Tuesday, January 19, 2010

One Productive Morning...

It's only about noon thirty, but so far today has been absolutely crazy.  It's been a long time since Matt and I have had such a productive day!  I was up at 6:30am this morning after getting to bed at 1:30am, which is rare for me because I love to sleep.  I just couldn't stay asleep, there was too much noise in my head.  When it's outside racket, like snoring, or alarm clocks, or barking dogs, it annoys me but I can likely as not shut it up.  When the racket is inside my brain, there's no such luck.  So, rather than resisting and getting more annoyed, I gave in to my chatter-box subconscious and got up and got around.  Matt, surprisingly, wasn't too far behind me, though he didn't get to bed until hours after I did.

When 8am came I called the business office at Tarleton and got them to remove a hold for the unpaid balance on Matt's account, as we paid it over the weekend.  When that was done, and I went to register him, I found that he had another damn hold for overdue library materials, so I called and it turns out that he turned in the book, but we owed them $6.50.  Annoying, but manageable.  The man is absolutely not allowed to check books out of the library, he can't remember to take them back.  Though, I suppose I shouldn't talk, I'm really no better.  I once checked out 7 books on Anne Bradstreet and forgot to take them back for so long that the fines were about $45!  I know I suck at remembering to take them back, so I don't check them out.

After making all the business phone calls I needed to make, we headed out to Tarleton so I could pick up my diploma.  I was informed last week, rather rudely, by the school's graduation coordinator that my degree was conferred December 12th, but that diplomas would be available for pick-up on January 19th.  Okay, I get that there's a distinction, but did she really need to be so mean about it?  If she doesn't like working with students, she should find a new job!  I'm trying (and failing, mostly) to remember that I would be just as annoyed if I got 50 phone calls a day asking when degree's would be available.

When I got there, they had moved them to the front.  I headed around to pick it up, gave them my name, my ID number and the lady looked at me blankly and said, "It says on the paperwork that Matthew Hammond will be picking it up."  Then, they told me my diploma wasn't in the hanging file with the others.  I just about freaked out.  My name was on the list of graduates to receive a diploma, but they couldn't find it.  The lady behind the counter kept asking me, "Are you sure it's undergraduate and not graduate?"  Well, duh!  I should have told her that if she had a Master's Degree in that folder with my name on it, I'd gladly take it.  Instead, I told her that Matt was on there as an alternate person who could pick it up, and that he was in the car if they needed him.  It seemed a bit silly to me, but she said no that it wasn't necessary.  I find it a little funny now, but at that moment, I was not amused.  They did eventually find it, which is awesome but it wasn't in any sort of envelop, they just handed it to me and told me congratulations. I walked away smiling, and then when I got outside, half-way to the car, it nearly blew out of my grasp, which again made me nearly freak out!

So, from there, I went to the library to pay his $6.50 fine and then we were off from there to Wal-Mart where I got a frame for my diploma.  I was really worried it was going to get messed up in the car without a folder, either from my oily fingers, or from the dirty car.  I had gotten a really nice frame for it the other day, when I was at Wal-Mart with Melanie, but the diploma is way too big for the frame I had gotten.  The first frame, which is now being used for my Long Ridge Writer's Group certificate, is only 8 1/2" x 11" and my degree, it turns out, is actually 10" x 14".  The thing is freaking huge... not that I'm complaining, mind you!

After that, we went to Matt's doctor's appointment, which took about and hour, and afterward we went to Hastings where I got Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Matt got "They Live" which is a movie with Rowdy Roddy Piper (or all freaking people!).  We also got two gaming books for Mage: The Awakening, which is the system we're playing right now.  Then, on the way home, Matt got a migraine.  He took one of the pills his doctor gave him, which should have worked, but didn't.  So, again, I'm concerned, especially because the prescription for that particular medication is like $200 for 5 which is just not manageable, especially without prescription coverage, considering he gets migraines a few times a day right now.  Hopefully he'll start feeling better, then we can go do the rest of the stuff we had planned, like having 1/2 price appetizers at Montana and getting our hair cuts, we both really need it!

Anyway, I'm off to see if he's feeling better.  There were going to be pictures but my camera doesn't seem to want to take good pictures of the damn things.  I think I may try again tonight, when there's less glare from the windows and it's darker in here.  Maybe then, with the flash off, it'll catch a good pic for me to post here... fingers crossed!