• 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.

  • Falling Behind

    I’m feeling so overwhelmed right now, between school, and trying to keep up a normal idea of life with this damn virus going around. We had a week off from classes, and suddenly I’m behind. My grades are in the gutter right now. I’m struggling.

    Tonight I had 6 sections of math due and two quizzes. I managed to get 4+ sections and one quiz done, so I’ll be finishing the rest tomorrow afternoon…. Which is when the electrician is supposed to come to I might now have electricity/internet for a few hours. Grrr.

    I also have about an hour of Spanish homework to finish tomorrow and get through at least 3 assignments for A&P II and my brain is just going “say fuck it. Don’t even bother,” because it’s so much work.

    I know if I take my time and actually do things in the chunks that align with the due dates and a little more, I’ll be caught up before spring break, which is next week.

    But ugh. Right now I just feel like giving up.

    I can’t even say a little retail therapy is helping, because it’s not, but I am getting some cleaning and organizing done, and by the time this quarentine is lifted, my car is going to be filled with donations for thrift.

  • Shramps!

    A couple weeks ago, I met a stranger off of Reddit in a dark parking lot at night too buy a bag of teensy little red shrimp. The little guys are really sensitive, so I spent a couple hours acclimating them to my ‘s water before I released them. I knew I would lose a few, but there’s also a lot of hiding places in the tank so I didn’t think I’d be seeing a lot of them at first.

    This evening I did a water change and afterwards I saw shrimp everywhere. I saw a couple that are definitely female, so I’m hoping pretty soon they will have babies and I’ll see a lot more of the little guys.

    My two platy fry are doing great still, and I have another adult female who is getting bigger by the day, so I’m expecting more fry soon.

    There was another sale at my mom’s work, and she came home with some stuff done other people had requested- and then, the best thing, a Silhouette Cameo 3! I found a place for the machine and I installed the Software, and the designing is pretty much Adobe Illustrator lite, plus a few tricks I remember from when I did vinyl cutting as my job.

    I’m looking forward to trying it out on some vinyl soon!

  • Spring Cleaning Intensifies

    I’m still on my Spring cleaning kick. Yesterday I spent almost all day in my craft room trying to organize things, food things I thought I was out of, and put stuff in my car for donation. I almost filled my backseat with stuff to donate!

    I’m constantly thinking I’m out of head pins, eye pins, earwires, and jump/split rings. After cleaning out 9 of these smaller containers, I used four of them to organize most of my findings. (not pictured are earwires)

    I also slated more beads for donation, and made two super simple pairs of earrings.

    All my picture frames and canvasses are on one shelf together, and I finally framed one of my cross stitches I finished last year.

    The other thing I did was I took a table and some of my stuff down by the poppy reserve to try to sell stuff to the tourists. I gave up after 90 minutes though because it was so windy and getting worse. No sales and not one person even stopped to look.

    I also did some crafting, working on a cross stitch, and made two pairs of earrings.

    Today I’m hoping to catch up on a few TV shows and maybe manage to fill my backseat with more donations. 🙂

  • My Body Is Tired

    I’ve been tracking my steps and the flights of stairs I climb since I started school. My steps are up about 300% but still nothing to brag about. I climb 2 flights of stairs in Tuesdays and 5 flights on Thursdays.

    I did a short yoga routine earlier this week.

    I did a 3 day event as a vendor this weekend, most of that time being perched on my piano bench.

    My core hurts. I’m tired. I’m going to bed.

  • Getting Shit Done

    I woke up today starving but I couldn’t eat because I needed to go do fasting blood work for labs at my new Dr’s. I’m thinking okay, go in, a quick stick, and I can eat, do whatever else, and go home.

    I had to wait over an hour before they called me in. Then I see they don’t have a dedicated person to draw blood. This won’t be good. I tell her I’m a hard stick, my veins are tiny, deep, and they hide.

    She sticks me in the crook of my left elbow after I tell her that’s my good arm. No blood. She sticks me in the middle of my left forearm. No blood.

    She questions if she should try again. I tell her I didn’t starve for nothing and I’m not leaving until she gets her samples.

    She looks at my right arm, and spies a vein in my right hand. She sticks it…. And blood drips one drop at a time into the tube.

