It only took two years, getting laid off and re-hired, and dealing with all kinds of crazy drama, but...
I FINALLY GOT A PERMANENT JOB WITH CAREFIRST!!!!!
So... whoot and all that. ^_^ This means that after I go through training I'll have a whole new slew of Transmissions from the Half Cube, except it'll be Transmissions from the Cubicle. When you work in a dedicated unit you get a private cubicle all to yourself.
And yay for being able to pay off this big pile o'bills. Good times. ^_^