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Ummm...Happy New Year?

So it's been roughly three months here in the real world, and I've been busy enough to think about posting and never getting around to it.

Here's what happened in no sense of order or importance.

The holidays went relatively smoothly. Yay for little drama.

January was a blur. Jeff and I got sick from the passed around colds and such at Madrigal. Halfway through recovering, I went to DC for work for 12 days which was hell. We were understaffed and there for twelve days. But it meant I paid off my credit card! 

In the meantime, Jeff was so sick he was out of work for a week and had a CT scan. We now know the root cause of all his sinus issues: a deviated septum and a growth that mostly likely was caused by allergies. He goes to a ENT on Thursday so we will have more information shortly.

Erzuli's mass from September never really went away and was in fact growing, so back to the vet last week where we received confirmation of what we feared in the fall. It's a mast cell tumor which while surgery and chemo is recommended, the vets can only guess at about 18 months of extended life. It will be much easier on all of us to simply wait out the time we have. She doesn't appear to be in pain and continues to be her normal reclusive and  grumpy self, so until this changes, we continue life as usual.

Dentist appointment this week was just for cleaning and nothing else! Well, they put in for a nightguard but I've been told I have the molars of a 50 year old from all the grinding and having the headaches go away would be nice. We're just waiting to hear back from the insurance company.

Projects upcoming include:
        Finishing the 1780's gown - gather skirt, sleeves and edge finishes
        Mock-up of Jeff's pants
        Mock-up of my stripey zouave pants
        Designs for sister's wedding dress (our gift to her - wedding is in Jan)
        Design/Mock-up my dress for skylarks wedding - will be used to test out a back design for wedding dress
        Possibly pattern jumps and gown for Hidden Dirk - still waiting for measurements and confirmation
        Finish knitting fingerless gloves - would be awesome to at least finish one of the two by March...
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And then when I open this window, I feel like very little is actually worth posting. Anyway, work and life continue apace. 

Work has slowed considerably since October, I've been catching up on repairs and keeping track of local costumes than anything else. It's made work less hectic, but there may be a big wrench thrown in beginning in January. I'll have more news on that once I have more news.

I finished the 1780's stays in November, they look fantastic and I need photos but I also need a shift before photos. It shouldn't take long but I worked on a small pillow commission and I started a new knitting project. So I've been distracted a little.

There is a mid-January event in Jackson that we might try to go to, so I'm trying to figure out if I can get the Anglaise patterned and sewn by then to wear. I lack any sort of drive for sewing at the moment, maybe a deadline could help with that. I would also like to have some sketches of custom pieces I could create for Hidden Dirk ready for that event as well but again there isn't a whole lot of outside pressure forcing me to do it. If I want this to work out I really need some sort of business plan or concept with which someone can hold me accountable. Hmm... I need to think about this some more and see what comes of it. All of it is so fuzzy and undefined that I find it difficult to put down into words.
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We have too much stuff. And it's partly my fault. In the continued effort of organizing our apartment and trying to make a one bedroom flat store the same amount that the two bedroom townhouse with basement did, I concede that having the loveseat and the futon in the living room takes up too much space. The loveseat needs to go, it's a unitasker for all that it is comfortable and sits high. I complain that the futon is too low to move from, but mostly I'm lazy and need to be more flexible. We need the space that the futon currently lives in to have a place for the sewing machine, or at least for storage. Maybe move the desk that the TV is on over there and find something not as bulky for the tv and media equipment? Or is the desk too high to comfortably sew on? The serger could go on the typewriter shelf!! This bears more discussion with Jeff once he sees this.  Hmm, maybe the tv could go back on the little table and the treadle could become the side table ....or vice versa with the treadle as the tv stand....

