Woohoo! Done with Recipes

So I’ve been updating the recipe book to finalize it for the last time and then start a new, in progress file later (though, it often feels like I’m the only one who adds to it anyway. It’s like pulling teeth or herding cats, whichever you prefer, to get my parents to contribute). I’ve been working on this in my spare time since January, and it’s now the end-ish of February. I spent my whole stupid weekend finishing, but with the exception of the things my mom still owes me, I’m done with it!

Now, I have to get to the cat training stuff. I don’t want to. I want the knowledge but I’m scared to take the tests, to put in the work. A lot of it is the cost of those things. They’re expensive. I have to pay for membership to NCGI ($60 now, $35 per year after), then I have to pay for four written tests ($65 each, $45 retake if I fail), plus the proctoring fees, which is $45 PER TEST at BSU. The coup de gras is that I recently inquired about Personalized Private Instruction (PPI) to complete my final 5 tests, which are the practical tests that I have to take in person with a certifier through NCGI. There are also fees for those, not to mention that it’s about $600 PER DAY for an estimated 4-5 days of PPI, which includes the certification tests to wind this up. Now, once I do all of that I will be a Certified Feline Master Groomer (CFMG) forevermore, as long as I maintain my NCGI membership. But damn, that’s a lot of money up front. I want the knowledge more than the certification, but if the knowledge comes with the certification, then why not? I’m still in talks with the PPI person, but IF I do that, it’ll be in September.

I’m nervous about buying a house. The single reason is the market. It SUCKS. Housing costs have risen so much that I doubt my ability to afford it, and I make $22 ish dollars an hour. Unfortunately, since I’m single income I don’t have a large cushion. I’m going to do the paperwork so the mortgage people can do the math, but I’m not hopeful anymore that I’ll be able to make this work, which SUCKS. I don’t want to be subjected to constantly rising rent costs in a scenario where I have to sign a damn lease every year in an apartment that builds no equity. I don’t want a condo where I have to pay HOA fees. I don’t even want a house where I have to pay HOA fees. I want a little patch of land with a small-ish house on it where I can pay for a reasonable mortgage and be satisfied with my building equity and my forever home paradise. No rules other than my own as far as what’s done to MY house. All mine. It’s almost time to do the paperwork (In theory I can do it March 1), but all the things I see about $230k houses being $1200 mortgages and there’s almost nothing on the market for lower than that? I can’t afford that on my own. That’s more than I pay now. My hopes aren’t high and I’m not feeling good about that. Who knows, maybe there’ll be a miracle.

That’s it, three issues in my life that are dominating right now. The recipes are still on there because while I’m done with what I can do, it’s not really finished yet. There are about 30 recipes that still need work, I just don’t have them yet.