senashenta: (Durr...)
...yeh. So it turned out that my sis and her family couldn't make it for dinner today after all. Arthur wasn't feeling well, plus the roads were bad because of the storm yesterday. Thusly, we're postponing everything until some time next week.

But I made that special cake, and it wouldn't last until then, so I went over to Mom's anyway and stayed for dinner (we had chili ♥) and we all had some cake anyway. The cake itself turned out REALLY good, but the avacado icing was much too sweet. Oh well, live and learn, right? I'm going to adjust the recipe a bit and then make another cake in a few days when Sarah, Arthur and Leah do make it over. :)

On a completely unrelated note, I broke my computer mouse last night, so I had to pick up a new one today. I stupidly dropped it on the kitchen floor and it just died. I wouldn't have even had it IN the kitchen, except I have no ink for my printer so I had to bring the laptop in there for the recipes when I was baking.

I really need to just bite the bullet and pay for the cartridge refills. ~_~;;
senashenta: (Babbling Babbling Babbling)
Hokay! My first real entry after months of nothing! ...and it's just a recounting of my day, really. I'm very boring lately. :P

...UGH I JUST BROKE MY MOUSE. *FACEPALM*

BUT ANYWAY.

Today was grocery day. Yay! /sarcasm. >>;

Actually, it's not so bad. Mom and I do groceries together each week, so it's kind of fun to go out and spend the time with her.

So because this is the first shopping trip of the month (for March, even though it's still the 29th of February), I had a TON of stuff to get. I easily dropped $250+ dollars on various things, and that was BEFORE coming home and paying all my bills. =.=;;

So foodstuffs for me and then stocking up on food and litter and other various things for the critters. While I was at the (first) pet store, I also picked up a few fish for my community tropical tank. 2 blue dwarf gouramis, a striped angel fish and 6 cherry barbs. (Already in the tank; 1 pleco, 2 cory catfish, 3 angels, 1 orange dwarf gourami, 2 rosy minnows, 2 gold barbs, 3 rosy barbs, 9 neon tetras, 4 red platys, 1 guppy, 1 tiger barb, 1 redtail shark, 2 zebra danios...) It's a huge 75 gallon aquarium, what can I say? I think my next addition might be one or two congo tetras. They are SO pretty. ♥

When I later went down to J&K to buy rats for Aya and Opal, I asked Dave when I should start worrying about how long it's been since Aya ate; ball pythons will routinely go for long periods of time without eating, but it's going on 10 months since Aya last ate. He seems healthy and isn't losing weight. He's even still shedding, which means he must still be growing. But it's been so long now that Dave said it's probably a good idea to bring Aya into the shop, and they'll hand-feed him for me. If it works, they'll show me how to do it. I might have to buy a pair of feeding tongs, but that's a minor thing when compared to the idea of Aya starving to death. =/

Having done a ton of running around with Mom today during shopping, I then did a bunch more after she dropped me off. XD; I went to the Dollarama and picked up some things for Easter baskets, then to Liquidation World, where I bought a Firefly Jar for part of a Christmas gift for the end of this year.

I froze my tail off with all the walking, since it was blustery and snowstorming when I went out. Now I have wind burn on my face and ears. DX

Tonight was the night that registration for AA at Anime North opened. I sent in my application like five seconds after 8pm when registration officially started, so we'll see if I get a spot. I hope I do, I could really use the money...

Oh, and tomorrow I'm going to Mom and Lee's place for dinner. My sister and her hubby are coming over and bringing my new baby niece, and we're all going to have Chinese takeout together. xD;

So I'm making a cake for dessert! But since my sis and brother-in-law have a lot of diet restrictions, it has to be a really specialty-type recipe. I'm making dairy-free, soy-free carrot cake with frosting made from avacados! O.O The cake looks really good, and I'm doing the icing in a few minutes. Then tomorrow we'll see how it turned out~!

...and now I'll leave you with a brony Cross And Arrow duet dub video, just for shits and giggles:

senashenta: (Luna's In The Apple Bin)
So the last few years, since I started making jam/jelly/sauces/preserves/whatever, each fall around this time Mom takes some sample jars in to her work and takes orders from the people in her department. The last couple of years went okay, but THIS YEAR?

The last two days I've made $200 worth of sales. X3!!

I'm doing things a little differently this year, though. Mom took in the sample jars as usual, but then I put together a list of products that are available, rather than kinds that I happen to have on hand atm. Before, people paid and basically got their jam a day or two later, since it was coming out of current stock. This time they make their orders and pay, and their orders are delivered two weeks later.

All this means is that they can order things that I don't currently have stock of, or even make special requests for flavours/bulk orders/etc. And it's worked out very well, so I think I'm going to do it like this from now on. ♥

$200 (35 jars) isn't a TON, but it will completely cover having Ves and Lily spayed and Nio neutered (assuming his missing testicle makes an appearance, if not then I have to have him done via my regular vet. :P) Then I just have to put out the money for their shots, which is about $90 assuming all three of them get in; $30/cat. (If Nio has to be neutered later, then the jam money will cover Ves and Lily's spays AND their shots, yay!)

Anyhoo, I've got some jam to make over the next couple weeks!

Crab Apple Jelly
Lime-Zucchini Marmalade
Mixed Berry Jam
Pumpkin Sauce
Peach-Cranberry Jam
Apple Butter
Cranberry & Mixed Fruit Sauce (with Walnuts)

Aaaaaand I'm making a test batch of Pineapple-Plum Marmalade to see how it turns out. :3

One of the comments I often get from people who order from me is that I make very unique flavours. This is true of some of my stuff, like the Lime-Zucchini, Peach-Cranberry, Lychee or Pineapple-Plum, but I also do classic things like the Crab Apple, Apple Butter or Cranberry Sauce. I guess I just like to try new mixes, and having some different kind of products is working out very well for me. :)

Oh, and I'm also going to make a foray into the world of pickles and preserves this time; I have beets to make pickles out of (a special request from my Dad and Lois), and I want to try to make Crab Apple preserves, similar to something my Grandma on Dad's side apparently made when Dad was a kid. We'll see how it goes~

Which reminds me, I need to go back down and pick more of the tiny crab apples before they all go bad on the tree. Maybe tomorrow or the next day, if it's not pouring rain...
senashenta: (Misery Sure Loves Company)
Two entries in a row! Go me! =D;;

Mom came over today to help me move some things around in my place. I moved way back in the beginning of June, but idk I guess I have so much stuff that I'm still getting the last bits and pieces organized. It's the same story every time I move. Takes me forever to get settled completely.

Anyway, we got some stuff off to Goodwill and moved things around, then just sat around and chatted for a little while before heading out to Walmart. I needed some decongestant nasal spray and Mom needed some multivitamins, so we got those.

I also poked around for possible workout clothes, and was lucky enough that right now Walmart has all of their summer clothes on massive clearance, so I got a pair of shorts and two tank tops for a grand total of like $15. I still need to get to the YMCA and talk to someone about membership costs, but one step at a time, right?

Hm.

The last few days I've been feeling very lethargic, mostly because I'm desperately fighting off a sinus cold/infection that's trying like hell to migrate into my lungs. So far keeping myself heavily medicated has worked, so I'm keeping that strategy in play for now.

Anyway, so I've just basically spent a lot of time laying around doing nothing and feeling moderately miserable. And so I've been watching TV shows on my laptop. The last couple days have been episodes of Mantracker, as well as a little House and a couple eps of MLP: Friendship Is Magic.

The latest episode of MLP was good, btw. New Princess Luna episode! It made me giggle. But they changed her design some, so now I don't think the wig I got for Luna cosplay next year will work. Mrr. =/ That's annoying, but there's not much I can do about it, sooo... *shrug*

RIP.

Aug. 13th, 2011 10:15 pm
senashenta: (This Is Not Happening)
Just got an email from Mom. Or, rather, I just looked at an email from Mom. She sent it a couple hours ago, but I was out at the mall with Maddie and Chloe so I didn't get it until we got home a few minutes ago.

Uncle Lawrence died. It was his 80th birthday and he had a heart attack.

