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Well, we are under a mandatory evacuation order.  Yes folks, Hurricane Irene has set her sloe-eyed sights on Long Island and the rest of the tri-state area, after she gets finished with the southern part of the east coast.  We live far enough south on Long Island that we are under the mandatory order issued by our county executive.  They are making a very big deal of this storm, enough to make me very nervous.
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Right now, Irene is listed as a Category 2 storm and hopefully she will weaken as she comes up the coast.  But even a Cat 1 storm making a direct hit on NYC and the surrounding environs is a bad thing.  A very bad thing.  The Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail and the NYC subway system will all shut down tomorrow at noon. The subway system has never shut down like this. 

My son and his girlfriend will head north with her mother, to a friend's house up in Orange County.  David and I will be leaving soon to start driving to Vermont.  We had our vacation all planned out anyway, but we're leaving early to get ahead of the evacuating masses.  We will stay on the road for a few hours an then (hopefully) find a motel to get a few hours of sleep.  Then we'll finish the ride up to Burlington, VT and get Sarah moved into her dorm tomorrow.  (Come on, aren't you jealous?)  After she's settled, we will head up to Smugglers' Notch where my timeshare will welcome us.  By then we will collapse and sleep.  And worry because the worse will be hitting here sometme on Sunday.

What, me worry?

O yeah.

7 Dwarfs

Nov. 5th, 2010 01:57 pm
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I think I am several of the 7 dwarfs today.  I'm definitely Sneezy - started sneezing on Tuesday evening and haven't stopped since.  

I'm Sleepy and Grumpy for obvious reasons (i.e., see Sneezy).

The cold/allergy meds make me Dopey.

I could use a Doc but there is no way anyone could mistake me for Bashful.

I worked from home yesterday, which helped a bit.  There is a lot to be said for not making that commute.  But today I am back in NYC and wishing I had stayed home.  I think I will leave early.  David is already home - he got out REALLY early today.  Work is slow at his place and the bosses were taking off to their vacation home in *sob* Vermont. 

We're chewing over our plans for next year.  Obviously I want to be up in Vermont as soon as possible but there are factors that might make that hard to accomplish.  With the skank here at work creating problems I'm not sure working remotely full time is a good idea.  The last thing I need is to make the move up there and then lose my job because that little bitch is back here talking about me.  She's been doing that but since I am here in the flesh and everyone likes me (except her) the comments don't go far.  My boss is worried too - she has his boss by the gonads and we're both feeling rather skittish.

Also, David is worried about making the move up there because he doesn't want to be so dependent on me.  He would have to go full freelance and he's worried about how long it would take him to start making some money.  So we might stick around here a little longer, but even if we do would still be moving next year because we don't want to stay in our current house.  

1. It is too much house for 2 people.  The kids are both planning to stay in Burlington over the summer so to rent a 5 bedroom house in a every expensive area just doesn't make sense.

2. Currently we pay $2,250 a month for rent.  Yeah, it's way too much.  We had to stay in this area when we moved here 3.5 years ago because Sarah needed to finish high school in the same district.  Clearly, that is not an issue anymore.

3. We've had 2 cats die in this house and it makes both of us sad and sort of feel like the place is cursed.  

4. We hate our neighbors.  Really hate them.  Worst neighbors EVER.

5. If we stay in NY we would like to cut our commute down to just the NYC Subway fare and eliminate the commuter railroad fare.  Right now, we both have to buy LIRR monthly tickets.  I pay $311.72 for a combination LIRR and monthly subway pass.  That's going up to $352.92 as of December 10.  David just has to buy the LIRR monthly which is $232 and is going up to $254.  If we could drop that down to just the subway monthly, that would be a huge savings.  The monthly subway fare is $89 but it also going up, but still would be a lot less.

6. David loves living in NYC so if we could end up in Brooklyn or Queens I think would be very happy.  I would be fairly miserable, but it might be necessary.  We'll have to see.

Happy Friday, All!

Hmmm... just noticed I left out Happy.  Freud could do a lot with that I think.
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So we're up in Vermont for a combination vacation and stowing the kids' dorm stuff for the summer before they come home.  We came up on Sunday and watched the weather forecast like hawks before we left.  The predictions were for nice Spring-ish weather - 50s, 60s, some sun, possibly a little rain.  Our first day here we drove around and visited some of our usual haunts and it looked like this:

Click, 'cause you won't believe it... )
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So we're up in Vermont for a combination vacation and stowing the kids' dorm stuff for the summer before they come home.  We came up on Sunday and watched the weather forecast like hawks before we left.  The predictions were for nice Spring-ish weather - 50s, 60s, some sun, possibly a little rain.  Our first day here we drove around and visited some of our usual haunts and it looked like this:

Click, 'cause you won't believe it... )
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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?


