Aaaaand now it's time for TheArtist to recreate her reaction when she discovered this thread! Drum roll, please!*ahem*
What the...how the
...............ACK!!!!!!YOU GUYS ARE ABSOFREAKIN' INSANE!!!!
This wasn't necessary! (Do I laugh or do I cry? ...the jury's still out on that one.) I love you guys! *desperately wants to crawl under a rock*
Okay, I'm back to myself, now!
Thanks so much to those who have already donated. I really don't know what to say, except I am deeply honored, whether or not this goal is met. I feel somewhat guilty, because I know things are tight everywhere, not just over here. But I am very grateful for the generosity of my friends. I only hope I can return the favor in kind one day, again, whether or not I go.
For those who are wondering what the hey is going on, I'll tell you the story, warts and all.
Yes, there's a small group of us meeting each other in Finland, many for the first time. This would be the 2nd time I'd visit Europe, period, so I was looking forward to meeting the people I chat with on a daily basis.
Life threw me a few curveballs, as it is wont to do. The reason I myself cannot pay at this time is because right now I'm only working 14 hours a week. No, that's not enough to pay bills, so I am also getting unemployment insurance. It helps, but just barely. As the saying goes, I'm making it by the skin of my teeth! Now, I'm currently a licensed security guard. Here's the kicker of it all: I do have a chance to get some work at a few places, but if
I do, I'm moving out in the fall.
Yes, as old as I am (32) I've had to live with the "Parental Units" as it were. Times are tough, and you gotta do what you gotta do. I really wish I had a better explanation, but I don't. Maybe that's not so strange for some of you over there, but it is here. (Many "leave the nest" as soon as they turn 18.) I was paying rent until my hours were severely chopped when my last assignment ended. Right now, this is the only "permanent" position I have. Now that it's summertime, I will be getting a few more assignments here and there. What I'm looking for is something full-time and permanent. (Health insurance would be nice, too. Haven't had that in years.)
A friend of mine also went through some tough times (lost a parent) and is just now getting back on her feet. She's going to rent a place in the fall and invited me to be her roommate. It's a nice place, great neighborhood, etc. The rent will be very reasonable, but it all hinges on whether or not I get either of these jobs. Or, my current employer will send me to a new permanent, full-time position.
Since June is about half over already, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to Europe this year, and so told Mariamus what was going on. You can be sure to blame her and Tiia for this ridiculously wonderful idea, because there's no way I would ever dare
to ask for such a thing!! I'm not going to beg, but I'm not going to refuse, either. Whatever you feel in your heart to be good and right, do it. And thanks.