• General,  Hobby

    This Week

    This week has been pretty good so far. I know it’s only Tuesday night, but I mean, that’s almost halfway through.

    Monday morning I took a much needed shower, and then fixed Rafael’s TV which he claimed for broken for 4 days. It was not broken; he just changed the input source and didn’t know it. A five second fix. Easy peasey!

    I was running late by then so I missed lecture and got out of lab early. Then I went to the barber shop and got my hair cut. I feel 100% more human, and way less muppet.

    I popped by a few thrift shops but no one had anything I wanted. Then I took myself to lunch at Applebee’s. It’s not fancy but I just wanted to have a nicer, sit-down meal, even if it was by myself. Then I went home.

    Last week I had picked up 3 Bolivian Ram cichlids and 6 panda cories. Almost immediately, I lost one of the cories and all three of the rams thanks to fungus that came with the female rams. Ugh. The remaining five cories are doing well though and I’ve finished treating the tank for the fungal outbreak.

    I had an unexpected windfall and was able to pay off a good chunk of my debt, so now my account with Dell is paid in full, and all but $200 of my debt with Affirm is also paid off. And I put a large chunk into savings too.

    Today I did the dishes, picked up some trash, and cleaned up after the dogs. I also changed the water in all three aquariums. My algae scraper arrived today and it works pretty well on the curved glass of the bowfront tank. I also had more fungal medication delivered so I have it on hand, just in case.

    I made up a batch of Repashy for the goldies, which they actually ate this time. I have a new sponge filter and air pump on the way, and I made an offer on a 40 gallon tank and stand that I’ll be picking up at the end of the month. I have no idea where I’m going to put it.

    I also bought a fiddle leaf fig and a philodendron brasil. Because plants!

    Right now I’m ripping DVDs to digital and watching some TV before I go to bed. Tomorrow I have lecture, and then I can head home and do whatever. Maybe I’ll remember to make a note of which colors of embroidery floss I still need.

  • General

    Long Fucking Day

    Man, today was a stupidly long day and the last half of it sucked!

    I started off with waking up early and doing a little cleaning around the house and in my car. I’m really glad I mostly cleaned out my car, for reasons they will become clear by the end of this.

    Around noon, FedEx dropped off a box.

    This box contained a new fishy friend, who I have decided to call Ziggy. This is the best photo I’ve been able to get of him so far. He’s extremely active and very hard to photograph.

    He was pissed about being in the shipping bag and was thrashing about, stressing himself out pretty bad so he went into the quarentine tank pretty quickly.

    I had a follow-up appointment with the gastroenterologist at 3pm, who told me my esophageal lining was precancerous, so we’d want to keep an eye on it, and keep my acid under control, but I should be fine. He said my colon and polyp were unremarkable.

    After that I went by the post office and mailed a couple packages out, and headed over to PetSmart to grab some more of the goldfish pellets my fish like so much. So far this is a pretty good day, right?

    But then I got in my car and got ready to leave to head home. I put the key in there ignition, started the car, moved my foot to the brake as I put the car in reverse, and the pedal sink to the floor with no resistance.

    Great. No brakes. 3 hours later I got home, leaving my car at PetSmart, and tomorrow morning I am missing yet another week of Spanish class so I can get my car into the shop.

    Monday I have exams I cannot miss and if my car isn’t ready by then, mom will have to take the day off work to drive me to class.

  • Hobby

    A Happy Happy Thursday!

    Thursday I had some packages coming my way that I was super excited about. Excited enough that I was checking tracking every two hours and practically placing pushpins on a map to follow its progress.

    What could be so exciting coming by way of FedEx, you ask?

    My order from King Koi & Goldfish!

    I order 3 beautiful fancy goldfish, plus a couple of plants last Friday, and they shipped out on Wednesday evening. At around noon on Thursday, FedEx pulled up and delivered a rather unassuming cardboard box to my front gate. The box weight 11 pounds and the water could be heard gently sloshing inside it as I carried it into the house.

