October 2013 – We trash the car and decide to rely on public transportation and the kindness of coworkers to get around while we save for a new car – avoid debt and earn environmentalist brownie points at the same time. I also get seated on a 6 month long jury duty which takes me away from work 2 days a week.
New Year’s Eve – M’s immigration paperwork has problems – looks like we’ll have to move to Germany where Insulin pumps are not considered necessary, CSMs are nearly never prescribed, and I barely have an elementary grasp of the language.
January 2 – Dex transmitter battery is out of juice (I should be glad it lasted this long – it’s only supposed to last 6 mo and I’ve had it over a year). And now no Dex (!) I’ve ordered a new one, and my insurance will pay, but I’m still waiting on a signature from my Endo.
January 4 – We’ve been noticing that the Hedgehog isn’t using his hind legs as well as usual and one of his eyes is looking red and bulgy. We take him to the vet (goodbye $150 and the cost of a Zipcar rental) and receive a prognosis akin to “there’s nothing we can do that doesn’t cost a fortune and cause him more pain that he’s in now.” We bring him home with some eye drops and a phone number to call if he takes a turn for the worse.
January 6 – While at jury duty, I receive a goodbye email from my favorite coworker. Then I receive 2 more. By the end of the day a third of Company X has been laid off. Not me, thankfully, but I have to take a 20% pay cut until things turn around (and, frankly, that doesn’t look likely). To top it off, my carpool was part of the lay-off and now my commute to work is now 1.5 hr each way rather than 25 min (because of the lovely decision we made regarding the car back in October). We went through something similar about 6 mo ago but it felt less dire that time. Oh, the joys of working for a start-up company.
January 8 – We notice that the apartment is a bit cold and start to question when the last time we felt the radiators kick on.
January 9 – There’s a letter taped to the door of the apartment saying that the boiler is broken and they don’t anticipate heat being restored before Wed – Fri of next week. Our options are to be cold as we attempt to heat the apartment by oven or fork out money we don’t have to stay in a hotel (see Jan 6, above). Our lovely landlord isn’t helping at all (and we’ve neglected to buy renters insurance to cover these sorts of costs).
If the last two weeks were intended to set the tone for the coming year, I vote we skip 2014 altogether and embark on 2015 instead. Who’s in?