Need to win the lottery

2 Nov
I’m having a bit of a downer day.  Yesterday was okay until Michael and I started driving home.  He was feeling bummed because of some decisions we have to make about his employment situation, given the fact that I’ll be on EI in a few months and we still haven’t sold the house in Fort Liard.  He spent the evening crunching numbers and the whole financial picture is quite scary; nothing depresses Michael more than a bad financial situation. 
 
At one point, he even went so far as to say he thought it was a mistake for us to move to Whitehorse.  It’s true that we would not have so much debt if we had stayed in Fort Liard, but who knows how things would have looked down the road, since we planned to eventually move to Whitehorse anyway.  It sure doesn’t look like houses are going to get any cheaper around here in the next five years.  In any case, whether it was the right or wrong decision – something that is completely unknowable – we have to move forward with reality now. 
 
The trouble is that all our financial assumptions were based on selling the house in Fort Liard – something that almost happened and just fell apart because of a stupid rule by the NWT Housing Corporation.  So we own two houses, which is more than we can really handle with our incomes, which is about to drop. 
 
I already knew this before Michael did the number-crunching, but it wasn’t quite so stark, and I managed to avoid dwelling on it.  That just isn’t the case today.  The solution, of course, is either to sell the house in Fort Liard or to win the lottery, neither of which I have much control over.  And they tell me pregnant women should avoid stress!
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3 Responses to “Need to win the lottery”

  1. Nemmy November 2, 2005 at 5:05 pm #

    Aww…hugs… I tried calling, but I got a REALLY weird answering machine message. I think. Anyway, I\’m thinking of you. Don\’t you worry – it\’ll all work out somehow!! Remember, Michael is ultra-conservative. ;-)Ok, that probably didn\’t help… but, um… you know you can always depend on family.

  2. Fawn November 3, 2005 at 9:38 pm #

    Thanks for the phone call, Nemmy! I did feel much better after. After that, I spent some time on the phone with Melanie, and then I went to visit my neighbour Tom across the street. The social stuff was very helpful. I\’m sure half the problem was that Michael was in Watson Lake for the night. It\’s not like we\’re going bankrupt, it\’s just really stressful right now to think about. You\’re right, Michael just hates being in any kind of debt at all. And I\’m hormonal. 😛

  3. Meandering November 4, 2005 at 9:23 am #

    It\’s really not all that tragic. I just hate oweing money – no matter how much!

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