Sunday, January 31, 2010

The silly cat

I was lying in bed this morning, awake but not quite ready to get out of bed, when I felt a tug on my hair. I turned to see what was going on and saw Saphira with some of my hair in her mouth.

FYI -- regardless of what a certain feline in this house may think, my hair is not a cat toy. And if I wake up with cat slobber in my hair, I'll know who to blame.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wrinkles and gray hair

You know how there are creams and stuff to use on skin to "take years off your age"? Well, guess what? I just found something to "take years off your age" that is supposed to be used on hair. And, this has triggered a rant that has been brewing for some time.

What is wrong with aging? It's something that is normal and natural. Why are people in our society so afraid of growing old? Why is it wrong to mention that someone is getting middle aged or elderly, when it's perfectly acceptable to mention that someone is in their twenties?

When I once mentioned someone's age (their age started with a four, if I remember correctly), why did someone say "Ew, and you kiss your mom with the mouth that said that number?" Like I had just said something that should never be said.

Why? Really, what's wrong with getting a few wrinkles and gray hairs? As my mom says, "I earned each of these gray hairs, and I'm proud of them." Why can't more people have that attitude, rather than fearing the day the wrinkles begin to appear?

Why do some people celebrate their thirtieth birthday for ten years straight, rather than acknowledging that they're growing a year older each year?

What's wrong with growing older? Nothing. That's right, nothing is wrong with aging.

Ok, my rant is over. For now.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The simple things in life

I just wanted to make a list of simple little things that make life so wonderful.



A cat's purr

My cat doing things that make me laugh

Audio books



My piano


Listening to Tall One practice music

Sitting in a tree


What simple little things make your life wonderful?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My local newspaper and *shudder* politics

Is it blasphemous to say that Chopin is almost as good as chocolate? And that practicing my Chopin piece might even be slightly better than chocolate, since it isn't even fattening?

But of course that doesn't have anything to do with newspapers. Neither does what I'm about to say next.

I'm staying home today, which means that I'm missing school, work, and my piano lesson. This isn't so good, but it's better than throwing up at school again. It also means that I have more free time to rest (which is good because I have not had enough sleep this week) and that I have more time to do homework.

Now, onto newspaper and *shudder* political stuff!

The newspaper my family has subscribed to for virtually my whole life is The Oregonian. We haven't always appreciated everything they've done, such as when they misquoted a friend of ours years ago whose daughter had gotten beaten up at school (she was very angry but The Oregonian reported her as saying that she wasn't), but we've never canceled our subscription due to disapproval. Until now. Or earlier this week, to be more precise. I was just too busy to blog about it until now.

Here in Oregon we voted on a couple of tax laws this week which, simply put, will take money from people and corporations with big purses to benefit schools. Basically, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. The tax was something that the Democrats had put together, but that the Republicans didn't like and insisted that the people had to vote on it. So they wasted a bunch of money on a campaign supposedly in the name of saving money. (I think you can guess my stance on this issue.)

For several days before the voting day the Republicans bought a HUGE ad and put it on the front page of The Oregonian. The first day it looked like it was part of the news, and you had to look very closely to find the little words that said PAID ADVERTISING. Tall One put one of these in the fireplace, and I've shared a photo of that here so that you can see exactly what it is I'm talking about. Yes, that whole thing is the ad, and it was wrapped around the first section of the paper.

After three days of this mom canceled our subscription to The Oregonian and wrote to customer service telling them that she had canceled because in her opinion political ads don't belong on the front page of the paper, especially not when they look like news. The following day the editorial page of The Oregonian said that the editors had not received complaints about the front page ad and in fact they had received a lot of positive feedback about it.

Maybe that was technically true. Maybe. After all, my mom wrote customer service and not the editors. But since the editors felt that they had to defend themselves I'm sure that my mom was just one of many who expressed disapproval, and I would be quite surprised if no one wrote the editors directly to make their complaints known. Yes, I'll say it outright: I have no proof, but I suspect that The Oregonian is lying.

Oh, The Oregonian also defended their actions by saying that the Democrats hadn't tried to buy that space. That doesn't seem like a very good argument to me.

And all this means that I no longer get to read the funnies over breakfast or while sitting in the comfy chair in the evening! I've been doing that for years, and it's weird to have to turn to the computer to get my comics now.


I haven't really talked politics here before, so I'd like to add that even though I'm usually for the Democrats I'm really more for individuals than for the party. In fact, I wasn't even a registered Democrat until I had to register if I wanted a say in whether it was Obama or Clinton who would be the Democratic candidate for the last presidential election. Who knows, I might become a registered Republican for similar reasons in a few years! lol Not likely I think, but you never know.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another exciting day

Fun fun fun. I stayed up late last night on homework (after all, college kids are the original Creatures of the Night) so I was tired today.

