Sunday, February 20, 2005

another week...already gone by

I can't believe it's Sunday night again. It feels like this week just sped by. I don't really have anything specific to say tonight -- I'm just tired, sort of wiped out. I'm not sure why. Part of it is probably the fact that I worked in the nursery and taught Sunday School tonight -- and being with 6 children in a 9X18 room for 2.5 hours is tiring. I can't imagine how moms do it -- I guess it is just something that comes with practice -- maybe that is why babies start out small and cuddly, so you get a chance to get used to them before they become toddlers and very, very energetic kids.

I went grocery shopping today. That's about all the excitement in my life. I love grocery shopping, though. There is something about being able to go through and choose what I want, and choose the best values, and the ripest produce...I feel so proud when I look at my receipt and realize what a good job I did in saving money and getting yummy food. Silly, yes, I know, but it's a good feeling nonetheless.

We are supposed to get several more inches of snow tonight & tomorrow. BOO. I am so ready for the winter to be over...alas...we have probably 3 more months. Amy Silva and I (and probably Becca) are going to plant a veggie garden at the Silva's this summer -- I need to get on it, learn how to do it, how to start seeds from scratch, where/when to plant things, ask Caleb and Brett to build us a raised bed with a chicken wire fence...lots to do. I bet if I'm going to start from seeds I need to do it soon!

My throat sort of hurts -- I should get in bed. Maybe I'm tired because I'm getting sick, but I hope not. At least I have sick days I can use if I have to. Tomorrow is President's Day, so I have that off, and I am very glad. We're going to sleep in, then go downtown to do some errands, and then have dinner with Matt and Jenn from 50:1. FUN!

I am really going to get in bed now...I can't think of anything else to say, so I might as well stop typing.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

am I in a Kafka story?

Because I feel like I am. You know that story of his, The Trial? It's where a guy is on trial for something and he doesn't know what and no one will tell him and he lost in a sea of beuracracy and red tape.

Well, if something similar exists in the realm of student loan consolidations, then I've found it. I have been trying for TWO MONTHS to consolidate my loans. I am getting the runaround from everyone -- both ACS, the company who currenty holds my loans, and Nelnet, the company who is consolidating them. ACS is saying they (finally) faxed the form last week; Nelnet is saying they never got the fax. No one is coming up with a solution for me. This is becoming so incredibly infuriating -- It's extortion, I tell you! (That was just for you, Becca.)

Anyway, my new plan is to call ACS, be connected with the department who gets the faxes, then put them on hold. Then call Nelnet, ask to speak with the Processing department, who sends the faxes, and ask them to send the fax right then. Once it's sent, I'll switch back over to ACS, confirm that they got the fax, wait on the line while they fill it out and fax it back. Then I'll switch back to Nelnet and make sure they get it.

I mean, for Pete's sake, do I really have to hold their hands here? I am getting to the point where I'm considering if I should file complaints against one or both companies -- they are large corporations who handle MY MONEY, you would think they could handle one piddly fax. Maybe that's the problem, though, that it's one fax out of thousands.

ARGH. I just can't win. I tell you, I should rewrite Dante's Inferno, using this experience as one of the circles of Hell.

note to self...

Dear Self,
It's probably a bad idea to read restaurant reviews online when certain conditions are in place, such as:
1. You have no money
2. It's 9 a.m.
3. You are hungry
4. All you brought for breakfast is applesauce
If you do so, you will probably end up even hungrier, dissatisfied with whatever it is you do have to eat (especially if it happens to be the applesauce you brought for breakfast), and angry because you don't have the money to go get something yummy for lunch. So, with that in mind, it's probably best to refrain from reading restaurant reviews whenever possible, unless you have a particular and imminent event for which you need to find a restaurant.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

it's practically a tropical heat wave!

I know I talk about the weather all the time, but here in Maine, the topic of weather is always on the tip of everyone's tounge. BUT the good news is that it was 50 degrees yesterday, and they're expecting it to be as warm today. It is such a treat. For the first time in months, I didn't wear long underwear under my clothes yesterday or today. How freeing! And I'm wearing short sleeves and i'm not freezing. Yahoo!

I'm totally sleepy today. I'm at work, unfortunately, but it's turned out to be a realllllly slow day. Yesterday was nice and busy, but today is just dragging on...and I haven't gotten a ton of sleep this weekend, so that makes it worse. Warm, quiet office + tired Leen = the desire to put my head on my desk and snooze. Alas, I cannot do I will content myself with updating my blog and doing random chores around the office like making photocopies of things.

After work, I have to go get guitar strings for Brett, which is a little nerve-wracking. I just don't want to get the wrong thing. It's like this: the other night, he was coming home from school, and I asked him to stop at the store. I needed 2 potatoes for a recipe I was making.
"I need 2 potatoes, Brett. Just the loose kind -- they should have them in a bin. Got that? 2 baking potatoes."
"Ok, Leen, so 2 loose baking potatoes."
"Yep, that's right."
So he gets home a little later with the grocery store bag and says, "Here you go!" I open up the bag and see not two baking potatoes but two yams.
"Brett! These are yams! Why did you get yams!?"
"Well, they were loose and the sign said 'Great for baking' so I figured that was what you wanted. You didn't say that you needed the kind you use for baked potatoes."
"Yes, I said baking potatoes. Isn't that the same thing?"
"No...I don't know...sorry."

So I don't want to do the same thing with his guitar strings...I mean, yes, yams are sort of a potato, and to give him credit, the sign probably had them labelled as sweet potatoes, but still...I don't want to do the same thing to him! *crossing fingers I'll get the right thing*

Anyway, the reason he needs strings is that we're helping out with the music at church tonight. I'm excited and also sort of nervous. There are only 4 of us -- Brett on guitar, me on piano/keyboard, Eric on bass, and Becca singing and playing drums. We are playing the following:

Refiner's Fire
Amazing Grace
Oh Lord You're Beautiful
*scripture reading -- Psalm 138*
I'll Fly Away
Come Thou Fount

Yes, some of them are of the cheesy youth group variety, but oh will be fine. We're going to do Come Thou Fount all rockin' so that will be fun. The rest we're doing pretty traditional...since it's our first time playing together, we're trying to keep it simple, and then in the future we'll mix it up a bit, I hope. Brett burned CDs from the Mars Hill website of all of Team Strike Force's stuff and passed them out to Becca and Eric, so we're going to try to start playing some of that. It's just tough, cause it's a little more abstract, and also because Brett and I are the only ones who know it, so everyone else in the band, not to mention the congregation, will have to learn it. Slowly, step at a time.

Well, I am going to eat my lunch and then try to do some more work. I really should go up to the Pines for a bit but I am not going to, I don't think. I can work on filing before staff tomorrow (it's not my week, anyway) and take the interoffice stuff up then too. So that is what I'm going to do...that way I won't have to drive all the way back downtown to get him strings before I go to church, which is out that way.

I hope all goes well tonight...