Sunday, May 30, 2010

Impatient Much?

So I know summer hasn't even officially started and all, and it IS my favorite season of the year, but I cannot wait for fall. I am bored out of my skull at work and can't wait to begin student teaching. Add to that being 3 months closer to graduation, (hopefully) having a little more certainty on the job/ post grad plans front, Mr. Preppy moving out, and football season, and this girl couldn't be more antsy.

Plus I was finishing swapping out my fall/winter clothes for spring/summer (flannel pj's for cotton and silk, sweaters for shorts, etc.) and saw all of my cute argyle sweaters. If there is an outfit I love more in the fall than a pair of dark skinny jeans tucked into tall boots with an argyle sweater, I haven't found it yet. I am an argyle-aholic. If it didn't look so out of place in the spring and summer, I'm sure I would find a way to wear it then, too. As it is, I'm content to whip out the seersucker and polka dots.

Plus... fall will get me a little closer to receiving the nice shiny hunk of metal and glass that I may or may not have gone to pick out with Mr. Preppy yesterday afternoon...


Oh, don't forget, blogiversary giveaway coming up Tuesday!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Update

Ok, going with very married's suggestion, I am on the lookout for anyone with an etsy shop who would be willing to donate an item for my anniversary giveaway... c'mon, you know you'd like the publicity!

I will also be giving away one (or some, I haven't quite decided yet) of my favorite things, but that will be a surprise!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anniversary

So my one year blogiversary is coming up June 3rd and I'm trying to think of something, some sort of giveaway, to celebrate. It won't be too big, given my current financial situation, but I want to thank all of you for sticking around for so long.



If you have any ideas, please let me know!

Facebook Privacy

So I thought my Facebook was secure and everything, except that friends of friends can send me a friend request (which I HATE HATE HATE and if any of you know how to change that, please let me know, I've been trying for MONTHS).

I was wrong.

Apparently my current city, activities, interests, and a few other things were available to everyone. I found this by doing a privacy scan, found here. I highly suggest you all do this, especially those of you looking for jobs or entering professional degree programs (education majors, pay attention!).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Boredom

Ok, so my work computer now has Facebook unblocked, but has blocked Texts from Last Night. There's only so much time I can spend on Facebook, or playing Cosmo Beach Sudoku, so I'm re-reading Philippa Gregory's books... this is going to be a loooooong summer of work. Weddings and parties, hurry up!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday, do you HAVE to happen every week?

So my record time for being annoyed at work has finally been broken... it took all of 11 minutes this morning. I'm already planning to crawl straight into my bed as soon as I can make it home from work this afternoon (although in all actuality, I sent Mr. Preppy a BBM saying that may be how my day ends when I was on the way to work at 8:15 this morning, so maybe it's a self-fulfilling thing?).

I KNEW I should have called in sick.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Recovery

Ugh, I wish I had taken a picture of my nails yesterday after I finished scrubbing bathrooms. I had to grout paint off of itty bitty shower tiles for three hours, after which I scrubbed floors -- all so my condo can look as perfect as possible next weekend. I wore surgical gloves, not those too-big yellow gloves everyone thinks of, and my pretty Elephantastic Pink manicure still became history in a matter of hours.

Not to mention the back spasms I am now having which caused me to cut dinner with Mr. Preppy short last night so I could come home and go straight to bed.

I'm off to shop for a couple of hours with Mama, then hopefully laying out with Mr. Preppy and some of our friends by the pool.

Enjoy your Sunday loves!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Money Woes Again

On top of everything else with my financial aid, I just received an email saying my tuition will be increasing from $107/ credit hour to $143/ credit hour (yes, we have amazingly low tuition, but any increase is a shock). I was part of a guaranteed tuition trial that began 4 years ago... but I failed to realize that it was only guaranteed for those 4 years.

I still have not sold my condo (potential buyer looking next weekend), I will have no job after the end of July (because I can't work and student teach at the same time, and tuition is going up and I am losing a scholarship. I really don't know what to do right now.

