As most of you are aware, I had to cut my Appalachian Trail hike way too short due to issues with my iliotibial (IT) band in my knee. However, since I’ve returned home, things have been falling into place very nicely for me. Well, with the exception of my cat Goldie.
Goldie is my 13-year-old, spayed, indoor cat. She has always used her litter box, until I left home to hike the AT. Then, she decided to stop using her box and has not resumed using it since I’ve been home. I’ve since learned that she has crystals in her urine, so I need to put her on an expensive prescription diet to lower her urinary pH. Hopefully that in combination with a shorter, uncovered litter box will get her to start using her box again.
As soon as I got home, I knew that my first task was to “hit the ground running”, so to speak, with my job hunt. Within a few weeks, I had a job offer (which I’ve accepted, of course!) as an outpatient therapist for a community mental health center. The one drawback is that it will be a long commute, but everything else about it is perfect: medical and dental insurance, 403b (private, non-profit retirement version of the 401k), and other benefits, including the all-important two years of supervision that is required by the State of New Hampshire to become a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW or therapist). I am so happy, excited, and nervous!
The second big thing that happened was that I bought a new car. OK, a newER car. My poor 2003 Suzuki Aerio had about had it and I was tired of pumping money into it, so once I accepted the job offer, I went out and got a 2014 Subaru Forester, which will be good for my commute. I’m hoping to occasionally make a double payment on it to get it paid off faster, if possible.
My next big step is to get into my own place, but I’m not sure how soon that will happen. My first priority is to get settled into my job and see how the money situation goes. My car and student loan payments will set me back a bit, but things are looking up!