We need to go through the fabric, cull and organize. Or at least ponder projects to use the fabric we have. I had the brief thought of using the box of samples in a quilt or something similar. ( This is your fault, [livejournal.com profile] skylark913 ! You and your invasive quilting habits!) It would knock out a bunch of them rather quickly. Boxes need to be aquired that fit the shelving and can hold quantities of fabric. The current underbed boxes we have don't fit well at all. And the cats will fur everything up if we don't box it up. All I can find on fabric storage is usually geared towards small quantities of fabric, quilters and the like or of unlimited space to store bulk fabric. We don't have the space for rolls of fabric, not and make it easily accessible. It'll take some playing and actual determination to do make things organized. It's been hard having the energy to work on it, but I'm going to try and change that.

In other organizing news, we got the bookshelves up in the living room, the kitchen shelves up and in there we also put up metal shelving, like what people usually put in their closets, in between the two cabinets we have. They overhang the sink and now our drying dishes can drip into the sink and not clutter up the countertop! It has been a delight to have that space back, although I don't know quite what to do with it yet.  The bookshelves still need some sorting, maybe a couple of shallower shelves for the paper backs.

It's looking like the budding relationship that was developing over the fall is a bust, at least for me. She's fallen hard for Jeff and out of interest with me. So much so, that she isn't even speaking to me. I'm apparently obnoxious and disliked, having been compared to a tv ( noisy, distracting and interfering) so much so that even trying to like me for Jeff's sake is not worth it. Talk about making a girl feel unloved. By the time I am willing to make any relationship work with her, she's given up and deemed it too hard. I guess we'll see how this works out eventually, Jeff still hopes something will work but he's also fallen pretty hard for her, even through the smoke and mirrors she puts up so that what we see of her is hid away so much even he is unsure of her feelings toward him.

In the workplace, I'll have been working here for a year on Friday. Which is awesome, I'm relatively secure in my position here and as long as this year continue better than last, I hope to continue working here for a long time. My review is tomorrow, I'm kinda excited and yet scared to see what the bosses are going to say. It's routine enough that I can prepare for the catastrophes that happen every once in a while, but not too stressful or boring. We're still planning on moving the office by April, but we haven't found a place yet that really fits. March is gearing up to be pretty busy, there are a couple of large events that happen all in the third weekend which will make logistics hilariously scary to deal with. Half of our office will be away and the world is bound to explode that weekend.
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I keep meaning to post. So here I am forcing myself to do so.

Last week was spent in Washington DC at the DC Auto Show. The company I work for is hired to run and manage Playland. We drove down on Monday, set-up Tuesday and then did office work during the mornings and had characters running about on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the evenings. Saturday was slow because of the snow, but it was about a 12 hour day for us. Sunday was better, busier and we were done by 6 and completely loaded back up by 10:30.

You can see photos of the show and Playland at the official photographer's website. The hardest part of the whole week was being away from home for the whole week. 

It was rough, but worth the huge paycheck I received for it. That will go towards shelves and the continued organization of our apartment.

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I really need to get back in the habit of posting.

I can go back over the last couple of months in detail, but that would take the rest of my day.

In short, we are moved in to the correct apartment. A small chunk of stuff is still upstairs, mostly clothing and things that need to be trashed. Hopefully, this week will see all this moved too, once the drums find a more permanent place than in front of our dressers.

The holidays were stressful, but now they are over. Things are being forced back into routine, though we haven't yet managed to plan our meals. We have a close friend who may be more, once she figures herself out and, while I hate to say it - grows up a little bit more.

I have purchased almost everything I need (still need shoes!) for a new dress. 1950's party gown in pink and orange...it should be interesting since I have almost no skin color at the moment. The goal is to have it done for Marcon. I hope to make another post about it later this week.

My boss gave me a new harddrive this week for my computer and now I have access to previously blocked websites. It makes work so much more exciting! Well, until I exhaust my bookmarks and then have to get to being productive. But! Access! I have also been here for nearly a year! The last month was slow all around but next week is the DC Auto Show, which we are managing a very small part of, and it is essentially the kick-off of our busy season. So next week I'll be in DC, missing Madrigal for the first time ever.

And now I think I am mostly up to speed and can now update as it happens.
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Well, let's see the last actual post was on.....Aug 6th, wow. 

