This and that

Today I drove the long route to the school and back.  1 1/2 hours in the car.  Yeah, to people who drive all the time that doesn’t sound like much, but it wiped me out.  I haven’t driven more than like a half hour or so since moving to Iowa.

The reason that I drove it was to make sure I knew it for Monday morning.   The long route is the way I am gonna drive to school because the “quicker” route during rush hour will take even longer and drive my blood pressure thru the roof.  I’ve driven to Waukee at 7:15am before and there was traffic, any closer to the 80/35 entrance just becomes a total mess.  So the long route will serve me fine.  I will still leave by 6:45am to get there by 8, just in case.  If I get there ridiculously early, I will switch to 7am departure.


Lunch today was HuHot with my good friend Drew.  HuHot happens to be one of my favorite restaurants and it turned out to be one of his too.  It was good food and good company.  It was good to see him again, we don’t get together nearly often enough.

Tomorrow’s lunch is to be with my friend Abbie.  She owes me a lunch from when I worked at Iowa Realty.  It’s all good.  I wonder where we will end up going????  It’ll be good to see her too, she is a good friend as well.


The house still closing on Friday, everything is set.  Happiness will be never paying rent again.


Still not anxious or excited about school starting.  it’s just gonna happen.  I don’t understand why I am not one or the other, it’s weird.  I really should be freaking out like every other time, but nope, I am chill.  I choose to take this as a good thing though, at least I am not making myself sick with anxiety.


Teresa is still in Boston, she got a RedHat backpack from the conference.  Oo Ah at your convenience.   Better than what she normally comes home with from her travels.

She will be home late Thursday.   The dogs and I really miss her.  And her work wants her to travel even more 😦   Oh well, I guess I’m gonna have to live with her going on travel a lot.

Both of our computers have cameras built in, so Skype for the win.  I get to chat with her every night while she is gone.  So I guess its not as bad as it used to be.

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One week

I would be amiss of my blog if I didn’t mention that is exactly 1 week until school starts.  Today possibly I showed my first hint of anxiety in the form of not being able to concentrate on things.  I tried to chat, I tried Facebook, I tried games, I tried talking on the phone and I even this is my 3rd try to write this blog entry.  If it is not anxiety, it’s just annoying and I hope either way it goes away quickly.  Would hate to try to pay attention in class when I can’t concentrate.

I am a little concerned that they are going to cancel the English class.  Heh, either 3 or 8 people have signed up for it.  If 8, the class will run.  If 3, I am not so sure.  I hope it runs for 2 reasons, it fits my schedule so well and I already rented the book for it.  I guess there is a 3rd reason… I really need it.


We got notice today that the house is definitely going to close on Friday.  Woot Woot.


Poor Pucky and Mojo, they are missing Teresa something fierce already.  They were waiting for her at 6 o’clock, the time she normally gets home.  Now tonight as I am getting ready for bed, they are looking for her.  I think its gonna get worse the more she has to travel for work.


It’s a little after 10pm and I am heading to bed.  Yeah, I know its pathetic.  But I am taking my meds earlier so I can get to bed earlier so I can get up earlier.  6am is going to be coming in 1 week, and I plan to be ready for it.  So good night.

New glasses.

New glasses are expensive, even with good insurance.  I suppose I could’ve went to one of those really cheap places and got crappy frames that fall apart, but nope, I decided to go to Lenscrafters.

I got 2 pairs of glasses, 1 regular pair and 1 sunglasses cuz it was cheaper than getting 1 pair with the transition lenses.  I will finally be able to see again.  No more squinting or holding it way the hell out there.  I pick up the regular pair tomorrow and pick up the sunglasses in a week.


House closes in 1 week.  Glad that will be over.


New bed should be here next week too (I hope).  It will be nice to be able to sleep again.


School starts in 10 days.  I should be full of anxiety or at least excited somewhat, but honestly I am kinda ho hum about it still.  Maybe its a sign that I am ready for it, maybe its a sign that I should be running for the hills.  Who knows!?!?!?!  It’s all good, I am ready for school to start.  Summer session should be easy peasy.

Again where I do have some anxiety is thinking ahead to fall.  Yeah, I have went over this here before, Seasonal Affective Disorder blah blah blah.  Not gonna bore you with it all again.


