I just wanted to let everyone know that things are much better here. Instead of drowning, i'm treading water finally.
Our tax return came in during the week of the deadline for the eviction. I was able to pay off that, and all my other outstanding bills to become current again. I'm trying to set aside the rest to a separate account and make auto payments on the car so i don't have to worry about it for as far into a year towards the next tax return as possible. which would give me breathing space. I'm still going to be a little short each month, but hopefully i can pick up enough OT at work or art commissions or have a good convention to make up the slack and possible start saving some.
then again, the possibly start saving is ALWAYS on the hopeful meter...*sigh*
The support I got from friends from this, and my recent episode of not feeling very well , was very awesome. Some of you went all out (like, way too much -OMG i can't believe that!!!), and some it was just a 'let's get nikki out of the house for a day and away from her worries, just a night of movies, knitting, chatting and some ice cream', as well as many kind words of encouragement and suggestions and i can tell you that all of it is as equally as important for my sanity and health! All of it was greatly appreciated
In the meantime, on the convention front, I did my first con of the year - Anime Boston. I will never miss this con, 'till they finally kick me off staff. I had the worst year money wise for the con that i have ever had - and yet it was still as much as a single weeks paycheck AFTER taxes and such were taken out and I still had fun, so no complaints. it IS disappointing for the fact that I know I've done better (MUCH better) and could really use the boost right now. but oh well.
My daughter and I did our Legend of Zelda costumes (she was Child Link and I was Adult Link from Ocarina of Time) made with things we had around the house already and lots of cardboard. We didn't look half bad! we certainly had our pictures taken quite a lot which made her feel pretty proud!
I have a one day local con coming up the weekend of Easter
I have been confirmed for AAC in the fall since I'll be doing some work for them as well
I have applied for DrawnCon in the fall as well, hoping I'll have the money on hand to pay for it when it happens. (it was my second most successful con last year out five and I had a LOT of fun at it...)
I debuted some knitted pieces at AB this year. they generated a LOT of interest, but only one pair of the finger-less mittens sold. (my favorite pair of course!)
Some people thought the prices were too high, others thought they were just fine but unfortunately not within their current capability. I had to explain that the cost of the finger-less mittens had been calculated by a $5.oo an hour wage, which is less than minimum wage (because i felt nobody would pay any higher for them) and that the REALLY LONG ones should have been double the price at that calculation, but I only increased it by half that price. Most people understood it then, that they were unique, one of a kinds etc....but well, further shows will see..