simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::team::red cup)
Yesterday I had an (unplanned) adventure.

I'd tell you about it now, but I have to take the bus to church (thanks to the unplanned adventure). When I get home, I'll be sure to fill you all in...unless you follow me on twitter, then you know about it.

Hope everyone's having a great Sunday.
simplyn2deep: (me! 07-13-13)
I was asked by the nominating committee for the new church to be the historian for the new year. Let me tell you, before I found out what was going on, I thought it was something bad. I've been sick for the last few days and forgot some things that I needed to do, so I was nervous. Then when I got there, I didn't know what position I was being asked to be the leader of. For the last 5 or 6 years, I've been the social committee chairperson, but my church's congregation is maybe a third of the size of what the new church is going to be and that's way more work than I'd be comfortable jumping into. However, Historian is much more my speed.

Basically I'd be the leader of the "history" committee and they're responsible for taking pictures and keeping records of church functions and putting on a slide show every 6 months of the events that have gone on during the year.

I didn't even have to think about it. I said yes. I'm having so many organizational ideas. I love it. I'm already thinking of an email account for the position, a photobucket account to host the pictures and videos, I need to brush up on powerpoint too.

And it's an excellent excuse reason to get a new camera! Though, I'm not sure if the camera the current historian has belongs to the church or is her own. I need to ask her about it.

But anyway, it's an elected position so I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. December there's a combined church meeting (the merger won't be official until January 1, but we're getting the church leadership set up now) on December 13th (bummed I'm going to miss the very special H50 that night!) where the leaders will be elected, so I will know then if I have the position. I don't know if they've talked to anyone else, but the current historian is a friend and she told me she was going to nominate me for the position since I'm at all of the events anyway.

Time is getting away from me. I have choir rehearsal in 30 mins.
simplyn2deep: (NWABT::Scott::brood)
Just found out my Pastor died at 8 am today.

I found out about 30 minutes ago when my dad called to say that he and my mom would be home in a couple of hours.

I'm a bit ticked. I know why Staci or Lora wouldn't have been able to tell me, but my parents called and told everyone else at the church shortly after he passed, but for me, 7 hours go by and I'm told as sort of an afterthought.

Yes, I was in class at 8am, but they could have left a message and I would have gotten it during my break.

Now we're doing a mad dash of schedule shuffling to make sure or weekends are free as we don't know when the funeral is going to be. I think it might be in a couple of weeks, but I'm not sure - it could be longer.
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Danny::walking surf board)
There are certain numbers, that when they show up on my caller ID, I sort of freak out, but "OMG, who died?" or "OMG who's sick?"

but this time it was different. My friend called to ask if I wanted to go with her to Menifee to drop off some animals (a chicken and 5 kittens) at her cousin's place. Apparently the cousin was supposed to come down yesterday but the engine on their truck blew, so then today my friend was going to go with her parents, but said parents aren't feeling well...so she called an asked me. Cool!

I get out of being at church! YES!

While I do have a bit of work to do, if I get there early enough, I can get a good chunk of it done before she comes, then we can leave.

It takes about 1.5 hrs to get there, then I figure an hr or so getting the animals situated, lunch, then come home. I should be home by like 3 or 4 pm...which would sort of be like last Sunday with all that I had going on at church.

The downside now, is my lack of writing time. and I'm so close to finishing part 2 of Fair Winds and Following Seas. I don't care if I have to stay up all night, I will post it tonight!
simplyn2deep: (Scott Caan::kneel::camera)
First...me in the car on the way to church (no, I'm NOT driving!)



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simplyn2deep: (Scott Caan::cigar::yes)
First I heard back from FAFSA about my financial aid and my application was processed successfully!

Then I heard back from Cerritos, and that application was accepted!

LOOKS LIKE I'M GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!

I'm looking around the college's access website (where I'll register for classes and have access to my grades) and it looks like I won't have to take many classes over. This is good, but also bad. Good that I don't have to take the class over, but bad that I have to find more classes to be considered a full time student (3-5 classes).

I'll need to have 2 sets of transcripts sent to this college, but thankfully I have like 2 months to get that done. Fall classes probably start the 2nd or 3 week in August. I'm so looking forward to playing email/phone tag to get that accomplished from ICDC!

I also need to make an appointment with a counselor. That needs to be done soon as well. Preferably once transcripts have been delivered, but I'll call and ask to be sure.

