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Happy August, everybody!

So my parents are moving back. In case I never told anybody, my brother came back from Michigan in March or April or somewhere. And now he's convinced my parents to come back, too.

So we're flying Nicole back down in the next few weeks so she can get a job and get a jump on saving for a deposit on an apartment. Nicole, Christi, and I are planning on moving out together once the parentals are back.

And that's the update for now. :)
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I got a new kitten. His name is Samson. His favorite place to sit is on my lap. But he also likes boxes.

I'm still getting more students -- up to about 30 -- so I'm pretty busy. Trying to get up the nerve to finally quit the chiropractor's office.

Things I'm saving up for:
1. An apartment
2. A laptop
3. iPod Classic

Also, I really, really need a maid.
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My stress level has gone so far down since it's been just me and the two youngest girls, it's not even funny. By the end of this month, I will have my credit cards all paid off, and a new bed. :)
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So I've decided to go ahead and move to Michigan with the rest of my family. I just didn't want to think about having teenagers before I even have babies, and I couldn't get my sisters to realize they weren't acting like adults -- they don't listen to me; everything I say or do is stupid or obvious to them -- so I threw up my hands and said, basically, that's it. I'm going home.

There's still the condition that I need to have a job secured before I move, but it looks like that's what's going to happen.
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I feel like posting, I guess.

So my sisters and I are apartment hunting. We'd prefer something in the Royal Palm Beach/Wellington area, because it's close to (almost) everything we do. We went yesterday to look at a place, but we didn't like it. Despite being cheap and having bedrooms of more-or-less equal size (a definite plus when no one of us has the clear advantage), it was also very small, dingy, and claustrophobic.

Weird that it could be small and claustrophobic -- the suffocating effect was really more from the way the building was situated than the actual size of the unit. I wouldn't mind smallness, as long as it was open.

So anyway, there's all this exciting stuff going on, and I have no idea where to begin, but I think I'm going to start posting again as if I'd never stopped, and pretend like everybody knows what I'm talking about. ;)

Right now my siblings, except for Renae, are at a Christian rock concert in Orlando. I didn't go because I wasn't really interested in driving three hours one way to see the one band I would have liked to see. The house is very quiet without them, but it's a nice break from the constant bickering that's been going on lately.

In other news, Hurricane Ike is now projected to hit Miami. The idea of evacuating 4.2 million people is mind-boggling. Hopefully West Palm Beach will dodge the brunt of the hit. Although we'll probably be without power for a few days, anyway. My mom's very happy to have planned her vacation so perfectly.
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I'm feeling really depressed right now. I don't really know why -- just, almost as soon as I got home from work today, there was just this sadness. I wish I knew why.

On Tuesday, I went to work and nobody was there. The store was dark, the doors were locked, and nobody was there. So I had to cancel all my lessons. Somebody finally showed up around 4:00, so I was able to get about three lessons in, out of eleven scheduled. So I might be feeling stressed from trying to get everybody re-scheduled. Except that I haven't really been thinking about it much.

Or it might be the ticket I got the other night for running a red light (stupid). I hate wasting money.

Or it might be because two of my siblings owe me about $200 each, and don't look like they'll be able to pay me back for awhile.

Or it could be that I didn't get enough sleep last night. Or the house is a mess and I don't want to be the one to clean it up again.

Or it might be that this movie I watched the other night just left me in a funk and I need to get over it. (Less Than Zero, with Robert Downey, Jr. and James Spader. They're not the leads, but they should have been, because the two kids playing the leads were just pathetic. And the movie was very disturbing, distressing, and depressing.)

Or it could be because my mom is talking about giving us girls the house when she moves to Michigan. I mean, it would be nice to have a house --- but I really don't want to have to take care of my sisters for the rest of my life. It would be one thing if I thought they were capable of taking care of themselves, but they have a history of taking advantage of me and taking me for granted. So this discussion makes me very nervous.

It's probably some combination of all those things. I've been really busy lately, and haven't had time to process. That's probably it. Yeah......
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Stolen from [ profile] jennlynnfs because I know I'm bad at updating things:

You know how sometimes people on your friend's list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you *should* already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy mine below, erase my answers putting yours in their place then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration! One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out. :)

meme-age )
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I wish I had something interesting to post about.

Today I went shopping with my sisters and Tovah. I bought a new dress for Easter (something I hadn't done in years, possibly ever), plus some accessories and other necessary things, like a new bra. I will look fabulous tomorrow; I hope I remember to take a picture.

I'm still trying to think of ways to use up those iTunes gift cards that I got for Christmas -- I still have about $27.00 left. Now that I'm not allowed to use my iPod at work anymore, though, I haven't been using it as much. That makes me really sad. And mad, too, if I'm being honest.

