Since I have moved to Blighted Town without my partner, I have gone on Lexapro and then tripled the dose. The doctor doesn’t want to go any higher (turns out I am over the manufacturer’s recommended maximum dose. But it works.). I for real need to live with my partner.
My partner is actively trying to convert his job into a telecommuting one, though he may not be successful. He recently found out what type of place we could rent in Blighted Town for the amount he’s spending now, and got pretty excited about that. Even though nothing may come of this, it does give me some hope that we can have a future in Blighted Town. I wonder what kind of living I could make as some sort of freelance editor if I quit my career and moved to be with him… probably a lousy one!
My colleagues have threatened to redecorate my living room for me. I’m not sure how I feel about this. They said, Just give us $50 and your blessing and we’ll do it all. One colleague is going to go around to all her friends and see if they’re giving furniture away. She even wants to have her friend come in and do feng shui for me — though I don’t know how that would work because there are only so many ways to fill a room with bookshelves. I told them that I would go shopping for furniture at thrift stores with them, and that if they get me a couch I demand an ottoman, too. Rawr.
I’m getting a book about buying your first house. I kind of want to do this, and can only afford it in Blighted Town. Perhaps we can make a life together work here. My dreams of having a devoted library won’t be affordable most other places on my budget.
#2 says: Where we live isn’t perfect, but there’s a lot of things we can do here because it’s so inexpensive. And our colleagues are also really nice and mostly sane, which I understand from my graduate cohort is exceedingly rare. In our perfect world we’d all be financially independent living in a huge set of flats in SF (bottom floor a joint library)… but given that we’re living in a world of second best, maybe things aren’t so bad and maybe things will work out if we focus on what’s important and have a little luck.
#1: As you can see, I’m sort of ambivalent and this post doesn’t really have a point. But encourage me, y’all!
#2 Update: Before offering any advice, please check out this post. We really should have included it earlier. My apologies.