• 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.

  • Toolbox

    I never did tell you about my Christmas haul. I got a couple nice sweaters, some random stuff from my Amazon wishlist, and the highlight was my mom got me some items on my list that will start building up the missing pieces in my room collection.

    She got me a screwdriver and bits set that has like 60 different bits from Phillips to Flathead to about 6 types I didn’t even know existed. And she got me a 3/8th drive ratchet to replace the one that went missing.

    Last night I hopped into the Harbor Freight website and I ordered socket rails in 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ sizes, as well as an awl, a level, plastic funnels, a set of drill bits, a set of socket adapters, and 2 inexpensive battery powered lanterns that were on sale so maybe next time there’s a power outage we won’t have to sit in the dark.

    There’s other tools I still need to replace but I will get them a few pieces at a time, and everything I’ll have all the basics again.

    The next things I buy will be the socket sizes I’m missing and I think I need to replace my nut driver but not sure. I would also like a mallet and a few other measuring tools. Power tools would be awesome, but those can come later.

  • You Know What Sucks?

    Being so fucking broke you can’t just buy toothpaste. I am so close to paying off the smallest chunk of my debt, which is great, but then I need to borrow to buy things like toothpaste, tampons, other personal items.

    So stupid that this shit is so expensive. Thankfully next month I should have quite a bit more wiggle room in my budget if I just pay minimums on everything.

    I was planning to pay something off in full next month but I don’t think that’s going to happen with Christmas sliding in soon. I can’t believe it’s already freaking November! The middle of November even. Where did this year go?

    I’ve got my mom covered for Christmas, but I have no idea what to buy anyone else. I did see a cute little item Tracy would enjoy that’s inexpensive, but beyond that? And I don’t have time to make things this year at all with school taking up most of my time.

    Sometimes I really hate the winter holidays…

    Eta… The reason things are so right this month is because I had multiple extra expenses. My phone needed to be replaced, and that was an extra $45 and there’s the fee for the craft event I’m doing in a few weeks at another $30. I know $75 might not be a lot for some of you but for me it really is a lot.

    I did sell a few things and am awaiting the deposits for them which will help but that won’t come in until next week.

  • Holidays on the Homestead

    So tonight was the annual Holidays in the Homestead at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. I’ve participated as a vendor I think 4 years in a row now, including one year when I was the only vendor who showed up. That was an interesting but pretty profitable night .. Lol.

    Tonight there a a good turnout with 5 vendors and a pretty good turnout of guests. I was really apprehensive about the stock I was bringing because I was going to be focused on things that were new to me  and steering away from jewelry. Turns out that was a good move because 80% of the other vendors’ offerings were jewelry.

    I took several small finished cross stitch designs (3 sold), stuffed toys (I sold 2 or 3 I can’t remember), crocheted flower hair clips (sold 4 pair), cotton face scrubbies (sold 4 or 5 I think), Halloween magnets (I sold most of the bats), $1 bracelets (sold 2), and shockingly I sold 2 of my 3 paintings. I didn’t sell any earrings.

    The stuffed toys I sold pretty cheaply because I’m running out of room to store them. I let the paintings go inexpensively as well simply because they were quick and inexpensive to make.

    I ended up making $85 over the cost of my table, so it was a pretty successful night and fun too.

    There were a few people who wanted things for less then it costs to make them but most people were pretty decent about the prices.

    Afterwards, I put my cash in at the ATM and grabbed a bite to eat  When I got home I paid off a small bill and Monday I’ll see about replacing one of my tires. My mom has informed me she won’t accept any repayment of what I owe her until I get at least one new tire… Lol.

  • Family Christmas

    Woohoo! So many weird dreams this last couple weeks!

    I was at an extended family Christmas celebration. It was me, all my aunts, uncles, cousins… And my friend D. I don’t know if we were together & that’s why he was there, but he was part of the family.

    We had a meal, and I was doing the dishes afterwards when it was suddenly time fur Star Wars hide and seek. And we were in a huge mansion so so many places to hide! We were all in costume.

    Eventually we all got caught and we returned to the living room, where we all had some red wine and sang Christmas songs together. D was ensconced on a couch surrounded by my family’s children and looked super happy.

    The whole dream wasn’t too weird but it felt absolutely surreal.

  • Still Cleaning

    I’m still finding tons of stuff to clean up around the house. I’m finally almost done throwing away my old dresser that fell apart once piece at a time each week into the trash barrel – there’s just one side and the paperboard back left – and then I can start breaking down the tons of cardboard boxes I keep unearthing and throwing them away. I wish I could just throw them all out at once, but we only get one trash barrel so it’s not possible.

    I keep finding technology-related stuff too. External DVD drives, multiple hard drives too small to be of much use in the current world (I’ve found like 6 of them), a hard drive enclosure that needs a power cord… And there’s a printer new in box that I think mom bought when she had Windows 8 that was incompatible with the computer then. I need to find cables for the hard drive enclosure and see if it and the drive currently inside it works, and if not, drop it off at the elections recycling place. The same goes for the external DVD drives – I will likely test those on my mom’s computer tonight.

    Today my mom brought up if I wanted half ownership of the house and property when she dies. I said yes. I don’t want to stay here unless I built a place in the back, and honestly I would still rather sell my half and find a spot of land somewhere a bit closer to town… But either way, hopefully that’s not for a long time. A really, really long time.

    For Thanksgiving, I did the shopping today, and picked up a 14-pound turkey for $9. I also bought stuff to make a blackberry cheesecake Wednesday night, and I’ll make the rolls from scratch the day of. Mom still wants to get a ham, but its just going to be me and her, and we don’t need all the food… Lol. Or maybe we do. I dunno.

  • Christmas is Coming!

    I’ve completely turned into one of those people. Its not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m itching to set up my little Christmas tree, with its tiny little ornaments, fake birds, and big fluffy bow on top. I’m ready to wrap the little crocheted tree skirt around its base, and plug in my single strand of lights after wrapping them around it. And I’m ready to start shopping, and wrapping my gifts to place under it.

    I think I’ve got my mom’s Christmas gift figured out. I’m just hoping some of the components will go on sale soon (yes Black Friday / Cyber Monday, I’m looking at you!) and I can save a few bucks because it’s not an inexpensive gift I’m planning.

    I had mom write me a check and mailed it off to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum so on December 2nd, I’ll be there selling my makes. I didn’t really make anything new and I actually donated a lot of my stock to thrift but it was stuff I didn’t feel amazing about and would have felt weird about selling.

    I’m hoping to bring home $50 and I can put that towards Christmas shopping, but honestly the Antelope Valley Indian Museum is one of the places I like to support anyway so I’m not super concerned with heavy profiting there. I’m just glad to be able to help them out.

  • Awwww Baby!

    Mattie’s furry face, covered in (faux) kisses! hehe