busy bee

Oct. 15th, 2010 01:42 pm
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I love the sense of satisfaction that comes from having all my bills for the month taken care of by the 15th.  It's so liberating to look at the (albeit small) amount of money left in my account and think, "Hey, this has nowhere else it needs to stretch!"  Especially when there's food in the house.  Not much gas in the car, though.

Things are going well in our neck of the woods.  My apartment is a complete and total pigsty because school and work have sort of overtaken me as well as Meridan.  And that cold I had at the beginning of the quarter really set me back.  I think I'm okay at the moment, though.  Ari will be over this weekend, and I'll try to use him for free labor.

My math conference last weekend was AMAZING.  I don't know why I always portray myself as someone who's bad at math - I'm really not.  I'm not a math genius, but I pick up concepts pretty quickly, and I find most basic math activities to be really fun.  Which is good, because it takes a teacher who really loves math to teach it well. 

I'm seriously so busy, though.  I'm tired all the time.  The classes I'm in, though they're at SPSCC, are NOT entry level or easy classes by far.  My Math for Elementary Ed is extremely work-intensive and mentally exhausting, my Earth science class requires a lot of study and memorization, and my Japanese class... well, all language classes are inherently full of work and memorization.  This one isn't too hard, but still.

Two more quarters for this stupid AA, and then I'm taking the AA and ALL my practically useless Evergreen credits to UW and seeing what they want to take.

Yeah, Meridan and I are thinking Seattle again.  We have some friends moving up there, and I discovered a degree program at UW that I'm really, really interested in.  It's early childhood, but it's psychology and biology based - it's basically all about the science of development.  It's a BA, and it leads right into the MIT program at UW, so I might just be getting my masters degree before I get to the classroom.  We'll see.

Going to try to update more.  When schoolwork isn't punching me in the face, you know.

busy bee

Oct. 15th, 2010 01:42 pm
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I love the sense of satisfaction that comes from having all my bills for the month taken care of by the 15th.  It's so liberating to look at the (albeit small) amount of money left in my account and think, "Hey, this has nowhere else it needs to stretch!"  Especially when there's food in the house.  Not much gas in the car, though.

Things are going well in our neck of the woods.  My apartment is a complete and total pigsty because school and work have sort of overtaken me as well as Meridan.  And that cold I had at the beginning of the quarter really set me back.  I think I'm okay at the moment, though.  Ari will be over this weekend, and I'll try to use him for free labor.

My math conference last weekend was AMAZING.  I don't know why I always portray myself as someone who's bad at math - I'm really not.  I'm not a math genius, but I pick up concepts pretty quickly, and I find most basic math activities to be really fun.  Which is good, because it takes a teacher who really loves math to teach it well. 

I'm seriously so busy, though.  I'm tired all the time.  The classes I'm in, though they're at SPSCC, are NOT entry level or easy classes by far.  My Math for Elementary Ed is extremely work-intensive and mentally exhausting, my Earth science class requires a lot of study and memorization, and my Japanese class... well, all language classes are inherently full of work and memorization.  This one isn't too hard, but still.

Two more quarters for this stupid AA, and then I'm taking the AA and ALL my practically useless Evergreen credits to UW and seeing what they want to take.

Yeah, Meridan and I are thinking Seattle again.  We have some friends moving up there, and I discovered a degree program at UW that I'm really, really interested in.  It's early childhood, but it's psychology and biology based - it's basically all about the science of development.  It's a BA, and it leads right into the MIT program at UW, so I might just be getting my masters degree before I get to the classroom.  We'll see.

Going to try to update more.  When schoolwork isn't punching me in the face, you know.
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Uuurgh. Wicked case of insomnia. It's one of those awful ones where you're so tired, but you just toss and turn. Meridan was barely snoring earlier, just a little rumble compared to his previous honking, but even that tiny noise drove me crazy.

I've figured out that the key to a decent night's sleep for me is to go to bed early with Meridan and play a little on my Nintendo DS until I get tired enough to sleep. It usually doesn't take long, and I usually fall asleep first, with Meridan following very soon after. I really think the key is my falling asleep first. I just feel better when I do.

Tonight, Meridan was extra sleepy from having to get up early with me this morning to go pay my tuition, so he fell asleep first. I made the mistake of opening up an ebook on my iPod instead of picking up my DS, which meant that I had to read the whole damn thing in one go. Two hours later, I'm wide awake. Bah, humbug.

I can't believe I'm nearly halfway done with my afghan. It goes so fast when you have so many color changes to keep it interesting.

I'm going to my mother's tomorrow. Why, I don't know. Actually, I do know why - Ari asked me to come over. I can't say no to the scamp. I think when school starts, I'll probably go once or twice a week over there rather than come back to the apartment. The bus ride is the same distance either way, and he'd probably really like the company.

The book I was reading, incidentally, was The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. If you haven't read it, do. It's apparently being made into a film as well.

So, I'm trying to do a little shifting around with my school schedule, actually. I was going to go strictly online, but with my new work schedule, it would work perfectly for me to take Japanese at 8 in the morning. I was already on the wait list and never bothered to take myself off, and now I'm glad I didn't. I'm up to #4 on the list now, and since tuition is now due, I'm thinking there might be a couple more drops in the next few weeks. Here's hoping!

Plus, I can't afford the textbook for my psychology class, and I already have the books for Japanese, obviously. So it would really save me some fuss.

