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Friday, September 3rd, 2004
10:29 am - My birthday.
 
It's my birthday. 24th.

I'm getting old. :-(

Not doing much for it, I don't think. Maybe going out with friends tomorrow, but today will probably be really boring except for getting a few gifts.

Gifts are nice though. :-)

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Friday, July 23rd, 2004
7:12 am - Random update.
 
Classes are driving me nuts. They're easy but so dull it's a struggle just to stay awake and take notes. I had two midterms this week and I put in no effort but am completely sure I will ace both. They were just that obvious. I don't know what I hate worse, a hard class or a class that is ridiculously easy. Maybe equally. Hard ones take up time that I don't have. But this kind are just annoying and it's so tempting to skip classes but I know I can't because that becomes a habit and the quarter is only 10 weeks anyway. It's half over now. Whew.

Going to the zoo this weekend. I want to actually get to see the monkeys one of these times. It has occurred to me that I have not seen the monkeys at all yet this year. That's weird.

Got a "care package" from one of my aunts yesterday. She sent the girls each a knitted sweater and cap. They are adorable. Must get portraits taken.

Also got my winnings from a contest I entered. It's a t-shirt and a gift card for Old Navy for $55. $55 -- isn't that a weird amount to have a gift card in? For a contest, I mean.

I finished the last Series of Unfortunate Events book last night. Now I'm going to have to wait for the next one to be published. I think in September? Almost as bad as waiting for Harry Potter. Not that these books are on the same level, but they are addicting and I want to find out what happens next.

Speaking of Harry Potter, what is up with The Worst Title Ever???

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
7:49 pm - No class today.
 
So, I got there, and class is cancelled.

WHY can't they announce it on the web? We have a place for each class. It would be really simple for someone to go in and post a notice. Don't they get that people drive a really long way and don't want to waste their time???

But I am glad class is cancelled. It's an unbelievably boring class with a scatterbrained instructor (don't you just hate those?).

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Monday, July 12th, 2004
6:39 pm - Saw Harry Potter!
 
I finally got away today and saw Harry Potter. It was hell waiting to go.

Wow. Different. I think I like this style way better than the first two.

All the changes didn't bother me. Except the werewolf. It made me snort and totally pulled me out of the movie, which I hate when happens. Not to mention the dirty look from a woman sitting near me. :-)

I don't think I have anything else to say right now. Still bored, still have too much schoolwork, etc.

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Thursday, June 24th, 2004
12:08 pm - Classes start today.
 
The quarter starts today. I have classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Three of them. I just couldn't find any more classes to take. I guess it's okay for summer quarter.

I need to organize my binder. It's still stuffed with papers from last quarter.

You can see I'm one of those last-minute people.

I just hope the classes turn out easy because I think I'm suffering from a bit of burnout right now. The girls have been sleeping really erratically the past few weeks. I don't know why. Maybe moving to a new room or something. They've calmed down a little now so I guess that explanation makes sense.

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
11:06 pm - Van Helsing. And other random stuff.
 
Saw Van Helsing today. Nice visuals but where was the plot, exactly?

Right, well. I'm buried under schoolwork so I don't know what I'm doing going to the movies anyway.

Need sleep.

And to quit procrastinating so I can get some work done.

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Thursday, June 10th, 2004
6:51 am - Woohoo!!!
 
Okay, so I got the DVD X Copy software for free from one of my dad's buddies, and it WORKS!!! Not only that, but since we have four computers I figure I can just turn them all on and record four movies a night.

Now I can finally get some of those "like, but not enough to spend money on" DVDs.

On the topic of computers, I finally got a really great notebook. And it only cost me $250. It has tons of stuff on it. It actually has more stuff than my last computer did, and it had cost over $2,000.

One of my friends gave me his entire collection of The Sims. All the extension packs ever made. A couple of manuals, too. I really don't need another copy. Must resist urge to install. :-)

Also got the Six Feet Under 1st and 2nd seasons on DVD. I really like that series but we had HBO turned off for like two months so I missed tons of episodes in the 2nd season and then somehow I managed to miss reruns too.

I want to see Spider-Man 2. Also The Day After Tomorrow. And Dawn Of The Dead. And a bunch of others.

I have no time.

Oh well.

Taking the girls to the zoo this weekend. We've already been twice this month. We need to go to some other places one of these days.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2004
9:51 am - Cousin, the girls, etc.
 
My cousin is visiting for the weekend. Actually she's like my 2nd cousin or something. Uh... I actually don't know what she is, to tell the truth. Some kind of relation and called "cousin" because it's too much effort to actually figure it out.

Anyway, she has a daughter only two months older than my girls.

My girls are so social. I don't know why people say twins/triplets are likely to be antiocial and not care much about other kids, or stay in their own world. Mine just love other kids.

