||[Jan. 16th, 2009|07:41 am]
Well, it's been awhile since I posted a real entry, so I'll try and actually do that today.
It's been going good and bad. I got laid off from Donato's at the end of last month, never officially, just stopped getting scheduled. After four weeks without being on the schedule, I gave up on it and moved on with my life, started filling out applications in Columbus, and hoped for the best. Nick's seasonal position ended, a little early, before Christmas because they wanted him to work 80 hours a week. When they scheduled him for 24 hours of work within a 36 hour period (with only an 8 hour break in between 12 hour shifts), he decided he was done with that bull and quit. Can't really blame him at all. He was driving for 3 hours round trip, and half the time when he got there, they didn't have enough work and sent him home early. The other half of the time, they pulled crap like 12 or 14 hour shifts (this was manual labor, keep in mind) and then there was their horrible scheduling. He started that job because it was supposed to be 4 days a week, 10 hours a day, but by the end of it, he was working 6 days a week and anywhere from 2 to 14 hours a day.
Anyway, so we've both been unemployed since the day before Christmas. We'd been saving up our money a little bit, and actually had enough to cover our bills through the end of January. And cue Sinclair's idiocy. I'm completely covered by financial aid, plus I get about $1500 in a refund each quarter. Because I took a mini-term class, I had to sign up for their delayed payment program until my financial aid came in. Well, someone decided to not notify the payment program that I was covered by aid, and they took $450 out of my bank account on December 22. It is now almost a month later, my bank account sits at -$950, and I'm running at about $1200 just in overlimit fees. I've been calling the bank daily, but because it was an ACH transaction, it could be sometime next month before they make a ruling on the dispute I filed. Sinclair is saying they did nothing wrong, it's completely my fault, and what do I want them to do, I mean, they're already refunding the $450, so what do I expect?
All in all, it's just royally screwed up. My brother helped me last month by paying my car insurance, and the bank let my car payment go through even though it put me more than $800 into the negative, because of the pending dispute. But now it's coming around to when bills are getting due again, Cingular is calling wanting payment and threatening to cut off my phone, and when Sinclair does get me my refund check, I have no where to put it. I'm out the $300 extra that I'd had stashed in there for this month's bills, soon I will have no cell phone, and I don't even want to think about the car payment or insurance at the end of the month. What's worse is Fifth Third's right hand isn't talking to their left hand, so we're also getting daily calls and letters threatening to close our account and send us to collections because of the negative balance. I'm just sick and tired of the whole thing and am going to try and open a new account somewhere else when I get my refund check. What sucks is up until now, Fifth Third has been great. But this has been going on for 3 weeks now and they told me yesterday that it will be another 3 to 4 weeks before I'll know if anything does get done. It's so painfully obvious, from all the paperwork I gave them, that Sinclair is at fault for this, and they are refunding the overpayment, so why can't they just say "we'll forgive these fees" and be done with it?
The good news is, I have a hopeful job prospect. I'm very nervous about it now, because I interviewed on Tuesday and they said I'd either be getting a call (if good news) or a letter (bad news) within the next 7 days. It's now Friday and I haven't gotten a call. I haven't gotten a letter yet either, but I'm getting worried. All their hiring goes through their corporate office in Virginia, so the person making the decision isn't even the person who interviewed me - they just sent on their notes to the home office to be reviewed. The background check they do is practically police level, and I know I have nothing bad in my background and I was completely honest about everything, so I have no worries about that. But I'm still nervous. It's in Columbus, and it would be such good money and such good hours for school. I don't want to mention where it is or what it is to prevent cursing myself. Just keep your fingers crossed for me, because this would be a great opportunity for me.
Also, if Nick decides to go through with it (really hoping he does) he's been hired for a trucking position. It'd be on the road and I'd only see him once every 2-3 weeks. The only company that was willing to hire him and pay for his training was close to the bottom of our list of companies to work for, because of the crappy off-time policies, and the pay and benefits weren't as good as the other companies. But, none of the other companies are currently hiring, so I guess a year's commitment with this company isn't so bad. After a year, he'd be free to go to another company. He'd be starting paid training the first Monday in February. He's still iffy about it, mainly because of which company offered him the position, but if one of our top companies offered for him, he'd definitely take it. Though it will mean a lot of time away from me and a lot of strain on our relationship, without the money it would bring, I'm not sure we can stay in Ohio any longer, and we both want me to graduate from OSU before we move. He's willing to do this for me, and I'm willing to let him do it for me, and concentrate on my school and job.
His income alone would be what we made combined in Memphis, so we'd be able to have an apartment again. Our credit's a big issue, along with the cats, so we're also looking in to rental homes with private landlords that would be more understanding to our situation than big corporate leasing companies. I was looking at apartments in Columbus right after my interview on Tuesday and found several that I liked, but none that were perfect, so we'll keep looking, especially as nothing is set in stone on either of our employment yet.
Classes are going great this quarter. The online format suits me perfectly. It's closing in on the second week of classes and so far I'm maintaining high A's in all three classes, and planning on keeping it that way. I want to make Dean's List again so badly, and with the one A for this quarter I've already got from mini-term, I have the chance to bring up my GPA drastically. Right now I'm floating around a 3.0 so I'd like to see it rise significantly after this quarter. This will also finish out almost all my GECs necessary for Ohio State, and I can get started on the more hard-core classes. I'm going to continue taking classes online at Sinclair until I get them all finished, I think. I can take my next math class and all my history classes online. That would leave me with the remaining math (four classes) and all my physical science classes to complete my major pre-reqs, and then I'd have about 8 classes actually in my major to complete and I'll be done. I'm finally starting to see the finish line, and it's hard to believe that after taking classes on and off for the past 5 years, I'm finally about halfway through my degree. A little more than halfway, actually. Along the way, I'm going to end up with my associate's from Sinclair, too, a general liberal arts and sciences degree, because of all the classes I've been taking. Finally, a degree of some sort!
I'm trying to keep a positive outlook on things. I'm trying very hard not to let things get to me, especially the situation with my bank account. My family and friends are amazing, and they have done so much to help me out in my current and past situations, I know I can count on them for anything. Things are starting to come together. We're probably moving to Columbus by spring break, which means I'll be back home at OSU for spring quarter. School is going well, and I'm getting ever closer to being an Ohio State alumni. So I'll just keep on trucking till I get there!