I'm reposting the link to my GoFundMe campaign. I really appreciate the kindness and generosity of the help I've received so far, but unfortunately I still need to come up with about $2000.
I got my car back from the body shop today, all fixed and shiny, but it also came with an electrical short issue that I've had to deal with twice in the past five years. The last time I had it fixed it was about $450 -- and that was in November of 2012.
So once again, if you can help out, even a couple of dollars, it would be so incredibly appreciated.
Here is the GoFundMe link: http://www.gofundme.com/zb3ueu2t
If you prefer to just do Paypal, my email address is email@example.com
If you can't help out financially, maybe you could do a signal boost. LJ, Facebook, Twitter, wherever. (If you do a Facebook post, don't tag me/use my whole name, please. For a number of reasons, I'm trying to keep the under family radar.)
I have a few things to list for sale; when I get that all figured out, I'll post a link on here, in case anyone is interested.
Thank you, everyone. From me, Matthew and Megan.
This is cross-posted to LJ's wish_list comm, and my LJ account.
Life has been fairly brutal lately, hitting me as always, financially. I'm behind in nearly all my bills (several months' behind); my checking account is severely overdrawn, and Matthew and Megan were in a car accident last week. They're fine; the car, not so much. It's drive-able, but it needs to go into the shop, and I need to come up with my deductible before I can even do that.
I've set up a GoFundMe account in the hopes of getting some help to get this all caught up, and maybe get a little ahead.
The link is here: gofundme.com/zb3ueu2t
(if you prefer to do paypal, my paypal address is firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you can't help or don't want to, that's cool. I totally understand. But if you can do a signal boost, that would be helpful and I would really appreciate it :)
**I do ask that if you do signal boost and put it on FB? Please don't tag my full name in there, because I really want to stay under the radar as far as my mom and sister.
Total estimated cost: $800 (assuming I just get gently used, or cheap tires).
I'm on disability (SSI), as is my son. Our total monthly income is $1466. My budget is stretched as thin as its possible for a budget to be; there is no surplus anywhere. My car is 13 years old, so I shouldn't be surprised that things are starting to need to be replaced/fixed, and it's still cheaper than having a monthly car payment, but it doesn't matter how cheap it is if it costs more than I have.
If anyone can, or wants to, help out, it would be very welcome and appreciated. My paypal address is kgasper at comcast dot net. (And if there's anything I can do in exchange -- beta read, research, typing -- I'm happy to do so.)
X-posted over on Livejournal.
He's in 065 this semester, which he has to have if he wants to pursue the diesel tech diploma, and if he wants to get a degree in either the diesel tech OR carpentry/construction, he'll have to go even higher. But I figure that's a problem for another day.
Right now, as of this date, in the 065 class, he's 100% on the homework and quizzes -- because they're online and at least in the case of the homework he can work the problems through until he gets 100%. The quizzes he's allowed two tries. With me helping, doing the bulk of the work, he's got the points there. But his first actual test grade -- even with two pages, front and back, of allowed notes -- he scored a 5%. Yeah. Five percent.
I told him from the get-go that if I helped him out with homework and quizzes, he still had to concentrate and get at least a 60% on each exam, in order to pass the class. That first exam score isn't exactly reassuring, and actually is going to make it harder, since he'll have to score even higher on the upcoming exams.
As far as I can tell -- and I plan to go to the school tomorrow to get Matthew and I in to see a guidance counselor to be sure -- if he pursues the carpentry/construction diploma he doesn't have to have any math beyond what he took last semester. This is what the checklist document says, when I pull it up:
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Area 1 = Written Communication, Oral Communications, Humanities, or Heritage (3 credits)
Area 2 = Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, WPP 200, EFM 100, or Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
So, one class for each of those two areas, to be taken from any of the sections allowed. He could continue with math if he wanted, but it's not required.
He's struggling so much right now, and we're stressing each other out over and over with this. I've suggested the math lab for tutoring, or even the adult education center that he goes to for reading/writing stuff, but all he says is "I hate math, I don't want to do it". He doesn't seem to understand that if he won't do it, he's going to fail, and that will mess up his GPA and his chances for financial aid. I told him it's better to withdraw from the class now, than to get a failing grade. His GPA is a 2.0, but it wouldn't take much to nudge it down.
Am I wrong for suggesting he withdraw? I told him that if it turns out he does need the math, whether it's for the diploma track he's on right now, or if he decides to go for a degree, or whatever... he can take it another time.
I'm honestly starting to wonder if this was a good idea, pushing college. I don't know if he can do it. I'm not sure if he can. I don't want to sound defeatist or anything, but I'm sure feeling that way right now.
As always, advice, suggestions, hugs, whatever... always welcome.
ETA: Here's the checklist for the carpenter/construction diploma, if anyone wants to see it: http://apps.elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/
For those of you who have little ones, don't forget to Track Santa this year.
One of my favorite holiday-themed stories ever, a series of five (unrelated) shorts by chase_acow: Five Ways Jensen met Jared at the mall during the holiday season. My favorite is the first one. I can't read it without crying :)
Some holiday music links:
The best version of my favorite Christmas song ever: Bob Seger - Little Drummer Boy
Another favorite Christmas song: Nsync - I Guess It's Christmas Time
A song that supposedly wasn't written about Christmas at all, but is still a favorite of mine this time of year: Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
One which I can't listen to without thinking of Brokeback Mountain, and my Joey/JC a/u where Joey owns a ranch *g* John Denver - Christmas for Cowboys.
