Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday's Orts--Oct 12, 2010

This week's orts will be short--I have to get to Job No. 2!
  • Last week we got Erica her first laptop computer and she has been glued to the thing for many hours since.  Someone in the neighborhood has left their WiFi open so she's thieving.  (Maybe I shouldn't have said that!)
  • We also spent some time on the website for ASU (Arizona State University), where she has been accepted for Spring.  There is a calculator to estimate the expenses given the student's situation.  Non-residents pay an incredible $844 PER UNIT for classes. That means close to ten grand just for classes if she takes 12 units per semester.  Gulp.  No wonder universities are happy to admit out of state students!
  • This news sent me into a tailspin but talking yesterday to my co-worker about grants, scholarships, student loans, etc brought me back up.  Now for the avalanche of paperwork to apply for all of this and get the cheapest or free money we can.  I was buoyed also by the thought that she will enter as a junior, and she will also be our only college student in the family, most likely.  It is worth it!
  • Traffic rant of the week:  Uh-oh, the traffic is slowing down up ahead on the freeway, what's happening?  Poke along, poke along.  Hmm, absolutely nothing is happening ON the freeway, but there is some work on the shoulder.  Note to looky-loos:  You're clogging up the freeway!  Just keep going AND STOP LOOKING!  
  • Finally, Grant called me downstairs yesterday morning to point out something in the backyard:

The sun was hitting this web just like a spotlight. 
    Pretty impressively big!  That's a 6 foot fence in the background. I love the floating leaf caught in the web.
    The spider was even more impressive.  He/she had a body probably as big as a nickel or quarter--I don't know what kind of spider it was.  Grant blew on the web and the spider scuttled up to towards the tree branch.  The spider had to start all over again shortly after that because the sprinklers came on.  I'll have to remember to watch for another web if I walk out there again anytime soon!


Nancy said...

That looks like a European Garden Spider. They can be massive.

Libby said...

Hubby used the community college first plan and The Princess is following in his footsteps. It really is a $$$$$ saver and nowhere does that diploma say anything about that little detail. Way to go, Erica *s*

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

We hear in Australia that a college education can cost up to $100,000 dollars , not that's just scary.

But I guess when you consider most people who go to college here (and continue to live at home because thats what most do ) accrue a HECS debt of around 16-20 grand Erica's tuition sounds about right.

It's an exciting time for you all.

Annie you crack me up with your Tuesday Orts. This week the words "lookly loos" made me giggle.

And are you sure thats not an Aussie spider? It's certainly big enough !

Marg said...

I haven't had to worry about college fees yet. Bitchypoo is finishing school this year and having a gap year next year before going to university/college. I will have to worry about it then.
DOn't you just hate that when the traffic is slow and it's only because everyone is slowing down to look.
Better the spider is outside than inside. That is a seriously ugly spider, lucky it's web is in the corner, you wouldn't want to be walking into that. I walked into a web this morning, right across my face, eeew.

Joyful Quilter said...

EEeeewwwww I HATE SPIDERS!!!! Drives me nuts that Siddi likes to eat them.

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool spider web photos...just in time for Halloween!

Stephanie said...

I remember loving to photograph spiderwebs in the morning dew that had formed on my kids' swing set. So delicate and lacy. Best of luck with the college thing.

Anonymous said...

I work at a University and if you don't know about FASTWEB you need to plug your child in and see what free money is available. Don't forget to put all the clubs you belong to and your parents belonged to. Free is free. Lizzie

Tonya Ricucci said...

aagh, that spider is huge! much better to see pics of webs than to walk into them.

Vivian said...

I'm lucky, lucky, lucky that our 3 kids are done with college.
The photos of the web are beautiful. Spiders don't both me when I expect to see them, like around a web. It's the ones that surprise me that make me act like a fraidy cat.

Tanya said...

Congratulations on your daughter's acceptance. Oh my goodness! College costs!!! Talk about headspins for us too when mine went off to college. But amazingly with the grants etc we've been able to do it... I don't know how... God is good!!