Category: School

Just Waiting

I drove Mario to and from work on Monday. I was waiting for my FSA PIN to come in through e-mail but it never came in so I kept the car for nothing. I checked my mail Tuesday morning and it was in my inbox so I kept the car again. Drove him to and from work, went to school and got the rest of my stuff done (now, I just wait till July 26th for orientation), went to Mario’s work and left him some CD’s he forgot, then drove home. I’ve been doing lots of driving and I can honestly say I’m not as terrified as I once was. Traffic over in the Pharr/McAllen area still freaks me out a bit, but I’m getting used to it.

Took John driving for a little while last night in my car since his is still not working. Our luck would have it that there was a soccer game between USA and Monterrey going on in our city so traffic was backed up for miles. We waited at the crossover for a LONG TIME before a guy left space in front of him and waved us over. How very nice of him. John, Mario and I have this inside joke about how I’m just too damn sexy (it all started when we were making up reasons cops would stop us a while back and has turned into this daily thing) and we decided that it was my sexiness that helped us get through traffic. (I’m really not sexy, I’m quite self-concious so don’t think I’m that conceited! .)

The darn a/c went out again yesterday…hopefully it’ll stay “fixed” this time. It was so incredibly hot! It’s supposed to rain today but, ha! That’s what they always say and it doesn’t.

I need to finish painting the rest of the Yu-gi-oh plaster thingys for Eenan’s party. We’re not going to have his party at the usual place this year because they’re moving to another city and they’re closed. Blah. We have no idea what we’re going to do. I also need to buy a few more acrylic paints and I’m broke!

I’m so excited about school starting. Been catching up with Rejeana and she’s also getting things ready to start school in August . It’s awesome that we’re starting together (although we’re not going to the same school) and I’m so relieved I have someone who can relate to what I’m feeling right now.

I need to get my backpack soon (while it’s still on sale!). I thought I was going to have an excuse to go shopping, but then I realized the most I’ll be shopping for is jeans; I have to wear a polo shirt or T-shirt with our logo on it . I hope they have my size though. It always turns out the smallest size they have is Medium and it never fits right. Grr.

I guess that’s all for now. I’m just typing whatever’s on the top of my head so that makes for a very random entry .


So Tired. So Sore. But Feeling Good.

It hurts to type right now. Mary asked John to paint the empty apartment Jose and Elda are going to move into (I thought Elda said she was gonna do it?) and being the wonderful sister that I am, went out there to help him . My hands are killing me. We were trying to paint as fast as possible. It’s about 101° right now, which doesn’t feel good at all. We started at around 10:15. We came back at 12:30. Screw being in THAT heat.

I drove everywhere I needed to go yesterday, and then some. Holy crap, by the end of the day, I seriously had leg spasms. Mario drove to work, I drove back since I needed the car. Drove back at 12:30 to pick up his paycheck. Went to the bank to deposit money. Drove to Mary’s to leave our car payment with her. Got directions from her on how to get to my school from her office (and the ladies that work with her were saying how pretty and long my hair was and congratulating me for getting my license and starting school *beams*). She scribbled them down for me and well, I didn’t understand them. Thank God John was with me…we eventually figured out how to get there .

Things went well at the meeting. Almost had a heart attack because my “sealed” transcript didn’t have my grad year on it. All the ladies kept whispering to eachother and sounding genuinely concerned so I asked, “Am I going to be able to apply for Financial Aide??” She says, “Yes, we’ll do it anyway.” *whew*

Took about an hour to fill everything out (an hour less than the day before when I was enrolling). Like Mario said, it felt like we were buying a house LOL. After figuring everything out with our W2 with the F.A. lady, we’re going to be paying $124.77 out of our pocket each month. Then, 6 months after I graduate, I need to pay back my loans. Scary. I hope we don’t end up knee-deep in debt . We’re still having to pay back Mario’s loan, and it’s pissing me off they keep adding from $50-70 each time they send the bill for “Fees and Costs”. Bastards. We pay $40 for it…they’re charging $50-70…it’s like we’re taking 1 step foward and 2 steps back! We’re never going to pay it off like that! I seriously need to call and dispute those charges.

