• Man, Time Flies!

    I got the 55 gallon tank set up, and I moved Juice and Goose into it. They were doing great, I used cycled filters to pretty much instantly cycle it. Two days later, Juice was dead when I woke up. I have no idea what happened to her. 🙁

    After a few days, Goose was acting upset because he no longer had a buddy, so I spent several hours driving all over the valley looking for friends for him. The weather has been way too hot to try to have a friend shipped to me, so I was on a mission to find a pair of lively, healthy pet store fancy goldfish.

    After visiting three stores, I saw two goldies I really liked. An orange and white oranda, and a silver and black ryukin, which a button eye. Unfortunately, they’re both really small and Goose was terrorizing them, so Goose went back to the 75 gallon and the two babies have the 55 gallon all to themselves right now. They’ve settled in really nicely though now that Goose isn’t in there bothering them.

    Tejon scraped his elbow a couple weeks ago, and now that it should be healed, it isn’t, because he’s been fussing over it constantly. Ugh. He might need a shirt until it heals.

    The Fall semester starts in about 3 weeks. I’m looking forward to it but I’m also stressing a little. But I know as long as I get all my homework in in Spanish 102, I’ll pass. I probably know a lot more than I think I do.

    I’ve also been finding ways to basically automate Plex and its been really fun to get things set up and going, but I want to set up a dedicated computer to act as the PMS for my household because all this stuff really is pretty resource intensive. I’ve been watching Dell.com for a decent machine with plenty of RAM and a good processor to either go on sale or show up in the Outlet.

    I also finally, after over a year with only one pair of pants, 2 dresses, and maybe 6 shirts, ordered new clothes. I got a bunch of tops, and enough pants and shorts to wear a different pair every day of the week. I also ordered new shows which I really, really needed, and I was able to throw out all my torn, holey clothes, and donate things in good repair that don’t fit. I bought clothing suitable for summer, fall, and winter.

    Tomorrow I’ll be culling more stuff to donate and throw out, and seeing what I can do about my closet space so I ccan actually put all my new clothes away.

  • New Classes, New Fish, New Tank

    I almost forgot to register for my Fall courses, but the classes I needed had barely anyone enrolled yet when I did remember, so I’m enrolled in Chemistry 151, and Spanish 102 (again). The Spanish class section uses the same textbook I had used before, so I’ll just need to purchase the online code this time. Sucks I have to buy it again, but I mean at least its a little cheaper.

    I’m starting to worry that I won’t be able to go into the MLT program in Fall 2021 as planned. Because of COVID, a lot of medical programs are being put on hold, which means a much higher number of applicants to those programs when they do reopen. There’s only so much we can learn from our laptops at home.

    Sunday morning Petco started their dollar per gallon sale again, and I finally settled on a 55 gallon for $60 after the three tanks I really wanted on OfferUp were sold. I’ve got the tank, 5 pounds of sand, some palm-sized smooth stones, and a huge piece of driftwood that looks oddly like the Harry Potter sorting hat…lol. Fuck you Rowling, but the shape of the wood still made me laugh.

    I have a stand, lids and lights coming over the next few days and I’ll pull the sponge filters from the 75 gallon to jump start the cycle. Then, once its going, I’ll move Juice and Goose into the new tank.

    I also ordered clove oil because I’m not sure if Ziggy is suffering and I want to option to euthanize if he is. He’s still having swim bladder issues, and I’m fasting the whole tank completely for 4 days and then we’ll be doing once a feeding, starting with shelled peas for the first day or two. I feel like I’ve tried everything except taking him to a fish vet, but the nearest one is a couple hours drive away at a veterinary college.

    On a happier note, when my mom and I rode into to Petco Sunday night to pick up the 55 gallon tank, I impulse bought a male betta, who I have named Raul. Raul is an absolute stunner, either smallish or young, but he has a big attitude. When I brought him home and put him the living room tank, I screwed up and the tetras were nipping his fins, but after I caught on and moved him to the platty tank, he’s doing fabulously!

    You can see the damage to his fins that the tetras did but Raul seems to be having a blast chasing the platties (who can outswim him easily and don’t even realize they’re being chased).