When I finally got off work I had a class starting fifteen minutes later. Well, I was beginning to feel sick. After about a half hour in class I left to e-mail my mom and see if she could come pick me up since I was feeling worse by the minute. While we were exchanging e-mails, and I was feeling guilty about asking her to come pick me up rather than just taking the bus home, I threw up. Into a trash can, luckily. I stopped feeling so guilty about asking her to pick me up after that.

Fortunately I started feeling better after I threw up. It's weird how throwing up can make a person feel better, isn't it?

So mom picked me up, and now I'm home. Hopefully I'll be able to go to school tomorrow, or at least to my piano lesson. The piano lesson would be rather difficult to reschedule, and if I don't make it we'll have to reschedule. So we'll see what happens.

But I'm trying to figure out if I got sick due to lack of sleep (I know that if I push my body too far it isn't good, and I got WAY too little sleep last night) or if I have the same bug my mom had earlier this week. My mom also suggested that this could be a reaction to the scare I had yesterday, when my gut was telling me to be worried about the lump I found in my breast.

I don't know. All I know is that I want chicken noodle soup for dinner, I want some chocolate, and I want to go to bed early. And I might actually go to bed early for once! Oh, and I want to listen to my audio book, but I do that anyways as I fall asleep. And I want to practice my Chopin piece...which I don't actually do as I fall asleep...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My exciting day

I've had a loooooooooong day, and it's not over yet. I still have lotsa homework. So I'll try to keep this brief -- or anyways, I won't spend much time worrying about correcting grammar.

Last night I found a lump in my breast. I figured it wasn't anything to worry about, but I called the advising nurse first thing in the morning. After a ten minute wait I finally got to talk to a human. Eventually I got an appointment scheduled for today. I was lucky because the first time they gave me didn't interfere with work or school. That was nice.

So then I had to wait until the appointment time. I had a horrible time focusing in class, and was feeling queasy. You see, I had already made up my mind that it was nothing to worry about and my head believed it, but my gut didn't believe my head. So even though I wasn't worried (ha) I was really really worried. If that makes sense.

Why is there so much hype about breast cancer? Most of the lumps people find in their breasts are no big deal. In spite of knowing that, I still spent over seven hours today worried sick about cancer (even though I had decided that the lump was nothing to worry about) and having trouble focusing in school. And of course when I got to my job which is all hands on and virtually no thinking, I had too much time to think which wasn't really so great.

Fortunately the doctor told me it's nothing to worry about. The lump is actually just above the breast, not technically in it. (That was news to my mom and me -- we'd thought that part of the body was part of the breast. It's a part that shows when cleavage shows.) So, no worries.

Actually, she told me that she didn't feel anything where I felt a lump. I wasn't sure what to make of that, but mom translated her words as meaning "I just felt muscle and normal stuff, nothing out of the ordinary." Ok, I guess...

Please forgive any grammar or punctuation errors. I still have lotsa homework and don't want to edit. I just wanted to blog because....well....sometimes writing things down can help me calm down. That's the best I can explain it. So it was either my diary or my blog. With my blog I can interact with other people which is really really nice when I'm writing stuff that I don't mind the world seeing, and it's also faster to type things up than to write them down by hand.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Creatures of the night

College Students...the original Creatures of the Night!

...that's all for now...I'm on my lunch break...I just felt like posting something, and I've been feeling this way recently!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Piano stuff

I just had to share, this is the Chopin piece I'm learning right now:

The bad thing about it is that I have to alter a few of the chords because my hands are too darned small to play them as written. My small and dainty hands are pretty, but their size is a continuing irritation. :(

But the piece sounds so cool that I can easily get over my irritation with my hands. :) I love love love those bass notes!!!

By the way, my piano teacher told me to use stickers in my day planner to mark when I've completed all my piano practice. I was thinking dragon stickers would be cool, but I didn't find any at the store today. Instead, I found something just as cool -- Precious Moments stickers and kitty stickers! :D

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy, amused, or indignant?

Tall One is getting very enthusiastic about the idea of me moving out, and has decided that the foosball table will be moved out of the garage and into my room once I'm out of the house. (He's actually the one who makes most of the decisions about where things go in the house.) I'm not sure if I should be happy, amused, or indignant about his enthusiasm.

I still don't know if I'm moving out, though. I'm 99% certain that I have the money if I split rent, utilities, groceries, etc. with room mates, but I still need to find out about staying on my mom's health insurance.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Juggling and science experiments

My piano lesson was today. Except, we didn't touch the piano. Instead, my piano instructor sat down with me and taught me all about scheduling.

I have never had to schedule like I'm having to schedule now. We spent an hour talking about it, and I've spent like the last hour at the computer putting together a schedule for myself. When I have it finished I'll print it up so I can carry it around with me in my notebook.

So, I think I've earned myself a brief break. :)

And, I have something you might get a laugh out of...