We're completely moved out of the old apartment. We even managed to turn in the keys a day early. The managing company ended up being a little pushier than we put up with, so we didn't clean the apartment quite as well as we should have. Oh well, it wasn't as if we were getting that security deposit back, what with Evander's loving care to the door frames. He isn't as bad as a teething puppy, but wow he can inflict some damage.

So, in the new intermediate apartment, where there is very little space for people and cats for all the boxes at the moment but as we get more settled I think we can manage to make it home for the month or so it takes to finish up the actual apartment. The last thing to be transferred over is the Gas account, which won't be shut off at the old place until tomorrow, and then won't be turned on at the new place until the 3rd. 

For all the moving, we've been pushing to be more social and so several good things have come out of it.. Trivia nights down at Claddaugh, Python nights at [Bad username or unknown identity:    ] 's , and hopefully more nights at the WIld Goose Creative. Jeff and I went to a concert there, a father who plays late fifties folk music, and his son who is the lead singer for Common Shiner . It was fantastic. The music was great, the father told stories in folk fashion and his son's music was very reminescent of Bare Naked Ladies with a little more soul. I'm sure it sounds very different with a full band behind him but  Morgan Foster did a set that made me wish we had recorded it.

But back to Wild Goose Creative, there seems to be a Stitch and Bitch every Tuesday, the girls said it was mostly knitters but would welcome any needlework so anyone want to join up for a Tuesday to stitch and hang out? It'll give me one more day to work on my pocket project, which lately is only getting worked on when we go to Jeff's parents for dinner. His mom has a floor stand that makes stitching so much easier.  I'm almost done with the greens, when you do a floral scene there are a lot of greens. I'll try to post a picture before too much longer.

September looks to be a full and interesting month. O-Ren starts back up, which means Jeff loses all Saturdays since his boss helps run a booth down there.  On the fifth, we're going to the New Boston Faire out in Springfield. It's one of the larger 18th century reenactments on the west side of Ohio that aren't almost in Michigan. We went two years ago and enjoyed it, so off to see it again.  No dressing up this year though, with the sewing machines packed up. The 19th is [livejournal.com profile] whisperwheel 's and [livejournal.com profile] knightvln 's wedding (crap, I need something to wear!). The 20th is the Ohio Steampunk's Invasion of O-Ren. September is also the busiest fall month at work, we already have most of the costumes that I work with booked and two major events that are going to need some major staffing and I may get to go to DC. We hash all that out next week, I believe. OSU starts back up late September and so does Guild which means we may lose a large chunk of our social group to dealing with newbies and schoolwork.  

Ok, that was more than I had planned on bringing up but it happens when you're procrastinating.

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As of right now, roughly half of our possessions have been moved to the new apartment. Actually, they've been moved to the apartment above the one we will eventually live in. Today, my brother and sister drove up from Dayton to help pack, and wow, that was helpful. We finished off the living room ( most of it had been packed up on Sunday) and then moved downstairs to tackle the ever-growing pile of leather that Jeff has acquired over the years. It was quite a feat, taking two loads of my brother's Bronco and the Camry.

The apartment has taken a bit longer to revive than anticipated, the wear and tear of an old man living in the same space for 11 years, who neglected to tell them of leaks and issues like termites makes a big mess. Jeff tore down ceilings in the kitchen and bathroom, though that one mostly fell on him, as  well as the back wall of the bedroom last week. Saturday we made a party of it and put drywall up on the ceilings. Sunday my mom and step-dad came up and helped me pack up the living area and move some of the larger things first, along with the help of an awesome friend while Jeff started stuccoing the back wall back into place. Monday was more stucco, Tuesday and Wednesday I went to work and did working things. I feel bad only working 2 days, but it was really needed. I'll just have to make up for it in September. Work is great, they tend to understand emergencies like this and I try to leave them very little to screw up when I'm not there.

