Friday, January 7, 2011

Chapter's End

Well, here it is, folks, my last day at this job. This chapter is ending, the next one is just a page-turn away. I'm excited and nervous. I'm about to re-join the ranks of the uninsured, the low-incomed. I've been here before, and I'm happy to be here again, because it means new experiences and new horizons.

No longer will I be trolling the internet, looking for something to eliminate my boredom, thank goodness. I'll be busy! Studying! Working! Gardening! Knitting! Living my broke-ass life to it's fullest.

I hope that yoga & good nutrition can keep Philip and me healthy, that my car & home remain sound, and that I get all A's.

Here's to the future!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Changing Tactics

Well, I've put in over 30 applications at Seton hospitals thus far, and been declined for waaaay too many of them. It's time to change tactics.

I think I would be a more viable candidate for Seton if I had some experience with real! live! patients, or had my certification as a nurse's aid. (well, both, actually) There's a program that would give me the certification in 5 weekends, but it's $800, so scratch that. I think there's a more economical way. (plus, I don't have eight hundred bucks just lounging about, waiting to be spent)

All I have to do to get the certification is to pass a written & hands-on test. So, I'm going to look for a job at a nursing home, or some other facility where I can learn and practice the skills I'd need, and I've found some free online study guides for the written material. I'm still going to keep applying at Seton, but hopefully some experience with real, live humans can give me more desirable qualities as a candidate. I'm sure that being able to do basic things like take blood pressure and measure blood sugar will go a long way on my application.

Someone once told me that the moment you write your business plan, you begin rewriting, revamping and refining it. So, here I go!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Oh yeah, they love me

Since Mogz got sick, and all research points to kibble (even high-end kibble) being the culprit, I've decided to feed the kids a meat-based diet. I scoured the internet, and I have to tell you that it wasn't that easy to find information about pet diets that don't involve grains. Even my beloved Dr. Pitcairn uses them... I just don't agree. I can't see ancestral dogs cooking grains for consumption. Maybe a little raw grain... but they don't even have thumbs, for Pete's sake!!
I've been sort of winging it for the last week or so. Some sources say feed them 1% of their body weight, some say 2% to 3%. I'm not sure what to go by. I got some advice - feed them 1% for a week. If they're begging for more food after a week of eating this way, increase the amount. Except... I don't trust my dogs... but what the hell, I'll give it a try. Honestly, my friend is feeding her GIANT dog 1% of his body weight, and if he's doing okay, it's probably fine.
So, I'm starting out with just chicken. I've gotten some thighs and legs, some turkey necks, some livers and some veggies. It's all hacked up into manageable bits, and portioned out into baggies.
May I just say that the doggies LOVE IT. They are SO excited when dinner time comes. Now, anyone who has been at my house around dinner time knows that my dogs get REALLY excited about dinner. Imagine my surprise at their ability to muster even MORE excitement! They're actually less troublesome about it, though. Like they're afraid that if they get too rambunctious, I'll take away the good stuff. Heh. That's right, kids! Don't misbehave!!

Unfortunately, Mogz isn't quite ready to enjoy all of this. She's still being force fed. :( I hope she decides to eat soon, because force feeding her is breaking my heart!

9 Days

That's it. 9 more days of work here. I can't really believe it. I think it'll probably take a couple of weeks after that final day (Jan 7th) to sink in. Maybe once school starts?
I'm nervous. I've worked at this place for over 4 years, and become very comfortable with my income. Financial insecurity scares the shit out of me, especially now that I have a mortgage. I am trying to leap without fear. I know this is the right thing to do, and it's much better than being miserable in a job just because I'm scared to take a dip in income.
I'm a little sad to leave so many great people. I've met some of my closest friends here. (of course, I'll keep in contact with them!) I'll also miss the freedom of doing whatever the hell I want whenever the hell I want (for the most part) on my project.
Mostly, though... I'm just excited! A brand new adventure awaits, leading to a brand new career doing something totally different and awesome! I'm excited to be back in school, and excited to learn about the human body. I'm hoping to get a job at Seton, so I can learn more hands-on things about nursing. (like how to poke people with needles! Yay!) I'm thrilled to meet new people and try new things.
Nursing profession, watch out! Here I come!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

End of 2010 Survey

Because Jive Turkey did it, and I'm such a follower:

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before? Taught belly dance.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't really make them, but this year I'd like to send birthday cards to the people I care about. (don't think I don't like you if you don't get one, it's probably just because I suck at keeping up with things)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes! Snef gave birth to beautiful Autumn, and Anne had little Sofia!

