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October 30th, 2008 | Author:

There’s a battle of wills going on in my house … between one very possessive kitten and one jealous miniature sheltie.  My mom is here visiting, and Smidgen is not enjoying the additional visitor.  Oh, she likes my mom well enough; she’s even snuggled a bit with her.  But from the moment she saw Shellie – the battle of growling, hissing, and malevolent staring began.

It’s hysterical, really.  They’re both scaredy-cats who like to posture.  Fronting, isn’t it?

Speaking of fronting, the kidlet is doing some major fronting.  She’s definitely putting her best foot forward cause Grandma is here and she has someone to impress.  The child helped fold laundry.  She stripped her bed so the sheets could be washed, and brought them downstairs.  She’s done everything asked of her – she did her homework before playing the Wii!   Tell me this kid is not fronting.

And me, I’m trying to pretend like I’m not just taking advantage of my kid fronting for grandma.  😉

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October 24th, 2008 | Author:

and I am writing my very first blog on my new Macbook Pro.  This is a pretty cool little machine, it’s quiet, it’s cool, it’s a Mac, it’s freakin light compared to my HP laptop.  It’s smaller of course, a 15″ vs 17″ but even my old 15″ HP is a lot heavier than this.  So this little thing, at 5.5 lbs, is a lot like a feather.

And it’s a Mac.  What a leap of faith, since I’ve only ever seen a Mac in person like twice in my life.  And the day before I ordered this one, they announced a “new” Macbook pro.  I ordered the first day they were available.  I say ordered because I called my local Apple store, and they didn’t have the new ones in stock nor were they sure when they were going to get them.  And being the geek that I am, even though I may not know just what is different between what they had in the store versus what I could order online, I wasn’t about to pay half a fortune for a laptop that that was already outdated.

So I ordered it, and in a feat of FedEx glory – it left Shanghai on Wednesday and arrived on my doorstep on Thursday.

In a departure from my geekiness, I have only had this thing hooked up to my (also new) 22″ monitor on my desk once.   In a departure from my habits of yore, I have actually been using my laptop as a ….. laptop!

If Netflix would make an instant viewer that was mac-compatible, I think I would be lappy heaven.

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October 19th, 2008 | Author:

I will be asked  what school I graduated from. 

See, that seems like an innocent question.  But it’s not.

One of the things about being a military family is that we’ve moved a lot.  Between the moving, and life getting in the way, I’m STILL going to school like 1229 years later.  I’ve been to…. four colleges now, and I am 8 classes from graduating from University of Maryland.  Of course, I’ve been eight classes away for a hundred years, but that’s neither here nor there.  This time, there is seriously a light at the end of the tunnel.  A definite date I’ll finish if I keep taking 2 classes per term.

Oh,but wait!  Apparently when you receive permission to only pay in-state tuition from a university, they keep track of when you might lose that eligibility.  So *gulp*.  I got a letter from UM saying “you know – you should prove you’re still eligible for in-state tuition, or start paying out-of-state tuition.” 

Do you know how much out-of-state tuition is for UM?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  I went and looked it up.

$490/credit hour.

I’ll wait for you to find your way back to your chair.  It took me several days.

So my tuition costs would basically double.  More than double.  I can’t afford that.  I don’t know who could.  I have $56million in student loans already, so I’ve  been paying out of pocket for tuition.  And with this development, it’s not just a matter of not funding the Coach purchase account anymore (and that would be a travesty!!)  It would mean that we’d have to eat Top Ramen.  Every day.  For every meal.  For a year. 

I have this sneaking suspicion that neither of the inhabitants of my household would be all that thrilled with that particular request.  The cats might think it was cool, though.

So I am looking into options, and it looks like ECU will be the winner of this particular contest because they have the program that is the closest to what I am currently pursuing.  Not that it matters since I have now been kicked in the teeth and have to complete 30 credit hours at any school I might transfer to.  And I’m kind of …. defeated because in addition to UM being a really good school, the program that I am in is perfect – Information Systems Management, with a certificate option in Project Management. 

The saving grace is that tuition for ECU, for their distance ed program? Is like $101 per credit hour.  So I’m already saving $129 per credit hour from UM’s in-state tuition rate, and you know, almost $400 per credit hour from their out-of-state tuition rate.

So, when I am the keynote speaker for Pammie’s Primo software company and the reporters in the front row, say “Pammie, Pammie!  Where did you go to school?”

My answer won’t be “University of Maryland.  Fear the Turtle!”

I’m sure I will smile like the Mona Lisa and say something pithy like “The school of life- the only one that would give me a diploma.”


October 15th, 2008 | Author:

If you don’t refill your medications that prevent hives, the hives will come back.

Please make sure that I remember that in, say, 30 days when the refills that I get tomorrow run out.

That is all.

October 12th, 2008 | Author:

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