I guess Grandma was down in Arkansaw visiting Uncle Bob and Aunt Jean (Jean has cancer and has only a few months to go) and then on the way back she stopped to visit Uncle Lawrence for his birthday, and then this happened. She's still in Niagara now, helping to plan the funeral and everything...

Mom says she's likely to go down to Niagara for the funeral on Tuesday. I wish I could go, but it's just not possible. I hope everything goes well.

I'm very worried about Grandma, though; she lost one of her sisters just a couple years back, then Grandpa died of cancer, and now her other sister is dying of cancer as well, and her brother just passed away. That's probably why Mom is so adamant she'll be there for the funeral. Grandma probably couldn't handle this by herself...

That's it for now.

I'm working on a full Otakon-and-etc. update and hopefully it'll be posted soonish.
senashenta: (Babbling Babbling Babbling)
Been on the bus for 12 hours, which is much better than 26 the first year I came down to the States. I slept most of the trip this time anyway, since I didn't sleep the night before. Had too much to do; in the afternoon I took the town bus to Mom's place to do laundry, and when Mom got off work she had a coffee and then we went to my apartment to start organizing and moving the animals. Somehow, though spacial magic I only partially understand, we managed to fit everything in only two trips with Mom's little car. We were channeling Houdini or something, idk. So we settled the rabbits and cats at their temporary home in Mom's basement and then had dinner, after which we went back out so I could pick up rabbit/cat litter and a couple other misc. odds-and-sods that I needed to before I left. After that we went back so I could finish my laundry and then Mom took me home.

With the cats out from underfoot, I took the opportunity to clean and vacuum the house. YAY CLEAN FLOORS AND STUFF. I also did some baking; Broken Glass Torte for Dad (does that count as baking? XD;) and fruit loaf as well. It started off as banana bread to use up the bananas before I left, then I ended up adding pineapple, then cherries, then coconut. Then I realized I didn't have any flour. *facepalm* So I had to improvise and used my Magic Bullet to make corn and oat flour instead. It worked fine, just took less time to bake through and didn't rise as much as if I'd used white flour. So whatever. I made four loaves, so I took one to Mom and brought one with me for Dad and Lois as well. Baking done, I did the dishes, then continued cleaning. Then at like 3am I finally started packing for my trip. xD; Way to procrastinate, right? I know, I know.

Anyway, packing took FOREVER as usual, especially since it took me an entire hour to decide which beads I was going to bring with me. >>; Last year I managed to limit myself to like four boxes, plus a box of charms/pendants and a box of findings. Um. Yeah. This year? Like twelve boxes of beads, plus a big box of charms, a big box of pendants, and three boxes of findings. I fail, what can I say? I also had to pack Maddie and Chloe's Christmas and Birthday presents that I never got around to mailing. Because I also fail at THAT, too. So like half of my luggage this time is made up of stuff that I brought down for them. Then there's my cosplay stuff as well. I actually pack very light for ME, it's just that I can't go anywhere without bringing copious amounts of STUFF for other people and projects. ^_^;

So, having not slept a wink all night, Dad picked me and my luggage up atound 9am. We went out to the res for him to get smokes, then back into town so I could stop at Mom's and drop of my keys (so that she can get into my apartment to feed Genbu and Aya and the fish) and her vacuum (which I had borrowed the night before.) She and Lee were up, so I said a quick goodbye to them and then we were on our way. The trip from Orillia to Georgetown was mostly uneventful. Except for the massive detour because of an earlier car accident on the highway, our brakes almost going out because of sitting on them so much in stop-and-go-traffic, and a short stop at Toys R' Us in Mississagua. TOYS. YAY. Dad found something for his Star Wars collection, and I got come LPS for my own, as well as some animal erasers because SO CUTE OMG SQUEE. I also wanted a Transformers Ravage figure, but I managed to resist. Mostly by reminding myself that anything I bought there I would have to haul down to the US and back again lol.

Oh, note to self: 12th line outside of Orillia? FUCKING FULL TO BURSTING WITH CRAB APPLES. GET MOM TO TAKE YOU OUT THERE IN SEPTEMBER.

At the kennel, there was a little Lang family get together for one of Lois' granddaughters' birthday. It was slightly awkward for me to be there, but they were all nice to me. I did get some weird looks from the kids, though, since they had never met me before. Plus my hair cut is totally like a dude's now. But in general it was fine. After they left I got to talk with Lois some, which I always enjoy. But around 7 I HAD to lie down for a nap. I just hit the wall and couldn't keep going. My body was suddenly like "I QUIT". So I crashed on the living room couch for two hours. Then at 9pm I got back up so we could get underway.

Dad and Lois have accuired some dogs who aren't poms in the last year. First was Maggie, a pug/boxer cross that Lois' mother bought and then decided she didn't want, so Lois offered to take her. Then there was Lucy, a little Jack Russell who is really thin and lankey compared to most Jacks. Then a couple months ago they got another Jack, Sadie, who was half-starved and hadn't had any real affection or anything in her entire life. The pics from the day they first picked her up are just sad; she was so thin her ribs and spine stuck out. Poor thing. But she's all chubby and happy now, so it's all good. While Lucy has attached herself to Lois, Sadie has adopted Dad. And Dad is absolutely head-over-heels in love with her. But to be fair, Sadie is the suckiest, most friendly, affectionate little dog you could ever imagine. <3

Anyway, since the market for poms isn't great right now and the market for Jacks is still decent, they decided to give a litter of Jacks a try, so they went out and found a male, Max, who is the newest addition to the pack. Sort of. Because he's unaltered he has to stay in the kitchen and can't run with the girls or EVERYONE would be pregnant, including every human leg who happened too close. lol. Max is a sweetheart, but a little excitable. In more than one way. Haha. They plan to try breeding him to Maggie next year for some cross pups, and then Lucy the year after that. Sadie won't be old enough to breed safely for a couple of years yet, but she's the one that they're really looking forward to getting puppies from since her personality is so perfect. I guess we'll see!

Right now they have one litter of tiny itty bitty pom puppies that are RIGHT AT THE EPITOME OF CUTENESS. Two blacks, a cream (with siamese-like points and some white markings) and an orange-sable. (Their mother is black; idk about their father. It was this pairing that spawned the Parti Poms earlier this year.) They're maybe two weeks old, can see and hear and toddle around a little, but are generally just chubby round little poofy things that lay around with tubby milk!bellies and kind of resemble miniscule bear cubs. SO FREAKING ADORABLE. And they're all friendly as hell, and their mom has no trouble letting you reach in to pet them. Which is good because I spent a good amount of time smishing me some little pups and cooing at them and letting them suck on my nose and chin. X3 Dad says he'll take some pics so I can share. You guys. Seriously. You can't even comprehend the level of OMGCUTE!!1! these dogs are without seeing them. I WILL SHARE, AND YOU WILL SQUEE YOURSELVES TO DEATH I SWEAR.

If they weren't way too young to be sepparated from their mom, I would have been seriously tempted to try smuggling one of them out in my pocket. Heh.

Anyhow, around 9pm Dad and I took off and drove into Toronto so I could catch my bus. We even only got a tiny bit lost! And when we got to the terminal Dad hung around with me until it was time for my bus to board, then he headed home. He did call a few minutes later, though, just to make sure I was on board and on my way fine. Then the 12 hour ride commenced, but to be honest I only remember about 1/4 of it because it was dark and the bus was moving and I just fell asleep.

Ugh, US customs was a pain in the ass this year. And yet at the same time, managed to be really polite and friendly about it. It was weird.

