31 January 2012

Strange Dreams

Good morning, darlings!

I finally got that uninterrupted night's sleep that I've been longing for, and it was amazing.

I must have been more knackered than I thought, since I passed out on the couch last night while my boyfriend was playing some military based shoot-em-up game. The constant racket of bullets and explosions turned into white noise for me, and I was done. I ended up waking up at around 1:30 this morning wondering why I was still on the couch. Apparently he tried to wake me up, and sleepy Vonnie said 'no'. We finally made it to bed, where I went right back to sleep cuddling with he cat, and had the absolute craziest dream.

First off, for some reason, my house was no longer in Florida, but somewhere in either Maryland or Virginia. Even stranger was not only was my house there, but everyone else I knew had somehow ended up there as well. My boyfriend's kids were here, talking about how their mom was driving in from Bethesda to come get them.

My porch was covered in some of the most amazing insects I've ever seen. My boyfriend was outside looking at them, which made sense to me since entomology was one of his favorite courses in high school, and something he still enjoys. There was even a Luna moth, something you just don't see in Florida that often (if ever).  

And on my sofa was Michelle Obama and some dude that looked like Herman Cain, watching some movie.

As if the political figures on my couch weren't wild enough, I was running around excited because I was accepted by the University of Miami. I was running around making a 'U' shape in everyone's face because 'bitches, I got accepted to The U! Eat it!'.

For some reason my dad was gathering food and such for the impending political fall of the country, even though the only thing his stash contained was saltine crackers, some chocolate cookies, and a pack of cigarettes. 

Then Jessie Jackson showed up and killed the entire party, if it could even be considered a party. Everybody scattered because 'it wasn't the right place to be' and I was left with my acceptance letter and dad's stash of  supplies.

That is when my alarm went off.

It has been a long time since I've had a dream that vivid and in that much clarity. I wonder if it is because of how deeply I was sleeping, or if it was a side effect of my asthma medication that I took before bed. Either way it was wild, something that will never happen. Especially getting accepted to The U. That would be an absolute dream come true. It's all about The U, baby.

Today I've got a dentist appointment, just a quick check up. I need to see if the tooth I need fixed is still salvageable, especially now that I've got a means of getting it fixed. I've also got a strange pain my jaw where I got my wisdom tooth pulled a few months back. My dad thinks it may be a bone spur or a piece of broken tooth that didn't get removed, which isn't unusual with a wisdom tooth extraction. I hope it's nothing serious, something that will work itself out. If not, I'll just have it taken care of when I go in for my root canal and crown prep.

After that boyfriend and I are going to the mall so I can get a new pair of Chucks. Hopefully. The only store here that carried them only had them as small as a size 9, which would have been fantastic if I had feet that large. Sometimes it is a pain to find shoes in a 6 or 6 1/2 here.

There is also a new store in the mall I want to check out in more depth this trip. They have a lot of lovely lace and girly items, things that remind me of Liz Lisa. It isn't something I'd normally wear, since I'm more punk/rock in style, though some of the pieces are so to die for I'd make room in my wardrobe for them.  

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! Stay fabulous!

25 January 2012

More Bills & Feeling Like A Grown Up

I had a shocking revelation on Sunday night as I sat down to balance my banking account and write out checks: for the first time in my 28 years, I feel like a grown up. I've got a ton of bills to pay and I've had to learn to budget. I've started to learn from my mother and clip coupons from the Sunday papers, and to watch for deals in the weekly ads so I can make sure I'm getting the most product for my dollar. And a 401K. Should I have one? Should I have a different type of retirement plan set for myself other than just my personal savings?

This all started when I got my first credit card a few months back. For once I felt like something of an adult - because as a kid, I thought only adults got credit cards, so if I got a credit card it must be like the world's way of saying 'bitch, you are responsible enough to handle this credit line, now go out and help boost the economy'. Since I got it, I've paid the bill off each month to avoid outrageous fees and interest rates. Yay, me!

Then the feeling of being an adult went away whenever I passed out at work and had to go to the hospital, where all I wanted was my mommy and a good nap under the wonderfully heated blankets with cartoons quietly playing in the background on the small TV in my hospital room.

After recovering, the cold slap of responsibility and adulthood has returned, in the form of an influx of bills that make me want to sell everything I own, close my checking account, change my name to Juanita and move to Mexico (even though I barely speak Spanish and would be marked as a foreigner within five seconds of crossing the border).

