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Since I've recently noticed an uptick in people reading this, I thought I'd put up my friending policy:

Feel free to add me at will. This blog is here for everyone to read/enjoy/comment on. If it's unlocked and you stumble across it? Feel free to comment! Add your two cents in. Who knows where it might go?

However, and here's the big thing:

I might not add you back. Not because I don't want to be friends. Not because I don't find you interesting. But because I'm a lazy, lazy bint. Yep, I admit to being horribly lazy. Even when it comes to handling things like this blog.

I like getting random, non-spam comments from people. I think they're awesome. I've made some good friends that way. I hope to keep making new ones.

Things you're going to find in this blog can be found here.

I'm going to add that you probably won't find any fiction not written for prompts on this blog.

Any questions? Feel free to ask.
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So, I'm still in college, taking five classes, and slowly going crazy. Then, there's bloodwork results to get for one of the kids, and I hate they won't give them over the phone.

I'm working as a pharmacy tech right now. Have I mentioned that? I work at a local pharmacy, that has hours that work better for me than the old job.

It was a pay cut, though. Unfortunate, but it means that I'm closer to home, and with better hours.

Uh, what else?

I'm not even sure what to put any more. I'm kinda zoned right now, because I am so hungry. I forgot to make my lunch today, and don't have any money/credit cards because I'm saving all those for going to England this summer.

I have a French presentation to do with a partner and my partner is the quietest person in class. Like, quieter than me. Which is saying something. Hopefully she responds to my email. I sent her one, but... I'm not holding out hope, really. But if she doesn't respond soon, I'll start doing it myself, I guess.

What else am I supposed to do? On Monday/Wednesday when I can talk after class, she's out of there fast. Tuesday/Thursday? I have to leave quick, if I want to eat before English.

Tuesday is uber long. I'm on campus from 7am until 6pm.

Back to how hungry I am. People are eating in front of me and I'm starving and won't be able to eat until 630. That's when I get home. And there's only beans for dinner. I don't want it.

Anyway, that's what's going on here. How y'all doin'?
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Money sucks )

Sure, that leaves me a bit short, but it's worth it, because every penny that goes into savings is for the trip to England. For transportation or staying, or whatever. I'm trying to save everything I have to go.

Right now, I have $2200, and that will cover plane fare there.

But I need train fare to DC, and hotel fare for a while, and stuff.

Sigh. If we end up not being able to go because of money, I'm going to be pissed. But if I can save every penny possible, then, we should be able to go.
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These are classes I have to take to finish off the Miami Plan, and my major:

English Lit:

230J - Jewish American Literature from 1945
237 - GLBTQ Literature
246 - Native American Literature
339 - Writers: Early Romantic Period
342 - Writers: Later Romantic Period
368 - Feminist Lit Theory and Practice
440 - Major English and American Writers
460 - Capstone: Issues in Creative Writing
468 - Gender and Genre
495 - English Literature Capstone

Creative Writing:

226
231

281 - The English Novel
311 - Contemporary Fiction
320 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
420 - Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop

French:

101 - Elementary French
102 - Elementary French II
201 - Intermediate French
202 - Critical Analysis of French Culture

Experiential Learning:

ENG: 321, 413, 414, 415, 460, 480

Quantitative Literacy:

ENG 222

Thematic Sequence:

CLS: 210L, 210S, 222, 235, 310I, 321
AND
CLS210U, 216, 310E, 310J, 332, 333
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English Lit:

230J - Jewish American Literature from 1945
237 - GLBTQ Literature
246 - Native American Literature
339 - Writers: Early Romantic Period
342 - Writers: Later Romantic Period
368 - Feminist Lit Theory and Practice
440 - Major English and American Writers
460 - Capstone: Issues in Creative Writing
468 - Gender and Genre
495 - English Literature Capstone

Creative Writing:

226
231

281 - The English Novel
311 - Contemporary Fiction
320 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
420 - Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop

French:

101 - Elementary French
102 - Elementary French II
201 - Intermediate French
202 - Critical Analysis of French Culture
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After speaking with an advisor today, I've decided to drop continuing with Greek and instead switch to French. Since I need four semesters of a language, it doesn't matter which language I do.

