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Friday, April 13th, 2007
8:31 am
Verizon
On Monday, Joel called Verizon to schedule service for our new place and to stop service on our current place. Both to take place on 4/19. On Monday afternoon, I tried to call home and got "The number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service". After over an hour on the phone with them Monday night, we got it turned back on at 6:30pm.

Yesterday when Joel got home, he found out they turned off the DSL. When I left this morning, he was one the phone with them to get them to turn it back on, but said it wouldn't be for a week... AFTER we have moved. (He was waiting for a supervisor when I left.)

WHEEE!!! It's too bad that Verizon is the only carrier for the area. Although at this point, we might go with cable modem and internet phone.
Monday, April 9th, 2007
9:51 am
ICCAs... (mini-rant)
There were problems at the semifinal show. Nothing as HUGE as last years, but because of them, I may not be producing next year. (I'm still in limbo.)

In addition to that, I still haven't gotten PAID for ANY of my shows. This above all, makes me question if I want to do this again next year. I haven't gotten paid for doing the shows OR, more importantly, for the expenses.

THANK GOODNESS I cashed out my 401K for a previous employer. If I didn't we wouldn't have had the money for the deposits on our new place, let alone anything else.

Of course now that I write this, I realize that it is entirely possible that my check is sitting at the new PO Box since I gave them that address to use for stuff after 4/4. Please reafirm, in your own way, that the check is just waiting for us there. With Friday being my last day, we could really use having more than $150 for food in our bank account until April 30th.
Friday, April 6th, 2007
9:47 am
Homeless No More!!!
YEA!!! We got the place we looked at last Thursday.

3 bedroom, 1 Bath, HOUSE about 2 blocks from Old Town Camarillo.

HAPPY DANCE!!!

That just leave finding a job on the list... Today's interview will go well. (Damn It!!!)

Current Mood: hyper
Friday, March 30th, 2007
8:33 am
Moving Update
We looked at a place yesterday that we really like. It's a three bedroom, 1 bath home with a one car detached garage. It's a huge lot, but the house is rather small. Very doable for our lives right now and should definitely take us through to the set-up of his practice.

The owners had problems with their last tenants and it's been empty since last June. Because of these problems, they are being picky about who they are going to rent to. Others have applied, but there is only 1 applicant they are willing to rent to as of yesterday afternoon.

Realistically, we are a bit risky. Half of our income is coming from loans while Joel is in school. AND because we are moving 80 miles away, 1.5 hours away according to maps.google.com, I'll be looking for a new job. (BTW - Job prospects are really good with more $$.) But we are also moving so we can build ties to the community for his practice, so the last thing we want is to cause trouble.

So now we just wait and see what they decide.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
10:29 am
Happy "OLD" Day, Sweetie!!!
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
1:05 pm
Bummed....
It turns out the the owners of the place we want are keeping it on the market through April. Since we have to move between April 16-27th, we won't be moving into that place.

Knowing that we need to work on "plan b", I did a search for other places yesterday and a found a few more to check out.

So we will be up early on Saturday. WHEE!!!!
Monday, March 26th, 2007
2:02 pm
Holding...
The place we want to rent, lowered their sale price by an other $10k. They are DEFINITELY trying to sell it. Still not sure that it will help though.

If the market was better, the place would definitely be flippable. It probably needs $20k worth of work and it would be worth $50k+ more. But as it is... it's more of a rental and I don't know that many people are buying property to rent out right now.

Now, the owners just need to rent it to us now, so we can buy it from them in the future. It makes total sense to me. :)
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
12:15 pm
Job...
April 13th is my last day of work where I currently am. We have hired my replacement and she officially starts on April 2nd. That gives me 2 weeks to train her. While I'm not unhappy here, I'm looking forward to the new adventures that await us when we move.

The last week in February, I updated my resume on Monster very quickly with my current work info. I got a few hits, but nothing I'd be interested in taking. But yesterday, I took the time to REALLY update my resume. It turns out that I missed a few things that I should have updated, like saying I want to work in a different county. I also update my resume with our new PO Box, so that seems to have helped. I've gotten 2 e-mail replies about my resume since the update. Both are agencies/head hunters, but it's a start.

Today, I also did some more intense searching and found a few jobs I would definitely be interested in and applied to them.

I'm feeling good that I'll have a new job by early May that will bring in more income that I'm currently getting.
Monday, March 19th, 2007
1:34 pm
Moving Update
This weekend, we started our search for our new place to live. We didn't find a lot that we really liked. Some that we could live with but we would need to give something up to make it work.

HOWEVER, we did find a place that we like. It's a place we can see us living in long-term, but there is a small problem... The townhouse is currently for sale.

It's been on the market for quite a while and it's at the point where the owners can't really afford to keep it empty much longer. SO the realtor has said that if it doesn't sell soon, they will be leasing it out and we are at the top of the list to take it. (They posted it for leasing on the 15th.)

SO... please send us housing energy. We really want this place and our plan B options are just ok... not great. (Our best option is a sublease where we would be moving again in October.)
Monday, March 12th, 2007
1:52 pm
Table Time?
I'm very glad that I have table time tonight and tomorrow night... I have LOTS of fuel to use.

