• Education,  General

    Almost Done

    This is the final week of the fall semester. I will have at least a B in my math class, and I think a B in Spanish but I honestly don’t know. Math final is Wednesday and Spanish final is a video interview on Thursday evening.

    A&P 1 I am 99% sure I failed. And honestly I’m less upset about that then I will be if he somehow passes me because I feel like there’s so much I didn’t learn that I should have.

    Part of this is I think because I had 17 units this semester, and 3 of them were in a half term class that was accelerated. I feel like I just took on too much and when the half term class was finished, I just didn’t have anymore fucks to give.

    I’m taking Intro to American Government, and Nutrition over winter. Spring I’m planning on A&P 1 again, Intermediate Algebra, and Spanish 102. Not going to bite off more than I can clearly chew again. It’ll take a bit longer but I would rather take my time to learn the material and do well.

    Tied into the no more fucks I think is a little (probably) seasonal depression. We got more snow on Saturday but by Sunday most of it was gone. The neighboring community that’s up in the foothills is still blanketed in white. I drove through Lake Elizabeth on my way into Lancaster tonight and there was very little visible ground.

    Tomorrow I need to finish the extra credit for my math class that’s due before the final, and I want to go into town and look for new jeans because my last pair is falling apart. I also have donations to drop off both to thrift and to a food pantry. The extra credit is really just a review of the work we’ve been doing all semester and most of it I still remember how to do… Lol.

    There’s stuff around the house I need to get done too. Nothing difficult, just things like breaking down cardboard boxes and getting some papers filled out to go in the mail this week.

    I think I would rather sleep for a week but that’s not something I can do.

    In happier news, my mom and I ordered 2 heated cat beds. The reviews boasted many times over that cats who hate each other would cuddle in these beds. I didn’t believe it. But one of them arrived this evening and we set it up and an hour later, Millie, the hater if all things kitten, was in the bed, cuddled up with Tot… Lol.

    I guess those beds are magical after all.

  • Education,  General,  Music

    Deals for Students (and others)

    I’ve found a few deals lately that my status as a student or my status as a disabled person allow me to take advantage of.

    Amazon Prime can be had for $6.56 a month instead of the usual $12.99 if you’re on Medicare.

    Alternately, Prime can be had for students for 6 months free (but with limited benefits) and at 50% off after that.

    If you’re a language learner, there’s a student discount for Duolingo that takes it from $10 a month to I think $4 and change. I’m waiting for my subscription to run out so I can resubscribe with my student email. This deal can only be accessed on the full desktop version of their website.

    SiriusXM also offers their Premier package for $4.00 a month to students to listen to on various devices. I found this by chance when I was looking up pricing for my mom in her truck.

  • 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.
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.