Monday, January 18, 2010

you're still a young man baby; don't waste your time

It's been a rough two+ weeks without the laptop. It's meant going in to use the work computer to get things done. That wouldn't have been so bad, if I hadn't still had that cold. Happily though, after 18 days of feeling like crap, I'm down to just some stuffy sinuses and an occasional cough -- which is pretty much status quo for me. Friday the tech came and set up the new hard drive, and I've spent some time over the weekend reinstalling all the software.

I'm still behind work-wise; in fact, I still haven't finished updating my syllabi for the new semester. I'm last-minute trying to write a letter of reference for a student who is graduating in the spring. And need to do some more grading for the internship students who have incompletes for fall...they need to be finished with their work by next week so they can start the second semester.

This last week I had another visit with the doc. I've been trying to eat better, and my bloodwork did show a drop in glucose, cholesterol, etc from last August. NOt where it needs to be, but on the way. I've only done Taco Bell and Papa John's once each this month, which is awesome for me. But I still have so far to go. He gave me a lecture about the exercise, which I haven't been working on at all. So, now I have to get my butt in gear there I have nothing else to do with my time, grumble grumble.

I took the train upstate on Saturday and had a lovely dinner with "Wistful" and her soon-to-be husband. We had a great time catching up on things.

Yesterday was a cold rainy day, but I was going stir crazy and went to the movies. I did a triple tear-jerker: Invictus, Lovely Bones, and Blind Side. I popped into the Dallas BBQ next door afterward to get something to take home, and as I was sitting and waiting, a Journey song -- Don't Stop Believing -- came on their music system.

The two young customers and the employee sitting on the bench next to me recognized the song from commercials and were commenting about liking it. I said that I had seen the group in concert in 1980 -- which pretty much blew them all away. Hell, it was probably before the two younger ones were even born. And as I was thinking about it, it hit me -- that was 30 freaking years ago.

I'm having a much harder time over this impending 50th birthday than I thought I would. And when things come up in discussions like that, it hits hard. There's a whole angst thing going on that's driving me crazy. Ah, well...this too shall pass, I suppose.


Anonymous said...

I've been following your posts, and read the one about you looking into a debt relief program. I've been thinking about the same thing, and, was wondering if you ever found out anymore about it? I did speak to someone, and, honestly, I'm a bit frightened by the process. I'd appreciate any info you have to share.

Spring said...

Hello! Yes, I'm going through a nonprofit called Greenpath (; they have offices in nyc. What I'm doing is called 'debt management,' which I think might be slightly different than debt relief, but maybe it's just semantics.

You just need to be sure you choose a nonprofit with a positive record with the Better Business Bureau. Don't get pulled into one of those for-profit businesses.

It's a daunting process, because it means pulling together ALL of your financial records. Greenpath allows me to input all my info into their online system, then I can make an appointment with them. They will contact all my creditors, negotiate payments and low/no interest. I make one payment to Greenpath (that includes a small fee to them for their services), and they disburse to creditors. As creditors are paid off, the $$ that went to them goes to another one, etc, till all are paid in full.

I had started the online process and then got busy with the holidays. Your comment is the push I needed to go back and finish the process.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. I've spoken to 2 different services, but still have an uneasy about the whole thing. I'll check out Greenpath's site. Good luck to you, as well.