• It’s Winter Session Time!

    Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided to take Intercultural Communications over Winter session for funsies. I don’t need this class, and none of the classes I do need were available for this session, but I figured why not? Personal growth, easy A, and it has a zero cost textbook? Take my $31 in administrative fees and sign me up!

    So far we’re two weeks in and it’s been really interesting. We have homework and quizzes due every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and this Friday we had a project due where we had to make a poster or video (2 minutes runtime) showing our personal culture, without any words.

    After panicking for a minute and asking Jenn and John “who the hell am I?!?” I had a good place to start. I got my video finished and it included things like the communities around my hobbies and interests (yarncraft, cross stitch, letter writing, music) to my sexuality (kink, nudism, bisexuality) to my love of pets and family. Then I had to write a paper explaining how this things in the video make it harder or easier to communicate with other people. It was supposed to be 2 or 3 pages and I could have easily filled 10. As it is, I wrote 3.5 and curbed it. 

    I’m done with work in that class until Monday, and tomorrow I have two Dr appointments which hopefully won’t overlap.

  • Internet People Come Thru Again

    Monday morning, I dropped Millie off at the vet’s for her ultrasound. We knew something was wrong because she was peeing blood, but not exactly what. Dr. Debbie suspected a tumor. Anyway, the ultrasound tech diagnosed her with bladder stones. Not a great dx because sx is expensive, but a better outcome than a tumor growing on her bladder. The office called and asked if we wanted to schedule her for surgery Tuesday. Obviously I want to say yes, but the estimate of between $1300 and $2500 was a big number to swallow when I am broke as a joke.

    I panic-posted about her dx an the costs on Ravelry and Twitter, and pretty quickly money started coming in. In the meantime I also applied for Care Credit, justt in case. I got approved, and I called my vet back to say yes, please schedule Millie for sx on Tuesday.

    Tuesday rolls around, her sx goes great. They removed several small-pea sized stones, one of which they gave back to me at my request. Its in a little rx jar waiting for me to bust out the microscope to check out the urolith up close and personal.

    She was scheduled to come home on Wednesday but she was being anorexic, so she actually came home on Thursday. She was such a good girl, she didn’t lick her wound once and didn’t need to wear the cone of shame aka the funny hat.

    Because of folks who love cats, I only had to charge $1350 of the $2400 total bill, and I can have almost all of it paid off before the interest kicks in, so that’s good because Care Credit has terrible interest rates.

    Yesterday was two weeks post-sx, and Millie got her staples removed. The vet complimented her healing, and said she’s such a good patient. No scratching or biting or fighting. She’s very sweet with them and just wants to be petted.

    She’s very obviously feeling a lot better. She’s been spending all morning and afternoons with me, lots of cuddling, napping with me, and a few days ago while I was doing aquarium water changes, she spent a solid half an hour splashing in the water being siphoned into the bathtub until she was half soaked. Then she crawled into my bed to take a nap…lol.

    I’m so grateful for everyone who helps with her bills. I sent thank-you cards to everyone whose address I had from PayPal, quite a few of which went to foreign countries. Luckily I had a ton of greeting cards on hand, and both domestic and international letter stamps. I stuffed all the letters with stickers, as many as I could while keeping them under an ounce. My planning to have so many penpals paid off!

  • It’s (NOT) Yet Christmas Time

    The Fall 2020 semester is nearly over. Thank Bob. I’m so done with these classes. Chem can be hit or miss. Some things I get right away and some things I feel like I’m barely hanging in there. But there’s only a few weeks left and I am pretty sure I will squeak by with a pretty solid B.

    Spanish 102 is going a lot better this time than the last time I took it, but some things are still challenging. I’m pretty solid on remembering that regular verbs end with e or i in the past tense so I can kinda fudge my way through talking about the past for the most part. Fake it until you make it, right? I think I’m going to finish with a B in there as well.

    I’m taking Winter 2020 off. In Spring 2021, I’m taking Microbiology, and one more Spanish class. I had hoped to squeeze in 4 Spanish classes total but there’s not going to be time for a fourth once I start the core program for my goal of MLT.

    I need to send out emails to find out who I need to talk to and when I need to start getting things together to actually apply for the program before this semester ends. I won’t start the program until Fall 2021 but there’s a lot of stuff I have to get in order first and I mean a lot of stuff. Paperwork, grades, a physical, insurance policy, phlebotomy certification that I need to do in Summer 2021. I hope there’s a guide on getting all that done because I already feel overwhelmed thinking about it.

    As to this post title, its not even Thanksgiving and I’m starting to see Christmas stuff creep in. Ads for artificial trees, gift guides, decoration crafts… the list goes on. I’ve purchased a gift for my mom, a gift for Perla, and I have a few items for Tracy. I still need to get for Jami and for Rafael. I have no idea what to get for him at all so it probably won’t be awesome.

    The kittens are supposedly going to be picked up by the rescue tomorrow sometime, but they haven’t answered my texts asking about what time we’re handing off. And somehow, my car is supposed to get to the shop tomorrow as well, likely to have the water pump replaced. I say I’m not sure how because its losing a ton of water any time its running so its not really drivable until its repaired.

    I think I’ve figured out how to get Plex working in the trailer, streaming from my server, but not sure. I need to re-up my subscription on a service before I can test out my idea. I also want to switch to a different VPN service, but I’m not sure if I can do that and still keep things working outside of the network. Research must be done.

