janetlin: (Crap)
This evening we got a phone call from Morgan's principal, saying that she's going to be sending out a "sad" email and wanting to talk to us before we read it. Now, despite that we had just picked up Morgan's _glowing_, concern-free progress report (YAYS!!), my pessimistic brain immediately thought, "oh god, she's been expelled." Seriously, wtf brain?! Turns out that due to enrollment and "demographics," they will be closing the school at the end of this semester. I replied, "CLOSING THE SCHOOL OMGWTF ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Oh my."

So. We get to go school-shopping. In May. Grr I wish they could have told us back in February while everyone was enrolling. I suspect pickings will be slim now. Not to mention DO WE NOT HAVE ENOUGH ON OUR PLATES THIS SUMMER WITH A BRAND-NEW INFANT? Jeebus. I'm... kind of numb right now, actually. Just the enormity of this is... wow. This school is perfect. Small, intimate classes (apparently too small), just enough extracurriculars, before- and after-school care, K-8 with an attached preschool. I know that families move and kids change schools mid-stride all the time, but I was hoping Morgan wouldn't have to, at least for a while.

The principal said there are four other local schools in this chain, that will honor our current tuition (though probably only for one year, and no mention of the registration fee. Hm, should have asked about that. Maybe the email will say), and that there will be transportation to those schools, so they are making accomodations and not just cutting us loose and leaving us to our own devices. Other parents, I'm sure, would be less bothered by that, but the thought of it just about gives me hives.

But the nearest other schools are about ten miles away (Morgan's current school is 3 miles from home, and like a 5 minute drive from my work). Now, depending on the nature and extent of the aforementioned transportation, that might not be a big thing as far as getting her to and from school, but I'm thinking about the other kids. How many of them would go to those other schools? Would she be able to take _any_ of her friends with her? And then there's Girl Scouts; Morgan's just about to bridge from Daisies. How will this affect the new Brownie troop she's supposed to go into? And there's all the outside-of-school stuff like Open House and the Christmas program and whatnot that would be _that_ much harder to get to. I already feel bad for being such a flake where my parental involvement is concerned.

Alan just mused - and I agree with him - that this is probably somehow a blessing in disguise. Things like this don't just happen. We're going to find somewhere for Morgan that will be even better, though it's hard to imagine it now, that will give her more or better opportunities, that will be a better overall fit for the family we're about to grow into that we can't even foresee at this point. So those of you who pray, please pray for us, that we'll find our way to where God wants us to be.
janetlin: (To be continued)
I am so, _so_ confused. Spoilers in comments. Someone _please_ tell me what the frak just happened.
janetlin: (To be continued)
I am so, _so_ confused. Spoilers in comments. Someone _please_ tell me what the frak just happened.
janetlin: (Tech support)
My Microsoft Word is thinking in metric, and I don't know why. More to the point, I don't know how to get it back to inches instead of millimeters. I'm not savvy enough to have consciously changed it (otherwise I would know how to undo it), so the only thing I can think of is when I beta'd [livejournal.com profile] allova's paper. I noticed the millimeters in the top and side rulers then, but figured it was just that particular file. But opening up a brand new document comes up that way now, too. Help, please!
janetlin: (Tech support)
My Microsoft Word is thinking in metric, and I don't know why. More to the point, I don't know how to get it back to inches instead of millimeters. I'm not savvy enough to have consciously changed it (otherwise I would know how to undo it), so the only thing I can think of is when I beta'd [livejournal.com profile] allova's paper. I noticed the millimeters in the top and side rulers then, but figured it was just that particular file. But opening up a brand new document comes up that way now, too. Help, please!
janetlin: (WTF)


The story. ... I didn't even know that sort of thing was possible...

Also, random side note: golden retrievers are awesome.
janetlin: (WTF)


The story. ... I didn't even know that sort of thing was possible...

Also, random side note: golden retrievers are awesome.
janetlin: (WTF)
From: this guy
To: [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat email, [livejournal.com profile] janetlin email
Subject: Your wedding 3rd May
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 19:18:10 +1200

Hello Melissa & Carlos.

