Happy 5th Day of 2017

The year has been going okay so far.
I haven’t really written anything or drawn or colored (yet) but I’ve visited with friends and met someone in person from the internet that I’ve been talking with for over a year and a half (it went well).
I’ve also extended my trip.  I was supposed to fly home today (Northern California) but have decided to extend my trip by 12 days. I’m in So Cal traveling between my childhood home near Riverside and San Diego, where I lived for a bit over 10 years. I’ve only been gone for less than 2 years but I miss it. Especially when I’m on break from school.

Speaking of school. I start on the 23rd I think. I’m a bit freaked out and possibly burnt out. Feeling insecure. I have 5 official classes left but can’t take 5 classes. I’ll suffer and sludge through the semester and I don’t want to suffer. It’s my senior year. I have a senior film project to work on. I’ve noticed that a lot of seniors take 16-19 units there last term and I think they aren’t able to dedicate the time needed to make their last films for school. I’m taking 4 classes I think. One is an Astronomy lab that is only worth 1 unit. I may TA for a teacher and get 2 units so that would put me at full time. In the fall I have another film elective to take and I want that repeat the senior film production class again so I can leave with at least 1 or 2 good projects. The other class is an upper division general education class I’ve been putting off (Government) and I may intern and do an independent study if I want to keep full time status.

This year will be my 7th year in school. I spent 5 years at community college and I earned two associate degrees. I’ve been at my University now for almost 2 years. I’m nervous about what will happen after I leave school. But I have a few months to figure out a plan.

Okay. First post of the new year..complete! ha ha
Wishing everyone, Happy New Year!
Welcome, 2017

Here’s a few pics of my favorite Christmas gifts. A super comfy Walking Dead shirt even though I’m pretty much done with the show, and a little Steven Universe funko. I love it so much!

Tryin’ Ya’ll

I’ve had a trying week. I tried to fix something that was broken, I tried to get to class..on time. I tried to do all my homework and I got all of it done..minus a class that I dropped and will take next year instead.
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Sunday/Monday night I randomly decided to stay at my cousin’s house. I’m sort of house sitting, taking care of the plants, the pond, the fish, making sure the big TV gets watched and so on. At some point in the evening, the floor in the kitchen was wet. I thought that maybe I spilled water while washing dishes. A couple hours later I hear this sort of bubbling sound. I go in the kitchen and water is coming through the floor. When I stepped on 4 of the tiles, water came up while they sunk in.
Yikes!
I called my Aunt. It was close to midnight but luckily she was home!still awake!and answered the phone! She lives maybe 5 minutes away so she came over and we dried the floor, found the source of the water, a plastic tube line coming out of the back of the refrigerator. So maybe the freezer/water hose?

She shut off the two valves under the sink but the water kept spraying from two different tears in the line. We eventually decided to cut off past where the cracks were and reattach the line to the little black connector. We heated up some water on the stove and dipped each side of the tube so it would be more malleable and fit back on the connector. That worked! Until last night around 3am.
Again, randomly? last night (my Thursday/Friday night) I decided to stay over..otherwise I would’ve come into a flooded house today. One side of the tube got a leak and was spraying water. It was pretty awful and I was pretty scared because I was alone. And it was after 3am. I looked on the internet about how to fix it. How to cut off the water supply to the house. It was dark and spider webs and creatures of the night were out. I got in touch with my cousin’s friend who is also helping take care of things around here but he was getting ready to go to work. He sent me a pic of his water valve so I knew what it looked like. I ended up calling the emergency water department number for my city and they hooked me up with an on call guy. I spoke with him on the phone and didn’t want him to come out if he didn’t have to so he talked me through some stuff. I FINALLY found the main water valve and shut it off and the refrigeration line tube trickled down to spraying only a little and then spraying nothing. *sweet relief*
2+ hours and many towels later and I finally was able to sleep.
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This morning, when I went to drive home, the oil lamp started flashing right away. It’s been doing so on and off this week. No logic to it. It just starts flashing at some point and then stops altogether. Weird, huh? So I decided to take Champ (my car) to get an oil change. Then I went to Homo Depot, which conveniently was right across the street. I described my problem and the plumbing guy, Chris, told me it was an easy fix. And it was! 😀 I bought a little connector, cut off the tube on each side, inserted the ends into the connector,

img_20160916_191941603 turned back on the main valve, and turned the valves under the sink. Water is flowing again. The kitchen didn’t flood, the fish didn’t die. I feel proud, accomplished, and tired! *sigh*

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I have an audio project that needs to be edited/put together that is due Monday and I really need to be working on it. It will get done but I think my partner is freaking out. Wish me luck!

School Update

I like being a student. More specifically, I am enjoying being a film student. This is my 2nd semester at my school. My major is Film with a concentration in Digital Film/Video Production. I haven’t been at all excited about this term. When people asked me over break what classes I was taking, I honestly could barely remember. At the time I signed up for classes I was in the midst of final projects and I remember two of the classes I wanted were already closed and I had to get on the waiting list.

