Thursday, August 9, 2018

Meet Gus


After Hamilton passed away in May, I had some thinking to do about wether or not to get a new guinea pig. Pepe is over 5 years old so I wasn't sure if I should wait out his life and spend as much time with him as I could, if I should get another male guinea pig to be companions with Pepe and then get another male guinea pig after Pepe passed away, or if I should get a female guinea pig to be kept seperate but within a good distance for them to be able to interact and then have female guinea pigs for a while.

It was all a lot to think about, and at first I really didn't want to think about it. I spent a lot of time with Pepe alone, and although I could tell that he knew Hamilton was gone his behavior overall wasn't changed. He was still eating the same, behaving the same, talking the same, so I wasn't worried about trying to find him a new companion.

My roommate's sister decided to go to school in another state. Now.. This may seem like an irrelevant thing to being up when talking about guinea pigs, but it's important to this story.

Her sister decided to go to school in another state which meant that she wouldn't be able to take her guinea pig, Gus, with her to school. Although her younger brother loved Gus he didn't want to do any of the care, and neither did her parents, so I offered to take her in.

That's right! I said HER! Gus is Female

Gus is a female, long-hair guinea pig and she is only 1-2 years old.

So far all I really know is that she had a lot of attitude, and she LOVES cilantro.

I'm keeping her in a seperate enclosure from Pepe because neither of them are fixed. My roommate was worried that this would be too much for me, but I've actually done it before but with two male guinea pigs. They always fought so I kept them seperate. They're close enough to each other to be able to see each other and interact and talk, but not close enough that accidental babies could happen!

I'm already totally smitten with her, and I'm looking forward to learning about her because she is my first long haired guinea pig and my first female guinea pig!

In the future I'll probably give you updates about her and about how she's doing, so if there's anything you want to know about her or about guina pigs in general then be sure to let me know!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

July 2018 Overview


July was crazy, and I'm so happy that it's over!

I got to go home for the first week in July to celebrate the 4th with my family, which was nicer than I thought that it would be. It was my first time staying in my parents new house, and although I overall am not a fan of the house, it was good to be back with my family. I also had Pepe with me (He did the drive like a champ and was spoiled as all get out once we got there) which was really nice.

One of the highlights of getting to be back in my home town was to be able to see my grandma and watch some movies with her, and I was able to see one of my friends who had been gone for several years in Brazil!

While I was back at school, work was mostly about the upcoming permti cycle and stuffing envelopes to be able to mail those permits out to people. There were several students who got back early and were mad that they couldn't buy the new permits yet because they didn't want to buy a different permit to use until they can buy the new permits... It was a whole mess.

Aside from the usual work and sleep routine that I've talked about all summer, I got mice...

One of my coworkers found two baby mice in one of the parking garages on campus (there are a set of owls that live in that garage so we knew what happened to the mom and the others in the litter)  they had their fur but they hadn't opened their eyes yet. He put them into a box and brought them to our office, where he was pomptly told that they couldn't stay in the office. My roommate wasn't super happy about it, but I brought the mice home and I got them set up in a 5.5 gallon tank with a wooden house. I got a 1mL syringe (without a needle, of course) to feed them a milk formula.

What was rough about this was that I needed to feed the mive every 3-4 hours both night and day. I was still working, and then over night I had alarms to get up to be able to feed them.

After a few days of doing that, I was totally drained and I was spending all my free time sleeping!

I'm planning on doing a post all about the mice, but they were the ones who took up all of my time and kept me from writing up posts in my spare time.

The mice have now opened their eyes and gotten weaned and not I have my nights back to be able to sleep, which is really exciting!

All in all, July was crazy, and I'm really looking forward to having the structure of school again (I know I'll regret that later.. Haha).

August is here, and I have school starting! So if there are any school related posts that you guys want to see be sure to let me know! I'll see you on Thursday!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Textured Wave" from Ulta Salon Review

For a few weeks I really hated my hair. I hated how straight it was, how long it took me to style it in a way that I liked, and I honestly debated trying to get up extremely early every day to try to curl my hair before going to work! So I did a lot of fancy googling and watched a lot of YouTube videos and came to the decision that I wanted to Perm my hair... That's right! a PERM! 

I was really worried that I would walk out with Farrah Fawcett/80's hair so I made sure to look at a whole bunch of different salons and what they offered and whether or not they had someone who was experienced in doing perms. I settled on going to the Ulta Salon inside the Ulta Beauty near where I live for their "Textured Wave" service (which is what they call their Perms). After I booked my appintment it was set and I felt like there was no turning back! 


The above photo is what my hair looked like prior to getting the perm. I had some leftover bleached strands from when I had the bright pink in my hair, but it was pretty grown out, and my hair was as straight as straight can be. 