My pastor recommended to me (and my sisters) that I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant. They gave me a lot of food for thought. I know that I'm definitely not happy where I am, in any respect. I just wish I'd get an idea of where I want to go.
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I really want to move out. Can't do it at this point, though, at least, not without a roommate.

I've been thinking about getting back into writing, too. That's a time issue. Actually, that's not true; it's more of a tiredness issue. I made a pact with myself not to write when I'm tired anymore, because my characters start getting really emotional and weepy, and crying at the drop of a hat --- it's awkward. And then I have to try to make them seem like normal, well-adjusted people again. Especially tough when the characters are male. And I'm always tired.

*sigh* I seem to be getting more and more dissatisfied, in general. If I may borrow a quote, "I reek of discontentment." Something needs to change, or I may just pull my hair out.
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I joined a gym today. :)
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Florida has just passed a law making it illegal to feed homeless people in downtown West Palm Beach.

That is all.
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My dad's coming home tomorrow. Yay!

I'm halfway to the number of students I need to be able to move out on my own. I realized this yesterday. I've been unshakably happy ever since.

Last week, my sibs went to a weekend concert in Orlando, leaving me and my mother at home by ourselves. My mother worked both of those days, so really I was home alone. The first day was horribly boring, but the second day I realized I could actually do things when I'm by myself.

I wasn't fond of the movies by myself (saw 3:10 to Yuma; was good), but the rest was really nice.
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I finally set up wireless in my room! Yay! (And btw, if I'd known it would be this easy, I would have done it years ago. Pfft.)
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So I haven't been posting regularly for a long time. You know how it goes, it starts with not having a lot of time, or nothing of interest happening. Then time goes by and you realize that actually a lot has happened, and you wouldn't know where to begin to update. So you keep putting it off and putting it off, until finally, you decide, "Screw it. I'm going to post about something because I feel like it."

At least, that's how it works for me. So here goes.

TV obsession. Now that we have no satellite dish, I have become obsessed with several TV shows. Doctor Who, obviously, but now that's currently between seasons. Life on Mars is intriguing, but am having difficulty finding 3rd episode. Robin Hood was a total bust -- stupid show. Jericho turned out to be a surprise. Has anybody heard of/seen this show? I'd heard of it, but forgot about it until my sister caught the pilot last week, and proceeded to get me to watch the entire season with her on the internet. It started out really bad/cheesy, but got really good about halfway through the first season. CBS cancelled it, but the fans got them to bring it back after deluging the network and execs with letters and peanuts. So they're re-running the second half of the first season. I don't know if a second season is in the works or not, but I sure hope so, because boy was the season finale a cliffhanger.

I still haven't gathered up the courage/strength to begin the next two years of my schooling. I'd really like to just get it over with, because there's not much I can do with a 2-year accounting degree. But on the other hand, I really don't feel like pushing myself to do well in school while working at the same time. If I could go to school and take off work for two years, I'd jump at it. I just don't have the energy.

Piano lessons are going well -- I have about half of the students I need to be making what I was making when I was working Kmart and the doctor's office at the same time --- with only a third of the hours. That's nice.

My parents are talking about moving again, this time up north, probably either Detroit or somewhere around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We've had issues with the church and my mother's closest Florida friend moved to Buffalo last year. My mother's unsatisfied with her job, and my dad is unable to find work down here, so a move seems imminent. My dad's talked about moving before, but never with my mom backing him up. I'm okay with it this time. It seems like the best thing to do given our current situation, and it's not like any of us kids have roots here. My sister has a bosom friend that she will miss, but said friend is going away to college soon, anyway, and they both have MySpaces.

Anyway, at least it's not freaking Okeechobee.
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Things I can do now that I'm out of school (in no particular order):

1. Reawaken my muse.
2. Get more involved with the worship team, of which I am now a member (keyboard).
3. Read for fun.
4. Work on building [ profile] austenfic
5. Save money.
6. Journal more.
7. Get more sleep.
8. Exercise; start paying more attention to appearance in general.
9. Travel.
10. Chat!

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Wow. I haven't posted in a really long time. Can't imagine why not, so much has been happening lately. More on that later, but I'm feeling really mellow right now, probably because almost my whole family is away at a youth rally at the moment. I'm so mellow, I'm not even annoyed by the Becoming Jane squeeing in the TR. In fact, I find it .... cute. Wow. Probably because it's really James MacAvoy squeeing. *g*

Also, thanks to whoever in the TR, I have now viewed the new Mansfield Park. It seemed a little like MP on speed ---- very fast-paced, and some weird changes --- but overall, I liked it. I'm glad it's on youtube, because my parents got rid of satellite recently, so I wouldn't have been able to see it even when it did come over here. I'll probably still rent it once it's on DVD, though.

