Karadur Inacu  (karadur) wrote,
Karadur Inacu 

No Present-Progress Yet

I guess that's an option, should neither of us come up with anything else. Just as planned, I asked Mom and Dad if there was anything in particular that they wanted for Christmas. Dad didn't answer right away, but Mom said that she still really wanted a Reader's Digest subscription, even though I was opposed to getting her that. I then decided to let her read the website on why not for herself though, noting about halfway through that if she still wanted the magazines, I'd give her the money and she could use her own card, but instead, she said she could see my point, and didn't have any desire to deal with potential issues either. That leaves my current plans for her major gift as being to buy her each and every magazine at Real Canadian Superstore (or another place, should I happen to see it elsewhere first) for a full year starting in January. I'd much rather have that on the grounds that she'll still get what she wants, but I won't have to worry about being taken advantage of, however, I also don't want to simply because it's a pain. I can't very well check the price per magazine next time we're out grocery shopping, multiply that by twelve, round it up to the next ten dollars, and give her that amount in cash, as there'd be nothing to stop her from just spending it on her own. What's more, with everybody else I've bought something for thus far, I was able to get them one or two related things on the side, which currently wouldn't be possible for Mom. As for Dad, he didn't know then, and presumably still doesn't know, as he hasn't said anything else yet. Mom said he did want one of these before, but I told her I'd rather not spend $150 on something he doesn't necessarily want right now, not to mention that it would be better to try getting him that for Father's Day, as at least it'd be usable then.

On a completely different topic now, I'm... chagrined, I guess, at how things are proceeding regarding that night course at St. Clair. Thus far, this weekend has been significantly better than last. The most pressing problem is that four closes still seem to take forever to get done and over with, but I'm nowhere near as despondent as before. In turn, that leaves me feeling lost in regards to what to do. I would still like to take the course, yes, but it would be almost entirely just for personal interest and growth. While there's a very minute chance having taken it might come in handy somewhere down the road, I can't see having taken a ~2 week class on human sexuality to help me in finding a different job in the future, and I honestly don't want to talk to Mom and Dad on Tuesday anymore simply for that fact. It's annoying, really. Here I was all enthusiastic and excited not a full week ago, and now I'm having second thoughts. Compared to that, I can no longer see any problem with telling them I'm not all that interested in computers anymore, but what am I to do about the rest? Still talk to them, I guess. I'd rather not have the thought that I just couldn't get the words out bothering me for my entire day off, and at worst, I should at least be able to find out what their thoughts are on that situation.

Having said that, I'd like to move on to figuring out short-term financial things. As noted before, I woke up on Friday to find a message from Manoah asking if he could borrow $60 until Thursday. I said yes, and gave that to him later that night. Also, today, I found two emails from Brandon waiting for me when I finally rolled out of bed. One contained only his phone number, and the other, a request to borrow $80, with a note saying that if I saw that message before 4:30, I should try to meet him at the mall with the money. Forgive me, but is he not getting the wrong idea about this? If you (or anyone else) want to borrow money from me, Brandon, I expect you to come to me, or at least not make me go out of my way to get the money to you. There's also a second point, but I won't be able to inform him of that until he comes in to pick up the $80 tomorrow night. I can still write it in here though, so that second point is to pay me on time. As much as I'd like to just meet you at work on Thursday and get back what you borrowed previously, the chances of both of us having the afternoon completely free are slim. Therefore, I try to be understanding, and ask instead that you bring that money to work, have it put into an envelope, and ask for that to be put in the safe with my name on it for me to pick up the next time I'm in. I am well aware I've said the exact same thing before, but it can't be stated enough. Anyway, their loans and other incidental expenses since then have left me with ~$610, and as I'd like to give Mom grocery money this pay so I don't have to worry about it next, that means even if I get paid $500 (which I hope to, considering I've been working quite a lot recently), and both Brandon and Manoah pay me back on time, I'll still only have ~$140 to spend on Christmas gifts. The thing is, that site I want to buy something for everybody from is having a sale that ends tomorrow, where you can get 10% off your order for spending $25 or more, and 20% for spending at least $55, so it looks like I'll be making a large purchase before I go to bed. As a matter of fact, I'll just end this here so I can go do that instead. Hopefully they still have everything that I want~

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