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post #1 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Bad start to the new year

Well its ranting time haha. We're only 2 weeks into the new year and it seems like the universe is doing everything it can to make this year difficult for me. I'm a huge present buyer at christmas time and this year was no exception. I spent a large chunk out of my savings account on my friends and family thinking (stupidly) that I was finally getting enough shifts at work to start dumping money back in. I did leave some money in my account of course and have my horses emergency fund for all those fun problems they get themselves into. But of course new years rolls around and a few days later BAM- ZERO shifts at my work! And i mean not one shift in a whole week, and the next week I have ONE FOUR HOUR SHIFT . I was appalled and pretty choked when I saw that there was a new person on our schedule getting MY shifts and I have absolutely none and just after they told me they thought i was doing a great job. Talked to the manager and she was able to change things around and got me a few shifts. Ok so work clearly isn't going to be reliable.

NEXT of course this would happen, my dear truck decides to kick the bucket. Transmissions gone new one will be $4000, used $900- not worth it on a truck that doesn't even have working locks, music, leaking oil, ect ect. So now its car shopping time.... with my nearly empty bank account and un reliable work. Thankfully I have a wonderful supporting family that agreed to lend me some money to get a very cheap car.

A stroke of luck did manage to come my way and a trainer friend said she could possibly get me a job working for her employer, an incredibly anal, rich horse woman looking for a full time worker to take care of her 5 horses. Went for the interview and got the job. However, her farm is 30 minutes from my house on a good day and starts at 630am this weekend. The race to find a car has now has a very strict timeline. So of course winter would decide to show its true colours and dump snow for the last several days making it virtually impossible to get out and test drive cars. I'm getting nervous that even if I find one by the weekend it may not be reliable enough to drive me up snowy backroads. I desperately need this job and if I can't even make it to my first shift I can guarentee there will not be another chance as she absolutely depends on her workers being reliable as she has had 2 replacement hips, very understandable.

To top all this off I was supposed to be starting my new horse this winter, I managed to get on her and walk around 4 times before all this started happening and now in the last 2 weeks I think I've lunged her maybe 2 times and thats about it. Its difficult enough to find people to lug me around, when I tell them that I have 2 horses to work they look at me like I'm insane and tell me they'll be back/wait only as long as it takes for the chores. Bah its just so frustrating! I haven't even been to the farm in several days and I'm really missing my girl and feeling pretty guilty. When I do get there she nickers at me and clearly wants some loving and I can barely give it to her as Im on someone elses time line .

All in all Im just very stressed out, just looked out the window and yes its still snowing. No way I'm getting to the farm today again and no one is willing to take me car shopping while there is snow on the roads. At this rate I'll be stuck with my flaky job and unbroke horse all winter and I had such high hopes for my new girl!
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 05:27 PM
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hope your week improves

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 06:41 PM
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Rosie... it's not just you.. I'm having a very rough start to the year as well, although different issues, the stress is amazing and I've unfortunately recently learned what a panic attack feels like...ew. When it rains it pours I suppose... or in your case...snows. Take a few deep breaths, soak in a steaming hot bubble bath and make plans for brighter days. Nothing in life is permanent... this too shall pass :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 06:55 PM
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It can only get better.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 07:24 PM
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About your car search, I highly recommend Subaru's, they run forever! My boyfriend drives a 95 legacy wagon, I had a 98 legacy outback wagon, it had an oil leak that I didn't feel like spending the money to fix so he gave it to his brother(but he had to buy me a saddle ) Now that he fixed it it runs great. I am currently driving a 2000 outback that I absolutely love. They are all wheel drive so great in snow and the wagons are great for carrying tack to and from the barn lol. I'm not sure your budget but my 98 was I believe $1,800usd, my boyfriends was $1,200 and my new one(got it almost 2 years ago) was 4,500 or 5000(it has a lot of features, it's the deluxe edition, got heated seats and windshield wipers and other nifty stuff and the guy who owned it installed a dvd player) It was totally worth every penny. Well I know I sound like a used car sales women, but I really love subaru's and you can pick up an older one for pretty cheap and they will last you forever, all 3 of ours have between 160,000 and 190,000miles and are still going strong!
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Thanks for the well wishes guys! Also thank you for the car info, I'm definitely looking for cheap as I can get that is going to last as long as possible so I'll check those out. Its not been easy finding one, mostly because no one is too keen on driving me around all day car shopping. My dad has also been holding me up a bit although I really can't complain about that. Its his money that he has very generously lent to me so he has final say on the amount to offer the owners of the vehicals which unfortunately has delayed the process. But again can't truly complain about that as without him I wouldn't even be able to look and I am very grateful. Had the body worker out to see the horses so that cheared me up a bit, sister also very generously loaned the money for that. I didn't even ask her either she just told me the other day she was getting someone out to see the horses and not to worry about it. Tomorrow is my first day at my new job, sooo glad as this means MUCH more money. My dear mother is driving me, poor girl. I truly love my family, I don't know what I would have done these past few weeks without them its really eased my stress seeing how willing they are to do what they can. Times are still hard but trying to remain optomistic, new job tomorrow and hopfully (please!!) a car this week because if not I won't actually be able to keep my new job.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-21-2012, 04:06 AM
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Yes that is a rough patch-but you have friends & family-Yay for that. hope you get a vehicle soon & can keep that horse job. I've had a rough start to the year, too, but it's looking like it will be better soon. Try to keep your spitits up!
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-21-2012, 12:37 PM
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Sorry, but I think the whole country is stressed out.

Many people are feeling the effect of a failed administration and poor leadership.

November 2012, one person, one vote (except in Chicago of course). Use it wisely.
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