Tuesday, November 27, 2018

What I Got for my 22nd Birthday

I had an awesome birthday this year - I got to be at my parent's home with my family, I was given really thoughtful (and funny) gifts that I love, and I was able to go to many pet stores with my younger brother and our dog.

I love sharing what I received, and it's simply because I think posts like this are enjoyable - I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad or brag or anything like that.

Alright, now let's look at what I got!

Last year, for Christmas, I was given a record player. My younger brother let me know that he had a few ideas for records that he wanted to get me but he couldn't settle on which one I would really like... He loves all things classic rock, which isn't totally in my wheel house. Leading up to my birthday he was the one doing the driving around town so he chose the music! He played a lot of different songs - I knew some of them and not others. He told me that Credence Clearwater Revival had written a ton of songs and were really well liked so we listened to several of their songs (little did I know that he had gotten me this record of their 20 greatest hits...). I hadn't heard of them before, but I surprised myself with how many of their songs I knew but didn't know were written by them!

When we were listening to them my brother told me that I could use this record as a sort of test... If they didn't like CCR then it was a huge red flag and I shouldn't have that person in my life! When it comes to dating I'll probably test this out... Maybe save myself some heartache in the future!

Going along with my love of my record player, I got this super cute pin that has a blue record player on it! I love pins and have a lot of them, so I was excited to get this one to add to my collection and to represent something that I enjoy.

For years I've never been able to keep plants alive. At all. If I got a plant it would basically be a death sentence and it would be dead within a few weeks. Since I've been in college I've wanted to have more life in my room and the ability to take care of more things without adding on a whole lot of extra maintenance. I have several plants now that I've been able to keep alive - and so when my mom saw this plant she decided to get it for me!

It's called "Dragon's Tongue" and I think it's absolutely adorable! The pot didn't come with it, my mom found it in an IKEA, but it matches perfectly with all of my other decorations and plants! I guess I have a thing for house plants that look more unconventional. 

As with my other plants, I needed to name it! Going with the theme of Dragon's, I chose the name Astrid for this plant! 

I feel like this tshirt is kind of self explanatory....I love my pigs!

One of my other brothers got me this tshirt, which I was thrilled about! He gave it to me the night before my birthday so that I wouldn't have to get up before he needed to be at work to open it so I was able to wear it all day on my birthday! As someone who is studying animals I love the accuracy of the names and images... Hahaha

He also got me a set of bath bombs which I loved and made good use of (which is why they aren't pictured). It was great because I was planning to go buy some bath bombs for myself but then I didn't need to! 

This was something that I knew I was getting but that I was looking forward to a lot... My roommate got a bluetooth speaker and it was a magical thing, so I knew that I needed to get one for myself! I had a specific set of boxes that I wanted the speaker to check off so I worked with my Dad to find the right one. Even though it didn't come in pink, I love this speaker! I have been using it almost nonstop since I got it. It's small, WATERPROOF, bluetooth, has a great battery life, and has amazing sound quality.

It is the Coleman AKTIV Sounds Bluetooth waterproof cube speaker in the color blue.

As you may remember from previous posts, I have a wall in my room with various motivational and positive canvases and photos on it along with some other decorative things. My mom saw this sign and thought that it would be the perfect addition to my wall, and she was right! I put it almost as soon as I got back to my apartment, and I love seeing it. It goes perfectly with the other decorations I have, and I love the motivational writing.

On the more practical side, I needed a new winter coat. The one I was using I got as a hand me down from a relative back in high school so it was pretty worn out and not doing its job as well as it used to. My grandma took me shopping to see what I was looking for and what would be the most practical for me, and she got me this coat! It's from the brand "Be Boundless" and it's lined with faux fur so it's crazy warm! It's also water resistant, a windbreaker, and reversible in case I want to wear the faux fur side out! So far I've been wearing this almost nonstop and I've been  a happy camper while wearing it out and about. 

As always, I got a candle from Bath and Body Works! I'm a huge fan of their candles, and I love getting them as gifts, which makes it easy for people to shop for me because a candle is plenty to make me really happy! This one is one that I've had before but used up, so I was really excited to get it again. It's perfect for making my apartment feel cozy in the colder weather with it's bright and spice filled scent.

What do you think about any of the things that I got for my birthday? What are some awesome things that you've gotten for you birthdays?

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nail Art Haul

I know that I've been talking about doing this haul for a long time, so I'm happy to finally be posting it! I went through and did a lot of shopping on Amazon and on Born Pretty's website - sometimes you've got to treat yourself, you know?

I ordered 5 gel polishes that are cured under a UV light from Born Pretty, and they came in some really cute packaging! Each box looked the same, but they did have the names of the colors on the sides of the boxes. I chose the colors Truth of Lie, Graceful Soul, Make My Day, Forest Talk, and With An Orchid.

