As I was driving home tonight I was sitting on this elated feeling of the fact that I had busted my ass hard enough these last two weeks to earn a three day weekend. Being that next week is the busiest week of the quarter I was so happy to know that three days of rest were headed my way before the big rush! [If you don’t know anything about me, I run a college book store and week one is book issue. I seriously put my blood, sweat, and tears into 11 weeks worth of work for this one week to come together.]
About 5 miles from my parents house my car suddenly makes this noise, and it sounds like I’ve got something spinning in a fan somewhere. Because I’m IN the car I can’t tell where the noise is coming from, except for under the hood somewhere. RAT TAT TAT TAT, I move to the slow lane. Thankfully my exit was right there and I figured I could just coast it home. However, I came to a stop and the car died. Sure, it had power, but the engine wasn’t turning anymore.
Thankfully Cory’s parents insurance had triple A, so we were able to get the car towed to my parents house (after a horrid pregnant meltdown, first). We get the car in the drive way, I start it up, and my dad can hear the rod knocking against the engine. That’s bad, that means I need a new engine. Great. My dad makes a feel calls to my uncle to see what we can work out, and put feelers down. Come to find the engine will cost about $600, rebuilt. Plus we’ll need a new crank, wires, and other pieces we come across.
So, why am I writing this?
Since I found out I was pregnant I knew that I would have to save money for when the baby is born. No doubt there would be time off work, bills to pay, and only half of our income coming in. I’ve been sitting on $1700, knowing that I’ve got credits to put on utilities come August, and I’ll have enough left over to cover the bills for about three months, come worst case scenario. But this car business? It just ate my entire savings account.
Because I have to get to and from work, I’ll have to rent a car. My parents or Corys don’t have a viable source of transportation that would make the two hour commute that I make every day. I also have to get to class for the new two weeks, otherwise I’ll get dropped from my classes. That means that I’ll lose my job, on top of all of it, before this baby even gets here. So, now, on top of parts and such I’ve got to rent a car to make sure that I can even keep my job, to make the money I’d need to replace the savings.
I know some people are like, “It’s just savings, you’ll get it back.” But the problem I have is that I don’t get paid time off from my job. I don’t get maternity leave, I don’t have compensation from disability because I don’t quality/haven’t made enough, and the time that I have to take off for this baby is time I’m taking under the Family Leave Act (that is: 40 days off, guaranteed job, no pay). My savings was supposed to carry me back to functioning to keep food on our table.
TL;DR, I’m asking for help. Yeah, pathetic, I know. I’m sorry to any of those who get offended, but damn I could really use some good Karma my way. I don’t care of it’s 10 cents. It’s something.
So, if you want to help, click here. If not, can I get a reblog or something? Please? I know you might not be able to help but maybe someone else can… who knows.
And please… don’t submit me to hate blogs. I’m turning off anon because I can’t handle the insults that might come my way. I’m sorry if you don’t agree with me, but I had to try something.