Wherein I characteristically ramble...

Today was so beautiful!!  If I didn't know better, I'd never be convinced that it's January!  Leave it to Texas to be 70 degrees and breezy one day and 20 degrees and foggy the next.  We went out late this afternoon to have lunch with friends and the weather was remarkable.  I passed on the jacket in favor of a light weight cardigan and was comfortable.  The instant I was outside I regretted having to get into the car, and days like that are so rare for me.  I am not an outside person, yet I'm given to wondering if there's any place where it's like this all the time?  Sadly, I doubt it.

Matt's still, unfortunately, not feeling well, which takes some of the joy out of beautiful days like today.  His sinus headaches have all but disappeared, having been discouragingly replaced with migraine headaches.  He hasn't had a migraine in years (since 2004?), so we think it's a side effect of the Azithromycin.  His head started hurting last night and didn't stop until this afternoon when I dug a Zomig out of the drawer and gave it to him.  Zomig is a prescription migraine medicine and it works wonders!  Of course, the Zomig I gave him was also expired in 2004, so it took more like 30 minutes.  It took the edge off, which is only about half of what it would have done if it hadn't been expired.   I know, it's bad to take expired prescriptions, but it didn't hurt him and it took the edge off.  In my defense, I did warn him that it was expired and he chose to take it anyway.

So, now that it's late and it's cooled off, I'm just getting around to doing the laundry.  I hate doing the wash, but with school starting back on Tuesday, I need to start getting things in order.  We got our notebooks and pens tonight when I went to Wal-Mart to get Tylenol and dog food.  My house is still a disaster, but I'll probably spend tomorrow night cleaning it up.  I hate to start a new semester with things in disarray, it sets a bad tone for the months to come, when I'll be too busy to clean it up.   Well, technically, I don't start back until Wednesday, so I could clean it up on Tuesday, but I have a lot to do on Tuesday.  I need to get a hair cut, go to Tarleton and pick up my diploma, register Matt for classes, and go to the bookstore.  So, Tuesday might be a bad day to try cleaning up, but I kinda sorta promised to spend tomorrow with Matt.  It's the last day of the holiday break, so when he asked me to spend time with him I couldn't exactly say no.

Oh, and speaking of books, check this out...  I went to the off-campus bookstores website and put all of the books Matt and I will need for the semester into the shopping cart to see how much they'd be.  Brace yourself: $850!!  I almost choked, and when I was over the shock, I laughed.  There is absolutely no way I am paying $850 for one semester's books.  Matt has two math classes, which was the largest part of the cost, but still, that's just silly.  I'm going to go to the bookstore and see what editions my books are and then I'm going to buy them on Amazon or at Hastings.  $850, Pfft!!  Then, when we were standing in the dining room the other night, I noticed that we actually have the Statistics book he needs and we had the following conversation:

Me: "Oh my gosh.. $165!!"
Him: "What?"
Me: *pulls the Statistics book off the shelf*
Him: "Awesome!! Can we sell it?!"
Me: *facepalm*
Him: *snicker*

The fact that we have that book is going to make things so much easier, but the rest of the books aren't going to be cheap.  Sadly, I might have to buy some of them at the bookstore because of what they are, which makes me pretty unhappy.  I hope like hell we can get away with paying less than $850 for books because that could make me cry like a little girl!  I swear to you, I die a little inside every time I buy textbooks and now they have rental textbooks, wherein one pays about 50% the cost, but has to give them back at the end of the semester.  It's a good idea, on the surface, but what're you really paying for?  I checked into it and I don't like it, it feel like yet another way to rip off students.

Anyway, I'm sure by now you've also noticed the no-so-slight change in appearance around here!  I love the other theme, and will probably go back to it at some point, but I just feel in love with this one and had to use it!  It's certainly not uncharacteristic for me to change my blog theme, but I hope you like it.  It was done by the same person/company who did the other one.  They do really nice work!  I only made one very tiny change from the one on their site, and that's the header and footer font.  I love the curly, curvy, scripty fonts and they were using something a bit more bendy.  I know, that makes zero sense, but that's the only way I can describe it.

So now that I've written more than I intended to, about more topics than I intended to, I'm off.  Wherever you are, I hope you had a good weekend and that the week to come is amazing!  Time to go tend to the laundry!  Good night. :)

2 comments

  1. Love the theme!

    Textbook prices are outrageous and as much as I hate government regulation of everything, I think they should get involved in this. It makes it very hard for people to go to school if the price of the books breaks their bank account! It's bad enough they want to charge you $200 for a book (ridiculous) but then they change the books every quarter or insist you get the NEWEST edition only, so you can't sell the book back and there are no (or a shortage) of used books. It's bullshit. If the government believes education is SO important, this problem needs to be fixed!

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  2. Thank you, I really like it too!!

    I couldn't agree with you more about textbooks. I've had a few professors who advise buying an edition that's one or two out of date, but most of them want certain books only. Some books can be sold back, but when you spend $150 on a used math book, and then you sell it back for $10, it hurts a little bit. It always makes me feel a little sick to sell books back, especially knowing that they'll sell it at a $140 profit. It's a serious racket and it takes advantage of a group of people who are trying, against increasingly difficult odds, to better their lives.
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