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Dear bloggity blog, I am SO sorry I have neglected you since February Whoops, January!!! My gosh! So much has happened in the last few months so I’ll try and catch you up quickly – For those of you who aren’t on FB/Instagram that is.

In February I started a full time job at a vet clinic, it’s going great these days! Working 5 1/2 days a week there pretty much every week. My Purina contract ended at the end of June so I’m down to 1 job now. I do some dog sitting for clients from the clinic on occasion so that’s helpful in the money dept!

My dad moved out in March to his own apartment finally. Justin moved in around the same time. Things really went downhill after that. At the beginning of June I broke up with Justin.

Today’s my Birthday! 

And Justin moved out today. I finally, after 15 months, have my apartment back to myself! No roommates no couch surfers no one taking up my bed except my pets! No one else eating my food, making a mess, not taking out the trash or not doing the dishes! Now I’ll only have myself to blame if shit doesn’t get done. But really, I feel more in control of things these days after living with multiple people who just don’t give a shit about their living environments, I realize that I really care about where I live and my STUFF! Hoping to get everything cleaned and in order in the next week or so – so I can maintain it easily.

I’ve got my next NKOTB Cruise coming up in October so I’m prepping for that. My last payment is this month so all this dog sitting is really helping me accomplish that.

I think I’m going to be happy being single for a while. I’m going to relish in it actually. I was happy initially with the last relationship but it fizzled out after a while and thats that. I don’t need to dredge up what happened or all the annoyances, but I’m just happy to have my life back to myself and be happy again!

With my Sundays now free, I want to do more things with the dogs, maybe outdoorsy things, small hikes or whatnot. Something that won’t kill ME!

All the cats and dogs are still around, healthy and happy no concerns with them. The only downfall about living by myself is again is that I have no one to walk them if I’m running late from work, or woke up too late in the morning! I have to get back into the hang of getting up EARLIER to make sure I walk the dogs. Which I guess would be easy to accomplish if I can manage to go to bed earlier. Easier said than done right?

Speaking of, I should wrap this up and head to bed, 7am shifts on Wednesdays suck!

I promise, i’ll be back more often with real updates!

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What’s goin on?

Ohh hey there, sorry I havent updated in a while! Whoops! Life’s been crazy busy here.

Work is still going good, I actually get Wednesdays off from both jobs so thats always something to look forward to. My schedule is pretty much 10-6 on the days that I work. I can handle that, not too early in the morning, and early enough in the evening so that I dont come home and fall right asleep. Those first few weeks were rough but now I’m used to the 40+ hours a week.

So my dad moved out here a few weeks ago, I wasn’t looking forward to it and it was really stressing me out.. but its surprisingly worked out so far. I was nice enough to let him stay with me, and gave up my bed so I’ve been sleeping on the couch for the last 2+ weeks… I hired 4 guys off craigslist to unload his (26′) moving truck into a storage unit. He’s managed to get around town via the bus, to social services, social security, grocery store etc.. so thats nice.

For whatever reason, he ended up bringing his 3 lil yappy dogs.. which like me a lot.. and 8 friggen cats… I finally convinced him that 8 was way too many and completely unmanageable.

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After I got bit by one of the cats in the moving truck, after they’d escaped, he decided on 4 of them to relinquish to the local shelter, the one I got Ellie and Sassy from. So that evening we took them down and did what was right. I figure they’ll more easily find a home in colorado than they would have in l.a. so its alright. I’ve been taking all his animals to work 2 at a time to get checked out and updated on vaccines. Better safe than sorry.

 

 

Since then, hes configured 2 dog kennels to house the 4 remaining cats, and because it snowed last week, I allowed it to be in my living room. He also fixed the rat cage so they cant chew through it and escape anymore.. and has been cleaning the house and cooking stuff. so thats not too bad in itself. Yesterday we took all the dogs to the dog park which was fun, the lil dogs had never been to a dog park or in that kind of social situation but they handled their own. The other nice thing is, I dont have to come rushing home to walk my dogs, or feed the cats n what not, because he’s here to do that.

