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July 23rd, 2010
07:59 am

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Happy Friday!! Tomorrow is Praxis II day. I've been studying much harder the past week. Hopefully it will pay off. I'd love to just knock this test out the first time. We shall see. Today I have to day off so I can practice, study, play some LEGO Harry Potter, see friends, and go to bed at a reasonable time.
-Ken handed in his application for the job that fits him perfectly. The job description and minimum requirements fits him to a T! Hopefully he'll get an interview, and nail it and be offered the job. My fingers are crossed and I knock on wood every time he talks about it.
-Work is starting to give me more hours after I've asked for almost 2 months. The next two weeks I have 35 hrs for each. That'll make a nice check for all the expenses coming up.

That's it for now. I'm going to go play some EA Active. I feel like it's been working. I can notice my belly getting les poochy and I always am sore afterwards...it's a real deal hard workout!!

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July 21st, 2010
08:07 am

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A bad blogger
I have been terrible at keeping up with Livejournal. Life has been puttering along to say the least. I'm trying to work as much as possible at Target to try and build my bank account back up. They only give me 20-30 hrs a week and I have a lot of expenses coming up so it isn't working out too well. I do have one student this summer through UD! The first lesson was difficult, but the subsequent ones have gone really well and she's been improving greatly. Hopefully she'll stick around for the fall semester. I don't know if she will because she is a priviledged student of a professor on campus and is taking lesson in a total of 3 instruments and is doing camps every week. Seems like they're just putting her in everything. I think if she kept up with clarinet she could do really well. I hope I can get a few students...it would really help and keep my private instruction chops up.
-Cruise: Ken and I went on his conference/cruise. It was fun! So much yummy food at dinner. Breakfast and lunch are really basic b/c you don't want to waste time in the restaurant for these. However, dinner was awesome...gained some weight from that and the beer. Beer is MUCH cheaper than liquor on board. The biggest downside was the weather. It was sunny one day. Tropical storm Alex made the weather not so fantastic. It rained the whole day in Cozumel...we amad it better by boozing all day at this awesome bar called "Carlos and Charlies." Fun and crazy...tons of music to dance too, shot girls, tequila conga lines, and yard size margaritas :-) The rest of that night did not happen. haha. Did some good shopping and got lots of gifts for the family.
-Praxis II: guh! I was very bla'ze studying for this. I took a 90 question practice test and got 18 wrong. I don't know what that means. I've picked up the studying hoping it will help. The test is this Saturday. I'd love to pass with a 158 (PA score) this first time through. I did sign up for one in September as a safety. I have to pass that one because I need passing scores to give to the dept. by the end of November and the next test after Sept. is in Nov.....which isn't enough time! Summer made me lazy with that. I am getting in at least 2-3 days a week of practicing. It's just so hard because of the exhausting days. I'm getting better at it though.
-Back to school: There is about a month left until school starts. I'm ready. I want to get through this next 1.5 years, get a job, and start being adult and paying big bills (like student loans..YIKES). Student loans are luckily covering everything for tuition this year..It's the only way I can pay right now. Hopefully I can build a good private studio that could pay for the student loans.
-Ken: We're doing great! Still at dad's, but Ken is paying down is debt big time and saving more (I am saving slowly.. His goal is to have the debt dramamtically lower and to start looking to move out in June 2011. A one year goal. It's possible and I'm proud to see him take an initiative like this. He's super serious.
-Weight loss: Trying to slowly (and healthily) lose the weight I gain back...I had gained some back during the spring semester and then the cruise didn't help. Ken bought EA Active and I've been using it. It's helping. I just got off the track of eating right. Also, I was eating weird because of goofy midday shifts...aka extra noshing because of preconceived eating ideas (like a snack after dinner). If I had the snack before dinner then there should be no snack after dinner! I've gotten much better at that and have cut out the bad sweets. My dad doesn't help the situation. He buys icecream every week. "I bought Graham Slam!" I keep telling him please don't have that in here. We're trying to lose weight. "Oh, ok" and then the other day he comes home with a box of donuts. I'm proud to say I've had 0 of them. I'm rebuilding my will power :-)

I think that's a good enough update...hopefully I can keep up with this again

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May 4th, 2010
08:48 am

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Confessions
I have not played my clarinet in 2 weeks. Things have just been so busy and blah. I also feel if I practice at night my dad will not appreciate it, but I might get over that. Once Finals are done this week, my love affair with my instrument will continue.

I also need to rep to practice. Da.

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March 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

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Stress relief post
I know it's been quite some time since I posted, but I need somewhere else to put my venting. Ken and mom are probably tired of it. haha. If no one know, I got in a car accident last week. I hit a patch of ice and my car swerved and flipped. I made it out perfectly fine (yay seatbelts!!), but the car was deemed totaled because of all the structural damage. I am now on the hunt for another car. The kicker is I did not have collision on my insurance. My dad set up the insurance when I had the neon and there was no need for collision. When I got the toyota I asked him if I needed to change anything and he said no. So boo on that. He, however, is willing to help me with money. I only have $2300 to spare at this point. I really wanted a jetta, but he turned his nose at it and kept turning down every car of that make. I keep showing him all these other cars and he is just like "Meh." I'm so tempted to just say "I don't want your money. I'll make the payments with interest." I have to pay him back the money if he helps anyway so what's the difference? I found some cars today I think he'll agree with though...a couple Mazda 3s sedans, a couple honda civics. Fingers crossed they don't get sold.