The radiology bill wasn't so bad, less than $70. That left me thinking that the rest couldn't be so bad.

And I was proven wrong.

I received my bill from the county fire rescue yesterday. Apparently they charge a $500 flat fee for mileage. This was before I was even thrown into the ambulance and taken away. $500 just for showing up. As for the mileage to take me 3.5 miles down the road, seven minutes and only two right turns? $24 for seven minutes and two right turns. That is how much it takes to fill my gas tank to three quarters of the way full and sustain me driving all over town for a week and a half.

Luckily they offer payment plans, which I took advantage of since that $524 is more than I make in a two week span. Not by much, but I've got other bills to take care of, being an adult and all. *eyeroll*

I still haven't gotten the bill for the actual ER visit or the bill from the lab where my blood work and UA was done.  That scares me since I've been told that they charge like $50 each time they check your vitals, which they did to me about every twenty minutes until the RN took the heart monitor off of me since she deemed it unnecessary as I came in with stomach issues and not chest pain.

On the plus side, this whole being an adult thing and managing your money well can lead to more credit lines.

I applied for CareCredit, which is a credit card for all medical expenses from dental to veterinary, and I got approved. Now I can get dental work done and pay it off at my leisure rather than having to save money to give to Dr. Mark in one lump sum. It creates another bill to pay, but it also means I'll have a healthier mouth. As soon as that card comes in my ass is going to be in the chair getting a root canal and crown. Painful? A bit. But they get me high as a kite between nitrous and valium so by the time he starts work I could really care less what he's doing.

This also means I have funding for my bridge and braces by the time all of the reconstructive work has been completed.

Even with credit lines and a job, sometimes I really hate being an adult. There are so many things to worry about, mostly centered around money. Will my check this week cover all of my incoming bills? Will I have enough left over to buy food other than ramen? How on earth am I going to manage to do all of my assignments, study, work, keep the house clean, go to class, and spend time with my family? Where the hell do social engagements fit in all of this foolishness? 

What I wouldn't give to be a kid again, where all I had to worry about was keeping my grades high and playing with my friends after school. This being an adult gig sucks.

22 January 2012

I <3 My Customers

I have some of the best customers a shop girl could ever ask for.

Today one of my regular Sunday customers came in and gave me and the other girl working a gift.


Check my brand new pimp cup!

What was even neater was he did the etchings right there in the shop while I watched. I was beyond blown away, very touched. It was a very unexpected gift, and I appreciate it more than I can express. I know it is a very simple gift, yet it makes me so happy.

I also had another customer ask about ‘the girl that passed out’, not realizing that it was me. I thought that was nice, too.

I feel we are truly blessed to have the amazing customers that we have, even the irritating ones.

Before I go drink bitch wine and work on assignments, Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate! I wish everyone much luck in this Year of the Dragon!

21 January 2012

Review: Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser and Balm

Hello, darlings! Long time, no see!
I apologize for not posting in so long. Life has been extremely hectic between finding out I’m hypoglycemic, being promoted to ‘inventory girl’ at work after the manager was let go, and then working through the final semester of my Associate’s Degree.
In the time I’ve been testing a few new products I mentioned in a previous post!

My first review will be of Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Eraser and Balm.
My cuticles are a constant problem because I work with loose tobacco. It is extremely drying. The first thing that caught my eye about this product was the color.

This reminded me so much of some of the lip gloss pots I used to get when I was a teenager. I love the spiral!

At first I was a little apprehensive, especially about the ‘eraser’ part. I knew that wasn’t going to be an instant thing.
After one week of daily use, my cuticles improved vastly. My cuticles looked so much smoother. I wish I had images to share, but I’m still trying to bounce back from another product that I bought that day – my nails are ravaged, and I will explain why in my next review post.
First off, this smells fantastic. As a nail product, I expected some sort of chemical smell, and this product completely lacks it. It’s light and earthy.
The moisture this provides is lovely. The only bad part is it is a bit tacky, so let this dry before you go out or go to bed (I always use it before bed).

This is a definite keeper. The skin around my nails is smoother, the smell is pleasant, and it allows me to be a bit harder on my hands than I was without the nasty repercussions (ripped cuticles, hang nails, and dryness).