Which doesn't mean they play nice all the time. Actually I can't believe how much more work one more kid in the house can create. You would think if you have three, one more wouldn't make that much difference.

The other good news is I'm going to a concert tonight. Yey. "Me" night. :-)

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Monday, February 2nd, 2004
4:24 pm - Sales.
 
I'm so happy. I just made some really great sales on eBay! I sold a book for $237.90. It was a leather-bound poetry book. I had gone to get it appraised and was told it was worth something like $50-$70. Is eBay cool or what??? I love cleaning out junk that's cluttering up the place, and getting money. I also sold two comics which brought in about $35, and a set of videos on Canadian wildlife (I don't even know where I got that) for $19. So, these four items were four out of six that I listed, so it was a really good week for me! Usually I'll list a few things and maybe one will sell.

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Saturday, January 31st, 2004
10:12 pm - There goes another month.
 
Heh. Another month gone. I don't know where they go.

Must start doing homework. I've been putting it off, and look, it's almost midnight. I always say I won't leave it to that last minute, but I've had three days counting today, and haven't even started. There goes tomorrow.

Not that I had anything planned. :-)

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2004
6:17 am - Looks like it's going to be one of those days...
 
I didn't get any sleep last night. Maybe three hours, tops.

That's not the best way to start a day. Besides that, I have a lot to do today, and I already feel like I won't manage half of it.

First stop: library. Second stop: grocery store. Third stop: market.

And that's just for this morning.

I need sleep.

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Monday, January 12th, 2004
2:39 pm - Friends only from now on.
 
I've pretty much made this journal friends-only and private, or a combo (only for certain friends). Leaving entries public is too much work -- I'm catching myself sensoring my own thoughts.

I'll try to post double entries when I can.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
11:32 pm
I'm so tired. I didn't sleep at all last night, so now I've been up more than 24 hours. I don't know why I don't feel worse than I do, actually.

I started working on the take-home final today. I got about three and a half questions done. Out of twenty-four. I can see this will be a lot of work.

I did skip all but my Math class today, and I'm not sorry at all. I don't think I could have concentrated any longer than I did, anyway.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003
7:29 am
My paid account is expiring soon. :-(

I'm not going to renew. There were a lot of days lately when I couldn't login or the site was too slow to work with. I just don't see the benefits, to me personally, of having a paid account. It was great at first, because I got to make a custom style and get everything the way I wanted it, but Livejournal is evolving in a direction that I have zero use for, like text messaging, posting from a cell phone, voice messages, and so on. I will never, ever, use those features. No point paying for them.

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Monday, December 1st, 2003
11:04 pm
Last two weeks of classes. I guess I can hang in there.

I've figured out that I'm guaranteed an A in two of my classes even if I get a B on the finals. In another class I'm guaranteed a B as long as I get a B or better on the final, but there doesn't seem to be enough points left for me to be able to get an A. In a fourth I need an A for an A, so I guess I will probably get a B there. The last I can't figure out because one paper and one quiz have not been returned yet. In other classes there's nothing left to either turn in or get back, other than the finals. That class also happens to be the one I'm a bit worried about. I think I deserve a B at least. I don't want a C. The rational part of me knows a C is perfectly good, but I think I put in a lot of effort in that class, probably more than in some of my others, without feeling like I'm doing well in it.

I guess this takes the pressure off the finals, a little bit. I still have to study more than I have been. Lately I've been bad about doing the reading and answering study questions (which are likely to show up on the exams), so my laziness could catch up with me.

I'm skipping Wednesday's History and English classes because we are doing review and they are optional. I don't know... it might be a bad move. Then again, I do study best on my own, and I hate studying in a group, so it does make sense. I just wish that was my primary reason for it, but the truth is, I'm just bored of my classes by now.

Isn't that just awful, only ten weeks of classes and I can't sit through all of them?

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Saturday, November 29th, 2003
11:31 am
It's Saturday. I don't know where the entire week went.

I meant to start studying for finals this weekend, but I haven't yet. I have one take-home and one open-book final, so I don't have to study much for those. English should be all right, also, because there isn't anything I can really study for. It's going to be on the books we've read. How can I study for it beyond having read the books, right? That leaves two, and I guess I can manage it as long as I don't out it off to the last moment. I have to remember they're comprehensive.

The holiday were all right. Makes me wonder what December will be like, when we have a lot more people visiting. I don't like it when people visit. It sort of obligates you to be around and to spend time with them, doesn't it? Nowhere to hide.

