Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Burn, Baby, Burn

So about that whole working out thing...hasn't worked so well this week. Why? I will tell you.
Monday I wasn't feeling so well - it's been really cold lately and everyone's getting sick and my voice was going bad from my throat hurting so much. Didn't think it'd be a good idea to do a cardio workout and breathe hard, so I did something else I've been wanting to do lately: Go tanning. (dun dun dun)

Everyone that knows me knows I am whiter than Casper (Casper's actually clear so that's not hard, but whatever). I usually go and tan for about 6 minutes the first 3 or 4 times to get a pink base so when spring/summer comes I don't fry while driving to work. (5 minutes of actual sun burns me. No joke. The tanning's been recommended to me by dermotalogists so don't lecture me). So I went to use some old tans I had from like 2 years ago and said I wanted to go for 7 minutes in the conventional bed. Seemed good but about minute 6 something didn't feel right, so I checked on my way out that I'd only been in for seven minutes since it seemed so long. The girl told me yeah, only seven minutes so it should be like 11-12 since they had just changed the bulbs. MINOR DETAIL, GOLDILOCKS!!

So for the past 2 days I have been in severe pain. My burns have bulb lines (no joke) and now they have blisters. It's painful. Especially to wear clothes. :) I'm about the color of this background. So I'm not working out.

All the more motivation for next week, right?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Free School? OKAY!

SO...on top of my work reimbursing me for my Real Estate Class and paying outright (without me having to front the money first) for my test and renewal classes, I just found out that I get to go to school for the rest of the year FOR FREE. No joke.

Back in the '01 when I graduated from high school, I was awarded the Washington Award for Vocational Excellance. (WAVE) This was good for 2 years tuition at any WA state school as long as my GPA stays above a 3.0. and can be used anytime within 6 years. SWEET.

So my first quarter of college, free tuition, got mostly B's which was worse than high school, but enough to keep my scholarship. Winter quarter - not so good. Started getting the itch of "I-only-went-to-college-cause-I-wanted-to-get-away-not-cause-I-wanted-an-education" and decided social life was WAY more important than class. So I didn't get my scholarship spring quarter. Sucks. Then I left school and went to North Carolina, then came back, started working and have been wanting to go back to school.

Fast forward to this past September when I signed up for my Real Estate class...wonderful.
Wanted to start taking MORE classes, so I went and met with an advisor at the community college and discovered that I do still have a year's worth of credits left before I get my AA, but my Real Estate classes can count for some of that (and those can be done during work if I want to). So...I thought "Hey, I should call the WAVE people" and asked how many credits I have to be taking for a 3.0+ GPA to count towards my elligibility. Their answer? "More than one". "Do Technical College credits count?" (I took my real estate class there) "YES!" So I just found out that I can take the rest of the year's classes for free. No. Friggin. Way.

The next quarter doesn't start until March but I am SO EXCITED. I hate being in school, but I really want to use this since it's my final year of elligibility. It'd be nice to be working, going to school (for free) and paying off debt all at once. SO GLAD.