If my life was a show, it would be cliffhanger... I'm about to go meet with a woman who is open to living with an infant/child to see how we get along. If it were a good match, then I would need to apply with the landlord, have the credit check done, etc. If for whatever reason, we are not a match, then I may stay with another friend for two weeks OR hit the road and travel for a couple weeks.
The friend I am staying with now has been crystal clear that for her own reasons - which include wanting to get her own dog which relates to her taking a year-long road trip next year which relates to her coping and moving on from the loss of her beloved husband, and just being done with sharing her space in a cramped way with me and the nephew that lives here, which I understand but wish she could tolerate another week or two - she needs me to leave by Monday.
I'm not sure which decision above I prefer or which one is best for me. There are pros and cons of both. It would be great to see my family and see friends down on the Central Coast, but I would need to miss work which means losing money. And because my job is so important to me, I don't want to jeopardize it in anyway. I'm pretty sure I could find another Counselor to cover for the few summer shifts I would miss, but I would feel flaky. Staying with the friend would allow me to work, but to be honest the friend is someone I have dated - we are not dating now - and I still have feelings for him. Things have the potential to get a little bit messy, but don't necessarily have to with the right emotional boundaries. Sooo, today is a big day, and by the end of it, I will know my fate for the next couple weeks.
Oh, and please think good thoughts for me to find a place - the one I see today or another one - by July so I don't have to stay (or don't have to stay long) in the flea-ridden, dirty house that is my house sitting alternative for July. I just saw it last week and was pretty disgusted. This is a friend who is very "earthy," but I don't know how she lives that way. I would need to get it cleaned beforehand or right away. Poor Zoey had to have a flea treatment a few days ago after just spending an hour there. :( I have looked for other house sitting or subletting alternatives, of course, and inquired about a couple of them, but nothing has worked out yet. Most subletting options demand the equivalent of full rent, which would prevent me from saving more money for my down payment.
One bit of happy news, as I feel much of this is negative! I know two fraudulent items have cleared or will be cleared very soon from my credit report, and one was the charged off C@pital 1 credit card, which was one of the worst. I stayed on the phone with them for over a half hour the other day, but it was worth it! Yay!