The girls' holiday pictures have arrived. It's going to cost about $60 to turn them into enough cards and enlargements to give to people like I wanted. Cards are $1.55 each and enlargements $2.95. I guess that's all right. I expected it to be a bit cheaper, but not much. I want one of them enlarged to about 24" height, also. Like a poster. Only they're horizontal so I guess it won't really be like a poster. I haven't looked up how much that's going to cost. If it's more than $10 I guess I won't. There's one enlargement (11x14) that came with the package, only it isn't the photo that I want.

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Monday, November 24th, 2003
10:16 pm
I've decided not to attend classes on Wednesday. One is canceled, and in one we are doing review. The last, well, I can miss once without hurting anything, because I haven't missed it yet this quarter. I just have to remember to turn in my paper tomorrow. I hope the instructor won't be in her office, that way I can just drop it in the box and not have to explain why.

Then, there are no classes on Thursday.

I guess that gives me five days to get through Thanksgiving and also manage to finish my History paper. This is the last one, thankfully. I'm so tired of them. I've written four already, and the class is only eleven weeks! It's a bit much.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2003
7:59 pm
Went to the movies (saw Gothika), the library, Toys R Us, and Barnes & Noble today. I now have most of my holiday shopping done, except for a few larger items that I just don't have the money for right now or that need to be put on a credit card. If they need to go on credit, I first have to look up the exact amount that is already on there.

Welcome savageatheart to both LiveJournal and the youngdads community!

These posts are getting shorter and shorter. Sorry. :-(

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003
8:40 am
One class today. I desperately want to stay home. But it isn't the sort of class you can skip, because most of the lectures are not directly from the books. Even if the information is in the books, it's scattered. It would be too difficult to go looking all over the place for it. So I have to go. :-(

This week has been way too long. I'm going to do something fun tomorrow or over the weekend. By myself, preferably.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
11:51 pm
Classes. :-(

I am really hating my English class. It is like the professor is determined to do everything especially to annoy me, and the lectures keep getting more and more boring.

I guess I'll be up a while, since I have to study. I think I will need to rethink this. I might have to set up a "library day" for studying. Otherwise I'm just not getting anything done during the day, and waiting until the girls are asleep means I stay up way too late. Then I have to get up at 6:00am or sometimes even earlier, and after a few days like this, it all catches up with me.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
8:57 am
The girls got me up at 5:00am this morning, but they're sleeping again now. I managed to finish the essay I forgot about yesterday. Actually, it's not really due. We're supposed to show that we started it (because clearly even in Uni they can't trust you to be responsible for yourself! That prof. is an idiot). So I have two pages, which is more than I needed, but it seemed very easy to write once I started. I only need four pages for the final version, so now I don't have a lot left to do.

Needless to say I didn't get enough sleep. This is the second night in a row that they haven't slept well so I'm getting annoyed.

I created a community for young dads, youngdads

I don't know if anyone is going to be interested in it, but there is a severe lack of anything for dads around here, so... We'll see. I decided to keep it open to all dads, whatever their marital status and so on, despite the fact that I intended it to be a single parents' community. It just makes more sense to be inclusive.

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Monday, November 17th, 2003
11:12 pm
Classes really sucked today. I felt like leaving after the first half of the first one, but I looked at the schedule for my History class and realized that the stuff in today's lecture wasn't from the book. So there wasn't much choice. Technically I could skip one class without any trouble. I haven't skipped History yet this quarter. Or English, for that matter. But, it's getting so late in the quarter that I think it would be best not to, at this point.

It was a good thing I went to class, actually, because I found out class on the 26th is cancelled. I guess professors have Thanksgiving plans too. :-)

But, I guess I would have found that out from someone on Thursday.

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Sunday, November 16th, 2003
8:50 pm
Went to the library. Got those two Charlie Bones books (the ones everyone says are a lot like Harry Potter though not as well written) and the Series of Unfortunate Events book I hadn't read yet. Also Wuthering Heights on Audio Tape. This way I can 'read' the book in the car on my way to and from Uni. I just realized this would be a very good way to utilize all that time that I waste on my communte.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2003
5:03 pm
Today passed so quickly. I hate how fast weekends go by. School days never do, they just drag forever. Especially the last one. By then I almost can't stand it.

Wish I could say I'm doing something interesting. I did watch a movie... 28 Days Later... and another one for one of my classes... Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (really good, actually), but that's all so far. I was planning to go to the library and try to find something reasonably good to read, but I haven't found the time. If I don't go this weekend, I'll end up re-reading the Harry Potter series. Again. For like the fifth time. I would much rather spend my time reading something new. It's much healthier.

The girls only napped about half an hour in the afternoon, which is supposed to be their long nap. Maybe that means they'll sleep longer tonight, but more likely they'll go to sleep early and then wake up at some horrible time of morning, like 4:00am.