So, that means next semester looks like this:

Monday:

8.30-9.50: Intro to Women's Studies: WGS 201 - Upham 258
11.30-12.25: French 101: FRE 101 - Irvin 120

Tuesday:

8.30-9.50: Geography 121: GEO 121 - Shideler 032
10-11.20: Classical Mythology: CLS 121 - Kreger 221
11.30-12.25: French 101: FRE 101 - Irvin 120
2.30-3.50: Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction: ENG 320 - Bachelor 256
4-5.50: Geography Lab: GEO 121 - Shideler 134

Wednesday:

8.30-9.50: Intro to Women's Studies: WGS 201 - Upham 258
11.30-12.25 French 101: FRE 101 - Irvin 120

Thursday:

8.30-9.50: Geography 121: GEO 121 - Shideler 032
10-11.20: Classical Mythology: CLS 121 - Kreger 221
11.30-12.25: French 101: FRE 101 - Irvin 120
2.30-3.50: Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction: ENG 320 - Bachelor 256

So that's my Spring schedule. Luckily, I still have Fridays off again. Which is awesome.

Numbers I need:

24212
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Monday:

8.30-9.50 Intro to Women's Studies - Upham Hall 258
11.30-12.45 Greek 102 - Irvin Hall 100

Tuesday:

8.30-9.50 Geography 121 - Shideler Hall 032
10-11.20 Intro to Classic Mythology - Kreiger Hall 221
2.30-3.50 Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction - PeabodyBachelor Hall 256
6-7.50 Geography LAB - Shideler Hall 134

Wednesday:

8.30-9.50 Intro to Women's Studies - Upham Hall 258
11.30-12.45 Greek 102 - Irvin Hall 100

Thursday:

8.30-9.50 Geography 121 - Shideler Hall 032
10-11.20 Intro to Classic Mythology - Kreiger Hall 221
2.30-3.50 Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction - PeabodyBachelor Hall 256

Friday:

11.30-12.45 Greek 102 - Irvin Hall

... If nothing changes, this is going to suck
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I'm posting this here and then crossposting to Plurk, because I need to know what classes I should take.

Greek 102 Irvin MWF 11.30-12.45
WGS 201: Intro to Women's Studies UPH MW 8.30-9.50am
GEO 121: Geology: Earth's Physical Environments SHD TR 8.30-9.50am; LAB T 6-7.50pm
ENG 281 OR 311: The English Novel OR Contemporary Fiction
ENG 320: Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction PBD TR 2.30-3.50

That covers all my requirements for my major, and starts in on requirements for my minor. It doesn't, however, start my thematic sequence crap that I have to have.

Found my Thematic Sequence:

CLS 121: Intro to Classic Mythology TR 10-11.20
CLS 336: Ancient Sexualities
CLS 332: Classic Mythology and the Arts
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Not sure how long of an update this will be. Let's start with things that are good:

- I graduated with my Associate's degree. I am officially a Cincinnati State graduate. I finished up a couple weeks ago.

- I was accepted into Miami of Ohio's English Lit program. I'm currently a sophomore, but hopefully will be counted as a Junior, when my final transcript goes through.

- I started at Miami on Monday.

- I have a car now! (Have I written about my car here? I can't remember) this makes getting back and forth from college infinitely easier.

- I'm taking Ancient Greek. I'm very amused.

- Got my nose pierced, too.

Now things that are not so good:

- I have ten minutes between all my classes. This makes getting back and forth around campus a pain in the feet, because I have to walk all those places.

- I got denied for SSI again. I don't know what to do now.

- I have to pay car insurance.

Anyway, I'm taking four classes at Miami:

Greek 101 - Ancient Greek
English 298 - Cultural Studies
English 226 - Intro to short fiction and poetry
History 245 - Europe between 1450-1750

So far things seem to be going well? The Ancient Greek is interesting, and certainly worth it. I wrote today in English 226. It's the first original piece I've done in... forever?

Anyway.... here, have a read:

Personal Demons )
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It appears that I have my Summer schedule worked out, as long as they offer the courses when I need them to.

Summer looks like this:

Comm 110: Public Speaking
EVS 120: Environmental Geology
Sociology 105: Intro to Sociology
Lit 285: Women Writers

As long as all four of them are offered this summer, that's what I'm doing. And then? I graduate. After that, I go to Miami. I'll be in their English Lit program and we'll see about it from there.

That means at least two face to face courses, and two online courses. If I have a car, this is possible. If I don't? I'll figure something out.

I should have a car, though. I plan on paying about $1500-1800 for one, and then paying a year's worth of insurance, depending on how much that costs, so it may only be six months, worth. But that'll be worth it. Having a car will eliminate a lot of the trouble I'll have this summer, having two face to face classes.

Because AJ still has his camp thing, and that's just not going to be possible on the bus, with timing and everything. Even with Peter's help. But school has to come first. I'll speak to the coordinators about it, if it becomes an issue.

If worst comes to it, AJ will not be able to go, and we'll figure something else out for the summer so both Peter and I can go to school. But, yes, car soon.

At least I hope so.

