I’m Homeless!

Just kidding, I’m not really homeless, but I am out of my own home right now … and I will have been out of it for a week tomorrow. At first it was kinda crappy – I am SO lucky my boyfriend’s parents always welcome Kaison & I. Kaison does a great job at making himself at home too! It’ll be an interesting change when it’s time to go back to our apartment, I know Kaison has enjoyed staying home from school with his Gigi since last Thursday! It is going to be a nightmare tomorrow because he has to go back. I do not look forward to waking him up, especially since #1) he will not be happy to go back & #2) I will have to wake him up a lot earlier!

Friday & Monday I left work at 7AM from my boyfriend’s parents’ & hit so much traffic! Needless to say, I hit the same horrific traffic on my way home from work both days too. After Monday’s traffic to and from work – I decided I am going to suck it up and leave an hour earlier so I can get off an hour earlier in hopes to miss traffic both ways! Which I did on the way TO work – actually got to work over 20 minutes earlier than I planned to be at work! I guess I will see if leaving at 4 is a good time to depart work & avoid traffic today too. Honestly, I have gone back and forth with considering a place in Fayette County, their school system is one of the best – and while the school system Kaison will be entering (given I stay in the area) is also pretty good – Fayette County’s is better. It’s a nice little city too – but not 100% sure just YET. I love the super closer commute I have now – but my area isn’t the idea setting for Kaison. I want to live in a more suburban area – which I do not think I’ll find in my area, unless I move further out … which turns inconvenient for my boyfriend.

Anyway – enough rambling! Back to work!


UPDATE! Peach Pass Express Lanes

I just wanted to update from my last post about the “HOT lanes” on 85… and the outrageously gross prices I was hit with last week. After I saw the damage they were doing to my bank account in a matter of only 4 days, I swore off using them – at least I told myself I was going too 😉

But next thing I know, I hear from a good friend AND the papers that the governor is actually going to lower the toll prices – from $5 and some change to about $3 and some change… And then during my Monday commute I was pleasantly surprised to see toll was only about $1 (and some change *wink*)! Crazy huh?

Still crazy to pay anything at all to use lanes that were once free, but hey – I could never use them since I never “qualified” to drive in the HOV lanes during my commute – and now I can – at a pretty small price now 😉 I hope this isn’t a temporary change and they don’t start boosting the prices back up since more people really are using them now – slow people at that…. :/

Anyway..here’s what it cost me this week to use the HOT lanes. I will add in there that I didn’t ride them the entire length of them this week too – only when I felt it was “neccessary” – hope my BF doesn’t get mad at me for using them again! Love you boo 😉 *muah!*

Tuesday – at home with a pink eye sick baybay

Wednesday –
To work:  $1.45
From work: $0.75!!!

Thursday (today) –
To work: I’m pretty sure it said “$1.25” this morning!
From work: (I’m at work now, hehe, speaking of that – time to get back to it!)

Okay, that’s all for now! BYEEEEEEE!


Call me crazy but….My Love for the New Hot Lanes

I love the new “HOT” express lanes on I85 (all you Gwinnett County residents who read this know what I am talking about)… but I feel like it’s a Blessing and a curse.

First of all, I’ll tell you why its a curse (a dreadful curse at that) because while it has this amazing ability to shed a good reasonable amount of time off my daily commute, we all know if it’s too good to be true, then it really is. We all understand toll on roads, and almost everyone has been through one and paid it. I used to drive through a toll daily when I lived off 400 -it was a $1 day, no biggie. I ended up getting the “Cruise Card” – which is now the “Peach Pass”. Anyway… to get to my point, I noticed that when I started to use 85 for my commute, I could still use the peach pass – at a price – at a “toll”. I later read in the paper that there are 6 different points – at each mile – where they will charge you each time you pass through. Each mile point could range from 30 cents (no biggie) to 90 cents during high traffic times!! It further went on to say that the daily commuter could spend up to $6 each way during rush hour. I was appalled!! That was a rip off!! To raise the price when traffic gets worse?! That’s ludicrous!!

But, low & behold, when the lanes finally opened up – you better believe I used them. It was a marvelous Blessing because it literally cuts off 20 minutes on average off my daily commute, to and from work. My commute used to be an hour, sometimes more on some days. But now – I am able to consistently get to and from work in about 40 minutes. I can leave at 4, and make it to get my son from daycare before 6pm! Then… I saw the damage. I’ll just list the daily expenses it cost me to drive this cursed Blessing of a HOT lane.

Monday –
to work: $3.75
from work: $1.90

Tuesday –
to work: $5.25
from work: $3.90

Wednesday –
to work: $4.40
from work: $3.10

Thursday –
to work: $4.15
from work: $1.05

And Friday, after two $20 automatic withdrawals from the Peach Pass I decided no more express lanes for me. So this morning, I actually didn’t even drive in the express lanes at all. I won’t lie, it was super tempting to merge over into the lane when traffic started to hit the brakes, but I never did! Now, granted I was running a bit late and I was on the road at the time I should have been at work – but traffic wasn’t so bad without using the toll lanes. I’m going to have to figure out something different though – I’ll either have to leave early or late – and above all, just deal with the traffic. Because in 4 days, you could pretty much say I’ve wasted $27.05. And since toll “replenishes” your account when you’re under $10 – they’ve succeeded at sucking $40 in all out of my account. I do still have a $28 balance in my account, but I think I’ll save that for “emergencies”. They just make using the HOT lanes so tempting – but they really do come at a high price. The daily amount doesn’t seem that bad, but in actuality, you spend about an extra $40-50 a week on getting somewhere faster.

Wish me the willpower to stay out of those lanes to keep from going broke!


I DID IT! A College Graduate!

Well, I did it, I am officially a graduate from AIA with a BFA in Graphic Design.

Honestly, it is a bit surreal that I made it. But such a great feeling to be where I am. I love saying “I’m a college graduate!” It really is a big thing, because it took a lot of work, and time, to get me to where I am. Cutting off cable, deactivation my Facebook page, passing up opportunities to hang out with friends, missing out on some TLC time with my boyfriend and pretty much disappearing from existence with the human population all together for a few months! But its been a great journey, and I have learned a lot about myself and gained some good friends 🙂 Ones that I hope to keep in touch with! Natalie!!

Another awesome friend that came out of this was my teacher – I think I blogged about her in an earlier post, but I’ll say it again – she was an awesome teacher for me. She really helped me get back in touch and start to love design again. I appreciate her for the drive she put in me and push she gave me to actually GET OUT to better my design. I just wish I was able to fulfill the expectations that I know my teacher, and even I, had for myself.

Okay, time for the real work to begin 😉