How is Christmas this close? Whose idea was it?

As of right now I’m trying to figure out what to do for tuition and Christmas, and getting rejected from the position I applied for at Macy’s ( 😦 ) and not hearing back from Sephora ( 😦 ). I’m trying to use my connections at other stores (#nepotism), so we’ll see how that works out. I recently found out that we may be getting Christmas bonuses this year, which could range from 1-2 weeks worth of pay (aka $400-$800) which would be really sweet and would take a lot of the pressure to earn extra money before January off my back.

I’m also a little frustrated with my paycheck, in that I worked 1 hour of overtime, and my paycheck is $50 less than what it is when I didn’t work that hour. So I am a little peeved about that. I’m also a little worried about how much my insurance premiums may go up. We allegedly may get a raise this year, but I really don’t want to cut all of my monies so close…and all I see is my expenses getting higher, so I’m hoping a post-graduate job (#nepotism) will work out.

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So I have my big list of stuff I’d like to do for Christmas, although I don’t know if it will actually work out that way.

 

Right now I’m more concerned with what I’m making:

 

  • A gingerbread hat for the niece (crochet)
  • A sock monkey for the niece (crochet)
  • A sweater for the niece (knit)
  • A hat for the bf’s dad (knit)
  • A case for bf’s mom’s knitting needles (sew)
  • An elephant hat for my brother’s gf (crochet)
  • A hat for roommate B (knit)
  • A stuffed cat for roommate A’s bf (crochet)
  • A sweater for bf’s dog (knit)
  • Secret things for Korea best friend (secret)
  • Baked stuff for errbody! Errybody = coworkers (baking)

And then everyone else will probably have purchased gifts, pending on $$$. If not, I’ll have to make a few adjustments in my made purchases!

New Baby!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that bf’s sister was pregnant, but she was! On October 7th (yesterday – and also my & bf’s anniversary), she underwent a c-section and we welcomed a…GIRL!!!! into this world!

So if I’ve been awol, it’s been through preparing and meeting Ms. Ayne-Kate. I’m not posting pictures on here, at least not yet, because even though it’s a semi-anonymous blog, I’d like to be respectful of her and bf’s sister/brother-in-law’s privacy. She was 8 lbs 9 oz, 20” long, and is the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen.

I’ll be writing posts more conducive to finance later, but all I can think of right now is her tiny little tinyness and holding her again! And also finding knit/crochet patterns for her! I’m such a proud aunt 🙂

Good-bye Pawpaw

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Sunday will go down as the worst Mother’s Day in existence for my own mom. I woke up to her walking through the living room to get my dad and then heard them whispering in the den. Then, my dad comes to wake me up “He’s gone.” My grandpa was a strong man. He grew up during a time when life was a little harder, and even more so for the deaf community. Almost a decade ago, after losing an alarming amount of weight, we heard the doctors say the phrases no one wants to hear:

“Stage Four” “Spread to his bones” “Maybe five years”

And then, my mom had to explain to her own father how his body had turned on him. Five years turned to seven, and we were very lucky to have him for all of those.

He was a master carpenter. I have a rocking chair, a table and chair set, a little bassinet with a built in rocker that he built for me as a child. He was a force that united the deaf community in his area and beyond, to give them a voice during a time when it was even harder to establish an identity and sense of belonging in a “hearing world.” I am grateful for what his life has taught me, what I learn from my mother through him, and the ripples of positive change that echo in the world because of him.

Good-bye Pawpaw. I am in awe of the life you led and hope that I can accomplish great things like you.

Good-bye 2011

The local news station has proclaimed 2011 to be a “meh” and “off-feeling” year; however, after reflection, it was a pretty good year for me, with only a few bumps.

2011 Year Highlights

Went to Canada! I got to travel to Canada for an internship in June & July. It was my first time leaving the country, my first time seeing real snow, and my first time touching a glacier lake (and seeing an elk!!!)

Intercontinental! Visited a total of 8 states (not including my home state)!

B+ Average! Altogether, I made about a 3.2 GPA this year; I’m pretty satisfied!

BoF was Born! Started Budget or Fudget 😉 (& made new friends) AND started actively tracking my finances 

Car! Got my first car (which has been a bit of a clunker lately, but, irrelevant!)

Career! Kept my job for the year (& got a raise) !!! Got a new job! Plus, I finally decided on a potential career, so now grad applications

2011 Year Bumps

Pets: We lost 2 treasured family pets

Fire: Our family home burned down in Nov. 2010, which isn’t 2011, but many of the repercussions are still being felt.

Injuries: My mom had 3 surgeries on her hands; 2 planned (both hands for carpal tunnel) & 1 unexpected (accident at work). My dad recovered from a combined surgery on his elbow, forearm, and hand. Other members of our family are also sick with chronic illnesses that are not going away.

There were many good things and many bad about this year, but 2012 has the potential to be much better 🙂

So Happy New Year y’all!

Woo hoo! (Actually, I don't really like fireworks. Pretty, but really really loud).