Which do you want first? There are a couple of sets...
Bad News - After months of procrastinating, I finally sat down and did the math (income vs. expenses) now that I know what my expenses are out here. It ain't pretty, which is why I procrastinated doing it, but it had to be done. I knew I had enough to get out here and get established, but living on just Social Security and Workers' Comp payments isn't cutting it; thus the urgency to figure out a way to supplement before I get into trouble.
Good News - I figured out a way to supplement my income and still be able to be home with my kids without having to put Jacob into an after school program and Sydney in daycare all day... I'm starting my own business! Independent college counseling for students with learning differences. It's what I did in Buffalo for seven years, except I was employed by The Gow School (a private boarding school for dyslexic and other language based learning different boys). I loved my job.
Bad News - I received a "Request for Further Action" in the mail from the Workers' Compensation Board that indicated that they want to decrease or cease altogether the payments the kids and I receive from them because of Matt's death on the job.
Good News - After my attorney's review of the document, he informed me that they are required by law to continue payments to us.
Bad News - Someone at Cameron International, the company Matt worked for at the time he was killed, initiated the request. Can you believe that? I'm so hurt and angry that I can hardly see straight. Most likely it came from their corporate headquarters in Houston.