I am Director of Music and Organist at St Aidans Church Remuera where you have your wedding booked.

I thought I had better contact you as the 3rd of May isn’t far off! I have tried to ring but the number on our list is correct ((sic)). Perhaps you could ring me please.

Home:
Mob:

this guy
Director of Music
St Aidan’s Anglican Church
Remuera

... I sent this guy an email explaining that [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat and I are not getting married May 3 (more's the pity), nor are we "Melissa and Carlos," and that perhaps there has been a mix-up and their email addresses are listed under our names, as our emails were under their names. I hope he's able to get in touch with Melissa and Carlos in time for their big day.

How does that kind of mistake even get made in the first place?!
janetlin: (WTF)
From: this guy
To: [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat email, [livejournal.com profile] janetlin email
Subject: Your wedding 3rd May
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 19:18:10 +1200

Hello Melissa & Carlos.

I am Director of Music and Organist at St Aidans Church Remuera where you have your wedding booked.

I thought I had better contact you as the 3rd of May isn’t far off! I have tried to ring but the number on our list is correct ((sic)). Perhaps you could ring me please.

Home:
Mob:

this guy
Director of Music
St Aidan’s Anglican Church
Remuera

... I sent this guy an email explaining that [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat and I are not getting married May 3 (more's the pity), nor are we "Melissa and Carlos," and that perhaps there has been a mix-up and their email addresses are listed under our names, as our emails were under their names. I hope he's able to get in touch with Melissa and Carlos in time for their big day.

How does that kind of mistake even get made in the first place?!
janetlin: (Angry)
To add to the WTF-ery of the colossal FAIL at casting Narcissa, I found this picture of Patrick Stewart while looking for ones of Helen McCrory that might possibly convince me that she will be a decent Narcissa. I have no idea why he showed up in my search results. ((ETA: Ah, 'cause she was in this show with him))



Patrick Stewart does spaghetti western? WTF is going _on_ with the world today?!
janetlin: (Angry)
To add to the WTF-ery of the colossal FAIL at casting Narcissa, I found this picture of Patrick Stewart while looking for ones of Helen McCrory that might possibly convince me that she will be a decent Narcissa. I have no idea why he showed up in my search results. ((ETA: Ah, 'cause she was in this show with him))



Patrick Stewart does spaghetti western? WTF is going _on_ with the world today?!
janetlin: (Jack)
WTF John Barrowman is _Scottish_???!

Was this a big duh to everyone and I'm just slow on the uptake? I heard he was British but raised in the States, hence the accent.
janetlin: (Jack)
WTF John Barrowman is _Scottish_???!

Was this a big duh to everyone and I'm just slow on the uptake? I heard he was British but raised in the States, hence the accent.
janetlin: (WTF)
Been a while since I posted a dream, so here's one from a few days ago.

The queen (played by Natalie Portman in all her Padme Amidala finery) is about to have a baby, so people are coming from all over to pay their respects. And I'm, like, on the staff, or a press secretary, or something, because I'm on the train platform, welcoming the visiting dignitaries as they arrive. One of whom is Boris Yeltsin, who was very smiling and affable and pleased to have me greet him in Russian, and whose hand when I shook it was big and warm, if a bit rough. He was attended by another man I didn't recognize (why not Putin?), and they were both in uniform. We also had delegations from China and Korea, and one of them was this guy. We all sit down at a dining table and the gentlemen start discussing what they expect when the new dignitary is born (whom everyone is certain will be a boy). Treaties, trade agreements, political babble that even my dream-self didn't understand.

The train whistle sounds again and I go back outside, assuming it's President Bush, as he's the only expected guest not yet arrived. But it isn't. Instead it's Johnnie, with Morgan, his mom, aunt, and two youngest cousins. They all go in to see the soon-to-be-mother, but I bring Morgan back to the summit room with me, and Yeltsin is delighted and starts playing with her. Then Johnnie's cousins come running in, and suddenly the dignitaries' faces change (as well as the Russians' uniforms), and it's no longer a summit, but a family dinner or something, albeit with people I don't recognize, except for the kids.