Thats good because I’ve been hanging out with a new guy who stays up north, actually not far from work, for the last couple weeks. We get along really well, and seem to be enjoying each others company so that’s always nice. (= I met a few of his friends/acquaintances at the bar, and they had nothing but nice things to say about him.

 

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Last week I finally was able to afford the tattoo I’ve wanted for the last year. My friend Chelsea did an amazing job drawing up what I wanted from a few different images and did some amazing color on it too. I love it! I was finally able to wear my work shoes again today since most of the swelling had gone down.

My graduation is coming up in a few weeks so my mom, step dad, and grandma are all going to come out for it. My grandmas never been on a flight longer than an hour and never been to denver so this will be fun for her! They’re only coming for about 2 full days and I dont know what I’ll have off from work other than my specific graduation day. We’ll see when the time comes.

I also booked my flight to NYC for the cruise couldnt pass up $129 non stop! Ive still gotta find a hotel to stay at, and decide if I’m going to boston afterwards with my roomie. I really want to! Just all about the money right now!  So if anyone has any hookups in NYC or Boston, please let me know!!

Welp I better wrap this up and get to bed… er, couch. Sigh. I miss my bed!!

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So have I mentioned that I’m ALL DONE with school?! It’s been a couple weeks now and it’s such a relief!

With that being done I have more time for work which has been keeping me busy. Purina has been giving me extra days in the warehouse helping out so that’s nice. I need the money for the next cruise payment which is due in a few weeks!

Sassy Pantalones is still here, her owners never came forward, so I had her microchip transferred, and her records sent to me. She’s 2 years old, she was preg when she was taken to the shelter with a really bad upper respiratory infection. Luckily she was negative for all kitty diseases and they spayed her. She’s going to my regular vet for a checkup on Tuesday. She’s made herself quite at home, less grumbling and fighting with everyone. So I guess she’s staying here!
My house is a wreck right now and just gets worse I’ve been too tired, lazy, and unmotivated to do anything about it. I’ve gotta take my thanksgiving Turkey outta the freezer so I can finally make it for Christmas. I have no plans otherwise so it’s just me and the dogs.

I’ve gotta update my resume this week and start looking for big girl jobs.

Lately I’ve been lounging around re watching old seasons of one tree hill instead of being productive. Such is life lol.

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Saaaaannntttaaaaaa!

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Today Santa came to petsmart to take photos and collect donations for the dumb friends league!

We had a ton of visitors and raised a lot of money!

I wanted to get Abbie during my lunch, but I ran out of time to get her while I was helping a family adopt a  sweet kitty.

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Put Put Puttin it off…

How much longer can I procrastinate on studying? Well I can write this that’ll take a few minutes!!

Today was my FINAL day at internship woohoo! 180 hours down. I learned quite a bit and had a lot of new experiences at this clinic. I learned that some places still do things the outdated way, or unnecessarily… and I also learned the type of technicians that I DON’T want to work with in the future.  I really liked the Dr’s there, they taught me a lot. The tech’s were OK, one in particular was just very two faced. One way with pet parents and  completely different with me and others. Maybe even bi-polar ish.  Anyways.

I’m trying to get started on my 5 case studies.. that are due on Sunday.  I also have some online tests and what not to complete by then as well.  If I get everything completed, I may treat myself to the new Hunger Games movie on Sunday.  I’ve only got school until the 9th and then I’ll be done! DONE DONE DONE! How exciting is that?! Cross your fingers that I pass all my finals and my classes!

Luckily the 37 hours I spent at the clinic this week weren’t totally wasted, during the slow times I was able to type up all my notes for ONE class.. and then started on a second today.

I was planning on making my 18# turkey this week, but Jamie & Tyler invited me over for thanksgiving and after thinking about it, I decided I’d probably be exhausted and not in the mood to cook all that food for just me and the dogs. While waiting for dinner I dozed off on the couch for a bit LOL! What can I say, I was comfy and had an empty belly full of wine!

