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LaraLee
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The house buying process has taught me a lot of things. Seeing as this is our first house, we expected a lot of red tape and back and forth from the seller and the realtor. We’ve not really had any issues. We paid for a home inspection, which turned up a few minor things—missing furnace filter, one loose electoral outlet, and a stubborn showerhead that refuses to behave itself—and the seller has agreed to fix everything on his own dime, even though the issues were not necessarily that urgent. The seller has also agreed to give us a key a few weeks prior to closing so we can start moving a few things.

We’ve yet to meet the man and his wife, but they have made quite the impression with their willingness to work with two new, nervous home buyers.

Closing should be within the next few weeks, and I could not be more excited. Looking at all of the pictures teddyradiator has posted of her home updates has me anxious to turn this house into a true reflection of who we are. We like color and bright things, and are ready to crack open the paint cans and get our hands dirty. We’ve already got big plans for the third bedroom, which will include floor to ceiling shelf units for books and other trinkets.

My mom and dad have been there every step of this process, and we couldn’t thank them enough. They’ve been around this block several times, and know what they’re doing.  Dad has agreed to help me make a farmhouse table for my kitchen, as well as a few other furniture pieces for our new living room. Shanty-2-chic.com has several downloadable, FREE plans for affordable and easy to assemble pieces. Seriously, if you need something to do on your weekend, the women that run this site will keep you busy, and usually under a few hundred dollars.

I opened up a Word document for the first time in two months, and I struggled more than I’d like to admit. I have two stories that desperately need finishing, and I have a feeling I’m going to have to work for every word until I get back into a normal writing routine. The next chapter of Silhouette is slowing taking shape, but who knows how it’ll turn out. To be honest, I miss the feeling of completing and posting chapters, and fandom in general. It’s all a process, I suppose, and one I can’t rush even though I’d like to do just that.

Life is good at the moment, and good things are happening. Now if only The Game of Thrones show would stick to the books…
 
 
LaraLee
08 May 2015 @ 06:36 pm
We went to look at a second house on Wednesday. We loved it and made an offer that evening before we left the property. They called us back that night and accepted. HGTV makes it seem like these things are long, drawn out processes, but this was pretty painless. After discussing the closing costs and all of that, we were able to get the house for $14,500 under asking price.

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LaraLee
29 April 2015 @ 09:24 pm

The school year is finally coming to a close. There are twenty-two more teaching days with the kids and four in service days until I am free for the summer holiday. I will miss my students terribly, but I am ready to catch up on things like cleaning the house, reading more books, and just generally being able to rest when I get home from work.  I finished up my hellish Internship I volunteered for last Thursday, and I will be able to receive my raise for next year, provided they have a position for me somewhere in the building. I really have no idea what to prepare for at this point, but Kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grade have been mentioned as possible areas. I should know something by June.

In other news, we are going to look at a house this afternoon and another one sometime this weekend. THIS has me more stressed out than anything else. We discussed the possibility of the school not having the number of students enrolled to get extra positions, which would leave me without employment next year, but I feel like it is unfair to let my work dictate what I can and can't do with my life. If I were to wait until I'm tenured, it will be another five years. If this year has taught me anything about myself it's that I need to lighten up and realise that my job is just a job. I used to think the world would be over if I couldn't find a teaching position, but I have found that there is always some else out there, that is likely less stressful and doesn't require me to work six plus hours of unpaid overtime when I stay after school or bring work home.  I can always find something outside of the teaching profession if it comes to that, and if we wait until we can pay for it outright, we will never have anything. Over the last five years we have spent around thirty thousand dollars in rent, and I am tired of basically throwing that money away. We will hopefully close on the loan application Monday, and will probably make a few offers on the houses we are interested in the coming weeks. Fingers and toes are crossed in hopes this goes smoothly.

Let's see...we are T- 8 weeks from out trip to South Carolina for a week on the beach. We're going to Garden City for a week to soak up the sun and play in the water. I'm hoping I can do some shelling once we get there and get settled, and just basically recharge. The husband and I have started counting calories and exercising in preparation, and Thornedhuntress and I have a little competition going to see who can make the most progress in the coming weeks. If anything, I've found that 1400 calories is not much in the grand scheme of things.  I can truthfully say that after walking in the park and going to the gym for a few days, I do feel better.

