• General

    You Know What Sucks?

    Being so fucking broke you can’t just buy toothpaste. I am so close to paying off the smallest chunk of my debt, which is great, but then I need to borrow to buy things like toothpaste, tampons, other personal items.

    So stupid that this shit is so expensive. Thankfully next month I should have quite a bit more wiggle room in my budget if I just pay minimums on everything.

    I was planning to pay something off in full next month but I don’t think that’s going to happen with Christmas sliding in soon. I can’t believe it’s already freaking November! The middle of November even. Where did this year go?

    I’ve got my mom covered for Christmas, but I have no idea what to buy anyone else. I did see a cute little item Tracy would enjoy that’s inexpensive, but beyond that? And I don’t have time to make things this year at all with school taking up most of my time.

    Sometimes I really hate the winter holidays…

    Eta… The reason things are so right this month is because I had multiple extra expenses. My phone needed to be replaced, and that was an extra $45 and there’s the fee for the craft event I’m doing in a few weeks at another $30. I know $75 might not be a lot for some of you but for me it really is a lot.

    I did sell a few things and am awaiting the deposits for them which will help but that won’t come in until next week.

  • General

    Ali Express Can Be Weird But Delightful Place

    If you’ve never shopped on Ali Express, it’s basically Amazon.com meets Chinese resellers meets the dollar store. There are more expensive items but cheap is really the word of the day there.

    I tend to go there to buy myself small items where quality isn’t super crucial or items that are more silly than purposeful. Anyway, last night I was looking at erasers and just because I bought one penis shaped lipstick last year, Ali Express thinks I’m obsessed with dick. I mean I kinda am but it’s not all I want to see.

    This terrible turkey hat. I’m pretty sure they got her drunk to get her to smile about it. He might be a serial killer.
    Super cute erasers are still a thing! I wanted to buy them all but I don’t need them all. I just need two or three regular ones and I’ll be set for a while.
    This is freaking cute as hell but probably not as cute when it actually arrives. For $10 though if it would fit me, I would buy it.
    I just…. Vaginas and vulvas don’t sit on on the fronts of our pelvises. There’s no reason to make this like this. It’s just all wrong.
    Diamond painting meets Rule 34? I just…. I dunno. It looks like the original art isn’t terrible but I’m picturing this with horrible artifacting and mischosen colors and it looking horrible on your wall.
    This is just horrifying.
    Why is his crotch giving off jets of steam? Are the underwear really hot? Does his penis have a fever? What’s happening here?
    Sticky cocktails in a squirt gun. You’re never going to get that place clean again. Sticky. Forever.
    These are oddly cute. Maybe to use as a bud vase?
    I actually did order one of these. My iron supplement likes me best if I take it every other day, so figured I’ll give this little slice a try.
    I bought one of these too. I saw the monstera leaves and couldn’t pass it up.
    And these were the most grown up of the erasers I looked at… I bought some of these too.
  • Education

    The Semester is Almost Over

    Today was my last regular exam in my math class. I did not take it. I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, finally dozed off after 2am. At 5am, Tejon was digging a hole into my back, and crying piteously, so I got up to let the boys outside.

    Two hours later I managed to fall back asleep only to wake up at around 830am. I gave Moppie her meds, and sat down to watch the videos on the things that would be on today’s exam… and I fell asleep somewhere in the third video.

    I woke up with 15 minutes to spare to get to my Anatomy lecture so I jumped into the car and took off. Missed my math exam, but it wob’t hurt my grade any and as long as I get a B on the final, I can still get an A in the class. Can’t beat an A!

    I’m looking forward to this semester coming to an end in a couple weeks so I can start my Winter classes which are going to be a breeze after this semester.

  • General

    Sanchez Bless! May Claudio’s Gifts Rain Upon You!

    In LSG, Claudio Sanchez is a bit of a famous person. There’s a long history (Okay, 7 years or so) but it boils down to every year, we bless each other with random, weird gifts in Claudio’s name. This year was I think my fourth year playing and it did not disappoint!

    My box was supposed to come to me yesterday, but Carlos (the meddling brother or cousin or something) convinced my mail carrier to just leave a note to pick it up at the package depot. My mom went by today after work, and picked up a huge box! There were warnings on the outside about it not containing bobcats or bees, and there was an indication of one incidence of the Holy Ratio (2/3rds) to be found inside.

    I opened the box and started taking pics of the more interesting items as I went.

    My mom modeling the most excellent Spring flower headband. She’s actually smiling a real smile and I love this photo of her so much!
    A rather gross little stress toy horse who seems to suffer a rectal prolapse when you squeeze him. Did I mention my car almost got peed on by a horse today?
    This really terrible bracelet, a rather nice leather cuff, and some amazingly soft and beautiful Mohair and wool yarn. I’ve never really liked yarns with a halo, but this one might be the one to change my mind. Its pretty fantastic.
    This really lovely Alaska tote bag. Its really sturdy and beautifully printed. I’ll be seriously considering keeping this for myself.
    Serta Sleep Sheep, which my mom recognized immediately, A tiny 4cm square picture frame, and a pocket reference on reptiles and amphibians. I flipped a few pages into it and it tells you in short sentences how to tell say a turtle from a lizard… lol.
    A lovely blue knitted hat that fits my big noggin, a pad of paper warning of X-rated contents (there was a naked man playing card inside), some fabric bits, and underneath the fabric, a pair of purse handles.
    A framed photo of Claudio himself, as well as a coloring book page version of our patron!
    And last but not least (of what I photographed) there was a partial package of dog cookies in the Holy Ratio that I didn’t realize were for the doggos at first. But the doggos were super happy to enjoy them once I realized they were for them.

