• Uniforms and Capsule Wardrobes

    A couple years ago, I came across the idea of having a daily uniform based on a small wardrobe. This idea really, really appealed to me because the idea of not needing to think about what you might wear most days and having some favorite basics that you pretty much live in just sounds really nice.

    I’m not sure if I mentioned it in my last couple posts, but I recently started buying clothes so I actually have something to wear. I had almost no wearable clothing before I started, and now, once the last of stuff arrives, I’ll have enough for about two weeks of wearing. But there’s not a lot of variety in what I bought, which makes me pretty happy.

    I bought three of these shells in different colors. I bought four of the skirt I really liked. I bought three pairs of the same jeans, two the same color. Almost everything I bought falls into the same couple of colors – black, navy, pink, teal, and there’s a little green tossed in.

    I ordered new shoes after my (6 year old) Skechers started falling apart. One pair I need to send back and try a different size, but I bought shoes that are comfortable, practical, and easy to match with the clothing I bought.

    I also bought essential stuff, like bras and panties, none of which are very fun, but as long as they do their job, that’s okay. Oh. I bought a bikini top too. I don’t have any bottoms but maybe soon they’ll go on sale.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • New Friends, Old Friends

    This is mostly going to be a photo dump. I’ve got some new goldfish friends coming probably on Tuesday afternoon. Two of which I selected the exact fish, and 2 which the good folks at King Koi & Goldfish will pick out for me.

    The tank of little orange and white pearlscales is where they will choose two little guys for me. The demekin and ranchu I specifically chose. I’m super excited to see them arrive!

    Here’s a berried mama shrimp, a juvenile shrimp, and the quick little blurs of some of the 15+ new platy fry I had born two nights ago. I finally stuck my arm in there and fished out the plant weight rings that no longer have plants in them, the dead root clusters from plants that did not survive, a bulb that was half gone, and I gave the tank a really good cleaning.

    I have so many mystery snails in there that my nitrate levels are way too high after a week, so last night I drained the tank to 30%, refilled it, and drained it again, giving it a 90% water change. That got my nitrates down to 5 ppm, so hopefully if I keep doing double water changes I can keep things under control and not lose any more platties.

    I found and removed 4 mystery snail egg clusters from the living room tank this evening and I need to remove the hood from the other two tanks and check them for eggs too. I do NOT need any more mystery snails! Ideally I would like 3 snails per tank and I have 15 with the goldfish, 5 with the cory cats, and there must be 40 in the the platties.

    Okay. one last photo. My boys were trying to tell me they wanted to come back inside this morning… LOL.

    They’ve got both their big heads shoved thru the window. Hey! Mama! We’re done with outside now, okay?

  • Falling Behind

    I’m feeling so overwhelmed right now, between school, and trying to keep up a normal idea of life with this damn virus going around. We had a week off from classes, and suddenly I’m behind. My grades are in the gutter right now. I’m struggling.

    Tonight I had 6 sections of math due and two quizzes. I managed to get 4+ sections and one quiz done, so I’ll be finishing the rest tomorrow afternoon…. Which is when the electrician is supposed to come to I might now have electricity/internet for a few hours. Grrr.

    I also have about an hour of Spanish homework to finish tomorrow and get through at least 3 assignments for A&P II and my brain is just going “say fuck it. Don’t even bother,” because it’s so much work.

    I know if I take my time and actually do things in the chunks that align with the due dates and a little more, I’ll be caught up before spring break, which is next week.

    But ugh. Right now I just feel like giving up.

    I can’t even say a little retail therapy is helping, because it’s not, but I am getting some cleaning and organizing done, and by the time this quarentine is lifted, my car is going to be filled with donations for thrift.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.