My family is well and managing. Grandfather is currently living at home with my mother until he gets back on his feet. The cancer is shrinking thanks to medication, and in about three months he’ll go on chemotherapy for six weeks or so to keep it in check. It’s only May—close enough—and this year has already turned out to be a little more chaotic than I would have liked.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post more than once every three or four months…Hell, I’d settle for being able to sit down and actually read some of the posts from the flist for a change!

 
 
LaraLee
27 January 2015 @ 05:37 pm
A lot has happened over the course of the last few weeks, and I’ve been stretched between work and home and haven’t had time to share the happy news concerning the recent events with my grandfather.

The results for the blood test came back positive, which is a miracle. That being said, the prognosis is much improved from what we were first given. We were told we now have anywhere from one year to two, and we will gladly take it. The scare with the life support really ripped me to shreds, and it made me think of how terribly fragile everything this, and how much we take it for granted. He has come a long way since then, and is now home resting comfortably so his medicine can help him. There have been wonderful improvements, but we have a long way to go yet.

His cancer started out as a melanoma, and it spread once he had a surgery to remove the cells. He was clean in November when he went for an MRI. Less than two months later, it was in his spine, spleen, stomach, liver, and lungs. Nearly a two week stay in the hospital from a spot on his skin he should have had taken off when he first noticed it almost five years ago.

With the genetic testing coming back as positive that also opens up a number of scary questions and possibilities. There is a very real chance that he could have passed the gene on to my mother and her two sisters. There is a possibility that the three of them could have passed it on to their children. The doctors never mentioned anything about the family getting the genetic testing. Needless to say we have all made arrangements to go get checked out by our local doctors and dermatologists to see if anything is out of the ordinary.

My appointment is for the third week in February, and I will likely have several “questionable” spots removed on that visit. I’ve never had any skin imperfections removed, and I am slightly nervous about things either being cut or shaved off.  It is probably not anything to cause alarm, but considering I am as white as a sheet and paranoid, it will give me peace of mind to have them removed. It still blows my mind that all of these health scares over the last week could have been prevented by a simple outpatient surgery that takes less than ten minutes.

I appreciate all of the positive words and support over the last few weeks. Without LiveJournal to vent, I would have probably lost my mind in the chaos.
 
 
LaraLee
12 January 2015 @ 07:17 pm
We were given the best case scenario of two months.

I've got two months left with him at best, and I don't know that I can keep it together.

Honestly with the news today, it feels like a part of me is already gone.

I am angry.  I’ve cried until it hurts.
I don’t think there will ever be a time when it doesn’t.
 
 
LaraLee
05 January 2015 @ 09:28 pm
I haven’t posted in months because of my life and my schedule, and I made myself promise in 2014 that 2015 would be more positive, but so far 2015 has kicked me in the fucking teeth.

Only a handful of people  in my personal life and in my fandom life know that I am going through something that has thrown me for an absolute loop. It deals with an unexpected illness in the family, and tests will be completed in the next week that will either prove the existence of miracles or shatter my world completely.

 I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know what to say to the people I love.

I. Do. NOT. Want. To. Believe. It.

Just when I think I can’t cry anymore—God knows that is all I’ve done for the last three days—it hits me like a ton of bricks and I can hardly catch my breath.

My family needs your thoughts. We need your prayers. We are dealing with a forty percent likelihood that we’ll be able to beat this and a sixty percent chance that it is stage four and beyond help.

Forty percent.

 I could scream.
 
 
LaraLee
I've been mostly absent from the LiveJournal scene (does anyone read this anymore?), apart from reading posts from the f-list when I have a free moment to spare. I've managed to spend loads of time with family and friends this summer, take a road trip to D.C., eat lots of good food, read an obscene amount of books, make 34K worth of progress on a new writing project, and had some much needed rest after a rather stressful end to the year.