    There were a ton of other items in the box- you can fit a ton of stuff into a well-packed Priority Flat Rate large box and my upstream did not disappoint. This was an amazing box and an absolutely joy to open!

    Other notable items were a Day of the Dead pencil with a sugar skull eraser, a fabulous tacky Hawaiian shirt for a dog, which unfortunately will not fit any of my doggos, and a lot of random things used for cleaning and whatnot.

    CLAUDIO BLESS! HAPPY FALL!

  • Dreamtime

    Tower Gardens

    I had a really weird dream.

    My mom and I were with my aunt and uncle and we were supposed to be going straight home but somehow it was 4am, and I had to be at school at 7am and we were in another country. I was super angry and demanded we be taken home. There was a litter of puppies in the car, and my aunt insisted we finish delivering them first.

    I have a total meltdown, and then suddenly I was living with my parents in this huge house and my dad installed a bunch of hooks into my ceiling. I decided this was the perfect time to move my houseplants into my room.

    But my houseplants were all living in this weird, super hard to get to, dark tower that was filled with scary animals. Animals that had mixed with each other over time and gotten really weird.

    I had to use a really really tall ladder to access the tower room, and there was a lock on the door. It was old and I managed to get it open. Two other people were there helping me and first we had to remove a huge python who was guarding the door.

    Most of my plants were very dead but a few were still okay so we started grabbing them to be handed down the ladder. Then suddenly I noticed the tower room opened up to the left to a huge paddock. A horse came charging at me, but I stood my ground and smacked it on the butt as it ran by.

    Someone else appeared because they was their horse they thought died 20 years ago. They started telling me this story about how they retired the house to their uncle’s land, and at first people use to race go-karts there. Then over the decades they lost popularity and the horses traveled deeper into the hills until they entered the cave system that ended in this paddock.

    We finally got my plants out and were making our way back down the impossibly tall ladder when I woke up.

  • General

    Crazy

    The last few days have been crazy. I’ve been feeling under the weather for a couple weeks, with an elevated heart rate. Wednesday I finished my Anatomy exam and took myself to the ER. My heart rate was sitting at about 130 and they ran all kinds of tests. An EKG, blood, urine, chest x-ray, and a CT scan because they thought I might have a blood clot in my chest. They couldn’t find anything wrong with me, just a mysteriously rapid heart beat.

    By midnight I had horrible heartburn, and driving home at almost 3am, I had to pull over twice to vomit. To make things even better, I dropped my glasses into the vomit, and I shit myself a little. That was a fun drive home.

    Thursday afternoon, my mom was in town after work and some dumb test turned left in front of her when she had the right of way. Her truck is totaled, the other car is, and today we went into town to pick up her rental.

    It’s a almost brand new Lexus 3 0 i and it’s dripping with leather and power everything. It’s really, really nice. She hates it because it’s different from her truck. After we got the car, we went to get lunch and she wasn’t too impressed with the food. I feel a little bad that everything this week is making her unhappy.

    A few days before all this I went to town to get fish food and I came home with no fish food and 6 platys. The platys are fun to watch, little pops of color swimming around nibbling the plants. I do hope they have babies though. There’s 3 sunsets and 3 blue wags. I’m honestly not sure if there are any males though, most of them look female to me.

  • Education

    School Stuff

    Well… Grades are posted for my half term class and I got the A I figured I was going to get. Considering I had one of the highest points scored in the class and there was a curve, I would have been shocked to see anything else.

    We’re past the middle of the semester and I honestly have no idea how I’m doing in Spanish. The instructor still hasn’t graded anything except a few assignments from the beginning of September.

    Math I’m doing well in but the stuff we’ve been doing the last couple weeks has been being difficult for me. There’s an exam and I am dreading it, but some points are better than none, right?

    Anatomy. Ugh. It’s not good. I’m really, really struggling and it shows. That said, I’m really upping my study game and hoping to pull out of this slump with this next exam that’s in two weeks. We’re currently studying the muscles and nerves, and there’s just so much to know.

  • General

    Spa Day for the Kittenses

    Last Thursday I got up at 430am to get ready to drive the kittens all the way to Pacoima to meet up with the SPAY4LA mobile spay and neuter clinic.

    I arrived at 630am and the truck arrived at about 730am. I got the kittens checked in and went to grab breakfast.

    Fast forward five hours and they finally said my babies were ready for pickup.

    Purl yowled his displeasure most of the way home, but we all made it back. When I released them, they were pretty woozy still and Purl and Tuxi had lost all inhibition. Tot…. Tot refused any attention from me until Monday morning.

    Tuxi isn’t pictured because she won’t allow herself to be photographed.

    I’m super glad I got this done, and everyone seems to be doing great. I won’t have to worry about having more kittens and the furballs can grow up happy and healthy and stress free.

    Purl did completely destroy my pothos plant after the anesthesia wore off… This is the second pothos he’s destroyed. Some of the stems were mostly intact so I’m trying to root them so I can replant them.

  • General

    Jesus Bob Fuck Me Running

    So I’ve spent I think 4 days dealing with my raspberry pi suddenly refusing to download anything. They start, go fast for about 15 seconds, and then just drop off and die completely. There might be a few stuttering starts but no real data transfer.

    Tried on my laptop. Same issue. With or without the VPN, with or without a proxy. At this point I’ve tried damn near everything and I’m really frustrated. Maybe my ISP is blocking me? This all started shortly after they did some work on my connection…

    Tonight I sit down at Mom’s computer. The only wired connection in the house. Downloads work perfectly. With or without the VPN, everything is fast and consistent.

    So after pulling my hair out all weekend, it’s a problem with the router, nothing nefarious at all. Tomorrow I need to send a message to the ISP.