I've been surfing around livejournal a bit and I'm surprised by what people write. A lot of it is complaining, complaining, and more complaining. Do I complain in my lj? Hmmm... yeah, I guess. Only I don't think I complain nearly as much as some people I've seen. You'd think their life is hell or something, and that nothing good ever happens to them. Wonder why that seems to be such a popular thing to write down? Isn't the good just as important?

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Friday, November 14th, 2003
5:06 pm
I registered for my classes. My schedule will be:

Monday: 8:30-10:20am and 12:30-3:20pm
Wednesday: 8:30-10:20am and 10:30-1:20pm

That's three classes, one that meets twice a week and two that meet once. What isn't good is the space between the Monday classes, but there wasn't anything I could do, because that second class only had two sections and the second one meets twice a week, which would have been even worse. The first class turned out great. I was going to take another section, which met only once a week, until I saw how all the classes could fit together. So rather than having three classes over three days I can have them all in just two days.

Basically I got a good schedule and I'm satisfied with it.

On to other things...

I wonder if it would be a really bad idea to try to get the girls' pictures taken this weekend? It would be a bit early for the holidays, but since it's a weekend it might be crowded. I should probably wait until next week.

We don't celebrate Christmas, but we do something similar (tree, Santa, etc.) as part of our New Years traditions. Actually it's almost exactly like Christmas only there's also New Years things. So what I want to do is have pictures taken for greeting cards and also enlargements to give out to relatives who might be visiting, or, actually, the ones who can't visit. I think it would be a good way to include all those people that I don't plan to give gifts to, but who should get more than a store-bought greeting card. Besides, holiday pictures are cute!

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Thursday, November 13th, 2003
10:05 am
Short quiz today. I have no clue what it's on or if I know it. I think I slept through class or something. Hopefully it will be on something from the reading, since I have been good about keeping up with that in that class.

I have to register for classes tomorrow. Guess I was wrong about it being easy. Because of budget cuts I'm having a really hard time coming up with a good schedule; there just aren't enough class sections to choose from. Ugh. :-(

I did come up with two that would work, so I just hope I can get one of them. There's two sections that could be full, and that would just mess everything up.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
10:18 pm
Started working slowly on the take-home exam. It's 17 questios, all short essay, and it seems to be taking me 20-30 minutes to answer each. Uh-oh. That's a lot of hours. Good thing I have a while before it's due.

I guess I will start studying for the others this weekend, too. Otherwise they're all ganging up on me, and if I wait too long I won't have time to cover everything I want to review. I hate how exams tend to be clumped together.

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Monday, November 10th, 2003
4:29 pm
Got back from classes.

Found out I have exams on: the 19th, the 20th (2 of them), and the 24th. :-(

But, one is a take-home, and I already have it, so I can start working on it. Still... a lot of exams.

On the other hand, it is getting close to the end of the quarter, so what was I expecting?

I have to sign up for classes on the 14th. Since I only have three classes left, I guess that should be easy, for once. Nothing to choose.

It's still really weird to think I might be almost done with school.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2003
5:16 pm
The rain turned into a thunder storm. Great. I suppose I will have to turn off my computer now? Just when I was on a roll, finishing up a paper for another class, even though it isn't due until the end of the month. I am being very productive today. It's almost scary.

I hope we won't have another power outage. Those annoy me to no end. Candles and kids don't mix well. And we're out of batteries ever since the last power outage, so candles is about all we would be able to have. What I really need is a rechargeable electric lantern. The one I have runs of eight "D" batteries, and those are kind of expensive when you need the thing to be on for hours and hours at a time. With a rechargeable I think it can go up to 6 hours or so on one charge. But I would have to remember to keep it charged.

Going to look at some the next time I'm at Costco or Best Buy.

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4:06 pm
For a Saturday, today was pretty productive. Usually I leave everything related to school until Sunday night, when I will frantically try to finish everything in time to get three or four hours of sleep. Today, I actually finished he essay. I had some free time in the morning, and for once used it the way I should. Wonders will never cease. :-)

It's raining. Again. I guess this is how it will be from now on. I was hoping for a dry winter. It would have made things so much easier. Like getting to and from Uni, for instance. Now I can expect to add fifteen or twenty minutes to my commute, and that adds up to nearly an hour each day that I will be giving up. And an hour can be a long time when there are about a billion things that need my attention. It can, for example, mean one hour less of uninterrupted time that I use in order to study. And that, in turn, means I will lose an hour of sleep that night. Ugh. Like I don't already have enough nights where I get barely three hours of sleep.

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Friday, November 7th, 2003
11:12 pm
I'm tired. I tried to nap when the girls were, but that didn't work too well. Actually, I feel worse now than I did before. Sometimes sleeping for half an hour actually gives you a headache instead of making you feel better.

They are asleep now, but I have some things to finish up before I can go to bed. I need to fill out some forms for Uni, which I would like to finish today so I can mail them tomorrow morning. Otherwise they would not get mailed until Monday, and I would rather make sure they arrive quickly where they're supposed to.

