Overnight Asst Mgr is dragging his heels on the CSM thing; as far as I can tell, they're not even going to address it until after Black Friday craziness is over with. He did ask one of the overnight cashiers if she wanted it, and she told him no, flat out. She's an older lady and said she doesn't want the responsibility, plain and simple. There is the unspoken reservation about me being pregnant that might keep them from giving it to me, that and not wanting to add anyone to the full-time rolls right now. So it's still up in the air, but it looks like I've at least got my 32 hours this week and next.
In the mean time, DW#2's mom called her yesterday and let her know their power got shut off. Their house has been foreclosed on and they have to be out by the end of December; they have no income besides food stamps right now. Her mom's been trying to get SSI for like 2 years, her stepdad had a stroke a few months ago, and her 18 yo sister who lives with them just found a job, but she can hardly support the 3 of them on her own. I agreed to have DW#2 give me $20 less than usual for her share of rent/utilities so she'd have enough to get her mom's electricity turned back on.
That left us $40 short on rent and our Qwest bill still unpaid, except I went and sold some gold jewelry I had sitting around--a class ring from my jr year of high school from a school I wound up not actually graduating from, and a bracelet I bought in Bahrain in 2001 back when I was in the service with money to burn.
So now we have enough for me to meet my volunteer obligations, catch up the bills, pay my law school application fee, and probably fix at least the immediate problems with the van, and with $40 budgeted for gifts next month our December budget actually balances. Yay!
Of course, that's a one time hat trick. No more gold stashed anywhere. Still, it takes the edge off holiday stress.