Writer (of a zombie romance novel), reader, animal lover, coffee swooner, movie addict and newly addicted crossfitter (http://goodfightgonebad.tumblr.com). My mind is a vast, random wilderness, so hang on and enjoy the ride!
4 weeks left on maternity and I emailed my boss to tell her I want to do my job on a contract basis when I come back. Probably the most nerve-wracking email I have ever sent. It’s scary to consider not having the stability of a set paycheck each month, but this will give me more time to write and more time to spend with my girls and THAT is what makes me happy.
Look at the difference: In 1977 I bought a small house in Portland Oregon for $24,000. At the time I was earning $5 per hour working at a large auto parts store. I owned a 4 year old Chevy Nova that cost $1,500. Now, 36 years later that same job pays $8 an hour, that same house costs $185,000 and a 4 year old Chevy costs $10,000. Wages haven’t kept up with expenses at all. And, I should point out that that $5 an hour job in 1977 was union and included heath benefits.
an anonymous online commenter on the current economy.