First, the guy almost didn't let me into "his country" because of my passport photo. That one I had anticipated being a problem, since my passport photo was taken back when I was 260+ pounds. I've lost over a hundred pounds AND cut all my hair off since I had it taken, so it doesn't really look like me anymore. But eventually he decided the photo was workable, he just highly reccommended that I get a new one before next summer. Then he balked because I only have $300 US cash on me. WELL WHAT? I have more money, just not IN CASH ON MY PERSON. JEEZ. He was like "how are you going to support yourself while you're down there? $300 won't even feed one person for a whole month!" but I explained about the money situation and staying with friends and etc etc etc and he finally gave in... only to ask if I "had something to be nervous about". Because my hands were shaking. *FACEPALM*

I told him it was because of blood sugar, because that was esier than explaining that I SHAKE LIKE A CHIHUAHUA ON SPEED. ALL THE TIME. FOR NO REASON. So, that sorted... he wanted to know if I had any reason to return to Canada. I was like "...bwuh?" But apparently, because I'm not working, he was concerned I was going to just, yanno, STAY in the US and not go back to Canadaland. Forever. So what proof did I have that I would be going home after the trip? We finally decided that my family and pets were relatively decent reasons. At which point he demanded to know about Maddie and Chloe's home and job statuses, and expressed concerns for me being able to support myself (AGAIN) since neither of them has a full-time job. ASDGH. I was starting to get frustrated by then. I mean really, really frustrated.

I just smiled anyway.

But I finally did get out of there and on to baggage check, which is always interesting because of the weird shit I bring with me for cosplay and stuff. At least the baggage checkers usually get a laugh or two out of it. They take their jobs seriously, but not nearly as seriously as the guys asking the initial questions. =/ In any case, the guy checking my bags only had a problem with my snacks. He took my apple, my cherries, and my cherry tomatoes. Boooooo. But oh well. They're easily replaceable. And he didn't even make a mess of my bags like most customs guys do. I didn't have to reorganize anything at all! (...until later when my backpack kicked the bucket. Then I had to transfer my lunch stuff into another bag and just chucked the backpack in the trash. It was a dollar store one anyway, so meh.)

So, that done, back on the bus and on with the trip! ...so basically, more sleeping. lmao.

At Detroit, though, I had a stopover for an hour until my next bus came in. I got to talking to one of the girls that had been on the last bus and was going to be on the next one. Tyra was super nice and we got along great. So we chatted for the rest of the stopover and then on the bus some before both of us decided we needed to sleep some more. She got off two stops before I got off in Dayton, but we exchanged info so we can get ahold of each other later. ^^ That was once thing about the first year I came down here; I met that girl, Z, on the bus, and we got along great, but I forgot to get her email. I still kind of regret that. =/

But, all in all, it was a pretty good trip. I got in here at Dayton around 1pm and have been waiting for Maddie and Chloe while I've been writing this entry. Maddie had a test to do or whatever so they couldn't be here to meet me when I got in. But that's fine. I have Squall with me, so I've kept busy, and they're on their way now. Should be here any minute! ...and Squall is yelling at me that his battery is low. And I have to go to the bathroom. So I guess I'm done this journal. XD;;
senashenta: (Tail Whip)
Also? Damn you lack of willpower. And having the space now. And having lost Tri back in the winter.



...yeaaah, I should NOT be allowed near Free Kitten signs in any context. >>;

But I guess... well, I had a free space again since Tri is gone, plus I have a ton of room here, and on top of that now I know I can get them spayed/neutered and get them their shots really cheap through the Barrie SPCA. If I had to try to afford all that at the regular vet it would be upwards of $1000 by the time I was done, and I wouldn't have brought them home.

Anyway, the one in the foreground is Vesta; named after the Roman Goddess of the Hearth and Harvest. Ves is a girl and her colour is brindle (she has one cream glove on her front left paw, which is adorable. ♥) She has kind of brown-green eyes right now, but I think they're probably going to end up totally green by the time they're done changing colour. Ves is really spunky and seems to love to climb on things. And by "things" I mean "me". She climbs up clothing and then clings to the back of my neck or my head, which is really cute and funny NOW, but I imagine I should break her of that habit before she gets too much bigger. ^^;

The mostly behind Ves is Nio; named after the Gods in Japanese myth who traveled with Buddah to protect him. (Technically, the o should have a - over it, but I can't figure out how to do that on my keyboard. =/) Nio is a boy and almost completely black with about a dozen white hairs on his little belly. His eyes are kind of hazel right now. I think they might end up brown or goldish. He's quite rambunctious as well, but not nearly as much as Vesta. He's a lot more laid back. She pushes him around quite a bit, actually, even though she's smaller. XD;;

They're sister and brother from the same litter, and I just picked them up today. They've settled in quite nicely, though for now they're confined to the bedroom. I've given them their worming meds today, and I was giving all the cats their spring flea treatment today anyway, so they got treated for that as well (I had extra kitten Advantage since Tia is so small she still has to use that instead of the Advantage for adult cats. lol.) Now they're chilling in here, and in a few days I'll let them out to start exploring the rest of the house and terrorizing the other cats. ♥

They are IMPOSSIBLE to get pics of right now, hence the somewhat dubious one here. They don't stay still long enough for me to snap a photo unless they're asleep, and they've taken to sleeping on the spare blankets under the bed. (Not that I blame them, it's really cozy under there, really.) I managed to get this little pic when they were snoozing under the dresser instead, before they discovered they could get under the bed.

Right.

On a somewhat-related note, I'm finally burying Tri this weekend. I asked Grandma a while back if I could bury him somewhere on her property and she said yes, but until now we haven't been able to because of snow/frost and then rain. This weekend is supposed to be nice, so Mom and my brother and I are going to go up and take care of it.

That's not going to be a good day for me, I already know that. But coming home and cuddling kittens will probably help me feel a little better. And their antics are pretty cute and distracting.

Anyhow, a real update soon, I promise. Also, pics of the new place since it's about 75% organized now. Yep.

EDIT: The image is kind of big... if it messes up anyone's friends page let me know and I'll make it smaller or put it under a cut or something.
senashenta: (Idiot Savant)
HOKAY. I haven't updated in forever but I swear I have a good reason for it. ~A~;;

1) Basically, a little less than a month ago, I got a call from one of Mom's friends that she works with; she and her husband own a bunch of buildings around town that have been converted into apartments, and they had one come up available for the 1st of June.

I went O__O;; because it's totally last minute and I couldn't afford it really, between having to pay first and last and for the movers. Anyway, Mom convinced me to go look at the place anyway... and it's PERFECT. ;A; I was all *GRABBY HANDS* at it, but came home knowing I just wasn't going to be able to deal with the cost.

But when I told Mom all about the place, she kind of made the decision for me and made some calls to Grandma so that she and Mom could help me cover the moving costs. It's a lot of money, but she assured me that this is NOT a loan, it's a gift. Because she wants me out of her house. XD; lol. Not really, but the joking at least made me feel better. I hate having to take money from other people. =_=;;

Anyway, the apartment!

It's basically half of a house. It has a tiny postage-stamp front yard and a picket fence along the side that I'm going to hang flower baskets from. It also has a little strip of grass at the bottom of the fence that I'm going to line with planters as well. I WANT A GARDEN AGAIN, EVEN IF IT'S JUST A TINY ONE. I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO HAVE ONE IN YEARS.

Then the screen door leads into a tiny little sunroom/mudroom where I can keep my recycle bins, trash can, and shovel/salt in the winter. Then the next door is the main one, and it leads into the downstairs part of the apartment. This is supposed to just be an entryway, but it's big enough that I can use it for that purpose AND as another actual room, as well as possibly for some minor storage. I'm considering putting my craft workspace for beading and the like down there once I find another desk.

Then to get to the main apartment, you go up a nice wide staircase. At the top is a bit of wall (a bookshelf will go there), and then the bathroom, which is of course small, but totally nice and clean and modern. ♥

Next is the kitchen, WHICH IS BIG ENOUGH TO FIT MY HUGE 4-FOOT FREEZER AND A TABLE. It's not gigantic, but it's easily at least 4x the size of my last two kitchens, and probably twice the size of the kitchen here at Mom's. She's going to be jealous. XD!

After the kitchen is the bedroom, which is maybe 1/4 again the size of the kitchen. Again, not huge, but still bigger than my room here. In there is going my bed, my reading books, my dresser, Aya's terrarium, the other snake terrarium (I'm getting another sand boa in a few months) and either the piranha tank or the turtle tank (I'm leaning toward the piranha.)