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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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We're off on the road to Morocco! Well, not exactly. The kids and I are off to Vermont for a few days of college orientations, my birthday and some chilling in our favorite state. Sadly, David cannot come with us because the place he works for is a hellhole and rescinded his vacation days. I will miss him more than I can say but I am trying to focus on the positive - I will be in Vermont, my favorite place in the known Universe. I will be re-touring the colleges my children will be attending in a few short months. And three days goes by very quickly.

As the ever lovely [livejournal.com profile] bibliovixenwould say, catch you on the flipside my lovelies!
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We're off on the road to Morocco! Well, not exactly. The kids and I are off to Vermont for a few days of college orientations, my birthday and some chilling in our favorite state. Sadly, David cannot come with us because the place he works for is a hellhole and rescinded his vacation days. I will miss him more than I can say but I am trying to focus on the positive - I will be in Vermont, my favorite place in the known Universe. I will be re-touring the colleges my children will be attending in a few short months. And three days goes by very quickly.

As the ever lovely [livejournal.com profile] bibliovixenwould say, catch you on the flipside my lovelies!
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Well, we were supposed to be leaving for Vermont this morning.  In fact, by now we should have been well along on our journey.  However, when I double-checked our reservation yesterday I discovered that our first week at Smugglers is a Sunday check-in.  We have always gone Saturday to Saturday, so I can possibly be forgiven for assuming that this one would be the same.  Good thing I checked.  I don't think getting up there and finding out that we had nowhere to sleep would have been a particularly good bonding experience for any of us.

So, it's not so bad.  We get an extra day to pack and prepare, clean out the car, David can get a (badly needed) haircut and we'll get the car all ready so we can take off early tomorrow morning.  Perhaps the traffic will be a little better tomorrow as well, since many more people leave on Saturday than Sunday for a vacation.  Yes, I am Pollyanna personified.

I am a little concerned about the fact that this is a FAMILY vacation.  Both Aaron and Sarah are coming with us.  The last time we all went to Vermont together - 2 years ago - it was, shall we say, a less than successful trip.  The kids are too old for the camps anymore and they didn't seem to be very interested in meeting other kids at Smugglers and making friends and generally going off to do their own thing at all.  They clung to me - especially Sarah - like leeches and drove us kind of crazy.  David and I could not get a moment alone together.  I had to threaten them with listening to us make love before they would go away for half an hour.  I would have made good on that threat, by the way.  We may be old but we have our needs.

Well, we'll see how everything goes.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are primarily devoted to college campus tours for Sarah.  We'll be visiting UVM, Champlain, Marlboro, Castleton, College of Southern Vermont and Bennington.  Her primary criteria for choice of college comes down to: it has to be in Vermont, needs to be small and rural (the first 2 schools are being visited against her will, sort of), has to have a good English and creative writing department and if it had a good ice hockey team that would be even better.  Considering she managed to develop a stress fracture in her left foot and is stumping around in a $95 walking cast, this should be very interesting.  She has a tendency to whine; this ought to ratchet up the whining to Olympic levels.

But this will probably also be the last FAMILY vacation.  Sarah will be off to college by this time next year and Aaron (I hope) will start to pull away from his dependence on me and go off and do his own thing.  So I'll suck it up, enjoy my children and just hope that we don't hate each other by September 2nd.
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Well, we were supposed to be leaving for Vermont this morning.  In fact, by now we should have been well along on our journey.  However, when I double-checked our reservation yesterday I discovered that our first week at Smugglers is a Sunday check-in.  We have always gone Saturday to Saturday, so I can possibly be forgiven for assuming that this one would be the same.  Good thing I checked.  I don't think getting up there and finding out that we had nowhere to sleep would have been a particularly good bonding experience for any of us.

So, it's not so bad.  We get an extra day to pack and prepare, clean out the car, David can get a (badly needed) haircut and we'll get the car all ready so we can take off early tomorrow morning.  Perhaps the traffic will be a little better tomorrow as well, since many more people leave on Saturday than Sunday for a vacation.  Yes, I am Pollyanna personified.

I am a little concerned about the fact that this is a FAMILY vacation.  Both Aaron and Sarah are coming with us.  The last time we all went to Vermont together - 2 years ago - it was, shall we say, a less than successful trip.  The kids are too old for the camps anymore and they didn't seem to be very interested in meeting other kids at Smugglers and making friends and generally going off to do their own thing at all.  They clung to me - especially Sarah - like leeches and drove us kind of crazy.  David and I could not get a moment alone together.  I had to threaten them with listening to us make love before they would go away for half an hour.  I would have made good on that threat, by the way.  We may be old but we have our needs.

