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Last couple days

April 29th, 2008 at 06:44 am

Well, I avoided paying for parking today by staying in my friend's dorm instead of going back to the hotel. BF was at work all night anyway, so it worked out. I finished up my last paper and went to sleep. I'm now on my way to take an exam, then I'm done for the day.

I'll take a bus back to the car, and drive it to the hotel. Tomorrow I'll take the car to my apt and take a bus downtown, because I need to drop off my keys and stuff while I'm there. Yay fun Smile

The rest of the day's plans? Study study study.

Last exam is tomorrow!!!!

Last week is going to be interesting.

April 28th, 2008 at 06:49 am

Well, I'm officially moved back to Ohio. BF's apt is still a bit cluttered, but we're working on it slowly but surely. A little more reorganization is necessary, but that will come soon enough.

As for this week, I have an exam tonight at 6. I also have to get a couple papers done before then. So today will be busy. I also need to walk down to the library to print out notes so that I can study them on the 2 hour car ride back to PA.

BF works in PA all week, and will be staying in a hotel. I get to stay with him, since I have no furniture in my apt. No cost for either of us, but gas and parking might get a little pricey. Today, BF is going to drop me off downtown, then I'll take a bus back to my apt and get the car (which has been parked there since saturday), then I'll drive it to the hotel.

Tomorrow I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'm only going to be down town for 2 hours. I dont want to drive it all the way back to my apt because the traffic is awful and I'll be having hour long waits. The gas situation would suck as well. But at the same time, I dont want to have to pay to park downtown 2 days in a row-- it would run me about $5/day. I guess the question is how much gas would I be wasting to park it elsewhere and take the bus back downtown? Hmm. I'll figure somehting out. It seems silly to pay for parking downtown if I still have an active bus pass.

I went to Marc's yesterday to pick up some food to bring with me to the hotel room. We have bread, peanut butter, and things of the like. But I also picked up some bananas and goldfish crackers. That should hold us over for a few days.

BF and I haven't gone out at all this weekend. We're both so broke, there's no way. haha. We made dinner at home on saturday night amidst unpacking. We had lunch at BF's brother's yesterday, and had sauerkraut and sausage for dinner last night. Had leftovers for breakfast this morning Smile

On the good news front, I miscalculated how much money was in my checking account, and have about $30 more than I thought I did. I like accidents when they're like that. Kind of like a happy suprise in the end!

So the plans for today? Get these papers done. Do dishes and unpack a little more. Go to the library and print out notes. Study on the way to PA. Take exam. Take bus back to car, then drive car to hotel. Relax Smile

Hope everyone has a great day, I'm going to get mine started!

Officially moved in.

April 26th, 2008 at 04:28 pm

Well, after thee worst weekend possible, I've finally got all of my things moved back to Ohio. Yesterday was quite the day. Hideously annoying and way too expensive.

I drove back to Ohio because I had some things to get accomplished. I had to go to the library to write up a poster needed for this morning.

The first problem was that I apparently still owed the $26 fee that I paid before moving to PA 2 years ago. Ugh. They didn't have my payment on file, so I had to pay it again. Just to get on the computers.

The time limits on the computers at the library were foreign to me. Long story short, 2 hours of work got erased when MS Word closed on me. So I had to get my time extended and redo it all in 30 minutes.

I went to Borders to return my book, and they gave me credit back on my Visa, which was great. There's another $19, which almost makes up for that $26 fee. Sigh. I guess it'll be worth it in the long run. I'll definitely check out books on a regular basis.

The move went fairly smooth. I wont get into the gory details of how crappy my day was, but I'm here in Ohio with BF, so things are are much better. His apt looks like a storage unit, but it'll end up okay. We need to reorganize and drop some stuff off at my mom's tomorrow.

We're making dinner in tonight, then possibly going to his parents' to watch a movie.

Well, time to eat! I'm starving. Everyone have a good night!

NSD and extra money :)

April 24th, 2008 at 11:15 am

Well, today is a No spend day. So I add one more dollar to my challenge money. That makes... $128.98. Coming along nicely...

I got a free lunch today. I was nominated for oustanding student leader of the year. Didn't win the prize, but I didn't have to pack! And I'll probably be full unti later tonight. haha. I always eat so much at functions like that.

