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Well I called the bank and they disabled my debit card. Apparently the crook had withdrawn the money from an ATM in California. Originally he had tried to take much more out, but I thwarted him 'cause I'm poor like that. And thankfully he didn't try to make the withdrawal on payday.
And a couple of hours later I got an automated call telling me that suspicious activity had been detected on my account. My credit union is really on the ball, I tell you.
Anyway, I'll have to go down to the bank tomorrow and fill out some paperwork to get my money back. Not sure if it's a 24 hour turn around or not. In the meantime, I dug an electric space heater out of storage, and my fiancee gets paid Friday. There's food in the house too, and we still have electric service. So we'll pull through. It would be nice if the drama stopped for a while though.
So I get a knock on the door this morning. It's the guy from the gas company, here to disconnect me. However, if I can make a payment I can avoid getting disconnection. So I go check my balance, and find that some fraudster on the other side of the country has drained my bank account dry. Gotta love samsara.
@karasti Unlike in the past, I'm actually not beating myself up too much for slacking off. I'm just picking up where I left off. In an odd way, I guess that's practice at work. And I'm glad you're not freaking out as much about the holidays. They are always stressful, and you need all the calm and peace you can get.
Personally, my practice has been suffering lately. "Real life" has been taking a toll, and adversely affecting my practice. See here if you want a blow-by-blow description of my travails. I completely stopped meditating for several weeks. As @lobster would say, I iz bad Buddhist.
However, things have settled down some lately and I've been getting back into meditating. Anger has been cropping up lately (stress, probably), so I'm working on that. A change in my work schedule has resulted in less free time, but more sleep (long explanation) and it seems to be suiting me.