If you’ve never shopped on Ali Express, it’s basically Amazon.com meets Chinese resellers meets the dollar store. There are more expensive items but cheap is really the word of the day there.
I tend to go there to buy myself small items where quality isn’t super crucial or items that are more silly than purposeful. Anyway, last night I was looking at erasers and just because I bought one penis shaped lipstick last year, Ali Express thinks I’m obsessed with dick. I mean I kinda am but it’s not all I want to see.
First off, this is a thing that’s close. Close to being paid off.
This is my smallest bit of debt and it’s going to be paid off in 7 months. That’s late this winter. I’m super excited about this because once it’s paid off, that’s $80 a month more I am put towards things I need, and what’s leftover can go towards an extra bit on my next smallest debt.
This is the next smallest bit.
It should take me about a year to pay that off after the first balance is cleared if I throw an extra $30 a month at it.
My remaining debts are larger but in a year and a half they’ll have shrink quite a bit and I can start making better progress on them.
In a way it’s going to be kind of a mixed blessing with how busy I’ll be with school over the next couple years. I’m going to be tired, busy, and probably won’t be doing much extracurricular shopping. I only have room for so many houseplants! Lol
The other thing I wanted to talk about being close to is the new semester. It starts on the 19th and I’m kind of freaking out. I have a super heavy course load and while I think I set myself up as well as I could for success, it’s still going to be a lot to learn in a fairly short time.
The history class in taking only runs half the term, and I’m hoping I already know a lot of the Spanish that will be taught first semester.
But the biology and math are going to be very challenging.
One day at a time though. Baby steps.
I drove down to CoC this afternoon and picked up the rest of my textbooks. It was a lot easier than my trip to AVC yesterday, but of course I forgot to pick up my parking permit so I guess when the semester starts I’ll have to go in a bit early and pick it up.
I currently have $700 in textbooks on my bed. What does $700 of college textbooks look like? Honestly like a scary glimpse at all the stuff I’m going to stuff my brain with over the next few months. It’s also surprisingly free books.
The book with the wire binding is my lab text and the cheapest at about $80. The other three texts were each about $180. Not pictured is my digital rental which was about $45 and two supplementary texts I bought off ebay for $20 together.
I also realized after getting all my books home that most of them will not fit in a 1″ binder, which is what I had previously purchased, so I had so order some 1.5″ binders on top of that.
So many small expenses keep adding up but I’m still incredibly grateful for the people that purchased my wishlist items to help me with school supplies.
The new semester is only a few weeks from starting and to be honest, at this point, I’m nervous as all hell. I’m taking on a very heavy course load, what with full time status and taking the Spanish class on top of that. But either I’m going to just scrape by, or I’ll kick ass and depending on which it is will tell me if I’m still going to enter the MLT program next Fall or if I need to delay a year. Obviously I want to have good grades through all of my work, especially if I decide to continue on to the next level and go for the 4-year degree.
But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. One day at a time, one class, one assignment. I’m going to make it through this and come out on top.
I had plans today to actually get stuff done, including a few errands for my mom. But I also had plans to meet someone from Ravelry for lunch.
I should have known today was going to be rough when none of my alarms went off.
But I headed over to Rosamond to meet my new friend and we actually had a really nice meal and great conversation. The diner was super conservative but the food was great. And I finally got to try sweet potato fries! Omg so good!
After about 2 hours, we went out separate ways so I could get the rest of my stuff done. I headed over to AVC to get my Spanish text and things immediately started going wonky.
I was parked in 5 minute parking and the bookstore told me they couldn’t take a DoR check without both my state ID and a valid student ID. I didn’t have a student ID. I also didn’t have a dollar for parking so I had to move my car to visitor parking and walk way too far in the 105° heat to get an ID made.
Walked back to the bookstore and now they can’t take the check because my address on the check doesn’t match the address on my DL. Finally they decide to accept it. I get my book and leave.
My next stop is Lowe’s for planters and potting soil for my roses. I find what I need right away and go to check out…. And my card is declined. I check my balance. I have way more money in there than my attempted purchase. I try the card as debit and credit and finally step out of line to call the bank.
The bank tells me it was declined for a wrong PIN… And that my PIN was never set on the card. Except it was and I’m nearly positive I used it successfully with that PIN at least once. We reset the PIN. I’m able to make my purchase.
Next stop is WinCo. I grab the items my mom needed plus a few other things. Checkout with no issues. Okay. Maybe my day is turning back around.
Gas station. I go in and put $30 on the pump. Pick up the handle, and gasoline from the last person who pumped pours all set my feet. I may have yelled “Motherfucker!” and people may have stared at me. Filled my tank. Went to McDonald’s for an iced coffee and went home.
I was able to repot my rose bushes and water them, but I forgot to drill some drainage holes in the pots so I’ll have to do that tomorrow. They’re looking really good though. Lots of new green leaves and some blooms!
Tomorrow I need to drive to CoC to pick up my other textbooks. Hopefully it goes a lot smoother than today did.
I did some Googling and the black tetras are black Neon tetras. They’re pretty flashy for not having bright colors, which means I can really enjoy them without Lola feeling threatened by them.
Since my tank is mostly stocked now I went ahead and ordered some stuff for the boys. A new bed for Tejony, toys, treats, and a can of freeze dried brine shrimp for the fishes.
I have another bag nearly filled with donations and I’m hoping to finish filling it plus a second bag over the weekend. I’d also like to get some crafting done today but I dunno about that… Lol.
I had a really busy day Tuesday. The pups woke me up at 6am,so I got a whole 4 hours of sleep. Not a great start, but I saw my check came in, so I paid mom rent, and headed into town at 830 to get to the bank when it opened. I withdrew most of the remaining money, deposited about 2/3rds into my other account, and picked up my prescriptions. Amazingly they were actually ready so there was no wait.
From there I dropped off a couple bags of donations at Goodwill.
I paid all my bills, except the phone bills which I had cash for, and drove over to Verizon to find out they don’t open until 11am. Decided to drive over to the hospital and see about donating blood because that usually takes a while. I filled out the paperwork and the lady stuck me, and ten minutes later I was drinking my juice.
I grabbed a chicken sandwich at McDonald’s after that and drank lots of water. Then I went over to Verizon and paid my bills. I’m pretty sure the manager there was flirting with me. He was cute too. I went and put gas in the car next.
I went by Your Favorite Tattoo next because I wanted to ask a question about pricing on a piece of flash I saw when I was in there getting pierced last month. Found out it was affordable, and then this happened.
He’s on the front of my upper thigh and about the size of a deck of cards.
I was tattooed by Charlie G., who also happens to be an apprentice but he’s got a great light hand and his lines and shading are top notch.
I contacted him about adding some other characters to it over the next six months so I’m hoping he says yes. 🙂
After leaving Your Favorite Tattoo, I did some grocery shopping and went home.
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.
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.