Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Cartilage Piercings

I'd been thinking about getting my cartilage pierced for a long time, but I'd never had the nerve to actually do it. 

I wasn't helped very much by The Gabbie Show's video about getting 5 piercings in one day, because her reaction and description of the pain level was kind of terrifying to me! I didn't want that much pain going on! But afterwards her ears looked really really good... So then I was feeling really indecisive again.

One of my coworkers actually came into work a few days after Gabbie posted that video with 2 new cartilage piercings, and I though they were so cute. She recommended a place to me here in town, and even said that she would go with me if I was worried about it.

So, on Friday the 18th, I went to the shop with my coworker and explained to the piercer what I wanted to have done. Originally I was planning for 3, but when he was putting the marker on to see where they would go I liked the look of 2 better than 3 for my ear. 

Here they are!
(Sorry about the poor quality photo, I snapped it on my phone really quickly)

So far they've been healing up really well! They don't hurt at all anymore, and I was lucky enough to not have any swelling even after they're were freshly pierced.

The shop I went to is known for being the best in my area for both tattoos and piercings, so I felt comfortable going there because I knew they would do a good job. The piercer himself was really easy to talk to, which is great because I felt like he was also really listening to what it was that I wanted. 

I think the most fun part was deciding which jewelry I wanted to get. He had a whole bunch of options and colors of gems for me to choose from. At the end I was debating between a dark pink colored gem and the clear ones that I ended up going with. A majority of what I own is a dark pink color, but I thought that the clear ones would match more things. 

Now, the pain... One of the main things that I was worried about in getting the new piercings was the pain. 

The only piercing I had before this were my lobes, which I had pierced when I was 8 years old in a Claire's in my local mall. That basically meant that I had no reference of what the pain would be like for me, or memory of what the aftercare is like. The piercer knew all of this and was more than willing to answer all of my questions as well as giving me a detailed sheet of care instructions to make sure that I would heal really easily and as painlessly as possible. 

The best way I can describe what it felt like for me was like getting pinched. A strong, but brief, pinch.

He did put a slight numbing agent on my ear, so that may have played a part in why it didn't hurt at all for me. 

Most of the pain came later as I realized that I probably wouldn't be sleeping with that ear down on my pillow for a while. 

I love them, and I love how they look! I'm really comfortable with them - it actually feels as if I've always had them. Like they've always been there and been a part of my overall look. 

They'll take a while to heal, but I'm planning on investing in a pair of the pink earrings for them to be able to switch between the two because pink is my most worn color.

As soon as my coworker and I got back to my car after I got them done, we sat down and she said "So what are you going to get pierced next!?" Haha I'm not sure if I'll get any more piercings any time soon - definitely not before the ones I have now are completely healed. I'm open to new ideas though, so if you have any suggestions for ones you think would look good be sure to let me know!

Have you ever thought about getting piercings? Let me know which ones!

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Work Bits - A Job Update

I can't remember the last time I did a post about my job, but a lot has happened over the summer with it, so I thought it would be worth making a post about.

As you know, I got this job back before my first year of college, and I was beyond happy about it. I was working specifically at school events on the weekends and I was happy to be earning some money while also taking classes.

Not too long after getting hired on for events I was asked to move up to ticketing, which would have regular weekly hours as well as event hours. I jumped on the chance, and I was really happy to be given a promotion within the department because it meant I must be doing something right!

Well, in about mid-june they moved me up to working in the office on the other side of the tickets and permit sales! So I moved up again!

My previous boss recommended me for the position, and the other office staff jumped on the opportunity to have me working with them.

When I first started off it was a little bit tricky because I wasn't allowed to "help" people with parking tickets that I had written them before starting on exclusively doing office work (I guess I'm biased about them? I have no idea why they'd think that...). However, because of my background in ticketing I was really good at explaining the tickets to people as well as knowing where they were parked and which permits were valid there.

One of the biggest learning curved for me in moving to the office was learning about permit sales.

There's quite a bit that goes into how many permits are sold for each area, who's able to get which permits, and the different payment and pick-up options that are available depending on their employment and class standing related to the school.

At first I missed being out and walking around campus, but I really don't miss the sunburns and being yelled at by total strangers.

Funnily enough, people typically don't yell at me when they come in with a ticket - most likely because a lot of the students here view me as holding the fate of their ticket, so if they're mean to me I may make them pay it when they don't have to (which isn't the case at all, we have a set protocol with the tickets and what we're able to do when people come in with them).

It's been both nice and stressful moving into office work because I get a lot more hours. I'm working 18 hours a week, plus events, on top of being a full time student. I'm just trucking along over here doing the best I can juggling everything!

There's something really great about being able to advance in a job, even if it's mostly because positions open up frequently. (It's a college town, so new job open up when students graduate and move on to bigger and better things).  It's really reassuring to know that I'm doing a great job at what I do!

