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Samurai has never seen "The African Queen."

Must remedy that! :)

(No, it's not my favorite movie of all time, but it's worth getting into her brain cells.)
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Not much to say here. Another VERY VERY VERY rainy day.

We had a UU Small Group Ministry potluck today. I brought a thai noodle salad with chicken, and realized suddenly (as I was putting it in the more attractive bowl than the one I'd made it in) that I'd brought the same dish last year!

Elizabeth, the wife of our Small Group member, is an avid gardener. Their new house has a greenhouse area, and she started tomato plants there months ago. When she heard that all my tomatoes were struggling and still very small and green with our weather, she offered me one of hers! (They are all still in pots, and have RED, RIPE tomatoes on thsm!!!!) It tipped over in the car ride home, and three ripe tomatoes fell off, but it seems OK. I have rubber floor mats in the car, not the original carpeted ones, so no damage done.

When in town, I checked VM and learned that an AE had left one. I called him from there. He wanted to talk about a letter I'd submitted yesterday -- said he thought it was good, but had a few tweaks. He said to call his office phone when I got home. (I told him I'd be home in an hour.) Just in case he'd already left by the time I got home, he'd email me his cell phone number.

So ... I got home around 4:30 (1 hour, 15 minutes), called his office; his VM immediately picked up. I figured he was on the line, left a message that I was back. Checked email, no message from him with cell phone #.

So, it's now 6:30 p.m. on a Friday. I figure he just forgot to send me the email. Ah well. Too bad. I'm outta my office now. :)

Samurai is going off tomorrow to spend the weekend with Mai and two other girls (including her future apartment mate) in New Hampshire. At least the weather will be nice for her drive! (We have flash flood warnings here at present.)
ar_wahan: (LGBT Ally)
OK, so we already knew that. But this article about an upcoming book by a local scholar about gay and lesbian parents and their children has some interesting findings towards the end on what the *parents* go through.
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Today I swung by Adventure Outfitters to find out how much longer Yakima bars would cost me for Samurai's car. I'd been annoyed with myself because my grand scheme to get her a rack system that would let her use our existing J-cradle kayak holders seemed to have been foiled. (Backstory here: )

I learned that the Yakima Spring 2009 technical manual (that the staff uses to advise customers whether things will work with their cars or not) had CHANGED some of the dire warnings! Now it says only that "the Stacker" kayak cradles should not be used on her Saturn. So the J-cradles are OK, and I can use them with the 48" bars (I would have needed longer bars to have her carry two kayaks belly-down on the cradles. The J-cradles take less roof room because they hold the kayaks on their sides at an angle.).

The only difference (and this had also been spelled out in the instructions I already had) is that the front and back of each kayak must be secured to the front and back of her car, as it says any long load must be.

The weight limit for how much the rack can carry had been reduced in the revised instructions from 100 to 75 pounds, but the two kayaks won't weigh that much.

The very nice salesperson also said that as far as the cargo box went, yes, the 2009 notes still say to use only the smaller Spacecadet, but she said that's because of the weight issues. As long as our longer Spacebooster is only used by Samurai to carry light things like skis and jackets, it would be fine. Just don't load it down with heavy stuff from her dorm.

This salesperson COULD have been all "this will void warranty," "this would be dangerous," etc., and convinced me to spend more money on longer bars and new kayak cradles, but she did not! I told her she'd been terrific, and walked out of there without having spent a dime. The accessories I already had should work with both cars, albeit with some limitations in the case of the Saturn.
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I spent a considerable sum buying the "Q-towers" and clips so we could put a Yakima rack system on Samurai's Saturn. It was her Christmas present. The boxes have been sitting in the living room by her "spot" since then. I intended to install them today and use the 48" bars that had originally been on my Corolla (but which were too short for the wider Prius). The idea was that she could use the cargo box we bought in August to cart her goods to Suffolk (on my Prius) to cart things back and forth herself in the future, as well as carry her ski gear. AND, to be able to transport our two kayaks herself (especially when she and Mai are on the Cape with us this June) without hijacking my car. In theory, she'd just have to transfer the J-bars from my car to her rack system.


Wherein I get annoyed with myself for not doing my homework )

Last night I made a recipe from The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook. I'd ordered two copies at the same time I'd ordered the small rice cooker for Samurai, had everything shipped to her to save on shipping charges('cuz I'm cheap that way), and asked her to bring the second copy home with her during spring break. There are some very interesting recipes in there! It includes "small meal" recipes, which means you aren't just cooking the rice, but vegetables and meat or other proteins at the same time. Kind of like a casserole or one-pot stovetop meal, only steamed instead of baked. And then there are other recipes for the use of the above-the-rice steamer basket.

