This has been kind of a bad week. After a survivable weekend at home, I came back here with no meals prepared for the week. Then I had a series of obligations to fulfill. On Wednesday I finally got some food cooked but was completely exhausted. Today I tread lightly.

I’m tired from a number of things. A lot of it is from essentially having taken 2 weeks off from life (because really, the rest of it didn’t matter) and then trying to pick everything back up at a time when things have to get done. 2 weddings by the end of Labor Day weekend, grad school stuff to get finalized, everything all over the place.

That’s why I nearly had a meltdown this morning when I opened a letter to find a bill for a doctor’s visit that I think was miscoded & should’ve been covered by the insurance. I already dealt with a collections agency + hospital billing department earlier this year to straighten out a bill from another medical place and I do NOT have the energy to do that again.

It was only $40, so I was thinking of just paying it. But that made me feel bad because I don’t like spending chunks of money I don’t have to. I decided not to think about it and just go to work.

While at work, I was telling a friend about this issue and wondering where in the budget I’d get the $40. Suddenly I remembered—some friends of ours had given us $40 in a sympathy card. I hadn’t been familiar with sympathy money, so I put it aside. Nothing had occurred to me as a particularly good way to spend it. But voila!

And so, serendipity.


  1. Andrew says:

    Serendipity perhaps, but I’d still fight the hospital and the collection agency on the charge.

  2. Ruth says:

    Honestly, at my energy level it’s not worth the $40 to me to not pay up front. I may give it a shot with a couple phone calls to see if anything clears up and if I can get the money back. At this point it’s not at collections (that was the thing I won earlier this year, which was very worth fighting) and I don’t want it to go there while I get energy.

  3. Terry says:

    Yay for that working out. :)

  4. Spring says:

    I love when things work out like that. Example: About a year or so ago, the credit card company told me they were going to take me to court for bills my ex and his girlfriend ran up, despite our divorce papers ordering him to pay them. They said they would settle for half the payment, though, $1200, if I could pay it by the end of the month. I had to close out an old retirement fund to do so, and they screwed up and took out taxes after I asked them not to, but even so, the check ended up being almost exactly the right amount.

    See, the universe takes care of you, gives you no more than you need, no less. :)

    Hope all is well!

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