Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Quick Post - Some Updates but mostly Rambling

My laptop battery is almost dead and I was sitting between classes when I realized I hadn't written up a post for today yet! This may be pretty short and mostly rambles, but I don't want to miss my first Tuesday with the new posting schedule!

I've been completely loving the weather - I've been drinking tea and wrapping up in cozy blankets and spending time with my guinea pigs. Where I live the trees have already been changing color and some have even started dropping their leaves! I'm hoping to go out with my camera and capture some of it.

I've finally ordered some new sheets, which I'm really excited about, and they're going to be delivered tomorrow. I also have some new nail art things that I'm still waiting on but then I'm going to be posting a haul of all of that stuff!

Right now, as was in my last post, I'm working on focusing on school and on my guinea pigs.

I've been working on changing Peanut and Gus over to the same food so that I won't have to worry about feeding them separate things once I have them living together. I'm not planning on changing anything with Pepe - he's earned a relaxed retirement. I've also been working at rearranging my room so that my pigs will be able to fit in a lot better, and so that I can free up some of my floor space! (Right now Peanut's house in on the floor next to Pepe and below Gus who is currently on my desk - It would also be nice to be able to get my desk back!) Basically I'm trying to redecorate my room and make it more cozy. A majority of the things that I have when it comes to decorations I've had since I was a freshman and I still love them, but I want something kind of different and more pig friendly.

One of the big changes that I've made is that I dyed my hair! Well... I convinced one of my friends to dye my hair. So instead of my usual sandy blond color I'm not a brunette, and because I still have the waves from the perm it looks like I have totally different hair than I've had all my life!

When it comes to the brown color that I chose, I tried to match the color of my eyebrows because they're naturally a dark brown color, and I think we totally nailed it! So far everyone that I've seen has said that I look weirdly normal as a brunette because I have the coloring for it in my face, and I have naturally brown eyebrows. I might do a post about it, or include a photo at some point about my hair.

One of the things that I've been really happy about and looking forward to is my mom and grandma coming up to visit me in November! I know it's barely October, but I'm excited to be able to see them and to be able to have something to look forward to!

I'm not sure what else to say here, and I'm not sure how much longer my battery is going to last! So I'll go ahead and leave this here, and I'll see you next Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September 2018 Overview

I think that I always start out these overviews with how busy I was or how overwhelmed I got... Which isn't something that's going to be changing anytime soon! I've got a lot of things to update you all on, and that I want to say, so get some snacks and strap in for a doosey of a post with some updates for how things are going to be moving forward with this blog as well!

I'm going to start with the changes for this blog. In previous years I've done my best to post every Tuesday and Thursday, and for a long time that worked out really well for me and I could manage that many posts with my schedule pretty well. With my current schedule that's been really hard for me and I haven't been able to get nearly as many posts done as I would like. So for the time being I'm going to change to having posts on Tuesdays every week rather than trying to post twice a week. I'm hopeful that this will be more manageable for me and that I'll be able to get back into the swing of writing blog posts without the added pressure of trying to write two posts a week. Thanks in advance for understanding and for supporting what I do here!

Okay, with that out of the way, I'm going to get into how things were this past month!

This month was full of a lot of things for me, but it's the first genuinely really happy I've been in a long time. I had some really amazing days where I was just happy to be alive and out in the world!

I treated myself to some new nail art things (I'm planning on doing a haul later, and some more nail art posts so be on the look out for those!) and I got some awesome Fall themed things. As you guys know I love my candles, so I for sure had to go to Bath and Body Works when their fall scents were available. I've been smelling like pumpkin for a few weeks now, so I hope the people around me appreciate it as much as I do! I've been unbelievably excited about Fall and the changes in the weather and the leaves.

Where I live the leaves have already started to change! Before I would have included some amazing photos of the view that I have from my apartment, but as you can see from the top photo they've dug up the cat tails and drained the body of water that was there before so it's pretty muddy and empty rather than being a beautiful fall view like it was in previous years. At first I was really alarmed by this work when they first started because it was assumed that they were going to build more apartments on it and we would be losing the beauty and the birds, but they're doing this work to deepen and widen the body of water so that it could potentially be stocked with fish and then at that point it's assumed that the cat tails and wildlife will return.

I do miss having such a great view though...And the sounds of birds.

As you already know, I now have three guinea pigs, so I spent a lot of time with them this past month really loving on them! I have also spent a lot of time washing my bed sheets because accidents happen and I have two male pigs... Although Gus has for sure been one to pee all over my bed as well. I've been on the look out for new sheets, especially with winter coming, so I'm hoping to be able to replace the sheets that I have now and hopefully keep the new set safe from my pigs!