I'm just so happy!

Funny thing...I haven't told my parents yet. When I got the 2 acceptance emails, I went to twitter and facebook first. My parents are on FB, but don't go to my page unless I tag them. I don't plan on tagging them with this news. It probably seems weird to others for me not to tell my parents since we live in the same apartment and everything, but I just don't want to until it's time for me to pick my classes. I don't want to hear the lectures or deal with the arguments.

I'm doing what it takes for me to get a full time job. Employers want someone with a Bachelor's Degree? Okay, I'll go back to school for that and who knows, I might find a job on campus when I eventually no longer have the job with the church (due to a potential merger and a bunch of other unexpected stuff).

For the last 6 months I'd been hoping that a position with Legal Aid would open up, but I don't think that's looking good. They're steady getting volunteers, but to my knowledge, no one is being hired.
simplyn2deep: (NWABT::Scott::hoodie)
I wish I could see how the apartment looks now. I want to have some idea of how plain my room is going to be until I can properly decorate.

I still don't know what the general "theme" of my room is going to be. I mean when I was packing up everything for the move, I toyed with the idea of having a tropical/Hawaii Five-0 theme (thanks in part to the "Hawaii Five-0 Survival Bag" that bluedelftbluedelft gave me in July), but I don't have nearly enough "tropical' decorations. I guess that means I'll have to raid some party stores and possibly order some prints from Art.com (a search of Hawaii alone gives me over 1,000 options!)

M & J have been at some church related conference since the day after Christmas and come back today. Yesterday was the family dinner night so I went with my sister (free food so I wouldn't have to cook or order fast food). Holy crap was it an unorganized dinner! They had it semi-catered in that they ordered the dinner from Panda Express and everything else was provided by some of the parents of the youth. Well, my sister was told she was supposed to get the food but she couldn't get a hold of the person who ordered it. She tried calling him 3 times! Then she found out from someone else that the man who ordered it went to get it because it was "too far away" and he didn't want her to "get lost or be late to the dinner". Dinner was supposed to start at 5 but it didn't start until nearly 6 because they were waiting for the guy to come with the food! Then at 7 there was a church service kind of thing. That went until 10. It was supposed to be over at 9 because there was going to be a talent show at 10, but the talent show didn't start until 10:30. J asked my sister (and by extension me) to stay because she was in a drama skit. We had to sit through 3 or 4 acts before my niece's group was up...then we stayed for one more group before leaving at midnight! There went my plan of watching a movie before going to sleep! But I did get Taco Bell and watched the last 10 minutes of Benny Hill before trying to get warm enough to go to sleep.

Today...I don't know what I'm going to do. It's freezing (it's 55 degrees but that's still too cold for me!) and there's a bit I want to do (after holiday shopping) but I don't want to spend hours on the bus dealing with cold and possibly having to stand because there's so many people out using the bus. Also, I don't know if I want Taco Bell or Panda Express for lunch...or if I'll even be able to stop and get lunch (if I get dropped off, there will be no stopping for lunch, sadly).

Small group in church today! 7 counting myself! Last Sunday there was over 50 but that was because the Spanish speaking members came out early. The Pastor had surgery on the 22nd to remove his colon! The surgery went fine but I don't know if he's home or has been moved to an aftercare facility. But with him out, that means his wife is out and so is Lora.

Also, internet is being a bitch. I'm going to write. I got back chapter 19 of But Why Daddy? from my beta, so now I can fret about chapter 20.
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Kono::red top)
So that package that was supposedly delivered on November 24 to my old address was actually picked up by the post office. THEY LIED TO ME! They told me they didn't have any packages for me!

I found this out when I finally called Amazon and told them I never got the package. I asked if it could be redelivered and the lady I spoke with said she'd check and get back to me.

By 5 pm yesterday I had an e-mail telling me that the package was going to be re-delivered to my sister's address and I'd get it by 8 pm. on December 20th. Thankfully that's a Thursday, so I'm going to plan to stay at my sister's until it arrives or 8 p.m. I hope it arrives early enough in the day because I've got plans.

Now then, my plans for the week:
I need to get to storage to get a couple of red blouses/tops from my unit and the slow cooker from one of the other units.
I need to wash my clothes (I'm out of socks)
I need to go to the grocery store for food stuffs for the church dinner on Sunday.
I also need to go to the mall (or the bank) to at least get gift cards for my sister, M & J. I'd rather get them all visa gift cards and let them get what they want. I figured $25 each for M & J and $50 for my sister and that will be the extent of my Christmas shopping.