If it comes to it, again, I can put $1000 down on a car and keep the rest of the money for monthly payments, then pay for six months of insurance. At least, in theory. A lot of this is all theory talking. Which... I hate doing, but there's nothing I can do about it.

I need a car to fix all this, though.

But yeah. Hopefully, this works out.
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After much dithering back and forth, I decided to drop my public speaking course and take an art history course.

Reasons:

- I want to tutor, and public speaking was on Mondays and everything else was on Tuesday/Thursday. It cut into my tutoring time.
- I know public speaking will be offered this summer, whereas I'm not sure art history will. I need both for my degree.
- I'm putting off public speaking.
- I like having long days, and not spreading everything out over several days. So, this gives me a long day Tuesday/Thursday.

My Tuesday/Thursday is going to be long, class starts at 830, and then I have class pretty much until 2pm. Which isn't too bad, that's three classes. My fourth, as always, is online.

So, my schedule now looks like this:

8.30-9.45 Art History
10.00-11.15 American history
12.00-1.50 Stats

Lit is online.

Okay...

Nov. 3rd, 2015 06:09 pm
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I need a big to do list, because I have a lot of things to do. And not a lot of time to do it in. So that's what this is:

Tonight:

- Dishes
- Living room

- laundry

Wednesday:

- Meeting at M.U.M.
- Banks
- School
- Paper about job shadow
- NaNo
- Dinner

- Dishes
- History PowerPoint slides

Thursday:

- Dinner
- Dishes
- School
- NaNo
- Biology
- Math

Friday:

- Dinner
- Dishes
- Math
- Biology


Now, if I can get all this done, I'll be impressed with myself. Root me on?
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So, they've given me a second chance to get the house into order.

I've cleaned more in the last week, than I ever have. Tonight, after the kids get home from school, we'll get the upstairs done, since that really should not take long.

I'm hoping that tomorrow, I can wipe down a few things and be ready for the inspection at 330-400. Sam is coming up to help too, which is a big help. I have a few things to wipe down. Mainly the wall by the stair case, and the light switches. Those need to be clean too, unfortunately.

I'm not doing well, mentally. It doesn't help that I have to take off from school tomorrow, to deal with this. But I'm not doing well, anyway.

I'm also exhausted. Physically, mentally... just exhausted.

I did get a job, though. It's tutoring, online and face to face. It pays pretty well, if I can get some tutorees, again. So. We'll see. I'm hoping this works out better than the stuff at school did.

I have homework to do. And I just can't focus on it. So, I'm going to try to do that.
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So today, two things happened.

1) Housing inspected, and we failed. Apparently, my house is filthy. Even though I tried my hardest to clean. But my stove/oven are filthy. There's rotten food in my fridge. My bathroom is rancid. Pictures beneath the cut )

So, basically, I don't know what's going to happen now. We could be evicted. We can't afford to live anywhere else. Literally, this is all I can afford to live at and we barely make it here.

2. Children Services was also here today. they claim that unless Daughter gets some mental help, she may be removed to foster care. That means, I could lose my house and my child.

Oh, and to top it all off, my cat got out this morning and I haven't been able to find him to bring him home/inside again. So, I haven't even been able to cuddle something today.

And now I'm in tears again.

I've done nothing but cry most of the day. Even before they inspected/child services stopped by.

I don't know what we're going to do. I can't afford to live anywhere but in housing. So, today has just been bad.
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Today, I lost my final tutoree. They just never showed up for tutoring, and I'm just... done with the pain in the ass. Although this week and next are midterms. So; we'll see what happens.

Speaking of midterms. I have a four essay question Lit Midterm that is going to make me pull my hair out. I answered one question today. I also did almost all my biology. I have a midterm for history next week.

Really?

I'm exhausted. I'm trying to keep it together, but that's not happening, really. I'm still considering applying at Dollar General because I can walk that after dark without too much trouble. But Daughter would have to watch Son a lot.

I also have another paper to do that I can't do until after Wednesday.

Basically, I'm flailing and sinking and there's no one picking up the slack.
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No, not my paltry paycheck, though that's coming too. I'm talking about my financial aid check.

That means, it's time to sort out what goes where in terms of money:

stuff )

that's about it, really. I need a car, but that has to wait until Spring, when I get that check. Then, I'll get a car and never have any money. I wish I was kidding. I'm not, not really.

If I can save that $1k, and then like $10-15 per month from my check? I'm ahead of the game. It helps that that's about what I'll get from my job right now. I'm thinking about not being a tutor next semester and just letting that go. I mean, the paltry sum is nice, but it's paltry, and it's just not worth the hassle and stuff. I understand why people don't do it for more than one semester.