A friend was over at my place recently, and after she used the bathroom she commented "I thought you had a science experiment going in there." At first I was worried that something weird was happening in the bathroom (a pipe leaking?) but then she described what she saw, saying "It looked like a slug in some liquid, but when I looked more closely I realized it was probably a cinnamon stick." At that point I burst out laughing, because she'd been looking the stuff I've been using on my hair!

Here's a photo. I guess it does look somewhat weird. lol And I guess it is a science experiment, sort of, in a way.

FYI, the stuff to the left is the conditioner/brown sugar scrub I mentioned using recently, and I'm not sure if I'll use it again. I did use shampoo/conditioner (it's this really great 2 in 1 thing that's wonderfully convenient) on my hair a few days ago and my hair isn't oily yet. :)

And now, I should probably do some homework...or continue figuring out my or the other...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I thought I would have a grip on school this term, now that I know what's expected of me academically. But, I was wrong. Now, I have a job. And now, I also have a question.

How am I supposed to juggle work and school???

I was up way too late the last two nights, and still have assignments that are late. I'm also exhausted, which isn't helping.

Fortunately I found out from one of my professors today that there are resources on campus to help people who are having trouble juggling work and school. She actually made it a school assignment -- we have a "scavenger hunt" this week where we come up with a school related question and find the answer to it, and she told me to find this resource for the assignment.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Choir and randomness

Again I'm just taking a break from homework, so I'll try to keep this brief. (Or anyways, I won't spend too much time double checking my spelling and grammar or finding a way to get rid of the pesky parentheses that I'm too fond of using.)

I'm having fun in choir at school. We're working on Vivaldi's Gloria songs, and I've never really sung anything like them before. Truthfully, I don't know completely what they're about. I'm pretty sure they're Christian, but beyond that I'm clueless.

I sing soprano, and the director has us sopranos right in front of the basses, which has me happy. I love love love those deep notes! And to have those right behind me, oh that's great. I loved that in my Barbershop chorus (which has women who can go pretty darn low), and I love it here.

Music music music! Being a music major is fun. (When the work isn't driving me crazy.)

By the way, mom declared this evening that I can't move out. Her reasoning is that if I move out, there won't be anyone to clean the kitty box.

After I finished rolling my eyes over this she and Tall One eventually came to the agreement (or she decided) that, based on the two cats who would be left behind and who they like and their sizes, she can clean 3/4 of the kitty box, and Tall One can clean 1/4 of it.

Ok, I guess that now I should get back to working on my fun fun...wish me luck!

Talk to the hand!

I'm taking a break from homework right now -- yes, at 1am -- so I'll try to keep this short, and I won't talk about everything I was wanting to talk about.

First of all, today (well, yesterday by now) is (was) dad's birthday! For a present mom took him out to one of his favorite restaurants that we usually can't afford, and we're also putting together photos we've taken as a screen saver for him.

His cake was a delicious carrot cake. Mom even did the icing special and bought it from the store! Yeah, that doesn't sound special, but in our family we tend to make the icing for carrot cake these days and I guess dad isn't overfond of how we make it. So, mom bought the icing. I'd share a photo, but I don't want to deal with uploading it right now. Maybe later, if people really want me to. :)

Secondly, I was practicing piano and was having trouble with my hand cramping up in a place where I have to really stretch. I remembered someone recently who was saying that pain will sometimes actually to cover up another issue, and that if you address that issue that the pain will go away. She said it worked wonders for horrendous back pain she'd been having, so I decided to take a guess at why my hand was cramping and have a little chat with my hand.

"Ok, I know why you're cramping: I'm afraid of failure. Well, you figure that I can't really fail at the song if I'm unable to learn it in the first place due to your cramping up, so you're actually doing this to try to protect me. Please, stop it.

I want to succeed, and in order to have a chance at succeeding that also means that I have to have a chance at failing. So please, stop cramping, now.

Thank you. Your cooperation is appreciated."

You can call me crazy if you like, but it actually worked.

Ok, back to a certain Chopin piece with BIG BIG chords! (I still want to pronounce it chop-in rather than show-pan.)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Random thingies

Now I'm finally sharing the video that I wanted to share in my last post! It's the latest performance by Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band, and the adult who talks about stuff at the end is the guy who's actually in the Portland Metro Pipe Band (which is sort of the parent organization to the youth band).

Also, I've been remodeling my Crafty Stuff blog, and am attempting to start getting new posts up on it regularly. To that end, I just put up a post about how to make some feminine thingies that I've been working on recently. I'm still thinking of different ways to make them, but what I've got works, so I'm putting the design out there. And, you get to see photos of my kitty in the post!

ps. It is REALLY windy here. I figured I'd just mention that. :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Joe Hewitt

I'd been looking for a performance by Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band, and found this performance by Portland Metro Pipe Band. It is a song they wrote in honor of Joe Hewitt. I would have shared it before now, but I hadn't known that it was online.

