On top of that, my car finally broke down for real just two days ago. It is currently in a shop, I'm still waiting word on just how bad the damage is. I'm guessing it will be pretty bad, though. I don't know how repairs are going to be paid for, and even less of an idea how I'm going to get a new car without a job. Thankfully Kristine is in an excellent place, otherwise I'd probably be going down to bankruptcy or something.
Oh, and did I mention that Watchfire apparently has the balls to challenge my unemployment claim? Yeah, they do. After giving no reasoning in the meeting where I was fired and handed the brochure about how to apply for unemployment, now they're claiming there's an issue. The unemployment office is calling me tomorrow to get my side of the story. I don't know how I wouldn't win my case if it came to that, but just the idea there would be an objection just astounds me.
So, well, with all that, the novel didn't get finished. Got just a shade under 30,000 words before my entire professional life came crashing down, which sapped my writing motivation to less than zero. Even if I hadn't taken a break for novel writing, I'm sure I'd be taking a hiatus now to figure out what on Earth I'm going to do.
On the sporting front, I'll keep it really simple here. I plan on writing more in depth about it in the coming days. But, Wabash football had an amazing second half come back to win their Sweet 16 game against North Central, final score 29-28. The wining points came on a two-point conversion with less than a minute on the clock. The play was a pass, which was tipped by the intended receiver. Thankfully, Brady Young was standing behind the play ready to mop up the mess. Truly, one of the best football games I've ever watched. Now they get one of the two Division III behemoths in Mount Union. The road most likely ends here, but, you know, there were whispers that North Central could take out Mount Union, and we managed to take out North Central (with our back up quarterback, no less). Anything is possible.
Purdue football also managed to get themselves bowl eligible by winning the Old Oaken Bucket back from Indiana. Probably enough to save Danny Hope's job, but I haven't heard an official word on that. My guess is Purdue will get to face a MAC team (Probably Northern Illinois or Toledo, both of which are very good teams that honestly scare me a bit) in the Little Caesar's Bowl (nee Motor City Bowl).
On the basketball front, it looks like I'll be able to watch the Pacers after all, but we'll see how much that actually happens. Purdue basketball stubbed its toe against a good Alabama team, but I think they will be just fine. The score wasn't as lopsided as I had hoped, but they pretty well handled Miami in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, which was nice to see. Wabash basketball looks like its going to make a very smooth transition from the Petty Era to the Carpenter Era. They're 5-0 and on the verge of being ranked again, even after losing Wes Smith. Good times.
Well, that'll do it for today. Nowhere to go but up from here, right?