I have to go finish my laundry. Empty house means late-night cleaning for me.
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What I did today: got up at 8:00, went to work. Got off at 1, came home. Watched Anastasia with Christi while waiting around for my dad to get around to working on the budget with me --- which never came to pass, btw, but hey. Took a shower. Had class at 5. Got off at 6:15. Stopped to get dinner on the way home. Got home at 7:00. Dropped food off at home, went back out to look for Renae, who had gone to look for the dog 20 minutes ago and wasn't back yet. Couldn't find them, so I came home and ate, intending to go look for them again once I had eaten --- was the first thing I had eaten all day, btw, except for my morning tea. 7:30, call from Trevor to tell us he has successfully picked up our mother from work (he left around 6:30), and oh yeah, he has Renae and the dog with him. Duh.

So they get home and we all watch Prison Break together. It was very interesting tonight, but whatever. Afterwards, Nicole and Christi want to go to Walmart to get some snacks (Christi and Trevor) and a book that was supposedly released today (Nicole). We end up going to three different stores, none of them has the book Nicole wants, but we do get some snacks. It's 10:00 by the time we get home. Now it's time for me to do my homework, which is due tomorrow at 8:00 am, only now Renae has put on one of those obnoxious wedding shows she loves so much. I ask her if we can put on something more mellow so I can do my homework. She says no. We argue some, but she says it'll be over at 10:30 anyway, so I reluctantly relent. 10:30 comes around, I've answered two fricking homework questions, and the show's still not over. She tells me I can go to my room to do my homework, which she knows is ridiculous, because of the mess in there. Then Nicole tells me it's my turn to do the dishes.


I snap at her (almost justifiably, since she was in the kitchen, and I was in the living room) that there's no way I'm going to have time, and she'll just have to deal with it. She says I'll have to do it tomorrow, then, and thinking over my schedule for tomorrow, which is kind of similar to today's, only with more school in it, I say I won't have time tomorrow, either. To which Renae replies that, "It's not our fault you [meaning me] can't prioritize your time better."


Now I'm angry and hurt, so I tell her that, since she only works five hours a day, she has no room to talk. I then try, with many sips of Dr Pepper, to concentrate on my homework, but I'm too upset, so I end up gathering my things and going to my room, after all. I think she heard me crying, because the TV's off now and I can hear them talking about me. They know I'm online, so I guess they figure I'm just a drama queen with no real complaints, but whatever. I needed something to take my mind off the argument so I could concentrate, but nothing's working. And now I have a headache from grinding my teeth and crying. I'm just sick of being expected to do everything around here.
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Thank God 2006 is over! Horrible year.

I wanted to make a nice post to ring in the new year. At least, a thoughtful one; I had intended to scan some pictures of my grandfather and do a memorium. Of course, a combination of laziness and fear of sadness stopped me from doing that.

So I'll just say "Belated Happy New Year!" now, and leave it at that. :)

Our church had a thing where people could write down their wishes for the new year, and put them in envelopes and hand them to the pastor. The idea is to open them next new year's and see what came of them. I couldn't think of anything suitably spiritual to wish for (or suitably lacking in materialism, heh), but I do have a few things to "strive" for, as far as life in general goes:

1: write more
2: break free of Big K, without losing income
3: participate more -- in both fandom and RL extracurricular things
4: work harder at maintaining relationships --- something I really suck at.
5: figure out this whole financial aid thing, and finish PBCC

That's all for now.
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Despite working in the same place as two of my sisters, I hate my job. (I know, I know, big news flash there.) One of my sisters has an interview at a different store this afternoon, and I'm as excited as if it were me who might possibly be breaking free of the evil Big K.

I still haven't registered for spring classes. It's weird, knowing that once I finish those classes, I'll be able to start interning.

Haven't done a whole lot lately other than genealogy research. I find it amusing to enter my ancestors' names in the rootsweb database and see what comes up. There are actually people who believe they can trace their ancestry back to Adam and Eve.

I wish I had time to do laundry. Our drier broke a few weeks ago, and we haven't been able to replace it yet. I don't usually have more than a couple hours to myself a day, if that, and since line drying takes a lot more effort, my laundry has been piling up. I was going to do some yesterday, but it rained all day.

I still don't know what's going on with that person I like. Every now and then I'll think I'm brave enough to call him, but then I remember that he has my number, and if he were interested, he would have called me by now. So it's probably going nowhere. Still, it's nice to think about as long as we're in the same class.

Sometimes I think my life's not really going to start until I move out of my parents' house.
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I've been trying to figure out exactly what has gotten me out of the habit of posting. I think it's mostly just being really busy/preoccupied. Some of it, though, has to do with the fact that the only truly interesting thing going on---or at least, interesting to me---is something I'm still not sure about, and until I get some kind of resolution on the "does he like me that way or not?" question, I don't really want to talk about it.

By the way, I did end up signing up for NaNo---but only because they sent me a reminder and I couldn't stop myself from clicking on the link. ;)

Oh, well. Here's to another November of kicking myself for not writing.


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