    Ten minutes later, she has less than an inch of blood in each of three tubes. She hands me a cup to pee in. I had to the bathroom, pee in the cup, and apologize for being a hard stick. She apologizes for sticking me three times… Lol.

    I had to McDonald’s to grab something to eat. Had over to Michael’s to get the floss colors I still need for my project. Bought washi tape I didn’t realize I already had.

    Went to Walmart and bought a 6″ box to ship stuff in. Should have gotten 2 of them but I didn’t realize other stuff that won’t fit in padded mailers was going to sell today after I got home.

    Went to Petsmart. After much deliberation I chose three male guppies which I intended to put in my vacant 5.5 gallon tank.

    Got home with the guppies. Floated them on the tank. Water starts pooling around the tank. It’s not overflow. Shit. Tank is leaking. Bail water into the sink until tank is half empty. Carry tank to the bathroom and sit it in the bathtub.

    Float bag with guppies in Lola’s tank. Lola is angry about the intruders. When I release the guppies into the tank, she starts hunting them.

    If she’s not settled down by tomorrow, I’ll be picking up a 20 long to set up to replace all 3 small tanks and create a new space with no established territories.

    I told Lola to stop being so angry but she’s not listening.

  • Twofer

    I’ve had a couple really out there dreams in the last few days I thought I would share.

    A couple days ago, I dreamt that I was at this big gathering, mostly women, and I had gotten there by school bus.

    Apparently it was a get to know you mixer where polygamous families could look for a new sister wife. (probably inspired by my recent watching of Big Love)

    I was approached by 3 people, who all wanted to know if I was interested in joining their families. One was a request from someone who was a friend when I was a teen (until I found out he was a neo-Nazi) & one was delivered by the mother of the woman who was interested in me. I wasn’t the least bit interested in him but she did get my attention and I agreed to meet for dinner.

    The woman was named Amy and she was an Asian Mayim Bialik. Somehow we ended up having sex on the school bus in front of all the mothers. It was weird. It was also surprising because she had a very large penis.

    There was also a subplot going on where my shoes kept disappearing. And then I woke up.

    The dream I had today was a little wilder. I came out of somewhere to get in my car, but my car was gone. I asked a couple people where my car was, and someone knocked me out and dragged me to their car where upon awakening, I was presented with a mop that was a super computer (and kind of reminded me of Alexa) and told I needed to get home immediately, that this other woman would drive me there.

    My friend and I got in the car with her, and as we were approaching my house, we saw the ravine was filled with ice and there was a washing machine race going on. The woman driving us suddenly veered off the road down into the ravine where we discovered a huge party going on. Everything was covered in ice and snow, there was a part of a house (a kitchen with a beer fridge and a living room down the hall) and so many people milling around.

    After a few hours I knew I had to get home because something happened to my dogs, and I tried and tried to climb out of the ravine with my mop and a rake. Eventually I succeeded and started trekking my way towards home only to have to pass thru another building floating on bits of ice in a large body of freezing water that was filled with embroidery projects.

  • AVIM, and Other Things

    The craft thing at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum was kinda weird this year. Only two artists signed up, including myself, and the evening of, I was the only one to show up.

    I did fairly well though and the octopus and owl stuffies I made sold pretty quickly. I didn’t sell all of them, but I did sell several. Kids loved them.

    I ended up making I think it was $37 over my table fee which is pretty good for such a small event. I took that $37,and turned it into this :

    There’s a pleco in there too somewhere – my mom bought me the fishies today. I’ve named the Oranda Alberta. 🙂

    Yuba is still growing –  he and Tejon are unit into ponies. Kinda makes me wonder how big he’s going to get… Lol.

    I bought a drop spindle and some fiber so I can learn to spin. I’ve only tried it a little but I think I’ll like it when I get the hang of it.

    I haven’t been cleaning much the last week and a half because I killed my back moving a TV but I am trying to track down the parts we need to fix the furnace. The house hasn’t had heat in literally years and it gets freaking cold in winter.

    Here’s a quick pic of some stuff.

    My little Christmas tree and my super festive eyeball garland! And my super colorful curtains! Ignore the plastic bag and my shoes… Lol.