I finished with my classes Wednesday. I’m free until later in June when my online summer classes kick in.

As I drove home yesterday from my last final I wasn’t as happy and relieved as I have been after past semesters have ended. Technically, if I did everything exactly right, I should be graduating on Saturday. I changed my major 3 times and added a double major, so that date gets postponed until next May. Part of me is seriously depressed and seriously dissapointed in myself. How hard is it to get a degree in four years? Seriously? Then I woke up and realized that finishing a four year degree in four years is getting to be a thing of the past. I’ll get there soon, and I’ll have two bachelor degrees to show for my extra year, so I really can’t be that upset with myself.

I’m wondering what it would be like to not have school anymore. I’ve been taking classes for the last three years straight, always taking inline courses in the summer. I’ve never been without a class or 2. This summer I’m finishing up my criminology degree requirements with two summer courses and then next semester I’ll only be taking on class on Mondays. How awesome =) I’m lucky in the fact that once I graduate I’ll still be working here making a nice paycheck, I can afford to be pickier than someone who has no job and needs money.

In the grand scheme of things, I’m only 22. I think I was born 30 and haven’t really taken the time to think about what I should be doing and where I should be at the age I actually am. I’m getting married fairly young, I’ve been independent from my parents for about three years now, and I really feel proud of the little life Justin and I have created together. I think sometime I just have to remember to chill out and breathe, remember that at 22 I’m not expected to have a degree, a booming career, a big house, a husband, and a million other things I want at this very second.

Justin got something he wanted on Monday, a new Colorado!
Don’t mind the quality, it was from my camera on my phone. But yeah! Our first major purchase together! Justin’s been thinking about trading in his car for a long time now, and he knew he wanted a truck so he can take his dirt bike up to the camp and whatnot. My issue was that he wanted a truck with a big bed and no back seat, just a two-seater cab. If we’re going to put the money into a new vehicle and will have it for a good while then I wanted something that is kid-friendly too. I know, it’s weird to be thinking about kids, but in 3-5 years we plan on it. So we debated back and forth, and last Saturday we found this guy in New Castle! I really like it, it has a big enough bed for Justin and a little backseat that it just plain nice to have for now, and very good to have for the future. It was kind of cool to actually make the decision together. Justin went on Monday to talk to the dealer about it while I was at work, and he kept texting me the prices they offered him. He said that I really helped him bring the price down because I kept saying no, and Justin relayed that he can’t buy something this massive without my approval. It was awesome, and we basically got them to lower the per-month payment by 50 dollars. Yesssss.

Tomorrow is Brian and Brittany’s joint bachelor party. A keg, a bon fire, and lots of dirk bike/four wheeler action. I’m pretty pumped, as a good country girl should be 🙂 I’m sure I’ll have many photo’s of our drunked debauchery last on. Happy Friday everyone!

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Slippery Rock really should have shut down today. Hundreds of college kids driving around the parking lot was so not a good idea with the crazy snow we had today. Seriously, when all the other area schools close, it’s probably maybe because they think it’s a good idea. I understand we pay to be there, but I don’t want to feel like I have to drive through severe weather conditions just to make it to a class. It’s not good judgment.

Rant. Onto better things =)

I am seriously the most financially irresponsible person I know. I mean, I keep up with my bills and whatnot, but I’ll be 22 on Friday and I have never opened up a savings account.

Gasp, I know. Well, I did on Friday. ING direct online to be specific. I heard some good things about them from The Consumerist, and that being a very harsh site I’ll trust it. I think that’s really what I need, a completely online savings account where I never have to actually step foot into a bank. I barely have time to go grocery shopping, let alone banking. This also means I have no excuse to not deposit money, as I sit in front of a computer for an average of 10 hours a day between work/school/personal time.

I also did something else financially responsible. I set up a budget. A budget! Me! I combined my love of my itouch with my disdain for anything related to math and found an awesome application for budgeting called Ace Budget. It lets you set a budget for a category, say “car” and then add the expenses under it. For example, I have my car budget set at $370 a month. for my car every month I send about $183 and some odd change for a payment (only 20 to go, btw!) and about $151 on insurance. the rest is gas money as needed, which usually isn’t much. When I’m not in school I’ll only spend about $20 a month on gas, work is seriously maybe 3 miles away. Anyway, I’m kind of excited to use this! I also set up my checkbook on my itouch, basically because I gave up keeping a paper one years ago when my bank went online.