I just got home, and I have the rest of the afternoon to pack, clean, and pack. I think tomorrow I'm going to drive back to Ohio. It'll give me one trip of my stuff to take back with me, and there are some supplies there that I need to utilize to finish my poster presentation for saturday. And I can do my laundry for free there as well Smile

I cant believe that in 2 days I'll no longer be living in my apartment. Or in PA. I've been gone 2 whole years. It hasn't seemed that long at all. I also cant believe that I'll be at the beach in 8 days!!! I'm so thrilled Big Grin

I still have about 2 papers to write, and 2 more finals to take before wednesday. I'm still remaining somewhat calm, but it's still quite a bit to do!

I sold a couple of my books today. The only ones I really wanted to sell back-- my government book, and sparknotes for something I read in english last semester. I got $32.75. Half gets put in my challenge money, the other half goes to pay off my CC. So $16.38 goes to both, bringing my challenge money up to $145.36. I'm pretty excited about it, I must say. If I had any more I wanted to get rid of, you better believe I would. I really need the money right now :/

I realized that I bought a book at Borders and dont need it (its the Psychology GRE subject test prep book), so I'm going to return it. I still have the reciept, but it's after 30 days since I purchased it. So they said they would give me a giftcard with the amount. I guess that works. I'd rather use the giftcard to get a book I want/need rather than one that I dont. So I think I'm going to return that tomorrow. And perhaps get a new book Smile A sort of congrats present for finishing the semester. haha.

I also want to stop by the consignment shop in Ohio to drop some stuff off. I cleaned out my closet... no harm in trying to get some money for the clothes I dont wear anymore.

Well, I think it's time to get packing. So much to do! I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Some good news.

April 23rd, 2008 at 02:50 pm

My day started relatively early. I have to do some homework, then I hit ALDI as soon as it opened to pick up a few things. Peanut butter, bread, and a 6 pack of V8 juice. Pretty much lunch food. I had no lunch meat, and the peanut butter will keep without refrigeration when I'm staying at the dorm with my friend a few days next week. I obviously, then, did not have a no-spend day. But the good news? I only spent $4.97. I ran home, packed my lunch, and then hopped on a bus.

Class was fine. I took my exam, and I did better than I thought I was going to. Much easier than I had anticipated. So that's good news as well.

The best news? I got a call from the registrar's office of the university I'm attending this summer, they were letting me know that I had been granted Ohio residency. So the remainder of my undergrad education is going to be about half the cost than it would have been otherwise.

So I have to finish up my semester and get things all settled to move. Coordination has been a total pain in the butt, but I think everything is going to work out. My mom's friend has a truck with a trailer, so I'll have plenty of room. It seems I'll have plenty of helping hands, or at least a few.

We're trying to finish up planning for our vacation next weekend. It seems it's going to be somewhere around $130 for gas per person if we take my mom's SUV. The room is going to be about $72 for all 3 nights per person. So that leaves me a little less than a hundred to cover food and drink costs. I have one bottle of wine that I'm going to bring. I think I have another at my mom's. So I should only have to buy maybe one more [cheap] bottle and perhaps a 6 pack of sorts. We're also going to hit the grocery store and buy food to bring with us. Sandwich stuff, fruit, snack food, things of the like.

I really need to start work as soon as I get back. Bah.

Well, I should probalby get back to homework. Everyone have a good night!

Unexpected NSD!

April 22nd, 2008 at 07:24 pm

So today was yet another long day. But the good news was it was a No spend day! I packed my lunch, went to class, then the psych club meeting. After that I hopped the bus home, choked down some ramen, then drove to the bar to meet a friend that was in town. We had a couple beers, a couple appetizers. It was really nice. I've been stressing out so horribly because of finals, moving, and wrapping up the semester. Having a couple drinks was well worth it. And he paid Smile So it was an unexpected, and quite pleasant NSD. That means one more dollar for my Challenge money... bringing me up to $127.98.

I'm also getting really good at driving the manual Smile

I did take up time that should have been used for studying to go out, but at this point I've become apathetic. Sure, I care about my studies still. But I've gotten A's on everything up to this point, and there's no way I'm going to fail anything.

I have one final tomorrow, another on thursday. I've been studying my butt off (though it still unfortunately has seemed to retain its size). I still have about 3 papers to write, and I'm hoping my friend calls me so I can do an interview with her tonight. I really need to write this paper...

