The last 6 weeks have been nothing however stress for me. I managed to escape a series of layoffs at our supplier as the stock value plummets. But, despite holding onto our employment, I was demoted and given a pay cut. This coincided with a series of financial burdens, 1 after the next. I had to substitute the catalytic converter in our SUV or our exhaust wouldn’t labor officially, setting me back numerous hundred dollars out of nowhere. To make matters even worse, there was a giant earthquake in our section that broke some of our collectables and damaged a few glass windows. Nothing was harshly luxurious to substitute, however the monetary toll was adding up by the day. Now, I am faced with our toughest economic challenge yet. I have serious roof damage that has to be repaired within the next few days before it rains again and causes additional water damage. Unfortunately, this is coinciding with the date I stressed two weeks ago to have our 12 year old cooling system substituted. I am set to receive a newer model with more energy efficiency. It also runs on a coolant that is less toxic for the environment. Although I had to schedule the date in advance, I did not pay upfront. This meant that I would need to find the currency to have both jobs done in the exact same week. The task of finding the currency was proving impossible until our parents graciously loaned me what I needed at the zero hour when payment was due. Although I’ll be worried about our finances for weeks to come, I’m just glad the repair and replacement labor is finally finished.