The last few weeks have been spent at work, though we don't officially start the new school year until Monday (We were originally supposed to start on the sixth of this month, but construction at another school delayed opening day--Amen to the extra time because I. Needed. It).  I didn't get the phone call concerning my grade placement until the last week of July (while on vacation, in the middle of a Capitol tour, mind you), but was happy to learn it would be Kindergarten. Luckily, I was able to rush home that Saturday and start working on the classroom before Open House that next Monday, the twenty-eighth. I managed to get it presentable for that night, but it was still far from what I was truly happy with. I just finished it up tonight, and I am pleased. It's inviting, and will hopefully help the new babies coming in with the transition.


Before the six twelve-hour work days.
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You can't really see it in the above pictures, but I have an Author's Chair now *does happy dance*. Even in Kindergarten I feel it's important to develop a strong foundation and concept of students' authorship. We may only manage to write a single complete paragraph by the end of the year, but I want them to feel proud of what they manage to write while we work toward that goal. I am excited to see how their writing will evolve from drawings to words, and I think this will give them the motivation they need. Anyway, before I start flailing around with excitement,  it's under the cut!
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*flops* I'm glad it's finished, because I can focus on my Internship this year which will help usher in the new teacher observation/evaluation system Kentucky is  trying to implement. It will take place the first 140 days of instruction and will involve nine observations from staff, administration, and some people from the pilot committee to basically see if it's going to work off paper. We get that rolling the second week of September, at which point I will most likely be swallowed up by work until the last cycle ends some time in March-ish. I am hopeful, but also petrified, as I've never been a guinea pig before.

That's all I've got right now. I think I shall go find a glass of wine and a soft spot to plant my derriere.

I hope you all are doing well. Hugs to all!
 
 
LaraLee
24 June 2014 @ 07:47 pm
This has the potential, they just need the funds to make it so.



Here is the link to donate if you are so inclined. 
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LaraLee
22 April 2014 @ 08:32 pm
This week is off to a fantastic start.

67 kids and 12 faculty and staff out today with pink eye. I kid you not, nearly a fourth of the school and almost half of the staff.  It's an epidemic.

Guess who's eyeballs now feel like tiny balls of fire?

Screw you Monday and Tuesday. Nobody likes you anyway.
 
 
LaraLee
Fuck you.

If I could find you and beat you within an inch of your worthless, thieving life I would happily do so. Not only did you cause my primary checking account to become overdrawn with your nearly 1400 dollar online spending spree, but you have cost me around 200 additional dollars for my replacement debit cards, checks, and overdraft charges.

Whoever this person is, they somehow managed to gain access to my personal bank account routing number and they made a grand total of 16 fraudulent charges over the span of an hour an fourteen minutes:

  • $290.05 at Kohl’s (9 charges total)

  • $615.78 at Best Buy (1 single charge)

  • $117.83 at Pixlemags.com (1 single charge) Really? REALLY?

  • $243.61 at Gap (3 charges)

  • $32.64 at Amazon (2 charges)

This situation was not discovered by the bank, but rather the hubby who checks the bank accounts daily. They had no idea. I checked my phone around noon to find 12 missed calls from him and two from the bank. I called the bank and had a rather terse conversation with the bookkeeper, who kept asking me if I was sure I didn’t make the charges. The charges were made in California, Ohio, Montana, and Maine, but still she felt to the need to ask me more than once if I was sure.

My head nearly popped off when she told me, that if I provided false information on the reimbursement form, my account would be subject to termination and I would be responsible for paying the overdrafts and a substantial fine to the bank. (By substantial I mean double the overdraft charge.)

After that delightful conversation I asked her about getting new debit cards and checks to be completely safe, and she said where an investigation is currently taking place it could be anywhere from one business week to a solid month before we receive our replacements.

Screw that.

We have bills to pay, gas to buy to get back and forth to work, and groceries that must be bought. We can’t afford to have our account frozen until the bank decides the investigation is over.

Needless to say, we are in the process of looking for a new bank, preferably one with better customer service (I left work early to sign the forms because the main branch closes at 1:15 every day. When I got there, the forms, which were supposed to be faxed to a closer branch near my work, were not there as they said they would be, and what should have taken 30 minutes ended up being 3 hours).

I could have done without today.
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