This weekend is the Salt Fork Festival out in Cambridge. It's a festival we've been vending at now for three years so we're pretty comfortable with going there and hanging out for three days. There shouldn't be too much drama.
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I'm seriously considering subscribing to Your Wardrobe Unlock'd . I been perusing it today while waiting for UPS and Fedex to bring me the 3 costumes that are still out for the week, and I have found so many things that would make the $10 a month worth it a million times over.

I don't really have a decent grasp of what my finances are at the moment, though which means I'll have to wait until I can check all the expenses over either Saturday morning before Bud's graduation party or Sunday at some point. I did order a new battery for my laptop so by Tuesday I should have a more functioning computer that doesn't shut off every time you try to move it, otherwise I would have probably smashed it to bits in frustration when it does it next and then have to go out and buy a new computer. This would be on top of the second set of school loans that are coming out of grace this month, and the fact that we bought a lovely new sewing machine on a decent chunk of credit which we will now be spending most of the summer paying off.

There will be pictures of that beauty at some point, Jeff and I have both broken it in by sewing something on it. Jeff currently working on some new garb and myself finishing up the promised cloak for my littlest brother whose birthday is next week.

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Booking Talent for Mascot work = Putting together a 300 piece puzzle with pieces arguing about where they're suppose to go.

In other words, I'm glad I work with the costumes.
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Why is it that it takes a station 3 weeks to respond to several voicemail messages and email messages about a costume they decided to keep for two more events.

Not only did they not respond for three weeks, but what they sent was a " Hey we sent you these reservation forms 3 weeks ago  by email to your super busy boss ( whose email isn't even on the reservation form!) , but we haven't heard from you.... can we keep the costume?"

Haven't they ever heard of a phone? Oh wait, that requires talking to people!
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So, I decided to stick to just one job for the moment. David's is great to work for but is stressful and would take up my time to get projects finished. Yes, I could use the money, but I'm not hurting for cash at the moment.

At 30 hours a week at Mascot, I have no problem paying rent and the bills, as well as putting some away for projects or trips. At 40 hours, things would be sorta cushy. Plus I get the opportunity to make extra money on weekends and things should I want to do so. 

When we move to the new apartment, rent will drop. His parents offered us the same deal as his sister but we don't like not paying some sort of rent.

So things are good here for the moment, I have to finish up a skirt and a pair of bloomers for Marigold which won't take too much time as long as I do it.

Honestly, it's all about having weekends and evenings. I spent all of college without either, dammit, and I want them back!
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Woot! Working at David's on Saturday....

Aw, crap. I have to wear dressy clothes.... I've been getting spoiled.
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Pictures of my latest two commissions are up at my Flicker site. Here for [livejournal.com profile] demonqueen666 's medieval madrigal gown, and here for the modernized corset.

There were challenges with both, though relatively minor. The woman who commissioned the corset is very straight through the torso and hip, so I played with seam placement and fabric choice to give an illusion of curve. It worked as well as it could, though I think adding a gathered skirt would increase the illusion around the hips.

I'm currently working on two projects for myself. One is a tailored jacket in striped blue wool with a shibori dyed silk lining. I need to do a bit of research first but hopefully it will be done in time to go with me to UNC for my interview and portfolio review at the end of March. The other is new faire garb which will be revealed in due course.

I wrote about getting a new job last week, right? Ok, so it was a one line post. I've been working for a week at the new place and it's going well so far. I'm the costume and shipping manager for a local character staffing and logisitics agency. I keep track of all the costumes in our fleet for our clients, process and schedule costume requests,  and make sure the costumes get to where they need to be when the customer wants them to get there.

So far I've dealt with mix-ups concerning dates of events,  requests that were verbal and therefore I had no record of the request - when the costume should have been there yesterday, and the inner workings of a company that only a few months ago had a fairly substantial turnover in its employees.

Right now I'm working about 30 hours a week, which is plenty of time to deal with paperwork, phone calls and things like laundry. But there is the good possibility that I'll get bumped up to full-time in a couple of months. Also, I get the opportunity to make even more money by helping out at events where our talent is needed! I'm doing one this Saturday at a local high school from 9 - 1, just enough time to make it worth it and still be able to work on other projects. 

