Saturday, 29 December 2007

Entering the Workforce?

I may have mentioned it before, but my university left me with a bit of a problem concerning one of my loans. I pulled out the loan to help me get on my feet in Japan, but it wasn't enough -- the university gave me too much then billed me for it later. Even if they hadn't though, I would still be in the same situation. I have enough for my plane ticket. That's it.

So basically I'm looking frantically for work and have pretty much given up on going up to Houghton to visit Fay before I go. I'm pretty bummed because I didn't realize that she wasn't going back up to school until the 13th. I'm going to my dad's until the 14th, so I'm just going to miss her. That's what happens when there's no cell phone reception.

I really have no idea where to get a job. I want to smack the people who keep suggesting fast food places. I need more than 15 hours a week, and I have next to no patience for stupid people. I'd honestly rather be really hungry and broke my first month in Japan than be miserable because of my crappy job for my last month here. I don't think my family understands that one. And yes, I know, pride is definitely one of my faults... right up there with a very quick temper. I don't have a choice other than to keep looking though.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Just Visiting

I moved out of my apartment today. Well, not officially in the technical term. Actually it's a whole ordeal because of the way the school, well, stinks. (I'm being nice in my phrasing. I was ready to jump over the counter and beat the woman.) Ben picked me up, and Angie helped truck stuff down to his car. We got about, I'd say a little under half of my stuff. I had to throw away my desk, which I'm really bummed about because I really wanted to give it to my mom so she could use it for grad school.... but it was hopelessly broken. One of the side pannels fell while I was detatching it, unfortunately, that particular pannel was still attatched to two boards. It ripped away from the one entirely, an bent the crud out of the other locks. We went to Noodles & Co. after. It was tasty, but I think something had a touch of egg in it (something being either the nickle sized chunk of cookie I stole or the wan-ton).

I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to get back to my apartment to get the rest of my stuff and clean, but we'll see how that works out. I technically have until the 2nd of January, but the woman I wanted to punch was like "If the keys aren't on the counter Sunday, we're charging you a fee to change the lock." ............ They're getting a phone call tomorrow when I can make nasty faces and rude gestures to keep from yelling at her and beating things. I was proud of myself, I stayed calm and just left. Of course I started throwing things once I got inside my apartment, but I behaved in public. That's what counts. (I really really wanted to hit her!)

I'm not sure what's going to happen with the "inspection." The office closes Friday evening and doesn't open until January, so I had to sign a waiver saying they could inspect it without me there once I'm all moved out. The only problem I foresee is that I didn't find all of the damage within the two days they gave me to fill out the damage sheet. It's a really freaking old apartment! I'm going to clean it as best I can, but I'm nervous that they'll charge me for Mark (whoever he is) carving his name in the dresser and the holes worn in the screens and stuff like that. I'm hoping if I didn't notice it right away, neither will they. I don't mind paying for damage I did (but I didn't do any) except that the damage report goes through two departments before they mail me a letter saying I have a hold on my account. This hold on my account means I don't get my diploma. They can't do the inspection at least until January 2nd. (Though, in retrospect, them doing it this week wouldn't make a whole lot of difference anyway...) I'm hoping holding my diploma doesn't entail holding that letter that says "Congradulations, you've graduated!" because I really need that to send to GEOS to get my visa!!

So that brings me to now. It was a rather upsetting day, to say the least, but I survived, as always, and I have some people I need to apologize to for being snappy. It's wierd being here. I don't like it. This room isn't even mine anymore, and I fully understand why, but I still hate it. I lost my place now.... I don't have anywhere that's "mine" anymore, and I still can't get away because I still don't have transportation. I didn't really want mom to agree that I don't have my own place anymore, but she did. I know it's true, it just.... grr!! So I guess I'm supposed to consider this as visiting my parents' house for a few months. That's what my mom said anyway. If I think about it like that I don't want to cry as much, but I still don't like it. This used to be my room. It still has some of my old stuff in it, but it really kinda makes me feel like I'm in the guest bedroom at my grandparents' old house in Novi. It's got that too clean, nobody really lives in this room feel to it. Though I can still see the place where I punched a hole in the wall... hehe. And another spot where I almost did, but didn't break the drywall.

