Keeping my expiration date, to stay out of the red

Trip Start Oct 30, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
the chair before my new window writing desk
What I did
wore my hat from Bloomingdale's

Flag of United States  , New York
Saturday, August 13, 2011

Back to the city, back to work. 
Was informed by my boss yesterday that I am not about to be cut just yet, but he actually estimates it as a good while longer, to my surprise. (Really thought the end was nigh.
It's of course comforting for many hundreds of reasons, yet for the past 5 minutes, there are none better than the relief that I won't have to return my new (entirely premature for the season) hat recently bought at Bloomingdale's that still holds its price tags just in case -- due to possibly short-notice expenses & packing if I must move in a hurry.
A friend at work told me that she has made the assumption that any extra money I make goes into my wardrobe, which came as a surprise. 
But perhaps it's true. That and traveling. There you have it. 
(It MAY be true.)  
Fortunately, as I thanked my mom recently, I was raised by a fiscally responsible dad and a shoe-loving mom. So I am and will be OK, really no matter what I buy that makes me ever feel guilty. (I'm also an exquisite saver.)

Regardless of the pressure of finite paychecks and personal allowances to motivate me to seek work outside of what I'm doing now,
today's greatest pleasure and motivation was working with one of our summer interns who's always hungry for a story and to learn as much as he can. 
(He's going to be great.)  
Just the two of us in the newsroom today (a quiet early Saturday) we got to sharing story ideas and both our future plans. 
I mentioned my/this travelblog and how much I love taking pictures and writing about what I see and do, and how I'd like to turn that into something more one day. He asked if he could see it, casually, to learn from it through others' ideas. 
I was too shy and quickly dumbed down the hobby, telling him it was nothing ...yet I was extremely touched by his asking. 

Well realizing I have about two bubble-wrapped months left featuring a steady rent's pay, it's still better to act like I'm in the red now. 
1. My boss advised a travel date for me to visit another bureau in the coming weeks. Already getting on that in scheduling and finances. Also though, 
2. GOING to submit travel writing essays. GOING to do it, FINALLY. Not a child anymore. The hardest thing for me, always, to do, is to put something on the table for judgement that I really care about. But doing it is how you learn, improve, and I already have more than one writer from work offering me help.
3. I'm a freelancer -- why am I NOT taking this opportunity to run around with "other people"? So much more to explore. So many more opportunities. Gotta do it before they tie you down and offer you crap like BENEFITS and PAID TIME OFF. (Let's keep things rosey here.)

(and I mean that)

                                                  ...and I'm also gonna take those tags off
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