I’ll never be great at finances. That’s just another thing I love about Justin. I always told myself that is would be very important to marry someone who had a good financial head on his shoulders, because Lord knows I have nothing when it comes to that department. So I’ll manage myself until the end of August, then as soon as all the name changing details come to an end I’m passing my checks to Justin and taking an allowance. 🙂

Snow! Everywhere! This is a picture of our back yard after a week straight of snow, snow, and more snow. It hasn’t stopped snowing in days. You would think I would be used to this by now, but honestly…I just really hate snow! I think we were close to record low temperatures here in PA, it’s been -7 lately. It has finally begun to warm up a little, and after feeling negative temperatures I feel like breaking out the shorts and flip-flops. Seriously! I really hate winter. I hate having to dig my car out from under a mountain of snow to go to work or school. I hate having my plans canceled because the little evil snow flakes decided to gang up on us. Summer cannot come soon enough! The winter blues are smothering me a little. I started tanning last week to help, I need my mid-winter fix of fake vitamin-D.
Tomorrow I am braving the wee hours of the morning, 5:30am to be exact, to go to my first-ever yoga class. One nice thing about over-priced higher education is that they give you new and interesting things to do, haha. Hopefully that will also enable me to stay awake during adjudication. Our professor is really interesting, I have just never, ever, ever been a morning person. It doesn’t help that I won’t be leaving work until midnight. At least tomorrow I only have one class, 8am, so yoga at 7, class at 8, at 9:30 we’re hitting the gym again,, then I’ll go tanning around 11. After that I’ll probably crash for a couple hours before work. I figure if i’m going to be busy, I might as well be freakishly busy and try something new 🙂 And I want to, you know, not look awful in a wedding dress, that sort of thing.
oh, self confidence, you suck.

Lately I have been feeling like a super-angsty-emo teenager. I seriously feel like this little raincloud has been following me around, constantly causing bad luck and general depression. I blame work for 40% of this stupid little funk, school for 50%, and the the fact that summer is pretty much over for 10%. I hate my job. I seriously, honestly and truly hate it with every fiber of my being. I would rather work at McDonald’s, but unfortunately McDonald’s doesn’t pay the bills for this young adult. I am just not programmed for customer service. I hate customer service. I think most of these customers are whiny little asshats who do not deserve the good fortune they have to be able to afford a 300$ a month cable bill. Seriously. Must be nice. We get that would-be 300$ a month package only because Justin works full time there. Definitely a great luxury, but some of these people think it’s a birthright.

School is just…stress. Pure stress. I’m not learning because I’m stressed. I’m not enjoying my golden college years because I am stressed. Seriously. I’ll cry on the drive home from school because it all feels so aimless. I’m up at night unless I knock myself out with Tylenol PM or a glass of wine. I miss high school.

I’ve just been so damn lethargic lately. It’s too early in the year for the winter blahs.

Ick. A week from today school starts. I don’t know about other people, but the beginning of the semester always has me all pumped to do well and turn over a new leaf and not skip classes and yadda yadda…then about 3 weeks in I feel like I have high school senior-itis all over again. I think I have been sick with senior-itis since I was a senior. Well, now it’s 2008 and I’m a senior again, although I’m pretty sure I’ll hit super senior status before my college career is over.

I’m also back to being gung-ho again. ha. It is a little easier to be more motivated this semester. I only have class Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and my earliest class is on Friday at 11. I can totally deal with that.

I’m hoping to come to the end of my college career by summer of ’09, but even if I have to wrangle fall ’09 I’ll be happy, I would just like my expensive piece of paper please and thank you.

What a great weekend!
Saturday Justin and I made the journey to see Journey =) Also Heart and Cheap Trick, and I have to say everyone was absolutely freaking amazing!
To the right we have the first performance, Cheap Trick. Now I’ll admit, I wasn’t really excited to have to wait a few hours to see Journey, but I can’t believe how amazing these guys were! I’ve really discovered some new (well, technically old) music. For example, Cheap Trick’s “The Flame
Wherever you go, I’ll be with you.
Whatever you want, I’ll give it to you.
Whenever you need someone
to lay your heart and head upon.
Remember: after the fire,
after all the rain,
I will be the flame.
I will be the flame.