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thankfully.

5. What places did you visit? Only Louisianna this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010? Some oranization & consistency to my life fortheloveofpete.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Dates? No. I can't remember any of them.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Started my very own belly dance business.

9. What was your biggest failure? Belly dance business failed.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Plantar fasciitis.

11. What was the best thing you bought? a tiny hippo.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Philip's.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? No comment.

14. Where did most of your money go? Debt. Debt has been vanquished!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Vanquishing debt!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010? 'A Plea from Virtue the Cat' - The Weakerthans

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Um... fatter?
c) richer or poorer? Richer, and about to get super poor.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Crafty things.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Watching TV.

20. How did you spend Christmas last year? With my family. :)

21. Did you fall in love in 2010? All over again.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Veronica Mars.

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2010? Philip and Christina threw me a picnic party at the park, and then Jessi and I had a Kentucky Derby.

24. What was the best book you read? A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bryson

25. What did you want and get? Out of debt.

26. What did you want and not get? Job at Seton.

27. What was your favorite film of this year? I didn't see many, as I was being uber frugal... I really enjoyed the Green Zone.

28. Did you make some new friends this year? Yes!

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If I could have kept my house cleaner.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? um. slovenly?

31. What kept you sane? Philip.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? uuuuhhhh... I don't really follow celebs much. Perhaps those that involved themselves in the Give a Damn Campaign?

33. What political issue stirred you the most? Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the Food Safety Act

34. Who did you miss? Bob

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010. Sometimes, you have to jump.


After we got Inu (the infamous satan kitty that so many of my friends have heard about), Amanda and I noticed that we had a black and white theme emerging in our pet collection. So when we decided to get another cat (don't ask me why that seemed like a good idea), we scoured the Eugene-Springfield area for a black and white kitten. We called several ads in the paper offering free kittens until we found one that said there was a black and white up for grabs. We trekked over to the Springfield ghetto to pick up our furry little bundle of joy from some meth house.

She was so tiny, much smaller than her orange tabby siblings; she fit in the palm of my hand. (Yes, for those of you who know Mogz today, that fat kitteh was tiny at first) We played with strings; we stalked Buddy's fluffy tail; she rode around in the hood of my hoodie. Then, her hair started to fall out, and it fell out and fell out, leaving scabby skin beneath it. We didn't know what was wrong. We took her to the vet. Ringworm. They gave us a shampoo, and we dutifully washed her twice a day. She lost weight, and more hair. She looked like a gremlin, so we named her Mogquai because naming her after a gremlin seemed too mean. She got sicker. Finally, Amanda said that we were going to take her to the vet that had treated all of her family's animals forever and ever. So, we drove 45 minutes out of Eugene to take our tiny kitten to Brian Reister in Leeburg, Oregon. He took one look at that sickly creature and told us that we had to be prepared for this kitten to die. He gave us a kitty vitamin and told us to get athlete's foot cream and slather it all over her. We did. She hated it, but she got better - first furry, then fluffy, then fat. <3

8 years (or 7? I'm not sure) later, she's been fat and fluffy and sweet and wonderful this whole time.

Now she's sick again. She has Feline Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver Syndrome). From my internet research... FLS occurs when a cat goes through a period of anorexia for whatever various reasons (unrelated to the syndrome). The body starts using up fat stores, which the liver must then process. Cat's livers are not great at processing fat - they eat a pretty lean diet in the wild - so the accumulation of fat exceeds the processing of fat, and the liver begins to sustain damage. The good news is that we caught it pretty early. She isn't vomiting, she is still drinking water, and she's not jaundiced. She's just lethargic, skinny and not eating. (that's all?!??!) We have to force-feed her to keep her body from processing her fat stores until the liver can catch up and she starts eating again. The vet insists that I need to bring her in to be put on a glucose IV, but she's keeping down all the food I squirt down her throat, and is noticeably improved already... so are they trying to scam me out of dollars I don't have? Internet sources claim (and if it's on the internet, it MUST be true!) that, as long as she's keeping down the food I'm giving her, she will recover with time.

Here's to hope, my little love. I pulled you from death's door once through constant home care, and I feel confident that Philip and I can beat this too.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Which Skirt?

Okay, I need a little help for Friday night. Which skirt looks best with this belt?

I'm leaning toward the first one. What do you think?