Financial Woes

I had a completely different post planned for today, but something happened that is preventing me from thinking of much else: my identity has been stolen. I found out today because I have credit monitoring and was notified when both Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile ran checks on my credit. I have my cell phone through AT&T and have been with them since I was 18; I haven’t even looked around at other cell providers, so I knew something was amiss. I was on the phone with Verizon, who were useless and tried to convince me that my credit had not been ran by them, when I got a call on the other line from a Verizon store somewhere in Florida telling me I was approved for the iPhones I had ordered and would be called when they come in. I let the guy know I’m in South Carolina and was not just in his store. He told me that someone had an ID with my name and address, and was using my social security number and date of birth. I freaked out and didn’t ask him questions I should have. I tried to call the number back, but my only options after calling were to listen to the store hours, or be directed to Verizon’s general customer service number.

I called the three major credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on my credit. I plan to actually freeze my credit because I won’t be buying anything in the near future that needs it. This whole situation is scary and annoying. I don’t know what else I can do about it. I tried to call the sheriff’s department in the city in Florida I got a call from, and they told me I would need to file a police report in my own county and state. This is frustrating because I don’t know who to file a police report against. Nothing has been bought with my credit yet, and no new lines have been opened, so I don’t even know what I’d write on a police report. Sigh. Does anyone have experience with this? Do you have advice?

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Goosebumps: Monster Blood

Monster BloodI am sick as a dog. I’ve been sick for about two weeks, actually, but I thought I was getting better. I didn’t show any symptoms Monday through Wednesday at school. Thursday, it’s like I hit a wall. Everything I had that I thought I was over came back at full force, and then some. I had a fever, cold chills, hot spells, a sore and itchy throat, and body aches. I was miserable during my classes Thursday, but since it didn’t hit until I was already at school, I toughed it out. I went to the doctor yesterday and got tested positive for the flu. Now I’m on Tamiflu, Gatorade, and lots of bed rest. At least I have Goosebumps.

I slept a ton yesterday and it really messed with my sleep schedule. While Josh was sleeping last night at midnight, I was reading Monster Blood. While I remember having read it as a kid, I didn’t remember much of it, so I might as well have been experiencing this book for the first time. It is my favorite entry in the series so far by a mile. It was well-written, it was engaging,  the characters were multi-dimensional, the plot had substance (and twists!), and the ending was satisfactory. I read it one sitting; I kept saying, “one more chapter,” and before I knew it, I had finished the book.

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Spring Semester Begins + Math is a Language

School started back yesterday. I have some really interesting classes this semester. I am going to talk about my schedule and first thoughts on my classes in the next few paragraphs. Skip to the heading below if this doesn’t interest you, haha.

I’m taking Math for Elementary Education 1 and 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 PM. The class is so long because the class is actually condensed. Halfway through Spring Semester, I’ll take my final exam for MAT 211 (Math for Elementary Ed 1) and will begin MAT 212 (Math for Elementary Ed 2), which will end when my other Spring classes end. Put another way, I’m getting 6 credit hours for this one slot of time. My professor is French and has a thick accent, but I understand him well enough. We haven’t dived in too deep yet, but from what I can tell, I’m going to struggle a little bit with this class because I was taught standard algorithm when I went through school, and I rely heavily on algebra. I’m so used to making equations to solve problems. This math is completely different than everything I’ve ever done.

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Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day has always been a day of reflection and hope for me. I look back at the previous year and try to think of my accomplishments. Then I look ahead and try to think of actionable decisions I can make to better my own life. I believe we bring our own happiness in this world, and it’s up to me to ensure I am living life in a way that makes me happy.

2017 was actually a pretty great year for me. I was trying to think of things I’d like to change in 2018, and although I came up with some resolutions, it was difficult because I feel like I accomplished so much in 2017:

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A Holiday Update

Hey, guys. I hope everyone is having great holidays, no matter which ones you celebrate! I’m enjoying my break from school, but work hasn’t lightened up any. Despite work, I’ve been doing a lot. I’ve been wanting to update everyone, particularly about my financial aid issue, but have been so busy I haven’t had time until now. I’m sorry!

This entry is going to seem somewhat random because I have so much going on that I want to write about. Please bear with me!

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