I've got a few things that I wanted to say, starting with: Fucking internet!
I did some packing today. Pretty much got 1/2 of my regular wardrobe and 1/2 of my semi-nice, skirty-type wardrobe into that suitcase I bought. So happy and proud that I can cram a whole lot of shit into a small area. Don't read that twice, it sounds nasty.
I wanted to say something about my student loans, because I figure I'm probably not the only one with student loans in default. As I'm pretty much done worrying about that girl from the phone in Tampa (because apparently it's headed for New Orleans :(, instead), I can now say them without guilt.
First off, if you've got a student loan in de-something (meaning you can't pay on it, it's just sitting around making your credit flash red at people who will deny you things, because your credit is poor) you should fix it. Mainly because it will make your head hurt like mine does, when I think about how much I would like to be able to say I've got ok credit.
Step #1, according to TBL(TampaBayLady) is to call the Department of Education here: 1-800-872-5327. You talk to the person who answers, and ask them for something called "Rehabilitation".
(She said it's all you really need to say, other than giving them your info. Because it's the "Magic Word". Just like I say at work, lol. That's beside the point.)
Once you're Rehabilitated, you cut a deal with them, telling them how much you can afford to pay per month. Quite like buying a car, I think. Except without all the cool CD player gizmos.
Then, you pay that monthly payment on time for 12 consecutive months.
After that, you end up being not-in-default anymore, and then you can work with it from there. It's a good thing, I think. I will call before this weekend.
I got my packing pretty much done, for the best trip yet. I'm excited, I'm (slightly) nervous, I'm exhillerated, I'm flabbergasted, I'm explaining to my dad that I'm going (he hadn't heard, poor dad, lmgo), I'm THRILLED.