The other big beef I have is that he is pushing manual shift cars. I am terrible at this! He tried to teach me twice, about two years apart...each about a two week session. I told him straight up Sunday "I don't like Manual shift..you tried twice and I just don't take to it. I'm not a fan." That rested it until this morning. He calls from work and has a theory as to why I don't like manual shift. "It's because you're driving my cars...if you have your own, in two weeks I can teach you and you'll love it. You'll say 'Dad I can't believe I didnt do this earlier.'" He told me to think about it and talk with him when I get home tonight. I made my decision.He also pointed out "You can play all these instruments and are a good multitasker..you should be able to drive manual. I am not getting a manual shift car. For the above reasons, but Ken made a great point. I am a little freaked out driving at this point. I get pins and needs every time a curve comes up because it feels like the car is shifting and could flip. Concentrating on two things at once is a little much for me. I know he wants what's best for me..I just wish he would listen when I say "No." That's my venting.

Target is starting to give me more hours so that's helping. When summer comes I'm going to try to get 40 hrs/week. Money is money and if I can build up another nest egg during that time I would be happy. School is going well, esp. with all the snow days! I've only done observation twice so far, but I love the kids at Lanning Square. I totally forget that we're in Camden while I'm in there. The schools is 125 yrs old, but it looks just like the inside of my Middle school.

I think that's it really. Done venting/updating and now I really need to write a paper. Yay! haha

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December 23rd, 2009
05:44 am

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Friendly week
I'm having such a friend visitation heavy week...and it's amazing. Yesterday I saw Jill and we exchanged gifts. She got me a very cute music themed ornament, a new nalgene bottle (which I desperately needed and it's BPA free!!) and Inglorious Basterds :-) Unfortunately, Ken also bought me Inglorious Basterds based on his "Ohhh...great", but she had a gift receipt so he's going to surprise me with something else. I got her The Graveyard Book, which is written by the guy who did Coraline and a new heavy duty Thermos travel mug. Then we gorged at Buffalo Wild Wings. Today I am driving up to Kirkwood NY to double dip on friend time. Not only do I finally get to see Sarah Wildey after a year and a half of missing her, but I get to see Karen Lauffer!! and her boyfriend :-) I'm so excited about this! Work tried to damper it, they called yesterday asking if I wanted to pick up hrs on Wed, Thur and Sat (a day I requested off). I haven't called them back yet, but I will and will kindly tell them I'm out of the area...b/c it's true. Well I can't sleep anymore so I'm going to finish my morning internet check. I can't wait to drive the PA turnpike to get to NY!!! ACK :-)

Current Mood: excitedexcited

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December 6th, 2009
09:05 am

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Snow hates NJ
So The snow that all of PA/North Jersey got did not happen in South Jersey. I was at work in DE until 730 last night. The snow was fantastic. It was the first time I got to get the snow off my car. As I started to drive back to NJ the snow turned to rain....I get in NJ...NO SNOW WHATSOEVER :-( It is so dang disappointing. I hope the next snow storm just Southern NJ gets it..so there.

Work at Target has been okay. I'm so achey afterwards...all the walking, bending, customer helping :-p But seriously, it's not a hard gig. I like it. I wish I didn't just have the weekends available because it destroys any chance of friendly interactions...However, I've had a crapton of mid-shifts so that helps with it.

I made cookies last night for our MENC meeting/party. I made those hershey kiss drop ones...peanut butter cookie with a dark chocolate kiss on them....they came out sooooo good :-) Maybe they'll be a few left over. Also, I just got my New Jersey Educator Association membership card...They spelled my last name wrong on everything which means someone fucked up typing it. I spelled my name right on the form. So until it's fixed I'm Colleen Tropey...they were so close.

Oh well, time for more laundry, trying to get some kind of work/chores done before work at noon. Bye bye.

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November 25th, 2009
10:32 am

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So I couldn't remember who sings the song I have for voice class....it's man. The teacher assigned me "Oh what a beautiful morning" from Oklahoma! So I'm a man..baby. haha. That's it. Trying to do some school work between classes, but I'm so unmotivated. The school is deserted except for us dummies with teachers that didn't cancel classes. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. haha. Oh well, I'm going to dinner with Jill tonight. It'll be a nice relaxing time before working on black fri. Yum.

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November 23rd, 2009
06:15 am

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Work makes me sleepy
It may be only three days a week, but three 8.5 hr shifts at Target are making me soooo tired. It's a good workout plan. Everyone I've talked to says they've lost a decent amount of weight working there. I'm back down to 135 from it. I don't want to go much lower...so I'll eat donuts and candy on the weekends to balance it out. haha....not. Okay, time for very long day. class at 8am and I've been up since 5am.

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November 12th, 2009
07:59 am

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I can breathe again!
I've been sick since Sunday and my body is starting to get back to it's old self. Can't wait for this semester to be over ...get away from freshman. I got a part time job at Target! It pretty much destroys my weekends because they give me 3-1130 or 2-1030..and that'll extend to 1230 when holiday hours kick in. It's not too bad, it's money. If I could get some steady students I would quit in a heartbeat, but I don't. I get to sub maybe once a month which is $80 and that is not even close. Hmm...what else? Oh yeah! Ken's sister got engaged over the weekend!!! Everyone's happy/relieved/saying "finally." Her and Shaun had been together for almost 7 years!! Her rock is huge..the ring is gorgeous....her man is rick. haha. That's it. Time for meds and breakfast.

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October 5th, 2009
08:07 pm

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I had a good Monday today...got some extra credit in 2 of my classes and I'm getting closer to finding a part time job. Rowan has something called off campus federal work study....you'll get a job working with a non profit, a school, a day care, or a library...or something like that. It sounds pretty damn awesome. It'll pay $9-10/hr which is totally fine by me...I just need some money to get by on bills, gas, and food from walmart. haha. Soo a good monday was very fun...hopefully it'll keep going through the week!

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