Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Alright, I need to vent a little.
First off, my boyfriend and I live together. He's been working for his mom running her vending machine business for the past several years since his dad passed away without pay. His mom can't/won't pay him, so he decided to get another job. He still runs the vending machine business, but now he also works full-time (35 hours a week) as a donation attendant at Goodwill (I helped him get the interview, as it is the same Goodwill I used to work at and I'm still friends with all the managers). He has been working there for three weeks and got his first paycheck last Friday. Up until he got this job, I'd been paying most of our utilities.
Ok, so when I got my taxes at the beginning of March, I paid our cell phone bill and electricity. They totaled about $400. We made the agreement that since I paid that cell phone bill (our first on our new plan together, so it included an additional $70 for activation fees) and the electric bill was ridiculously high, that he would take care of the next cell phone bill (which should be the normal amount) and the electric bill (which was supposed to be half what the one I paid was). Next month, we are going to go halves on all the bills to make it more fair.
So, I get home from my nine-hour day at work today and our power has been shut off due to non-payment. So, I call the electric company to see what the deal is (since we received no notices either by mail or on our fence), and they absolutely refuse to talk to me because I'm not on the account. They won't even tell me if it's an outage or if the power has been shut off. So, I text the info to my boyfriend at work and ask him to call them on his break to straighten it out and give me authorization to deal with the account. Then, because I really didn't want to hang out in a dark house with no electricity (can't even use my laptop because the battery won't hold a charge, so it has to be plugged in) by myself, I grabbed my boots and decided to go ride Aires.
Got to the barn and not only are there horses turned out in the round pen, they were working on the arena. So, I hung out for a while, just grooming Aires. During the hour or so I was at the barn, my brother called me twice and texted me three times. Why? Because he wants to use my phone to chat with guys on a dating site (his phone can't have Internet). He calls or texts me every night to come over to his house so he can use my phone (he thinks he's being clever by asking me over to "just hang out" since we haven't seen each other in so long, but as soon as I walk in the door, he wants my phone). I seriously feel like he's using me...and he's my older brother! I'm not a passive person by any stretch of the imagination, but when it comes to family, I'm a pushover. I also can't stand conflict. I can't tell my sister (she's older than me, but younger than my brother) because she'll just tell my brother to leave me alone, and I promised my brother I wouldn't tell her about the site he's using (this before I realized he was going to want me to come over every night). I definitely can't tell my parents (they are VERY religious and VERY judgmental). If I make excuses as to why I can't come over, my brother pouts and guilt-trips me. So, I don't know what to do about that.
So now I'm sitting in my (old, beat up, POS) car in front of my (dark, cold, electricity-less) house, charging my phone and waiting for my boyfriend to get home from work (in another hour and a half).
Sorry, guys. I just really needed to get that off my chest. I've had a stressful week at work (yay for having to do the boss's job because he isn't there!) and I haven't been sleeping much/at all most nights for the past couple of weeks.
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