Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I have an appointment to go and see an apartment today! It's a studio/efficiency for $450 not far from here--on the other side of Carrollton from where I am now. I am thinking it will be too small, but I am also waiting to hear back from a lady with another apartment that is also on that side of Carrollton. It's $600 but it's furnished, all utilities are paid, and it's a separate building from the main house. It's probably about the same distance to my job as the other place, but further from the bus stop I use to go to school. Hopefully she emails me back tomorrow!

I don't remember if I posted this before, I but I really want to slowly transition into only purchasing natural body care products. I recently spent a bit of money at LUSH, but doing so felt so rewarding and I actually love the products. I want to try everything. I've also been eyeing some other handmade brands, so I'd like to try some of those as well. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Back to school is approaching!

Everything having to do with my last post panned out pretty well. I had a long talk with who I was talking about and we pretty much agreed to just be friends. In my mind, anyway. I realized just how hypocritical I was being in expecting him to wait for me. He's a good man and an excellent father (I was moved to tears more than once when I saw him Christmas Day), but he doesn't know what he wants out of life right now. I, on the other hand, know what I want and I need to put myself above anything else. Not doing so allowed myself to be in the predicament I am in now with my living situation. I'm not looking for love at all right now; I need to focus on myself first.

Enough about my personal love life. I'm supposed to go to a friend's house today so that we can work out but I haven't heard from her yet. I need to take a bath first anyway, so I have plenty of time. If it doesn't work out, I think today I am going to just tidy up the house a bit and then scour the Internet for some slow cooker recipes. My sister bought me one for Christmas and I seriously can't wait to use it.

I can't believe school starts in a little over three weeks. I am so ready. I can't wait for the online bookstore to display which books we need so I can go ahead and get them. I should only need a Chemistry 141 textbook, Chemistry 142 lab manual, and whatever book I need for English 102 and my history class. I am determined to get a 4.0 this semester, which would raise my GPA at Delgado to a 3.82. All of my classes are challenging this time around (even history since it's an honors course), so I just have to stay even more focused than I did this semester and I know I can pull it off. If I do it, I've decided to reward myself with a new iPhone. I've never owned a smartphone before, so it will really be a reward I can enjoy and really use. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Trust.

I hate, HATE when people lie or are deceitful. Just be up front and honest with me. That's all I ask. This is just opening my eyes to why I need to get out of this house on my own and not rely on anyone moving in with me. I love myself entirely too much to set myself up for another failed relationship when I can see just how it's going to be before it even moves to the next level. I've done .enough crying for this relationship. I had trust issues the last time I dated him right after Katrina, so I don't know how I honestly expected honesty out of any new situations.

/rant

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Lead.

Last night I hung out with a good friend of mine (the same one from Wednesday) and had a great time once again. I was there for almost four hours and we just talked and laughed and talked some more. One of her guy friend's employees is Lil' Wayne's dad and with my boss's connection to his mom, she decided to look him up on Pandora and see what the fuss about him is all about. She was not amused. Haha. I really wish I had a video recorder for her reaction because it was priceless.

By chance before I left last night I looked on craigslist to check the apartment listings and I think I may have a lead on one. It's a furnished efficiency off of S. Carrollton on this side of Claiborne (it says on the streetcar line) that includes cable, wi-fi and all utilities for $650. I'm pretty sure I can't do much better than that, so I am going to give them a call today while I am at work. I really hope I get it. I am even considering moving out in January if I like the place because it's such a good deal. I'll try to see if I can set something up with them on one of my lunches and get things rolling.

What else? There's something else, but I'll write about that another time. Makes me kind of giddy just thinking about it. ;)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quick post before going to work

I looked at my Delgado account last night and I have a negative balance--yay! This means everything is in Ordnung for me for financial aid for the spring. It looks like I won't be getting anything until mid-February, but I'll have enough saved up by then to get me by for the first two weeks of the move. I'm expecting about the same timeline for taxes as well because with the government standoff this year, the IRS will be running late in accepting returns for processing. January 31st will be the first day they start accepting returns.

I'm having so much fun thinking of how I will put my place together. Having lost everything twice, the thought of starting over is actually not as daunting as it would be to other people. I'm only taking maybe one or two of my dressers (I bought them from my sister and they are really well-made), my kitchen utensils that I bought myself, my business stuff, and clothes. Everything else I am starting over with.

I want to find a place on the opposite side of Carrollton than where I am now because it's much nicer and quieter. Cypress Trace by the expressway is nice too, but they start at $700 and I'm not sure I could really afford that by myself. We'll see!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Arbeit

I know I am going to have to toss this over in my mind a bit, but I am considering getting a part-time job at night while even when school starts. I'll be living on my own for awhile, so I could really use the extra money. I'm a workaholic as it is, so I don't think it will be much of a problem for me. I'll be tired, of course, but what else is new? It would be temporary, of course -- just so I don't have to take out another loan next year for school. My grades are good, so scholarships should be on the table pretty soon.

