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Tales from a Tenant: “Hello, Police?” Rounds 2 & 3

Less than a month ago, I shared my first tale from a tenant involving the police. (A young couple were fighting outside. When it turned violent, we called 911. But the police never showed up.) Following that incident, things had been fairly quiet around our neighbourhood. That is until this week, when the police were here not once, but twice, …

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Tales from a Tenant: “Hello, Police?”

If you follow me on Twitter or are a regular reader here on the ol’ blog, you already know that we’ve had all sorts of problems with the townhouse we are currently renting. So far, I’ve written primarily about our issues with how poorly this place was built and is being maintained thanks to cheap management. I haven’t really written …

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Tales from a Tenant: The Fight for Free Cable

I’ve mentioned before that the rental market where I live is garbage and that the landlords are even worse. (I’m still fighting with my last one even though I moved out 2 months ago!) So I was looking forward to renting with a property management company with our new place. I had assumed that dealing with a professional business would …

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March Break: What a Difference a Year Makes

Currently throughout North America, kids are at home bugging their parents and college students may or may not be drinking their faces off on a beach somewhere. Unfortunately, those days are (mostly) behind me. As a graduate with no kids, March Break doesn’t really mean a whole lot. I still have to work even though all the “college kids” get …

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My Debt Story: How I Ended Up With $62,000 in Debt

.AnOctober marks my one year anniversary of discovering this wonderful personal finance blogging world! As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, WordPress also tells me that this is my 100th post! To mark these momentous occasions, I thought it was high time I got real with you guys. As a pseudo personal finance blogger I’ve never really disclosed my debt …

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Becoming Me Again

Today marks my being off work for exactly one month (only two more to go!).  While I still don’t feel quite like “me” again yet, I can say that I am getting closer.  I still have days or moments full of anxiety or where I just can’t peel myself out of bed/off the couch, but those are becoming fewer, and …

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I’ve Finally Made My Decision

I finally had the courage to put myself out there (well, here), and admit to the world things that I’m reluctant to accept myself – things with me aren’t going so well. Fortunately, I received a lot of support, encouraging words, and points to consider. Thank you everyone – Liquid Independence, CeCe @ Frugalista Married, Katie, eemusings, Debt and the …

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Stress Leave: Am I Really Sick or Just Looking for an Easy Out? - My Life, I Guess

Stress Leave: Am I Really Sick or Just Looking for an Easy Out?

The stress, anxiety, and depression from being stuck in a toxic work environment is taking its toll on me – physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m at the point where taking a stress leave feels like my only hope. But I’m also worried that I’m not really “sick”. That I might just be looking for an easy way out of a …

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This Isn’t Exactly What I Signed Up For

Since the summer of 2009, I’ve been the Theatre in Education Coordinator with a small, live theatre company. There are 9 full-time employees, and another 7-10 seasonal employees (our season is September-May). As I’ve mentioned, my job entails teaching acting classes and workshops, getting schools to come to the theatre, getting the theatre to go to schools, and all the …

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Is My Face to Blame for my Changing Job Description?

Part of my job is to teach acting classes.  I primary teach teenagers, occasionally teach kids, but almost never teach anyone over the age of 18. We offer the classes three times a year, but of the 10 sessions that have been offered since I started working at the theatre, I’ve only taught one class – not one session, but …

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