Thingy and thingy

I just wanted to share, since going no poo seems to be a popular topic -- I tried a brown sugar scrub on my hair last night. I had three options that I could find: combining it with honey, conditioner, or shea butter. We don't have shea butter, and I'm skeptical about putting honey on my hair, so I mixed the yummy sugar with conditioner.

I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. I think I could probably have done a slightly better job of rinsing it out, and additionally I now have Dreaded Dandruff. I did have Dreaded Dandruff another time after I'd decided to go no-poo, and it went away after a few days. So we'll see what happens this time.

Also, about moving out...

I've figured out how much money I'll be making each month with my new job. And while I haven't added up exactly how much rent and utilities and etc. would cost, I do have an idea of how much they would be, and of how many people I might be sharing a house with, and I'm fairly certain I could afford to move out.

I've also figured out that I'm able to buy myself a Netbook computer in the next month or so. It isn't a powerful computer, but it has what I really need: internet, and a program I can write my papers with. If I want to do something fancy I can always come back here and get on my mom's computer.

Now I need to find the answer to my question of whether I could stay on mom's health insurance.

I'm also trying to get used to the idea of that I would have to share a shower with a several other people. Here I only share a shower with one other person, and that can be annoying enough at times.

You know, I keep going between saying that I can't wait to move out, and that I'm not sure if I'll move out because it's too scary. But I think I will, if I can stay on my mom's health care, or find adequate health care elsewhere. Health care is one thing I'm not willing to compromise on.

ps. I'd forgotten! A good quality keyboard would also be convenient...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Book blog?

The other day I came with an idea: why don't I make a blog where I can specifically talk about my books?

I love to talk about books. Before I discovered music therapy and decided to do that with my life I was sort of wandering aimlessly, and had decided to major in English. (Actually that's only half the truth -- I was going to double major, and my second major be religious studies.) I love my books, and I love to talk about my books. But I haven't really had a place I can do that, since I'm not in English classes anymore.

So I thought, why not make a blog where I can post my random musings or my serious questions or whatever about books?

This is an idea that won't go away. I don't have the time to do it right now (I barely even have time to do anything with my crafty blog, which I decided to remodel and actually maybe add new content to it recently) but I wanted to see if people have any opinions. (Besides, I'm procrastinating bedtime right now by posting this...)

So, thoughts (if any?)?

A dyslexic walked into a bra...

...and another was a devil worshiper who sold his soul to Santa.

There was also the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who would stay up late at night pondering the existence of Dog.

And I'm cracking all these jokes because of what I wrote in my notes:

As we would say in my family, that takes real talent. And when we say that in my family, we aren't always referring to a talent that most people would want. lol

We're learning how we learn in this class (really interesting) and I realized something that I'd never thought of before. After class, I went up to the professor and asked "I am ADHD*, and I sometimes have trouble concentrating. Well, when I study, I sometimes use music or an audio book to help me focus. It occurred to me that it might also help if I'm having trouble focusing in class. So, would you mind if I use my iPod and experiment with that in your class?" She said yes, and I got my other professor to agree to it today.

Hopefully this will help. :)

*"I am ADHD" I said this without thinking, and then kicked myself over it. I'm trying to change how I view myself, from being a person who is ADHD, to being a person who has ADHD. I guess I still need to work on it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lousy health care

Sorry, I have to rant about health care.

I have good health care. I'm lucky. My mom has a good job, and through it we have good health care coverage. But I know that not everyone is so lucky, and I really think about it when I go to see the doctor, and I start comparing prices.

Here's what we're paying for my doctor's visit last week:

To see the doctor: $20
Prescription for sprained foot: $15
X-ray of foot: $15
Regular lab work: $15

I paid $65 for my doctor's visit. Today we got a bill in the mail that includes the info of what we're paying, and how much our insurance is covering. I found out that if we didn't have our health care we would have had to pay:

X-ray of foot: $72
Regular lab work: $128

Someone without health care (and who would probably have less money than my family does) would have to pay $200, PLUS whatever it cost to see the doctor and get the prescription, assuming that they didn't decide to just take Advil for the sprained foot.

And on top of that, what if they spent big bucks on the medication only to have a bad reaction to it like I did, and wound up unable to use it? That would have been really frustrating. To me losing the $15 was just a nuisance.

So how come people who have the money for health care don't have to pay much, while those with less money than us are expected to spend money that even families like mine might have trouble with?

I am not happy with the state of things.

Ramblings of a crazed college kid

First I want to start off by saying something that's been going through my head all day.

I turn 21 in exactly two months!!!

Ok, now that's out of my system. lol

Someone asked if I've got any big plans. I said "Well, from the times my parents have let me taste alcohol I know I don't like it. So mom and I were joking that she would take me to a bar to buy me beer, and that when I didn't like it she would drink it." I did add that in reality she thinks I might like mead, so we'll see how that goes over.