One of the really big things for me has been focusing on  my self care. I know I mentioned before that I have been working really hard to get my mental health to a better point, and that's been a major improvement in my life. I wish that I had started down this road a lot sooner but I let a lot of things hold me back! So if you're reading this and you're putting off getting help with your mental health I highly recommend it! I know you've probably heard a lot of sponsored posts and videos from people about Better Help but that's what I use (this isn't sponsored) and it's made a huge difference in my life. However in an emergency situation be sure to know your resources and contact them and not Better Help.

One of the things that I've been doing for my self care has been reading. I feel like I lost that part of me as I've gotten older and had less time to sit down with a good book that wasn't required for a class and just read. I've gotten some newer books from writers that I love that I'm excited about getting to read in the upcoming days! I've also gotten kind of sick of watching shows? For some reason I feel like I've watched everything that I want to and I don't have new content that's interesting to me and can really hold my attention so it's been really nice to take a break from shows and movies to be able to read some amazing books.

I've also still been keeping up with trying to swap out the products that I use with vegan and cruelty free products so a lot of the shower products I've been using recently are from LUSH and I've been loving them! I feel really good about how they're made and what's in them, and they're great products so my hair and skin are feeling really good too. I don't know whether or not I'll do a full post about the products that I've been using and loving but if that's something that you'd like to see be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

When it comes to school, things have still been pretty rough. I'm feeling a lot better with myself and with the direction my life is going, but school takes up a lot of my time and energy and I get overwhelmed pretty quickly with it all. I'm taking classes that I am interested in and enjoying, they're just turning out to be harder than I had originally anticipated so I'm needing to spend more time on them than I set out to. Luckily I have my planner to keep everything organized and a great set of people in my life to support me and remind me that I'm doing a great job even when it feels like I'm struggling!

Something that I want to get back into are taking more photos. I used to do whole posts of just photos but I sat my camera down to focus on other things and I'm really wanting to pick it back up again! I have a great Halloween post of photos planned that I'm really excited about, and I know it'll feel really good to get back into photography.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my September and some of the changes that are going to happen with this blog! What happened in your September? I would love to know!

I'll see you on Tuesday

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Meet Peanut

I know, I know... It seems like just yesterday I was posting about getting Gus, and here I am posting about another new guinea pig! Peanut!

Initially I was planning on having both Pepe and Gus and then after Pepe passed away work on finding another female guinea pig to then live with Gus and having only female guinea pigs for a while. Well I basically just chucked that plan out the window...

One of my friends saw a post form a local discovery center (a place where kinds can go to learn about science things that are super cool) because they had a set of educational animals that they were rehoming because they're planning some more long term renovations and wouldn't be able to keep them/care for them how they wanted - and one of those animals was a Guinea Pig named Peanut.

My friend knew that I fit the profile that they were looking for to rehome this guinea pig, and after looking at the photos and thinking it over for about a week I decided to message the person who posted to see if I would be able to see Peanut and get more information about him before deciding whether or not to take him - and she was beyond excited that I was interested and set up a time for me to come see him later that same day!

He was shy at first, they told me that he didn't like being poked or yelled at by children which was most of what he was getting at the discovery center and part of why they were deciding to rehome him. He had previously been bonded to another male but was currently living on his own so they wanted to go to someone who had other guinea pigs so that he wouldn't be alone and would be free of screaming children. When I took him out to hold him he seemed to relax and I just pet him and sat talking to the woman rehoming him for a while. She was impressed that I knew so much, and was surprised when I offered to trim Peanuts nails right then and there are she said that she was afraid to do it herself. She said she had never seen Peanut as calm as he was while I was holding him, and then went on to say that no one else had shown any interest in adopting Peanut so she was going to take him to the Humane Society and hope that they would have more luck.

That really got to me... I was holding this sweet little guinea pig being told that no one wanted him... So I knew that I needed to adopt him.

I took him home with me at the end of the day.

Later, after they gave me all of his records that they had, I found out that I adopted him on his birthday - 9/13 - and that it also happens to be National Peanut Day! So he's my new, 3 year old little guy.

At first he stayed pretty shy and would run and hide when I would walk by his house. I spent some time just sitting near his house while working on homework, and he eventually would come and sit at the edge of his house next to where I was sitting which I took as major progress! He really took a liking to Gus (Partly because she's female...) but as his personality began to really shine through it became apparent to me that he's basically the male version of Gus! He's even got the same coloring as she does! They are both extremely vocal pigs, and even where they're currently living in separate houses they'll talk to each other and when one starts talking the other will respond. There have been a few times already where I've woken up to them talking to each other and sniffing each other. 

Peanut has tried a few times to break into Gus's house while he was getting some time running around out of his house! 