Teresa goes on travel AGAIN next week.  And is supposed to AGAIN in June, but we have a scheduling conflict and I bought my tickets first.  It seems that now that I am healthy and all, all the travel she was supposed to do while I was sick plus all the travel that they want her to do now is happening now.  Too much travel in my opinion.  I happen to like having my wife around.


Everything is going right in my world for a nice change.

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Our house, not our jeep.

12 days, but who is counting

I went to college today for the tour.  I didn’t realize it was just for me, I thought they would collect a bunch of us together and walk us around.  But no it was just me and the tour guide.  She was very knowledgeable and able to answer all my questions.  She even walked to the FAR building with me out in the cold without a jacket.  Dumb me didn’t even consider it was cold and windy cuz I was wearing a jacket.  Realized this after we walked back.  My bad.  We should’ve drove.

Also while at the college, I rented my English text book.  58 dollars and change.  All good.  I certainly don’t want to own it.  The rest of the books will wait until financial aid releases funds to buy books on May 15th.   Only reason I paid for the English book myself is cuz the class is starting before the fund release date.  Oh well.

Also got the parking permit for my car.  They have free parking but if your car is in the lot for more than 2 days and it gets noticed, it’s a 100 dollar fine.  OUCH.  So the little sticker will be put in my window.

And finally while at the college, I turned in my change of major from Marketing AA to Marketing AAS.  So that might be completed by now if not it will be soon.

Like I have said, my English class starts on the 8th and goes thru the 19th.  Then the rest of the classes start on the 23rd.  All the rest of the classes are online, so hopefully I won’t be making trips to the college very often during the summer.


The appraisal on the house came in, all is well there.  We are closing on the 5th.  I will be happy when this is over.  I forgot how much stress there is in buying a house and we aren’t even the ones buying it.  Heh, not yet anyway.


I have an appointment on Friday with an eye doctor.  My vision went bonkers with the chemo and has not been good since.  Cancer doc says the bonkers during chemo is normal, the not good since is just from getting older.  So, my preferred optometrist office just rang and rang and my 2nd choice ophthalmologist is booking in June.  So I went with a friend’s company to get my eye check done.  My friend is the office manager there.  The appointment is for 9:30am, give me a reason to be awake in the morning.


I cancelled my acupuncturist appointment on Friday.  I figure it would not do good to get it done while sleeping on our broken bed.  Our current bed thrashes my back every night, so I will wait till after we get our new bed before I see the acupuncturist.  Just makes sense to me.

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easy-peasy

Made 1 phone call, got transferred once, left 1 voice mail…..received 1 phone call back and my DMACC ONECARD is on the way.  I will have it in 7 to 10 days.  Before classes start, even my early class.  WOO HOO.  Don’t I wish that all bureaucracy was handled this efficiently.  Life would be so much easier.  This took maybe 5 minutes total.

The problem was that I had a card in 2015, pre-leukemia.  Almost everything pre-leukemia that wasn’t vitally important got pitched.  So the ONECARD I had was pitched along with a lot of other trash from under my desk.  My fault if not my action threw it away, and at the time my action probably would have thrown it away anyhow.

So that is one more thing taken care of for school.


I am still heading up to the school on Wednesday for a tour and to hand in my change of major form.  I most certainly hope it doesn’t trigger yet another orientation requirement.  That would be totally annoying, but easily enough resolved.

 


 

As I mentioned directly on Facebook.  Clonazepam during the day was a bad thing.  I slept and slept and slept.  I don’t need it, still not feeling much anxiety about school this time and school is imminent.  If I was going to freak out, I’d have done it already.  Any, since I am not full of anxiety, and I don’t want to sleep during the day, I have decided not to take the early morning clonazepam.  This decision might be revisited if all the sudden anxiety overcomes me.


My car is still leaking fluids and I haven’t had a chance to get it into the shop to see what is wrong.  Perhaps when I get done posting this, I will give them a call and see when they can fit my car in to be looked at again.  My 2005 Dodge Neon has to last for a minimum of 2 1/2 more years, more likely 3.


No news on the house.  Not that I expected any today.  Now its all about waiting.  I know we aren’t going to close on the 27th, no chance of that.  But I hope we close sooner as opposed to later.  The less we have to pay our current landlord, the better now.


Teresa is going out of town for work AGAIN on the 1st – 4th.  Seems like she was just out of town for work (oh wait, she was).  This time she is going to some conference in Boston.  At least this one should be more fun for her than the last one.  Vendors will be throwing stuff at her as opposed to her stressing out.  And its only 4 days this time, maybe the house can close on the 5th.


