As some of you may remember, I had some... serious financial issues. Several of you suggested I apply to the GTEF, which I did.

Because of the Emergency Fund, I got to, you know, actually eat food. And get home for Christmas. Seriously, without all of you, I would not have been able to catch the $10 train to get to the airport where my (already paid for) plane ticket awaited.

Because I was able to eat and get home, I was able to pick up some shifts at my old job at the coffee shop. I have a plan now. At least, short term.

As some of you, most notably my separated-at-birth twin Mayati know, I'm currently studying for the bar. I have decided to return home while I do so so that I can work in the coffee shop (also, Mama Shiny is having hip replacement surgery, so I can take care of her and the Noodle too).

Groupthink, thankyouthankyouthankyou. You have been there for me when I've had self-esteem issues, when I've needed advice, when I decided to finally acknowledge I was raped and abused. I have some truly amazing friends from this place, and I do not know where I would be right now if I had never discovered you all. Or you didn't discover me. I was a Jez commenter, and someone kept finding my comments and telling me to come over (I WISH I COULD REMEMBER WHICH OF YOU IT WAS).

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A special thank you to Greenheart and the EF board!!!! You saved my ass so hard. I didn't want to hunt squirrels to eat. Especially since that would look weird in DC.