WTF?
janetlin: (WTF)
Been a while since I posted a dream, so here's one from a few days ago.

The queen (played by Natalie Portman in all her Padme Amidala finery) is about to have a baby, so people are coming from all over to pay their respects. And I'm, like, on the staff, or a press secretary, or something, because I'm on the train platform, welcoming the visiting dignitaries as they arrive. One of whom is Boris Yeltsin, who was very smiling and affable and pleased to have me greet him in Russian, and whose hand when I shook it was big and warm, if a bit rough. He was attended by another man I didn't recognize (why not Putin?), and they were both in uniform. We also had delegations from China and Korea, and one of them was this guy. We all sit down at a dining table and the gentlemen start discussing what they expect when the new dignitary is born (whom everyone is certain will be a boy). Treaties, trade agreements, political babble that even my dream-self didn't understand.

The train whistle sounds again and I go back outside, assuming it's President Bush, as he's the only expected guest not yet arrived. But it isn't. Instead it's Johnnie, with Morgan, his mom, aunt, and two youngest cousins. They all go in to see the soon-to-be-mother, but I bring Morgan back to the summit room with me, and Yeltsin is delighted and starts playing with her. Then Johnnie's cousins come running in, and suddenly the dignitaries' faces change (as well as the Russians' uniforms), and it's no longer a summit, but a family dinner or something, albeit with people I don't recognize, except for the kids.

WTF?
janetlin: (Angry)
What absolute _genius_ decided to move Transportation and Parking Services off-campus? I was running late to my class this morning, and since it's my only one today and I would therefore only be on campus for one hour, I opted not to be even later by finding this new location to buy my semester parking permit. Well, I should have. 'Cause apparently only the first _three_ days of the semester are permit-free, not the first week. Why? It's only one more day! So I got a ticket. Which I took to this new location, which is off-campus, on the _other_ side of campus from where it used to be, and there is now a fucking _freeway_ between campus and it. WTF? So I buy my semester permit, but apparently that doesn't spare me from having to pay the ticket. Despite that it's been less than an hour since the ticket was issued. And ticketing people on Fridays is ridiculous anyway because the lots are _never_ full. Okay, well, at least not the one _I_ park in, which seems to be a well-kept secret.

Yes, I know my case is weak. That's why I'm not asking them to change anything, and I'm not going to try to appeal my citation, but jeebus.
janetlin: (Angry)
What absolute _genius_ decided to move Transportation and Parking Services off-campus? I was running late to my class this morning, and since it's my only one today and I would therefore only be on campus for one hour, I opted not to be even later by finding this new location to buy my semester parking permit. Well, I should have. 'Cause apparently only the first _three_ days of the semester are permit-free, not the first week. Why? It's only one more day! So I got a ticket. Which I took to this new location, which is off-campus, on the _other_ side of campus from where it used to be, and there is now a fucking _freeway_ between campus and it. WTF? So I buy my semester permit, but apparently that doesn't spare me from having to pay the ticket. Despite that it's been less than an hour since the ticket was issued. And ticketing people on Fridays is ridiculous anyway because the lots are _never_ full. Okay, well, at least not the one _I_ park in, which seems to be a well-kept secret.

Yes, I know my case is weak. That's why I'm not asking them to change anything, and I'm not going to try to appeal my citation, but jeebus.
janetlin: (Headdesk)
So I just took the Comp test I mentioned in my last entry. We had to read eight short stories (one of which was Hills Like White Elephants. Eugh. Hemingway), not knowing exactly what about the stories we would be asked to write on. So I did so, bought my Blue Book, came to class and wrote my essay (How would the story be different if written from a different PoV? Would it be more effective if it had been?). At the end of the hour, the teacher says to close the books, put down our pens, and "the good news is that I will not be grading these. You've just written the rough drafts of your next essays, which are due on Tuesday." Buzwha?!

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