• 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.

  • 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.

  • Not To Be That Person…

    … But to be honest, quarentine has been really easy for me. I’m most likely going to pass my classes, and I’m saving money on all those McDonald’s iced coffees I’m not buying because I haven’t left my house in like 6 weeks.

    I’m also, through some crazy good fortune, paying down my debt like crazy. I had leftover financial aid money that went towards paying off all my micro loans. That was about $800.

    Then I got the COVID stimulus check, and applied it plus $288 towards paying off an old high-interest credit card in full. So there was $2300 in debt paid off.

    And later this week, I’m getting $700 from my school via a CARES grant, which will pay off one half of my bank loan and the other half I can pay off in August. When that’s done, that’s $3000 paid off.

    I’m really fortunate to be in a position where I can use the money to better my situation long-term and not need it for immediate bills or living expenses. And of course I’m really, really hoping that the Tangerine Shitgibbon decides to grant us all further aid, because I have about another $4600 in debt I would love to pay off. If I didn’t have any debt to make payments on every month, my living expenses would be about $650 including bills, rent, groceries, and gasoline. I could actually go to the dentist.

    So yeah. I’m hoping Trump does the right thing and helps people a little more. And I hope I can knock out the rest of my debt in about year or so. In the meantime though, I’ll be passing the time studying and doing homework and watching too much TV.

  • New Friends, Old Friends

    This is mostly going to be a photo dump. I’ve got some new goldfish friends coming probably on Tuesday afternoon. Two of which I selected the exact fish, and 2 which the good folks at King Koi & Goldfish will pick out for me.

    The tank of little orange and white pearlscales is where they will choose two little guys for me. The demekin and ranchu I specifically chose. I’m super excited to see them arrive!

    Here’s a berried mama shrimp, a juvenile shrimp, and the quick little blurs of some of the 15+ new platy fry I had born two nights ago. I finally stuck my arm in there and fished out the plant weight rings that no longer have plants in them, the dead root clusters from plants that did not survive, a bulb that was half gone, and I gave the tank a really good cleaning.

    I have so many mystery snails in there that my nitrate levels are way too high after a week, so last night I drained the tank to 30%, refilled it, and drained it again, giving it a 90% water change. That got my nitrates down to 5 ppm, so hopefully if I keep doing double water changes I can keep things under control and not lose any more platties.

    I found and removed 4 mystery snail egg clusters from the living room tank this evening and I need to remove the hood from the other two tanks and check them for eggs too. I do NOT need any more mystery snails! Ideally I would like 3 snails per tank and I have 15 with the goldfish, 5 with the cory cats, and there must be 40 in the the platties.

    Okay. one last photo. My boys were trying to tell me they wanted to come back inside this morning… LOL.

    They’ve got both their big heads shoved thru the window. Hey! Mama! We’re done with outside now, okay?

  • Mid-Point

    We’re about halfway through the Spring semester and I’m ready for it to end. I have a math quiz to take tomorrow, then a math exam, a Spanish midterm on Friday and also an A&P II exam. And i have a Spanish assignment due this week plus a project I need to work on. It’s just so much and i honestly don’t even know if my grades are going to pull up enough to actually pass my classes this semester. It’s so frustrating.

    In happier news, I’ve gained two penpals, which is a completely new thing for me. I’ve never really written letters but with being stuck at home, I need a little more distraction then the usual hobbies and crafts. We’ll see how that goes… Lol. So far I’ve written each of them a letter, and I’ve been looking up cute stationary, but not finding any I love yet. I did order stamps though with cute frogs on them. 😍

    Tomorrow I need to do some Spanish make-ups and study for my midterm, plus clean up the kitchen a bit, take trash out, and put some stuff away in my craft room. I might also try to cut a few cards with the Silhouette from cardstock.

  • Today Can Eat a Bag of Dicks

    Today started out okay. Tejony didn’t fuss too much, the weather was good enough the boys could spend a few hours outside and I had tasty leftovers for breakfast.

    But it didn’t stay a good day. Sunday night I noticed a little fungus growing on Tank’s wen. That was after I saw some on a snail’s shell. I immediately started treating the tank with malachite green and aquarium salt. Last night I noticed Tank looked a little bloated, but maybe it was my imagination. He was still acting normally.

    At noon today, Tank was horribly distended, and starting to bottom sit. I gently scooped him up in my hand, and there was no pineconing, no discoloration or any obvious things wrong except the tiny bit of fungus, and his swollen body. I was already doing water changes every 12 hours since I started treating the tank. Water parameters were pristine.

    By 5pm, Tank was even more swollen. Like a water balloon about to burst, and he was dead. His body didn’t float and was very heavy, and I can only assume the swelling was some horrible fluid retention. I have no idea what caused this or why it took him so quickly, but he was my favorite fish.

    I’ll do another water change tonight, and treat for fungus tomorrow afternoon and the next day with more water changes. I’m crushed, because Tank was the fish that made me definitely decide to jump into fancy goldfish. He looked just like a little black manatee.

    Swim in peace, little dude.