I also have to straighten up the room. It's a mess. I was trying to fix the printer, which got a piece of paper jammed in the mechanism, and it really wouldn't be safe to leave it until tomorrow morning since I usually get up when the girls do, or only a little bit earlier, and might not have time to do it then.

I'm also finishing up some preliminary research for my paper. I wanted to get started just to make absolutely sure I don't put it off until the last minute. Last thing I need is to have to pull an all-nighter. I'm actually done with that, which is why I wound up here on LiveJournal. I really need to get off the computer, or learn to be more disciplined about it. Sometimes I'll be typing up an essay and my mind will wander... along with my fingers, which will click on a game site! :-)

Hey, two entries today. Have never done that before.

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5:27 pm
It's still raining. Drizzling, really. I would almost prefer real rain.

I finally got my grade for my final exam. 94%. I'm doing exceptionally well this quarter, so far. All my classes are relatively easy, at least in terms of the amount of work I have to do. Last quarter I was writing paper after paper after paper, and hardly getting everything done on time.

I do have a paper due on Monday though, and haven't started it yet, so I guess I will be pretty busy this weekend. It's only 3-4 pages, so it shouldn't take more than two or three hours so to, depending on how many outside sources it requires, since it's a research paper. Sometimes finding valid sources is the hardest thing about writing a paper.

I sold a textbook for $47 today. After commission and shipping it will be about $40. So all that work I did sorting out the books and listing them seems to be worth it. I was starting to wonder, when nothing was selling. I guess maybe it isn't a very good time for textbooks, since it isn't right before a new quarter or semester.

I had to make an appt. with the dentist because one of my fillings feels kind of loose. I hope it's my imagination. :-(

The girls also have a doctor's appt. next week, on Thursday, but it's only a check-up.

I messed a bit with the journal style. I think I like it better now that there's only a background color and a border. Too many colors are annoying. Two is plenty.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
7:12 am
Wednesday. Three classes. :-(

It's such a wet, miserable day, too. I really feel like staying in bed, and what I really don't feel like doing is driving all the way to Uni this morning. But obviously not getting out of bed isn't an option.

Some days just suck, I guess.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2003
11:10 pm
Mondays stink.

I actually have nothing to say, so I don't know why I'm here. When I decided to update this journal regularly, I did have something more purposeful in mind than the sort of entries I have been making lately.

Mondays are completely taken over by classes, and nothing much happens, typically. I actually skipped my last class today, because it was going to be review. So I bought myself an extra two hours of... doing absolutely nothing. But it was nice anyway.

I'm thinking I need to create a better style for my journal. I'm also thinking I don't want to spend a lot of time on it. :-(

This entry has just descended into I-don't-know-what-to-say-so-I-will-just-fill-up-the-space-with-random-thoughts. Bad.

And I'm even out of random thoughts. That's just sad. I'm going to bed.

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Saturday, November 1st, 2003
3:03 pm
Finally had some time to look over old books. I've been meaning to do that for a long time. I still had all my textbooks starting from my very first semester of college. So I finally sorted them out and listed most of them for sale. There were also a few novels and such, but I'm not sure they're going to be worth selling since they're pretty inexpensive. It might be easier to donate them to Goodwill than to list them, pack them, and mail them.

I need money for all the holiday stuff I need to buy. I'm going to need at minimum $200. Holidays are expensive. :-(

It's hard to believe it's really almost the end of the year. This was a long year.

On Monday I have to meet with my guidance counselor. I have to declare my graduation date. I only have three classes left to take after the ones I'm taking now, so I'm almost done... It's weird. I never thought I would actually finish. Then I have to decide if I want to stop or go for my Masters. I can't even believe I'm at a point where I have to make that decision. It's crazy. Really crazy.

On the one hand, if I stop, I'm basically going to be doing nothing. It's not like I can go to work right now. Probably not for another two or three years! In that time, I could definitely get my Masters.

On the other hand, I would have to take out a big loan to continue school. I had a scholarship, but it does not extend to the Masters program, which means I'll be completely on my own as far as paying for my education. And, I'm at an end of my college fund. Which would not have happened had I not had to pay for all the messy court things related to custody of the girls. There was enough in there to get me through any school I wanted to go to, even if I had wanted to go to medical school or something. Now, there isn't even enough to finish getting a B.A. (hence the reason I had to apply for a scholarship... I was lucky I got accepted).

So it is a bit of a mess. I don't know what I'm going to end up doing. I might take a year or so off (because I am really tired of school) and then start again. Or... hell, I don't know.

I guess I will wait and see what the counselor says.