I never thought I’d be a classic rock fan. I listened to Britney Spears growing up! Although don’t get me wrong, I’m still all for team Britney, I have to say that rock is quickly surpassing everything as my favorite. After Cheap Trick, Heart performed. Now these women have pipes! It’s actually funny, before Justin and I got together one of my favorite songs that kind of reminded me of how I was feeling about him at the time was Heart’s “Alone
Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone
You don’t know how long I have wanted
To touch your lips and hold you tight.
You don’t know how long I have waited
and I was going to tell you tonight
But the secret is still my own
and my love for you is still unknown
Alone

It was very fitting at the time, because Justin was someone I really was not supposed to have feelings for. Him being my friends boyfriend and one of my ex’s best friends and all…but it’s funny how life works out =) We’re pretty damn cute if I do say so myself. It’s kind of crazy to look back at all the craziness that we’ve gone through to get to where we are, but even if I had the ability to go back and change anything about our past I wouldn’t even mess with it. We have technically been together going on two years now, engaged for almost two months. I still look at him every once in awhile and wonder how I got so lucky. No one makes me smile like he does, and no one ever has. I wonder if there truly is a soul mate out there for everyone. I’m inclined to say yes, but I think it’s a whole other game to actually meet that person. Justin and I met under some interesting circumstances, but through it we became friends and fell in love. I don’t think love like this happens everyday, but I could just be full of it and quoting lines from The Princess Bride . Oh well =)
And the whole reason for the nearly five-hour long drive! That’s FREAKING JOURNEY! Nothing beats hearing “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Faithfully” played live. I actually cried when they played Don’t Stop Believin’. Justin and I sang it to each other =)
Working hard to get my fill,
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice,
Just one more time
Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on…
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight people

The whole night was just amazing. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. We were a little worried we were doomed to drink Coors Light, who was sponsoring the event, but they had good beer too 😉 This was definitely my favorite concert ever, but I have my sights set on more to come. I want to do some myspace research and find some local bands to entertain us in the winter when we have to go to a bar to keep warm. haha. I know, no one wants to see that. Too baaad. I have a thing about taking kissy pictures. I have a thing about pictures period. ha. I think I have about 500 pictures in my camera that need to be printed out and put into albums, but I just never think about it while I’m at walmart. One of these days I’m going to be able to fill a dozen bookshelves with all the pictures I take, hooray digital cameras! I’ve taken to taking a zillion pictures of certain things and then simply deleting the ones I don’t like. I wish there was a place for me in the photography industry. I don’t think I’m competitive enough to make anything out of it. One day I hope to just take an amateur class and learn more, but that will come later…much later..when I get all these other classes out of the way.
Speaking of classes. back to school Monday…well, technically Tuesday for me. I only have class Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (score!) So at least this semester won’t kill me too badly. I’m hoping I really only have 3 left. Emphasis on the hope.

Hey! It’s my humpday! On Friday Justin and I are skipping town and heading down to Baltimore for some excellent seafood, the aquarium, sightseeing, and a little cruise. I’m pretty damn excited, it’s kind of my engagement gift to him, although I’ve been planning it for months now =)
It’s funny, you think the honeymoon stage would be over by now, but I’m starting to think the rest of our lives is going to be a honeymoon, interrupted by some kiddies at some point.

So I’m going home tonight and checking out the new wordpress app for the ipod touch, as I myself have one. This could potentially be very bad. My university is all wireless, and I can totally see myself blogging in the middle of some 400 level class I should not let myself get distracted by, buttttt…oh well. Sometimes you need a good distraction, like right now I would love a great distraction from this job. I’m seriously counting the minutes until Friday.

One good thing about this week is that my summer classes were over as of yesterday. I have three weeks of glorious freedom before going back to school in an actual classroom. I’m actually not too bent out of shape about going back, as my schedule this year is pretty nice. I’m probably going to have to say bye bye to my Saturday’s off of work because of night class, but I guess I can deal. I figure I’ll work these next couple years and do all the crap I don’t want to do and it will hopefully pay off in the long run. Hopefully. I can’t wait to have a 9-5 job. I don’t care if it’s boring office work, as long as it’s not customer relations. The customer is not always right.

Anyway. Let me tell you about my latest addiction.
That’s right. Lemmings! Even this screenshot is a new version of the one I’ve been addicted to. I’m talking 1992ish era lemmings you found on the apple computer in your second grade classroom. I can’t believe it, but this is a hard game! I think I’m clearing level 40something, but boy, it’s interesting. I can’t put it down. I’m kinda lame like that.