Saturday had a number of really HIGH points, but there is a BIG low point to it. (Yes, I'm being cryptic on purpose.) At this point, I still don't know all the consequences of it. Although at this point, I'm ready to "Bless and Release" the situation. (If only the others involved would do the same.)

An other low point of the weekend happened on Sunday when I managed to fall down 2 stairs and tweak some muscles in my foot.

Sadly, the emotional pain is out hurting the physical. (Maybe I'm not quite ready to release.)
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
9:52 am
Yesterday we discovered that the weird noise we have been hearing for about a month was our refrigerator... We found this out, since it no longer refrigerates. :(

The good news is that when we called Sears to get them to come out and service it, we found that Joel was smart and made me get the extended warranty. Since it doesn't expire until 2009, we are in good shape for the service.

The bad news is that we went to the grocery store on Monday night and we had to clean out the fridge of some of the stuff we bought Monday night. (Today is trash day, so at least that worked out.)

Also, it takes away the guilt of having to eat or throw-away some of the stuff in the freezer before we move next month. Now we can shop for some things to put in there... but only enough to get it through the next few weeks.
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
11:58 am
AWWW!!!

Debrah & Eugene are Proud to Announce the Birth of their Child, Jennifer, on February 22, 1975.
Unfortunately, Jennifer is the cutest baby ever and no-one can stop fussing.
Debrah & Eugene are crying in the corner.
What Did Your Birth Announcement Say? at QuizGalaxy.com

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
4:21 pm
I'm shameless, really.
As Jess said...
"One little compliment can make you feel amazing.

So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal, so I can return the favor. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag so that when you are feeling down, you can go to that entry for a quick pick-me-up and a smile."

Comments are screened.
Friday, February 16th, 2007
1:46 pm
The Secret
With all the attention "The Secret" has been getting in the media lately, specifically on Oprah 2/8 and 2/16, I feel compelled to comment about it. Joel and I watched it about a month ago. (We own the DVD.)

Some great information. Much of which I had heard before.

Since the movie came out, the speakers have refined their take on "the secret". I'm especially diggin' Lisa's new take on getting what you want. If you got to a restaurant and order something, you expect to get what you order... You thoughts are placing the order (consciously or unconsciously) and the Universe is just serving it up.

I'm not 100% convinced that this is the case in ALL things, but I feel it does apply to most of life's trial and tribulations.
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
8:41 am
AI & My Job
So last night was the first night of not completely crappy American Idol for the season. YEA!!!

For those who watched, the group with the beatboxer/vocal percussionist was the group Rudy was in. (Blake, the VP guy, is an a cappella guy from Seattle, so it's not surprise that they were working together.) The group ALSO did a great job and showing off the type of stuff that I've been producing for the past 4 weeks.

And for the record... I AM ashamed that I'm actually watching AI this season somewhat live and not days later on the TiVo.
Monday, February 12th, 2007
3:41 pm
4 Down... 1 To Go
I've successfully survived my 4th week in a row of producing the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella. YEA!!!

My next and last show for the year will be on March 10th in the Bay Area.

They were great shows, but I'm looking forward to being able to get other stuff accomplished in the next few weeks. Like cleaning and starting the process of packing.
Friday, February 9th, 2007
8:24 am
Music & Lyrics
Last night Joel and I got to see a screening of "Music & Lyrics". OH MY GAWD!! Anyone who grew up watching music videos in the 80's is going to laugh their asses off at the opener.

This is the 2nd movie in a row where Hugh Grant plays a guy who KNOWS he is past his prime. Excellent work. "American Dreamz" was funnier, but this movie feels more complete from the script side of things.

Clearly this is a "date" movie, but there is stuff for the guys too.

I give it a 8 out of 10.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
3:29 pm
Jitters
Saturday is the first of 4 weekends in a row of producing a cappella shows. While I'm a bit stressed by the process, I'm AM really excited about the shows. They are going to be great with some wonderful performances.

Process-wise, however, I a little frustrated that my first show is this weekend and not next. You see, my boss is trying to do everything for all the regions at the same time. So stuff that I wanted last week by the latest, I'm getting this week. UGH!

One of those things is the program. Actually, it looks like I won't have THE program until NEXT week, so today, I've been putting together a modified one that I can get copied. WHEE!!!

Anyway, things are coming together. The fact that CDs arrive today instead of tomorrow is good. It means the next box might arrive tomorrow instead of Friday.

Current Mood: nervous
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
11:45 am
WaMu
So it turns out the WaMu wasn't the problem... it was BOFA. The landlord was informed that a check bounced and BOFA told him it was ours, but it SO wasn't. Our check was fine and early and no problem what so ever.

THANKFULLY, Joel was able to convince him to call HIS bank and get the correct info. He wanted us to pay him cash today and he doesn't even have the check back from the bank to make a trade.

So no more worries about the rent this month. YEA!!!
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
12:23 pm
WaMu Bill Pay
Does anyone know how a check, cut through WaMu's bill pay system, can bounce? WaMu essentially transfers the check amount to an escrow account, so that when the check gets deposited, the money is there.

Now I know a stop payment on the check will cause the NSF, but if you cut the check and you didn't issued the stop payment... they can't bounce it. (Especially when WaMu has pulled the money and given you a transaction number.)

Current Mood: annoyed
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