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Friday, October 31st, 2003
7:40 pm
Halloween. Needless to say I'm not doing anything. I suppose I could have taken my younger siblings, but I only would have done it if it was necessary. Personally, I don't get anything out of walking around watching them beg for candy. I do remember it was fun, but I grew out of it so long ago that I can't even live vicariously through little kids. Though I hope I'll grow back into it by the time my daughters go trick-or-treating.

It's cold, too. The weather went from too hot to too cold in just one day. It's supposed to rain next week. I guess we'll be stuck in the house more now. :-(

My exams went fine. I have the results of all but one, and it happens to be one that I'm not at all worried about. I was worried about History, but I got 96%. I guess I studied more than strictly necessary, because I was worried about it. Usually I just aim for a B. Technically I only need a C, but I do like good grades. It's just that I'm not obsessive about it, and a B is just as good as an A, in my opinion. I can't afford to spend the extra hours working for a grade that I really don't need. I can't justify earning an A rather than a B, if earning an A means having to spend an extra hour every day studying. Still, last quarter I did manage two A's, without even trying hard, so I wouldn't say my grades have suffered terribly through the adoption of this philosophy.

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Monday, October 27th, 2003
7:15 am
Last day to study. I think I've studied enough for these exams, actually, but it won't hurt to go over it just one more time. Might keep me from freaking out just before the exams.

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Sunday, October 26th, 2003
3:22 pm
I really shouldn't be on here. I'm supposed to be researching the life of Mary Shelley, just in case a question about her comes up on the exam. Which is likely. I guess I should have paid more attention when the prof. went over the background info for the book, but I figured it was just boring stuff, and was finishing my Math homework instead.

Anyway. I don't even have anything to say. My brain is fried.

Changed my journal style a little. I actually liked the default, so I haven't changed much about it. This time I just added some links and a bit more space between entries so they wouldn't all crowd together.

Clocks had to be changed today. So now the big wall clock above my computer actually shows the correct time. Since I hadn't bothered changing it last time. See, laziness pays off, doesn't it? You procrastinate long enough, and the problem just takes care of itself!

Too damn bad it doesn't work like that for other things...

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Saturday, October 25th, 2003
7:02 am
I got two letters yesterday from my penpals (kind of weird to get both at once). I've been writing to these people for almost four years now! It all started when I decided to try out snail mailing someone, since one of my friends was into it. One is from England and one from France. I can't believe we're still writing to each other after all this time.

I need to get some shopping done today. We're out of stuff again. Where does it all go?

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Friday, October 24th, 2003
1:18 am
Weekend.

I need it.

Four things I want to do:

1. Change all the screens on all the windows, since no one else is going to do it. After every summer they're practically in rags, and it is getting to be mosquito season.

2. Make some mix tapes since I have nothing to listen to in the car. Or buy a CD player for the car. But that would cost $, which I don't happen to have a lot of at the moment. So, mix tapes it is.

3. Start thinking about the holidays. Not going to wait until December like last year. It's already practically November, so it can't hurt to at least make a list of people to send cards to, buy presents for, etc.

4. Study. I have exams next week in both my KPE class and my English class (on Frankenstein, damn it). And I have a paper due. Ugh.

I'm up late. I don't know why. NOT a good idea. I usually have to get up at 6:00. But, I'm not tired. I'll be sorry tomorrow morning.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2003
10:39 pm
Just checking in. I really need to get in the habit of updating this thing. Today I actually forgot my username and password. I'm an idiot. I finally remembered it after looking at the screen for a couple of minutes. I don't know how I managed to forget my username since it's the same as my email address.

What am I doing? Not much. Reading Pride and Prejudice. Might as well, even though we don't have to read it until the first week of November. I'll probably be busy with midterms around then.

Today was really dull. I need something to do when the girls are asleep. All I ever do is read or go online. I need a hobby.

Well, I have hobbies, really, but to do any of them I need stuff that is currently packed away (because of redecorating, etc.).

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
4:03 pm
Haven't had time to post in a while. Or go online, really. Except from Uni, but I didn't want to log-in to any website from the computer lab, especially something like livejournal. Better safe than sorry... after all passwords are never truly "cleared" from a computer.

There's not much to tell, actually. I've been busy with classes. I had to take the WST (Writing Skills Test), and apparently it takes them up to six weeks to grade the damn thing. It was one of the stupidest tests I've ever taken, too. I don't see how it would tell anyone anything. Essays are not a good way to tell if someone has a grasp on grammar, actually, since in an essay you can avoid saying things you aren't quite sure you'll say correctly. The only way to tell if someone can use semi-colons, commas, and all that other stuff correctly is to require them to be used, and you can't do that in an essay. All an essay will really tell them is if the person knows that an essay is supposed to have a start, middle, and end. So, who doesn't know that by the time they get to Uni? This is not a test for freshmen, after all. Only juniors are required to take it, so by this time you've got about two years of college under your belt. I don't see how anyone would avoid taking at least one English class during that time, and I don't see how someone would pass an English class without having the most basic writing skills, at least.

