Econ Win?

Jan. 24th, 2017 10:16 pm
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Okay, so I've complained a bit about my Econ professor. And he still has policies that I'm not happy with. But, I'm doing the reading for a quiz I have to take, and suddenly I'm thinking better of him. He posted some PowerPoint slides, and they're talking not just about globalization, but putting it in very modern terms. Which is nice, anyway, as it makes it easier to understand and apply it to real life.

But what's making me happy is sure sounds like my prof is anti-Trump. I don't know if he wrote these slides or found them somewhere, but either way, he's using them, so I doubt he disagrees with the content. At any rate, he's nailing him for how his administration will likely screw up not just our economy, but possibly others, as well. And why basically everything he said about global trade during the election was a big fat lie. =D Now, this is nice, anyway, but my last two Econ books have read like the author had some pretty obvious Republican leanings. That was annoying. So, it's nice to see a different Econ teacher taking a different track.

And I can't help but wonder how this class is going over, with the other students. There are a lot of ignorant, redneck Trump voters in the midwest. I'd imagine there are some in at least one iteration of this class. Part of me's feeling a little schadenfreude, because they're getting schooled. But then, I can't help but think...they're probably too stupid to understand or accept it. =/ A common trait of these bozos is that their fingers are firmly planted in their ears as they chant 'La la la!' to anyone offering them facts that contradict their 'beliefs'. And, too, you would hope that most of the college educated types wouldn't believe him anyway. But, you would hope that he wouldn't have gotten elected in the first place, so at this point...anything can happen. =P

...I don't know. This post is a little random and pointless, but for once, I didn't have trouble slogging through my assigned reading, and it made me smile. So, here I am.


Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:40 pm
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Okay, so this is one of many reasons why I like online courses. Or, it normally is, anyway...

My Econ class had a live-chat today. The professor said we'd get bonus points for 'showing up', so of course I did. It basically consisted of us being able to see the professor's screen, and hear him talking, with the students being able to ask questions through text. Sounds okay, right? Well, not quite. See, I couldn't understand a word the professor said. Seriously. His mic wasn't good, and his accent was super thick. I'd be able to catch a couple of truly random words here and there, but by and large, it was complete gibberish to me. Which, okay, this 'lecture' isn't our only source of information. Still. That was something that I hated about in-person classes. Sometimes you'd get a professor with such a thick accent that you couldn't understand them. They might be wonderful people, but it sucked taking a class with them, because it made things so much harder. That's one nice thing about online classes...this usually isn't an issue. Emphasis on usually, I guess.

So now I'm wondering how often we're going to do this, and if what'll come of it in the future. If it's like today, and I can get points just for showing up, that's okay, I guess. Though, I'd much rather be able to understand my professor!
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I swear, I'm about to start tearing my hair out, here.

Okay, so I said before that I'm looking for a new laptop. Well, apparently most of the laptop manufacturers suck, because I can't seem to find a single device that has everything that I want. I keep finding devices that look good, and I get excited, thinking maybe I've finally found it...but no, it's missing one thing that I need. And not always the same thing! But always something. I want to scream.

This got long... )

...And I could probably go on, but I should really stop now. I'm just really frustrated right now. =/


Jan. 16th, 2017 11:26 pm
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I am an idiot. And I fail at time management, or something.

I said before that Dad upgraded my desktop for me as a gift, and that I was going to upgrade my laptop myself. Well, I initially figured that I'd wait a bit. Give myself time to get used to Windows 10, acclimate and all. Then I'd upgrade my laptop. But I screwed up. See, I need Access 365 on my laptop in order to do the homework for one of my classes this semester. This semester...which has already started. And guess what won't run on WinXP? Yeah, Office 365. So, I have to have a new laptop, and I need it yesterday.

Laptop flailing )

I've found a few that I'm looking at. I'll have to look them all over, and see what the differences are, and start deciding what's important and what's not. And how much I want to spend. Because I have got to get this thing ordered, pronto. Until I get it, I'm stuck doing my CIT170 homework after hours, on my desktop. And by that time of night, I'm usually about ready to fall asleep. Not so good when concentration is needed. Hell, I have to do that tonight! Go home and do this homework. No idea how long it'll take, but I'm already exhausted, and in no mood for this crap. But I gotta do it, so. Guess that's incentive to get off my indecisive ass and pick a laptop already. I don't want to have to keep doing this!


Jan. 9th, 2017 09:23 pm
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Well, I finally got my car back from the mechanics today!

