• Education

    Un Mal Restaurante

    Hola! Yo habla a ustedes de restaurante famosa (redacted). Ellos tienen muchas comidas deliciosa. La pasta y pollo son muy bueno. Yo disfruto el té y el Mt Dew. Los camareros son por lo general muy bueno.

    Pero hoy yo estoy no feliz. Yo llegue a el restaurante en ocho y media y yo espere una hora. Ellos trajeron un hamburguesa y no una ensalada! Yo no come carne!

    Yo estoy muy infeliz y yo come en me casa ahora!

  • Education

    This Semester is Fucking Hard

    I’m not gonna lie. I’m struggling this semester and we’ve barely started. I managed a B on my second math quiz and a B average over the homework we’ve done so far this semester, but I’m really struggling and am going to see about tutoring in The Learning Center this week. There’s no way I will do well on the first exam without a lot of help, which of course I waited too long to get.

    In Spanish 102, I’m also struggling a bit, and it doesn’t help that this will be the 4th week of class, asked only the first week I’ve attended. Thankfully my instructor is really understanding but it’s frustrating to see how ill-equipped I am in this class.

    A&P II I have a lab practical tomorrow, which I suspect I also will not do well on. This semester has not been off to a good start in really any way.

    My car is still in the shop, after I ruptured a brake line Friday night and lost my brakes (thankfully while in a parking lot) so my mom has taken Monday off from work to drive me to class. Because we have three lab exam, I should be done by 230pm at the latest, instead of the usual 4pm. And maybe after we leave campus, we can go to lunch. This week is going to be trying.

    The good thing is right now I have a decent B in both math and Spanish.

  • Hobby

    My Evolution as a Fish Keeper

    The end of May 2017, I bought a Betta on a whim. I stuck him in a tiny (horrifyingly so) “tank” for a couple days before someone brought me to my senses and I ordered a 2.5g for him.

    A couple months later, I’ve got a 3.5g, and a 5.5g, each with a Betta in it, and 5 amano shrimp in the 2.5. I still have 2 of those shrimp.

    Then I got a 10g, which I stupidly put two goldfish and a common pleco in. The pleco died almost immediately (I still didn’t know about cycling) and one goldfish followed. The other goldfish ended up covered in ulcers that wouldn’t heal and I euthanized it.

    I finally found Reddit. I started reading. I realized I was a fish killing idiot and this all could have been avoided if I had been educated a little.

    At this point, I have two bettas, and 3 surviving amano shrimp. One Betta moves into the 10g and the other into the 5.5.

    I still haven’t learned that much. One Betta dies. I bring home 3 male guppies to put into the 5.5g. When I get home, I discover the 5.5g is leaking at an alarming rate. I put them in the 10g with the female Betta. She hates them.

    Now I have an angry Betta and 3 traumatized guppies and 3 shrimp.

    I’m starting to wise up that the guppies are not going to live peaceably with the Betta in such a small tank. I rush to PetCo and but a 29g which I hastily set up.

    My guppies, female Betta, and shrimp go in the tank. The tank (luckily because I’ve killed enough creatures) is pretty much instantly cycled when I move the filters from the 10g into it. There’s a lot of plants too because I had a few in two of the small tanks, and quite a few in the third.

    Over the next month or so, I add some zebra danios, black neon tetras, and what turn out to be dwarf pencilfish. I keep adding plants. I do semi regular water changes. I add a couple mystery snails. I invest in a water test kit.

    I keep almost everyone in the 29g alive and healthy for over a year. I keep reading, I learn a lot. I find some other fishy folk and build community. The 29g gains a bristlenose pleco and I start transitioning over to mostly platties. They’re successfully breeding and pretty soon I’ll be giving them away.

    My mystery snails suddenly go from about 5 to about 75. I collect as many small ones as I can find and take them to Petco. I vow to remove every egg cluster I see from now on.

    I make a contact on Reddit and purchase a bunch of red riili shrimp from them. A few days later, there’s a snow storm and we lose power for a few days. I’m unprepared and I lose a few fish. Amazingly most of the shrimp survive. I buy battery powered air pumps, batteries, and mylar blankets.

    About 6 weeks ago, I decide to start another tank. I really, really want goldfish. I join r/goldfish and I read everything. I ask questions. I buy a 36g and instant cycle it with my second filter from the 29g. I buy sand substrate after reading some Goldfish will try to eat rocks. I keep feeding the cycle because the tank is empty except for a few mystery snails.

    I discover King Koi and Goldfish. I plan on ordering 2 goldfish but I lose control and order 3.