Bob Segar doing Little Drummer Boy live, in Ypsilanti, MI (file format: .mp4, size: ~85MB)
( And finally, for those of you who are 80's kids like me, the original BandAid doing 'Do They Know It's Christmas': )
Hope you enjoy the links :) Happy holidays, everyone. *hugs*
I don't know, y'all. Will I move exclusively to Dreamwidth (or anywhere else)? Not likely, at least not any time real soon. I am in the queue to (finally) import my LJ over to the DW account, and I may start doing the cross-posting thing (or not, I haven't decided). I'm kind of waiting to see what, if anything, LJ does in response to the 10,000 or so comments its received regarding this latest code push.
Someone posted...somewhere, I can't recall now if it was in the lj_releases post, or somewhere else...that DW had somewhere in the vicinity of 21,500 new accounts created yesterday. That translates into a hell of a lot of lost revenue for Livejournal -- whether from paid accounts, account extras (icons, v-gifts, userheads), or just ad revenue. I was thinking of lost revenue in terms of paid accounts, etc., and then saw someone commenting in response to a user saying "I'll just let all my paid accounts expire and be a basic (free) account"...that unless you have an Ad Block program, LJ will still get revenue from the ads on the site for every basic account user. I'm not sure how that works, if you have to click on an ad or if they get some revenue just from the ad being there when a user logs in, but yeah. If I had the option of a paid account expiring and just using a free account, I would pack up in a minute and head out.
For now I suppose I should quit fretting about this and go get some stuff done.
ETA: A third link: http://news.livejournal.com/140511.
In addition to the glitch (or whatever) that has caused custom comment pages to be disabled, it seems that some people who turned OFF automatic payments are finding those have been turned back on. Y'all might want to double-check, if you turned yours off.
Scroll down to "settings" and click on "userpics".
They're taking away the extra line where we credit who the icon maker is. You'll have the option of browse the computer or enter a link, and one line to put text/keywords.
Also, from Twitter:
igrick: @veselova102 They don't like that we've removed the comments subject.
veselova102: @igrick they'll get used to it :)
igrick: @veselova102 I've no doubts ;)
Way to stay classy, LJ employees.
Petition: Livejournal, stop changing what isn't broken.
No, this isn't my petition; I found it while perusing the comments on lj_releases "Release 88" post. But just in case anyone else wants to sign it... :)
The most recent changes to LJ. The home page looks bulky and clunky. I keep wanting to downsize the print, but that isn't going to fix it. Also, the new comment pages? No. No thank you, even.
I've been on LJ for nearly a decade. I got an account reluctantly, because I didn't think I would be able to find time to do anything with a journal. Now it's kind of my link to social, cultural, political, everything. But for each "fix" you do on something that wasn't broken to begin with, LJ, you make me want to go somewhere else. Yes, I have a permanent account, so you're not making money off me in that regard. But, finances allowing, I buy extra icon packages. I buy virtual gifts for friends. I buy paid time for others when and where I can.
You probably won't really notice a difference in your revenue if I, by myself, were to leave. You might not notice it if a hundred or even a thousand people leave and take their business elsewhere. But I'd be willing to bet eventually the numbers will stop working in your favor. Maybe then you'll wish you'd actually embraced the concept of 'customer service', and listened to your userbase.
I wish every teacher was this open-minded -- because teaching kids as young as first graders, that's when they're most open and accepting of things.
Also! Huge thanks to pensnest for her gift, and to the anonymous someone who sent me a Kroger gift card. You are awesome :)
Now I just have to get my cards done and mailed...
This is aimed at little girls, almost-seven, and eight, so think princesses and magic and talking mice.
Got it sorted, thank you :)
When asked about Mr Burr’s suitability as a father the bishop said, “I do not know him and I am not accusing him of anything, but one thing is clear and that is that he has homosexual tendencies and he is going to receive a boy of 10-years-old and an adolescent of 13, and between them there won’t be a father-son relationship.” He continued, “He will receive two children at an age when they may be attractive to him, which could be a temptation“.
To balance the crazy a little, though, is this fantastic article about a supportive family with a transgender child: Jonas and Wyatt Maines were born identical twins, but from the start each had a distinct personality. The twin boys were identical in every way but one. Wyatt was a girl to the core, and now lives as one, with the help of a brave, loving family and a path-breaking doctor’s care. Check the first page for a picture of the now-14-year-old twins, Jonas and Nicole.
I've censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet--a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit: http://americancensorship.org/posts/
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"A Muppet Christmas Carol". It started out as a small-child-friendly concession, because I love the original black-and-white 'A Christmas Carol', but it was too creepy for my son when he was really little. But it evolved into Christmas Eve tradition: we sit down with snacks and blankets on the couch, and pop in the Muppet Christmas Carol.
There are others we enjoy watching (including, now, the original Christmas Carol), but that one remains a constant, have-to-watch-it-on-Christmas-Eve :)