Carol's Thoughts

Government Shutdown, A Rant

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been a victim of the government shutdown. It is quite unfortunate especially for me because I am a contractor and not a federal employee. I hear these federal employees complaining about not getting paid right now. The keywords are “RIGHT NOW” because eventually they will get back paid. Well I don’t paid for this time AT ALL. SO I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY MORE LIP FROM THESE FEDS (AKA my mom complaining because my stepdad is a federal employee and now she is the sole breadwinner in their house but like okay mom relax he will get that money back at some point).

I’ve been somewhat lucky because the EPA had enough funding to stay open last week, so I was able to work Thursday and Friday. But now here I am. Sitting on the couch watching The Office at 11am, still in my pajamas, haven’t showered IN WEEKS (ok not really, I showered last night- I can’t even joke about that), watching my personal funds dwindle every time I need to pay a bill, or buy gas, or new clothes (LOL I AM KIDDING). And MAN, do I have a lot of bills!!! Rent is due now, I have to pay Miami like $1000 for next semester, I have a car payment, car insurance, STUDENT LOAN. And I still wanted to register for an Ironman. I was going to do that with my Christmas money BUT THANKS TO TRUMP NOW ALL OF MY DREAMS ARE CRUSHED.

But I digress.

Yesterday my employer notified us that we can file for unemployment, so I just did that this morning. I will be receiving some money each week, which is definitely a relief!

My days off have usually been spent sleeping until like 10, making a large breakfast, then working out for like 3 hours. Basically I am a professional triathlete now. I am getting paid to do nothing except train. THAT MAKES ME A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE OKAY???? I am thinking about getting the Ohio Unemployment Office’s logo on my cycling jersey actually. And I would just like to thank YOU, the taxpayer, for sponsoring me!!!!

Anyway, as much as I enjoy sleeping and working out, I would really like to get back to my normal work schedule. And also would really like to get paid again! This is like taking a weird, open-ended vacation that was forced upon me against my will!! Also, why did the government shut down in the winter? If this happened in the summer I could be sitting poolside every day! Life is hard sometimes.

Ugh. Anyway. Thank you for listening to my rant. And Donald Trump, if you are reading this, please stop spending your time reading some random girl’s blog and go end the damn shutdown.

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