Rant over.

Aside from the WST, I had two exams, in Math and in History. I think I did pretty well. Apparently I missed something in Math. I knew everything except two questions, which were both similar. So I definitely missed something somewhere. Need to be more careful. The History exam was easy because this professor does not require you to spit out dates, and the entire exam was essay and short answer. Those are easy. If you've been paying attention and doing the reading, then you know at least a little, even if specifics like names and dates elude you. With multiple choice you don't have that luxury, you really have to know those types of details, at least to recognize them when you see them, if not to actually come up with them off the top of your head. I know most people prefer multiple choice, but give me an essay any day. At least in most subjects. English essays sometimes drive me crazy. But that's for a whole other reason: I can't analyze stuff on short notice.

At home everything is really, really quiet. I always get a rather bad feeling when that happens. Impending doom.

I just realized something. Last year I decided to eat healthier, and I cut out the following foods: pop/cola (of which I was drinking at least 3 cans a day), coffee (every morning), donuts (thanks to a Krispy Kreme practically next door, I was eating one for breakfast most days), potato chips (I switched to multi-grain, etc.), french fries, bacon, and sports drinks. So, today is exactly one year since I last had any of those. Wow.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2003
1:14 pm
Another nice day today. I guess the weather report was wrong? They're still showing it as supposed to be above 90°, but it's only about 80-85° so far today.

This morning I had to do shopping. With the girls it's really hard, which is why I usually leave it for the weekend. Easier to leave them home without inconveniencing anyone. So I spent about two hours going to four different stores, and spent a total of $250.

I bought: new outfits for the girls (total $38); diapers ($45); groceries ($80); jeans and two shirts for me (on sale, only $22 total); binder paper, two notebooks, and pens ($7); a CD ($9); a novel ($5); candy for Halloween ($8), blank CD-Roms ($6); and a gift for my sister's birthday ($24).

Then I went to the trade-in store to pick up my check, and it was $180! Usually they're like $25-$50, but I guess this time the things were worth more. It was just some old sports equipment, so I don't know why. There are three other stores that I have to go to this month to pick up checks. I trade stuff in all over the place. But the others are more far away and I'll have to fit that in over the week because it's actually closer to my Uni than to home, and it makes sense to go on the way home. Now I'm motivated to clean out the garage and basement. There are boxes upon boxes of my stuff there, a lot of it from high school so it could be sports equipment and other stuff that I could trade in. Hell, I don't have a clue what else is in there. Maybe more comics? Those could go on eBay again. I sold two boxes, and while none went for more than $5, it did add up to over $150. And it was so simple to sell them, package, and send off, that it was really worth the little time I spent on it.

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Friday, October 17th, 2003
9:16 am
Weekend! I have three days free.

Of course free is relative. I don't have classes. That's about all that's different. Actually some days can be worse than school days, if I'm in the house all day.

Luckily it's really nice out and not supposed to go above 80°, so we'll be going to the park today.

I still don't have a jogging stroller so we can't go on any of the good trails. I'm still comparing different ones, since I couldn't find the right one in stores and have to order online. Because of how much I would lose in shipping if I had to return it, I have to be careful.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2003
7:03 am
Whew. Lucky!

I just happened to look over my notes from last class, and realized today's class was cancelled because the instructor has jury duty.

I need to be more organized. Why hadn't I written this down in my planner? Did I really expect myself to see the little note I made at the bottom of my notes for that class?

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
6:32 am
Had to get up early to finish a short essay (500 words) that I forgot about. Good thing I had it written down. I found the assignment sheet last night while going over my notes.

I finished a lot quicker than I thought, and there was not much sense in trying to go back to sleep, so I guess I got myself an extra hour and a half of free time.

I hate getting up early. I've never had morning classes before this quarter and it's very annoying.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2003
3:55 pm
Back from class. I just have one on Tuesdays, and the second meeting is online. :-)

Today is even worse than yesterday, and we even had a small brush fire about three blocks from our house. I can just imagine our A/C bill. Good thing I don't pay for that.

My new computer is supposed to arrive either today or tomorrow. I hope it's today, but it seems kind of late in the day. So probably tomorrow. That actually might be better, since I'll have more time to work on it. That way I can get this one cleaned out by the weekend so it can be moved to the recroom. It's still a pretty good computer but it's two years old and isn't compatible with a lot of the software I need to run for school.

I was supposed to meet one of my friends today right after class, but he called me saying his daughter is sick. :-(

I know only three single dads around my age in my area. And only one of them goes to my Uni. The other two go to the community college where I went. I hardly ever get together with them anymore.

