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Grad School Logistics, Part 2
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
More grad school... What else have I done?

I just booked my lodging for my January residency on Whidbey Island. I'm rooming with an awesome "hippie" girl from Eugene, Oregon named Bronwyn. She seems quite excited that pot is legal there now. It's a little cute. Also, she works on an organic farm and assures me she loves dogs, so she and kiva should have no trouble. So pretty sweet.
A few weeks ago I met with SSB. We're going to keep my case open for a while, at least. I guess they are going to hire a placement vendor to help me get a job in Seattle. WTF, SSB? Why in the world did they never do this while I was in Minnesota? I told them that I just wanted a stupid little part-time gig, that my first priority was school and the job was just for income purposes, and that was their solution. I think it's great, but am still miffed as to why they didn't take me seriously when I said that's what I wanted in MN too, just SOMETHING so I could stop being unemployed. Oh, well.

I booked my flight to go to Seattle to look at apartments in December. This is the thing I'm most freaked out about. I have three days to get one. I'm not sure what I'll do if I can't do that. I have friends in Seattle, but am not sure if it's appropriate to ask if I can stay with them until I get a place... maybe if I offer to pay rent?

My parents are here this weekend, and I'm sending them home with some things. I'd love to have as little as possible to move in January.

It's coming together. It will continue to come together. This is my mantra.


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School school school (and all the little bits)
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Oh hi LiveJournal! Since nobody on Facebook wants to be subjected to this, yet I still feel as though I need an online forum, here I am today to write to you about grad school. Again. AGAIN.

I've finally made a decision about where I'm going (the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, near Seattle). I just spent a few hours this afternoon filling out the FAFSA.

Y'all, it's 2003 again, and I'm having a complete spazz about money. I'm poor. This time, my parents didn't fill out the FAFSA for me with their financial information, so maybe that means the government will give me more money? Granted, that's more money that I will have to be paying back later, but honestly, I'm already still in so much debt from my undergrad that it hardly seems to matter. That has been my big scare about grad school thus far: going into more debt. But, I can't even really wrap my mind around it anyway. I think if I had paid off all my debt from undergrad already, the idea of going into more debt again would carry more weight. As it is, my ed awards from AmeriCorps, such as they are, barely paid off interest from forbearance whilst in said AmeriCorps, so my debt hasn't really decreased at all. So adding to it seems less awful as it perhaps should.

Sure, I wish I had a benefactor, or someone who would pay for school in exchange for vegetarian meals and foot rubs, but what can you do? I want to write. I like NILA's emphasis on career writers and I am hopeful that emphasis may prove lucrative.

About the FAFSA: apparently, the government still only recognizes two genders. They still don't list AmeriCorps or VISTA as an option for earned income from the past year. They still ask you several times if you're married or have children, despite saying "no" every time beforehand. They still don't provide any support for people with disabilities who want to go to school, despite how statistically under employed they are, even after furthering their education.
I'm not exactly sure what I thought would be different about that...

I also just registered for my classes: one on the profession of writing: how to navigate publishing, rules for submission, deadlines, et; a craft course in nonfiction; and a workshop in nonfiction. I'm so excited to learn sub-genre writing, and to write something with an actual format instead of my usual ramblings.

Much more to do, but I'm feeling better now that I've started.


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LAST DaY
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Day 10: One Secret Plan
As soon as Heidi Swanson's Supernatural Every Day cookbook is available in Braille, I'm going to pull a Julie/Julia and cook every single damn recipe from it. I've already tried the Black Sesame Otsu and the Avocados with Mustard Seeds from the PDF sampler she put out. I do have ambition, yes indeed. Though you can't tell from how long it took me to finish this meme.
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Maybe someday I'll actually finish this meme
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Day Eight: Three pet peeves.
1. people who leave irrelevant comments on facebook statuses. Example status: "I like cheese." Example irrelevant comment: "Are you going to the secret rap festival next Thursday? I miss you!" Thanks for the sentiment, but that kind of stuff goes on my wall, not on my extremely important status update about cheese. I like to keep things organized, people.
2. The fact that I can ride the sketchiest buses up and down Lake and Chicago for hours, and no one pays me any mind, but the minute I get on the light rail I get accosted by old drunk men. Is there a blind girl fettish in the aging population that I don't know about?
3. Music snobbery. There is plenty of room for both Lady Gaga and Bartok in the world, y'all. Just chill the eff out, it's all art in its own way.
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Day 7
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Day Seven: Four silly quirks.
1. I have been going out of my way recently just so I can smell the lilac bushes at the house a few blocks adjacent to me. if I have to catch the bus, I will leave early, run down, look at the lilacs, and run back.
2. I can go for weeks without vacuuming but have trouble doing anything else if my kitchen is a mess.
3. I very rarely put butter on bread or toast. I just like the taste of bread. that's it.
4. My biggest fear is that my apartment building will catch on fire when I'm sleeping, so I always keep a pair of shoes and a jacket right by the door, in case I have to sprint out of bed in a hurry.
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Well Anway, Back to the Meme
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
1. The Betsy-Tacy series, especially if you're from the Midwest. I can't pinpoint what makes these books truly "midwestern", but there is something inherently so in this series. Wonderful, lovely, simple stories; clear pictures of individual characters; (Tib is my absolute favorite).
2. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. A traveling book, an epic saga in its own right.
3. Lip Service, Europe's short mini-series answer to the L Word. it slightly makes up for how painfully disappointing the ending of the L Word was for me.
4. Stiff by Mary Roach. Not for those squeamish about death.
5. The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems by Billy Collins. I love the playfulness of his poems. Clever and spare.
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10 day meme
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
1. Moved to Minneapolis
2. Served in AmeriCorps
3. Worked in Quito
4. Started learning how to work with, not against, myself
5. Got a tattoo
6. Learned to cook
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks.
Day Eight: Three pet peeves.
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

mre Meme-ing!
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Day Four: Seven (semi-) interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
hahahaha, that's a good one. Not interesting, but...
1. come on job interview tomorrow. I... need... this... job.
2. Stupid effing computer. This is so not the time for you to decide you don't like your hard drive any more. Thank God for my Netbook.
3. Lauren, for the love of everyone who has to look at you at Cedar Lake this summer, will you please buy a new swimsuit? Please?
4. Hmmm, what excuse do I have to go get a coffee from my favorite/cute/straight-as-an-arrow-dammit barrista today?
5. I love singing.
6. Ukulele! Ukulele!
7. I really need to make plans to get to GAP graduation in June. My favorite (shhh don't tell) student is graduating this year!

10 day meme
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
1. decisiveness
2. fashion sense (is this a quality?)
3. articulate...ness? awesome at communicating
4. kindness to strangers
5. kindness to animals
6. cookie-baking ability
7. ambition
8. patience
Day Four: Seven (semi-) interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks.
Day Eight: Three pet peeves.
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.
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More memes? Really!!?
Medieval blokes
the_rebel_piper
These are probably terribly annoying, but they help me with my compulsion to write and give me something to say.

Stolen from various friends' journals.
Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
1. Go back to South America
2. Write a cookbook (not necessarily for publication, for friends and family or, if no one wants it, just for me)
3. Play tin whistle in an Irish trad band
4. be a WWOOFER (worker on an organic farm)
5. Develop a close relationship with my brother
6. Go back to school (preferably not in Minnesota)
7. Live off the grid
8. Learn to like camping
9. Learn to ice skate
10. Make peace with myself
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi-) interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks.
Day Eight: Three pet peeves.
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

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