As most of you probably know (since I talk about it ALL the time), I've been unemployed since mid-March. At first, it was ok. I could pretty much do what I wanted every day, go to the grocery store without it being absoluely packed, etc. And especially now, since it's beginning to be all warm and summery outside, and, what's that? I don't have to be at work?
But it all turns around when I realize that the unemployment check is not nearly enough to pay the mortgage and the bills. Thus I will NOT be in Chicago this summer. I'll be staying at my mom and dad's in the 'burbs. Not much to do, kind of open, you have to drive EVERYWHERE. It's a very sensitive subject with me, because I've said it before and I'll say it again: Chicago lakefront in the summertime is one of my favorite things in the entire world. Getting ice cream with a few friends in a neighborhood sweet shop is the best. Just being in the city in the summertime is the absolute best. So needless to say I'm quite depressed about this little problem with the dang mortgage. At least my sister may like to move into my place and pay me rent, so I don't have to sell it. We'll keep it in the family :)
So here's to all of you: if you have a job, don't complain! Be happy that you do, and that you can pay the rent, because it really, really stinks when you don't.
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