Feb. 1st, 2016

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Hi friends!

I don't really know how many of y'all are still active. But I think I might be in a place to actually start using DW/LJ again for real. I've been writing a lot more lately (mostly in private to [personal profile] beasts_of_homeworld) and it's easier.

Here's a quick rundown of what's happened during the time I've been dark:

Biggest thing...I discovered that I'm not actually bad at keeping track of my finances. The reason I always thought there should be more money in my account than there was...was because there SHOULD have been more money. Turns out that literally since my first paycheck from Santander (the bank I was working at) three years ago, my father has been forging checks against my account and taking out all my extra money. He stole over $17,500.00 from me all told.

I haven't gotten any explanation of why he did this or a real apology. Mom is fixated on paying me back the money and keeping track of how much he owes me, but I know I'm not going to get the money back, and that's not really the issue anyway. If he had asked for the money, I probably would have given it to him without ever expecting it to be payed back. The issue is that he stole from me. On a regular basis for three years.

And I discovered all of this when my account overdrew when it shouldn't have (by a considerable amount - I bought furniture for my room, which he went with me AND HELPED ME PICK OUT, but at no point said 'oh I took all that money out of your account btw') so I've been in financial crisis mode for a bit, but that is finally, mostly, sorted out. But I have nothing towards savings for moving out of the house. When I should have had a nice cushion of $17k+.

That aside...other news...I started a new job at the beginning of the year. Still banking, but with a very small local bank. It's nice. I'm considering going back to school for a degree in something like internet security or coding. Not right now obviously because I have no money to pay for anything.

The chickens are doing well. The dog is good. Elderly, but otherwise good.

Oh! There were baby guinea pigs. But that might be its own post. I took photos. I still take a lot of photos, I have a nice DSLR now, a Nikon D3300 that I named Cricket, that I got as a gift. I've had it for a year now but I'm still learning how to use it well.



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