The next room is the living room, which is a little bigger than the bedroom. There goes the sofa, rocking chair, movie shelves, TV stand & etc, reference books and probably the turtle tank. Also the end tables and the goldfish aquarium once I get it set up. FISHIES! X3

Next to the living room and at the end of the hall is a SECOND little sunroom, which is where the bunnies are going to live, where the kitty litter box is going, and where my little indoor-herb-garden will go, as well as my upside-down strawberry planters and tomato planter. The plants will looooove it in there!

And on the wall just outside the second sunroom will be the pet shelves/cabinets where the food and etc. will be kept, and one shelf of those is where the tarantula terrarium will go. And that's it! :D

I'm so excited! I'll take pics and post them once I've gotten all moved in. ♥

2) Mom and Lee... are in Hawaii right now. *EPIC FISTSHAKE* DAMN YOU, PARENTS! Haha, no, I'm kidding. It's their 20th anniversary this year and they NEVER take vacations. They deserve it. And Hawaii is somewhere they both have wanted to go forever, so good for them! They're seeing the cultural center and touring Pearl Harbour, and they're going to go through the international market.

I told them they had to do the following:

1) Go to Pearl Harbour.
2) See a luau.
3) Buy me an awesome souvenir.
and 4) Not get eaten by a shark. O__O;;

3) My new turtle, Genbu! The one that I rescued a few weeks back. Until now, he's been living in a TINY terrarium that is WAY too small for him, the poor guy. But I didn't have anywhere else to keep him. At least he had a little pond and lots of food, right? I still felt guilty though.

Anyway, the pet store downtown that I got Aya from have an indoor pond that has some turtles in it about Genbu's size. Today I was downtown and I asked the owner if he might be willing to take Genbu and add him to the pond so that he would be living in the proper conditions. I explained the situation and everything.

He apologized but had to say no. Turns out like a week ago he went to a turtle rescue out of town and adopted three more turtles for the pond, so now he has six; and this maxes out the pond. He can't put any more turtles in there or it will be too crowded. He said that if he had the room he definitely would have taken him, though.

I told him it was okay, but kind of sighed because it's not that I don't want to KEEP Genbu, it's just not fair to him to have to live in such a tiny unsuitable terrarium. =/

So the owner kind of looked at me for a minute, and then told me that he admires what I'm trying to do, so he's going to DONATE a 170 GALLON TANK for FREE so that I can give Genbu the kind of home he needs. ;A; That is the kind of thing the people from that store do. They genuinely CARE about animals. It's not just a business to them.

I thanked him a million times, obviously. I still have to buy the filter for it, but that's a tiny amount of money in comparison. He even said he would deliver it to the new apartment once I've moved! It was so incredible...

I WILL CONTINUE TO SHOP FOR MY ANIMALS FROM THAT STORE FOR AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN BUSINESS.

4) Today I went downtown intending to go to Blockbuster to look at previously viewed movies, but when the bus arrived at the main street... there was a sidewalk sale going on. O_o;

Twice every summer we have a massive sidewalk sale where the main street is closed off and all kinds of vendors set up shop for the weekend. It's always fun and nice to wander around and look at everything. I usually spend $20 or so and bring apples for the ponies at the pony rides they set up for the kids. ♥

Anyway, so rather than just go to Blockbuster and then home, I ended up meandering around. I talked to the pet shop owner (see above lol) and got to pet their store mascot, Calvin the alligator.

I got a candy and chocolate cookbook, a set of meditation balls, and a couple cheap used DVDs from a bin (The Rats and Darkness Falls.) I also got a couple of leather bracelets for cosplay later this summer, as well as some phone straps for peeps I have packages for. And one of the booths gave me some free popcorn, which was deliciously yummy and buttery. :3

Haha, I did end up going to Blockbuster afterward, though, and I picked up copies of Skyline, Planet Terror, Paranormal Activity 2, Arachnia and Resident Evil: Afterlife for really cheap. Yay movies~!

5) AND! So, to raise some more money for Otakon and the 'States this summer, I've decided to have a huge bake sale. ^_^ I can break in my kitchen and have fun and hopefully make some spare cash at the same time. And then anything I don't manage to sell I can freeze or give away to family/friends or to the various charities around town. ♥

Genbu

May. 7th, 2011 09:42 pm
senashenta: (Do I Have To CHOKE A BITCH?)
Today Mom, Lee and I went to the 400 market just past Barrie. We don't get to go very often, so I was really looking forward to it. :3

I did a lot of odds-and-ends shopping, but I guess the notable things were DVDs (16 of them at $2/each! o.o!!), some decorative candies for baking and some more fish for my aquarium. 4 ciclids and 24 rosies. ♥

Now, the fish place at the 400 market. I was paying for the ciclids (I bought the rosies elsewhere) when I noticed a tank in the back. It was completely empty and dry as a bone, with just a lonely red-eared slider turtle huddled in the middle. There was a sign on the tank that said "free turtle".

The fact that he was in a completely dry tank didn't sit well with me, so I asked why they were giving him away. I was told that he was blind, a family pet and they didn't want him anymore. Then they proceeded to tell me that IF NO ONE TOOK HIM THEY WERE JUST GOING TO TOSS HIM INTO THE DUMPSTER OUT BACK. >[

It was like five minutes until the place closed, so I begged a box off of them and took him with me. I couldn't just let him get thrown out like trash! He's perfectly healthy except he can't see! SO WHAT?

I was pretty much IRATE, but I wanted them to give him to me so I didn't say anything. Just took him and thanked them and headed off.

Once home, he stayed in the box long enough for me to set up a makeshift terrarium (it has a "pool" made out of a big tupperware container) and then he was introduced. He's settling in slowly, but hasn't left his little pond yet. I think he's just happy to have access to WATER again. How long was he in that dry aquarium? Did they EVER have him in proper housing? >/

Anyway, I'm going to call him Genbu. I picked up some turtle food, but he hasn't eaten. I think he's still upset, which I can't blame him for. But since he's blind I may have to end up picking up some feeding tongs and hand-feeding him every day. I'm hoping not, but if I have to I most certainly will.

After we left the market, Lee wanted to go to Moores for some dress pants and right nearby was a Petsmart, so rather than stand around while he browsed, I went to the pet store. They were having a cat adopt-a-thon, so I made kissy faces at all the kittehs, and that's where I got the rosies for my aquarium as well.

All in all, aside from the fucking STUPIDITY of the people I rescued Genbu from, it was a pretty good day. :)
senashenta: (Tail Whip)
Squall has been acting up the last couple of days. Not sure what's wrong, I've run diagnostics/antivirus/disc cleanup/defragmenter and everything is telling me there's no problem, but he's running slowly and earlier today I tried to turn him on and he wouldn't load the first time 'round. Might have to send him in to be checked out. =/

Other than that things today went pretty well.

Today was the day that Dion was scheduled to be neutered and Tia went in for exploratory surgery because of the whole Hi I'm Tia And I've Been Spayed But Am Still Going Into Heat Anyway MEOW thing. We had to be in Barrie to drop them off at 8am, which meant leaving here at 7:15am, which meant getting up at 6am. ~_~; But it needed to be done, so whatever.

We dropped them off without any problems and then went to the Sunset Grill for breakfast, where I got a greek omelet with hashbrowns and sausage and then proceeded to feel sick from it. So I brought it home to have tomorrow for lunch (hopefully). Mom has waffles with fruit salad and whipped cream and it looked AMAZING.

After that we came back home for a couple of hours before heading back to Barrie again. We went to Michael's so I could get the things I needed for doing the jewelry for the wedding next month. Then when I got home I realized I'd forgotten gold eyepins and the pedant I picked out is in silver instead of gold DURR SENA YOU'RE AN IDIOT. *facepalm*

We have to go back to Barrie in two weeks anyway so I can get the missing things then.