I need to go soak in the tub for awhile and think about it.

Priority

So.

I've been actively searching for a new apartment and I must say I am very excited. It's so fulfilling to be able to have your own place to come home to and not have to worry about anyone else. I can't wait to enjoy the mingle-while-single life again. Recently I went to a friend's house who I haven't hung out with in awhile, and did just that and it felt amazing. There's many more nights like that to come, of that I am sure.

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from Delgado informing me I made the Dean's List (you have to have a 3.5 or better GPA)! I'm so excited for that. I feel like I worked hard enough for it this past semester, but this coming semester I am really going to be buckling down and earning that 4.0. I'll conquer chemistry if it's the last thing I do! :)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Grades are in!

Three A's (General Biology, Louisiana History and ENGLISH!) and a B in Calculus. I am beyond happy right now. See, when I lived in Buffalo, I was so unmotivated to do anything at all that I failed English twice because I didn't do the required essays. Look at me now though, acing an HONORS English course! Hell yesss!

And now on to next semester. My official schedule is:

Tuesday/Thursday
8:00-9:15 : Chemistry I (science majors)
9:30-10:45 : English Composition II
11:00-1:59 : Chemistry I Lab (science majors) [Tuesday only]
2:00-3:15 : Special Topics in History: Nazism and the Holocaust (honors)
4:30-7:00 : Calculus II

So, yeah, next semester isn't going to be very fun. To make matters worse, each class alternates between Building 1 and 2. If you know Delgado, that's clear across campus. Tuesdays are going to suck not only because I have class basically throughout the day except that one hour and 15 minute class between Nazism and Calc II, but also because I have one minute to get from Building 1 to Building 2. Of course I have to leave early from lab. :/ Good thing that's only once a week.

I've been looking high and low for an apartment for February and nothing yet. I want to be in Chalmette again, if not just for familiarity but for safety. I like the neighborhood where I live but I don't want to live that close. Not that much longer!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Finals over!

Finals are finally over! I passed my English exit exam that was Tuesday (woo hoo!). I purchased my Calculus book today for next semester - I rented mine this semester but I just went ahead and bought the one I have. It's not like I may not use it ever again. I actually plan on keeping just about every book that I need, especially if it pertains to my field. I am actually counting on only having to buy my Chemistry lab materials and Psychology book from the bookstore since they are so damned high. As soon as I get a full paycheck under me, I am going to go ahead and buy my chemistry textbook--like my biology book, they're making the science textbooks like looseleaf paper where you just insert them into a binder. I may as well get all of that together well before the semester starts.

The only two things I have left to do for the semester is a presentation for English and a field trip of sorts to the French Quarter for Louisiana History. I am really hoping I can use school as an excuse to get out of work for that day. I am so looking forward to it and I have my camera ready already!

So yeah, as soon as I find out my final grades, of course I will post them on here. I know next semester is going to be especially hard with Chemistry and Calculus together, but at least I am getting this math out of the way. Only three more left to go now - Calc II & III and Differential Equations. Not bad at all. I actually have some pretty cool, down-to-earth kids in my Calculus class that will be moving on with me to Calc II next semester, so that's always nice.

Well, tonight my project is to gather up everything I need for my taxes in January. If I don't do it now, it will never get done!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I don't want to do anymore writing!

I had my English exit exam today and I really am sick of writing for the week. I don't even know how I did because I felt like part of my was loaded from the Vicodin I took beforehand to deal with my stomach pain (prescribed to me, of course). It definitely helped with the pain, but I hope my essay wasn't as loopy as I felt my thought process was. I only have two more writing assignments to do before Thursday, one of them being optional. I just don't feel like it. My brain is so cloudy between the pain and medication that I don't know which way to go. I also have my English Honors project to work on, which I am procrastinating like mad to finish. Such is school, right? I am not expecting a good grade on that, but anything better than a zero is okay with me. I only want to pass this course--English is enemy.

Today was my first day back from being sick since last Wednesday and I must say I hate my job more than ever. Tomorrow we have our annual corporate visit, so we spent all day making the store look unnaturally recovered. They don't want to hear that it's the first of the month or that the holiday season is upon us. Everything must be perfect. Fucking morons.

I guess I should work on those papers now. I don't want to spend any time writing tomorrow--I have three exams to study for on Thursday. Tomorrow night will likely be spent entirely on Calculus. The other two I can study for the day of the exam.