To think, voluntarily taking an 8AM class. I guess I have changed somewhat.

Sigh. Suppose I'll put the laptop away now. Or something.

woo hoo

Dec. 21st, 2009 10:16 pm
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Exciting discovery!

I just found out that Western Washington University is working with North Seattle Community College to provide classes towards a BA in Education + Certification program. What this means is that I could potentially finish my entire degree and certification with Western instead of City University if we end up in Seattle. Since that seems the most likely (UW is still Meridan's first grad school choice), this is fantastic news.

Not only is a teaching degree from Western worth quite a bit here in Washington, but it's public as opposed to private, like City U. That means way, way less in loans for me to pay off later.

Rock on. It's always nice to discover more options out there. I think I've really made the right decision sticking with SPSCC, even though it kinda sucks. This transfer degree that I'm getting here can be used at so many colleges.
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Ugh. It is impossible for me to come back from a convention without conSARS. I had a terrible night's sleep, and at some point this morning I woke up with my face covered in drool cause I'd been breathing through my mouth instead of my nose.

My interview with SPSCC is Thursday. Wish me luck!

I really don't know what to say about the convention. I had a good time, but there were so very many hiccups. Instead of attempting to pull rank to attend the cosplay, I decided to wait with the congoers in line, and I see now why they were complaining. A lot of people are clamoring for us to break the contract with the Hilton for next year, but I don't see it happening.

I also have no clue why people were coming and complaining to me. It clearly says Writing And Editing Staff on my badge. This does not indicate me to be someone who can do, well, anything about your issue. I was just as lost as anyone else. But I was actually most irritated with my fellow K-con staff. They harassed me up, down and sideways every time I took the staff elevators, even though it was clearly obvious by my badge THAT I WAS STAFF. Goddamn.

Well, if I do end up Publicity Director next year, I'm sure everyone will know me by then and leave me alone. ;)

Shen and I won a prize in the fan creation thing for an Ocean Blue oneshot we did. Does that mean that I can preface my name all the time now with "prize winning author"? I think it does.

Meridan woke me up this morning to tell me that Finn was playing with a half-dead mouse in our bedroom. AAAAUGHH. He had let her out into the living room while he took a shower, and I fell back to sleep right away, so I had no idea until I got back. It was squeaking and everything. Awful.
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Fucking FINALLY. I logged into the SPSCC website and it says they mailed my financial aid award letter today. I should finally be able to see what I'm getting by Monday. Maybe tomorrow if the mail is fast enough.

My room is finally clean. I never thought it would happen. I need to vacuum, but other than that, I'm sailing pretty. :)

Finn is being particularly cute today. I find it unnerving.

I bought a purple hoodie today. It's purple. And awesome.

I also found something super awesome at Goodwill - a tiny pink White brand sewing machine! It's this one right here, and it came in its box with all of the original parts and the manual for only $9.99. I pulled it out, plugged it in and tried it, and it works just fine. It definitely isn't as good as a proper machine - it's only got one stitch and one speed - but it's super awesome just the same. I never would have paid more than 10 bucks for it, but it's lovely for the price. I saw online that a bunch of people complained about never getting it to work, but I experimented and it's just fine.

God, it's going to be terrible trying to save money for the convention. Meridan just got paid today and I've already spent an embarrassing amount.

new car!

Jun. 11th, 2009 10:19 pm
kungfufighting: (fear the vaj)
Quite the busy week, my friends.  Oh, my.

Today, Meridan and I went out and bought our very first car.  I feel like such a grownup.  

It's a 1993 Toyota Tercel, it's red, and let's be honest, it's a bit shitty.  But it runs acceptably well, has problems that not only can be fixed but Meridan is already planning to fix with his dad's help, and it only cost us $500.00.  Even better, his parents let us have some of his bond money to buy it, otherwise we wouldn't have even been able to afford it.

It's got a really nice sound system, and even though it's 2 door, it's tiny but not impossibly tiny.  Matt & Shen fit in the back without much fuss.  It has this really weird fake tinting crap on the windows, but we peeled most of it off, and with a nice washing and waxing it'll be pretty nice looking.

Best part - the NRA sticker on the back.  Oh, yes.  I managed to get it peeled off right damn quickly, but there's still an Air Force sticker that I have to contend with.  Still, the NRA one was definitely the one that had to go immediately.

I am officially done with the Computer Center for good now.  I'm probably going to go over there tomorrow evening to hang out with Shen while she closes, but I worked my last shift today.  Feels weird. 

Our water heater broke AGAIN the other day, and our entire carpet was soaked through underneath.  We've been sleeping in the living room for the past two nights.  We borrowed my parents' carpet shampooer today, and that took care of most of the awful smell and the water, but it's still not perfect.  And, of course, our stuff is all over.  This weekend is major cleaning time.

My mom called me tonight to let me know that I got some financial aid info from SPSCC, including an award letter for the summer of $1500.  I'm not sure if that's before or after tuition, though.  I definitely need to go over there tomorrow and find out.  I'd log into the system online, but the fucking thing doesn't work from 10pm to 6am.  WTF?  I'll check it in the morning.  At any rate, there will be some money coming, so thank fucking Christ.  I'm sure it's not coming until August, cause they're still evaluating transcripts, but it'll be in time to take care of the rent at least.

So, yep.  Not a bad day at all.  Classes start on the 29th, free until then.

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