Well, we'll see how everything goes.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are primarily devoted to college campus tours for Sarah.  We'll be visiting UVM, Champlain, Marlboro, Castleton, College of Southern Vermont and Bennington.  Her primary criteria for choice of college comes down to: it has to be in Vermont, needs to be small and rural (the first 2 schools are being visited against her will, sort of), has to have a good English and creative writing department and if it had a good ice hockey team that would be even better.  Considering she managed to develop a stress fracture in her left foot and is stumping around in a $95 walking cast, this should be very interesting.  She has a tendency to whine; this ought to ratchet up the whining to Olympic levels.

But this will probably also be the last FAMILY vacation.  Sarah will be off to college by this time next year and Aaron (I hope) will start to pull away from his dependence on me and go off and do his own thing.  So I'll suck it up, enjoy my children and just hope that we don't hate each other by September 2nd.
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We're going to Vermont!  Taking a three day weekend and heading up to the place we love best.  The foliage is peaking late this year so we should see some good color.  And even if we don't, I don't care.  I need some time away from work and home and stress.  I need the peace of the Green Mountains and some good Cabot cheddar and some Lake Champlain chocolate and some cider from the mill.  I need time with David alone so we can just be together, not running from home to work and back and then out again to do food shopping and then to the dry cleaner and all the other mundane things that steal our time.

Damn, I can't insert a picture in here because we are so locked down here at work!  Rats.  Well, imagine a really great picture of foliage that I took last October in Vermont.

Sigh.. back to work.
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We're going to Vermont!  Taking a three day weekend and heading up to the place we love best.  The foliage is peaking late this year so we should see some good color.  And even if we don't, I don't care.  I need some time away from work and home and stress.  I need the peace of the Green Mountains and some good Cabot cheddar and some Lake Champlain chocolate and some cider from the mill.  I need time with David alone so we can just be together, not running from home to work and back and then out again to do food shopping and then to the dry cleaner and all the other mundane things that steal our time.

Damn, I can't insert a picture in here because we are so locked down here at work!  Rats.  Well, imagine a really great picture of foliage that I took last October in Vermont.

Sigh.. back to work.
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My Yahoo!

I'm in one of those moods where it seems that everything is ahead of me.  It's exciting and fun and a little frustrating.  I'm heading to California tomorrow morning for a meeting with a team of Yahoo developers.  I plan on coming home with an official Yahoo tee shirt no matter what!  I'll miss David and the kids but this is kind of exciting and it is always fun to travel on someone else's dime.  

When I get back, it is the weekend where Sarah is with idiotboy (a.k.a. her father, my ex) so David and I can swing from the rafters if we want to.  And I want to.  Next week is a short week - I'm only working Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday is the 4th and I'm taking Thursday and Friday off just for fun.  I hope David can take the days off too and we can play hookey together.

Fall Foliage spectacle in the Mad River ValleyAnd then comes the trip to England in August and then Vermont.  Have I mentioned I really need to get to Vermont?  It is my touchstone, the place where I am most at home.

David and I have picked out our town - Bristol, VT.  It has everything we need.  I want to live in a small town, know all my neighbors, stroll into the local diner and have the waitress bring over my tea and David's coffee because she knows what we drink already.  I want to watch the season change - winter, mud, summer (for 10 minutes) and then Autumn.  I won't mind the cold or the snow or the aforementioned mud.  

Ok, enough rambling.  I have work to do before I get out of here tonight.








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My Yahoo!

I'm in one of those moods where it seems that everything is ahead of me.  It's exciting and fun and a little frustrating.  I'm heading to California tomorrow morning for a meeting with a team of Yahoo developers.  I plan on coming home with an official Yahoo tee shirt no matter what!  I'll miss David and the kids but this is kind of exciting and it is always fun to travel on someone else's dime.  

When I get back, it is the weekend where Sarah is with idiotboy (a.k.a. her father, my ex) so David and I can swing from the rafters if we want to.  And I want to.  Next week is a short week - I'm only working Monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday is the 4th and I'm taking Thursday and Friday off just for fun.  I hope David can take the days off too and we can play hookey together.

Fall Foliage spectacle in the Mad River ValleyAnd then comes the trip to England in August and then Vermont.  Have I mentioned I really need to get to Vermont?  It is my touchstone, the place where I am most at home.

David and I have picked out our town - Bristol, VT.  It has everything we need.  I want to live in a small town, know all my neighbors, stroll into the local diner and have the waitress bring over my tea and David's coffee because she knows what we drink already.  I want to watch the season change - winter, mud, summer (for 10 minutes) and then Autumn.  I won't mind the cold or the snow or the aforementioned mud.  

Ok, enough rambling.  I have work to do before I get out of here tonight.








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