• 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!

  • 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!

  • Winter Session is Just About Done

    I’m done with my Nutrition class, and even if I only get a 75 including the extra credit on the final, I’ll still get an A in the class. So that’s awesome. I’m super happy about that, and it was a great class.

    I made this for my instructor as well and she loved it.

    Poli-sci…. I wish I could be so confident but I’m most likely getting a C. I’ve got an 80.49% right now, the last week’s work still has to be done, and unless I do really well on both the final and the video assignment, there’s not even a chance of getting a B. But a C is passing so I mean if that’s what it comes down to, I’ll take it.

    Planning on knocking out a few of the assignments tonight so I have less to do last minute.

    I also went to the bookstore today and got my books for spring, which starts on Monday, my parking permit has been ordered, and my paperwork from disabled student services is ready to distribute to my instructors.

    I’m tired. I walked all over campus to get things done and while yay! It’s all done, my legs are sore from all the extra hills.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Semester is Almost Over

    Today was my last regular exam in my math class. I did not take it. I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, finally dozed off after 2am. At 5am, Tejon was digging a hole into my back, and crying piteously, so I got up to let the boys outside.

    Two hours later I managed to fall back asleep only to wake up at around 830am. I gave Moppie her meds, and sat down to watch the videos on the things that would be on today’s exam… and I fell asleep somewhere in the third video.

    I woke up with 15 minutes to spare to get to my Anatomy lecture so I jumped into the car and took off. Missed my math exam, but it wob’t hurt my grade any and as long as I get a B on the final, I can still get an A in the class. Can’t beat an A!

    I’m looking forward to this semester coming to an end in a couple weeks so I can start my Winter classes which are going to be a breeze after this semester.