• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Am I Done Yet?

    I have done an impossible amount of homework this weekend, and tomorrow I still need to review for a math test. But my brain is fried, and I’m watching the Muppets because I can.

    My labs my psych Dr ordered came back and she says I’m anemic. Yay. Lucky me. So now I need to make an appointment with my regular Dr.

    The kittens knocked over my avocado plants last night but have been super affectionate all day and evening today. Yeah guys, kiss up because you’re not being very nice to my plant babies!

    I finally got my parking permit so I need to stick that on my windshield tomorrow before I head to class. Good timing because I’m tired of chasing the paper temp passes across my dash.

  • Little Things

    I finished my exam, which didn’t take long. I’ll be driving in to turn it in this evening. I know I’m getting a good grade but I’m still curious about my other grades in the class and whether or not I might get a B. A B would make me so happy.

    I purchased and ordered yarn for my first sweater. The pattern seems to be more recipe than pattern, so I should be able to easily make a few minor changes. It’s basically a tube (it’s of the shoulder) with a cable across the chest.

    I feel so much better in the days since dropping the friend I wrote about before. I’m just so much less stressed and I’m not worrying about making sure they’re okay 24/7. I was basically babysitting them all day while they bitched about how horrible everyone treated them. At first I felt bad because it seems like they actually need a lot of help but I just couldn’t deal with them constantly playing the victim about every little detail in their life. It’s definitely better without them. I can get things done now.

    The kittens are growing like crazy and while the dogs are outside during the day the kittens have the run of the house. They’re basically complete little Psychopaths running around, jumping off of things, wrestling, climbing, getting tripped over, and doing all things cat. The littlest one, he’s so cute, has been a little behind the curve in learning to do all things cat. But he’s slowly catching up, wrestling with his brother and sister, and starting to climb and explore. I’ll be sad when they all go outside to become barn cats like we intended from the beginning.

    My doggos turned 2 years old on the 25th. It’s hard to believe they’re no longer puppies at all, considering they constantly act like puppies, racing around, playing, fighting, Wrestling, doing all the things that puppies do, pretty much 24/7 unless they’re sleeping or eating. I felt like a really bad dog mom because I totally forgot to wish them happy birthday and I didn’t even give them extra treats that day! The horror of it!

    I got a really cool backpack to tote around my stuff for school in the coming semesters. It was a little pricey but honestly good backpacks have always been a little pricey. I remember when I was in high school a JanSport would cost about $45 and that was in the mid-to-late 90s. I especially like the one I got because it has a special pocket that’s padded to hold a laptop, a smaller padded pocket for a tablet, it’s got pockets for water bottles, and as large as enough to hold a couple of binders or books. It’s also my favorite color.

    It’s currently 1:30 in the morning and I’m awake because after only getting 5 hours sleep yesterday, I went to bed at 10 p.m. last night only to wake up at 1 a.m. hot, headachy, and having to pee really bad. I went pee, and I’ve cooled down, but I still have the headache. Will likely take some ibuprofen in a little bit. There will definitely be an app in order this afternoon!