I did try Peanut out with Pepe a few times, but in his old age Pepe just wants to eat food and relax whereas Peanut has a lot of energy and wanted to run around and play. I have plans set up to get Peanut neutered so that he can then go through bonding with Gus and hopefully live with her full time. 

All in all, I think that three guinea pigs is for sure my limit right now... There's no way that I would be able to take care of a fourth guinea pig, so for real I'm not planning on increasing my guinea pig family any time soon. 

I love all three of my guinea pigs and it makes me really happy having them and having them greet me when I come home and to cuddle with.

If you have any questions about my guinea pigs or about guinea pigs in general let me know!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How to be Successful in College

Seeing as it's my fourth year in college, I thought that I would share some of the things that I do to stay on top of everything that I have going on with classes (homework, tests, due dates, etc.), work, friends, and all of that good stuff. These tips may not work for everyone, so if you have any other tips that I don't have in this post feel free to share them! That way this post can be a sort of list of good ideas for people to try out.

It's hard to be successful if you don't have the proper supplies. For me personally, it helps to have one multi-subject notebook (I use the 5 Star brand, but if there' a different brand you like then go for it) so that I can have one notebook with all of my notes for every class in it. That way I don't have to worry about forgetting a notebook, or grabbing the wrong one. or anything like that. I also like to get the FRIXION brand of pens because they're erasable but they don't smudge or bleed through the paper, and I think that the writing is easier to read than with pencil. I think having a great pen or pencil that you like and a great notebook or notebooks. For some classes I find that taking notes on my computer is the best options, so making sure that I have a charger in my backpack and a good working computer can be just as important for my school supplies as having the right pens and notebook.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but when it comes to knowing what's going on in a course you have to read the syllabus. In the past I have had professors put a major assignment in the syllabus along with a due date but never talk about it in class, so the only way to know was to have read the syllabus. Some professors set up their syllabus like a calendar, which is really awesome because it lets you see what you need to do prior to class each day. One of the main keys to being successful is knowing what's expected of you in a course, and all of that is in the syllabus.

If the syllabus is set up like a calendar then you could get away with skipping this step. For me, unless I have something written down then I completely forget about it. I have a planner that I write everything in for the school year and that I use to help ensure that I do all of the homework I need to and have my work schedule laid out. A lot of people will use the calendar app in their phone and have reminders set up, or there are some great white-board or desk calendar options that are available as well! The worst thing ever in college is forgetting about an exam, or when an assignment is due, so it's great to be aware of what's going on in advance. Plus it's fun to decorate planners and calendars, or get fun pens and markers and such.

Seriously. Go to class. I'm not kidding. It's worth it.

When people talk about their college experience they talk about how much fun they had and all the friends they made. The thing is... It's REALLY easy to spend all of your time studying or in classes or at work. It's important to say yes when you're invited to things, and to hang out with friends even if all you do is watch a movie or eat food or something lowkey/relaxing. It's also important to take the time out of your day to do some self care, which can also be something you do with friends as well. Someone once told me that "You Don't Remember the Nights You Got Enough Sleep" and that's really true. You may be tired the next day, but the memories are amazing. (This is something to be done in moderation!! Don't stay up every single night, but the occasional night will be okay. You don't want to sleep through your classes!)

Do I really need to explain this one? Ramon Noodles and Mac & Cheese are not good to eat for every meal. Maybe I'll do a post at some point about what recipes I normally make that are easy for a college student, but finding ones that work for you is really important! You'll feel better and have more energy if you're eating well. My roommate and I will sometimes make a big amount of something and share it, or we'll help each other with meals if one of us is short on time.

This was something that took me a long time to get used to. For some reason I had it ingrained in my brain that asking for help would mean that I was failing, which I came to learn wasn't true. For this tip, it's important to know what your resources are. Know when your teachers are available to help you, know which friends are willing to help you, know what mental health services are available, know what you have access to. If you need more time to take exams than other students, don't be afraid to ask for that time. If you don't understand something don't feel like a failure going in to see the professor or a friend for help. If you're struggling with mental health don't be afraid to talk to someone about it.

I'm sure that I could com up with more, but for the time being those are the predominant things that I think about when it comes to being successful in college. I know that the school year is already under way for most people, but it's never too late to get some advice and help when it comes to being successful!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know if you have any more tips!

I'll see you on Thursday

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The 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 promptly told that they couldn't stay in the office. My roommate wasn't super happy about it, but I brought the mice home.

They spent a lot of the time that they were initially in the box huddled together, but and they seemed extremely small!