I figure I can make my turkey and what not in a couple weeks either when schools done, or for Christmas. I did make the same strawberry cheesecake with chocolate layer that I made last year and it was delish again.

Because I had to go to the clinic today, I didnt do any black Friday shopping, and because I really didnt have any money. However I did stop by PetSmart on the way in because they were giving out stockings with coupons in them. So that was a nice lil treat. I ordered 2 nail polishes from Julep because it only came to $4.99 and free shipping!

My Christmas cards came in the mail this week, so if any one wants one, message me your address. They’re SUPER cute!

My credit union refunded my stolen money and I finally was able to  get a new debit card today. I’ve still gotta send in my letter to the cc companies, but its such a pain to call them and explain the issue to someone who doesn’t understand English and can’t comprehend what I’m attempting to do.

Oh my rash is finally starting to subside, actually it’s almost gone! Now that I’ve gone to a new dr who actually listened and concurred with my ideas, the anti-fungal cream is working, I haven’t been itchy in a week, and my skin is barely even red! I go back in 2 weeks for  a recheck, but I’m already totally satisfied with the results so far.

Alright well I guess that’s enough of an update for now.. till something else exciting happens.

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Finally, a break! Kind of. . .

Oh my goodness its been almost a month since my last update! Forgive me, school and work have been taking up all my time!!

I’m officially on Thanksgiving break since around 1pm today. However its not really a *break* because I have to finish up 37 hours of internship this upcoming week, plus somehow study for all my finals, catch up on my math class that I’m behind in, as well as work all weekend for Purina, and then 3 days next week for Ulta.

I’m also planning on making thanksgiving for me and the dogs… I bought an 18# turkey for about $9 LOL.. however I did get an offer to go over to a friends house for thanksgiving so if I’m too tired to cook I may just do that.

It snowed again here yesterday, the high was 17 degrees… the day before it was about 60… It took me an hour and a half to make my normal 30 minute drive. All over about an inch and a half, maybe 2 inches of snow.. aggravating!

Hmm what else..

I’ve been slowly unfucking parts of the house when I have an extra few hours here and there… Oh i got a new tv stand from a friend, and gave my old one away.. so that was like 3 hours of my night off work removing/reattaching trying to figure out the audio system. Since I wasn’t the one who set it up… but I did eventually figure it out!

I finally cancelled my cable tv, and I’ve been surprisingly okay without it. I did buy a digital converter/antenna thingy for the living room, and have been moving my chromecast between the bedroom and living room.

OH today’s gem was that my debit card has been compromised and someone managed to process a $120 payment through western union on my account… which made 2 of my cc payments bounce.. so now i’ve gotta deal with the credit union, wait for a letter from them to be able to send to those companies. what a pain in the ass! late tonight I realized my car insurance is due tomorrow, so my mom was able to send me some $ via paypal, so i’ll have to go to the bank early in the am before work and deposit it the old fashioned way.

Welp I throw my scrubs in the dryer and head to bed..so I can wake up early and work 10 hours tomorrow URRRGGGHH!!!

 

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What’s a day off?

Most people get to relax on Labor Day weekend right? Well I guess I kind of did. I worked only 8 hours instead of 18 for Purina. It was an optional weekend being a holiday and all, so I figured I might as well work SOME so that I’m not completely broke once payday comes around.

So I had Sunday off, the first full day off of school and work that Ive had I think since I got back from Vegas in July.. so my plan was to unfuck the house as much as I could. So I cleaned up the cat box corner, threw out the non-working automatic litter box, took out the parts they requested to send me a replacement cuz it was still under warranty, vacuumed and cleaned the carpet, cleaned some of the kitchen, did some laundry, cleaned off the top of Abbie’s kennel.. thats about as far as I got.. before i lost steam.

This morning I felt like I did stuff.. oh i did a lil more laundry, still yet to be put away though, cleaned out the vacuum filters, they were gross..

