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So I've been playing with Mvelopes and working on getting my budget to where I wanted it to be. I wasn't all the way there yet, of course; I'm brand new with Mvelopes and struggling with what the "right" values for my envelopes are. It'll take me a couple of months to get it all squared away.

But I really think I was making progress.

And then this week happened.


The compressor on the A/C in my car is "tearing itself apart from the inside," according to the nice technician from Honda who called me with the bad news. That'll be $1,350 once they have the compressor, which they don't have in stock right now. And I've already done more than $600 of work on my car this year. Ugh. A well-cared-for 2001 Civic shouldn't have this many problems!

The place where DD goes to preschool doesn't allow "push" transactions. Either you give them your bank info or CC #, or you pay the annual fee all at once, up front. $792, due July 1. (I may have to live with the pull transactions...)

The ex has decided not to listen to reason on a particularly thorny parenting issue, that being whether or not it is appropriate to introduce a third person (her husband) into the parenting process. Result: 2 hours with attorney and child psychologist. Minimum cost: $1,000, with more to come. (Answer: No, it's not good to blur the clear lines of 'who are my parents' with a 4 year old. The ambiguity messes with her secure sense of self and world.)

Because of the above, my ex and I didn't get our child support numbers hammered out immediately. I owe her approximately $500 to cover the difference. (Should have set aside the difference when I knew it would change, but didn't think of it.)

Child support itself has now doubled because of tax changes and because my ex is pregnant and won't be working as much after her baby is born.

My brother is now almost offially almost moved out. He's in SF for the Mac Developers' Conference and will finish moving when he gets back. So it's time for me to start paying the cable, Internet, and electric bills.

Back before I knew about the car, the legal issues, and the dues, I got plane tickets for a cousin's wedding. And I agreed that DD could go to a sports skills class once a week for the summer -- my part is $150.

It never freaking rains but it pours. Next thing you know... no, never mind, I'm not going to say it; no reason to invite more expenses.


A) I am glad I have an emergency fund.
B) I am glad that Dad hasn't shifted his money stream yet. I think I'll ask him to wait until the end of the summer so that I can get my budget stabilized.
C) Yes, this means more working on the budget.
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