Please pray that things work out. My mother and I are incredibly stressed over this and I know I'm not making things any easier for Mr. Preppy because I am so stressed over everything.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Education Cost Woes

Let me tell you how @$$-backward the federal government is in regard to education. My FAFSA was "due" March 1st (not that it matters, because they take them any time and apply it ASAP), but you need all your tax information to fill it out. Based on previous years' experience, I believed (and was led to believe by the Financial Aid Office and the FAFSA website) I needed my mother's information to submit my FAFSA because although I am no longer a dependent, they still believe she can contribute a quarter of her salary to my education (no, seriously, our "estimated family contribution" is a quarter of her pre-tax income).

Believing that, and because she never files taxes until the very last second, I only completed my FAFSA earlier today (I've waited that long the last two years also and it hasn't had any negative effects, knock on wood.). Imagine my surprise to find that I DON'T NEED HER INFORMATION THIS YEAR!!! Remember, I filed my taxes in JANUARY and could have submitted it well before the deadline. Also, because I don't need her information this year, I qualify for several additional grants (one of which is strictly for teachers but my school is not allowed to participate until next year at the earliest... thanks, feds, for snatching that highly anticipated $4,000 from my trembling hands). One of these is first come, first serve... which I will most likely not get, because, again, I was under a false impression that was backed up when I tried to file my FAFSA early.

Also, I've paid (the majority of) my own bills for the last 3 1/2 years. Why is it that they are only recognizing that fact and rewarding it with grants for my LAST SEMESTER of college?

Plus, our tuition is going up in Georgia. Hopefully this will not affect me too much because they will still have to honor my guaranteed tuition, but they will be able to pile on all the extra fees and surcharges they want. The biggest thing is that I'm no longer eligible for the HOPE scholarship because it only covers the first 127 credit hours (including all taken at other institutions and those that you ever withdrew from without credit).

Needless to say, I am a little frustrated.


P.S. Coworker is on the phone with her daughter discussing the best place to get an abortion. Ick.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

An Open Letter

Dear Annoying Coworker,

You are simultaneously lazy, a pain in my rear, and a moron.

Please work on this. Perhaps turning your cell off while you're at work will help you because your white trash children and "friends with benefits" (including, but not limited to, your ex-husband, landlord, on and off boyfriend, and cousin(!)) will be unable to call continuously. Also, sending your youngest to boot camp so he doesn't try to escape from alternative school again is a suggestion you might consider.

Edit: Also, if you could refrain from talking at top volume about how your son steals your "malt licker" and your cartons 'o cigarettes, that would be just fabulous, darlin'.

Thanks,
Not Management

P.S. Bless your heart, we're all praying for you.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spoiled Pooch

Now, I am the first to admit that Preppy Pup is spoiled. She has more clothes and accessories than most children, but her wardrobe consists of sorostipooch necessities - polos, sundresses, and pearls (with the occasional holiday outfit thrown in).

However, some people go too far in spoiling their canine companions.

In an attempt to find her a new set of pearls, I stumbled across a website that shocked me into silence. I am APPALLED at the fact that these dog dresses cost more than I would pay for a dress for myself (the bargain shopper that I am, you know I never pay retail unless forced), let alone Preppy Pup. Take a look at this.

Seriously, I hope your jaws drop and you have fits of hysterical laughter.... I don't want to be the only one with that reaction. I wonder how much business this woman actually does.
After three doses of Exedrin Migraine (I was too sick to eat anything substantial or I would have taken my no fail Imitrex... seriously, it is the best Rx migraine medicine but it makes me sick unless I've had a ton to eat.) over the course of the last 18 hours my head is FINALLY starting to feel better.