I explained to my stylist when I went in that I wanted some life added to my lifeless hair, and that I was going for a beachy waves kind of look rather than a full on curl or ringlets. I really emphasized that I didn't want ringlets!!

My stylist was really nice and extremely professional - she seemed to understand exactly what I was talking about when I said what I wanted - and then she got the rollers and the chemicals and started getting my hair ready. Going in, I had a good idea of what was going to happen and how long the process would take, but what I wasn't prepared for was the smell! The chemicals are really strong and have an almost sour nail polish smell!


After letting my hair process and rinsing out the extra chemicals, my stylist dried my hair and had me check it out in the mirror. In the photo you can see how it looked right after I got home from the salon.

I'm going to be honest, I really paniced and freaked out about it at first. It was a much tighter wave than I was thinking it would be, and I was worried that my hair would be crunchy because that was how it felt. Everything that I looked at said that a perm would always look crazy the first 48 hours because it taked 28 hours for the chemicals to really work and then after that when you're able to wash your hair again it looks how it's going to look until it grows out/gets cut off. 


This next photo is from about 2 weeks after getting the "Textured Wave" and I like it a million times better thatn I thought I would and than I initally did when I got home. I'm happy to say that my hair doesn't feel crunchy at all, and there's a lot less damage to my hair than I thought there would be. I was also really happy that the waves looked much more relaxed and beachy, which is what I wanted!
As far as my review goes, I think that if you're planning on going to Ulta for the Textured Wave I would say that it's important to remember that those first two days will be mostly panic and worrying that you just ruined your hair, but after that it'll be worth it. Mostly just be prepared for the smell of the chemicals they'll use on your hair! I also found that, with the minor damage, it was really easy for me to straighten my hair back to how it looked before I permed it - I wanted to see if I could just in case I wanted that option for some reason. 

If you're looking for some life for lifeless hair like me then I would highly recommend it!

What do you do for a fresh summer hair style? Have you ever considered getting a Perm/Textured Wave before? Let me know in the comments - I'll see you on Thursday!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

June 2018 Overview

June was... Full. That's really the only way that I can describe it! I was running between home and work and answering questions at events for work and going to the store and sleeping. I watched a TON of Grey's Anatomy (I know, I'm super late to that party, but I just started watching it on Netflix and I'm totally addicted), slept on the couch a lot, and spent a lot of time relaxing (all my time outside of work, pretty much).

My roommate was gone for a majority of the month of June, so I got to spend most of the time I was away from work in my apartment alone. I had a lot of fun letting Pepe run around my whole apartment (with supervision, and I pig-proofed everything), which he seemed to really enjoy as well! He particularly liked sitting under the kitchen table even though there were lots of places for him to get some coverage. He liked to watch out the big glass doors where our balcony/bird feeders are, and I think that the best view is from under the table.
(In the photo he's kind of hard to see against the dark carpet, but you can spot the white on his forehead and then make out the rest of his little body.)


On the 27th of June, I celebrated 5 years with that handsome guinea pig! I know I've said before about his background, so I'll link it HERE. I wasn't able to have Hamilton as long as I wanted, but I am so happy that I've been able to have Pepe for so long. I have no idea how old he really is, but at this point I'm hoping that because it's already been 5 years that he's really immortal and I'll be able to keep him around forever! Haha That's extremely wishful thinking, I know!

I will be getting another guinea pig soon... I'll be sure to do a post all about it, so be sure to watch for it.

On to the rest of June!

A big part of my job this summer because I've worked there for about 3 years now is to go to the information meetings for the groups of incoming students to answer their questions about transportation/parking. There's a meeting every 3-4 days with a new group of students, and although the questions are typically all the same, I actually really enjoiy it! They're typically outside because the weather has been so beautiful so it's a great chance to get out of the office and to interact with a bunch of strangers that I never have to see again!

I have a really hard time in most social situations, and it was awesome for me to be able to talk to a lot of people without forming any ties and to have the only topic of conversation be something that I've known for almost 3 years. Plus the meetings are really only an hour long each, so it's quick and easy.

Another thing that I loved in the month of June was being able to see so many new movies! I waited 14 years for Incredibles 2 and I gotta say... It was totally worth the wait! I also saw and LOVED the movie Ocean's 8 - it was everything I hoped that it would be and more. Yes, I went to the movies in addition to binge watching a ton of Grey's Anatomy... Haha I had a full month of great entertainment content!

Hmm... I've been trying to think of more to add to this post but like I said at the beginning, the whole month felt full but I didn't actually do very much, so I'll leave it how it is!

I'll see you on Thursday

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

"I'll Figure It Out"


The summer classes you were going to take got cancelled, what are you going to do to keep from falling behind? You want to get a second job, how are you going to balance everything? You have $10 to make it through the next two weeks? How many credits are you planning on taking? What do you mean you don't know when you're going to graduate? When will you have the time to take care of your guinea pig? How are you going to get enough sleep? When will you have time to work on homework?