Today was a lovely spring-like day. We could walk around without our coats, it being in the low 50s. (Of course, in a few months, we'll be thinking that is chilly!) Samurai and I went to the UU service, which was unusual -- "Jazz Theology: The Creative Pulse." Alison made some fascinating analogies between jazz and Unitarian Universalism, and all the music was jazz.

We went to the Route 9 Diner for a late breakfast, brainstormed places she might check out this week to see if she can get an application in for a summer job now (and came up with the same place at the same time, which she said meant we were reading the other's mind again; in this case, I think it's just because I know her interests). I shared [ profile] starseeking 's comment about her not getting the RA position -- that something bigger and more suitable for her was waiting -- and she appreciated that. She is already planning to do some training with PFLAG in Boston to be someone schools or other places could call to get youth to come in and speak about their experiences, and was wondering if she could get a paid job doing filing or something for them this semester. She's also going to talk to a law professor who taught an undergrad course last semester who thought very highly of her, and who might have some connections.
After we came home, I basically sat around reading because my blood glucose had dropped and I felt shaky (was waiting for the treatment to kick in). She kindly did some "spring cleaning" on my laptop, removing a bunch of "temp" files and also doing something to prevent some never-used programs from loading when Windows XP starts up (such as Kodak Easyshare, which I never use). This thing would take forever to load, and now it springs into action! Arigato, Samurai!

It was just too nice to stay in, so once glucose was up, I went out and started picking up some of the smaller sticks that are littering our front yard from the December ice storm and subsequent winter winds and ice. It looks a little better now. (There is still some snow on the ground.) I don't know what we're going to do with all the larger branches. The main parts we can use for firewood, but not the parts with twigs. The tree guy who came twice after the storm to do work said he could come back to take down the dangerously damaged pine in the spring, and bring his chipper with him to get rid of everything. Or, I could get a brush burning permit and start burning some of it. I see several of our neighbors burning brush now.

It's been a low-key weekend here, which is good. I've been deligent with my physical therapy exercises, and can feel the difference. Spouse played the guitar a bit this afternoon (I could hear him playing inside the house when I was outside picking up sticks). He finally did the dishes (his job) and is now taking a little nap. I think I'll brown some ground beef for spaghetti, then take a quick shower before continuing the rest of dinner prep (I'm not doing the shower first because I don't want the cooking smell to get in my hair!).

That's about it. *pokes you if you've dozed off*
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Maybe this was it. I dunno, especially since it seemed to dissipate before this happened.

Samurai just called (yes, she's learned her lesson from last time!) to say she was safe and back in her dorm. Oh the bus from Amherst to Springfield, she was sitting next to someone who could not stop coughing. On the bus from Springfield to Boston, she was sitting next to a different person who could not stop coughing.

And in the seat behind her (one seat in front of the restroom) was a very drunk passenger. This gentleman (ahem) got up to go into the bathroom, and "started puking." (She could hear him.) And then he lit a cigarette in there, she believes to cover the smell.

When she got off the bus at South Station in Boston, she realized he was following her. So she went into the ladies room and waited for ten minutes, hoping he'd leave. He did, apparently, and now she is safe in her dorm and heading down to get some supper.

Maybe that was my sense of foreboding that I *should* have driven her, or that something might happen if I didn't? That's not how I interpreted it at the time, but I wasn't getting a message that pointed to anything in particular. I almost cast runes. Maybe I should have.

In any case, nothing happened.

Husband is out tonight at a music night (meaning, with the band guys). I have brownies in the oven for a church event tomorrow evening, and will be making cupcakes later for same event. I was thinking of trying to get back to the Japan trip posting, but probably will just chill out with a book and simple dinner.

Thanks for your good wishes/vibes/protections earlier, folks. If you can spare some energy for Samurai not getting sick from all the coughing bus people (midterms are about to happen, some already have), that would be appreciated by her, I'm sure!

Digging in

Feb. 18th, 2009 06:02 pm
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Snow was forecast for today and tomorrow, and in fact it started up this afternoon.

