simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::team::red cup)
Went to Target, under the guise of buying my sister's birthday gift, and bought myself a Nook and protective case!

Meet Danno! (Nook and case)



My laptop is McDanno and my myTOUCH is Monkey.

Do you sense a theme? LOL

This is an early Christmas gift and "yay for passing all your classes!" gift to myself (I will pass my current 4 classes with either an A or B. I'm very proud of myself.

I bought some other things from Target, too. Mostly stuff for baking. Friday or Saturday I'm going to make Nutella Swirled Banana Bread. I got something for my sister too - a card. I wanted to get her some perfume, but they didn't have the kind she liked and the only place I know that sells it is in the mall, and I'm not crazy enough to go to the mall any time this week. I'll go next week.

I'm gonna go back to playing with my new shiny.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::team::red cup)
It'd be great for once to have a supportive comment from my dad about something I was interested in. But no matter, I'm excited about going back to school. I need 8 classes and I'll be set to transfer to Dominguez Hills.

My visit with the counselor went well. Like I said above, I need 8 classes to transfer. I was surprised at how many of my previous grades were okay and that I didn't need to make up. I have to knock these 8 classes out of the park and keep a high GPA in hopes of being accepted to the university in 2-3 yrs.

I need to take Algebra on the gen ed side, which I was already planning on and the rest of the classes are for my major. Those classes are: Intro to Administration of Justice, Concepts of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedures, Criminal Evidence, Community Relations, Statistics, and Criminal Investigation.

Those classes alone would have me at 1 yr to 1 ½ years at the most. It would depend when the class is offered and how quickly it fills up (and potentially making me have to wait until the next time it's offered). The counselor said I was the most prepared student he worked with in a long time. He would have students, fresh out of high school and those returning after being away for years, come in with missing papers, crumpled/folded up papers and just generally not prepared for what was going to be done when they got to his office.

I should know the final results of my financial aid in 4 weeks (as the most). The lady I spoke with said it all depended on how many Financial Aid Education Plans (what I did today) they had to work on, but it could be as soon as 2 weeks. I'm hoping for 2 weeks so I won't have to worry about how I'm going to pay for classes when I register on July 30th at 7:30 pm. I need to Fall 2013 Course Schedule to be released soon too. I'd like to pick my classes (and backup classes) now and let N & J at the Self-Help Center know what my schedule will be when classes start August 19th.

At Cal State Dominguez Hills, I believe I'll have about 12 classes to take, but I won't be sure until I speak with a counselor when it gets close to that time. All of those classes will be for my major only and I'm looking at 1 ½ to 2 years.

My dad is saying that 2 ½ to 3 years is too long for to get my Bachelor's degree when someone with no classes can do it in 4 years. If I went right to the University, I'd have to take the same number of classes, therefore, the same amount of time, if not longer...so I don't know what he's bitching and grumbling under his breath about.

Next step is to go to career services to see their job listings. I would have gone today but it was just too hot and I wanted to be out of the sun and heat as soon as possible. I need to go in the morning before it gets too hot.

Also, I'll be looking forward to not having to dress professional when I go out in the mornings. I miss pulling on a pair of jeans and t-shirt and leaving.

Now to start the back to school shopping. Gonna try to not go overboard. LOL
simplyn2deep: (NWABT::Scott::brood)
Went to the movies with dontelltheelfdontelltheelf. That was fun. We saw Jurassic Park in 3D, went to Styles of Hawaii, Trader Joes, then to Norms for a late lunch. We were going to go get some Poutine, but I didn't think my stomach would be up for that.

There are so many movies I want to see but can't remember what they are now. I'll have to search Yahoo! Movies for them. I do remember that one was Now You See Me or something like that.

Now for the fun I DON'T want to do again. I've been having problems with my netbook for like the last 18 months or so. Constantly running hot within 10 minutes of it being on, shutting down by itself...I know there's a lose connector where I plug it in, so that's not helping in it staying on. Well last night, maybe about an hour after I filed my taxes, I got this weird error message ) and I'd have to force it off or unplug it. Did a complete system scan and everything came up okay, but I couldn't get past that blue screen!

My dad says to keep trying, thisjerseydevilthisjerseydevil tells me it's probably dead (blue screen of death), but it all boils down to me getting a new laptop when I get my refund in about 2 weeks.

