Oregon is sure in a lot of financial trouble.   We have twelve percent of our population out of work—percentage wise, we are the Numero Uno in the country in terms of unemployment   We are extremely in the red–four billion dollars!–and hunger is rampant here.  And by hunger, I don’t mean absolute starvation; I’m talking about nutrition deficiency.

Coming from a household that relies partially on hand-outs from unemployment, (the roommate only works 2ish days a week and the state will help compensate her for the rest of the week), I can tell you it’s hard. Hard.

Spaghetti sauce (the cheap can kind) dumped unceremoniously in rice have made up our meals. I call it What a Rice Surprise—I tend to put in whatever I have to supplement it and give it some dietary value. Nuked potatoes and steamed veggies are another household favorite.  I am so missing the taste of meat.  My gentle reader(s) would probably be shocked to find out just how bare our cupboards are.

So yeah, that’s why I haven’t been blogging as often as I’d like. Economically, the situation has been seriously depressed, which can turn to creative malaise….

I’m actually thinking about downsizing my cable/internet/phone services. Good ol’ Comcast is jacking up the prices again, and I need food more than the LOGO or Bravo stations.  I have also thought about selling my Bowen Statues….but that would KILL me.  Especially since I’d have to sell them for less than I bought them for.  (I have the full size statues of Storm, Gambit and Dark Phoenix.  Busts? Rogue, Sabertooth, Mystique, Psylocke, Angel, Nightcrawler a Sentinel, and Storm.) 

No. I won’t be getting rid of them. Not my “babies”.

I think I’ll start doing more comparison shopping and clipping out more coupons.   Maybe I’ll start monitoring the electricity usage closely and being more frugal–NOT miserly—with our resources.  That’s a start, right?


Posted on April 17, 2009, in Current Affairs. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Michigan is 12.6%. I think it has to be higher than Oregon. And I’m buried in that figure somewhere.

  2. Nope. We just overtook Michigan.

  3. Hello. I’m new here. Hope I did the reply thing right. I’m an Oregonian too. Church mouse level. It is expensive to buy food here and everything else.
    Have you ever put a can of chili on spaghetti noodles? It’s not bad and good sub for meat. The beans and the pasta form a “perfect protein”. You can throw a can of chili in mac and cheese for the same effect too. We eat a lot of beans of all types, mostly with rice… it does the same perfect protein thing.
    I know how you feel. It is hard, very hard.

  4. Thanks for stopping by Ananda Girl. It’s nice to meet a fellow Oregonian blogger for once. 🙂

    Oh and those are some good suggestions. I’ll have to try them.

  5. I sent her over. I figured that my two Oregonian fellow bloggers should meet 🙂

  6. Ooops. I was wrong. Michigan’s is 12.6 and Oregon’s is 12.1.

    Fact checking is a beautiful thing.

  7. “We’re Number 1 !!!! We’re Number 1 !!!!”

  8. dmarks– Ahhh… that’s not a good #1. But I suppose better you than us. : )

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