This was kind of a chatty post! Haha I'm not sure how to wrap it up, so I'll just end here,

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Scope - A Gall Bladder Follow Up - Update

Hello Again! This is just a little bit of an update about life after getting my gall bladder out!

As it turns out, there are some people whose bodies don't adapt very well to life without a gall bladder, and of course I fall into that group.

I'd been having a lot of digestion issues, and when I met with my surgeon he wasn't entirely sure what was going on. At that point, he said that if I hadn't had my gall bladder out he would have though it was a gluten allergy. So he wanted me to go in for a scope - where I'm put under and a camera on a long, wiggly thing is put down into my digestive system.

Well the scope couldn't have gone better, and he was able to determine what was wrong and give me a prescription for a medication that's actually been helping me quite a bit! The only downside is that the medication tastes absolutely awful and there's the potential of having to take it for the rest of my life if my body doesn't ever adjust correctly.

At this point in my life, I'm not bothered by having to take it especially because it's helping me feel so much better and I don't feel restricted in what I can and can't eat.

Gall Bladder Removal Post - HERE
Last Post Mentioned - HERE

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Smuggling my Guinea Pigs to College

This is no secret - I've brought my guinea pigs into my school owned apartment.

My parents decided over the summer that they were going to move, and they no longer wanted to take care of my guinea pigs while I was away at school. At first, their solution was to have me rehome them while not being in the same state as them, so that they wouldn't be in the house during showings. However, just thinking about not having them anymore made me unbelievable upset, so I talked to my roommate and made a plan to smuggle them into my apartment so that I would be able to keep them and be able to take care of them myself.

I moved into this apartment in the early morning as soon as I was able to get my keys. At the time that I was moving in, I was alone in moving in. There wasn't anyone around to see my mom and I carrying my boys and their supplies up into my room.

There was a time when they were adjusting, and they spent most of their time jumping out and running around to explore as well as spending a lot of time hiding. However, after about a week they were totally back to their normal selves - happy and trying to eat everything within their reach.

For the time being, I'm technically not supposed to have them... I've been working on the paperwork to be able to keep them as emotional support, but as of right now they're secrets and aren't going to be very avidly talked about (which is really hard for me).

I might do another post specifically about how I have them setup in my apartment, so let me know if that's something you'd be interesting!

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August 2017 Overview

Hello! It's been a while! Basically a whole month, actually... A whole lot has happened since my June and July update on here, and I won't go into a whole lot of detail because I'm planning other posts as well, but this will give you a better idea of where I was for all of August!

So I did move, I've touched on that quite a bit in previous posts, and it's been really awesome being so settled in and not having to worry about another move. My roommate did get all moved in, and so far it's going so spectacularly well! We get along perfectly, and we've been having a lot of fun hanging out and having each other to talk to all the time about everything.

Now... In my last post I mentioned a new relationship with this guy that I work with... Well, as of August 8th, we officially became a couple! I couldn't be happier about it! For all of August we would go on dates and see each other - literally - every other day, and it was the best ever. I'm not going to talk a whole bunch about my relationship, because I do want to keep my personal stuff at least a little personal... So that's probably all I'll say about it for the time being. But like... lowkey we're the cutest...

As you may have guessed from the starting photo, I do have my guinea pigs with me and I am absolutely loving it. There was a little bit of a rough patch where they were getting adjusted to being in the new place, but since then they've been their normal selves! I love having them, but I'm also starting to realize that I have to set a timer for myself or else I'll spend a whole afternoon playing with them and holding them rather than doing my schoolwork - which isn't a good plan.

On a more exciting note, I was granted residency for the state I'm going to school in, so I'm getting in-state tuition now! Which is beyond stupendous for a lot of reasons! Then, two days after I got residency, I went with one of my friends to a piercing shop and I got two cartilage piercings. No one in my family really knows about it yet, but I really love how they look and it feels really normal to me to have them.

Hmm... What else....

School started for me on the 21st of August, and after the first week I was already feeling pretty overwhelmed. For some reason the start of the year is just as stressful to me as the exam weeks, because everything for the whole semester is laid out and it all seems really intense. Like there's no way that I'd be able to everything that all of the classes are trying to get me to do. The first day of classes was really laid back because of the eclipse, which was really awesome to see even though my school wasn't in the path for the total eclipse we still got a really good view of it.

At this point, I know that things aren't going to be settling down for me because school adds a lot more into my plans along with work and my new relationship. However, this blog has always been a good stress reliever for me, and I really enjoy posting, so I'm going to be better about making time for writing posts. For the most part, I may write posts when I have time and schedule them for my normal posting time... Which isn't as much of what I like doing, because it doesn't feel as current/genuine to me, but it'll be the best I can do while I have school going on!

Thanks for not giving up hope while I was away for a month! I'll see you on Thursday!
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