We’re going to be a little tight financially for the next 9 months. But it’ll be worth it. I made all those calls yesterday that will hopefully help us out a bit. Called CCMS for Mom — I’ll have to fill out an application and IF we qualify, they put us on a waiting list. That’ll help us out a lot with paying mom for babysitting the kids. I also called around to ask about my Scholarship, but I kept getting the run-around and eventually they told me to leave my name and number and they’d call me back, which they haven’t. But I’m .

After driving home from my meeting, we chilled out and then John and I left to pick Mario up from work. The boys insisted on staying with Big Mario, so they did. After waiting an hour for Mario to get out, we went to Denny’s. The food was so good and the three of us had a blast laughing and making jokes. Nice ending to a hectic day .

I feel so much better about myself now. Now when people ask me, “So how’ve you been? What’s new? What are you doing now?”, I happily say, “I finally got my driver’s license and I’m starting college!” Before, I’d say something like, “Oh. Not much. At home, with my kids.”

What I love about my hours are that I’ll get to go to school and still have time to spend with the boys. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time .


Am I Really Enrolled In School??

Today started out…not so good. After the very sweet and touching entry I wrote about how loving my husband is, we got into a fight. I won’t go into details, but I ended up smacking him with a handful of the pretty flowers he got me. Yeah, it got that bad. A lot of the flowers survived though, heh. I still feel bad I took it out on the flowers .

Anyway, I was pissed at him most of the day and he kept trying to make peace, but I wasn’t having it. I was just that mad. Eventually, I eased up a bit and we started talking. We left around 1:30 to pick up money from Mom to pay for her storage unit. Then we got some drinks and drove to the school where I had my appointment at 2:30.

The appointment went well. Things happened so fast–I started thinking, “What did I get myself into??”. I officially start school on July 26th. I’ll be attending classes for 9 months from 8am to 12pm. I should graduate April 2006. I hope everything works out. Since it’s a private school and “basics” aren’t required, we’re going to be paying a lot out of our own pocket, but Mario assures me we can do it. I don’t think I would have gone through with it if he didn’t keep reassuring me that things would be okay. One of the perks is that I get a Blackberry LOL. It makes me nervous just *thinking* about having to drive through heavy traffic over there though. Tonight, Mario, John, Noelia, Jaylen and I (Eenan was with Mary, as always) went to the mall. I drove. I can now say that yes, I LOATHE getting off at that exit and quickly turning into the mall. People are so damn aggressive when they’re driving!

Tomorrow, I have so many calls to make. We have to figure out who’s going to be watching the kids for us while Mario’s at work and while I’m at school, which is most likely going to be Mom. We need to figure out how to pay her and all that. I also have to reschedule an appointment I missed and I have to call and check if my scholarship’s still good (it’s only $500, but hey, it’s something right?). John has a physical at 11am for his insurance, then at 12:30 we’re going to go pick up Mario’s paycheck at work and deposit for him. I’m nervous about that since it’s in a very busy part of town and it’s going to be during lunch…oy.

At 2, I have my appointment to sign the rest of the papers and all that junk at the school. I’m still in disbelief that I just jumped into this. I didn’t think I’d start this soon! I was really excited about it, but now I’m just really scared. What if we can’t do it financially?? We’ve got so many bills to pay this paycheck…it’s a bit overwhelming. Mario also needs to get the Prelude fixed so I can keep the Sentra for school. Ugh…I hope everything works out and falls into place. I’ve got such mixed feelings about this now!

*breathes* I can do this. We can do this.

As for Mario’s jaw…he’s got a strained ligament. He’s on meds for the swelling and pain and is only allowed to eat foods he can “slurp” basically. Poor dude.

Gonna go finish filling out my Financial Aide papers. I have a headache.