You ever been in a position where you're just going along, reasonably happy with how things are going, and then suddenly come to a realization due to a series of unrelated events, your income level is not sufficient to do all the things you want to do? Not on a simple "can I go out this weekend" but on a deeper level? I'm not saving enough, and I don't have enough saved for a rainy day, even though I thought I did. Especially when I'm making money that a few years ago I thought that I'd be rolling in dough if I were making what I make now. I hate that. I hate it lots. Disaster hasn't struck, but I'm going to have to make some changes. And while I've got longer-term plans, I'm going to need to adjust things in the short term. Get a few more certs, find a new job, maybe. Bah.