There's also work on Wednesday, Friday of this week. Then next week, there's a half day (which I do anyways) on Monday before having Christmas off (which is a Tuesday and I have that day off anyways). Usual day on Wednesday and Friday of next week. I think the 31st is also a half day with Jan 1st off and back at it on Jan 2nd.

I need to e-mail J & N and ask if I can go "full time" volunteering for 2013. My dad has already told me, and continues to remind me whenever we talk (which is why I try not to call them so much) that come next year, he doesn't want me in the house - meaning he wants me pounding the pavement 5 days a week looking for work. Okay, fine. Monday-Thursday in the morning I'll volunteer with Legal Aid, then in the afternoons I'll go to the library and do my job search there since I won't be able to do it at home. Fridays I'll come to the church and do my usual work. This will ensure that I'm out of the house 5 days a week like he asks.

Last Friday, at the volunteer holiday party (remind me to take a picture and post the thank you gifts they gave out!), I got to thinking about going back to school for my Bachelor's degree and possibly going to law school. Listening to the other volunteers who are either in law school or preparing for the bar exam had me re-thinking what I want to do. I mean, I did get my paralegal degree, but every place I look they want someone with experience, even for a legal secretary position (which I would think my 11 years experience as a secretary would give me some sort of foot in the door). However, maybe if going back to school isn't a viable option just yet, I can get whatever certification I need to help me get my foot in the door as a legal secretary.

yeah, I think that's my goal for 2013. research Bachelor degree programs I might be interested in (I'm already fairly certain it will be something criminal justice related) and research the National Association of Legal Secretaries

And now I'm going to head back to my sister's. Maybe get a jump start on washing my clothes.
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five-0::addicted to Mondays)
has it really been 3-4 days since I last posted? According to the calender here, it has been. sorry?

Still having internet problems, however the bill was just paid so I'm hoping sometime this week or the beginning of next week the speed picks back up. If it doesn't, then maybe there's some other problem and I just don't know how to search it out.

After being able to drive myself around for the last 27 days or so, the car is officially dead. After the unsuccessful jump-starting on Thursday, my sister and the mechanic both said its more the likely the alternator that's gone bad or whatever and is preventing the car battery from staying charged. I told my dad all of this and that I was in contact with the mechanic, and he said for me to leave the car where it is (which is in the parking lot at the church) and he'd deal with it when they got back in January. Lovely.

Looks like I'm back to riding the bus. *sighs*

I have been toying with the idea of renting a car for December 21-24, but I know that's a waste of money. I'll just have to rely on the bus to get the grocery shopping for the church Christmas dinner done and then ask my sister to take me to storage so that I can get the crock pots and dutch ovens for what I'm going to cook. And on the 23rd, I'll be at the church pretty much the whole day like usual. Church service, lunch, decorate for dinner, cook my parts of the dinner, and put all the food out. By then people will be arriving.

As of Saturday, we still haven't gotten any of our forwarded mail! I put in the request on November 19 and there's been no mail from November 23rd-December 8th! There will be major major hell to pay if any of the mail was returned to sender. Because according to the postal clerks I spoke with, it would take 14 (business) days to process the temporary change of address and the mail would be delivered after that. Well, 14 (business) days I guess would be today, but honestly, I don't know. Two clerks previously told me 7-10 (business) days and I'd have mail, then suddenly it was 14 (business) days. I don't even know if my sister is at the house or knows if the mail has come yet before I head to the post office to complain to someone about not having mail (I'd also like to tell my dad something other than "No, the mail hasn't been delivered yet.") eta Just texted with my sister. She said that the post office sent a post card confirming that our address has been temporarily changed to her address. But no other mail. So does this mean tomorrow we'll start getting mail? I fucking hope so! This is just ridiculous!

HAWAII FIVE-0 NIGHT!!!!!! yay!!!!!!
simplyn2deep: (NWABT::Scott::hoodie)
After I finished at work, I went to do laundry, then went to the apartment where my sister was loading up her car with stuff to take to storage. Went to storage, went to walmart for boxes then went back to apartment.

Jasmine and I boxed up 6 boxes worth of stuff, watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on my laptop, had dinner and went back to my sister's.