And another single dad that I knew a while back, got married and moved out of the area. :-(

I know there must be more dads around here. If I wanted to hang out with married or non-custodial dads, then there's tons, but it's pretty much a waste of time. I mean, they're not dealing with any of the same issues that I am. What I find with married dads is when they're away from their kids they want to be away from their kids, as well anyone else's kids. So that makes us incompatible right there.

So how to find other single dads??? I don't know. I'm at a loss. I'm guessing not that many go to Uni, or I would have run into more. Or maybe not. I mean, I don't talk about my situation with people in my classes. It takes too long and there's no point in doing so. Obviously, if people are talking specifically about kids (theirs or not), like in my child development class last quarter), then I'll talk about it. But I know some moms will announce things about their kids seemingly at random, to people they hardly know or just met. That doesn't work for me because of how long it takes to explain things to people who just don't get it. It often takes ages just to get it through their heads that I'm raising my kids and no they don't have a mother and yes they live with me and *pant* no I don't pay child support because I'm raising the kids *pant, pant* (people are so dumb). Really. Where was I? Oh yeah. So, how would I know if the person sitting next to me in say Geography, is actually a single dad? Since there is no way he would know that I'm a single dad, there is no way I would know.

Yeah. It's a problem. There should be some way to meet up, but I have no clue how we could do it.

Today my Math prof. went nuts and assigned two chapters worth of homework. For tomorrow. It's about 40 problems or so. That's after not assigning anything up until now. I guess I'll be up late.

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Monday, October 13th, 2003
3:54 pm
Got back from Uni about an hour ago. I hate Mondays because I have three classes back to back. Same on Wednesday. And they start at 8:30 in the morning, which means I have to be out of the house at about 7:45 (because of damn traffic). My last class ends 2:40 and I'm home by 3:00 or so.

It's only the third week of the quarter so aside from reading there really isn't that much work yet. I have a short (1 page) paper due on Wednesday, and a quiz also on Wednesday, and I have to submit a term paper topic (which isn't really an assignment, but I do want to give it some thought so I won't pick something really hard).

It's hot again. I thought the weather was going to get better, but they're warning about fire danger again all this week. Grrr. Can't go anywhere in weather like this, so we're stuck at home.

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Sunday, October 12th, 2003
4:15 pm
I went ahead and signed up for a LJ account. $15. :-( Well, actually I never would have done it if I hadn't sold some comics on eBay -- I had some money in my Paypal account from that.

I had a blog on Blogger a while back. Blogger. Ugh. it worked about 25% of the time, was down 50% of the time, and gave a multitude of errors 25% of the time.

I'm considering making this one private. But probably a lot of people I talk to online are not on LJ. And that's the point of having one -- keep everyone updated.

Which reminds me I have to go to each and every message board and group that I'm on and tell people I have a LJ now. Not looking forward to that. Maybe I won't bother with some of them. There's only two that I visit regularly anyway, and the rest I only sometimes visit because they're so slow there's no point visiting more often. But that's a problem on most message boards for dads. Ugh. What's wrong with people? Nobody likes to talk.

I looked for dads' communities or even just dads on LJ and there are hardly any! And even fewer posting anything. Why is that? That's very annoying.

I have six codes (will have seven at the end of the week) and I'm going to try to invite some dads. Maybe we can start a community. I'll have to look to see if a community needs a paid account or not. That could be a problem because I don't want to pay for two accounts.

I just edited my LJ style. I don't know if I made it better, but at least I got rid of the annoying links down at the bottom, and added some links and pictures to the menu on the left of the screen. Why don't they have an option to link your memories other than by editing your style? Seems odd.

I still have to read Frankenstein for my English class... which is tomorrow. I hate this book. I've read it like three times but I don't remember anything because each time I'm forced to read it I just purge it all out of my brain as soon as the class is over. Explain to me, why does every English class require this crappy book? Aren't there any better ones out there? I also have to read Pride and Prejudice but later in the quarter. I've never read that, but it looks boring.

I also have to finish painting my room today. Why did I ever start? The weekend is never long enough. But, I do have just one wall left to do. Then I can move back in. I guess not until tomorrow night though, since it has to air.

We had another power outtage this morning. Stupid California with its stupid power crisis (which everyone claims is over, but why are we still in the dark???). I had to buy a non-electric warming pad to fix the girls their bottles, because I didn't want to try warming anything on the one we already had, which is gas and only good for like a tea kettle or something. Hard to control temperature there. I don't know if I should return it (it was kind of expensive) or keep it in case this happens again. Or in case we go somewhere. Like we might go somewhere over the holidays. What if we get stuck at some rest stop or something?

That's all for now, I think. I'm really out of practice with this blogging thing.

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