Haha, wow, this makes me feel terrible about myself! Librarianship is tough. I landed an internship right after college, that transitioned into a full-time entry level job the year after. I've been doing that for... three years now, while getting my professional degree. Hopefully I will be able to start a professional librarian job soon, but even the entry-level librarian jobs have applicants with 15 years of experience, PhDs, etc. I feel like I've been lucky and have done everything right, but the field is just set up so that it's a long, hard slog to get anywhere. (And then you're still making public sector wages, in most cases.)
Marnie! I have a bunch of your prints hanging in my dining room. I didn't realize why your name was familiar until the very end, but I'm glad this is all working out.
@angelinha Forgot to specify that the $220 leftover would be if I were living on just 20% of my income, as would be the case if I were saving so much. So those costs don't include anything besides food and transit.
@EmmaP What do you *eat*, though? Or pay for transit? I just did the math on my take-home and even if I ate very frugally for one at $60/month and only took public transit with a monthly pass, I would have $220 left over for everything else like housing/utilities/cat food.
@Human Centipaul Sure, but I don't think that "I lived in a crappy apartment saving money and then I too became a slumlord, yay!" is a very satisfying narrative. I'm curious about her ongoing investment in the property, assuming she makes one.
Wait, but did you fix the ruined ceiling, etc.? How much did that cost?
Library assistants, yeah, sure. Actual librarian jobs, not so much.
@BillfoldMonkey Thanks. I was fine, but it still makes me shaky to think about that intersection. They've started doing construction that blocks off the sidewalk there now, so it's even more dangerous, and I can't find a route that avoids it. Biking! Woo! I've never biked in winter, and I don't think my tiny Italian racing tires can take it. But it sounds fun, apart from slush.
Even better: my 25-minute bike ride to/from work instead of a 45-minute walk-and-train combo. I've never driven in my life so I can't compare those, but biking clears my mind and gets in exercise that I otherwise don't have time for. (Not that I've been biking since I fell in traffic a few months ago, but I wish I were.)
Oh hey, this is my life exactly. Except that gym money goes to utilities instead (because I can't find a gym that's closer than 30 minutes away from me) and I /am/ able to save 15% of my income thanks to a generous matching plan from my employer. But not for long, since that fund gets tapped out if I have surprise bills.