This morning, I went back to the apartment, loaded the car with the boxes I packed, went to storage, then back to the apartment for the 2 TVs, then to storage.

Would have gone back to the apartment, but needed to type up a paper for today's meeting at church and I needed gas.

Left the gas station with the intention of going to church when I remembered that my board meeting notebook was in storage. went back to storage for the notebook then came to church.

When I got to church, I locked my only set of (car) keys in the car! Luckily I left the window down enough that I could stick a long ruler through it and unlock the door.

Got my work done (for the most part), now the board meeting is going to start and after will be choir and maybe I'll have time to stop for lunch before going back to the apartment for the rest of the packing.

*sighs* Monday this will all be over!
simplyn2deep: (NWABT::Scott::brood)
But I need to start at the beginning...

On November 7, I posted that I wouldn't be able to post again/be online until Friday, however that wasn't the case.

Wednesday my parents went to get the Uhaul truck and were gone for nearly 6 hours! Why? Not more than 15 minutes after they got the truck, they got into an accident! The brakes went out and when they moved to the left to avoid hitting a car, they still hit the car and big time crunched that car's trunk in! Since this happened after the Uhaul facility closed, they had to call the 1-800 number to get them to contact someone who could bring a replacement truck. Police report was taken, no one was injured, however, they got hone far too late to even begin to move stuff into the truck.

Thursday, we started bright and early at 7 am and loaded the truck. HOLY CRAP! It took us, and by us, I mean, me and my dad, 3 hours to move the bulk of the bookshelves and 2 beds. Then it took another 3 hours for us to unload everything into storage! By the way, it started to rain while we were unloading the truck! I wasn't a happy person at all! That night, when we got back home, had the intention of packing up more of the truck, but that didn't exactly happen. I ended up falling asleep (on my floor with hardly any blankets because they were packed away!) at midnight and my parents were still packing up!

Friday, when technically we should have been done Friday, we still had a corner china cabinet, dining room table (my mom wants to keep), 2 dressers and a bunch of other crap to move, oh and they were still packing! I loaded up the car and told my dad I was going to pick up my friend/cousin Cynthia because she offered to help us move the remaining stuff. I pick up Cynthia and in 3 hours we get more stuff loaded into the truck and car and make another storage run. We should have been able to make 2 runs and get the entire apartment packed and loaded to the truck and to storage before they had to be at the airport, but I think my parents were running on fumes. My dad was not doing anything he needed to do. Finally I told him that we were going to load the last 2 heavy furniture units on the truck, he was going to call Irma (the manager) and see if there was a way I could turn the keys in on Monday) and they he had to wash up and put on fresh clothes so they could leave. My dad called the Uhaul people and worked it out with them for me to return the truck since it was nearing 12 pm and they needed to be at the airport before 130 pm. The Uhaul was left at storage, Cynthia went with us to the airport and my parents made it through everything with minutes to spare! When they got to the gate, they had begun boarding! Cynthia went back to storage with me, and in 30 minutes we had that sucker empty and were taking it back to the Uhaul facility. Here's were more drama happens! We used a quarter tank of gas and my dad was supposed to give me money to fill it back up. He forgot, and that's understandable, and I didn't know how much it was going to take to fill the tank back up. I put in $10 but aparently that did nothing because it was still at 3/4 tank. They charged me, well my mom's card $55 for that! On top of having the truck out 2 days instead of 1. The guy who my parents were dealing with came in and was like "you weren't supposed to charge them for gas because that was the deal I had with them after I took the replacement truck to them on the 7th." Well the card had already been charged and I don't have it since it's my mom's and they're on the other side of the country on vacation. So the manager (who initially charged for the gas!) is going to give us $50-$55 off our next rental.

If we didn't have Cynthia's help, I don't know what would have happened. Irma was nice enough to allow me to keep the keys until Monday ad Cynthia and Chad will be helping me pack the remaining stuff to put into storage. My dad said I could throw a lot of the damaged stuff from the garage away.

I have my fingers crossed that today and tomorrow we can get the stuff packed away and into storage. Irma said she needed the keys at 9 am on Monday, but my dad said I work on Monday so I have to get the keys to her as soon as possible. The apartment will be worked on first thing Monday morning.

My parents are safely on their cruise ship with my Aunt and Uncle. My parents will be out of contact until November 18 when they get to my brother's place.