And good lord, it sure took them long enough, huh? Looking back at my old entries, it went into the shop around 11/19. Today is 1/9. That's roughly seven weeks. Almost two whole freaking months. Although, to be fair, most of the blame lies on my dippy insurance company. They took damn near a month to even approve the claim. And they never said why. Mom and Dad thought that maybe they were debating whether to total my car; maybe the damage was near the worth of the car. Or maybe it just fell through the cracks, and got neglected. We don't know. (My bet is someone messed up. If they'd had a valid reason, surely someone would have said something.) But it took them way too long to do it, either way. And then, there was the repair time, which I knew would take a while.

But! As annoyed as I am that it took this long, I'm just happy to have my car back. <3 Now it'll just take a few days to readjust. XD I'd actually gotten used to the rental, so now I have to get used to my car again. That shouldn't be hard, though.
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...For classes to be starting up. =P

Both my KCTCS classes have been opened, and material posted. I'm not sure if classes have 'officially' started yet, but I can start poking around. Neither of my MSU classes are up yet, though. Not sure if MSU starts later, or if my professors are just slower than the folks at KCTCS. Either way, I'll keep checking.

And I've already hit a snag. Or, a potential one. My database design class says we need 2013 or newer Access and Visio. Access I expected, and I have access (ha!) to it. KCTCS gives their students free use of Office 365, so I can use that. According to Google, Visio is also part of the MS Office suite, but the KCTCS freebie doesn't include it. And I asked Dad about his copy of Office, but apparently it's from 2007. I thought he had 2013, so I was hoping maybe his copy would have Visio. But if it's that old, it doesn't matter if it does or not.

So, I'm not sure what to do. I don't have several hundred dollars to drop on a piece of software that I will never use again after this class is over. So, I really need a free (or very cheap) copy. The course syllabus says that CIT majors might can get it free from somewhere, but I'm not a CIT major. (Sadly.) So, I don't know. I guess I'll email my professor in a little bit, and see what they say. According to the course outline, we won't be needing Visio until March, so I've got some time.

Still, this bugs me. It's one thing to require basic Office programs, which most people either have or have access to. But I'd bet that most people who own Office don't have Visio installed. So I really, really hope they have some way for us to get it cheaply, or free. College is expensive enough without making us spend large sums on software that we'll never use again. >_>

Oh! And I almost forgot. I am already unkindly disposed toward my database design prof. The syllabus says that not only are exams timed (which is normal), but they will have a short time limit. "To be sure you prepared". Screw you, prof. Seriously. Lots of people have test anxiety, which can make it take longer to finish a test. Even if I study my eyes out, and know the material, I get nervous, and I try to go over everything carefully. Now, not only will I be worried about the test, I'll be worried about if I'll have enough time to finish it! Freaking jackass. Why would you intentionally make things harder, when there's no reason to? Jerk.
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I mentioned before that I'd gotten an update for my desktop for Christmas/my birthday. Part of that upgrade is a copy of Windows 10. That's a pretty big change from the Windows XP I was running before.

Just some thoughts )

I think that's it, so far. I'm still playing around, figuring things out. I may have more thoughts, later.
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I swear, I've been feeling short of sleep for about the past week or so. Normally, you'd think I could catch up a bit over the weekend, right? Yeah, not this time.

This got a little long... )

So, I'm running on somewhere between 3 and 4 hours of sleep right now. I'm barely coherent at this point. I do get to go home earlier, since my shift started early. I think I'll come home, have my bath, and then try to get to bed somewhat early tonight. *Crosses fingers*
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Take a look at that timestamp. A little after 5:00AM. Guess where I am! >_>

Second verse, same as the first! It's just the same as the last two times. When I tested it toward the end of my shift, I found that the information for Saturday wasn't in the handheld. So, I start calling people. First I call E, my boss. No answer, so I leave a message. Then I try CJ. No answer, left a message. Next, CL. No answer, left a message. Same with M. I tried them all again. Nothing. I try calling J; I didn't think he could fix this, but I had to try. He actually answered on the first call, bless him. But I was right; he didn't know how to fix it.

So I keep cycling through E, CJ, CL, and M. M answers after a while, but he didn't know how to fix it, either. So I keep calling the other three. Again. And again. And again. This goes on for an hour or so. I even try calling N, who's my boss's boss. No answer. I keep trying everyone. I text N, telling him what's up, since I couldn't get his voicemail when I called.

A little while later, N calls me. He got my text is on the way in. Huzzah.

So, N comes in and we try to figure out what's going on. But neither of us can really pinpoint anything. So, he suggests that I run through my processes again. Okay, fine by me. So I rerun everything. Once it's done, we check the handhelds and thankfully, the data seems to be showing up now. Hurray.