I don't know what it is about turning 21 that's got me so happy and anticipating it. The only real difference is that I'll be able to buy alcohol, and that's not something I'm even really interested in. Maybe it's just that it's a cool number? I dunno.

I also wanted to share that I won a game of banagrams recently! It's a game "Santa" gave us for Christmas, and it's similar to scrabble. It's not one I'd expected to win. I was so happy that I took a photo, and I'm such a nut that I'm sharing it here. lol And yes, you'll find each of those words in the dictionary. I can't remember offhand what all of them mean...but they're there. ;)

Lastly, I want to share a brilliant idea. It's something that a classmate of mine thought up last term, and I finally decided to do last evening.

We have three big books that we have to take with us to class, and not very many of their pages are in the syllabi. The books are big, and they're heavy. And, they are easily disassembled. Reassembling them is slightly harder, though, if you try to put them back together the way they started (which is what my classmate did). But I don't care about putting them back in their original condition -- I just want something that works, and I am more than happy to use needle and yarn.

I was so delighted with my efforts that I took photos, including the one below. What I'll be carrying around in my backpack is to the right in the photo. What I will NOT be lugging around this term is to the left.

Hey, I this something I could make money at? I'm sure loads of other college kids would love to only carry the pages that they absolutely need...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why I was homeschooled

Talking about homeschooling has got me thinking about it, and now I want to share how my brother and I got into it.

I was in third grade, and Tall One (who was actually short then) was in first grade. Things came to him very easily, and he knew what he was doing. He was the straight-A student, and the teacher's pet. Things were going really great for him, except for one thing: he didn't feel challenged.

So during winter break he told mom "I want to be homeschooled, because I'm not being challenged in school." She wasn't overfond of the idea of homeschooling, but rather than giving an outright no she decided to debate it with him. After all, she was an adult, he was a first grader. There was no way she was going to lose the debate, right?

Wrong. He had better arguments than she did. So when school started back, she was homeschooling him.

I looked at him being homeschooled, and I decided that I wanted to get in on the fun. So several months later mom pulled me out of school to be homeschooled. I remember that on the first day of my new status as a homeschooler Tall One and I put on costumes and had our own special little parade around the house. I was so happy to be homeschooled.

Things were different a week later, though. I wanted to go back to school. When mom asked why, I explained "You make me do schoolwork! In school, I can just goof off." lol That was not a good argument to use to convince her to send me back, but I didn't realize it at the time.

Tall One and I were homeschooled all the way up through graduating 12th grade. It worked really really well for us.

A homeschool field trip

In one of my classes we're talking all about how people learn. As I was going through the assigned reading last evening I couldn't help but think of my mom's approach to homeschooling, and one moment in particular.

Mom, Tall One and I were on vacation in redwood forests. (Due to his disabilities dad isn't able to go vacationing with us.) It was a lot of fun. We were hiking, looking at the trees, watching the sun set over the ocean, and learning all kinds of cool things about redwood trees. For example, did you know that it takes a forest fire to open up the cones containing their seeds? So even though forest fires destroy so much, they also bring life. We learned all kinds of other cool things, too.

One evening after I'd been looking at the trees on the campground we were staying at something occurred to me, and I turned to mom. "Wait a minute, this is not just a vacation! This is also a school field trip!!!"

I didn't hold it against her, though. I regarded it as just more proof that homeschooling is the way to go for me.

It's funny, but even though I'm in college now, I still think of myself as a homeschooler. On one hand it feels weird to still think of myself that way, but on the other hand I was homeschooled from near the end of 3rd grade through graduation from 12th grade. So may it isn't so strange after all.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

"Dragon Rider"

I have got to rave about another book. More specifically, an audio book.

I read "Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke several years ago, and loved it. I also talked a little about the book in this post. Just minutes ago (literally) I finished listening to it as read by Brendan Fraser.

The story is wonderful. It's about a young dragon who sets out to find a new home for his people, because humans are trying to tear up the valley they live in. But he's not looking for just any place -- he's looking for the mythical Rim of Heaven, which so many say doesn't exist.

The book is absolutely hilarious. My family was probably wondering why I kept bursting out laughing seemingly at nothing, since they couldn't hear what I was listening to on my iPod. It also looks at the issue of racism (such as not all humans are bad even though it's humans who are causing the dragons to need a new home) without making it seem out of place in a funny book.

Oh, and I'm also now a fan of Brendan Fraser.

Fraser has so many different voices for the characters in his book, and each one is fantastic. He even does sound effects, which are really really neat. I look forward to listening to more audio books he narrates in the future.

This is really, really, cool. :D

Friday, January 8, 2010

Moving out?