<edit> OOh! It's apparently Pancake Day at the high school! Yum!

Pyr and I have been trying to be more social lately, a year off was plenty. So far we've been out and seen Coraline with a friend and to last night's Gaelic Storm concert at the Newport. Both were fabulous. Coraline was just on the edge of creepy kid's movie, the design was fabulous but the plot was on the level of an eight year old, very obvious and easy to follow. I'll need to read the book and see if it is as childish as the movie. I find it hard to believe it would be, having been written by Neil Gaiman. The Gaelic Storm concert was fantastic, they have such a great stage presence and I'm really glad they mix instrumentals in with the lyrical songs. They really show off the entire band's talent with the multitude of instruments they play. I wish they had opened up thebalcony so there was more seating, it would have made my back and legs less tired as well as being able to see a little better. For some reason, tall and stocky guys feel the need to stand in front of people who they could clearly see over.

Umm, let see what else is new? My application with SCAD is currently in review, I am working on my portfolio for UNC - it's harder because the format is completely different and I actually have to present it to a group so it needs to be very cohesive and easy for a bad presenter like me to show off. I'm also more nervous about UNC. From what I've seen of the program I think it will be a much better fit than Savannah, so I have to try that much harder to be accepted.
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Currently not getting any hours at Express... guess that's over with.

I need to by lacing rings for a new project, one of the last things to do for this outfit.

Commission is getting picked up  on Saturday it sounds like.

Set up a visit to UNC at the end of March, Drive down Saturday evening,  Drive back up Tuesday.

Need to stop and pick up a new large sketchbook,8x11 isn't going to cut it for some of the things I'm working on.

Portfolio pages are up at my flickr site it's currently on its way to Savannah.

Hopefully I will be getting my Fed tax return by tomorrow.

Sold out Madrigal on Saturday, it should be entertaining. I need to figure out my hair. Bella Visage ne LaBouche will be fun to play.

I need to use this week of no working wisely, I have plenty of projects to work on and finish up. I really can't afford to procrastinate much longer.

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  1. Pay Rent
  2. Move money around to pay rent (go to banks)
  3. Find a suitable storyboarding program for windows (any thoughts or ideas? I'm looking along the lines of iComic)  Found ComicLife, looks good!
  4. Rummage through sketchbook and find initial sketches and inspiration for projects
  5. Edit resume
  6. Call N about address for letter of Recommendation (UNC)
  7. Finish binding on commission corset - Ran out of black double fold bias tape, Damn!
  8. Put in grommets on commission corset- Tomorrow
  9. Finish up portfolio work - playing in Comic Life!
  10. Pictures of Pyr's coats- down to purple one
  11. Library run ( John Adams miniseries yay!)
  12. Sleeve fitting for new garb jacket
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I finished up the UNC online application, still means everything on that list yesterday still applies. Yay $75 down the drain....poor again until payday.

I don't want to go into work today, it is still snowing. Plus I think it will be a perfect close tonight as we just did a floorplan change. Exciting and cute new stuff for spring, such as a bunch of pretty things in green! and bold black and white prints, lovely linen blend wide leg pants. Makes me wish I got paid more.

Also, interview next week...hopefully things go well and I can tell you more about it later. It's not retail!!!!
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Ugh,  I don't want to go into work today, but since I'm down to one job that pays crap....gotta make money. I'm working quite a bit but it doesn't quite make things meet.

I do have two commissions in the works though, which should help. My step-mom wants a corset for photo shoots, so she came over yesterday and I ductaped her and have figured out a nice shape for her.  A guildian wants me to make her Madrigal and Faire garb, we've talked a bit but nothing too finalized. It's close to the end of the quarter so she is busy, I don't really expect a whole lot of action there until after finals.

My pink wool and leather coat now is pretty much finished....well I  have the lining together and the outside together. I  still need buttons, to make the buttonholes ( welted leather buttonholes!!), recuct the collar and finish that, add some padding to fill out the sleeves and back (leather is heavy !!),  add the "belt" to hid the wonky waist seam and a few more things....  Okay so it's not quite finished. At some point it may be.