This particular problem happens from time to time, so I'm a little used to it. But honestly, I'm getting really pissed about the fact that almost no one in my freaking department will answer their bloody phones after hours. I mean, I get it. It sucks to get a call in the middle of the night, when you're trying to sleep. It's not fun. But, fuck. You're supposed to be on-call, in the event of technical problems like this. That means it's your freaking job to keep your phone where you can hear it, and to actually get up if it rings! Ugh.

I emailed my boss, telling him what happened. And I asked him for permission to try some fixes myself, in the event that I can't reach anyone the next time this happens. (Such as rerunning my processes, like we did tonight.) Because I can't just leave it, if I can't get ahold of someone. It has to get fixed. So, if no one will answer their freaking phones, then I need to have at least one option to try and fix it myself. We'll see what he says.

...And my last thing just finished up, so I am out of here. I think I'll stop for breakfast on the way home~
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Well, I hope everyone who celebrates it had a good Christmas. <3

I had a nice one. We exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve this time, and we all got some nice things. I got a pretty good haul from RightStuf's annual holiday sale, so I've got lots of new anime to watch. Really looking forward to that. And I got other fun stuff, too. Mom got me a Princess Luna plush, which is super cute, and a neat hairclip that's supposed to give your ponytail some volume. Oh, and a mermaid tail blanket! It's really cute, and it'll be great for keeping my feet warm. And Dad's going to upgrade my desktop for me. I've needed to upgrade for quite a while, so this is a really nice gift. I'm a little worried about changing to a newer OS, but then, I always am. And I'm a little excited, too.

For dinner, Dad smoked a turkey breast again. Ever since he got that smoker, he loves playing with it. And he's good at it, really. The turkey was delicious. And Mom made some good sides to go with it; mac & cheese, potatoes, etc. It was a nice meal.

The only downside was that Rich couldn't come home. He's swamped at work, and he's been on-call for the last couple of weeks or so, so he couldn't leave. I think we're going to try to visit him soon, but I'm not sure when. I know Mom mailed him some of his gifts, so he'd still have something to open on Christmas. But we'll give him the rest when we see him, I guess.

And on a non-holiday-themed note, I ordered my textbooks for the Spring semester yesterday. That was fun. >_> Over $400 for four books. Ugh. I know it could be worse, but still. I think that's the most I've spent on books thus far. And the Spring semester starts something like halfway through January. So, I don't have much break left. Sigh. That's always a bit disappointing. All I can do is try to make the most of the time I have left, I guess!

I think I might want to try watching some of my new anime soon. I won't be able to binge watch a bunch of series like I did this past summer, but I could get one or two in, probably. Depending on how long they are. And that leads to the question, what to watch first? =D
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Ugh. Somebody in my company really fails at communicating things clearly.

Okay, so you all know how my company handles holidays, right? I've talked about it lots of times. When there's a holiday during the week, we get that day off, and work the Saturday of the previous week. Simple enough.

This year, both Christmas and New Year's fall on a Sunday. I figured this could go one of two ways. Either we'd just work like normal, or we'd observe the holiday on a weekday (usually Monday). A couple of weeks ago, they sent out a memo saying that we'd be observing the holiday on Monday, the 26th. This is what I somewhat expected. So, that means that we'll work on the Saturday before, and have that Monday off, right?

...Well, apparently not. >_>

I was running my processes today, using the 24th as the next working day. Shortly after I finish, I get a call from one of our dispatchers, S. She asks if I used Saturday's date, and I told her yes. She then tells me that we're not working on Saturday, but on Monday instead. So I tell her that I'd heard differently, and that I wanted to call my boss and clarify. So I call him, and get his voicemail. After a little while, S says that she thinks P would know, so I try calling her. She answers right away, thankfully, so I ask her what's up. Apparently we're going to not work on Saturday, and the people who normally would work a Saturday, will work on Monday. I guess everyone else gets it off.

And I have no idea how they're going to pay us for this. Normally, if I worked a Saturday, I'd get overtime. But this being on a Monday, it won't put me over forty hours for the week. So I won't get overtime. We also usually get holiday pay for the actual day of the holiday, but since we're working, I don't know how they'll handle it. Will we just get paid like a normal day? Will we get that, plus holiday pay? No idea. I emailed my boss, hopefully he can answer me on Monday. Or, Tuesday, now that I think of it. He probably won't be in on Monday.