    I opened the box, which was heavy cardboard, and was greeted by an insulted panel which I lifted off the top. Under this panel were 4 plastic bags, plump with water and oxygen, and 3 of them contained a single goldfish. The fourth was actually two bags and contained my plants.

    I read up on King Koi’s shipping methods before my new water puppies arrived and they are pretty interesting, but definitely smart. Once fish are sold, they are fasted for 3 days to minimize waste during shipping. The bags are then topped off with pure oxygen, to give the fish maximum breathable air.

    Anyway, as I removed the bags from the box, I saw each fish was relaxed, not showing signs of distress, healthy looking, and beautiful! I floated their bags on the tank’s surface for 20 minutes to acclimate them to the tank’s temperature, and then gently scooped each fish out with my clean hands and placed it into the tank.

    They immediately began swimming around, checking out the tank, plants, and the sand, and seemed pretty happy to actually have room to move around again.

    I’m sure you actually want to see then now, right?

    First up in Tank, a black Ranchu. Seeing tank on the King Koi website sold me on ordering online rather than taking my chances at Petco or Petsmart. His cute chubby body, roached back, and stubby fins were too adorable.

    Then I saw Birdie. Birdie is a Crown Pearlscale and the fact she looks like she swallowed a golf ball was too much to resist! Birdie is a little shy compared to the other two.

    Finally, there’s Juice. Juice is a Ryukin and I did not select him specifically but rather selected an assortment of calico ryukins and just requested one with a lot of orange.

    Juice will eventually outgrow the tank, since ryukins are typically bigger at maturity then varieties like the ranchu and pearlscales, so before the end of the year, I’ll be setting up another larger tank to move Juice to along with a buddy I’ll get for him then.

  • Education,  General

    Deals for Students (and others)

    I’ve found a few deals lately that my status as a student or my status as a disabled person allow me to take advantage of.

    Amazon Prime can be had for $6.56 a month instead of the usual $12.99 if you’re on Medicare.

    Alternately, Prime can be had for students for 6 months free (but with limited benefits) and at 50% off after that.

    If you’re a language learner, there’s a student discount for Duolingo that takes it from $10 a month to I think $4 and change. I’m waiting for my subscription to run out so I can resubscribe with my student email. This deal can only be accessed on the full desktop version of their website.

    SiriusXM also offers their Premier package for $4.00 a month to students to listen to on various devices. I found this by chance when I was looking up pricing for my mom in her truck.

  • General

    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.

  • General

    Ali Express Can Be Weird But Delightful Place

    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.

    This terrible turkey hat. I’m pretty sure they got her drunk to get her to smile about it. He might be a serial killer.
    Super cute erasers are still a thing! I wanted to buy them all but I don’t need them all. I just need two or three regular ones and I’ll be set for a while.
    This is freaking cute as hell but probably not as cute when it actually arrives. For $10 though if it would fit me, I would buy it.
    I just…. Vaginas and vulvas don’t sit on on the fronts of our pelvises. There’s no reason to make this like this. It’s just all wrong.
    Diamond painting meets Rule 34? I just…. I dunno. It looks like the original art isn’t terrible but I’m picturing this with horrible artifacting and mischosen colors and it looking horrible on your wall.
    This is just horrifying.
    Why is his crotch giving off jets of steam? Are the underwear really hot? Does his penis have a fever? What’s happening here?
    Sticky cocktails in a squirt gun. You’re never going to get that place clean again. Sticky. Forever.
    These are oddly cute. Maybe to use as a bud vase?
    I actually did order one of these. My iron supplement likes me best if I take it every other day, so figured I’ll give this little slice a try.
    I bought one of these too. I saw the monstera leaves and couldn’t pass it up.
    And these were the most grown up of the erasers I looked at… I bought some of these too.
  • Education,  General

    So Damn Close

    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.

  • Education

    Textbooks Have Been Acquired

    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.