(Boring*) Plans for today:
  • Work til 5.
  • Tan. (no judgements please)
  • Home to work out - Bridget's 15 Minute Boot Camp from the Girls Next Door Workout DVD. (again, no judgements, this is an awesome workout - you will be sore for days if you are unaccustomed to exercising regularly)
  • Cook dinner for myself and Mr. Preppy.
  • Laundry.
  • Try to update my calendar with all known weddings and other activities for the rest of the year.
Anyone else have anything exciting coming up?

*I never thought I would be bored because I wasn't in class... apparently I need to get my priorities in order.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Boo to Migraines

My newest facebook status update?

Dear migraines,
You suck. Period. Go the heck away and disappear forever.
Thanks.
Don't feel bad for me. Feel bad for Preppy Pup (who I am clinging to for dear life) and Mr. Preppy (who has to get constant BBMs complaining about this situation). You know how people say doctors and other medical people are the worst patients? Well, they were wrong. The children of medical people (a nurse in this situation) are the worst patients because we have to be -- otherwise our parents would tell us nothing was wrong with us (which is why I didn't have a surgery I needed until after I'd needed it for 2 1/2 years, but that's another fun story for another post). Sadly, this trait does not go away when we grow up. It just gets more pronounced.

For example, I felt the need to describe, in detail, how badly my whole body hurts, when I put a heating pad on my back, how much medicine I've taken, and how nauseated my migraine is making me... all to poor Mr. Preppy. Seriously, if I have a boyfriend after tonight, it will be an act of God.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Dean's List

Ok, I can stop ranting now. I made Dean's List... so yes, I was freaked out and worried for no reason. Oops.

Good luck to the UT girls just starting finals today!!!!

Grades

I HATE that grades were due to the registrar by midnight because that makes the fact that they are still unavailable to ME unacceptable.

Plus, the little calendar announcement thingy in my school email says "Friday, May 7 - Grades Viewable." I ask you, without a specified time in the announcement, what person in their right mind would think that that ISN'T an all-day event, which would mean it started at 12:01 am?

Apparently, it is beyond the capabilities of my small school to post grades in a timely manner... especially when there is one anxious student waiting to see if she actually managed to make Dean's List because she finally (!) took initiative during her classes.

This would not be a problem if my two of my professors would actually tell their students their grades before they were officially posted.

Stupid privacy rules.

Ok, that's my rant. For the next several hours I will be hitting the refresh button on my computer until my grades are viewable. Oh, and I'll be getting ready for work and all that, but mostly just the refreshing.

Back when school manages to appease me.

Monday, May 3, 2010

She's Allllliiiiiiiiivvvvvvvvvveeeeeeee!!!!!!!

Yes, I am still alive and kickin'. I'm sorry for taking such a long break but I've been a tad overwhelmed with schoolwork for the last month. I had to finish up student teaching for this semester and then do all the accompanying work, including about twenty reports and presentations and reviews, PLUS the work I had for my Political Science classes and Chemistry class.

However.

As of 2:28 this afternoon (or, technically, 6:15 tomorrow night when I have to turn in a final paper that's already finished), I was finished with this semester. I am finished with my last semester of undergraduate classes... I begin student teaching August 3rd. I take the first of three certification tests June 19th.

I am taking a day or two to decompress because I have literally been wound tighter than a three day clock (have y'all heard that one? My great-grandfather used to say it ALL the time!) for the last week. This weekend all I had to do was study for the final I took today and finish the paper for tomorrow, but I forgot to budget my time to include a First Communion that I had to attend (that ended up lasting from 11 am to 5 pm...). I ended up at the library at 6:15 and stayed until close to midnight (when our ridiculous library closed... what library CLOSES during finals? and doesn't open until 1:30 the next afternoon?) and then camped out from 12:30 (in the only open building on campus until the library opened) until 6 last night to get everything finished. Mr. Preppy took pity on me Saturday and met me at school so he could force me to go eat something.

Anyway. I will be back full-time by Wednesday at the latest and will be catching up on blogs in the meantime. I missed you blog buddies!