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Life has been the usual whirlwind lately, but good stuff really.  Work has been crazy busy but good.  I love working for Chris again - he's pretty much the best boss ever.  Feeling like someone appreciates what I do and working for someone who has my back is an amazing thing and not something I have been able to experience often.

We spent the weekend up in Vermont seeing the kids and enjoying our favorite place.  As always, the time was too short.  The weather was almost an exact repeat of our last visit, 3 weeks ago.  Alternately cloudy and sunny on Friday during the drive up, rainy, cold and miserable on Saturday and then gorgeous for the ride home on Sunday.  O well.  A wet weekend in Vermont is better than anything on Long Island.  I will have pictures of the weekend, but I haven't had a chance to upload them yet.

ETA: OK, I put the pics up!

On the positive side, I FINALLY got the official word from the Vermont student loan company that the loans for both kids have been officially FINALLY approved.  It took friggen' forever.  I thought I had finished with all the paperwork back in July but then the kids started getting messages from their financial aid offices that their accounts were frozen and they wouldn't be able to register for Spring semester because their accounts weren't paid.  So I called VSAC and asked what was going on.  It turned out they wanted 2 more pieces of paper from me.  I was tempted to ask them if I was supposed to know this via osmosis because they never sent me any notice of this, but I refrained.  It isn't wise to piss off someone you want to borrow money from.  Anyway, I sent what they wanted and all is well.  I checked on the VSAC website and the schools will get their money tomorrow (UVM) and Thursday (Champlain). 

What is freaking me out now is how I am going to handle paying all this back.  I had to borrow a lot of money to cover the balance of room, board and tuition for both kids.  Even with their scholarship money, their loans, grants and work study there was a substantial sum of money that I had to take out to cover everything.  It is kind of scary.  And this is just the first year, so I am not sure how I'm going to cover all of this for another 3 years.  Winning the lottery would be really helpful.  Of course, their father is no help whatsoever.  He is supposed to be on the hook to cover 50% of their college costs but I know I will never see a penny from him.  He'll just try and take credit for how great they have turned out, when he really had little to nothing to do with it.

For now I will enjoy the fact that I have 2 wonderful kids who are making the most out of their college experiences and trust in {substitute your favored deity here} that the future will take care of itself and I'll be able to manage all of this.  Somehow.

But do you wonder why I haven't slept more than 2 hours a night for the past week?

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Life has been the usual whirlwind lately, but good stuff really.  Work has been crazy busy but good.  I love working for Chris again - he's pretty much the best boss ever.  Feeling like someone appreciates what I do and working for someone who has my back is an amazing thing and not something I have been able to experience often.

We spent the weekend up in Vermont seeing the kids and enjoying our favorite place.  As always, the time was too short.  The weather was almost an exact repeat of our last visit, 3 weeks ago.  Alternately cloudy and sunny on Friday during the drive up, rainy, cold and miserable on Saturday and then gorgeous for the ride home on Sunday.  O well.  A wet weekend in Vermont is better than anything on Long Island.  I will have pictures of the weekend, but I haven't had a chance to upload them yet.

ETA: OK, I put the pics up!

On the positive side, I FINALLY got the official word from the Vermont student loan company that the loans for both kids have been officially FINALLY approved.  It took friggen' forever.  I thought I had finished with all the paperwork back in July but then the kids started getting messages from their financial aid offices that their accounts were frozen and they wouldn't be able to register for Spring semester because their accounts weren't paid.  So I called VSAC and asked what was going on.  It turned out they wanted 2 more pieces of paper from me.  I was tempted to ask them if I was supposed to know this via osmosis because they never sent me any notice of this, but I refrained.  It isn't wise to piss off someone you want to borrow money from.  Anyway, I sent what they wanted and all is well.  I checked on the VSAC website and the schools will get their money tomorrow (UVM) and Thursday (Champlain). 

What is freaking me out now is how I am going to handle paying all this back.  I had to borrow a lot of money to cover the balance of room, board and tuition for both kids.  Even with their scholarship money, their loans, grants and work study there was a substantial sum of money that I had to take out to cover everything.  It is kind of scary.  And this is just the first year, so I am not sure how I'm going to cover all of this for another 3 years.  Winning the lottery would be really helpful.  Of course, their father is no help whatsoever.  He is supposed to be on the hook to cover 50% of their college costs but I know I will never see a penny from him.  He'll just try and take credit for how great they have turned out, when he really had little to nothing to do with it.