I have a friend who wants to move out of her mom's house, and she's looking for room mates. I would love to move out of my parent's house, and want to be one of her room mates. But the more I think about it, the more things I realize need to be taken into consideration.

1) I'm not going anywhere without my cat. So if we're room mates, that limits where we can move.

2) Money. How much will rent cost? Utilities? Groceries?

3) Will I be able to pay my share with the job I have?

4) If the answer to the previous question is no, then there's another question: With my school schedule and homework, will I be able to pick up a second job?

5) Health care. Will I be able to stay on my mom's insurance?

6) If not, can I get my own health care at an affordable price?

7) Computer access. Yes, I can get on computers at school. But having to go to school just to check my e-mail would be sort of inconvenient. So, would I be able to buy a computer that could just do the basics, Microsoft Word and internet?

8) Oh yeah, and I would have to buy cat food and kitty litter myself. Oh and mom might appreciate it if I take my fish with me...

9) The piano would cost a couple hundred bucks to move, and then periodically I would have to pay something like $75 to have it tuned. I can't afford that. So, can I afford to get a good keyboard so I can practice piano at my new home? It wouldn't replace a real piano, and I would continue to practice on those at school, but I think I need something at home.

I don't have answers to any of these questions, and I'm not sure when I'll have answers.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm not taking THOSE meds again

First of all, my foot is feeling better. Secondly...

Remember the doctor gave me some medication for my sprained foot? It had some rather odd side effects. Most of them I'd be willing to live with while the foot heals, but definitely not one of them.

You see, I kept having out of body experiences yesterday.

After about six hours of feeling like I had been pulled out of my body numerous times (but I could still function perfectly well while this was happening) I finally realized that it could be connected to the medication. So I read the info that came with the meds.

First I discovered that I'm not supposed to drive until I know the effects of the medicine on my body. I hadn't been told that. It wasn't an issue for me since I don't drive anyways, but the pharmacist didn't know that and I think he should have told me.

I also found out that change of vision is a possible side effect, and that if my vision changes I need to call the doctor immediately. That was another symptom of mine (though I'd thought that I was imagining things before I read the info on the medication), so I called the nurse, and was told to stop taking it. I'm rather glad that they don't want me to take it, because I didn't want to get into an argument over it.

I guess I'm officially allergic to a medication now.

Another side effect was tiredness. I only mention this because this morning I wound up telling one of my professors that I'd had trouble keeping my eyes open in his previous class, and that if I left during his next class (I have three classes back to back with this professor) that it would be because I needed a nap. Fun fun fun! I did wake up, fortunately, and didn't need the nap. In a way it seems sort of funny to me to have told a professor that I might need to leave his class to take a nap. I did tell him that it was due to medication, so he knows it's not his teaching that was putting me to sleep! lol

Yet another side effect seems to be hiccups. I kid you not. I'm hiccuping randomly now, and fairly frequently too. It's not a case of the hiccups -- it's just this random hiccup here and there. *hiccup* This used to be quite normal for me, but not these days!

Anyways, I thought I would just share the fun of a new medication.

Oh yeah...this evening I found out that mom had told a co-worker about this medication and my out of body experiences. His response was "Doesn't she know that some people pay good money for that kind of thing?"

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My eventful day

I had my doctor's appointment today. The diagnosis is that it is probably just a sprained foot. The doctor took my cane away from me since using it is what made my hands hurt, and put me on prescription strength ibuprofen. (Ok, she just told me to stop using the cane, but "she took it away from me" sounds funnier.) So now my foot hurts worse in spite of the ibuprofen, but my hands should improve pretty quickly I think. Also, the pharmacist told me that the ibuprofen they gave me will interact with another one of my prescriptions and cause me to be queasy. What fun!

I did miss two hours of work due to the doctor's appointment. But that's not so bad, considering that I would have missed it entirely if mom hadn't said that she would drive me rather than just letting me take the bus all over the place. I'll make up the hours I missed on Friday, though.

By the way, it's interesting...I've noticed that "mom" is the label that is the most used on this blog other than "school. Hmm...

One of my classes meets only one day a week, and this was the day for it. So after I got off work (fifteen minutes before the class starts) I found the room, and settled in. I was beginning to get really comfy when the professor started talking: "So, we are here to talk about Shakespeare..." At first I thought this was a joke, because the class I had signed up for wasn't English. Then I realized that no one else looked surprised. Then I realized that I was in the wrong room.


I would have been happy to hang out in the English class. After all, I love love love love literature. But, I had my own class I needed to get to, and I suspected that the English professor wouldn't have wanted a non-registered student hanging out in her class.

By the time I got to my own classroom class had already started, and I felt bad sneaking in (or trying to) late. Oh well. At least I found the right classroom!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Page 5 of 4

I'll try to write this quickly, since I do need to get to sleep at a semi-reasonable time. Which isn't so easy, since I'm a night owl! So please forgive any grammatical mistakes.

