Preparations continue

28 05 2009

It’s hard to believe how quickly the time is passing by.  I’ve got just over a month left until I leave work, and just over 2 months until the big move to Evanston.  There’s still quite a bit to get done between now and when I leave for Evanston, so it’s going to be a busy few months.  I have a moving company coming by today to take a look at how much stuff I have, and give a quote for the move to Evanston.  The internet quote they gave me was $2200-$2600, depending on actual weight, so it seems like it’ll be pretty reasonable.  I also decided to do the drive to Chicago in 2 days, since a 12 hour drive seems like a lot for one day.  I’m trying to decide where to stay overnight; there’s really nothing too attractive along I-80 between NJ and IL.  The trouble with all this is: I still don’t know exactly when I’ll be moving.  My lease starts 8/1, and I’d like to move the week of 8/3, but if I get a good offer on my condo and the the deal is contingent on a closing date before 8/1, I’ll need to move my stuff out sooner and shack up with family for a few weeks.  Of course, since I still don’t have any serious offers on my condo, that situation is looking less and less likely by the day.

I’m still waiting on my final financial aid award from Kellogg, so I can start the process of applying for loans.  I’ve already done my comparison shopping, and have decided to go with Discover Student Loans for Stafford and GradPLUS loans.  They have a good deal on waiving most fees, and the GradPLUS is at 8.25% .  I’ve decided to stay away from private variable-rate loans, since I think interest rates are going to spike up in the near future.  Now I just need the official award letter from Kellogg so I can accept the aid, and start the application process.  I know a bunch of other admits that have gotten their letters, so if I don’t hear by tomorrow I’m going to give the financial aid office a call to see what’s up.

I’ve got another hockey game tonight.  The team we’re playing has a reputation for being jerks and playing dirty.  Watching them play their game before our game last week, there was a lot of stickwork and stuff after the whistle, and nearly a fight in the parking lot afterwards.  Guess they didn’t get the memo that this is just a rec league and there is no big silver cup waiting for the winner. Should be fun.


The most wonderful time of the year

13 05 2009

Well, ok, not Christmas, but hockey playoffs are a close second.  Even though my beloved NY Rangers suffered an epic fail this spring and didn’t make it past the first round, this year’s playoffs have been the best I can remember in a long, long time.  I mean you’ve got the Pens-Caps matchup everyone drooled over going to 7 games (and living up to the excitement factor everyone hoped to see), Carolina’s 2 goals in 90 seconds to eliminate the Devils, the re-emergence of the Blackhawks who upset Vancouver to make the West finals, Boston coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to force a game 7, I could go on and on.  I can only hope the excitement continues for the final 2 rounds.

So many KWEST trips, so little time

8 05 2009

A little while ago, Kellogg posted the list of KWEST trips on the website, and announced that signups would be May 20. From the KWEST fair at DAK, I had an idea of a few trips that I could be interested in. Now since the trips went up on the web I’ve been spending time going through all the descriptions and that list got even longer. For signups, we have to rank our top 10 choices and while I’ve been able to pick my top 10, ranking them has been hard. I think I’ve gotten at least my top 5 picked out of the top 10, but the order changes almost every day. Right now I’m focused on Egypt or Morocco, but some of the trips to Mexico and the Carribean look incredible too. In talking with other admitted students, they’re also having a hard time picking trips. In the end, I know that any of the trips would be an incredible time, but I’ll have to give some more thought over these next two weeks.

In hockey news, my team had its second game last night and this time we won 5-4 in overtime, after giving up the tying goal in the last minute of the game. I got an assist for my first point of the season, and it felt good to contribute on the scoreboard. It’s a shame this will be my only season since I move to Evanston shortly after the season ends.


1 05 2009

Ah, spring. The weather is warmer, the days longer, and I move one season closer to school. Nothing too much school-related to report, though. Someone described this process like a car trip, where you do a lot of activity to pack the car but then have to wait a while until you actually leave. I think that’s pretty accurate to describe my current feeling of waiting to quit my job and start school.

Still not a lot of progress on selling my apartment. A few weeks back I got an email from a former coworker, who had heard I was selling and said his sister was looking to buy in this area. So, hoping to avoid paying the 6% realtor commission I held off hiring a realtor and focused on this opportunity. Unfortunately, that now fell through and so I’m going the traditional route. My new realtor tells me that similar apartments in my area typically only are staying on the market 3-4 months, even with the current market conditions, so there’s still a good chance it’ll be sold either before or soon after I move to Evanston.

In other news, I joined a Dek hockey league, and our first game was last night. Unfortunately we lost 5-2, but the score was close until the end of the game and the team we played has gone undefeated each of the last two seasons so I don’t feel too bad about the loss. Definitely a lot of fun, but also definitely a wake-up call that I need to get back to the gym more regularly.