Friday, August 23, 2019

Set For The Weekend

4:02 p.m. 'Slept in' until around 8 a.m. Got daily tasks done for the most part. The day's been mostly uneventful, but that's a welcome thing, too. :D Job requirements done for today, and I'm taking the weekend off.

I got a new full perm template done and set up.

And I got to welcome Squirt on DMK. So, some pretty average highlights.

Praise and thank the Lord, am I right? He makes it all possible and more. ^_^

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Goal Life.

11:44 p.m. Close to 15 minutes to midnight. I don't have too much to share about the past couple days, except I've been spending an awful lot of time on Secondlife.

Planning on changing sims, again, in hopes of maybe getting Ruby traffic in hers like the good ole' days. Plus it'll cut way down on SL if only I used better self control to curb my spending habits.

Made a new outfit today (in seven colors and very 'Moschino' inspired) and I released an older product (designer headphones) originally intended for a gacha project, which I cancelled cause I currently have enough gachas and have it on the way back burner now.

Seems I've got quite the urban theme going.

The guy who owns my current sim where my SL store is at did the cutest sweetest thing and set up fences and trees around my perimeter that blend in with my current spooky Halloween theme...[This was after I built a giant kind-of eye sore of a wall with a halloween wallpaper on it, then decided it was tacky and took it down.]

It's especially kind considering I gave him one month's notice that I'm moving my store to another sim (though not on negative terms.)

I have no qualms about moving it back I've used that sim on and off since my early days in SL designing.

Finished Daily Dare on Neopets. Didn't even mention that I started it this month.

5 job apps and 9 hours of job training left to complete 'this' month's SNAP requirements, within the next 8 days. Seems steady and doable.

Been getting nostalgic over Kenan and Kel and the fact that it looks like they are reunited and making a comeback. Good Burger 2, anyone? :)

Making up stories in my head about being famous, about 18th century nobility, or a novel series tied around a fictional famous rich person or reality tv. Something I'd stick with. Doing a whole lot of daydreaming about writing and not a whole lot of 'actual' writing.

Or even editing my second completed draft, 'The Life They Deserved.' Even went so far as to imagine re-writing it entirely. 400-plus pages. No thanks. :P It's harder to get up motivation to edit than to write from the start itself.

Randomly contemplating my single life. Will I ever marry and have kids? I'm okay if I don't. Wow, if I do. Don't know how I'd even begin to let a guy into my life considering my trust issues regarding strangers. Le sigh, Le pooh.

Dad and Anna are sick and Anna is requiring that I now daily spray the knobs and pulls of the house with Lysol to keep myself from getting sick. I was groaning about it at first, (Yes, I see the need for it) I usually don't do well, at first, with sudden additions to common daily routines greater than the norm, but I also know how to acclimate.

I have more to share than I thought about the past couple days, I guess.

The BYU Men's chorus edition of 'Drunken Sailor' (since removed from Youtube) is in my head. Vimeo, however, is still streaming it...for now.

I need to do my 'letter to God' journal thing tonight. Been putting it off, which is a bit troublesome considering where my head has been focused these days and not even in the right direction a lot of the time. It helps. Brings me peace.

God bless you. I finally blogged after putting it off all day. Gooodd nighhtt!

BYU Men's Chorus - Drunken Sailor from BYU Music on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Busy Progressive Afternoon

1:29 p.m. Got quite a few chores done today and making very very slow more progress to having happy hamsters. I'm nowhere near being able to hold them, but at least Valentina is no longer feeling the need to spend almost all her time in the igloo, unlike yesterday. I even put in some toilet paper sheets that smelled like me. So even if they aren't completely warmed up to me, at least they aren't depressed or unhappy, which is good enough for me.

4:18 p.m. Been a busy day and I am TIRED!!! lol. I won't go into detail about everything, but I did take my skybox store down in SL and plan on rebuilding a new store yet again. I want a Halloween theme. Yes, halloween. But..I have a lot to do and not a whole lot of energy. So I got some, the rest is under construction.

I have to wash and dry my blankets today, so I've had that going. :I That's quite a bit, even without the many pillows. I kinda need a nap.

