bill, etc.) and having a reminder pop up the day before. I feel especially stupid about this once since it should have been the first thing I set up with the new computer, but I forgot.

And ironically enough I just tried to get onto the website to check something and online banking is down for people in Massachusetts. Okay.

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