Tomorrow should be a cheap day. Not a NSD because I really should hit the grocery store. I've put it off, but at this point I at least need to go pick up some peanut butter. Maybe another loaf of bread. I've got enough to make 2 more sandwiches. But I'd like to have some for next week. I'll be staying in the dorm with my friend. I can even keep PB&J there. haha. Some snack food would be nice too. Basically anything I can pack in my lunch.

Speaking of packing, I have to get that all done by saturday. Mom is bringing a truck with a trailer. She has a friend that owns one, so there should be no problems getting it all down in one trip. I have my boxes, I just have yet to actually pack a whole lot. I have to split up my books so the boxes aren't all so heavy. That is going to be an adventure, but I'll probably get the bulk of my packing done on friday. I have the whole day off.

Well, time to get to more homework. So much to do! Hope everyone is having a good week!

Monday. Sigh.

April 21st, 2008 at 06:33 am

Well, it's my long day. I woke up at 7:30 this morning. I had to pack my lunch. I didn't go grocery shopping, so I hard-boiled 3 eggs and made egg salad (which will give me at least a couple sandwiches). I also made tea and put it in the cleaned-out pop bottle I had from yesterday. Those I'll be taking with me on campus. I will have to buy dinner, but I'm thinking fast food. Cheap.

I added up how much I'm over budget this month... not so hot. About $200 over. Bah. Between a trip to the liquor store, eating at restaurants 2 times too much, too many little things here and there, and buying Cranium at walmart the other day, I went over quite a bit. So I'm trying to spend as little as possible now. I'm thinking the dollar menu at wendy's is calling my name.

My mom owes me a little bit of money, my friend too. So I'll have another $30-40 here in a bit.

A friend messaged me today and said he was going to be in town tomorrow for a job interview and wants to grab a drink afterwards. So I'll be spending at least a few bucks on a beer. Wont be able to stay for 2 even if I wanted because I have way too much to do, but at least I have the car this week. BF is in Texas for job training, so he let me drive it back to PA. Lucky for me, that means errands dont take forever. I can get around. woo!

As for today, I have class, then I need to finish up one of my paper (at the least), try and study for my government exam on wednesday, and then I have another class. Then more studying.

Wish me luck. I really need to survive the next couple weeks.

Back in PA, and bracing myself for quite a week.

April 20th, 2008 at 06:40 pm

Well, I spent a few days in Ohio and had a really good time. Despite the fact that I got NO homework done while away, I got a considerable amount of things accomplished. Including:

*Hanging out with my dad.
*Scheduling classes.
*Getting my new student ID.
*Turning in my residency form.
*Putting in a job app.
*Going to staples to get the supplies for my poster.
*Getting boxes.
*Doing a job interview.
*Getting a job Smile
*Relaxing, as was much needed.
*Successfully driving a manual 2 hours away.

I'm not going to get into the gory details, but I did manage to get a job. A restaurant downtown that seems really nice. I like it. The atmosphere seems like one that I'd want to work in, and I'll be working mostly daytime. Other advantage? My interview was in the evening, and the owner of the place bought me a couple beers. So I drank a little cheaper that night Smile

I definitely spent more money than I should have this weekend, but at this point, I have bigger things to worry about. We didn't really do dinner out much, but lunch and general spending were at a high. I did manage to find a couple really cute tank tops at this nice consignment shop, that totaled $12-- well under my clothes budget for the month. Those I'll be wearing on vacation.

My friend from PA came down to Ohio too, and I showed her around my hometown. It was nice. A change for her, and exciting for me.

I got the boxes free from BF's former work. I got a LOT of them, too. He used to work at a place that sells office furniture, and they had an abundance.

So here's the plan for this week:

*4 papers to do.
*1 poster that I need to get together.
*2 finals to pass.
*1 apartment to completely pack by saturday.

It's going to be rough, but hopefully after this break I'll find my second wind!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

In Ohio and stress-free (for the most part)

April 17th, 2008 at 06:34 am

Well, mom picked me up yesterday from PA and drove me back. I got to spend some time with dad, but then went back to mom's to do laundry (for free! yay!). Got to talk with mom a bit.