Been on a Luci marathon today and trying to finish the fourth season. Season five is not yet out.

In DMK lingo, seven gems away from winning Bruce from finding Nemo, so that's a character. <3 Not that important but I thought it'd amuse my future self in some light way to know that.

P.S. The phrase 'Par for the course' has been coming to mind the past five minutes or so...

10:03 p.m. Finished up my Secondlife Halloween decorating, got a headache, and staying up to finish laundry the next few hours (at least that's the plan) to finish washing my blankets. Long night ahead. Watching Luci. Had a nice family dinner tonight. Not much else to report.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The New Hamster Drama.

1:31 p.m. I'm not sure where to begin first? xD It's been quite a big weekend.

I got the new hamster, for starters. I had 'hoped' Dad would simply drop me off to get her, and I did and he did, BUT he also had the two dogs in the car with him.

For a prey animal that would be undergoing massive stress just from being plucked from its home, put in a strange box, and then a car was a bit much for two dogs to be there on top of it. But I didn't say anything.

But, Dad ALSO wanted to find some lot on the property to let them run in the grass...and leave the hamster in the car to pick up poop after them. After which, my predatory poop-smelling hands would be my new hamster's first encounter with me.

I just quietly begged to go home and get her in her new home in a hurry.

Granted, I'm the one who did all this research that made me worry so much, and he seemed to understand so little about hamsters, (he assumed they couldn't breed until they were two years old, which is actually about their typical lifespan) so it can seem obvious why my worrying looked unnecessary.

Ultimately, he decided to, because the weather wasn't ideal.

So he took us home and I rushed to get my new baby in the cage.

I had a feeling there could be a scuffle. She was definitely female and of a different litter, as the cashier told me.

And there was...a bit of a scuffle...very briefly..between them at first, and then Valentina submitted to her.

Then Anna came in wondering how it was going.

I wasn't alarmed, because I had already researched that this was typical hamster behavior. And would research further later. It would happen more, albeit less frequently, so it was expected.

Anna, however, didn't like it and tapped on the glass to try and get them to break up. That bothered me, though I didn't say anything, because humans aren't actually supposed to interfere with this ritual, and it can, in fact, have negative effects by doing so.

Anyway, after 'all' that, they seemed to be getting along. Even sleeping with each other by the end of the night. Valentina follows her around sometimes and rolls over on her back, and squeaks, attempting to 'play' with the newbie, who is yet unnamed.

I still watch closely for bite marks and bleeding, but they seem to be getting along.

I gave the newbie (I think that should be her name, come to think of it.) :) There. That's solved. I gave Newbie a couple days to explore and adapt..nest...with toilet paper and rolls..before trying to interact. I've started with hand feeding her. Which has gone well.

Meanwhile my relationship with Valentina has gone downhill and she's biting more often, and harder. And refuses to hand feed. And I can't blame her. She's only had a week to adapt before Newbie came in and I already got things off on the wrong foot trying to hold Valentina too soon and change her scenery so on top of a's all a bit much.

But that's not even the end of it.

So it seemed like she was 'just' starting to get perfectly comfortable with her home, her surroundings, and her new mate...just not me.

And I noticed this morning that she's losing more and more fur in the back. I THOUGHT it may have been attributed to extreme stress levels and decided to separate her, in case she needed to get out of here to wind down.

That turned into a disaster. I couldn't pick her up without getting bit, and she was already in a toilet paper roll. And I picked up the roll and used that to move her to her tragically tiny wire cage, deciding she could stay until I could get a bin cage ASAP.

Broke my heart to see her running around it, so panicked and clawing to get out.

I, then, did research (I should've just done this in the first place) and learned that is was NOT stress, but due to excessive itching or even lack of proper diet. (I started adding more protein today by feeding them scrambled eggs.)

So, there was no reason for her to be in that horrible cage.

But..I didn't know how to risk getting her out without her excessively biting me. I didn't even want her in any contact with my hand.

And this is the part I hate..cause I wish I knew of something better to do.