For the record, I'm a fan of the whole growing up thing, but some parts of it really suck. I got my "Congradulations" though. I can stop complaining.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Snow!


I am so beyond words happy right now. There is a rediculous amount of snow on the ground considering yesterday it was barely salted. I took one step out of my door and was burried up to my knees in snow!

I miss snow. I made up the excuse of buying a soda to drink while writing my last paper just for a reason to go romp through the fluffy stuff.

So much better than 5 minutes of snow flakes and lots of rain. I'm going to miss snow. Maybe I'll end up in Sapporo and actually see some - but I don't really want to live in Hokkaido.... I just want snow in the winter. If it's going to be cold, it should at least be cold and white and fluffy! I'm such a fan.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Clearing out the basement...

....or rather refraining from putting so much in it.

I'm a pack-rat. I keep things just because "Aw... that was fun," or "Hehe, that was entertaining." It doesn't matter how random, useless, or orld said thing is - I don't want to throw it away.

This caused a major problem when I came back from Japan in May. I sent about 6 boxes back to myself full of, well, mostly books and CDs but some really random stuff. While I was there, I found a few used CD stores and was so happy to finally be able to BUY the actual CDs of the bands that I like that I didn't bother worrying about what I was going to do with them when I got back. Same with books - a lot of comic books, and quite a few novels.

Well there are a few bands that, while I'm not taking the CDs back to Japan with me, I'm not getting rid of them. End of story. I looked everywhere to find some of them, and no. Not selling, not giving away, at least not at this point. Actually if I could I'd take them back to Japan simply because I enjoy listening to music on a CD player rather than through my computer or MP3 player, even though the sound is still decent. I guess I'm just a little not up-to-speed with that. And there are a few series of comic books that I'm keeping too, because I'll re-read them. Lindsey likes to remark on the fact that I'm a collector (previously collector-in-denial). This is true.

Unfortunately, pack-rat collector me already has several boxes in my mom and Gary's basement, and they've asked me to try to scale down what I leave behind. So last night I gathered all of the books, CDs, DVDs, and random stuff and made a list. I posted the list on my livejournal, and so far have sold three things. That's not bad considering some of these I've been trying to sell since the summer. (Another reason I hate to sell things is because, especially things I brought back from Japan, they were more expensive there AND I had to ship them back to myself. But they won't sell if they're priced even at what I bought them for.)

Anyway, I'm not too hopeful, but if I get enough money from selling all of this junk (again with the not too hopeful) maybe I can get myself the Sony e-book reader. $30 and counting! So not likely.

Moved

At the same time I'm literally moving, I've moved my "travel blog" here. this thing

Honestly, I'm a fan of livejournal. I have a permanent account there for my personal blog (eheh... yeah... I know..... -_-;;), but I hardly updated my travel blog last year because I kept having to log out and log back in. So yeah... moved here.

I like the green layout. Definitely a fan. And I know my title is so witty. No need to tell me. (^o^)ゞ

So, a brief catch-up. I totally did NOT get the Amity job. I still fail to understand how you're supposed to teach a child English who has literally no foundation and NOT use their parent language. Uh-huh, yeah, no, but I did get the job with GEOS, and I hope posting that won't bite me in the butt later.

Actually I recieved an e-mail from GEOS just yesterday about a tentative placement and training schedule. Then I found out today that EMU doesn't begin confirming graduation awards until the 2nd of January, which means I'm not likely to get my proof of graduation needed for my visa until midway through. Still not sure how to properly motivate that office, but I've got several ideas (one of which includes begging my professors to post my grades before the end of this next week) that I'm going to try out. I'm so not giving up that easily. The tentative placement is in Edogawa, Tokyo. Hello! Not as good as Yokohama, but one heck of a lot better than Kyuushuu or Aomori.

So, that's my job for Monday. This weekend will be finishing up my last project (....which I haven't started yet (´д`)ノ ) and packing. I'm moving back to my mom's house either Monday night or Tuesday. Dentist on Thursday YUCK!!! Girl doctor on the 27th - more yuck!!! But I run out of insurance on the 1st of the year - which is why I really need my proof of graduation NOW! - so I have to cram all of these appointments into, well, now.

The two litre of Cherry Coke I had this afternoon still hasn't worn off.........