I'm honestly a little ticked off about this. First, I'm annoyed that they didn't give clear instructions for how we'd be working. This is a deviation from the normal procedure, so they really needed to explain it better. And I'm ticked that I won't be getting overtime. I always like getting extra money, but especially at this time of year. I just hope they give us something extra for working that day. Guess I'll have to wait and see.
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Well, to continue with my holiday baking, I've done a few more batches of cookies. One of which was a little special. I just finished making my grandma's cut-out cookies. She used to make these with us every year for Christmas, when we were little. Of course, she'd do most of the work; mixing, rolling out the dough, baking. But she'd let us cut out the shapes and frost them once they were cooled. And of course, as a little kid, that was a lot of fun. They're tasty cookies, but I've always had a soft spot for these just because of the memories involved. Whenever I eat them, I remember being a kid, making cookies with Grandma. <3 So, it was really nice to learn how to make them. Yeah, they're pretty labor intensive. (I see why Mom left these for Grandma to do with us!) They're definitely a once-a-year cookie. But I'm glad that I can make them now, if I want. <3


Dec. 15th, 2016 06:28 am
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Well, one thing I wanted to do while I'm on vacation is to try my hand at baking a bit. I'm trying to learn to cook, and I thought that baking would be easier for me. I'm not completely inept; I've made cakes from a mix before, and cookies once. But still, I wanted to try a bit more. Plus, it's coming up on Christmas, and we always bake a lot for the holidays.

My first attempt was actually a new recipe. I've always liked spice cookies, but we don't make them often. One reason for that is that the recipes we have for gingersnaps/gingerbread all set up hard and crunchy, and I think we all prefer softer cookies. So, off to Google I went. I found a recipe for soft gingersnaps, and Mom agreed that it sounded good, so we tried it out. And it came out really well. Very tasty, and the cookies stayed soft. I'm kind of excited about it, so I wanted to post the recipe.

Soft gingersnaps )

I definitely think I'll be making this one again in the future. They were super easy, and really yummy. <3


Dec. 10th, 2016 05:29 am
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I am done! =D Took my tests at the beginning of the week, and even had my grades by the end of it. I managed straight As; I'm really happy. I wasn't sure if I'd swing an A in that silly writing class, but I did. Yay~

Also got M trained, which went okay. He's a nice guy, and I'm sure he'll do fine while I'm out. And that said...I am now officially on vacation! <3 I am going to veg, and it will be glorious. =D

Finals Week

Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:44 pm
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Well, the end of the semester is upon us. As always, I'll be glad to be done. I'm ready for a break!

Things are actually slightly less stressful this time around. Out of four classes, only two have finals. My writing class doesn't do tests, so all I have to do there is turn in a final portfolio assignment. It's written, all that's left is to revise it. If I even do; as per usual, the feedback from my classmates wasn't useful. Just several 'good job' type comments. Which, I mean, I hope I did do a good job, but it doesn't tell me anything to change, y'know? So I may just hand it in as-is. Haven't decided yet.

My Econ class just didn't have a final; the last test was the last thing, and it was just a regular unit test. I've already taken it, so I'm done with this one. <3

The two that do have finals, my Finance class and my Business Law class, both don't unlock until Saturday. So, I'll probably take those on Monday. I don't like taking tests on the weekend, if I can help it. I kinda wish I could just do it now, and get it over with. Granted, it's not that much longer, but still. Hell, maybe I wlll take them over the weekend. Just to be done, you know? Eh, we'll see.

Besides taking my finals, I've also got to train M next week. He's the one who's been elected to cover my shifts when I'm out, and I need to show him the ropes. Granted, it's nothing hard, and I'm sure he'll manage just fine. Still, it's always best to have them come in for a couple of nights and go over everything, just to be safe. And it has to be now, because I'm taking my vacation on the following week. Really looking forward to that. <3 It's always nice to have time off.

Let's see, what else...Oh, Christmas shopping. I still need to finish up. I am such a procrastinator. =P Every year, I tell myself I'll start early, but I never seem to manage it. Ugh. I have everything for Rich. I'm almost done for Mom; I still need to order one more thing, and then another thing I ordered isn't here yet. And I haven't even started on Dad yet. ^^;; I do have ideas, I just haven't gotten off my lazy butt to order them yet. I need to do that soon. Plus, I need to make up a list to give to Mom of gift ideas for me. I'll be checking out the annual RightStuf holiday sale for that, probably.