So I put the wire cage inside the tank, with the lid in the top opened, and GENTLY turned it on its side to where she could safely climb out. She got covered in a lot of stuffing, but no injuries, and I let her scramble out.

She ran around the tank a bit and re-adjusted to her familiar surroundings, and until just now has been hiding out in her igloo ever since. Hopefully, she feels better after all this trauma, cause then I will. My main worry is this week has been such an extreme stressor for her, on top of the fur issue (I have no money for vet bills) that she could get 'wet tail' and die of stress.

I'm keeping as close an eye on her as I can. Always checking to make sure she's alive and well as she can be. :)

In the meantime, alternatively, Newbie seems very much at peace and happy with her new home.

She has no problem with her cage mate. She takes food from me and even sniffed me a little today. I try not to give the 'empty-hand' interaction with her, just yet. She shares food, sleeping, and water space (although she's more interested than chewing the rubber on the stopping tube than drinking from it, hence the need for an extra little water bowl.) Very lively and loves her wheel, and has a toilet paper nest set up under it. Just as she likes it. It seems, like Valentina, she has a preference and they have no problem sharing that space. She even shares her chew toy!

Oh, and both of them are active during both day AND night.

What she won't share though, is the wheel, which is well enough since Valentina has little interest in it...unless she wants to, on rare occasion, boot Newbie off of it.

P.S. I'm also watching for pregnancies.

Off the topic of animals, I'm back to keeping a food diary, which is so far very effective against excessive snacking habits. :) And I need to cause...things are getting pudgy. :/

I re-looked into OkCupid, just to curiously see if there were messages, and there were. I'm not all too interested in dating but it was just something to do.

Mom just called to let me know I didn't get the intern job, BUT she's still interested in training me in case something comes up, so that works. I still think when God's meaning for employment to happen, it'll happen. :) We'll see.

I got my job app and job training done for today, so all in all, they day is getting better.

If I could just stop worrying sooooo much about the hamsters, namely Valentina, it'd be perfect. They really are like my little fur babies and I want the best I can provide for them. <3 Research. Research. Research.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Goaley Day

12:55 p.m. I've been at my daily to-do since I woke at 9 a.m. Over Two hours of which were spent getting my job training and apps done, and then I get the weekend off. Praise and thank God!

Tomorrow, hopefully, is also the day I, God willing, bring home the second and final hamster. And hoping she doesn't die from shock in the very brief car ride between the flea market and my house. As, last time, my first hamster was so stunned I thought I 'did' kill her on the way home. Thankfully, not.

She seems adjusted. To her habitat. Not so much to me. And I'm hoping I'll learn my lesson the next time around and give it a few days before introducing myself to the new one. Them being so cute and fluffy, you can imagine how hard such discipline must be!

I'm exhausted! It's pretty hot for an early afternoon.

I took Tigger out for a walk. Kylie was in the backyard. She spotted me walking Tigger and barked. She gets..jealous. She 'really' wanted to go with. I debated whether to take just Tigger and let her have another day. Ultimately, I decided to bring Kylie and she was thrilled, both before and after.

Something interesting did occur though. I gto very anxious when on the way back this red minivan slowed, with two older women, and for some reason one kept calling 'Lydia! Lydia!'

Then I paused, then continued walking. Then paused again.

And one of the older ladies poked her head out and asked me if the German Shepard was male or female. My brain didn't register in that moment that she was referring to Kylie [Female] who is a German Shepherd, and not Tigger [male] who is NOT a German Shepherd.

So I said a male. Pointing at Tigger, who sniffed in a bush very very close to Kylie. 'He's male. She's female.' And from their perspective, I imagine that could sound confusing with my very 'general' pointing.

She kinda frowned and they moved on. I wondered if they planned on circling back. I imagined if they suspected I was lying. (I certainly wasn't, just merely got the dog confused) Dad and Anna had Kylie long before we moved to this area. And even then, they got her from a colleague of Anna's who passed away.

I told Dad and he said a lot of German Shepherds tend to look There's my little anecdote for the day.