The past few weeks I feel like my brain is totally flooded with a million and a half things that I need to try get a handle on and the only response that I have is "I'll Figure It Out".

I'l figure out what to do about my classes so I'm not behind and how many credits I'll be taking after school starts, and I'll figure out how to add in a second job, and I'll be fine with just $10 and having a second job will help with that in the future. I'll figure out when I'm going to graduate once I have a better idea about my classes and credits, and I always prioritize the care my guinea pig gets so he has everything he needs.

I'll figure it out... I'll figure it out... I'll figure it out....

Recently, I've noticed that it's not just me.

There are a lot of people, albeit mostly other students because they're who I'm around the most, who spend a lot of time saying that they'll figure things out.

Who spend more time saying that they'll figure it out than they do actually figuring things out...

For me, I think I rely way more than I should on that old saying that "everything will work out how it's supposed to" and that "destiny is already set" to take some of the pressure off.

There are so many things that I need to figure out and most of the time I hope that some of them will just figure themselves out so that I don't actually have to figure it out on my own...

The only downside is that I don't want to be complacent in my own life. I want to be able to look back and know that I worked hard, and that I made the choices that I did and planned things the way I did for a reason - not that some cosmic universe was figuring things out for me because I got overwhelmed by everything I had going on.

So what do I do?

I hope that things will figure themselves out....

I know, I know, I just said I wanted to be active in my own life.

I'm working on it.

I'm trying to do small things towards achieving the completion of everything that I need to figure out. Sending an email to the right person, asking the questions I need answers to, making phone calls, doing some fancy googling! Small things add up to big things, and that's what I'm going for right now.

No, I haven't figured anything out yet, but I've gotten started on figuring things out. I'll figure it out, just not right away.


Do you fall into the habit of saying you're going to figure things out and then hoping they'll figure themselves out? What are some of the things you do to make sure that everything gets worked out?

I'll see you on Thursday

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

May 2018 Overview


May was a really hard month for me. I had a lot of stuff going on throughout the month of May, so I took kind of a break from this blog by posting mostly easy/photography based posts so that I could focus on other things. That being said, this is going to be a pretty long post... So get some snacks and strap in!

The beginning of May was the ending of my Spring Semester of my Junior Year of college. I had exams that I felt as though I wasn't prepared but that they were going to happen regardless of whether I was prepared for them or not. I did my best to study as much as I could prior to each exam, and I continued to work part time. I was running on fumes and caffeine from energy drinks!

After my finals were done, and the summer had officially started! A group of my friends and I drove to a national park to camp for a night and to go hiking around a BEAUTIFUL waterfall that was at the campsite. I love camping, and even though it was a really cushy set up (the camp sites were all labeled and on manicured grass, there was a public bathroom, everything was really close together, there were cement fire pits, and picnic tables) it was a really fun experience. I posted some of the photos that I took there, which you can check out HERE. Leading up to the camping trip I was pretty anxious about it, but I'm really happy that I went - I made a lot of really great memories there!


When Monday rolled around again, I was starting working full time at my job for the summer. 8 hours a day of work where people were yelling at me... For the most part, I think that I'm good at handling being yelled at, this was my 3rd year in this job, and although I really hate it (although I don't think anyone really likes being yelled at by strangers) I can handle it.

What really started to get to me was that my supervisor at this job would also yell at me. He started to pull my reports for each of the transactions that I completed, and reading the comments about interactions that I had with patrons on parking tickets and would find each flaw and bring it to my attention in a less than cuntructive way.

One day at work I had really had it, and I was really sick of the treatment that I was getting not only from patrons but also from this supervisor. He took me aside to explain something to me that I already know about when it came to parking tickets, and a large line was forming at the front window. Where I'm the only clerical that stayed for the summer, I was the only one who would be able to hop up to help them unless a supervisor decided to stop what they were doing to help (which my supervisor never made a habit of doing). At a pause in the explanation, I stopped my supervisor and asked him if I could go help the people waiting so that they weren't just standing around and then we could continue the conversation later. He half-yelled "When people go to a bank they know that they have to wait in line to be helped and that it takes time! How are we any different from a bank!?" and I responded with "We don't chain our pens to the windows."

I bet you can guess how he took that... But afterwards I was able to go and help the people waiting in line to yell at me... Haha So at least the people didn't have to wait too much longer.

One of the hardest parts of the summer was that, on top of work being rough, my guinea pig Hamilton passed away. I am an animals person, and I make extremely strong attachments to them, so I took it really hard. I did make a post about it, which I linked on Hamilton's name if you want to read about that and about him.


I still have Pepe. He can tell that Hamilton isn't there, but other than looking for him every once in a while he behaviorally and physically hasn't changed at all. I did at one point freak out because I thought he wasn't eating enough, but it was pointed out to me that I had gotten used to the amounts fo food and amount of food eaten by two male guinea pigs, so how much Pepe eats on his own was somewhat new to me.