I got a 5.5 gallon tank to keep them in. At first I just used the box to be able to cover the top because their eyes weren't open so I didn't think they would be trying to escape, but after they opened their eyes I invested in a wire lid for the top which did the trick.

I got a 1mL syringe (without a needle) and some puppy formula to be able to feed them. I got it from the pharmacy and they didn't charge me anything for it! The pharmacist was thrilled to hear about my plans to keep the mice alive and said that it was the smallest syringe that they had. 

The mice had really big appetites and were eating like champs! At first I would feed them every 3-4 hours including over night, which was really killer, but I was determined to keep the little guys alive. 

I was really happy to come home during my lunch break from work to feed the mice to find that their eyes were open! They were looking right at me when I came! (It was at this point that I switched to the wire lid from the box - I didn't want them to be loose in my apartment)

I had the mice for about a month and every day they were getting bigger and more active! I weaned them off of the puppy formula and onto various berries and veggies that I had available in addition to a seed mix made specifically for mice. I tried to space out when I would feed them, and to spread out/hide the food so that they would be able to use some of their natural foraging behaviors in addition to keeping them from getting totally bored.

For a while I was on the fence about whether or not I was going to keep them or release them, but after a while one of the mice started to do backflips in the tank and I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep them happily in captivity with me. I decided to release them, and worked on finding a good location to do so. 

Now when I made that decision, I was faced with a lot of people who were involved in the mice's story saying that I shouldn't release them because they would get out into the world and be killed by predators or starve, etc. But I knew that I had given them the best chance that I could to be able to survive, and that they would be happier out in the world even for a shorter amount of time than they would be if I had kept them for their entire lives.

Once I found the location that I thought would be good for them to live, I put them into shoe boxes for travel (It was easier to catch them separately - I never handled them so they were strongly against being picked up or touched) and then I let them go.

I took a video of when I released them because I wanted to be able to look back on it when I think about this experience. I also thought that it would be an incomplete story without something documenting the conclusion! 

I don't know what happened with the mice after they were out of site, but I like to think that they're doing well out there (which I know is probably wishful thinking).

I'm really happy that I was able to gain some new knowledge and experience from these mice, and that I was able to give them a fighting chance after being found in the parking garage! It was also really nice to be able to have some smaller rodents again. I had hamsters and dwarf hamsters growing up but I've gotten really used to the size of my guinea pigs which are significantly larger.

If you have any questions about the mice let me know! I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

August 2018 Overview

I'm back once again after a really long but much needed break. I'm on a new computer now, which is technically for school work but I'm excited to use it for blogging as well. So far it certainly makes editing photos a lot easier, and I can get photos off of my phone a lot faster and with better quality.

I know that I did this at the beginning of August for missing posts throughout July, but I'm going to be going over the basics of August and what happened during it.

One of the major things that happened was I started my senior year of college - My 4th Year! Although I know that I'll still need more time after this year to be able to complete all of the schooling that I want I'm still proud that I've made it as far as I have.

So far this school year has already been really rough. I've accidentally missed some classes due to going to the wrong room (I ended up in an economics class when I was supposed to be in a forest plants class - and on the first day of school!) and I've missed some classes because of car trouble... My car has worn out three of the mounts (transmission and two in the engine) so my car makes a horrible noise and rattles a lot - which makes me less than enthusiastic about driving it (Don't worry it's going in to get fixed tomorrow) and I've missed a lab or two for health reasons.

I don't want to talk too specifically about it because I do want to keep my privacy when it comes to my mental health, but my anxiety increased a lot in the past month so I spent more time on myself and working through some things that were going on. I'm feeling a lot better now, which is the important thing!

Moving right along... I talked briefly about the mice a while ago, so I know some of you may be curious about what happened with them - I have a post coming up soon with everything about them! They took up a lot of my time in August as well, alongside my two guinea pigs who I was also giving a lot of my attention.

I love my guinea pigs so much! Gus has settled in perfectly with me and she really lets her personality shine - Her VERY strong and independent personality! Pepe's age has really started to show and he's mostly interested in eating and taking naps - and the occasional cuddle. I've been having a fun time working out what fresh veggies to feed them because, as it turns out, most of the things that Pepe likes Gus doesn't, and vice versa. Aside from the typically lettuce and cucumber, I basically have to get different veggies for each of them because they won't touch what they don't like!

That was pretty much everything that happened in August... I also was able to get my hands on a copy of Louise Pentland's new book, which I haven't read yet but I'm definitely excited to read! I loved her first book, so I'm sure that this sequal is sure to be just as amazing! I'm also looking forward to getting Hank Green's book, so I'll be sure to update you guys on what I think about them after I've read them.

What happened during August for you? I would love to know that you had going on!
I'll see you on Thursday

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


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


Comic Book

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