I wrote this series of stressful haiku between December 29, 2014, and February 26, 2015.  Each haiku is a snapshot of my mental state as Shawn and I waited for sixty days after our bankruptcy case was done.  Creditors could come after us within those sixty days, and the uncertainty was wearing on me.

I read “Sixty Days” on episode 28 of my Words of Jen podcast.

DAY ONE
Bankruptcy case done
Creditors have sixty days
To come after us

December 29, 2014

DAY TWO
So, the case is done
Yet not quite finished just yet
All at the same time

December 30, 2014

DAY THREE
I’m drinking away
The stress from the last six months
“Happy New Year” time

December 31, 2014

DAY FOUR
Now I fall apart
After it is all over
Typical for me

January 1, 2015

DAY FIVE
Killing dust bunnies
Allergens attack my eyes
Painfully tearful

January 2, 2015

DAY SIX
Still sick from cleaning
How will we pay the space rent?
Grasping at straws

January 3, 2015

DAY SEVEN
I found the limit
Of just how much Benadryl
I can tolerate

January 4, 2015

DAY EIGHT
Exhausted Again
Acupuncture tomorrow
Maybe that will help

January 5, 2015

DAY NINE
Shawn has a new job
Or, he maybe has a job
We’ll see how that goes

January 6, 2015

DAY TEN

Ten days into it
No creditors have bugged us
So far, all is well

January 7, 2015

DAY ELEVEN
Writing all the things
Making some money for us
Tired of being poor

January 8, 2015

DAY TWELVE
Shawn’s job has ended
Disability issue
Can return if fixed

January 9, 2015

DAY THIRTEEN
Water heater broke
Extra money goes right there
Got no hot water

January 10, 2015

DAY FOURTEEN
Icy cold shower
Painful and insufficient
No hot water yet

January 11, 2015

DAY FIFTEEN
Still no hot water
Shawn had to find new doctor
April appointment

January 12, 2015

DAY SIXTEEN
Nine hundred dollars
To get new water heater
Price goes up from there

January 13, 2015

DAY SEVENTEEN
Started paperwork
For help with water heater
Offered to the poor

January 14, 2015

DAY EIGHTEEN
Bought camping shower
Should make bathing easier
Still no hot water

January 15, 2015

DAY NINETEEN
Resigning papers
Bringing them to the lawyer
Someone needed them

January 16, 2015

DAY TWENTY
No longer believe
Anything good will happen
Stuck poor forever

January 17, 2015

DAY TWENTY-ONE
Still no hot water
Crowdfunding is working out
Haven’t hit goal yet

January 18, 2015

DAY TWENTY-TWO
Unexpectedly
The Ohana may help us
So very thankful

January 19, 2015

DAY TWENTY-THREE
A call from Ivan
The new hot water heater
Installed tomorrow

January 20, 2015

DAY TWENTY-FOUR
It’s missing a part
Mark and Abram worked all day
No hot water yet

January 21, 2015

DAY TWENTY-FIVE
We have hot water!
After twelve days without it
Life is better now

January 22, 2015

DAY TWENTY-SIX
Spent most of the day
Sleeping, hoping to fight off
Sinus infection

January 23, 2015

DAY TWENTY-SEVEN
Bad allergy day
Shawn and I cleaned all the dust
The workers brought in

January 24, 2015

DAY TWENTY-EIGHT
I am struggling
Body exhausted from stress
Dust and allergens

January 25, 2015

DAY TWENTY-NINE

Wait, today’s Monday?
I have lost a day somewhere
Frantically writing

January 26, 2015

DAY THIRTY

Job I didn’t get
Might be closing forever
Dodged a bullet there

January 27, 2015

DAY THIRTY-ONE
Thanks to Medicaid
New doctor – new Epi-Pen
No trouble at all

January 28, 2015

DAY THIRTY-TWO
Went for a blood test
For rheumatoid arthritis
Exhausted since then

January 29, 2015

DAY THIRTY-THREE
More than halfway through
The sixty days creditors
Can come harass us

January 30, 2015

DAY THIRTY-FOUR
Second air cleaner
Right next to where I write
Lemon tree pollen

January 31, 2015

DAY THIRTY-FIVE
Shawn’s sister will take
Big aquarium back now
Can’t keep up with it

February 1, 2015

DAY THIRTY-SIX
Acupuncturist
Notes I have weird genetics
But handle it well

February 2, 2015

DAY THIRTY-SEVEN
We have hot water
Taking shorter showers now
The loss has changed me

February 3, 2015

DAY THIRTY-EIGHT
Air cleaners I use
Are giving Shawn a headache
No more air cleaner

February 4, 2015

DAY THIRTY-NINE
Shawn has a headache
But applied for new job
I hope it works out.

February 5, 2015

DAY FOURTY
Got denied again
Disability appeal
Time for the lawyer

February 6, 2015

DAY FORTY-ONE
Rain and rain and rain
We’re in a drought, so its good
But oh, my joints ache!

February 7, 2015

DAY FORTY-TWO
Lots of blogging done
And most of it was for pay
Still not enough, though

February 8, 2015

DAY FORTY-THREE
Less than twenty days
For creditors to bug us
And I can relax.

February 9, 2015

DAY FORTY-FOUR
Here’s hoping blood test
Will clarify things for me
One way or other

February 10, 2015

DAY FORTY-FIVE
Blood test results in
Don’t have rheumatoid arthritis
Found other issues

February 11, 2015

DAY FORTY-SIX
Antibiotics
Bacterial infection
Making me sleepy

February 12, 2015

DAY FOURTY-SEVEN
D3 Season 2
Video games with my friends
Stress washes away

February 13, 2015

DAY FOURTY-EIGHT
Have taken all of
The antibiotics and
One vitamin D

February 14, 2015

DAY FOURTY-NINE
I slept twelve hours
Pollen count: medium-high
That explains it all

February 15, 2015

DAY FIFTY
Construction noises
They’re destroying something else
It must be Monday

#MobileHomePark

February 16, 2015

DAY FIFTY-ONE
Less than ten days left
For creditors to bug us
And then we are free!

February 17, 2015

DAY FIFTY-TWO
Blog getting more hits
No monitization yet
We need sponsored ads!

February 18, 2015

DAY FIFTY-THREE
Recorded podcast
Women in Podcasting gig
Always so much fun!

February 19, 2015

DAY FIFTY-FOUR
Awful pollen count
Allergy meds knocked me out
No podcast for me.

February 20, 2015

DAY FIFTY-FIVE
Losing track of days
From all the allergy meds
To combat pollen

February 21, 2015

DAY FIFTY-SIX
Grocery shopping
Using our EBT card
As the rain poured down

February 22, 2015

DAY FIFTY-SEVEN
Frustrated again
Too sick to do anything
Despite best efforts

February 23, 2015

DAY FIFTY-EIGHT
Recording a book
This has possibilities
As money maker

February 24, 2015

DAY FIFTY-NINE
Bad week for pollen
Preventing me from working
On drugs and sleeping

February 25, 2015

DAY SIXTY
It’s been sixty days
No creditors have plagued us
Debt gone! We are free!

February 26, 2015

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