Both of the dogs have figured out the doggie door.  Puck got it right away.  Mojo was a little slower, finally figuring out how to go OUT today (the door went in Saturday).  Big WOOT to Mojo, cuz I am tired of opening the door next to the doggie door so he can go out.  Yay for a spring, summer and fall of not having to open the door whenever their highnesses wanted to go out.

The more things change…

Yeah, I am changing my major 1 more time, but only a tweak and not really a change.  Instead of Marketing AA, I am going for a Marketing AAS.  What this means is means is more access to Marketing class, less bs core classes, and its not transferable to a 4 year University.

More marketing classes is a good thing.  I will actually be learning what I want to learn. Yeah, there are a couple classes I don’t know what they are doing in the AAS degree, but oh well.  I went from 2 Marketing classes in the AA to 6 or 7 in the AAS.  Just makes more sense to me.

Less bs core classes rocks.  Only 1 semester of English Comp, 1 speech class, and 1 math class, that is all that is required.  This sounds great to me.  I wasn’t looking forward to the other core classes like science with a lab and a 2nd math class.

And the fact that it’s not transferable to a 4 year University is not a big deal.  We don’t live close enough to a public 4 year University for this to be an issue.  If we lived in Ankeny or something like that, it would matter.  But as it is, I am not going to be doing the 4 year thing.

I am still getting the digital marketing  certificate and the web development AAS.  I will be in school thru Fall 2019.  102 credit hours.  And I will get to do 2 of the summers online, the 3rd one it’s not going to happen.  So in Summer 2019, I won’t be around for my brother’s party.  Just how the new schedule is going to work out.

So school starts in 2 weeks and a couple days.  I still don’t have much anxiety.  I still feel pretty good about the whole thing.


My cpu cooler on my main system decided to die yesterday.  Computer crashed twice before I figured out what was wrong.  So I am on the dying laptop until the new cooler arrives tomorrow.  The laptop is actually running a lot better since I cleaned it up and replaced the dying mouse.  I think the mouse might have been sending crappy signals to the computer and making it seem like things were worse than they are.

 

Duck Duck Goose

Termite inspector came (was 1/2 hour early) and there are no termites on our property.  So that’s all good.  He was here for about 10 minutes like I guessed he’d be.  It was just a quick run thru the basement and garage.  Both of which are kind of a mess, but it’s done.  Now, all inspections are completed, 99% of paperwork is done, mainly just waiting on them to do something about the absent abstract.

We bought a bed today.  A Saatvamattress bed.  Let’s see if I can link here. Apparently I can , but I killed it somehow.  I’ll figure that out later.  It’s http://www.saatvamattress.com if you want to see.  They got killer reviews and are considerably cheaper than the big name brands.  Teresa did a ton of research on beds and this was her pick.  If it sucks, she is never going to live it down.  lol.  No, seriously, after reading what I found about it, I probably would have picked it myself.  Will be here in 9 to 18 days. 9 day Teresa is in Boston, 18 days I am in school.  So let’s hope for somewhere in the middle.

School starts in 17 days.  Still confused as to why I am not horribly anxious about it.  Not looking forward to getting up at 6, but its doable, and I only have to do it for 2 weeks.  So it’s all good.  2 weeks of 8am to 2:40pm class.  Then 4 days off.  Then summer session really begins, all my classes then are online, so it doesn’t matter what time I get up.

4 months and 2 days til Fall Semester starts.  Then its back to waking up at 6.  So maybe I just keep waking up early so its not a second shock to my sleep system.  Yeah, I am already looking ahead of summer semester.  Fall semester is going to be rough cuz of my SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  Come end of September I start to get really depressed, October is normally a loss, as is most of November.  I am usually better once WINTER hits.  Last year was bad cuz winter was so wussy here.  I finally snapped out of the depression February.  So Fall Semester should prove interesting.

Still haven’t received my ONECARD from DMACC, so Monday I start making phone calls.  Can’t do anything at the school without the card, cant buy books, cant use the library, cant use the gym, just cant do much of anything.  I hope when I start making phone calls on Monday that it gets resolved quickly.

Biggest anxiety of the moment, is the fear that something is going to go wrong.  Things have been going right for so long, it feels like something should go to shit.  I know I have a huge Good Karma pool, but it just seems that after so much good, a bad thing always happens to me.  Here’s to hoping that whatever bad that happens to me doesn’t derail things.

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