Her and stepfather are trying to settle a dissolusion, so they're budgeting and whatnot, because my mom likely will be moving out of the house with my brother and sister. She cant afford to live in it only on her income, and I think she wants out anyway.

We were sitting down and figuring her budget, and it's amazing to me just how much she spends on things like groceries and utilities. Granted, my mom can budget really well (I learned everything I know from her), but I always forget that there are more people living at home. Also, her taxes are outrageous. She gets taxed about a third of what she takes home each year. I dont get it. She's a business owner (technically), as she owns her own insurance agency (though it's still a part of the larger insurance co.) Still, it seems like a lot, and when it all comes down to it, she really doesn't make a whole lot of money at all. It's kind of sad, actually.

So I'm going to help her out as much as I can-- with making meal plans and getting my sister out of the house more in the summer so she isn't sucking up so much electricity in front of that TV.

My parents have a LOT of debt. It's kind of ridiculous to me how they live life beyond thier means. Granted, I know that the bulk of it is my stepfather, who, for instance decided to buy a BMW when he had a perfectly fine mustang that was paid off. My mom drives an SUV that is rusting through (quite literally), seems to have little things go wrong with it all the time, and has twice the miles. It's also paid off. Mom's glad she doesn't have a car payment.

My parents do have a camper, and rent a campsite every year, they have multiple TVs, DVDs, my stepfather has a ridiculous amount of music equipment (which is fine if you play out, but why in the world do you need a whole PA system to play guitar by yourself in the basement?). I would call him the quintessential American consumer. He determines the quality of life by how much stuff he has. That probably explains why he never put any effort into having good relationships with his wife... or any of his children. He's the kind of guy that thinks because he puts a roof over our heads and buys us impressive xmas presents that he's showing "love." It's kind of repulsive, I must say. I'm SO happy my mom is leaving him. She should have so many years ago.

But she is going to have a rough time financially. I think she can handle it. She's a pretty smart lady. And I'll be there to help out as much as I can.

As for myself, yesterday was no NSD. It was so nice out, and I really wanted a rootbeer float Smile It was well worth it. Today may or may not be. I'm at BF's apt right now and he's at work. He needs to go grocery shopping. haha. I had oatmeal for breakfast, but I'll probably get lunch out. I have some errands to run.

I have to stop by the university I'll be attending over the summer, and sort things out with them as far as my residency and scheduling go. Then there's a restaurant downtown I'm going to walk to and put in an application at. I need to find a job. I want to work day shifts mostly. My mom's friend is offering me an office job, which the hours wouldn't be bad, but I wouldn't make a whole lot. $8/hr, 20 hrs a week. I'd have to get something on top of that, and I really dont have the time. I think I'd make a lot more working at a restaurant or getting more hours. We'll see. If I can get a job at this restaurant, I dont mind working one or two nights a week. We shall see.

In other news, dad and mom both said they'd help me out with my books this summer! Woo! That's one less thing I have to worry about Big Grin

$20 Challenge and going to Ohio

April 16th, 2008 at 04:03 am

Yesterday was another no-spend. I packed my lunch and made dinner when I got home in the evening, so that's $1 for my challenge money. We're up to $126.28.

I'm hoping today may be another, but we'll see. On the list of things to do:

*before I leave for the bus, I need to straighten up the apt, because mom will be here and will scrutinize. I also need to shower and make myself pretty Smile Also, I need to pack up some clothes so they're ready to be picked up later.
*after class, mom is picking me up, we're running to my apt to pick my stuff up (so I dont have to carry it on the bus), and then driving back to Ohio. Yay!

Once we get there, I'm supposed to be going to dinner with dad. That should be free, but I dont like to count on such things. After that, I'm not sure what I'm doing. Likely hanging out with BF, whom I miss quite a bit. Cant wait to see him!

Tomorrow I need to go down to my old university, hand in my application for Ohio residency, and try to schedule my classes (or at least get into a position where I can do it online). Have to work this payment thing out. I've never taken summer classes, so I'm not sure when payment is due and all that.

I need to file my fafsa-- not that it counts for the summer, but I need to get it in regardless. And mom actually has her taxes done. It's amazing.

Also this weekend I need to pick up boxes, and the supplies to make something similar to a science fair project. haha. It's going to be a poster presentation of research I'm doing, but I have to get one of those board things and construct it. Fun fun fun. That will cost at least a good $10-15, with all supplies. But we'll see what mom has on hand as far as materials after the board.