Wow, though. It's the first time I've bought actual gold components (14k) and it cost SO MUCH. ;A; I was putting everything on the counter to be rang up and GAH I didn't even want to know. It cost like $120 for everything because I had the 14k gold, some sterling silver and two strands of actual freshwater pearls. Also, the pendant that was silver instead of gold is pink cubic zirconia. SO EXPENSIVE ASDGH. But I'm still kinna excited to work with it anyway. :3

Anyhoo~

After that we went next door to the huge pet store to look at the cute animals and Mom almost bought a cat from the adoption center. XD;; She was this little cream coloured cutie with grey tabby markings on her face and from her feet to her knees on all four feet. She was really, really pretty. But Lee would have murdered us if we'd come home with another cat. xD; Ah well. She's so lovely I'm sure she'll be adopted really fast. ♥

Then we went to the dollar store because I needed AAA batteries.

After that we went to Walmart, where I got a drink at the McD's there and also bought two happy meal toys because they currently have LPS. *geek* I also bought an LPS monkey from the toy section. We originally went in to find an outfit for me for the wedding, but nothing really jumped out at me. I did get a black shirt for f!Kyo cosplay this summer, though.

That done, we drove across town to Bayfield Mall. :D

We poked around a few stores there and managed to find me a really nice outfit (beige dress slacks and an aquamarine button-down shirt that is really pretty!), though I still need to get some shoes that will match, since my black ones don't go with it very well.

With that all done we went into a couple more stores. One of them is this really awesome curio/collectible shop called Green Earth. I always love pretty much everything they have. This time though, we were about to go inside and in the display window was this stone statue of a cat, sleeping with wings on it's back.

And I stood there for a couple minutes trying really, really hard not to cry. Mom kind of gave me a little one-armed hug and dragged me in to look at shiny things to distract me. All I could think of was buying that statue to put at the top of Tri's grave when I bury him in a month or two.

Speaking of, I've decided on wrapping up a few of his favourite things to bury with him when the time comes; a packet of soft fish catfood, a yogurt cup since he was a yogurt fiend, a catnip pouch and his laser light toy. Maybe other things, but that's what I've decided on so far. I know it sounds stupid, but it makes me feel a bit better about burying him. It's going to be so hard for me to do when the time comes...

Anyway. After that store we stopped at the cafeteria to pick up Taco Bell burritos for my brother, as per his request, since he ♥'s Taco Bell and the one here closed like fifteen years ago. >>;;

Then we had to go pick Dion and Tia up! Everything went fine (which I assumed was the case since they didn't call me at all during the day) and the two of them were sleepy, groggy and pretty much high as a kite on painkillers.

Unfortunately, despite the exploratory surgery, they didn't find anything; no tissue that they missed, and no ectopic tissue either. So they think there's a chance that Tia was going into heat as a response to Dion transitioning from kitten to male cat and therefore starting to reek of testosterone. Now that he's fixed there's a chance she won't go into heat anymore.

Then again, ectopic tissue can be microscopic, in which case even if it's there they would have no way to find it. So I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Tia has to go back in in two weeks because they had to use staples to close her up this time (the incision site this time is 3x the size of the first one), so we have to bring her in to have them removed. That's no big deal though, and it'll only take 20 minutes or so. (And that gives me a chance to go back to Michael's for the stuff I forgot, too.)

So groggy kittens went into carriers and into the car, and then Mom took me to the awesomesauce aquarium store so I could poke around a bit and pick up a couple more catfish for my tank. I also got two emerald green tiger barbs. I asked for three and paid for three, but when I got home and was setting them up in the tank I realized they only gave me two. By then it was too late though. Oh well.

Then we came home. 8D;;

Dion and Tia have just spent a lot of time sleeping, obviously. They're not feeling too bad, though, and had good appetites when I fed them earlier. So it's all good. Another day or so and Dion can go back into the basement with the other boys, but Tia needs to stay in my room for at least a week before rejoining the pride.

So basically, today was super busy and tiring but I got a lot done.

Also? I'm so worried about some of my friends over in Japan (and area). My prayers go out to them and everyone else who's being affected by the earthquake and aftershocks and everything else. Oh, and America can BITE ME. Honestly, some people are serious fucktards. >/
senashenta: (House: Oh Vicondin!)
So today was mall day. Yay! lol I haven't been actually shopping-shopping at the mall here in a long time. Mostly because we only have about ten stores that are worthwhile anymore. XD I much prefer just going to Walmart if I need something, or shopping along the main street downtown. We have a lot of cute stores down there. :)

Anyway, I didn't sleep worth beans last night. Originally I had planned to get up at 11:30am at the latest so I could head out around noon, but I ended up laying around in bed, tossing and turning and attempting to get even a little bit of sleep until around 2:30pm before I finally gave up and just got up for the day. ~_~;; Le sigh.

But whatever, I'm used to running on next to no sleep, so I got ready and walked up to the mall. It was super nice and sunny out... except for the wind. HOLY FUCK THE WIND. It was blowing so hard that when I got home I found out I have windburn across my face and neck. O__o; NOT FUN, and really too bad since it would have been warm out too if it wasn't for the wind.

My first stop at the mall was Zellers, where I poked around somewhat aimlessly for a while, just looking at stuff. In the end I got a new pack of LPS (a pony and a deer; the pony comes with a detachable horn! So cute!) and a copy of Megamind, since they had it on special for $18.99 (regular $24.99.) I also got a spool of 100 writeable DVD-Rs since they were on sale for half price and I have a FUCKTON of video files I need to get off of Z and Squall. >>;

After that I went to Ardene for jewelry components. I will post a pic of what I got tomorrow. They have CRYSTALS. CRYYYYYYYSTALS!! ...but when I got home later I remembered I need more bead boxes, so I have nowhere to put said crystals for the moment. xD; *fails*

Then I looked through the itty bitty bookstore we have at the mall, but even though I found a bunch of books and manga I was interested in, I didn't actually buy any. I'm going to be in Barrie next week, so Imma go to Chapters while I'm there instead. Yepyep.

That done, I went and got something to eat at the food court (which has three whole restaurants in it! *facepalm*) After eating, I realized I needed some actual cash so I walked all the way back down to the other end of the mall to pull $20 from the ATM there... at which point my hip went out. DAMMIT.

My hips have been giving me problems lately (particularly the left one, it keeps going out on me the last couple of weeks), so I wasn't surprised, but my shopping bag was relatively heavy and I still had to go to the grocery store and then WALK HOME. =__=;; URGH. SCREW YOU, BODY.

I managed to hobble to the grocery store at the other end of the mall and picked up the odds and ends I needed for cooking dinner tomorrow (chicken curry), then decided I couldn't walk the whole way home and limped my way over to the bus stop.

The problem is that the bus stop closest to here is still about ten blocks away. I got off at that stop, and managed to make my way to the Dollarama. I went in and took a cart for my bags and picked up a couple of things, because sometimes if I put down what I'm carrying and walk slowly for a while my hips/legs start to behave again.

This time? Not so much.

But at least while I was there I got some potting soil (I need to re-pot one of my plants to a bigger pot and need more soil for it) as well as photo frames for the Ghostbusters photo series from Otakon last summer. And some jujubes. Just because JUJUBES.

When I got outside again my hip was still out though, so I ended up having to call Mom and get her to come up and pick me up in the car. I haven't been limping this badly in forever, idk how I used to deal with it every day for so long... anyway, Mom picked me up and brought me home, and I took muscle relaxants and laid down for a couple hours.

When I got up again my hip was a bit better, but not great, so Mom also helped me clean the bunny cages tonight, since it requires a lot of bending and lifting. :P

I do have to go downtown tomorrow... I think even if my leg is better in the morning I'm going to bring my cane with me anyway, though.
senashenta: (Hotaru... Release Me)
I'm currently right in the middle of a River Monsters marathon on Discovery channel. Interesting stuff, especially since I can't sleep. Again. Last night was the same, except I was watching Hoarders on TLC instead. *shrug*

A couple days ago Mom and I had to go to Walmart, and while I was there I found Alien VS. Ninja on the shelves. You KNOW I had to have it! So now I have a copy of it on DVD YAY! I actually haven't watched it yet, I think my brother might want to watch it with me so I'm waiting. I'll ask him again tomorrow and if he says he's not interested I'll just watch it by myself.