I'm at work now trying to get some stuff I neglected earlier this week and last week, then I have to wash clothes, pack them in storage and go back to the apartment and finish packing up. I hope I get all this done by Monday!
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Kono::red top)
There's sort of a financial upheaval at my job. I think I mentioned it last week some time, if not the week before that. But my bosses know this is the only job I have so they're going to do their best to keep paying me. Once I find a job that I can support myself on, I'm going to tell the bosses that they no longer have to pay me, but I'll continue to do that I do because they need someone to do it.

On the way to lunch today, my dad was all "how are you going to get from your sister's to downey (to get the mail)?" In my head I was like "umm driving?" and he was all "because you aren't on our insurance and if you get pulled over, that's a big ticket. but we can work out days that you can drive the car" Then I was like there's buses around, I can take them. and he was like, "okay, that's what I wanted to know." That just put me in a right foul mood. I've been using the bus for 12 years, I know how to figure out bus systems to get me where I need to go. but also, I've been telling my dad since like August or September to tell me how much it would be to add me to their car insurance and I'd pay it so that I can be insured. Then today, when I went to the bathroom, I guess my mom talked to him because when I came back, he asked me if I'd have the $380-$400 to pay to add me to their insurance (my part over all would be $40-$50 when they go to pay ever 6 months or whatever it is) and I said yes. So he said Monday he'd call AAA to get more information. Seriously, way to wait until the last minute! They leave on Friday!

and OMG the people at my church were acting like it was the end of the world because my parents were going on (a month long) vacation. They were saying goodbye to me like they weren't going to see me for a month. (If I had my way, there would be quite a few of them I'd never want to see again). I guess they assumed that since I was staying with my sister, I'd be going to church with her. Umm pass on that. I mean, if they have some sort of special service, I'll go to that because I'd still have enough time to get to my own church, but other than that, I won't be going to her church. They're too vocal and touch/feely for my taste.

Monday I'm pretty sure we're going to be packing and moving from 7am-7pm *sighs* we get the moving truck for the furniture on Wednesday and Thursday we turn in the keys.

Tuesday is Election day (in the US) so I hope that everyone goes out and votes (if they haven't done so already). I'll be working at my local polling place from 6 am-930pm

eta: forgot that I spoke with my sister about what she wanted me to contribute while I was with her. She said that I basically needed to keep "my area" clean (which is a given), wash the dishes (I would assume that would be dishes that I dirty because I really don't like cleaning up after other people who are capable of cleaning up after themselves), wash my clothes (again, that's a given) and help with buying the food (which was my initial thought until my mom told me that my sister gets public assistance for stuff like that but I'll still help out so she won't have to spend more).
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Kono::red top)
My sister's church had their annual spring revival. It started Sunday night and ends Wednesday night.

My sister invited us today because the youth choir my niece is in was performing.

That's about all I liked of the night. The singing. The rest of the stuff, I'd gladly do without.

The guy who was preaching repeated himself so damn many times and then wanted everyone else to repeat him. And there was the lady sitting behind me who irked the hell out of me. every five minutes "amen!" please to be shutting up now.

But then the preacher guy redeemed himself with this quote he directed to the sistas (I don't remember it word for word as I was laughing too hard, but this is the jest of it): the next time than an unemployed, unsavory guy comes up to you wanting a leg, a thigh or a breast, send him to KFC!

...and the crowd went wild! That was the highlight of the 2 hour service.

Then I drove home with my mom lol I don't think I'll be going Tuesday or Wednesday. I can't sit through anymore preaching theatrics like that.

so right

Apr. 1st, 2012 07:39 am
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Kono::red top)
The rain last night (and this morning?) kind of put a damper on what I was going to wear (silver skirt & top) but that's okay as I haven't shaved my legs.

what? don't look at me like that!

It's winter, therefore cold, so I've been wearing pants every time I go out. There have been a few times where I've gone out (to church) in longish skirts or dresses and wasn't arsed about my legs not being shaved and I still don't care, but the rain man. I don't like wearing skirts when its rainy.

Plus, I'm literally going to be at the church all day. 10 am-8:30/9 pm. Regular church, set up/cooking for Palm Sunday dinner, then the dinner, then clean-up. I need to be comfortable for that.

it's 7:40 and there's some things I need to cook for tonight. I wish the church wasn't small in membership so that others could bring food and it'd be back to the church providing the ham, rolls and drinks. I miss those days.

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