Nov. 26th, 2016 02:45 am
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Okay, take a look at this timestamp. It is nearly three in the morning, and guess where I am. Work! Yeah, we're having technical issues again. Looks like the same problem we had the last time I had to stay late on a Friday. You know...the time I didn't get out of here until after 8:00AM. >_>

And, just like that time, practically no one will answer their God damned phones. I swear, my department collectively sleeps like a brick. I have tried literally everyone in the department, many more than once. I lost track of how many times I called E, our department head. Finally, just when I was about to go over his head, he called me back. And now he's doing pretty much the same thing; calling everyone else, over and over. Even the tech support for our handheld software won't answer the damn phone. (Granted, they've always been terrible, so this is no surprise.)

We're at a bit of a loss. So now, E asked me to go back and re-run my processes. No idea if this'll help or not, but hell, it's worth a try, I guess. So, I'm doing that.


Okay, finally done with the processes. It's now about 5:00AM, and it looks like things might be straightened out. *Crosses fingers* I'm going to try one more route, then I'm going home.
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Well, my car is in the shop, now. We thought it was going to be drivable, but when Mom tried to take it out the other day, she said it started jerking and acting pretty weird. So, rather than driving it to a bunch of shops for estimates, we just took it to a local dealership. They don't sell Fords, but they can fix them. No word yet on how that'll go.

But, one bit of good news. Mom called me last night and said that she'd talked to the insurance people, and they said our policy would cover us getting a rental car to use while mine's in the shop. But we had to go to the rental place today at 11:00. Now, this wouldn't be so bad, normally. But for a couple of things. First, they said that if I wanted to drive the car, I had to go, so they could put me in the paperwork. (And no, just giving them my license wouldn't work.) So, I had to get up at 10:30 today, which is really freaking early for me. Oh, and then I had to come to work at 2:00. =P I'd hoped that I'd have time to go back to sleep for a bit before work, but it didn't work out that way. We did get to go to Cracker Barrel for breakfast, afterward, though. That was nice.

So, I'm running on maybe three hours of sleep right now. I'm probably going to fall asleep as soon as I'm horizontal. But, we got a nice car. It's a little four door Hyundai sedan. I've never driven a Hyundai before, but it handles pretty nicely. It's even got a satellite radio in it, which is awesome. It's a huge improvement on the Mustang, that's for damn sure.

So now I have this car to take to work, and Mom and Dad can have the Mustang if they want to go out in the evenings. I'm glad for that.
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Dude, if life could stop kicking me in the ass, that'd be awesome. >_>

Okay, so yesterday pretty much sucked. First off, it's a long work week due to Thanksgiving being next week. I have to work through Saturday, which is always a bit of a drag. This is made worse by the fact that I've been half sick all week. Not properly sick or anything...just that weird, nebulous kind of sick where you feel like crap, but you can't quite put your finger on why. Less specific symptoms, more general crappy feelings. Bleh. So, that sucks. I felt worse yesterday than I had all week, so I just kind of huddled in my chair at work and waited for my shift to end. Got through my paperwork and such, but it was hard.

Yeah, it gets worse )

...So, yeah. Yesterday was not fun. =P
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Ugh. I swear, I'm not real smart sometimes.

See, I have this nasty habit of napping a lot during the weekend. Now, this might not sound that bad at first, but think about it. I get up at my usual time, then end up sleeping off and on for a lot of the day. Then, finally, in the later hours, I actually wake up and feel able to be productive and stuff. But by then, I only have a few hours before I need to go to bed.

Which is where I am right now. See, I usually go to bed around 7:00AM. It's now 8:30, and I'm still not tired. I'm already up past my bedtime, and I don't know how easy it'll be to get to sleep at this point. But even if I can sleep, I'll have to get up at my usual time tomorrow, so we can do our weekly shopping trip. So, I'll be short a couple hours of sleep, and I'll be tired all day. Which will lead me to want to take a nap when I get home from shopping. Which will start this whole stupid cycle over again. And I work on Monday, so that's really not a good thing. Argh.

And I swear, this happens most weekends, it feels like. I know better. I really do! But I keep doing it. What the heck, self? =/
wildvision: (Anthy - Stars have gone out)
...I have never in my life been ashamed of my country before. I am now. I always talk about how stupid the general public is, and how I don't really have much faith in humanity...well, apparently I had more than I thought, because I am genuinely shocked and sickened by this turn of events. I didn't really think it could happen. Surely we, as a nation, couldn't be this stupid, this hateful. Well, clearly I was wrong. And I don't know what we're supposed to do, from here. As a woman, this scares me. And even still, I know I'm better off than many. I'm white, I'm straight, I was born here. Many people fall into more than one group that Trump and his ilk are ready to attack. I'm scared for them, too.

I just...there are no words. How could we let this happen?
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