Smile a little more than I used to and I like it that way

I’ve been bad at posting for quite a while now. So, this might end up being kind of long.

First, though, some randomness. You’re apparently supposed to be able to have LJ post a mini news story on your Facebook when you post a public entry. I turned that on before my last post, but… it didn’t work? I never got the “toast” they mentioned to ask if I wanted to cross-post. And. I’m not exactly sure how they know what your facebook is, since they don’t ask for info. I’m guessing it must be tied into your email address? I dunno. Oh well.

I went on vacation in August for my birthday. My best friend (Emily), and I went to Vancouver for a week, and we had a blast. We spent time on the mainland as well as on the island. I an desperate to go back again, there was so much we wanted to do but we ran out of time. I have pictures from the trip on my gallery.

Speaking of vacation, American Airlines is being evil and taunting me. I could get wonderful airfares to Toronto on Halloween weekend. That would be beyond wonderful since I’d get to visit Emily. But… yeah. I can’t. I can’t miss school (and I’d have to miss at least 1 day to get the cheap fare) and I really can’t afford it, thanks to the lack of a job. Ugh. Stupid evil teasing airline!!

Over the weekend, I saw New Kids on the Block in concert. OMG. That was an amazing show. I saw them perform 7 times as a teen (5 during the height of their fame, and 2 after Jon left the group). Seeing them on Sunday … wow. Laugh all you want, but they still can put on one helluva show. I would love to be able to see more shows on this tour, but alas… that previously mentioned pesky money issue prevents it. Oh well. At least I had a chance to go back in time and relive my youth for an evening, and have it turn out better than I could’ve hoped. 😀

School is going pretty well. I had a 4.0 for a very long time. I’m still getting all A’s, and -as of right this second- the lowest grade I’ve gotten in class thus far is a 90. But, that’s was on a quiz, and the average of all 3 quizzes for the module only counts for 30% of my grade. As long as I do well on the final on Friday… I should be able to keep my grade a high A. 😀 As I said, I have my final for module 2 on Friday. (We have “modules” instead of “classes”, but it’s the same thing.) We start Module 3 on Monday, and our final for that class is on November 24th. Then we have 1 last module, but that one is only 3 days long. So, I should graduate on December 3rd. 😀

Since I started school, I’ve been the best student in my class. (I don’t say that to brag – it’s actually leading somewhere.) The first module we had was Computer Basics — which covered Excel and Word. It’s a required prerequisite, and is supposed to help provide a basic knowledge of the two programs since they are so widely used. Well — I’ve been using both programs for years, so I knew about 99% of the material before we started. That meant, of course, that I moved through the material pretty quickly, as opposed to most of my classmates who were just marginally familiar with the programs. So, while James (my teacher) might be helping one of the other students with something, I was able to help out another one. That, of course, set a pattern for the rest of the classes. Thanks to my AR background at CompUSA, I pick up on most of the material pretty quickly. (I’m the only one in my class who isn’t changing fields, I’m just trying to get a “proper” education in accounting, as opposed to the minimal on-the-job training I’d had.) So, since I “get it” quickly, my classmates frequently turn to me for help when they’re struggling with something.

Out of my 5 original classmates (we started out with 5 people, but 2 finished at the end of August), I’ve had 4 of them tell me I should be teaching. On Monday, my teacher even asked if I’ve ever thought about teaching. The classmates who’ve said that to me have all said that I have an ability to explain the material in such a way that it finally triggers that light-bulb moment for them. And I do not mean that in a way that implies James is a bad teacher — he is an excellent teacher and we all enjoy him. But sometimes when you’re struggling with something, it’s hearing it phrased a new way or by a different person that helps it click. There have been times that Debra & Sylvia have been able to help me with something I’m struggling with in the same way, too. I really don’t think I’m teacher material, but it’s flattering that they think so, and that they turn to me for help.

Quick aside before I go further with teaching-related talk — one thing I’ve learned in class is that I do know Excel very well. There were even times that I was able to share something with our teacher that he didn’t know about Excel. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to attempt to get my Specialist Certification in Excel. I’m hoping to take an online course at the community college at the beginning of next year to pick up the stuff I don’t know on Excel that I’ll need to get my certification. The best part – the course also includes an attempt at the certification exam. So I’ll get a couple of credits, some more Excel knowledge, AND my certification all in one shot! Yay! 😀

Okay. But enough about Excel. Back to the talk of teaching. Time to get introspective, so that calls for a cut-tag

When this world makes you crazy

I have my new cell phone. I can’t use it yet, but I have it. I tried to get an unlock code, and the guy couldn’t find one. He referred me to someone else, so I tried them .. and they couldn’t find my code either. Sigh. The world is out to get me, it seems. One of the guys told me to try to call Cingular directly to get that code. So, I guess that’s my next shot. If I can’t do that — then it’s back to eBay, this time for me to sell the phone. I hope I don’t have to though, because I do like it.

Apparently, in this lifetime, I’m supposed to learn how to be a bitch. At least, that’s the way it feels, when life keeps trying to teach me the same lesson over and over again. I just can’t seem to learn it though. I’m too nice. I know this, yet it’s not going to change. Almost every time I do nice things for people, or am just nice in general, it always comes back to bite me in the ass. Twice this week at work alone, this has happened to me. Go out of my way to be nice, make things easier for people … and I end up getting screwed over. This is a repeated pattern over my whole life – I can’t even begin to count how many times people have burned me, taken advantage of my niceness, and then treated me like shit once they’ve gotten what they want. But, instead of learning to be bitchier, I just get more sad and jaded; yet I’m still way too nice for my own good. And I know this paragraph doesn’t really flow well or make sense — I can tell that as I’m writing it — but I don’t really care right now.

I bought myself a new domain name on Tuesday, for a grand total of 14 domains. Two of those technically belong to other people, but they’re still registered in my name. 😉 But, yes. I own a new domain – – and I absolutely love it. I adore the domain so much, I’m actually tempted to move to it away from here. Don’t get me wrong, I love having my own name as my domain – but I like that one more, maybe? Ha. We’ll see if I move or not.

Speaking of blogs, I added Snap Preview to this one. If you hover over any external link, you’ll get a little pop-up with a preview of the site. I think that’s just too cool. haha. If it’s too freaky, you can just click the little “options” button in the top corner of the pop-up, and set it so they don’t come up anymore. Hee. I already find myself hovering over links on other sites, and getting sad when there’s no pop-up preview.

I started upgrading the wordpress installations on my domain this morning, beginning with my lyric blog. Yeah. That didn’t go too well. Trying to update the databases after the update was installed gave me a fatal error, and now it doesn’t work. Luckily all the data is still there in my mySql databases, so nothing is “really” lost, but I submitted a ticket to tech support to see how to get this fixed. I’m a bit nervous to update this blog now, so I’m waiting until things get sorted out with the lyric blog first.

I actually knocked off one of the items on my 43things list (and one of my New Year’s Resolutions) over last weekend. I applied for my passport! One of the post offices in town sent out a flyer, stating they were having a Passport Fair. I stopped procrastinating, and went out to apply. It took me about 2 hours to get through all the lines, but I did it! My passport should be arriving in 6-8 weeks.