Tomorrow I'm going to go to the mall and look for sparkly things to use for jewelry making (Ardene is a good store for that! ♥), and poke through a couple other stores as well, just for something to do. I might pick up a copy of Mastermind, since it's out now and I WANT A COPY. X3 And I need another photo album.

Then I plan to get tempura from Yamato in the food court, and possibly pick up a thing or two from the grocery store just before I head home, since I need a couple of ingredients for making curry this week.

Speaking of cooking. I MISSED IT SO MUCH. That's one thing about living here again, I have people to cook for and I'm taking full advantage of that fact. :3 Last week I made Turkey-and-Sausage Jambalaya, BBQed Hamburgers & Potato/Macaroni Salad and Spaghetti & Meat Sauce. This week I did Turkey Shepherd's Pie, Sweet-and-Sour Meatloaf, Home-made Mac n' Cheese & Asparagus and Cheese-and-Spinach Canelloni. Next week I'm planning Coca-Cola Chicken, Indian Chicken Curry and Vegetarian Lasagna. I've also baked a cake and made two loaves of banana bread. SO HAPPY. ~w~ ♥♥♥

Yesterday Mom and I went up to the mall and while we were there she checked out a couple of stores for an outfit to wear to Sarah's wedding next month. She ended up finding this awesome summery dress that looks REALLY good on her. At the same store I found an adorable floofy skirt and absolutely FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. But it was $60, which I couldn't afford, obviously. THEN MOM RANDOMLY BOUGHT IT FOR ME.

I objected because of the cost, but she says she bought it because of how well I've been doing since the surgery (I've lost 107lbs!! :O) and how proud she is of me for that and for being willing to do with cheap second-hand clothes over the course of the last year. She said it's a congrats, and that I deserve something nice after going without for so long. So I ended up just letting her buy it, since she seemed so determined. It was almost like she was getting me in trouble for the objections, actually. ^^;;

It's not a warm enough skirt that I can wear it just yet, but I'm really looking forward to wearing it in a month or month-and-a-half when it gets to be spring weather. X3

Aaaand on Tuesday I have to go downtown to the bank, so I'm getting my hair cut that day too since I'll already be down there. I also need to pick up more rats for Aya and the fish, and I'll probably meander up and down the main street, assuming that it's not a raging snowstorm.

No real news on the critters front, except that Tia is in heat AGAIN so she's being really snuggly and cute and ANNOYING right now. Not much I can do about it, though, other than give her lots of pets and cuddles, since that seems to soothe her pretty well for the most part. At least she's going back in to have the problem dealt with in just a couple of weeks, we should only have to deal with one more heat cycle after this one. Hopefully. >>;
senashenta: (Dean: Cannot Believe This Shit)
I went downtown today to drop the check the landlord gave me last night into the bank and pull some cash out. IT IS FREAKING COLD. ;A; PLZ TO BE GOING AWAY NAO, WINTERZ. DX

Anyhoo, after that I stopped at J&K Pets and picked up all the necessary supplies for Nyoka (sand substrate, heater, water dish) so I'll be prepared in a couple of weeks when I'm done moving and can finally pick her up and bring her home. :3 I do still want to get a plant for her terrarium, a fake cactus or something to go with the desert habitat. (I also want to get another climbing plant for Aya, too.) ♥

I picked up the new lid for Aya's old terrarium (soon to be Nyoka's) while I was at it. It got all warped and ripped and bent and stuff because the cats insisted on sleeping on top of it, so before I could use it again I needed to replace it. :P

Once I got all that stuff home (the sand and water dish were HEAVY, DANGIT! Thank God I brought my backpack to carry it all home. >>;) and dropped it off, I wandered down to the Dollarama. I got a couple new bead boxes (I have like 30 of them now, omg so many beads!) and a three-drawer organizer for my beading tools. Also a kitchen knife sharpener. AND A BUDDAH STATUE! YAYZ! X3

After that I popped into Blockbuster, where their "Coming Soon To DVD" board made me squee because MEGASHARK VS CROCOSAURUS ASDGH;KL!! XDD!!

Then I bought a few cheap movies since they were having another big sale. I got Kick-Ass (which I normally wouldn't have bothered with, but Dad has been telling me for two weeks how good it is; turn out he's right. XD;;), Frozen and Clash of the Titans. I want Piranha 3D, but they don't have it previously viewed yet, so Imma wait on that one for a few more days at least. Maybe I'll get it in Barrie on Friday.

And then, because things aren't sucky enough lately, I got home just in time for the cold water pipes under my floor to burst. And when I say "burst" I actually mean "FUCKING HELL THE APARTMENT DOWNSTAIRS HAS WATERFALLS FOR WALLS". May I also take this opportunity to add "LOL" to the end of that. Because my fucktarded neighbours who always get away with stupid and/or illegal shit are currently up to their knees in water, while my apartment is still bone dry. ♥

Right, so they ended up having to go to the utility room around the front of the house and turn the water off, which I don't blame them for. Then they called the landlord, who didn't answer (because he never does) and took seven hours to get back to us about it. He's sending a plumber first thing in the morning, so we only have to go overnight without water.

It's still a pain. =/

And around 5-ish Mom stopped by on her way home from work. Originally she was just supposed to sit and have a coffee and chat with me, but because of the way things ended up, we went out to Walmart instead so I could get a case of bottled water so I could, yanno, fill the cat dishes and stuff for the next day or so. *eyeroll*

Then I poked through the discount movies. I got a set of yoga/pilates DVDs that will hopefully help me get started with strengthening my joints a little. I also got season one of The Hunger, a 4-movie DVD set of Jim Carrey movies, and a 3-movie DVD set of A Haunting (Winchester House, Connecticut & Georgia.) Fun times.

And of course because the idiots downstairs can't be bothered paying for their phone line, the landlord had to call my phone and get me to take it to them and back and forth like that about five times. Now I'm cold and tired and annoyed. Pfft.
senashenta: (This Is Not Happening)
TL;DR version of the last week:

The apartment I was so excited over? Turned out to be a scam. Now I'm down $1200 (most of which Mom fronted me, so I owe her a fuckton of money again), and because I already gave notice at my current apartment the landlord has rented it to someone else starting Feb 1st. So as of Jan 31st I'm out on my ass.

Mom and Lee are letting me move back in with them for the time being until I can find another place, but even knowing I'm not going to be homeless... I hate it. This is the closest I've come to feeling suicidal in about three years. (Before anyone panics, I have thoughts/feelings like that relatively regularly because of the bi-polar, but I would never actually do anything about them.)

So basically, FML. FML SO HARD. =____=;;

.....

On a more upbeat topic, Sarah invited me, Mom and Lee over for dinner tomorrow, so I decided to bake a cake tonight to bring with; lemon cake with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries and a lemon-raspberry glaze. Will be nom-worthy. *nod*

Over-Time

Jan. 8th, 2011 09:34 pm
senashenta: (Overtyme)
While things with the new apartment are still somewhat up in the air and I'm flailing about that, today was actually a pretty good day...

First of all, when I gave notice to my current landlord, he asked me to clean the apartment up and make it spic-n-span for while he's showing it to prospective tenants. Makes sense. He also asked that I find somewhere else for the rabbits and rats to live for the time being, as that many caged animals could put people off.

So this morning Mom came over and we loaded up the buns and ratties and took them all over to her house, where they will have a little vacation for the next couple weeks. No problem, though carrying the huge cages up and down the stairs was a pain. :P

Then, I went out! 8D

Lee and his band had a gig at Players in Barrie (it's a bar/grill) from 3pm to 8pm, and Mom was going so I went along too. Lee's been playing with them for a year now and I still hadn't actually seen them preform, so~

The bar was crowded (and got more crowded as the day progressed), but Mom and I found a booth in the corner where I was relatively comfortable despite the crowd, and we chatted and listened to music and drank coffee and pepsi because neither of us are all that into drinking-drinking.

lol, then it turned out that tonight was Players' customer appreciation night, so they had free burgers and hotdogs, and free appetizers (and also cheap alcohol). Basically, they fired up the grill outside despite it being the middle of the winter, and when you wanted a burger or hotdog you just wandered out and got one (until supplies ran out.)