This is the 3rd week of a 16 week term. My schedule was finalized last week. I dropped two classes and added one and I am happy with the results. I think it’s going to be a good semester. I am taking Audio Production (a lecture class with a lab to be determined), Avant Garde Cinema, Writing Short Scripts for Film/Video  and Communications and American Culture. I am excited for the screen writing class. This was a class I was waitlisted for and I got in. There were 4 of us on the waitlist and 3 spots. I’m glad I was one of the ones let it.  It’s going to be a lot of writing but I’ll have a better understanding of screenwriting in a few short weeks and hopefully, at least one script that I’ll be able to produce this summer/fall. The Coms + American Culture class is going to be an interesting one. We’re watching S4 of The Wire and there will be discussions and writings based on the series. I missed last week due to illness so I still need to watch the 2nd episode before class on Thursday.

Being sick at the beginning of term sucks. I started not feeling well on Friday 1/29 and just started feeling better on Saturday 2/6. I still have a little bit of a cough and not quite back to doing yoga yet but luckily for me, I’m not too far behind in my school work. All my homework assignments are done but I have about 90 pages of readings this week!

Just finished my 22 pages of reading for Avant Garde Cinema and feel really happy. Tomorrow will be the 1st real lecture. Class was canceled last week because the Professor had a dental emergency.

All in all I am looking forward to learning all that I’ll learn this semester. Maybe because I have my health back, I am just feeling happier and more optimistic in general. Whatever the reason, I’m just going to enjoy this feeling.

Now, off to watch X-Files S10E04. I hope it was a good one.

 

What Is

I can feel the hair growing on my face. On my neck specifically. I can tell I have at least 5 ingrown hairs. I shaved on Saturday morning. I may have shaved too fast. I don’t know. What I do know is that it’s irritating. Truly.

I’ve been really tired recently. 2 days in a row last week and today. This morning I could barely get out of bed. The tiredness is not bone deep. It’s all over my body though. It feels like, “I need a nap right now!” all day. It’s really odd. I was so tired at work today around 4pm (only a third through my shift) that if there was a bed near by I would’ve laid down and fallen asleep instantly I’m sure.

Work has been good for the most part. The last couple weeks have gone by quickly. We are a lot busier at the bookstore than we are normally during Spring term. Usually Spring is a lot lighter than Fall but this school year the opposite is true. Our volume of customers was at an all time low this past Fall term but this Spring has been steady. It’s a good thing for the store. For me, it means less time online towards the last 1.5 hours of my shift. Usually my manager leaves around 530p and we close at 7p and I have the computer all to myself. I can play my music from Spotify Web Player or Pandora and I can mess around on the internet but the opportunities since January have been few and far between.

Tomorrow is my last day of work until sometimes in April. Next Tuesday (6 days from now!) I’m having top surgery (Chest Reconstruction Surgery) and I am soooo happy to be this close. I’ve need this surgery for over 5 years and I’m almost there. I’ll be staying with my Aunt and Uncle for 4-6 weeks and then I’ll most likely come back to San Diego and stay with my new friend (platonic) until I can save up money to rent a room.

As far as school goes, I’ve decided to drop the labs that I was in. My counselor is helping me to petition to graduate with special circumstances. Her Dean says if we submit a letter from me and a letter from her and get the Chair and the Dean in charge of the ASL program to sign the required paperwork I can get a meeting with the Vice Chancellor of Instruction and present my case. I know of one person who has graduated with the degree I’m seeking, who had her language labs waived and this really boils down to an equity issue. I fully expect the situation to be resolved and for me to receive my A.A. in American Sign Language Studies at the end of this term. If for some reason it doesn’t work out with the Vice Chancellor I’ll follow the chain of command and meet with the President of the college herself.
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This weekend I have to clean my room at my Aunt’s house and move essential things into the converted den/TV room that I think I’ll need as I recovery from surgery. I am planning to write another blog entry in the next few days talking about the procedure a little bit and how I’m feeling about things. Until then…wishing everyone Peace!

Gratitude: Happy Monday All

Been doing my private journal but I think I ought to start to doing public gratitude again. By the way, gratitude journals rock!
Gratitude: 1) my health, 2) to do lists (they are working wonders for me), 3)Sean, for letting me borrow the DVDs I need for lab this semester, 4) my Aunt for helping me get the access code I need for the ASL IV lab, 5)Enrique, for hosting me this week,6) Cindy for being a great boss, 7)Donna, for being an awesome friend this weekend (so many texts full of support and advice), 8) Twitter (shaking my head, don’t ask! ha ha), 9) my Aunt and Uncle for being all happy to hang out with me yesterday (it had been over two weeks! but it felt like I hadn’t seen them in forever. ha ha), 10) Criminal Minds, though I’m watching too many episodes, this morning I read unsub when the word was really unsubscribe and my heart started thumping 😀, all the good people in my life. You all are amazing!!
Happy Monday All!