My Roommate's younger sister is going to be going to college at the end of the summer and so she's been working on rehoming her guinea pig. As of right now it's looking like she's going to give her guinea pig to me, so then I'll have two again! The only thing is that her guinea pig is female, so she'll be kept seperate from Pepe.

I put a lot of thought into getting another male guinea pig to pair with Pepe, but because he's doing okay on his own and he's so advanced in age I decided not to. I'm going to love him extra and spend time with him myself for however much time he has left, and then I'll have the female guinea pig or I'll be able to adopt a new duo or trio of guinea pigs that are already bonded and looking for a good home.

(Pepe was given up to the local humane society where I'm from, and he was full grown but they weren't sure how old he was. I will have had Pepe for 5 years on June 27th, and a guinea pig will live around 6-8 years)

Not too long after losing Hamilton, I got some news from my mom about some sad family news and how my family was going to be moving forward with that news. I'm not going to be talking about it in detail at all on this blog, but I did want to touch on it slightly because it added to everything that I had going on in the month of May and some day I'll be able to look back and this and be reminded of everything. What I will say is that I'm very thankful for my family and for our ability to love and support each other unconditionally through everything and anything.

Although overall the entire month of May was really rough for me, after those hard things happened, I was mostly only working and spending time at home with my roommate and Pepe. My roommate has been making a list of shows that I need to watch because I'm missing out and not getting her references so we spent a lot of time on the couch when we were both home from work watching The Office which is the show I started with. I've also been watching Bones, which I've almost finished! I love both of them, so I'm looking forward to the other recommendations that she has waiting for me.

I think that one of the best things for me is having her around, she is really good about checking up on me and offering really good advice in regards to the previously mentioned family news. It was also really great to have someone to just sit and eat some Walmart Pizza with while watching The Office this past month.

My roommate and I took fun trip to a Butte to watch the sunset and take some photos, which was a lot of fun even though we were only there for a few short hours. We got some dinner and took it with us to eat while we waited for the sunset to begin, and we were able to talk to a few people who were also there for the photos. I was mostly excited about the dogs that were there! You can see the post with those photos HERE.

On Memorial Day a big group of us got together and went to a different national park that was much much closer to go for a hike and to enjoy the beauty of nature and each other's company. I'm planning on posting the photos from that this upcoming Thursday, so be sure to check back for that post!

Next I'll be talking about in this post is the continued struggles I have when it comes to Math. I've talked before about how terrible I am at math, and my issued with my school allowing me to enroll in future math classes. Originally I planned and worked out an online alternative that I would be able to take, however the school that it was through didn't have enought people to justify the course so it was canceled, leaving me with my plans up in the air. Several of my future classes for my majors require certain math classes as prerequisites so I'll either need to find another alternative course to take before the summer ends, or rethink the classes that I'll be taking until I'm able to get those math courses out of the way.

The last thing that I'll be talking about that happened in the month of May is applying for a second job. At the end of the month, I found a job opening at a pet store that's in a nearby town and I filled out an application for it. I haven't heard anything back about it yet, but I'm really hopeful. At the moment I'm planning on keeping my current job with Parking while also working this second job at the pet store. I'm hoping that it'll help me be able to afford my rent in addition to food and groceries and some spending money. I also want to already have a new job secured in case I one day can't put up with my Parking job any longer. Also, because I'm studying animals in school, being able to work with animals on a daily basis - even pets - it would be a good resume builder for me to show my level of flexability and experience.

If you made it all the way through this post, I really appreciate it! I would love to know what happened in May for you! I'll see you on Thursday for those hiking phoros.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nail Stamping Haul


Once again, I placed an order wtih Born Pretty for some new nail stamping plates! They were having a deal on them at the time, so I was really pleased with how many I got for the price (I purchased them myself, this is not a sponsored post). In this order I also purchased a new stamping polish - a beautiful silver! 

The nail plates are just as great as the others, I really like them! The silver polish was the first of the Born Pretty brand of stamping nail polishes, and although the silver/fine glitter made clean up in my cuticles a little bit harder, it worked really well and looked really good on my nails. 

I did my best to take photos of the plates that I got and the patterns on them so that you could see which ones I chose this time around, but I realized that some of them are hard to see so I've kind of labeled what they are underneith them.

Let me know what you think about these! Do you have any favorites?? I'll see you on Thursday



Travel - a globe, compas, passport stamps, airplanes, feet, and stars/planets

Butterflies

Birds and Feathers

Wood Grains

Maps and Compasses

School - Math equations, numbers, books, chemistry, and a school crossing sign

Halloween - Zombies, vampires, ghosts, pumpkins, spider webs, bloody handprints

Flowers

Comic Book


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