• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Comidas en Cultura Mexicana

    This was my final project in my Spanish 102 class that I ended up withdrawing from. I got a perfect score on the project but ultimately I was too far behind to pass the class so I withdrew. Maybe if I hadn’t missed two of the discussions that were worth so many points I might have been okay. Anyway, here’s my project!

  • Just a Few More Weeks

    The Spring semester is winding down and I’m glad. Assuming I don’t totally bomb my last couple exams, I’m going to squeak by with C’s across the board and I’m going to be grateful for them.

    I took the chapter 9 written and oral exam for Spanish class this weekend, as well as knocked out the discussion topic and got my final project turned in.

    Next week I need to do some homework for A&P II and get ready for my Spanish final. We have an exam in A&P and I have math homework and a quiz due on Wednesday.

    I’m telling myself it’s almost over and then I’ll have the summer off. Just a few more days.