    I think in my last post I was talking about getting my praying mantis tattoo finished, but I started my period the morning of my appointment and I didn’t need any more pain in my life that day, nor did I want to bleed on his table, which was almost definitely going to happen, even with a tampon and a pad at the same time. And now California is back on lockdown, so tattoo parlors are closed again.

    What I’m really upset about though it that our idiot president decided to reopen the country instead of keeping us sequestered at home and oh I don’t know, the government giving everyone a stipend every month that they could actually live off of. We support the government with all the taxes we pay, and when we actually need its support, its nowhere to be found. The tangerine shitgibbon’s $1200 stimulus was nice but its nowhere near enough. Fuck Trump. Fuck the people that have contributed to this being drawn out even more and fuck the stupid system that is letting people die.

  • Number 12

    Number 12 happened today. Danny at Electric Soul Tattoo created a fabulous design for me with just a little guidance. I initially sent him 4 or 5 inspirational photos all in the American traditional or neo-trad style, gave him a body location, an approximate amount I would like to spend, and said I like things that are colorful and symmetrical.

    I got to my appointment today having no idea what he was putting together, but as soon as I saw his design, I loved it. We briefly discussed colors, i was indecisive but on board, and we got started.

    The initial plan was to do the black ink and if I wanted to tap out after that, we could finish another day. But it was barely more than uncomfortable, so two hours later we were done.

    The biggest challenge? Breathing slowly and regularly without taking big belly-moving inhales.

    Anyway, here’s the moth he did for me back in December, and the new piece right below it. 🙂

  • A Little Bit Closer

    My registration date for the Fall 2020 semester was finally posted, and I’ve figured out which sections I’m going to enroll in. I think. I’ll be taking CHEM151 and SPAN102 (again) so hopefully this next semester won’t be too bad. My registration slot opens on the 13th, so I’ve got a little less than two weeks to get it sorted out.

    Not much going on in my quiet quarantine life. I’ve been out to get a haircut, which I really needed, and tomorrow I’m getting tattooed. All the masks, all the time I’m out. I hate them but its at least a little protection for those around me.

    If I have time, I’ll load up some more stuff to be donated in my car to drop off while I’m out tomorrow. I have a few bags of stuff already ready to go, but there’s some big items as well.

    I have been buying snacks for us off Amazon when the prices are right, and today I got a huge delivery of what may have been too many snacks. We’re either going to be set on snacks for a couple months, or we’re going to need diets in a month. One of the things I got was a 12-pack of those little packs of Fig Newtons. I love them. They’re my all-time favorite cookie. Well, we left them on the counter and at about 10pm tonight I hear the very suspicious sound of a doggo chewing plastic. I go to investigate and first I find sveral mangled and empty Fig Newton packages. Great. Where’s the main package and all the rest?

    Yuba was curled up with the rest of his treat eating cushion, proud of himself for hunting down this tasty, sweet treat. The other day his sweet tooth led him to drink a cup of coffee.

    Anyway, 7 snack packs of cookies remain, unmolested, for human consumption. We’re all in bed now and I hope we won’t be up all night with upset bellies from eating too many sweet treats.

    What else did I get…. Another bar of Yardley soap, which smells incredible, has a thick, lotiony lather, and it also super inexpensive. Tejon thinks the soap smells amazing and I should let him eat it.

    I also got a really cool jigsaw puzzle which I hope we can manage to put together without the cats losing any pieces. Its double-sides, which a scene of succulents on both sides. Its going to be fun to put together! (aka hard)

    Ziggy is still doing poorly and I reached out to the people I bought him from. I really think its a swim bladder issue at this point but I’m only 5 months into goldfish keeping so what do I know? What I see is his body looks healthy, there’s no visible signs of injury or illness, he still had good appetite and chases his girlfriend around, but he can;t swim any higher than the bottom third and when he stops actively swimming, he just headstands. If there’s something I can do for him, I would like to do it.

    Right now though I’m going to take my meds, go pee, and finish this movie so I can be rested for my appointment tomorrow. Goodnight!

  • It’s Over. I Survived.

    The spring semester ended last week and I’m mostly happy with how things turned out. I filled for an Excused Withdrawal in Spanish 102, and i got a solid C (about 74%) in both Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and Intermediate Algebra. I’m okay with that. They’re passing grades and and that’s what I need. Mostly I’m just relieved that these classes are behind me now.

