The one bright spot to my week has been getting to see my younger son for 4 days.
We sent a gangly kid off in August and this is who returned for Thanksgiving Break......
Most Freshmen gain 20 lbs. the first semester. College Boy(formerly known as #2 Son) actually lost 30 lbs.
He said it was from missing meals in the dining hall. With the mountain of work/practice he has had to do he's forgotten about mealtimes until after the dining hall closed.
He's been going to a local bagel shop(as they take the meal ticket)and basically living on a high carb bagel diet. lolz
So I spent 4 days getting protein into him so he survives another 2 weeks until I go to pick him up after finals.
And the beard!!! 8-)
It has a ginger quality to it too.....but then again, he gets that red hair recessive gene from me.
We didn't see him much over those 4 days, as he was out late at night hanging with his buddies(lots of catching up to do there), sleeping until 2pm or in his room practicing or studying.
And I think he ate his weight in stuffing. lolz
Then he tells us on Saturday that he has a bill in his account that needs paying before he can register for classes. Oh, and registration ends next Friday, 5 days after he gets back to school.
So I am frantically trying to get into his school account for HOURS to see first, what the heck this bill is for, and to pay it, if in fact it needs paying. I can't imagine what it's for as I paid his bill back in August in full! Did he charge a bunch of stuff on his account or what?
And come to find out, he's known about this for WEEKS!.....and said nothing.
After waiting on him to contact me about this bill on Monday(which he didn't do)I took matters into my own hands and got into his account to see what this was all about.
Seems this college makes you pay your next semester's tuition bill IN FULL(but NOT the room/board bill)before they let you register for classes for that semester. This is the third state school in PA that we've dealt with and neither of the other two schools had This Policy!
So I paid the bill and let College Boy know he could now register for his classes.
And then I went and had a tiny little nervous breakdown.....because I deserved it.
Two days after Thanksgiving we had to put down our last dog, Cherry.
Here she is checking out the trick-or-treaters at Halloween.
She got some extra treats on her last day, like an order of her most favorite food in the world, French Fries, from the local fast food place.
She is now at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us, with her beagle brother, Peanut, who we lost to bladder cancer in September of 2010.
I just need to get use to not having her underfoot constantly as my new normal.
That will just take some time.
After College Boy returned to school on Sunday it was very quiet here. I have been off kilter the last few days, not hearing the clicking of Cherry's nails on the tile floor or hearing her raucous snoring in the evening. I keep reaching to put the gate across the doorway from the kitchen into the dining/living rooms to keep her out, as she developed a liking for going pee on my living room rug in the last few months.
I keep waiting for her to start barking for her meals.
And I find myself talking out loud to her like she is still in the house. 8-(
Cyber Monday came and went and I bought nothing.
Not a single present or needed item.
I got pissy Monday went I discovered that the gift my daughter wanted for Christmas, that I had purchased for her on Thanksgiving online for $XX amount went on sale at a different merchant online on Monday for $50 less than what I shelled out.
Then I went to pick up an online order from KMart this morning, which I paid for online, only to find that 1 of the 3 items in the bag was the wrong size. Nope, I ordered correctly, someone picked/packed the wrong one.
Ugh. I guess I can take this back for a refund to a closer KMart(it wasn't available at my closest store for pick-up, only the one on the other side of Wilkes-Barre).
It just aggrevates me that A-I didn't check the items before I left that store and B-that I have to return/exchange something. Something that needs to be mailed so I can't sit on this return/exchange and do it later after the Holidays or something. I have to go back into a crowded store and wait in a horrendous line again.
I also had someone buy a piece of fabric on Etsy and when I went to pack it I noticed a manufacturer's flaw on the piece. I wrote the buyer to let her know about this and see whether she still wants the fabric at a discounted price, of course. It's been 2 days and no word back so I wrote her again. If I don't hear anything by tomorrow I'll just cancel the transaction and refund her money....which means Etsy will pull money from my credit card on file because they already deposited the funds for this transaction into my bank.
On the good side of things, I sold that Longaberger Basket on eBay the day before Thanksgiving and shipped it out on Friday. It was delivered today but so far no word from the buyer. I worry at this time of year because she has Zero feedback and the crazies come out on eBay at Christmas time as regularly as reindeer poop on your rooftop.
The new battery charger for my camera arrived today(!!!) and I am impatiently waiting for it to finish charging so I can use my camera again.
This is holding up my Rite-Aid shopping reports(1 report from Sunday)and posting about my next Giveaway. Pictures are required for both ya know.......
It snowed again here today and getting home from KMart was jaw clenching. Now the wind has whipped up and I can hear the trash cans outside blowing away as I type.
Hubs got the Christmas tubs/boxes down so I have plenty to do to keep me busy until College Boy returns in a week from this coming Friday or Saturday, depending on the weather. I am just not in the mood yet for the Holidays and all that needs doing just feels so overwhelming. It would help if the sun would come out one of these days and lighten my mood.
So now you are up to speed on my crazy life.
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