While it doesn't mean Kylie is the dog those ladies were seeking out, it does mean theirs must still be missing, and I pray they find her, if possible. In Jesus Name, Amen. :)

2:43 p.m. Google photos gave me issue today when it stopped auto-syncing with a bunch of my backup photos. To save myself from one annoyance (constant pop-ups) I had to endure another..deleting thousands upon thousands of backed up photos with the shift and scroll key...because for some reason Google doesn't have a one-click 'select all' option for Google if somehow some user might actually 'not' need it.

Grr...on top of slow load times, sometimes it not clicking them all and me having to scroll back and having to speed up things by working in two windows. One big mess. Replacing at least my GIFS and Videos for now.

Everything else is backed up on flash drive, where things are a lot less complicated.

11:29 p.m. Over nine hours later. Goals completed. I've snacked too much once again.

Organized some SL folders. Grocery-shopped with Anna.

Ending my night with a Luci marathon, and bonus to my day, Dollar Tree put out their Halloween stuff and I couldn't...resist. My gothic side tingled, especially with the skull cup, which is perfect for milk and cookies in my book.

God bless. Jesus loves, lives, saves. All glory, praise, thanks, and all things be to Almighty God on the highest forever and ever in Jesus name, amen! God is able to do abundantly all we ask or think.

P.S. Even though Dixie was in a bad mood with me tonight, she was more than willing to share popcorn with me. :) I hope she'll warm up to me one day.

Both looking forward to and nervous about tomorrow's potential adoption of hamster number two. Excited because, well it's obvious, nervous because I don't know how my fluffy Valentina's gonna handle having a tank-mate..even one of the same gender and from the same litter. Just hope I don't end up with a pregnant female. Not equipped to handle a litter. Eep. I had concerns Valentina herself was pregnant, but it's looking more and more like she's just chubby. :I

Thursday, August 15, 2019

:) Brief Post

2:36 p.m. Productive morning and afternoon. No complaints. Watched 'Lucifer' in between.

  • Multiple chores done. :)
  • I have suspicions my female hamster is preggers, but I'm not sure, cause she certainly is chubby and refuses to be picked up, eating and drinking quite a lot, but she's not nest building.
  • Neo had a send score issue with DD but all taken care of.
  • Dad had me wait to give a package to someone who never arrived by the time he left and came back.
  • No SL yet today.
  • Job training and apps done.
Praise and thank the Lord!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

RE: RE: A-Typical Day

11:03 a.m. Been up four hours. Two of which were spent getting my job training hours in. I started doing them early in the day instead of the evening, as for some reason, time seems to go by faster in the mornings. It's been productive.

Spotted my hamster's pen up a bit. Meditation. Dailies. Made the bed. Walked the dog. Put away clothes.

Planning on making SL pumpkins, like, fancy Halloween pumpkins, to prep for a themed sale. A first for me, I think? At least on this scale. It may have to wait, though. A storm is coming on and I don't want to risk a power outage in the middle of my work, eh?

I still have to clean out my air conditioner filter today and get some other chores done.

Skipping job apps today since I did more than my quota yesterday. Happy bonus.

Still very much looking forward to getting a second hamster this weekend, God willing, and SO very much hoping it goes over well, especially since this one is coming out of the same litter my other one came in...and I've scarcely had Valentina for a week! Feels like longer, oddly enough. She's settling. Still working out the trust issues while giving her her space more than when she first got here. Egads.'

1:39 p.m. Tasks done. Nutty Butty and boiled peanuts just kinda breezing through my day. Clearly not in a Secondlife creation mood at the moment. Weird. lol. Blurb update it is.

1:46 p.m. Blurb updated. :) Unlike before, I was only a couple entries behind...

My USB files also FINALLY got backed up and organized today! It was easier than Ithought and put off for quite a long time, so glad that's out of the way.

2:21 p.m. Decided to reorganize my white board info. Can't share here because it contains extremely personal info, but, I will say i'm happy about it. And curiously, suddenly, wondering if they have magnets at the dollar tree....and stickers...and crafts...I got an idea brewing here...

All Glory, Praise, Thanks and all things be to almighty God on the highest forever and ever in Jesus name, amen. God is able to do above all we ask or think!

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