For now I will enjoy the fact that I have 2 wonderful kids who are making the most out of their college experiences and trust in {substitute your favored deity here} that the future will take care of itself and I'll be able to manage all of this.  Somehow.

But do you wonder why I haven't slept more than 2 hours a night for the past week?

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The weekend up in Vermont with the kids was great.  It was SO good to see them!!  Well, mostly we saw Sarah.  Aaron was a little preoccupied with something we brought with us: his girlfriend, Lauren.  We only saw them for dinner on Friday and then breakfast on Sunday.  But Sarah hung out with us the whole time and it was sooooo nice to be able to hug her whenever I wanted.  She's doing great up at college - they both are.  I'm really proud of how well they are adjusting, managing their time and getting good grades.  

Sarah's dorm room situation has improved greatly.  One of her room mates in the squished triple got a transfer over to another dorm, so now Sarah and her room mate Nichole are by themselves.  UVM came and removed the extra bed and desk, so now they have a much more spacious setup and Sarah doesn't have to climb up to the top bunk anymore.  And she has underbed storage so she can use the cool shoe organizer I bought her.  

In addition to Lauren, we brought up the requisite goody bags of stuff, some indulgent, some practical.  I went to Trader Joe's and got them both a bunch of the healthy snack stuff they like and boxes of English Breakfast tea, mugs from home and apples from the orchard trip last weekend.  All items were appreciated.

I've posted some pictures of the fun and foliage here.

Hard to be back home again, but we're going up again in less than three weeks!!

So, how was YOUR weekend?


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The weekend up in Vermont with the kids was great.  It was SO good to see them!!  Well, mostly we saw Sarah.  Aaron was a little preoccupied with something we brought with us: his girlfriend, Lauren.  We only saw them for dinner on Friday and then breakfast on Sunday.  But Sarah hung out with us the whole time and it was sooooo nice to be able to hug her whenever I wanted.  She's doing great up at college - they both are.  I'm really proud of how well they are adjusting, managing their time and getting good grades.  

Sarah's dorm room situation has improved greatly.  One of her room mates in the squished triple got a transfer over to another dorm, so now Sarah and her room mate Nichole are by themselves.  UVM came and removed the extra bed and desk, so now they have a much more spacious setup and Sarah doesn't have to climb up to the top bunk anymore.  And she has underbed storage so she can use the cool shoe organizer I bought her.  

In addition to Lauren, we brought up the requisite goody bags of stuff, some indulgent, some practical.  I went to Trader Joe's and got them both a bunch of the healthy snack stuff they like and boxes of English Breakfast tea, mugs from home and apples from the orchard trip last weekend.  All items were appreciated.

I've posted some pictures of the fun and foliage here.

Hard to be back home again, but we're going up again in less than three weeks!!

So, how was YOUR weekend?


kukla_red: (Default)
Since I haven't had time to write up a real entry of the momentous events of the past few weeks (months!) I will instead delight your eyes by posting links to some photo albums over on my Facebook page. 

College pics:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=104062&id=643196731&l=2733385fba

Some college, some Vermont:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=105393&id=643196731&l=0eef5400f0

More Vermont:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=105245&id=643196731&l=8f226b9300

I hope tomorrow I'll be able to sit down and write a bit.  I need to do that in order to finish emotionally processing everything that has happened lately.

In the meantime, a heartfelt "thank you" to all who have been so supportive when I needed a bit of shoring up... like yesterday.  I was quite wobbly for a bit.

kukla_red: (Default)
Since I haven't had time to write up a real entry of the momentous events of the past few weeks (months!) I will instead delight your eyes by posting links to some photo albums over on my Facebook page. 

College pics:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=104062&id=643196731&l=2733385fba

Some college, some Vermont:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=105393&id=643196731&l=0eef5400f0

More Vermont:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=105245&id=643196731&l=8f226b9300

I hope tomorrow I'll be able to sit down and write a bit.  I need to do that in order to finish emotionally processing everything that has happened lately.

In the meantime, a heartfelt "thank you" to all who have been so supportive when I needed a bit of shoring up... like yesterday.  I was quite wobbly for a bit.

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