I've been sick since about, oh, Friday; probably shouldn't have even gone to visit MIL in hospital on Saturday, but at the time I thought I was getting *over* this endless cold that everyone has been complaining about. Wrong. I got worse on Sunday, and by the end of an otherwise lovely visit with SIL M (up from North Carolina -- hadn't had a real conversation with her in a couple of *decades,* in fact, because I've always seen her at big family gatherings where the negative energy gets in the way), I was feeling pretty miserable physically.

Well, Spouse started coming down with The Bug on Monday (so I did the driving to the RR station and back when we took Samurai down there). Today he stayed home from work and slept ALL day. (He is not one to take sick days unless he is really, really ill.)

I decided this afternoon before the snow/ice came to rearrange the cars (Samurai's was parked in a place where it would be best for the snowplow guy to push the mountain of driveway snow), do some minor things in the barn I've been putting off (like installing a new salt block holder), fill bird bath and feeders, empty compost jar while I can still easily make my way to the bin, and check that I still have enough grain to last until Friday. (I do.) This way, I won't have to go out again tomorrow at all, and can throw myself completely into a challenging assignment due ASAP.

When I came back from the Co-op about 4:30, Spouse was still in bed. It struck me that I hadn't even heard him get up to pee (heck, I know *my* bladder won't last that long!), and I was thinking of looking in on him just to see if he were breathing. (Yes, I've been a bit spooked by MIL's heart attack.) Just as I was heading up the stairs I heard him cough. And now he's up and downstairs.

I also spent part of yesterday and today . . . washing Legos. Yes, Legos. And wooden blocks. And a cloth bag (printed with "Bag o' Blocks") that the said blocks originally came in. Samurai had given me permission to take the Legos, at least -- and I'm assuming the blocks will be ok, too -- to the hospice shop, which is looking for kids' toys to sell. Some of the Legos had what were probably 12-year-old remnants of chocolate chip cookies embedded in them!

I also managed to get a paid work job done, too; best of all, the mail carrier picked up an invoice addressed to the client!
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(And after this, I seriously need to get to work.)

In years past, Spouse has given me Valentine candies (sometimes) for Valentine's Day, and always Valentine's Day candies for Samurai. (In his defense, the "sometimes" was because he thought as a diabetic, I couldn't have any sweets. Not true if one knows how to compensate for them.) Inevitably, Samurai has ended up eating some of my candies along with her own, and not always after asking, either!

Well, this year he gave us both similar heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. She was packing to go back to school yesterday, and decided that box with its handful of candies would not fit . . . . so she left it for ME!

Nom nom nom
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struggling with FAFSA! It is almost impossible to do without having had your taxes done first, but I won't be able to get them done until APRIL, and the FAFSA is due Feb. 15! So everything will be "best guesstimates" again, and then I'll have to submit an amended version.

:::::::::pulls out hair::::::::::

The good news is that Samurai has made the first round of Resident Advisor interviews for next year.
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Yesterday I went to Amherst for the 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. This event, held at the middle school, was started by a local black woman to raise money for scholarships for African American graduating high school seniors. I think they said they've given money to 68 students over the years. I went for the first time last year with some other UUs, and was very impressed by the speeches made by local dignitaries and the scholarship winners themselves. I was also rather horrified to see that in the program, a lot of other churches and the Jewish Community Association had big ads (one source of financial support for the scholarships), but my UU had NEVER placed an ad, even though we've always had our folks attend. I told the board last year that we should place an ad this year. However, I wasn't at December's board meeting to raise this issue again. So last week I cobbed together a 1/4 page ad for our UU and paid for it myself (a business-card-sized ad was $40, but you could go up to a 1/4 page for only $20 more! Seemed worth it to me.) I might be partially reimbursed later, but if I'm not, it's no big deal. Betsy from our UU (who always attends) told me she and her husband might help pay for it too.

I'd say the audience was half POC and half white. The MC was white, and the panel of speakers was all POC. With the inauguration pending, there was of course a lot of talk about Obama and hope and change and commitment and promise -- that this is a man who will really listen to us, and we have to prepare ourselves to work hard WITH him, because he can't do it all himself. There was one woman who teaches women's studies who also spoke about how great it is to see a couple who respect each other and see each other as equals and a unit -- and that historically (because of slavery and other factors), this has not been the experience of most black families. It was very moving.