Yes, they really do work! I was kind of skeptical just because a thermal polish seems a little bit too cool... Like the mood rings that end up just being green or blue. I've worn two out of the five that I got so far and they've worked just as well as I hoped!

The only thing that I wish was different about the Born Pretty Thermal polishes was that there was a way to tell what the colors are on the outside of the packaging. The names of some of them give me an idea of what they are, but it would be nice if there was something on the bottles that helped me identify them!

Something I've been wanting to add to the types of nail art that I can do so I knew that I needed to get my hands on some chrome nail powders. I've worn one of these so far and it was ssoo beautiful! It's kind of pricey considering how much you get in one of the containers, but it's definitely a fun skill that I'm excited to develop. I'm not to the point where I can show the world, but I hope to get there soon with these! 

As you can imagine, I've done a lot of cuticle clean up with cotton swabs, which doesn't always leave me with the results that I want. I've seen a lot of nail art gurus using clean up brushes so when I was able to I got myself a set!I got 4 different sizes that came in one set from Born Pretty but I've noticed that I favor the number 2 brush so far.

All of the brushes are really flat, which I like, and they have very dense bristles which helps when cleaning up nail polish - you don't want a flimsy clean up brush! They're also really cute pastel colors, and it's really easy to wash nail polish out of them. 

This one isn't as exciting... With all of the Gel polish that I got, I also got a gel top coat to go over them. I also got it to use with the chrome nail powders because they blend in best over a cured glossy gel top coat (or so I've learned from my internet nail art education). This was something that was linked on a Simplynailogical video which is how I found it.

With all of the gel polish that I've acquired, I needed to get a UV LED Lamp to be able to cure them. This one was really cheap off of Amazon, plus it was also linked on a Simplynailogical video so I felt like I could trust the quality even though it was a lower price. It's worked perfectly on all of the polishes that I talk about in this post, so if you're looking to get into gel polish but don't have a majorly huge budget then this lamp will be perfect for you.

I was really excited to get this set of Arte Clavo polishes! They're a set of pink and orange shades, which are my favorites to wear. The first time I wore them they cured beautifully and although I didn't apply it very evenly I think that they looked really good. I also really like the packaging - unlike the thermal polishes it was extremely easy to tell which color was which.

Next to the Born Pretty Thermal polishes, the Gellen polishes had the best packaging. They came in a cute little felt case, all neatly lined up. I got them in a set of nudes because I thought that they would be good for the winter months. I also think that having some nude tones works well when doing nail art and gradients. I don't think that I'd wear them super often though, which is why I was happy with getting the 8ml size for them. 


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

October 2018 Overview

I loved October! Mostly I love the Fall.... Where I live the trees turn the most beautiful colors and there's so much rain - It's almost like everything is new again! Everything gets washed with the rain and all the leaves fall. Everything is crisp.

I've broken out my sweaters already, long with my hats and scarves. I'm not a fan of snow but I love the rain! In fact, it's raining right now as I write this, which makes it even more enjoyable.

When it comes to school, I've been getting everything much more under control which is really great. I haven't been nearly as stressed or overwhelmed as I was in previous months! I also started to plan out my classes for the upcoming semester, which is exciting.

One of the big things for me in October was that I got Peanut neutered so that he'll be able to live with Gus full time. I was extremely worked up about it- I had total Mom Guilt. My school has an amazing vet program, and I know a majority of the people involved in it through shared classes, but even though I know them and that they would do a great job I was still so worried that something would happen!

When I first dropped off Peanut at the Vet, they were really impressed with how healthy he is and how well I had been clipping his nails (having a vitamin c deficiency and having extremely long nails is pretty common - and what they see most guinea pigs for at their hospital) and they assured me that everything would go well and walked me through the process.

The next morning, I went back to pick him up and they told me that it couldn't have gone any better and he was doing amazing! It was so hard to believe that he had just had a surgery - I took him home and he was acting and eating just like his normal self.

I haven't been able to bond Peanut and Gus yet because there's a window of time after a neuter that you need to wait in case there are any...leftovers. But I'm looking forward to being able to go through that process and to have them living together full time.

Other than my guinea pigs, I had a few exciting things happen in October. One of them was that I was able to communicate more effectively to my doctor and get off of an old medication that was making me drowsy almost constantly (which is part of how I've been able to be a lot less overwhelmed - It's easy to get things done when you're awake longer and able to focus better!).

The last exciting thing that happened in October was that my roommate and I were able to invite our friends over and have a really fun Halloween party the weekend before Halloween! On the Wednesday that actually Halloween we got some pizza and ice cream and watched some movies before going to bed (it was a school night, after all). We set it up kind of like a potluck, so everyone brought different things to share, and we played a lot of card games and talked pretty well into the night.

October was a really happy month for me, and I hope that I continue to have things go my way in November!

I'll see you next Tuesday!

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!
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