    As I think I said, I’m taking the summer off. In Fall I will be taking chemistry, and next spring, microbiology. I’m kinda worried about micro, off I’m being honest. But I’ll make it through, the same as I have these classes- one day at as time.

    I have all this free time right now and I literally can’t motivate myself to do anything with that time, except a little self care.

    I had my hair cut yesterday (Big Mike’s Barber Shop in Lancaster) and Mike made me look great. Then he put a little aftershave on my head and oh my goodness. I smelled so nice all day. I’ve seen him a message asking what it was because I need to buy some.

    I also downloaded a couple dating apps which I have mixed feelings about. I’m trying a couple that are focused on bisexual dating but there’s just no one in my area. I just want to have coffee with someone and have an enjoyable conversation.

    I also dropped off a bunch of donations to thrift, so my car is almost cleaned out at this point. I have a few other things to take in but will do that on another day.

    Today I’m hoping to write a couple letters and maybe do some cross stitching. I need to do the dishes and collect trash around the house to take out. I also need to put away my new yarn and maybe choose some to be donated. Or maybe cast something on.

  • Comidas en Cultura Mexicana

    This was my final project in my Spanish 102 class that I ended up withdrawing from. I got a perfect score on the project but ultimately I was too far behind to pass the class so I withdrew. Maybe if I hadn’t missed two of the discussions that were worth so many points I might have been okay. Anyway, here’s my project!

  • Just a Few More Weeks

    The Spring semester is winding down and I’m glad. Assuming I don’t totally bomb my last couple exams, I’m going to squeak by with C’s across the board and I’m going to be grateful for them.

    I took the chapter 9 written and oral exam for Spanish class this weekend, as well as knocked out the discussion topic and got my final project turned in.

    Next week I need to do some homework for A&P II and get ready for my Spanish final. We have an exam in A&P and I have math homework and a quiz due on Wednesday.

    I’m telling myself it’s almost over and then I’ll have the summer off. Just a few more days.

  • Cinnamon Roll Ugly Bread

    So at around midnight tonight, i decided to bake some bread. But I also wanted to make cinnamon rolls… But I didn’t want to clean off the table too actually have room to make rolls.

    I read a couple recipes. Then I got started throwing my Frankenloaf together.

    This was the first recipe I looked at. And this was the second. The ingredients were really similar between them. I used the called for amount of yeast, mixed into warm milk. Then i added the other ingredients- melted butter, salt, flour, the rest of the milk. I added about a full cup of sugar and a couple tablespoons of cinnamon. I mixed it up, then turned the oven on warm with the dough in the stove to rise.

    The rise wasn’t great. The yeast might be old. But i figured the dough into two pie tins because that’s what I found first, and then, following the cinnamon roll recipe’s advice, I poured some Italian Sweet Cream Coffeemate over the dough. Even to make a puddle around it.

    Then I popped the tins into the oven at 375° for 25 minutes.

    This is what came out of my oven.

    It’s ugly. Two lightly browned lumps of bread in a sweet, sticky bath of coffee creamer. But oh my God! It’s so so good! Tear off a chunk and dip it in the creamer and it’s like a soft, chewy, sticky, sweet piece of heaven on your tongue.

    Next time I make it, I’ll make it prettier… Lol.

  • Dirty Feet

    My brain is really knocking the dreams out of the park lately. Yesterday afternoon I took a nap and this is what my brain produced.

    I was in my room sleeping, and I woke up hungry, so I went to the kitchen to make a cup o noodle. I glanced over at my aquarium and saw a large lizard crawling out of it, and up onto the screen door. I grabbed my phone and followed it outside too get a photo.

    Once I was outside, the lizard because a huge, bright green snake, and there were dozens of snakes all over the ground. I didn’t want to get bitten, so I turned around to go back inside, but found myself in the middle of a fancy party. I stood there kind of confused about all the people that were there, and someone’s dad thrust a tricolor guinea pig into my arms, who immediately started buying me.

    Then a woman pulled me aside, still holding the piggy, and cut, colored, and styled my hair because i was underprivileged. I tried to pay her via PayPal but my phone’s keyboard wouldn’t work. I realized i had been wearing only a ratty tank top and panties this whole time, and my feet were dirty.

    I had my cup o noodle in my hands and I woke up.