I arrived just before the breakfast itself at 9 a.m. (Doors opened at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and mingling.) Our friend Stan was the MC, and he apologized to the audience during the breakfast itself (the speeches and awards were afterward in the auditorium) for some "delays" that I hadn't known anything about. It turns out it was so cold, some pipes had burst. I don't know if this was in the kitchen or if it affected the heating system. Everything seemed fine by the time I got there. (Going through a hallway to the auditorium, though, there was a VERY VERY cold spot. There was even ice on the floor!)

Michael B., who was the Early Transition Program coordinator last year at the high school (this was the program that let Samurai spend her senior year at the community college) was there, and afterward I told him how Samurai was doing, and that she credits her success fall semester to her "head start" on college work through ETP. He was pleased to hear that. (She had been posting before the winter break how so many of the freshmen had been freaking out about studying for finals, and she was not -- because she'd experienced college final exams already.)

And how cold was it?

The answer and other stuff )
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Samurai noted in her journal that she likes lentil soup. Who knew? (And [ profile] windsparrow   just posted a recipe a few days ago. I know I put it in my "memories.")

More little advantages of LiveJournal.
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Samurai's dorm had a mock election yesterday. The Young Republicans who share a suite on her floor removed most of the Obama votes from the ballot box on the resident adviser's door, and stuffed it with McCain ballots. And THEN someone else stole the ballot box itself, so her floor doesn't even get credit for participating in the mock election.
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Suffolk University (in Boston) told incoming freshmen last spring that housing info would be sent out in mid-July. It was delayed repeatedly (I called a poor work-study student in Residence Life office twice this month, worried it had gotten lost in the mail -- and while I personally did not drive him nuts, he probably got many calls like mine).

She finally heard about housing on Friday  -- just over two weeks before she has to move in! She's in a "quad," which I thought (remembering my days as a freshman in Oldenborg Dorm at Pomona College) meant two doubles that shared a bathroom in the middle. Nope. Apparently it is a large room with four beds, and a bathroom down the hall. She seems happy with that, though, although as an only child, she's never had to share a bedroom (except on vacation or at a National Student Leadership Conf. event --she's been to several) with anyone.

Her roommates are a girl from Framingham, MA, a girl from India, and another from Taiwan.

Her dorm has regular twin-size beds, not the XL twins, so at last we knew which kind of bedding to buy. (Her existing sheets here are kind of, um, dated, even though I did get rid of the My Little Pony ones some time ago! :P)

The timing of this was good for me, because there was a Sales Tax Holiday weekend this weekend, and I was hoping to stock up on all this stuff and save the sales tax. So yesterday after she got out of work, we went on a rampage. We got:

  • new towels in dark color -- she chose dark blue (why dark? because I have learned that light-colored towels start to look dingy no matter how carefully and often one washes them, even with bleach)

  • collapsible backpack-style clothes hamper/laundry bag

  • pillow

  • mattress pad

  • zippered vinyl mattress protector to go under it (I've mostly female friends on this journal, right? And we know what can happen if the Moon Goddess is feeling generous)

  • shower caddy

  • electric hot-water pot

  • two plastic under-bed storage thingies with wheels

  • dorm fridge (it was 1/3 off, and I doubt the girls from Taiwan and India will bringing theirs. I got a 3.9 cubic foot one -- the largest allowed at Suffolk is 4.0 -- because it will be four girls all trying to use it. I remember  being in the Pomona four-girl "suite," and to say, "You can't keep that there, it's MY fridge and there's not enough room!" does not good roomies make. Not that Samurai would do that. I can swing it, why not?. Plus, it has a freezer unit that is big enough to, MAYBE, hold a pint of ice cream, not just those miniscule ice cube trays the others come with.)

  • Epson printer at Best Buy (a similar model showed up today at Target for $29! Gah! But I had a $40 gift card from Best Buy from when I bought the Dyson vacuum, so it came out the same. Not worth the hassle of returning it, etc.).

  • EasyShare digital camera, because I'm nice. I don't want her taking mine, and I want her to post pictures in her LJ!!!! :P

No bedspread yet -- I think we have some that we've never used in our linen closet (given by MIL), and I want her to see if she wants any of them first. Also, she's thinking of taking her electric blanket with her, so that's why no blanket.

She still needs a bookcase.

I have a floor seat cushion that we never use that she can take, too.

