Friday, January 8, 2010

posted Jan 8, 2010, 10:03 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Jan 8, 2010, 10:23 PM ]
I feel blah today.  I didn't go to work because I wasn't feeling well, and I didn't do anything especially meaningful or productive today.  But I'm trying to do all my daily routine goals (including doing these entries on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)...

I've been trying to track my budget closely.  I'm feeling more confident.  It will be tight, and I won't have any extra money, but I should be able to get through May with all my basic needs met, and I'm feeling more confident about pulling together something over the summer.  My part time job is going to keep me on for 30 hours a week over the summer, so I just need to supplement that.  If I figured it out right, I'd need to work 50 hours a week at my current pay rate to cover my bills over the summer.  It will be tricky to find another job that wants to pay that rate for 20 hours a week, but at least it gives me a target.  There is also some chance that my current job will give me a raise for the summer.

What else?  They're working on the health care bill in Congress.  I didn't hear all the news today, but I checked out the headlines, and didn't see any major updates.  There are all sorts of predictions about how it will turn out, and what the final bill will look like.  It could have a health care mandate, it could have a public option...but I did hear some observers predicting that the Senate's version of the bill is likely to win out over the House's, because there's simply less room for negotiations in the Senate.  That would mean a mandate, but no public option.

If the bill makes it through, it will have a tremendous impact on our society.  It feels weird just waiting for it, knowing that there's still a chance that the whole thing could fall apart! 

Unemployment is officially hovering at 10%, although I heard a news report that if you count underemployed, discouraged workers and self-employed people without work, all of whom aren't counted, it would be between 14 and 17%.  That's interesting, since I fall into two of those categories.  I have part time work, but need full time work, and I haven't seen much work in my field, which has discouraged my efforts in general.

On a lighter side, I've been slowly expanding the social justice section of this site.  I struggled with what exactly to include there.  My site doesn't really get visitors, so discussions don't make sense (also, I haven't been able to get the technology to work for that), having too many links becomes counter productive, and I don't have any real resources to post at the moment.

So I decided to post links to articles about various subjects I'm interested in.  I'm always coming across podcasts/news items I want to save or refer people to.  More and more sites are offering "permanent links" where you can always go back to a specific story, so now I can collect those for my reference and to share with others.  Of course, I'm sure various links will fail over time, but it's still nice to have a "library" of interesting articles I can refer back to, and that might interest other people.  It also gives me a chance to reflect/on discuss stories that move me.