THEIR BURGERS ARE FREAKING AMAZING. I have never had a burger that good before. It blew everything else completely out of the water. I am totally going back there again just for that, if nothing else.

Then they put out trays of various appetizers; shredded steak, jalepeno poppers, mozarella sticks, hot wings, onion rings, salami, cheese and a bunch of vegetables. I tried one or two of everything except the salami and cheese... AND OMGWTF IT TURNS OUT ALL OF THEIR FOOD IS AMAZING! I EVEN LIKED THEIR WINGS, AND I HATE WINGS. =O

AND THEIR JALEPENO POPPERS AND ONION RINGS ASDGH *DROOL* *A*!!

So basically, Mom and I ate tons of delicious food, and only paid for our drinks and a plate stuffed potato skins that she ordered. FUCK YEAH THAT'S A WIN IN MY BOOK.

Maddie and Chloe: We're gonna go there at least once when you come visit. Their food is awesome, their service is awesome, the atmosphere is awesome... basically? They're awesome. Plus I had a look at the menu and their prices are really good too. ♥

So we were there for about three and a half hours, and I totally enjoyed myself. With all the stress lately, just going out like that was something I really needed. I didn't even realize how much I needed it until we were on our way home.

Even if it was kinna strange to be in a bar with my mother. XD
senashenta: (Durr...)
Yesterday was my birthday, and the highlight of it was when I went for a walk. To the bank. Only to get there and find it closed, at which point I remembered it was a bank holiday. =/

I did get some birthday wishes from friends on FB, and Grandma called me (and spent half the conversation lecturing me, as per normal.) And Mom wished me a happy birthday as well, but only after I called her to discuss a completely different subject. The worst part is that I'm not even disappointed that things went that way, because that's pretty much how my birthday always is anymore. It kinda sucks, all things considered.

Anyway, today I went back downtown and wired last month's rent and the security deposit to the landlord for the new apartment. $740 poorer, I then pulled my last $40 from the bank for groceries tomorrow. I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to pay for groceries from then until the end of the month, but I guess I'll manage somehow.

I then spent the afternoon trying to get in contact with my disability case worker (because they're supposed to be paying for last month's rent/security deposit, but I can't fucking get ahold of Susan so I had to pay for it myself and get the money back from them later on) and my current landlord (because I need to get January's rent back from him, since I paid 1st/last rent when I moved here and since January will be my last month it's already covered, but ODSP has already sent him rent for January...)

Still no word from my worker, but at least my landlord called back. He says he can get the rent back to me later this month, and wants me to clean the apartment up so he can have people start to come over and view it to rent it out when I'm gone. Of course the place is already clean, but I'll give it another once-over just to be sure.

The only problem is that he wants me to move the rabbits/rats somewhere else while he's actively showing the place. =/ So I've asked Mom if they could go to her place until the end of the month. If she says no then I've got nowhere else to take them, so they have to stay here. idk, I guess we'll see.
senashenta: (Peace Out)
Today I went over to Mom's place to do some laundry and ended up going out shopping while everything was washing and drying. xD;;

First Mom took me to Walmart, where I got CLR for cleaning the lime and calcium scales off of the aquarium so it'll look nice in the new apartment. Then I went to the dollar store, where I got some craft stuff and plants for aforementioned aquarium so my fishies will have lots of places to hide when I get everything set up. ♥

Then I went to the mall with my brother, where I spent some of my Christmas/birthday money. I got three new LPS (a beaver, a raccoon and a kangaroo~), a book ("Your Guardian Angel: Connect, Communicate, And Heal with Your Own Divine Companion") and a bunch of awesome movies that were on sale; Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Splice, Star Trek, Predators, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Legend of the Guardians; The Owls of Ga'Hoole. X3

Tomorrow Imma take a walk down to Blockbuster and check out the used movies, since they have a sale on right now too~

EDIT: Also? I had the most freaking delicious fish sammich from Burger King while I was at the mall. SO YUMMY. ♥♥♥
senashenta: (Nekkie Christmas Twins)
I hope everyone out there had a great Christmas! ^_^

My Christmas was good, I'm happy to say. All of December had been really stressful and depressing and I've been having a lot of trouble, so I wasn't really looking forward to Christmas because the 24/25/26th are always the most busy days for our family. But I was actually able to relax and enjoy things, which was nice.

On the 24th I did very little, just hung out around the house and cleaned, played with the cats and finished last-minute gift stuff.

That day a package from Maddie and Chloe came in the mail, which made me really happy. ♥ It had Cheesy Enchilada Hamburger Helper (♥!!), some lotion that I wanted for Lois and my Christmas gift in it; some pretty beads, and a bracelet with matching earrings that Maddie made-- they are gorgeous, and I LOVE them, and they even matched my Christmas outfit perfectly, so I wore them to the family get together on the 26th, where I got lots of compliments on them. :3

The next morning Mom picked me up around 11 and took me and all my gifts for everyone over to her place, and we finished up the last bits of cooking/baking for the family gathering. Then Grandma got there around 1pm, and we all exchanged gifts.

I gave Grandma her souvenirs from my trip to the US in the summer (finally lol) and her Christmas present was a glass vase with decorative butterflies and a candle. I got Lee a wall clock shaped like a guitar (a Gibson, which is the one he uses most out of his actual guitars), and some blank VHS tapes because the ones he's using right now are old and wearing out. Then I got Mom a decorative 3D wolf plate, two scented oil infusers, and copies of The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons on DVD. I also got two gifts that were for both of them; a wall sign ("Pomeranian Crossing" haha) and a bag of goodies (chocolates, cookies, etc.). And I got my brother three couch pillows (I got them at Matsuricon from the wonderful and insanely talented NeonDragon) and a copy of Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey. ♥

As for me, I got a whole set of new bakeware (two cookie sheets, two round cake tins, a loaf pan, a rectangular cake pan, a muffin pan and a pizza pan!!), an electric mixer (eee!! ♥♥), a DVD copy of Independence Day (to replace my worn-out VHS one), a zombie movie DVD set (Last of the Living; Grave Mistakes; Awaken The Dead and I Am Omega; my brother tells me I'm supposed to tell you all "HEAD NOMMING GOODNESS!"), money from Grandma, and a notebook that is my favourite thing I got this year. It's completely handmade including the paper, and free-trade. It's cover is etched leather with intricate designs and a pentagram on the front. X3!! It's going to be my recipe book, but Imma call it my spell/potion book lol.

And my brother got me the first season of Xena: Warrior Princess, but I already had it, so it's got to be exchanged for something else. Ah well~

Then we had dinner and everyone else played cards for a while. I, meanwhile, dyed my hair back to my natural colour so it would look nice for the family gathering, and also because I was sick of having the huge dark stripe down the middle of my head lol. XD

I went to bed pretty early that night because I had to get up early-ish the next morning to make the dip for the get-together (it took an hour in the slow cooker.) Then we all got dressed and ready and packed everything up, and headed out around 11am.

Now, a couple days earlier I had been surfing Kijiji, looking for a new terrarium for Aya because he's starting to outgrow his current one. I found one for $45 (as compared to $250 for a brand-new one), but it was in Barrie. But we were driving right through Barrie to get to my Uncle and Aunt's place for Christmas, so I asked if we could just stop to pick it up on the way past.

So I got it and brought it home last night after everything... and then kind of thought about it and it's kind of tall and thin, which is much better for an aquarium for fish than a snake terrarium. So I decided to set it up as an aquarium (I miss having fishies anyway) and found another terrarium that's more suitable for Aya's needs. It's being delivered tonight. :)

Anyway!

We got to the get-together around 1-ish and set up all the snacks and appetizers and everything, and then sat around and visited and just generally caught up with everyone until it was dinner time.