I need her to send me the link to the instructions for moving in website. Suffolk is in the heart of downtown Boston. Students are to arrive in preassigned shifts (ours is 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31). The police will have closed the street outside the dorm and parents/kids/carscrammedwithcrap are to arrive, and legions of waiting upperclassmen will be there to whisk all the belongings into the rooms (Samurai's on the third floor). Then parental units will Pahk The Cah not in Harvahd Yahd but somewhere else (Samurai says they have provided directions to parking garages) to park and return to meet with deans, etc., while their offspring see their rooms for the first time -- and, presumably, their roommates, but having not yet seen the website (HINT, SAMURAI), I'm not sure about the latter.

OK, that's enough on that. I've been doing a ton of other stuff throughout all the last few days, but I'm glad I got that shopping done, anyway.

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Samurai surprised me with a card she'd made on the computer (she'd never tried to do this before -- the kind where you fold an 8 1/2 x 11 paper in fours, so it opens with a side fold like a book). She gave it to me at the restaurant where the three of us and MIL, SIL K and SIL S had lunch. I was very touched by it. If you were around here in July, you've seen the photo before -- I took it from the red kayak as she paddled the blue kayak. It was the message I liked, even more than the use of the photo (which she somehow made a blue-and-white striped frame for -- I know my software doesn't do that. Wonder where she found it...)

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Yesterday as I was working in my home office, I kept hearing what sounded like the little "alarm" or "alert" on a watch or microwave timer or my blood glucose meter -- except it had the longer beep pattern that I've heard on Samurai's alarm clock, which goes off again and on again as she repeatedly hits "snooze."

I couldn't figure out where it was coming from. It kept the same pattern as her alarm clock. But when I'd go into her room, the sound wasn't there -- and the sound was softer than I usually hear it from my office, in any case. And it wasn't coming on at regular intervals, either.

Yesterday I had lunch out on our deck. I heard it again, from my right/west (toward the house). Then a little later, I heard it, more softly, from the south. Then, after a while, the same pattern and pitch, but from the north...

I think a Northern Mockingbird has been listening to Samurai's alarm from the tree outside her window!


Mar. 31st, 2008 07:12 pm
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The Universe was smiling on us yesterday... today it is cold and damp and dark and snowing again, but yesterday, when we faced hours of driving and lots of walking, it was beautiful, sunny and, the closer we got to Boston, warmer, too! The grass was actually starting to turn green there, and I saw forsythia blooming! *faints*

I drove us on the Mass. Pike to Newton and the Riverside T station (the end of the Green Line). An extremely nice attendant helped me figure out how to use a machine to buy our fares and save 25 cents each way by getting something like a debit card that one swipes in front of the turnstile. We got off at the Boston Common stop and walked less than half a block to Suffolk Law School, where the registration for this "Suffolk Showcase" open house for admitted freshman and parents (and the occasional sibling) was held. There were posh refreshments and a little mingling, with friendly students in special jackets drifting around to answer questions. We'd been already divided up into smaller groups, and the room number in each student's welcome packet told the student and family where to go to get an overview of the university. The remarks by the registrar, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a current student, and an alumnus (Class of 2003) were relaxed and inspiring and often funny. As Samurai and Spouse later noted, the academic buzzwords "Innovative" and "Collaborative" were never uttered, which is a good sign. :P

We then trekked off over several blocks to the other side of Boston Common to meet up with other students who would give guided tours to small groups. Spouse had told Samurai that parts of Suffolk are a "stone's throw" from the Statehouse, but he wasn't kidding. It will be easy for her to meet up with Stan for lunch or a cup of coffee (he's a friend who is also a state senator). The whole area was pretty now, and when things are in bloom, will be even lovelier.

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We visited Suffolk University today, and I think it will be great for Samurai. I'm very impressed, and having driven both ways and hiked all over the "campus" (which is really a number of buildings scattered all around the Boston Beacon Hill area, not a contiguous "campus" like one usually imagines), I am also beat.

Full report tomorrow. Maybe. (I have work to do first.)
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Tomorrow we're going to the Suffolk University open house for incoming first-years and parents. We have to register between 10:45 - 11:15 in a hall at Suffolk Law School. Because I have the energy-efficient Prius, I'm driving. Plan is to leave here a little after 8 a.m. and park at the end of the Green Line -D (there are several Green lines) in Newton, where there's a big parking lot, and take the T in to Park Street (which is by the Boston Common). The Law School is right there, across from the common! The trains run every 10 minutes. But it took me a bit of searching to find that info on line.