  • I am so Tired

    Which is why it’s moronic that I’m still awake at this hour. But here I am.

    Tejóny has been waking up around 2am almost every day lately, and it’s been too cool to just leave the boys out from that time until i get some sleep, so I have been completely exhausted and sleeping really weird hours.

    On top of that, my internet has been about 50-50 down and up the last week, which means I’m not getting homework done early in the week like I’ve been trying to. It’s currently down because of massive damages to the cables on my local tower and it’s supposed to be repaired by sunrise. I hope it is.

    I’ve got a few things I wanted to share though, so here I am. The kittens are over 8 weeks old now, fully weaned, and they’re unholy terrors. They trashed my craft room, destroyed my fiddle leaf fig and my monstera barely escaped mostly unscathed.

    This semester is just over half finished. Somehow i still have an A in spanish 102, and i have a low B in Chem, which i might be able to bring up to an A. I would love to finish this semester with A’s.

    I recently ordered 2 super red bristlenose plecos off of eBay, which arrived larger than i thought they would be, but healthy. I’ve winterized my aquariums because the house gets cold in winter, and after a stay in the 10 gallon tank, the baby bristlenoses are with my baby goldies.

    I’ve been playing my Xbox One quite a bit. I love that there’s so many digital games you can buy and just download. I know this seems silly at this point in time, but my last system i had was the original Wii, and at the time, i couldn’t figure out how to get it online.

    I’ve found a few games that i freaking love. Yoku’s Island Express is super fun! I think I’m about 40% through it at this point. Stardew Valley really surprised me. I was like “Well, it’s not very expensive but i dunno. It just looks okay.” The next thing i know, it’s been 3 days in real time and I’m in the middle of the Winter season, first year. Did not expect to get sucked in like that at all.

    I tried a few games from my original Xbox days, like A Bard’s Tale, but ugh. Not fun. There are a couple fighting games that i tried, with mixed results. Mortal Kombat is fun. The Blobs Fight would be fun if i had anyone to play with that would fight back. There’s a game with Narwhals? It’s annoying. The music is awful and then colored are migraine-inducing.

    Planning on knocking out some homework tonight and then probably playing Yoku’s Island Express for a bit.

  • Menstrual Cup

    A month or so ago, I decided to take the plunge and order a menstrual cup. I’ve never used one but I kept hearing how it would be a literal game changer.

    A few days ago, I started my period and tried my new cup. It was uncomfortable to insert, and it wouldn’t open over it was in. I ordered a smaller size and today it arrived.

    It was immediately easier to insert, and I could actually place it properly to where I couldn’t feel it. It was also able to fully open once inside of me.

    And! The best part! No leaks, no ruining clothing or sheets or furniture. Just smooth sailing all day. Emptying it was a bit of a challenge as once the cup is placed right, I can’t reach it, so I need to bear down and “birth” it so I can reach the stem. But it pulls out easily enough, and was simple to dunno into the toilet. It did look pretty gruesome though! Lol

    Then a quick wash under the tap and back in.

    I’m already convinced this is the best thing I should have tried years ago.

  • Sleep? Are you there? I miss you.

    We’re two weeks into the Fall semester. So far, so good, but I’m beyond exhausted because pets.

    8 days ago, we found a litter of day old kittens with no mum. Two of them. That means I’m doing around the clock feedings, about every three hours. As soon as I get into a good sleep, my alarm goes off. But the amazing folks at LSG have sent or donated supplies and money to buy pretty much everything these guys could need until they’re weaned and ready to find their forever homes.

    10 days ago, Millie went to the vet and had to stay overnight to try to get a urinary sample. She was peeing on the kitchen counters. She has a UTI, so twice a day meds and I’m pretty sure she’s going to hate me forever… Lol.

    2 days ago, I set up an extra tall baby gate outside the kitchen. 1) to keep dogs out while cooking 2) to stop litter box raids 3) to give the cats a part of the house without dogs in it. It’s been a mixed result with the boys and the gate. Both Yuba and Tejón can jump over it easily, even though it’s almost 45″ tall. But I’m working on teaching them that good, calm boys who sit behind the gate get lots of treats. Might take a while though.

  • Uniforms and Capsule Wardrobes

    A couple years ago, I came across the idea of having a daily uniform based on a small wardrobe. This idea really, really appealed to me because the idea of not needing to think about what you might wear most days and having some favorite basics that you pretty much live in just sounds really nice.

    I’m not sure if I mentioned it in my last couple posts, but I recently started buying clothes so I actually have something to wear. I had almost no wearable clothing before I started, and now, once the last of stuff arrives, I’ll have enough for about two weeks of wearing. But there’s not a lot of variety in what I bought, which makes me pretty happy.

    I bought three of these shells in different colors. I bought four of the skirt I really liked. I bought three pairs of the same jeans, two the same color. Almost everything I bought falls into the same couple of colors – black, navy, pink, teal, and there’s a little green tossed in.

    I ordered new shoes after my (6 year old) Skechers started falling apart. One pair I need to send back and try a different size, but I bought shoes that are comfortable, practical, and easy to match with the clothing I bought.

    I also bought essential stuff, like bras and panties, none of which are very fun, but as long as they do their job, that’s okay. Oh. I bought a bikini top too. I don’t have any bottoms but maybe soon they’ll go on sale.