So, difficult child called me a little while ago, as I'm racing back to work from lunch - already late. She's all PO'd because the job she was let go from didn't have her check ready today as stated and said to come back tomorrow. She and boyfriend are so in the red it's scary so she's freaking out. Complains about how boyfriend doesn't even have enough gas to get home from work or to go pick up his boys for dinner, her gas light just went on, they have no cigarettes and had to pool their change to get coffees this morning. Im sorry, but I just need to vent. First of all, STOP SMOKING!!! Right?! That will save them easily $100/week between the two of them. Second, and not to sound cold, but GIVE YOUR BIG DOG AWAY TO A GOOD HOME!!!! He is a pitbull, and I love him, he's a sweetie, but he's cooped up in an apt all day, other dogs have attacked him while out on walks. Now they are moving into boyfriend's parent's house and the mom doesn't feel comfortable with the big dog living there. She doesn't mind the little one, a dacshound. And Im thinking food - omg, how expensive must dog food be?? Not to mention boyfriend is paying child support to his wacky ex, not that he shouldn't but, $900 a month for two little boys? That seems outrageous to me, but his life, his kids, whatever. Any way, the point is - STOP SMOKING AND SAVE $400/MONTH, GIVE UP BIG DOG!! I ended up meeting her at the gas station and putting $20 in her tank, but darn it, that really pisses me off. I have my own obligations and my own constraints. Last month, we joined the gym as a family because it was cheaper. Now with my back and knee issues it's been difficult to make it in there as often as I'd like. Meanwhile, easy child has been going every chance she gets, which is great, but that means she's not helping me with our pups at lunchtime so that I can take a lunch break off without running home - she works closer to home than me, but I get an hour, she only gets 1/2 hour. Also, this past month, the vet reminded her that her puppy needs a checkup and her lymes vaccine so I tell easy child to call and make an appointment. She calls me back complaining because it will cost $140. So she won't schedule the appointment. However, she has money to buy clothes, shoes, go out for drinks and dinner with friends and not pay me her measly rent for May...but she can't vaccinate her dog?! WTH? When she complained about the vet bill, I stupidly offered to pay half, but have since watched her throw money away on things she doesn't need and then cry the blues about having money issues. So, when difficult child called me, I felt like a steam train - my head was about to blow. No more loaning money, no more helping them with a little here and a little there. No wonder I never have money for the things I want like a getaway weekend with H. Yesterday, after easy child spent an hour at the gym, she called me to ask if I wanted to join her for a pedicure. I asked if she was paying (because I can't afford that right now) and she laughed. I said I would have to pass BECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD IT!!! Stupid-behinds. Who is the stupid behind? Me! Back to class for me. Okay, I feel a little better. Thanks for letting me vent.