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Since graduation I have been avoiding finding out the truth about my student loans. Sure I knew they would be due in November. Sure I knew they would be about 40k. But what companies owned what loans. Who I would be paying what amount to. It was a mystery. Not a good one either. And not with a scary ending as it turns out.

I truly felt like a detective looking for clues this afternoon and putting together the puzzle of student loan debt repayment.

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After about an hour of digging through my records for all the “you owe us money” letters and getting them organized on a spreadsheet saying X loan is from YZ company and my account number A, and the contact info is B and the interest is C and the total principle is D and the repayment starts on F in the amount of E.

So then I went down the line and called every single loan company and verified all the info I had + got some more + asked questions + updated my billing address. I even did my stafford loan exit exam thing.

And in the end I knew exactly how much was due on what date. It felt brilliant. And you know what else I figured out. I’m closer to being able to pay for my student loans and my other bills and have some for savings than I thought. I’m really close. And I think if I just stay on track and keep submitting pattern ideas and teaching classes and selling kits and yarn and clm and handmade things and hopefully soon enough paintings and woven tapestries… I will be able to quit my part time job in no time. And that really made me feel good.

In other news, I totally got lost going to the fiber arts guild meeting tonight. I drove around and wandered through churches looking for it for a half hour and then, at the “20 minutes late” point gave up and went to Joann’s. I needed to get some duck cloth for the laundry bags anyway. I scored a sweet reg tag clearance deal of $4/yard instead of &7.99 which is normally is at the 72″ width. Awesome! Really though as soon as I walked into the store I was thinking about little cross stitch kits. I have loved those since I was a kid and it’s been about that long since I did one. I needed instant gratification here. An ornament project was perfect. I can’t show them because they are both gifts, but I’ll show you the backs.

Craft Booty:
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Now what to use my 40% coupon on though? That’s when I spotted it — Kyuuto! Japanese Craft Amigurumi! I’ve been wanting this book for a long time and now, for just $9.47 how could I resist? Oh and I picked up some cross stitch plastic canvas because, you guessed it, I totally want to write some cross stitch patterns for it and make my own little ornament kits for Christmas! Yeah!

And with that, I’m going to work on my cross stitch.

See you later!
Kristin

So you were totally right, it was food poisoning. Thank goodness too. I can’t be sick for a long time right now. I just started school! I have too much to do to be sick! (so american there)

This was, I think the culprit:
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I learned three things making this dish.

1. Broccoli, even if it is the last veggie in the frig, should never be used in a curry.

2. If your coconut milk is separated in the can, and it’s been in the cupboard for you don’t know how long, and it’s past the expiration date, DO NOT USE IT! I’m pretty sure that was what did me in.

3. If you don’t have peanut oil, use some peanut butter and a little olive oil instead. That was the best tofu I’ve made in awhile. Also, I told my friend about it and she said she uses peanut butter and soy sauce, that sounds delicious too!

No going back a clip, here are some pictures of the finished shawl for my mom. I’m posting the pictures up on Ravelry finally too.

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I am happy to report that my mom liked it so much I think she just about cried. It was really sweet. The perfect response to a handmade gift! She will be getting more again for sure!

Also, going back to Christmas time, here are the two kitties enjoy their handmade gifts too. They will also be getting more handmade giftage.

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The one on the left is Bailey (Jason’s parent’s cat) and the one on the right is Molly (Jason and I’s little bundle of furry joy, she is living with him right now, I miss her). Believe it or not, she used to be a lot smaller than Bailey. We are thinking she is a Maine Coon Cat, or, I can’t remember the name of the other breed we are thinking she might be. She is so furry! I think it’s because of her winter coat, it is so thick!

Skipping ahead, here is my latest obsession:
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I found this pattern for a Medieval Cross Stitch Sampler at Stitch Alley. It’s a great site that has really well priced patterns.

I think after I finish the Medieval Sampler, I’ll give this one a shot that has some color variation in it.

I am so digging the cross stitch lately. I got a bug in my bonnet last Friday night and couldn’t stop looking around online until I found a good cross stitch site that was outside of the Subversive Cross Stitch (which I love too) realm. I wanted something a bit more traditional, but not too country crafty. I really like the Christmas one and the Beeotch with the little bees, haha.

I just got a phone call from TCF Organics and set up an account (I had called and left a message earlier today). This place is so cool and if you haven’t heard of them and you live in 100 miles of Chicago, you have to check it out! It’s organic food, delivered to your door! And it’s way cheaper than I could have imagined.

My first order:
One dozen organic eggs that are from a farm in Indiana (i think, in the chicago area by 100 miles I believe) $1.99
A half gallon organic milk in a glass jar from a Wisconsin farm $2.59
Organic Valley Feta Cheese (a staple in my house) 8oz block $4.49
And my favorite part: A Box for Only Me $26.20

This box is really great. The produce changes every time, but this is an example of how much they put in it:
1 Pink Lady Apple
1 Avocado
1 Oro Blanco Grapefruit
1 Lemon
1 Red Pear
1 Mango
1 Eating Orange
½# Cut-Up Broccoli Florets
1 Red Tomato
1 Red Pepper
½# Cut-Up Zucchini Coins
1 Cameo Apple
1 Coral Apple

I have, like most people, a lot of issue with getting all my fruits and veggies in. And I always end up getting the same ones. No good. I think this will help force it on me a bit.

Another neat thing, is that you don’t have to order every week. I set up a repeating order for every other week for the milk, eggs, and produce box (the feta is a one time deal). I’ll probably switch out for a different dairy product each time. The total (even with the feta) is only $36, including shipping! That is about my budget for one week’s worth of groceries. I was thinking that the following week, I would buy things like bagels, coffee, tea, junk food, etc.

Speaking of all this food I need to make dinner (since I don’t trust the curry I made the other night I’m just going to have to pitch it) and head to Joann’s to return an impulse buy, Borders to get my free drink, and to school for an opening and some studio time.

See ya!

++Kristin Roach++

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