These are my 2 choices:

Toshiba C855-S5350 15.6" Laptop http://www.staples.com/product_984635

Lenovo G580 , Intel Core i3-3120M, 15.6 Screen Display, Notebook With 4GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Windows 8 http://www.frys.com/product/7533026

I had more, but they went up in price by more than I could afford.

so...without proper internet/computer access...AGAIN!
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: (Scott Caan::cigar::yes)
This morning I went to the dentist for a follow up check up from the deep cleaning I had last month. My gums are doing better, but I still have an infection that's making my gums bleed. You poke at my gums with something sharp, of course they're going to bleed! Since having the deep clean, I've brushed my teeth 3 times a day and flossed twice and you know what...NO BLEEDING! but the dentist says the infection is still there and my broken teeth really need to come out because they're causing or contributing to the infection. So December 14 is my next appointment. At that appointment an impression of my teeth will be taken and 2 teeth will be extracted. Then I figure that every couple of months I'll go back to have the remaining 4 broken teeth removed. Hoping that by next September I'll be done with the expensive dental work and can just deal with the regular cleaning every 3 or 4 months.

Got a couple of movies from Redbox. Battleship and Starship Troopers: Invasion. I don't usually watch a movie that's apart of a series without seeing the ones before it, but the Starship Troopers: Invasion trailer looked really interesting. I was also surprised there weren't other movies that I wanted to see. I usually get 4 or 5 movies out at a time. This time it was obviously only 2.

Umm got a call from a collection agency while I was at the dentist. I don't know why as I don't have any bills in collections. So I call them back and they said they don't have my name in their system? So I ask about my dad's name thinking it might be in regards to his student loan and his name wasn't in the system either. Okay, weird. I'm also very curious. I might call back and ask for the person who called (I didn't ask for the person when I first called) to see what's going on.

Went to Costco and got a membership. I really don't need it, but having it will come in handy in getting food while staying with my sister and also for church dinners. Plus, since I can drive, I don't have to rely on my parents to take me if I need to pick up cat liter (Costco seems to be the only place that sells the brand that doesn't cause my cat problems). However, there are several downsides to having a membership. The books and movie section. No joke, there were about 20 books I wanted to get! Sadly, the movies I wanted were in blu ray only and i don't have a blu ray player. Also, I can buy stamps and movie theater tickets at costco. I see myself going to the movies more in 2013. Costco doesn't take Visa credit card (American Express is their card of choice), so I have to make sure I have the cash or money in checking account to write a check or use my debit card. The last of American Express will keep me from spending more than I can afford that's for sure.

I know I owe fills for Trick or Treating and they'll be worked on tomorrow. I downloaded some fall kits and need to unzip them and see what strikes my fancy to make things. Also, I need to write another 500 words so that willow_fae_20willow_fae_20 can fill another of my bookmarked comment_ficcomment_fic prompts. Everyone should read Still Allowed to Worry that she wrote.

Thank you dante_s_helldante_s_hell, bluedelftbluedelft, tkeylasunsettkeylasunset, and willow_fae_20willow_fae_20 (and to anyone else I forgot to thank) for the virtual gifts
simplyn2deep: (Ocean's 11::Turk Malloy::laugh)
Sunday I used redbox for the first time when I went to the grocery store. I rented 21 Jump Street (had some funny parts, but I think I was expecting more?), Wrath of the Titans (I keep forgetting that Clash of the Titans is first) and The Devil Inside (this one was meh and a bit predictable towards the end). Today I returned those and got Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Suing the Devil.

THEN! when I get home, I have 4 packages from Amazon waiting for me! 5 movies that I ordered but wasn't expecting until later this week! I got the first 3 movies in the Fast & Furious franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds (fuckin' finally! I thought we owned it for the longest time but could never find it!) and Mercy. I'll save these for later this week and over the weekend
simplyn2deep: (Default)
going through my clothes and packing up what I want to keep but don't foresee wearing in the next 4 months.

It's come to my attention that while I have a lot of clothes, none of them are no longer considered "business" appropriate. I can "dress up" a lot of what I have, but it still comes across as business casual and I feel woefully under-dressed when I go to the self help or domestic violence centers.

I think the next couple of month I'll be getting more business suits - skirts, slacks and jackets and packing away some of my "business casual" stuff.

I have like 6 pair of jeans. I almost always live in jeans. when I go to work (at the church) I dress however I want, but since I've been volunteering at the self help center, I've been having to dress up more, even for those 3 hours I'm there. When I used to work at the other church (back in 2007) I dressed neatly, almost business casual, because right after I went to night school and I didn't want to be lugging around a gym bag, my backpack and purse 5 days a week. But the point about the jeans...sometime in May, N, my supervisor, approached me after my shift and was like "we sort of aren't allowed to wear jeans." They actually weren't jeans, but dark flowly dress pants. Wasn't going to debate about what my pants were or weren't so I said okay and left. haven't worn those pants since - at least to the Self Help center. I've worn them to the Domestic Violence Center though.

point of this was that I need to get more business like clothes...or wear my Sunday dresses (that I no longer wear to church because I wear jeans hah!)

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