The (no longer so) new gig is for much less money, about as much less as my mortgage payment. Between that and New York's refusal to pay me unemployment while I was actually unemployed, it's been tough to catch up, never mind get ahead.
One particularly poor decision I'd made before I was laid off was to trust a former friend with a loan. It eventually became clear that he had no intention of ever paying the loan back, even when I urgently needed it, and that's one of the things that's made it hard for me to accept the generous help some friends have offered. I never want to be in the position of disappointing someone that way.
There's a light at the end of the tunnel this fall -- and it's not an oncoming freight train! I've been really lucky to have the support of lots of good friends along the way. Thanks to all of you!