Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Life's a Bitch. So I steeled myself and fought that bitch back.

Language Warning

Sorry once again for my absence! However by the end of this post I hope that you do forgive me and understand why once more blogging was shoved roughly into the scary dark recesses of my mind. Well last time I checked in I mentioned that I'd visited the dentist a three times in a week. To expand, the first visit was to have a tooth filled, the second was to see the dentist after the filling had already come loose, and the third was to have the very same tooth extracted because my tooth had shattered into pieces in my gum. Lovely thought eh?

 So now my teeth are beautiful. I've actually had braces, multiple fillings and a root canal (the root canal tooth got pulled) but I take the best care of my teeth! I blame genetics. Meanwhile lover can neglect tooth brushing for weeks and still go see the dentist and have just a clean required. I fume silently.

So, in addition to that, I've had a couple of major assignments due with uni - no biggie, just having to fit it all around work whilst keeping up with the weekly lectures etc. I've also had to move out of my unit and into a house with my Uncle to save some dollars because paying $350 a week for a unit when lover doesn't even live there is ridiculous - so that had to go. In addition to simply moving all my crap (and I have a lot of crap) I needed to organise a top to bottom clean. With uni and work I ended up getting cleaners in because of my time restraints. That was couple of hundred dollars. It is also a requirement of my lease that we have the carpets professionally cleaned. So that is happening today for another $200 (I tell you what, if I don't get my bond back I'm going to have to roll a bitch).


The most recent of dramas? Last week I rang the department of transport to ask about my car rego (we don't have the stickers anymore see and I haven't seen the bill in a while) and they were like 'Oh dear! Your car has been unregistered since May last year!' I was like what the fuuuuuuuck? I checked the address and I was definitely living there when they reckon they sent it out. Bullshit if you ask me. The kind woman also so delightfully added 'As a driver it's your responsibility to make sure it's paid. You should know better' - ah... FUCK YOU BITCH (apologies) but wasn't that what I was doing at that precise moment by calling and checking where it was at? Who are you to tell me what I 'should' be doing? But I digress.

Anyhow, before I hung up she managed to squeeze in a real quick 'Oh and your driver's license has expired too, so you can't drive your car, and you can't drive. Any car. At all.' Well thank you kindly for your help. Delightful. So I had to call lover up to chauffeur me around to get my license - which was simple apart from the hour long wait in the licensing centre just to pay a bill. Sheesh. Another $100 gone. As my car has been unregistered for over 3 months it needs to have a 'vehicle examination' which is a $90 fee. Lovely. So I booked an examination and was promptly rewarded with a long list of 'not good enough's to go get fixed. Also, to drive my car without a license I need to pay $21.80 for a 48 hour permit. Once the 48 hours is up, I need to pay another $21.80 to get another one. Sheesh.

Trying to be onto it with everything, I booked my car in as early as possible with a centre that took care of tyres, auto electrics and mechanics so it could all be sorted in one go. That was for today. So this morning I drove to the centre, dropped off my car and keys to the friendly young man behind the desk and called a taxi (lover has since returned to the farm leaving me relying heavily on taxis!). I stood in the miserable rain waiting and eventually got to work on time. I just received a phone call from this charming young lad apologetically informing me that it will cost $1365 to fix all said problems in the car and also 'it didn't start first try'. Really. It's always started like a charm for me. So new battery as well.

So to sum up, here are my newly accrued expenses;

Dentist $600
Cleaning $400
License $100
Vehicle Examination $90
Vehicle Repairs $1365
TOTAL = $2565

Just to pop this into perspective. I save $50 a week. I had $1250 in savings. That's gone and I still have to pay whatever my new rego ends up being. I make $633 a week after tax working 9-5 Mon to Fri. $150 goes towards rent, $100 to my dad to pay back a loan after hitting a kangaroo left me with $7000 of damages, $60 to pay off previous vehicle repairs, $75 for my car loan, $50 to savings and $60 to my 'monthly bills' kitty - so phone, power, gas etc. This leaves me with $138 to buy fuel ($80 a week), groceries and other petty unforeseen expenses.

Life is most definitely a bitch trying to make me crack. BUT I WON'T LET HER I TELL YOU! Even though I feel like any more bills on top of this would break me, I'm determined not to let this crazy pile of dramas overwhelm me! I'm seeing it as a test of my character. I can whinge (which I suppose I may have done a bit on this post - my utmost apologies if it seems that way!) or I can soldier on, organise payment plans, get a second job and work my butt off, study hard and don't go anywhere or do anything! No more coffees from Maccas or lunch from the deli. I will pack lunch and I will drink the coffee at work.

Tell you what though, I'm going to need a payrise at the next review - not because of my expenses, pay should never be increased because of your personal life. I will need a payrise because of how much more I'm doing than my starting salary was intended for!

Have any of you beautiful, wonderful, lovely readers out there ever felt that life was dealing you crappy hand after crappy hand for its own amusement? Did you soldier on? Get through it? I'd love to hear from you, especially if you're experiencing this right now :)

Love, hugs and unicorn kisses.


  1. Oh, man. Two winters ago I was life's crap pot. I ended up getting sick which led to my getting pulled out of school. I had no job so I was in the red with both regular bills and medical bills. That, and I had a couple of very close friends burn me. I was seriously ready to give up!

    But I soldiered on and made it thru all of that nonsense and so far 2012 has been a great year. I am healthy, have a great job and made some wonderful new friends at work.

    So good for you- glad you aren't letting the bitch get you down. I always say that moving forward is the only way you can move forward!

    1. Congrats on making it through what sounds like a really crappy time! Thanks for sharing your story too :) it makes it much easier knowing that other people have been through this sort of thing and made it out the other side!

      I've found that having a few hours or so a week with mates where you can forget your trouble for a little while really helps brighten the mood too :)