The last few days have been days of puttering in addition to interviews for a work assignment. I boxed up two Duncan tartan bagpipe bag covers and the matching set of cords/tassels (used to connect the drones to each other) and shipped them off to Bob Duncan's 14-year-old grandson, along with a bunch of old bagpipe music books my dad had. (The grandson is studying the pipes.) I sent the leather sporran ("purse" that hangs at the waist) and one of my dad's balmorals (caps) to Colin, another of Bob's grandsons... this one is a young adult who received my dad's Duncan tartan kilt after my mom gave it to Bob. He doesn't play the pipes, but he likes wearing the kilt to the family reunions.

Any bagpipe music that was written down on blank sheet music paper in my dad's handwriting is staying here. Same with his Stewart tartan balmoral, and his skean dhu (the black knife that fits into the top of the stocking).

I am starting to feel a little foolish about my on-line order of the bagpipe display rack I mentioned in my post of the 19th. I've had no confirmation of the order, and upon revisiting the web site, discovered there was no contact information at all! (Even though the site says "Any questions, contact us below." The links below have no links within them with which to contact them.) I considered pointing this out to eMartCart, which handled the transaction, but after doing a Google search did find an email address for the company. I think this is a home-based operation, and it's only been a week. Also didn't see anything bad written about it by irate customers.

No more weird dreams last night. Whew!

I have an assignment to write Monday, but I'm not going to think about it now! :P

Last week I also sent in my passport (which will expire tomorrow), new photos and the fee for a passport renewal. I am kind of intimidated about going to Japan, but I think Samurai and I should still do it this summer. I need to get my act together and start figuring out how long we'll be there, though, so I can book our flights.

So many of you have been talking about how it's spring where you are. We got MORE SNOW the other night, and it is still very cold (27 degrees last I checked). But if you can find a sunny spot here out of the knife-like wind, the sun is warm on the face. Spring will come, will come ...

Well! :-)

Mar. 19th, 2008 06:05 pm
ar_wahan: (koska and ro)
Samurai just got an email from Northeastern University saying an admission packet was on its way. A year ago this time, Northeastern was her first choice -- and still was until just a month or so ago. It's flattering that she made the cut. (On paper, she looked right in the middle of what they were looking for.) We'll have to see if their "lettuce" offer ( [personal profile] daily_rant calls financial aid "lettuce") is more lavish than Suffolk University's miserly $3500 a year loan. It will have to be really lavish, though, for her consider attending.  (Northeastern is $8000 a year more than Suffolk. )

She has received one rejection letter -- from UNC Chapel Hill!  I find this kind of bizarre, actually, since its English Department folks came a'courtin' HER back in October, when she wasn't even thinking about UNC. It was a nicely written rejection, though, noting that 21,000 students had applied for 3200 first year slots. They also encouraged her to consider applying again as a transfer student, but she's done with them. For four years of free tuition (the scholarship they dangled in front of her), yeah. But otherwise, she'd rather stay in the northeast.

Also, this now indicates that if she wanted to transfer to Northeastern after a few years at the much-smaller, more intimate Suffolk, she'd likely be able to do so.

Taxes are done! I can pick them up this week and use them to update the FAFSA and CSS Profiles! Whee!

Samurai is on vacation this week. The car wash manager called this morning to tell her they weren't going to open today because of the snow/sleet/rain (no one in his or her right mind would wash a car today), so she had a day off (with no earnings, either, of course). She's going to Anime Boston on Saturday and wanted to buy a shirt at the mall to use as part of her costume -- she had a coupon for a particular store, and she can wear the shirt other places, too. So we went out together to eat a late lunch and shop for clothes.

This morning, a guy from my heating company came out to evaluate our heating needs... we really should replace our ancient (mid-1960s vintage) furnace before it dies. Our tax refund will just about pay for one of the two systems he suggested; but the other system, about $1230 more, will make up the difference in cost in energy savings in 3-4 years. If we go with his company (and I've been with them since 1985), he will "erase" the bill for the $227 repair job we needed on March 10, and use the new expansion tank that was part of that repair with the new system.

We can't do anything right now because a snowbank is blocking access to the backyard and the basement door, but he understands that. (Same reason why I haven't replaced the basement freezer yet, even though I have it picked out.) PLUS... we will REALLY need to clear JUNK out of the basement to allow access! It's high time for a cleanout, anyway. This will be the incentive.

I'll update on other things later.
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Well ... not quite. I'll have to go back and revise when I get the actual, vs. estimated, numbers for my business profit after the losses are calculated. But still...



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