Maybe I could become a hobbit... how well does that pay?

I feel like this ladybug... as soon as he reached the top of the hill, he rolled right down to the bottom and got all tangled up in his wings, with little pieces of sand up under his shell, which couldn't have been very comfortable.

It's a long story, but suffice to say my student loan repayment schedule was shortened considerably. Meaning my payments are about three times higher than I was anticipating.

2008 is a very bad time to graduate with student loan debt (let me say - this is my only debt. I can't even imagine what I would do if I had a car payment or credit card debt... I can't imagine what I'm going to do as it is), attempting to enter a thankless, notoriously low-paying field over-saturated with recent graduates, on the cusp of Depression 2.0 when most libraries seem to be replacing full-time staff who leave with three part-time employees. I'm having a hard time marching down to Washington D. C., demanding to know where my bailout is.

Stephen Colbert has a solution to the recession!

But enough doom and gloom. I went to the beach yesterday (nice, cheap entertainment... methinks the only entertainment any of us are going to be able to afford for a while).

We also made a giant sand map of Middle-Earth. Because we are not nerds, I will not show you a picture of this map, but suffice to say it was awesome. If you like that sort of thing.


KP said...

Ahh, the panic of the first student loan repayment... I remember it fondly (false). I know it does little to say, "It'll be ok," but I'm going to do it anyway: It'll be ok.

PS: I wouldn't mind seeing the map! ;)

delightfully mediocre said...

Thanks. I really doubt it will be okay - this payment is more than rent. It's a quarter of what I make in a month.

delightfully mediocre said...

Scratch that, I recalculated and it's more like a third. I'm considering faking my own death. If you hear I've been eaten by bears, tell everyone how totally and completely plausible that is.

:( Also, my car needs to be replaced. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?! I need to invent something really great, like the Internet. Or go on a game show and win a bunch of money. Or rob a bank.

delightfully mediocre said...

Also, I will show you a picture of the map.

Sheesh, I'm antsy today.