icemink: (What the Hell? vampkiss)
So I thought my days of using LJ to rant about the problems of my life was mostly over, because until about an hour ago I thought my life was pretty much on track. Oh how little did I know.

Financial Aid is evil )

But there is good news. Since I'm so upset I need validation, so by the end of tonight I'm going to post the next chapter of The Guardian even though it's not betad.

Isn't it time for Torchwood yet?

ETA: Speaking of TV, a couple of the season passes I had through iTunes have been taken off iTunes. So iTunes refunded me the money and they also gave me 4 free TV downloads. Any suggestions for something on iTunes that will take my mind off my woes?

So tired

Aug. 13th, 2007 08:26 am
icemink: (Slumped by krazylokoguy)
Yeah, I'm kind of worn out, it's been a long week, and the next one is looking kind of long too. On tuesday night my mom went into the hospital because of her appendix. They took it out that night. It all went really smoothly and she was out of the hospital in about 24 hours. Still exhausting. Especially cause I had to take over directing her play for two nights.

And I hate my graduate work. It's not challenging, just tedious.
icemink: (Why me? by delwyncole)
So, I'm about to start my second graduate class, and I finally get to start studying the stuff I'm interested in, namely computer networks. So the whole reason I started this degree is because I want to learn network administration, so when I was researching the school I was very clear with them about the fact that I am on Mac and I didn't want that to be a problem. They promised me it wasn't, that everything is online, etc. etc. Guess what. I finally got a chance to look at the syllabus for my new class today and it says I have to be running some form of Windows. Grrr. I've e-mailed the professor about that to find out if it's really true, because no where does it list any software we have to have (except to say that we need some sort of word processor). The truth is, I'm not really as interested in the degree as I used to be, but I kind of can't afford to not take any classes (at least for the next month or two) until I have more hours of work. I'm kind of dependent on my GI bill to pay my bills for the next month or so. Of course I also don't want to drop out because what I really want to do is go to graduate school for Anthropology, but I figure dropping out of another graduate program isn't going to increase my odds of getting into an Anthropology program. Sigh, just when I thought I had my life mostly under control again.
icemink: (Why me? by delwyncole)
So Reno 911 was a lot of fun yesterday. Mostly because we were in and out in two hours, which was fabulous because we get paid for eight hours. Which means I basically made a hundred dollars an hour yesterday. Too bad I can't do that more often. I didn't look as sharp as I wanted to though. I knew the rifles we actually used would be heavier than the ones we practiced with, that wasn't a problem, but they stocks where very polished wood, a bit thicker than what we'd practiced with, and we were wearing white gloves so it always felt like the rifle was going to slip out of my hands.

Unfortunately I'm not doing so great in my first graduate class. Part of the problem is that I don't care about the class at all. I didn't really want to go for a Masters in Network Administration, I just want to learn enough to get my cisco certification, but the only way I could get financial aid was to enter the Master's program. So my first class is a technical writing class, and I am so bored. Also the assignments are always phrased, "Take an example from your work and. . . " except I dont' work in IT right now (and I never have), so I have no examples, and have to do more work to research stuff so I make up a pretend work environment. And for tomorrow I have to write an outline for my final paper. I hate outlines. I understand why they are useful for a lot of people, but I just don't think that way. All right, I'm done bitching now.
icemink: (Buffy Spiring by awmp)
So over the last several months I've been considering selling a ring I inherited from my grandmother. I checked around with my family and everyone agreed it didn't have any sentimental value and it was okay if I sold it. So here's what I've discovered. Diamonds really aren't worth that much, in fact they have to be one of the most ridiculously overpriced things out there. My 8 year old car has retained more of it's value than this ring has. Sure when I got it appraised it was worth a lot, but that's only if you get it insured and it's stolen. Then they give you the replacement value. But to actually sell diamonds you're lucky to get half of what you've paid for it. (Of course I didn't pay anything for it. . . ) Basically half of what you're paying when you by a piece of diamond jewelry is all the middle men it's been though and all th 10% price increases they tacked onto it to make a profit. So just remember, if you ever need to turn you cash into a small portable form because you're running from the law, don't go diamonds. They are impossible to sell and get your money's worth.

In other news, I just enrolled in a Masters program. It's one of those online technology schools. Specifically Capella University. Of course I still haven't heard from UCLA so who knows, I may end up leaving this degree program, but I figure if I don't get into UCLA, pursuing my education through some other route can only be good. Plus my end goal with the particular degree is to eventually apply to the FBI. I'm not sure if that's what I want to do, but I figure it will take me two years to finish the program, so I might as well get started now so that if it is what I want I'll be ready.
icemink: (Darla good__evil by selene2)
Wheee! I just got my score report for the GRE I took a couple weeks ago and I did really well. I scored in the 95 percentile for the verbal and I got a 5.5 for my essays (6.0 is the highest score). I really didn't expect to do so well. I took the GRE a couple years ago and I didn't do nearly as well. Honestly I didn't expect to do so well this time. Now I feel like I have an actual chance to get into graduate school. Which is a little stressful in it's own right. That means I really have to get my act together and put the final touches on my applications before the Dec 1st.

On the bright side I just found out that I may not work on Monday or Tuesday night, because I'm the call-in who's there to cover someones shift if they are sick. Considering how much I've been working this last week, that's kind of a relief, even though I could use the hours.

And finally, it looks like I'll be starting another WIP in December. Why? Look at my icon. I just realized that December is Evil Darla month at [ profile] good__evil. Evil Darla, how could I resist? Especially since I already have several chapters written for my sequel to "Sinews of the Heart". It's Angel/Spike/Darla and the title is "Fearful Symmetry" and Darla is Evil! I'm so excited. Yes, I have an unhealthy obsession with Darla, I admit it. But this is the perfect chance to share it with others.

But don't worry. I've already sent the next chapter of "Possession" to be betaed, and I plan on writing the next (maybe final) chapter of "A Ferret Named Dru" tomorrow so I'm not abandoning my Spuffy.


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