And next semester, I'll be even more confined on my time, having classes four days a week. (Monday through Thursday)

I'm just not impressed today. I want to curl up in bed, and there's too much to do.
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So, today, next semester's classes dropped so that we could look at them. I, being the obsessive that I am, looked, and spoke with an adviser. So, next semester looks like this:

Communications 110: Public Speaking*: M/W 11.30-12.45
History 111: American History to 1877: T/R 10-11.15
Math 131: Statistics 1: T/R 12-1.50
Literature 210: The Short Story: Online

*The public speaking is required to graduate. In fact, I don't think they offer a major where it isn't required. Otherwise, I would not be taking it. Ever. I have been putting it off, but because of the way my schedule looks next semester, it's about the only thing that will fit. Because I don't want my daughter having to watch her brother again. And the way the classes are now? He'll be home alone for maybe 15 minutes before I get home.

Also, he advised me to put in my petition to graduate in January. Because I'm that close to being able to. I can't tell if the panic attack is for graduating, or the thought of standing in front of people and talking.

I plan on tutoring next semester too. It's not a lot of money - especially when people don't show up - but it is something, and that's better than nothing. (I mean, my first paycheck was $21. Not a lot at all.)

Now, back to my paper writing. Because those need done.
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So, it's my second week tutoring, and I'm hoping to get a few more tutorees, but it doesn't look like I'm going to, so I'm stuck.

But, tomorrow's another day and I could get another tutoree. We'll see.

I'm also trying to keep up my grades and make sure that they are where I need them to be. Today, I almost freaked out, but it was okay in the end, so I'm just going to leave it at that. I had two tutorees today. Both in the same math, going over the same things. It was a pretty easy day for me. Tomorrow, I work on history, Lit and Biology, because I don't think my tutoree is going to show up. The time just doesn't work for her.

Which I do understand. It sucks for me, because I need the money, but sometimes, things just don't work out.

Anyway, I have four tutorees that are showing up and doing the right thing getting help. I need more though. I'm hoping that as the semester progresses some will realize they need help and come to mesign up for peer tutoring.

I've also done my first informational interview. I loved it. The professor was nice and engaging and just really funny.

Tonight is HOCKEY. I missed hockey.

I'm going to be working on hockey and knitting tonight.

Tomorrow, however, there is a list:

- living room
- dining room
- dishes
- dinner
- fold laundry

I'm going to be exhausted by the time I get to school, but I need to work on the house a lot and haven't been doing that. I get to school at 7am in the morning and generally don't leave until 1.30, depending on the day.

Tomorrow, I'll get there about 8am and not leave until 4.30pm. That's a full day, especially with all the fatigue I have going on. (That's another rant all by itself.)

So, if you want to know what blackhole has eaten me: It's schoolwork, just like normal. Schoolwork and working. Which is still weird to say.
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I thought I wanted to teach high school. I thought I wanted to mold young minds.

... I'm beginning to think I don't. After doing two informational interviews with college professors, and thinking about doing a third, I'm beginning to wonder if teaching high school is really what I want to do.

I want to teach. That much I do know. I just don't know who I want to teach. I want to teach English, but I want to teach literature. I want to listen as people tear stories apart and find the little tidbits that make talking about them interesting.

I don't want to teach English mechanics. Which is something I'll have to teach at the high school level.

I don't want to worry about verb tenses or about how to diagram a sentence. I want to read about analyses of texts and to find out if someone has a different view than I do of the literature that we have to read.

I'm talking myself out of teaching high school aren't I?

I just... I'm not good at workplace politics. And a lot of college work, a lot of work period means politics. I'm not good at it. I freeze up or get too loud, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and it all comes back to my social phobia and being terrified of people.

I don't know what to do. But I need to decide soon. Because the time is coming that I need to decide on my classes again. And that means deciding: high school or college?
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Since I start tutoring tomorrow, I need to try to get back on a schedule:

Under here )

Now, this Thursday actually looks like this:

This Thursday )

All of my doctor appointments now have to be Thursday mornings. That's awesome. (Sarcasm.) But I'll figure it out. Hopefully, I get more tutoring assignments. That will help bring me to more money. Wednesday I have an appointment with another English teacher. I need to do an informational interview with him, so that's a thing that's happening.

Hopefully, I can stay awake. I'm going to need soda and coffee to keep me going, seriously. Maybe I'll make myself a mug of coffee in the morning and just take it with me. I don't have any creamer though. :( I need to run to the store and get some. But I just don't have time. I'm never going to get homework done.

I'm hoping this schedule works for me. If not, back to the drawing board.

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