I  have a portfolio session next Saturday.... I've scanned some things  but other than that not a whole lot has been done for that. I  have a week, right?
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So it's been about a month....


Third? week of Classes )

Work and etc )

With the Bloomington Faire canceled for this weekend, I'm finding myself with a day off that, looking at my assignments and how many weeks left until faire, I can't really afford to not have. It may mean haggling with my manager to get off whatever weekend that it is decided to be rescheduled, but I think that getting Pyr's business off to a good start is more important at the moment than a lot of things. Being at the faires is important to me and will give another perspective as to how products went over with the people, what reactions there were, and gives us another person to watch the booth.

Gah, I hadn't realized how long this had gotten. Must have needed to talk a bit. Well, there it is.
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Let's see, what has happened this week?

Ah, yes.

I've a sewing test with the Alterations Manager for Davids on Monday at 3:00
I meet with the Director for the Historic Costume Collection on Tuesday at 4:00 to discuss internship options.

I'm still failing Accounting though I've been told that the cure can make all the difference.

Still waiting for permissions for the two classes. Need to drop the one off at Drake Monday morning.

I have a fairly concrete idea for what I want to do for my garb. I need to order the 'old gold' wool and get started on patterning my effigy style corset. Yay for green and gold with blue and copper accents. I need to decide that if I'm doing sleeves, what color combination they would be as I want to stripe them. Gold and blue, if people are paying attention, might get me in trouble on campus but the combination would be so pretty. The jacket will have paned and puffed sleeves, green and gold with embroidery made of lucet cording in the copper and blue. Front hook and eye closing green kirtle with gold guards.

I want to use reeds in the corset, if only to keep it light and airy, which research has shown to be the best quality of reeds. The others being that they retain their sturdiness and don't warp as easily as plastic. I will probably have to add a couple of steel bones along the main lines to give a bit of flexibility but it seems that most of the flexibility of an effigy corset comes from how low you make the front point and how you attach the shoulder straps. I may not be doing a lot of bending, but I need to be able to move my arms for fighting, it just might mean I don't do a whole lot of rolling around on the ground...bah.

Further updates as I can stand them
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So that post I made over a month ago that promised another update within a couple of days, well it lied.

Here I am, over halfway done with the quarter and things are going... fairly well. Classes have had midterms and quizzes, though I seem to be failing Accounting, it is for lack of trying mostly. Hopefully, with trying and studying the next midterm I won't fail and will be able to bounce the grade up to a C at least. Other classes, such as History 112, Textiles 375 and my "Senior Seminar" ConSci 595 are going swimmingly. Though I owe a cover letter in the latter and need to have it written and turned in tomorrow. Crap.

Job is good, though they have cut hours a bit since they hired too many new people. David's Bridal, as a CSR though it seems I may have a chance to get into their alterations since we've has two people move on to better things and I have experience sewing. Yay for potentially more money!

Guild...guildguildguild. Still working up to faire, madrigal went exceedingly well for having two performances and lots of newbie servers. Still deciding on character for faire, mostly depends on how people interact for the next couple of weeks. Given the reaction I've been getting, I may change just to not have to worry about making things more complicated. I just want to have fun and play, and if I'm going to be a person another can't work with, well then I'll make it so they won't have to work with me. Whatever, I try to reach out and get bitten in response. Or I don't and get grumbled at for hating.

Now to have a good concept of how any woman is a decent fighter and yet chatelaine at a relatively upper-middle class household...I realize I'm jumping around subjects but that is how the thought processes are working. I kinda want to rant about things, but that may have to wait for a separate post. Garb workshops are coming up, I need to seriously need to organize and plan for those as well as Performer coordinator stuff as that should be fairly hammered out before the end of the quarter.

I want time to play Harold, but that had been pushed to the wayside for two classes that are completely online and require a lot of time on studying. While I haven't been putting a whole lot of effort into, I am aiming for more actual studying and hopefully understanding of the materials, especially in Accounting.


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