My goal is to get the couch cleaned off, theres enough room for me to sit on it, but not the dogs or the cats easily.. which is frustrating to all of us.. sigh

Then I had to go work a few hours tonight at ulta it was super dead most of the night and we couldn’t really do anything productive since all the stuff we needed was behind the construction wall, pipes, electrical wires, concrete etc.. so we left 45 minutes early, works for me!

Side note, my skin is breaking out like crazy and I know its because I went off my bc like, a month or 2 ago… and i’ve gained weight.. who gains weight after getting OFF bc?!? how’s that make any sense?!?!! heysoos, BUT, I don’t feel as crazy anymore and waaaay less emotional, crying on the spot, and no mood swings, woohoo.

Id love to get back to pachanga or the gym, but, those both cost money and require free time. Neither of which I have right now.

School is taking up 18 credit hours a week, including internship twice a week, and working about 7 days a week. So I’m glad I at least had yesterday off to get a few things done.

Well Ive got one more separate post to make then Ive gotta head to bed since Ive gotta fight rush hour traffic tomorrow…

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Breaking & Entering

So, my store manager locked her store, car and locker keys IN her locker tonight…with the spare key also inside the locker.

I had to break into it prying open the side of the metal lockers with a screwdriver and mallet.. Creating an inch wide slit..

 

 

Managed to tip her bag sideways… Then fished out her keys with the screwdriver, like a grocery store claw game, and saved the day…

Told her I take payment in the form of Malibu Rum…

 

We did actually have a man on shift with us tonight, but, truthfully, I did 95% of the forceful work getting into the locker, and just had him hold the mallet after I’d pried back the metal sides so I could get into it.  But seriously.. who needs a man??

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Waiting and Working

Sitting here, waiting for my laundry to finish in the washer, so I can throw it in the dryer and go to bed. Kinda need clean pants for work tomorrow, ‘Nother 8 hours for Purina. I’m up to working about 18 hours for them from Fri-Sun, and about 20 hours at Ulta Mon-Thurs, sometimes Sunday overnight. 

This semester will be over in a week! yay!! So excited. But then fall semester starts 10 days after that… as excited as I am to get this FINAL semester started and over with, I wish I had a lil more than 10 days break. I secured an internship today finally. Ive been slacking on it and out of the 10 places I emailed last week, ONE responded, so thats who I met with, they liked me, I liked them, and the funny thing is, I didnt realize it till the other day, but they were Ellie’s vet when I first adopted her! Speaking of, she’ll be 8 this month!! Time flies! 

Once school does start full time again, I dunno how much longer or how often I can stay on with ULTA, if it gets to be too much I may drop them down to twice a week. I NEED to pass all these classes this semester and finally finish school!!! 

So maybe between now and the 18th and I can maybe get the house in order. I always want to do that before school starts just to be clear and level headed. Sometimes I accomplish it, or not… 

I ordered the new Google Chromecast device from Amazon, but of course its on back order, I really hope they ship it out soon. Im hoping I like it enough and it works well enough for me to be able to cancel my $100+ monthly cable bill, and just keep my internet. Ill miss my DVR immensely but I think I could survive. 

Well Ellie’s yelling at me to go outside, again, so she can sniff the grass that she sniffed 2 hours ago when I got home…. oh and laundrys done, time for bed! 

 

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Oh yeah!

Completely forgot to share, that I got another job!! A 2nd job of course, because 1 just isn’t enough.

I’m going to be one of those vendors that hangs around pet stores suggesting better food for your pet.

More specifically, Purina Pro Plan!

I start tomorrow, and I’ve already got 24 shifts scheduled for the next month. It’s only weekends, so thats totally manageable, and im going to try and keep Ulta as well, for now, until school starts. I really just dont wanna give up my discount LOL

This new job however, pays about $4 more an hour! plus mileage! score! I’ve still gotta figure out how I get a discount on the pet food though, lord knows I need that!!

So yeah, I better get to bed now, big first day tomorrow, doing 2 different stores!

My google calendar is packed full hope I don’t forget anything!

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