• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 🙂