Very short review, but there isn’t much more I can say about this other than I absolutely love it.

18 January 2012

Day of Doctors

I've been in and out of the doctor more due to my hospitalization on New Year's Eve, so I apologize for my lack of posts.

They have come to the conclusion that I do have glucose issues and must have a near constant intake of food and drink to keep my body on an even. I have been told to eat six times a day ( O_O ). I suppose if it's what I need to do, it's what I'll do!

I go back in next week for more testing, and my doctor wants to see me once a month.

I know this will make me feel better, but I'm afraid of the money it will cost. Between the dentist and my check up yesterday, I shelled out $200. Not bad for a cleaning and check up, but it hurt. To make matters worse, I got part of my hospital bill in the mail yesterday, the bill for my x-rays. It's only $67, which is good, but it's bad after how much I spent yesterday.

Working myself sick was how all of this originated. Now I am going to have to work harder to try to pay all of these upcoming medical bills.

I really want to have one of those days where I can just turn off my phone, not worry about assignments or work, and spend my day wallowing around in bed.

08 January 2012

Quick Update

Hello, lovelies! How have you been?

It has been a crazy few days for me. School is back in session! I had my first accounting II class last Thursday and it was just like being in accounting I all over again. My teacher is so much fun.

I also started my business calculus class. I am doing much better this time. I am even enjoying what I'm working on!

To make things even better, I got a raise at work! Of course I've done a bit too much splurging, spending about half of it already. I just decided to purchase some things that I have wanted rather than needed for once. Later this week I will definitely have some pictures of my new tops, as well as a review for a new mascara I picked up, a nail growth/strengthening treatment, and cuticle balm that I picked up tonight.

I went a little overboard on movies, too. I found Bunraku and had to have that. I thought it was a really cool movie, especially the combat scenes. I also purchased the first two Harry Potter movies, the last two I needed for my collection. They were about $4 a piece, so I had to splurge!

03 January 2012

11 Questions Tag

I was tagged by Jel, so here we go!

Rules that must be posted

* Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
* Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
* You have to choose 11 people to tag and link them on the post.
* Go to their page and tell them you have linked him or her.
* No tag backs.
* No stuff in the tagging section about 'you are tagged if you are reading this.' You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

New Layout!

I finally figured out what I wanted for a new layout! Doesn't it feel fresh for the new year?

I've also got some new posts planned out on various topics, I just have to figure out when I want to post them ^.^

On that note, what would you like to see? I write this blog not only for me, but for you, the reader. If there is anything you would like to see, please tell me!

02 January 2012

New Year's Resolutions

As we are at the dawn of 2012, it's time for the obligatory New Year's Resolutions post!

Being in recovery has given me a lot of time to sit down and think about my goals for the upcoming year, as well as how I will achieve them. I even took the time to designate one of my old school binders as a 2012 book, where I wrote down my goals and how I will attain them, set aside two sections for a spending and savings record, as well as a journal to chronicle my thoughts and goal progress over the coming year.

Here is my list of New Year's Resolutions:

01 January 2012

Happy New Year!

First post of the year! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year.

Unfortunately, I spent my New Year's Eve sick. I went to the hospital on Saturday morning after I collapsed at work. I don't remember much, but I do remember my amazing work team coming to my rescue. John and Roy really saved my life Saturday, and I don't know what I'd do without them coming to my aid. I called my aunt and she arrived not long afteward. I don't remember much, but I do remember customers taking care of me before my backup and aunt got there.

I was there for about two or so hours. They gave me fluids and did some x-rays of my stomach and abdominal area to see if there was a cause for the vomiting and fainting. Luckily, they found nothing in either the x-rays or in the blood they took. I was given a clean bill of health other than the stomach virus I am fighting off.

I go in to see the doctor either tomorrow or Tuesday for a follow up and a check up to see if they found anything else in my blood that they didn't test for at the hospital.

So, my New Year's Eve accessory?

My hospital bracelet.

Today I've done nothing but sleep on and off. I still don't feel 100%. Hopefully my trip to the doctor will get everything straightened out.

So a quick summary of how I rang in the New Year:

- Collapsed at work
- Had my first ambulance ride
- Got poked and prodded at the hospital
- Slept the rest of the day

Here's to a new, hopefully hospital free, year!


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