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Where did June go?

I’ve been gone for awhile, apologies.

It feels like everything is happening all at once and I just seem to have a difficult time catching up with all of them! It also seems that when something starts to go my way a little bit, I get surprised by something else… good or bad!

So I’ll try to do better and I hope every has had a fantastic month!

The one where I don’t have health insurance

With the arrival of my Peace Corps medical packet two weeks ago, I’ve been scrambling to figure out where I’ll get my physical and lab work done.

Why? I am one of the 50 million Americans without health insurance.

I believe people have a lot of misconceptions about those without health insurance, whatever the reason. I am a young, hard-working American who happens to be employed as a contractor (by an American corporation) making too much money for low-income health services and too little money to be able to afford decent health coverage.

On the same note, I’m lucky that I’m young and healthy enough to have no current issues. I discovered what I thought was my health insurance is emergency only coverage, and less than a week after applying for individual health insurance I was approved starting June 1. And I know that I am very lucky.

The coverage isn’t great, but it’s good enough for the next 5 months. My doctor’s visits will still be expensive, but I won’t be in medical debt for the rest of my life over it.  Unfortunately others don’t have that choice.

I don’t want to get up on my soapbox, but I’m just saddened by the priorities of our society. We’d rather support and fund the corporations we rely on to take care of us, but blame the individual when the system fails them.

Sigh.

Moving Pains

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As I mentioned earlier this week, I moved over the weekend!  I went from a 1,400 sq ft house (holding 2 people) into an approximately 500 sq ft apartment (holding 1).

I knew that I couldn’t wait to get out of the house life back into the apartment life, but being back in an apartment these past few days has reminded that it’s definitely the best thing for me right now.  I miss all the extra storage space and having a yard – but I don’t miss cleaning and taking care of either!!

I also love that I am able to put whatever I want, wherever I want, and not have to worry about fitting in a roommate’s items or worrying what that person will think of the location.

My dog has adjusted surprisingly well already. He has a few occasional barks at other barking dogs or odd noises, but overall, he’s found a spot on the floor to keep his pillows and has already thrown his toys all over the place.

I lived out of boxes for probably 6 months in the house, but I’m determined that not happen this time. I still have several boxes to go (mostly in my closet and bathroom), but have the pot rack and curtain rods hung in a record amount of time.  Feels like home already!

 

Running behind…

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I moved this weekend so I didn’t write all the posts I had planned on over the weekend. Hopefully I will have much to share from the new apartment soon. I hope everyone has a lovely Monday!

40 Days of No Meat

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Today marks two weeks from Ash Wednesday, beginning of the forty days of Lent.

Lent means many things to many different people. I don’t want to get into chatting about religion, but for the first time in many years, I decided to give up something for Lent. Instead of opting for fried food, sweets or another food that would be difficult not to eat, but not a huge sacrifice, I made the decision to give up meat. Not red meat, not meat on just Friday or Monday, but all meat every day.

Two weeks later, I’m happy to say I haven’t eaten meat once!

I honestly expected it to be a lot more difficult, which is why I’ve never done it before. There are so many great meatless and vegetarian options out there so it hasn’t been too challenging yet. It’s not always fun, sometimes I’d just really like to eat a burger or a Chipotle steak burrito, but it’s been a great exercise in commitment. Knowing that I committed to do this one thing for forty days certainly makes it easier to stay on track than just deciding not to eat meat for a awhile. I also have tried to be a lot more creative in my meals so that I’m not eating a lot of processed grains and sugars all the time.

Sidenote: I realized last week that eating vegetarian for a month is number 2 on my 30 Before 30 list, so I’ll inadvertently hit that goal this year.