Monday, July 24, 2006

Things That Make You Go Insane

It's that time of year again. FAFSA time. Last year, dealing with FAFSA almost caused me to have a nervous breakdown... and while I may be exaggerating just a tad, dealing with it did have me in tears more than once. For those of you who do not know what FAFSA is, if you have kids who will eventually go to college, you will. (unless you're independently wealthy and don't need to obtain student loans) Mentally prepare yourselves now. You see, applying for these loans was always done on paper. (The way God intended it to be.) Then, in an effort to make things easier on people, they decided to allow you to apply online. There is where the nightmare begins. Everything that could go wrong did. I won't go into the details, because, truly, it would take a month to explain how really bad it went and why I nearly ended up on prozac over it. Let's just suffice it to say that if you have an apostrophy in your last name... DO PAPER FORMS. Oh, and another thing, because of the privacy laws, YOU can't talk to all these people when things go bad. The student has to do all this themselves. The student has to call and pretend that they filled the forms out, that they understand enough about the process to speak intelligently on the matter ...when, in reality, they don't have a clue. This year, I was going to beat this thing. Back to paper forms. Yeah. I'll show them. No more computer glitches for me. So I send everything in on paper. And I get a letter telling me now that I STILL have to go online to finish it up. God help me. (and, I'm really good at the computer! I can't imagine how people do this who are not)

Ok.. there is knitting news. I finished the little sweater except to sew it up. Blogger will not load the photo.... so later. It is girlie. When I looked at the yarn I didn't think it was girlie but it is. The colors a more pastel than primary and I definitely wouldn't put it on Colin. So I guess I will keep it for a grandaughter to be named later! I'd give it as a gift but the yarn is too special for just anyone to have it. I like to think of this sweater as a work of art.


Jenn said...

I remember my mom filling out the FAFSA forms, it was not a pretty sight! I'm pretty sure she did a little dance when my sister graduated and she never had to think about FAFSA again!