    The goldfish arrive, healthy and beautiful. They are acclimated to the tank and are soon thriving. My mom is in love with them. But my tank is somewhat overstocked and will be very overstocked when they grow out a little. I do lots of water changes. I buy a Python which is the best fishy purchase I’ve made.

    I start watching the online marketplaces. A few days ago, I come across a 75g that’s only a few miles away. I make an offer on it, considerably less than they were asking, for the tank, stand, and lids. In the meantime, I’ve got a large box in my craft room that has filters, decor, everything I can buy for this unknown future tank.

    Friday night, my mom takes me in her truck to pick up the tank. It’s huge. Are they this big in the store? It’s obviously grown since they bought it… Lol. We get it home and get it in place in the house.

    I add substrate, decor, and flood the tank. Tonight I ordered lighting and and on Wednesday I’ll finish setup, pulling a filter from the 36g to get the cycle going.

    Hopefully by this weekend, the goldfish will be installed in their new tank. I need to order more plants but will move some of the marimos from the 36g to the 75g.

    Twice this week I’ve caught myself looking at the King Koi and the Goldfish Island websites.

    In these three years I have learned so, so much and while I was a horrible fish keeper at the beginning, I’ve become capable to taking care of these guys and keeping them happy and stress free.

    If you’ve read this far, thank you for staying with me, for offering me advice and occasionally a kick in the head, and most of all for being an amazing community that I could learn from. Because of you, my dream of having a goldfish tank is actually real, and they’re thriving.

    Now I need to get some sleep so I can wake up tomorrow and do water changes before I spend half my day doing homework.

  • Education

    I Killed It!

    Winter session is over and I fucking killed it.

    I took two classes that are normally taught over 15 weeks, crammed them into 5 weeks, and came out with an A and a B.

    The thing that was going to make our break my Poli-sci grade was the video assignment we had to do. It was worth 150 points, and we had to get 15 minutes of interview time with a person or people with questions that tied into a podcast we had to watch.

    I came up with 4 or 5 questions, which were heavily judged by people on Rav as being all wrong and interviewed two friends. We recorded the videos, I edited them into a longer video with my thoughts and ideas, and I had about 20 minutes total play time.

    You guys, he gave me 145/150 on it! I was not expecting to do anywhere near that will and it gave me a solid B in the class!

  • Education

    Halfway There

    The Winter session is halfway over. I did my Nutrition midterm last night, and will do my Intro to American Government midterm tonight.

    Before the midterm, I had a 103% in Nutrition, and though everything isn’t graded yet for Poli-Sci, I have about an 85%. Unless something changes dramatically, I’m expecting my grades to hold steady all the way through the rest of the session.

    I still haven’t received anything from the Department of Rehab, but hoping the checks come in soon because the session is nearly over. I also need to put in for the Spring semester as well, since that will follow the Winter session pretty closely.

    I still have no idea what is or was going on with my regular counselor, or if I should submit my requests to her or to the new counselor who is taking care of my Winter requests. I’ll have to email her and ask who I need to direct things to.

  • Education

    A Fucking Rockstar. Yup. That’s Me.

    All my final grades for the Fall 2019 semester have been posted and I did better than I thought I would across the board.

    A&P I – C

    Women in US History – A

    Beginning Algebra – A

    Elementary Spanish I – B

    I’ve added a page to the menu where you can follow my classes and my progress towards my degree. Obviously it won’t get updated often, but you can see my grades as they are finalized.

    In Winter I’m taking two of my general education requirements, and in spring I will be taking more math, A&P II, and the next Spanish class.

  • Education

    I Got A Fucking A in Math!

    Not only did I pass the math over failed 5 times previously, I got a motherfucking A! I kicked math’s ass!

    I need to brush up on factoring before I take Intermediate Algebra in spring, but as someone who had historically had so much anxiety around math, this is so big.

    I am over the moon proud of myself!

  • Education

    Fin

    Es el fin del semestre y no creo que aprenda mucho en la clase de Profesora. Ella no es buena y la clase es fácil y difícil. ¡No hay tarea pequeña en esta clase!

    El examen final es una sorpresa. El profesora habla sobre un video chat pero no sobre un examen escrito.

    Basically, the instructor dropped two bombs on us today. One is that she’d changing the whole grading weighting, and two, we have a written final that was not mentioned at all during the semester.

    I took the final this evening and it marked so many questions wrong that should not have been wrong. Anything with an accent? Wrong. Because of that, I got a D instead of what could have been a B. I emailed her and I hope she reviews then and adjusts our grades.