I also (desperately) need to do my laundry at my mom's. I think I've held out for about 2 weeks at this point, trying to wear clean things. Starting to run out of the bare essentials tho Smile

Other than that, I guess there's a big "yard sale" on campus on sunday. I'm going to go and try and sell some stuff if I can get a hold of someone with a car to pick me up. I'd like to get rid of that microwave, but taking it on the bus doesn't sound like much fun. We'll see. I might just list it on craigslist.

I think that's it for now. Just have to get my day started! I'm hoping this weekend isn't too spendy, given I'll be out of town. Thursday night I'm going out to the bar to do karaoke. I'll have to keep my drinks to a minimum (usually do anyway if I'm drinking, but ya know). I'm looking forward to a little fun in these stressful times regardless!

Everyone have a great day Smile

One day at a time...

April 15th, 2008 at 04:06 am

Thankfully my long day is over, and I have seeing BF tomorrow to look forward to Smile I didn't really get a whole lot done yesterday (outside of going to classes from 11:00am-8:30pm), but I'm not too worried about it. I'll get much more accomplished today.

I've got class from 9:40-12:50. Then I've got a psych club meeting at 4:30. Gives me a few hours in between to get some stuff done. I'll be bringing my laptop to campus today. Let's hope I can finish one paper before I hit the hay tonight.

So I had to schedule to take my government final early (it was set to be May 2, but I'm supposed to be on a beach sipping drinks and getting sun that day), and my prof said I should schedule it for next week (the week before finals). This is both good and bad. I have another final that a different prof is giving on thursday. I'm taking my government final on wednesday now. So I have 2 finals next week. gaa! The upside is that they're not all in the same week. The downside? Have to get studying. Now. sigh.

Bringing my peanut butter sandwich for dinner last night worked, except I dont think I packed enough to go with it. I was starving by the time I got home. Ah well. I still saved some money... except that when I stopped at CVS to buy razors, I also bought a bit of candy. At this point, I'll take anything that makes me just *that* much less stressed and swallow the cost. Besides, I got cream savers that taste like apple pie, strawberry cheesecake, and cinnamon buns. Had I actually bought a peice of each? Much more than $1.50, and much more calories too Smile hah.

That was the only spending yesterday. I took a look at my numbers, too, and it seems that unless my last 2 bills come in being less than I anticipated, that I'm going to be slightly over budget for the month. Bummer. It was that trip to the liquor store that killed me... well, and 2 nights out at a restaurant.

Speaking of which, I'll be in Ohio tomorrow through the weekend. My biological father is in town. I've had a really rocky relationship with said father, who has been virtually non-existent for the last 10 years or so of my life. Yo-yo fathering is what I like to call it (goes away, comes back for a month, goes away for months, comes back for a month). I saw him for the first time in 6 years over the summer when I went on my road trip. He apologized and explained, and we've started talking since. My brother was living with him for a while before he left for basic training (not the one that is in the hospital).

So he's in town, and I'm going to Ohio to see him, as well as spend some time with my friends and family back home. I'll be doing some karaoke with him on thursday night (he's always been a fabulous singer. I picked up the gene apparently). It should be fun. He wants to meet BF, who will meet him tomorrow.

Funny sidenote: I was talking to BF about going to dinner with my dad tomorrow, and he asked where we were going... because he doesn't want to spend all that much money and it's his mom's b-day today, and they're going out to dinner. I guess I'm proud that he's actually saying "no," and capping down on his spending, or at least being aware of it. But I was told by a little bird that dad was going to be covering the meal, so no problems here Smile

Today should be a NSD. I'm packing my lunch, and should be home by dinner time. I cant think of anything that I need to buy, so a cheap one it will be.

Other than that, I'm just trying to get all of my things together to get my school schedule straight for the summer. I have a trip to make to my old university. I need to turn in this application for ohio residency (ugh). I still have a liscence and vote in Ohio... going to be there for a while now. TAKE ME BACK, OHIO! I feel like the state broke up with me...

haha.

At any rate, I should get this day started. The sooner it gets going, the sooner I get to tomorrow... filled with fun and excitement and seeing BF Big Grin Have a good tuesday, everyone!