JM and I were talking today and she mentioned that she'd gotten her cats a cool play tent at everyone's favorite store. I had to go to the store to get some things for the apartment, so I thought I'd treat PPBob to a new toy. I checked the pet aisle and found the tent JM was talking about. She loves it. I may not sleep tonight.
She's especially fond of running through the tunnel, which is attached to the side....
When I finally buy a dining room table, I have no idea where I'm going to put her stuff. I asked the catsitter if she thought my house was a little sparse (I have a bed, bookshelves, a small stereo, a glider rocker, and two bar stools for furniture). She said, "No. It just looks like you're an animal lover, especially fond of your cat."
I do need to buy furniture. It's impossible to have anyone over right now. There's nowhere for them to sit. I've been putting my money toward getting some debt paid off. I let that get out of control trying to keep AM happy, and now I'm paying for it, one of many stupid mistakes made over the past eight or nine years.
I have to admit, I started counting on the salary that would come with the new job, already planning for how it would help me get a new car within a year and buy furniture. I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but that is the most disappointing part about not getting the job. Money is far tighter than it should be on my salary. So unless I can find some way of making several thousand more a year than I am right now, car and furniture will not happen this year. I'm going to have to figure out how to keep my current car running for a good bit longer, and get creative with the furniture. And, I've got to quit beating myself up for being where I am with finances at my age. It is what is.
I think when I can get some money saved, I'm going to invite some friends to join me one Saturday and run around to used furniture stores, thrift stores, and garage sales and make it an adventure. I hate shopping and I'm terrible at home decorating, so maybe if I try to turn it into something fun, I'll end up with some things that have great stories behind them, even if it isn't what I would have bought had I gotten the new job.