Been kind of housebound for the last couple days. Fortunately not because of depression or anxiety, but because of the “end of the month blues.” So I pretty much stay home and keep in contact with people via Facebook and cell phone. As a result of staying home so much, I’ve been able to avoid rude people. I am pleasantly surprised when I meet polite people who know what I’m talking about when I refer to science, tech, or science fiction. One example was the pizza delivery man who recognized that I was playing Skyrim on my Play Station. He even asked me if I had the expansion packs. Unfortunately no, I’ll have to save up for those.
Lately I spent some money to promote the blog. I think it’s working. My friend Matt, the high school history and economics teacher, keeps telling me he thinks it’s possible that I could get picked up by a large service if I keep at this blog. Personally, I think that’s a small possibility A very small one. But if I was doing this mental illness blog for money, I would have given up a long time ago. As long as I can keep on my budget and stay out of debt, I don’t care if I make money from this blog.
Even though I’m low on money with a few days of the month left, I was fortunate enough to have enough food and supplies built up to carry me over the finish line. It’s the first month in a long time that I ran low before the end of the month. Normally I’m better at budgeting than this. But August is a new month and I can start over. I’m glad I didn’t have to go into debt to make ends meet this month. Some people I know can’t claim that. I am so glad to not be in debt. It makes living on disability insurance much less stressful. And if a person were to really look at it, one can live pretty cheap if you plan ahead.
Because I have no debts and a few emergency supplies, I can ride out months like this with unforeseen expenses and being too free with the money. I probably shouldn’t have ordered pizza delivery when watching the US national soccer team those two times. I probably shouldn’t have bought those two computer games. Maybe I shouldn’t have promoted the blog. But I won’t look back with regret. I had some reserves in case of emergencies (or frivolous spells) like what I just went through. Of course I’ll have to rebuild those reserves, which won’t take long. But I am glad I had those reserves built up months ago in case months like this happened.