What’s a better metaphor than Rollercoaster?
A sine wave maybe? An alpine horizon? Whatever phrase you prefer, that’s how this week has been. And now my financial situation is doing the same. I told you back in November how I had misread the terms of my financial situation and how I had six months more than I thought. Well, January came and went and no payment was taken from my account. I emailed them twice to ask why not, but no reply. I tried their customer service line that you can’t get through on. No joy. So I went back to the papers detailing my arrangements. And there it was, clear as you like, December 2012 was to be my final payment. How I misread it in November I have no idea – I was right all along. I have paid my dues, my six years of desperate penny pinching are over.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a shit job with poor wages but now I don’t have to pay my creditors 25% of it. Plus my boss promised me the hard work I have put in this year WILL be recognised come the next round of payrises, and I sold a week’s holiday back this year so I still have that cash to come. And how I need it. I have drawn up a list of things I badly need to buy and will be ticking these off over the next few months, starting with a new clutch for the car on Saturday – a repair which is two years overdue. A new shed, a new bike, a new laptop, new clothes, a digital TV recorder box… these are all on the list too but I won’t go mad. I need to put money away as I have no savings whatsoever, and I owe my brother money after he bailed me out when things got bad a few years back.
The next thing on the list though will be a weekend away. I haven’t had a proper holiday for six years, and I am going to spoil myself. As soon as my boss comes back from sick leave and I can have some time off, I will pack a bag and just go. And I can’t fucking wait.