You may (or may not) remember that last term one of my syllabi had a Page 5 of 4. To the amusement of my classmates and me, this happened again with the same professor today. The professor was also laughing at it, and he thinks he knows how it happened. Something an extra page being added, I think?

Anyways, my classes so far are pretty good. All of my classes today were basically the same thing as last term (just up another level) and were mostly full of the same students as last term. I have another class tomorrow that probably won't be full of fellow students I already know.

By the way -- I'm still wandering around with a cane due to my hurt foot, and my hands are now bothering me. I'm making a doctor's appointment. Actually, to make sure that I actually do it tonight, I'll stop writing this post and not continue until I've gone on the Kaiser website and requested an appointment.

*pretend that I've disappeared for a few minutes*

I'm back! I've requested an appointment online. Goody. That's done.

Today is the Epiphany! The day that the Three Wise Men give people presents! Or anyways, they give people in my household presents. We left shoes out on the table last night, and this morning there were some goodies in (or on) the shoes. To the left is a photo of the loot I got. I got chocolate, and yes, those are a pair of socks you see. You may remember that in my family we've sort of established a tradition of getting socks as presents in the holiday season.

I'd also like to share the latest antics of our resident princess. In case you're wondering, the princess is Saphira, the feline that my dad belongs to. So, on to the antics!

Mom wanted ham with dinner, and she cooked it on the stove. She turned her back for a minute or less, and next thing she knew Saphira was trying to steal it out of the pan while it was cooking. Naturally mom didn't let her, and explained to her that she could burn herself that way. Saphira didn't particularly care about mom's concern for her health.

Then mom left one piece of ham on the stove when we sat down to dinner. The photo I share here of the ham roughly 2 or 3 feet away from the pan it was cooked in tells the rest of the story.

I would like to share one last thing, and then I am done rambling on here for now.

Last term I was having trouble keeping track of what assignment was due in what class (two of the classes blurred together, and I frequently would only check one of the syllabi as a result) (not that that was my only problem...). So now I have a handy dandy little day planner! It was like $17, but I think it'll be totally worth every penny.

I have written out every assignment of every class that I have a syllabus for. In the process I came up with shorthand for a few things, such as accomp for accompaniment. Then I came to circle of fifths. It doesn't get mentioned often in the syllabi, but I didn't feel like writing it out when it was mentioned. So...I came up with a cute little symbol for it! I'm quite happy with myself, and I would like to share it here!

Ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you *drumroll please* a new way of writing circle of fifths!!!


Ok, that's it for now. :D

Monday, January 4, 2010

Of wisdom teeth and a GREAT book

I went to the dentist today, asking about my wisdom teeth. One started growing in last spring, and I wasn't sure what the others were doing, but I suspected that the bottom two were coming in sideways.

The teeth are coming in weird, but the dentist says that if they aren't painful there's no point in pulling them out because they don't look like they'll cause any problems...even if they are all weird. The x-ray revealed that one of my lower wisdom teeth is coming in at a 90* angle to what it should be doing, and the other lower one is almost at 90*. The top one that hasn't broken through yet looks like it should break through in the next few months.

Why do wisdom teeth come in crooked sometimes? That doesn't seem very wise to me.


I want to rant and rave about a book. In a good way, not a bad way! I'd been thinking of waiting until I finish the book to talk about it, but classes start tomorrow and they might interfere with those plans, so I'm talking about it now. It's a 193 page book and I'm on page 116, to give you an idea of where I am in it right now.

Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman is a wonderful book. It can be found in the juvenile section of my local library and it's written for teens, but adults can also enjoy it. This adult certainly is. :)

It deals with everyday issues that teens can relate to: crushes, sibling rivalry, feelings of injustice, body image, and chocolate. Also, 11 year old Justine is trying to figure out religion.

Justine's family is Jewish, but she isn't overfond of the religion for various reasons, so she decides to become Catholic -- just like her best friend! But, she hasn't told her family. She's pretty sure that they won't take the news very well.

So Justine becomes a closet Catholic. Literally. She has confession with Father Ted (her teddy bear) in her closet, and holds communion in her closet. She's hidden away in her closet a cross that her Catholic friend lost at her house, a "cheat sheet" on how to say Hail Mary, and a rosary she bought.

Then her grandmother has a stroke. Justine can't help but feel that this is her fault, and that it is God's way of punishing her for questioning the faith she was raised in. She feels responsible for the stroke but she doesn't confide in anyone, because she still doesn't want her family to know that she's Catholic. The guilt builds as she watches her grandmother's recovery, and she continues to question what she believes.

In spite of the serious nature of the book it manages to remain funny. For example, the explanation in the first chapter of how she ruled out various other religions before deciding to become Catholic; she decided she couldn't become Buddhist because when she tried to meditate she could only think about how much her butt hurt from sitting on the floor, and found herself figuring out how many zits she would get per chocolate bar.

