I eat breakfast, do some work outside, watch The Price is Right with my dad (it's an old ritual), eat lunch, try to get my Google Reader total down to less than 100, make a blog post if I have anything to blog about, do something creative, spend time with Keith and the dogs outside (until the mosquitos eat us), check in on the garden and compost bin, read before going to sleep. That's been the last month, lather rinse repeat.
Next week I start my new job. It's not the new job that is necessarily stressing me (although it will feel like The First Day of School all over again), but the idea of having to buy a car for said job. We told my parents we wanted to get by as long as possible without having a car. First, we don't have the money to buy one, let alone pay for the insurance, etc. Two, gas prices are only going up and there's no reason to think that won't continue. I can ride my bike to work, sure. It's about 2 miles on a straight and open highway. But riding on a highway does make me nervous. But my parents try to convince me I won't be able to ride my bike in the winter. I could walk, for that matter. Two miles there and back, that would get me in shape in no time. I mean, my dad tells me about the times he had to walk to Grangeville---over 30 miles. I can do 2 miles. Ok, how about the bus that runs from Kooskia to Lewiston? Maybe. Or a car that runs on something other than gas? My dream was to have a motorcycle with a sidecar that would be electric. But that will take some time. Maybe I will work on that and see if it's doable. But now that Keith is working (12 miles from here) and liking his job, temporary as it is--- he and I will have to take that into consideration, transportation-wise. Right now he's using my sister's Honda, but she'll be back from NY in August sometime and we can't afford to drive my dad's truck---too much gas, even for the short distance we need to go.
So, you see, anxiety.
Other things increasing my anxiety at a exponential rate:
- Threat of war with Iran. Byline: "Be very afraid, please."
- Congress giving immunity for telecom's who aid the NSA in warantless wiretapping
- Living in a small town where my library books are kept track of, in the head of the librarian
- Not being able to afford food, the chaos that ensues when other people can't afford food
- That no one else around here, other than Keith and some People on the Hill, are as concerned as I am about the way things are going
- That my new part-time job won't be enough income for us to build our tiny house
This concludes Friday Freakout. Please resume normal programming.