THEN THERE WAS TURKEY. ASDGH YUMMY!! X3 ♥♥♥

lol and after dinner we set out the desserts (there was a TON of delicious stuff!) and started the gift exchange (we all bring an anonymous gift, then we draw numbers and each of us can either open a new gift or steal someone else's.) There was a lot of good stuff this year; a couple nice blankets, a box of chocolates, a tea set, a set of glass bakeware and etc. I ended up with the glass bakeware (which I do kind of need for doing casseroles and that kind of thing, but Lee had ended up with a set of china popcorn bowls that he would never use (and neither would Mom or my bro) so I traded them. The bowls are actually good sizes; the big one can be used as a mixing bowl, and the smaller ones for a variety of things. Plus I can always borrow the glassware if I need to. XD;;

It was fun and very enjoyable. The only semi-bad part was that I had a run-in with a peanut butter cookie. =/

Aunt Clare had brought a tray of desserts, and most of them she had made but she included a few that a friend of hers had made too, and some of them turned out to have peanut butter in them. It was my fault too, because I'm so used to not having to worry about peanuts at family functions (because they all know about my allergy), I wasn't as careful as I normally am. But as soon as I bit into it I knew there was peanut butter in it, and spat it out without actually swallowing. Then I rinsed my mouth out. A LOT.

Poor Clare felt so bad about it, but it wasn't her fault. And I was fine (with the exception of a headache from it later; my peanut allergy actually gives me migraines) so it wasn't a big deal. I just took some aspirin and that was that. :)

Soooo... we all visited some more, and then around 8pm we decided it was time to start heading home. We packed up (I took some desserts home with me because I'm baaaad lol), and on the way out the door Uncle Alec and Aunt Brenda gave me a couple of Cat Cubes for my kitties to play in. THE CATS ARE IN LOVE WITH THEM LMAO.

Once we got back to Orillia, we went to Mom and Lee's place and unpacked what we had to, then packed up the rest of my things and Lee drove me home, where my cats were waiting to AMBUSH me because it was after their dinner time and they were STARVING TO DEATH.

So I fed them and put some things away... then decided screw it and just shoved everything into a corner so it was all out of the way and went to bed. I was exhausted, and besides that my head still hurt from the Peanut Encounter (tm). I slept really well, though 'Dion spent all night insisting on being cuddled up under my chin. He has separation issues. >>;

Then today I went downtown to pick up some more reptile bark (for Aya's new terrarium) and a bunch of river rocks for the aquarium. I also got a fish net and a larger hide for Aya since he's outgrown his old one.

After that I spent a couple hours cleaning the apartment and setting the aquarium up. I also called and talked to my brother for a few minutes, and we ended up deciding he was going to come over and hang out for the day. So he showed up a while later and we watched the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still and now we're watching 2012. And I made lasagna and garlic toast for dinner. Yay! :D

And that's about it.

Oh, except that the landlord for the apartment I'm moving to sent me the address today, so I looked it up on Google Earth. It's in a really nice neighbourhood, only two blocks from a grocery store, and only a couple blocks from the park/lake. X3 It's so awesome!!

I still need to go and actually look at the place, but what the hell, it can't be worse than where I am now, right? I'm 99% sure I'm going to take it. ♥

I do need to call Mom and coordinate with her a day we can go and look at it, though... hopefully in a couple days. Hmm.

EDIT: New Terrarium has been delivered, and Aya is all set up! ♥ His new home is much bigger and perfect for him, and will be for the rest of his hopefully long life. :)

And the pet store I got him from has already ordered my new Kenyan Sand Boa, which I will be picking up in February. Her name will be Nyoka (an African name meaning "snake"), and she will be moving into Aya's old terrarium. Since she won't get as big as Aya will, it'll be fine for her and I won't have to worry about upgrading~
senashenta: (Babbling Babbling Babbling)
So today Mom randomly decided I needed some dress pants and a nice shirt for Christmas. (Like I haven't worn jeans and a t-shirt to the family get together like 24 years in a row now, lol.)

Personally, I think she just wanted to get me some clothes. I'm down to 165 lbs now (I've lost 95 lbs since last February! :O) and as much as I'm pleased with it, Mom is even more so. She's got this overwhelming pride thing going on right now, it kind of makes me laugh. Anyway, every couple of months she tends to randomly think up an excuse to take me out and get me a couple of things. (Not many, because I'm still losing weight and every two to three months all my old clothes don't fit anymore.)

Anyway, yesterday I weighed myself, saw I was down to 165, had a little internal freak out over it, and changed my total goal to 150 lbs. Originally when I set out, I'd had so many disappointments with various weight loss things over the last fifteen years that I didn't want to set the bar too high and then end up upset again; my original goal was to get down to 175 lbs. Not ideal, but much better than before. AND I HAVE SURPASSED THAT GOAL ASDGH. So my new one is 150, like I said. ♥

But last night when Mom and Lee and I were having dinner, Lee asked how I was doing weight-wise; I talk to Mom about it all the time, but not so much with Lee and he was curious. So I told him. And then Mom was like "...you need a nice outfit for Christmas." ...WUT? XD SO RANDOM. She's already flat out told me that she's looking forward to showing me off to everyone, though, so I guess it does make some kind of sense lol.

So today we went out and looked around Winners, but didn't find anything there. We then went to Walmart, where I found a really nice pair of dark gray slacks and a purple-and-black dressy shirt. There was a teal striped shirt that I liked better, but sadly I couldn't find one that fit properly. Pfft.

Oh, and I got a bag of rock salt for the steps outside. My inner SPN geek giggled while I was paying for it.

EDIT: And later this coming week I have to go out and get a box of hair dye to dye my hair back to it's original colour so it all matches again. I have a massive dark stripe down the middle of my head right now and it's driving me nuts. >>;

EDIT #2: Yeah shut up I still listen to (and adore) BSB. Sue me. XD;;
senashenta: (For Now A Sandwich)
Today was grocery day. A day later than normal, but Mom and Lee have been on vacation this last week (they each had a week of days off to use up by the end of the year) so things didn't work out quite the same as they usually do. Ah well. One day's no biggie.

So they picked me up at 4:30 and we went out for an early dinner at McD's (because they had been so busy with stuff all day neither of them had eaten yet lmao), where Mom and I decided we wanted to try the new eggnog milkshake... but they were out of eggnog. Pfft.

Anyway, I'm still not feeling 100% (apparently when I was coming down the stairs to get in the car, Lee looked at me, then at Mom and went "wow, she really doesn't look good." >>;) but I'm well enough to get around and get some things done. But there was a kid at McD's that wouldn't stop screaming his stupid head off (and his Mom just ignored it) and I already had a bit of a headache so that only made it worse, and my chicken sammich made me feel a little ill soooo I had to get some aspirin and a gravol off of Mom and then sit for ten or fifteen minutes before I could finish my food. Yep.

So we went from there to the dollar store so I could get some cookie tins and more jars for drink mixes, then to the grocery store where I had to buy a fuckton of cat food (it ALL ran out at the same time wtf? But at least I had coupons! One bag was $7.99 on sale for $4.50 and I had a $3 off coupon! 8D) and some other odds and ends.

After that we stopped at Walmart quickly so I could get catmilk for Tri... and Mom randomly bought me a space heater and a shovel, and gave them to me as an early birthday gift. It's my whole gift, and not what I wanted for my birthday, but I needed them so I'm glad to have them anyway. I'm not getting anything fun for Christmas or my birthday this year, at least not from Mom and Lee. I'm getting kitchen stuff for Christmas (lol I helped Mom pick it out) and then the heater and shovel for my birthday. Sigh. Growing up sucks.

On the plus side, I can now shovel the stairs so I hopefully won't fall down them again. And when I got things rearranged and got the new heater working... IT'S NOW WARM IN HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEEKS. ILU MOM. ILU HEATER. ♥♥♥

But even going out for two hours like that made me really tired. Plus when I got home I moved some of the furniture around (I moved the electric litter box and Aya's terrarium into the back room, and moved a set of shelves from the back to the living room) and now my head hurts again. Blegh.

Anyhoo...

EDIT: And now I'm downloading and installing itunes for the first time so I can use the ipod shuffle that Dad gave me for Christmas. ♥

EDIT #2: Syncing is complete! ...mmm, idk though. Nice as it is to have an ipod, I think I prefer other brand mp3 players where you just upload the music to the player and don't have to muck about with itunes. *shrug*

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