Littman has created a very believable character that you can't help but love as she struggles to find her own identity. There are some real gems in the book (actually the whole book is a gem, so these are just extra special gems) such as the following passage that I would like to end this with:

"Sometimes, I wonder if Jesus, Allah, and God are all the same person. I imagine that J-A-G person sitting up there in heaven, shaking His head with tears in His eyes because He can't understand why His children are fighting and killing one another in His various names, not realizing that they're all praying to the same guy."

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Answering a question

Someone asked about how I made the html box for my blog button. Blogger wouldn't let me answer the question as a comment on my post, so I'm writing a post about it.

I got the html box from a link that Magaly shared on her blog. Here's the html code for it:

<div style="border: 3px solid black; overflow: auto; height:
100px; width: 131px; color: black; background-color: white;"> PUT YOUR BUTTON HTML CODE THINGY HERE </div>

To avoid just copying your button into the place where you want to put the code for it, you need to:

Turn > into & g t ; [WITHOUT the spaces between them]
Turn < into & l t ; [WITHOUT the spaces between them]

I have to do the spaces between & g t and the other thingy or else it just turns them into <>. *rolls eyes* My computer is too smart for me. lol

Anyways, this is what it should look like:


I discovered that you can also make it bigger or smaller by playing around with the numbers in it the code.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New blog button

I've been thinking that the blog button I made last August doesn't quite fit this blog, so I've made a new one! If you're into grabbing blog buttons, you can get the html for it below.

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"No poo" seems to be a popular topic?

Judging from the comments I've gotten it seems that the topic of going no poo isn't as boring to my followers as I had feared it would be. As such, I will talk about it without worry! :)

One of my friends shared this link and this other link, both of which are threads about going no poo. I took notes while I was reading, and figured that I may as well share the notes here. The interesting thing is that some of the advice is sort of contradictory in places.

By the way, I'm pretty sure that the advice comes from people who have found that it works for them, but I'm not 100% sure that all of it is good.

~ A brown sugar scrub is very good.

~ Lightly oil ends of hair with jojoba oil or coconut oil if they tend to dry out.

~ From a hair stylist -- wet hair stretches, then shrinks as it dries.

[I need to remember this, which is why I made a note of it. I like to throw my hair up in a knot on the back of my head while it's still damp!]

~ Apparently nettle tea can be used on hair? There weren't really details on this.

~ A conditioner that was suggested for when hair is damaged or frizzy: 1/2 avocado, and 2 tablespoons yogurt. Let it set on hair for 10 minutes to 1 hour.

~ Someone uses vegetable laundry soap that is well diluted, and it works really well for them.

~ From a hair dresser -- Acidic rinses such as vinegar can be highly damaging.

[Someone else said that vinegar rinses are really really good, and I have noticed that it is what is most often recommended. Maybe the hair dresser was referring to undiluted vinegar, which I haven't seen recommended?]

~ The baking soda and vinegar treatment should be only once in a while, not all the time.

[From my readings online, I've had the impression that the baking soda was supposed to be used frequently.]

~ If hair looks oily, brush it with a little lemon juice and a natural bristle brush.

~ One hundred strokes with a brush before bed helps to disperse oil.

~ Someone uses rosemary essential oil on the ends of their hair.

There wasn't any specific info on the brown sugar scrub which is a substitute for shampoo, so I did a Google search, and found one specific and two vague ways of using and/or making it.

~ Mix brown sugar and shea butter. After using this on your hair, apply olive oil to it and wrap your hair for one hour.

~ Brown sugar and conditioner. (I think you're supposed to mix them.)

~ Mix brown sugar and honey.

I'm sort of interested in possibly using a brown sugar scrub, and one or two of the other things suggested.

My hair is really long, and I can tell you that not having to wash it as often will be really nice, especially once school starts. I know I already said this, but I'm saying it again! :)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Going no poo

Remember I was talking about going "no poo," but then my hair turned absolutely hideous so I gave in and washed it thoroughly with shampoo on Christmas? At the time I said that going no poo probably isn't for me, but I'm rethinking it.

You see, I didn't wash my hair at all between Christmas and today. But did my hair get super oily? No. It got a little oily, but not enough to really bother me.

When I washed it today I just rinsed it with water while brushing it to hopefully encourage the oil to rinse out, and then used conditioner on it. It's almost dry now, and even though it's still slightly oily it feels soft and looks nice.

I think it was the baking soda I was using on my hair that turned it hideous. It seems to work for other people, judging from the fact that I found it suggested in several places online, but it obviously doesn't work for me.

I'm sorry if I'm boring anyone by talking about my hair, but if it keeps going like this and I can get away with only washing it once a week without it getting really oily on me I will be very very happy. :D