Posted on 2011.02.21 at 10:16
Current Mood: giddy
A little late on the update, but meh, here goes.
Saturday, at 8pm, I was dropped off at a sleep health center near my house. My doctor had recommended me to this place after telling him that multiple people had observed that I tend to do this really unhealthy thing called 'stop breathing' when I'm sleeping. So, there I was, walking into a sleep health center to get checked up on this. I go upstairs, get wired up so they can study my brain (I kept expecting him to ask me to move stuff with my mind), and told to go to sleep. This was at 9pm. I would have normally laughed at him, but I had forced myself out of bed early that morning for this, AND, he gave me a sleep aid to help me pass out quicker. It worked. I don't think I lasted 15 minutes. So, at one point in the middle of the night, I remember startling myself awake, but for whatever reason I cannot really recall. My sleep study monitor person came in at that point (yes, he came in after I woke up, reason #1 I don't believe him coming in woke me) and put a machine on my face that forced air down my nose (for those of you who don't know what it is, it's called a C-PAP). I think he told me to go back to sleep, but I can't quite remember. In fact, I don't remember my head hitting the pillow again. The next thing I remember is him telling me it was 4am and asking if I couldn't go back to sleep. As it would turn out, I couldn't, so after a few small attempts to help me pass out, he called the study and sent me on my way.
Here's the good part. So, it's 5am now, and my ride (I didn't dare drive myself) comes to pick me up and take me home. On the drive home, I'm in the back seat wide awake, singing loudly and dancing along with the music. At 5am. I get home around 5:30, and think that maybe I should nap, considering how early it was. Nope, bad idea. I couldn't sit still long enough to pretend to nap. So, by 6am, I'm wide awake and completely active. YAY! By 8am, I accidentally wake up my roommate Midnite by talking on the phone too loud, but he's in an interestingly good mood, so we hang out, have fun and joke around. This is the general idea of how my day went. It wasn't until 10pm that I actually felt tired. Doing the math, that's 18 hours of OMFG AWAKE YOTE!
Oh yeah, and I accidentally made a pressurized air freshener spray can explode all over me.
Posted on 2011.01.05 at 08:51
Current Mood: excited
My final grade came in. Art History - A.
My first official 4.0!
Posted on 2011.01.04 at 12:10
Current Mood: bouncy
Initially, I was going to wait until my grades finalized before I posted this, but my art history grade seems to be lost to the ether, so I'll just have to go on without it.
My first semester is over and done with. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I didn't get it. I was expecting to spend all my waking moments studying and doing homework and being irritable. What I got was easy tests, relaxed teachers and more free time than I knew what to do with. To prove my point, both my Japanese and Statistics grades were A's, and unless I outright bombed my Art final, I got an A in that class as well. As soon as I find out my Art grade, I can officially declare that I got a 4.0 (or at least the closest I've ever gotten in my life. Highest GPA to date has been a 3.75, close but not perfect). This is a good start, considering I need an average 3.5 GPA by my bachelors to try and get into Medical School.
Next semester is going to be a lot harder, though, so the relaxed idea won't work anymore. I'm taking Biology, Trigonometry, and Japanese II. All three of those will require more work out of me. However, I'm also taking Beginning Drawing. (why the hell did I take beginning drawing?!?!) If I have any free time to even give Kane a kiss on the cheek, it will be a miracle.
On the plus side, two days from now, I will be on an airplane flying to New York. My first time in the Big Apple in my entire life. Not sure what to expect, except a grinning coyote waiting for me at the airport. I have a good friend who is putting me up for a weekend and showing me around the city. I also have a surprise for him. It's (censored for reasons of not revealing surprise). Yes, I know he probably will read this. Yes, I did this to tease him. I don't really have a surprise. Or do I? I don't know. :P I'm just messing with his head, maybe.
I didn't really get anything for Christmas this year. At least, not yet. I got a T-shirt, which was nice, but I got that before Christmas. Both my mom and my in-laws didn't get me anything because I asked for money in order to try and stabilize the money in the household. Kane and I aren't in a great financial situation to buy each other anything, so I never expected anything from him. I got to spend time with my family, and Kane's family, which was nice. This is honestly the first year I didn't get anything for Christmas. I'm not that upset by it, but it just felt awkward.
I spent New Years at home playing board games with my housemates and Skyedrin and Raku. There was no alcohol involved, and there was no partying or loud music or people being stupid crazy or stupid drunk. It was a quiet night. It wasn't bad, but I guess a little more activity would have been nice. I WANT to spend one New Years in New York watching the ball drop, but that's just wishful thinking right now. I'll worry about that if I have a free financial situation and can afford to fly out for whatever reason I want.
I have five New Years Resolutions, though I'm reluctant to consider them resolutions. I have yet to keep a resolution. Either way, here they are.
- Finish Leafblade in rough draft form.
- Write up the project document for Destiny Hunters.
- Maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher all year.
- Still find time for Kane and my friends in all that.
- Keep at least ONE resolution this year.
For each resolution I keep, Kane's gonna buy me a cookie. He hasn't agreed to this yet, but I'm sure he'll agree. Eventually.
Coyote Observations on School and Vacation
On Finals- You can never study enough. No, don't bother planning, just study until your brain explodes. On the flip side, you will ALWAYS study too much. If you put any decent time into studying, you will find that you studied more than you needed to when the final comes around.
On Grades- I hate grades. I always have. It's this way of branding people based on a few numbers over the course of several months. It shows how well you perform, not how well you learned. I couldn't tell you how old Raphael was when he died, just that he died of Syphilis.
On Travel- I used to love driving. I still do, honestly, but now I love not driving. Because not driving means I can sit in the passenger seat on my shiny new Netbook and write. Also, long distance driving is so much easier in legs. Stopping around halfway and staying the night is so much nicer than making the whole drive in one go. Oh, and no coyote sightings this time.
On the Holidays- There is this holiday I love so much. It falls somewhere after Halloween, and before Christmas, and everyone overlooks it. November 1st? TIME TO PUT UP CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? What ever happened to being thankful that someone is giving you enough food to stuff yourself so fat you have to have someone roll you to bed that night? Whatever happened to being thankful that you have people to roll you to bed at night? Christmas is a fun holiday, but people jump the gun on it nowadays.
On the Future- It's not the present.
Side note- Livejournal is racist. I just did a spell check, and it tried to tell me that I misspelled Netbook, and told me it should have been wetback. -_-
Posted on 2010.12.06 at 09:16
Current Location: Cafeteria
Current Mood: awake
So, it's now officially Finals Week. I've managed to drag my way through my first semester back and get this far. I say drag, though that's not quite accurate. If my calculations are correct (and two of my three classes has confirmed that it is) I'm going into all of my finals with high A's... 96-97% being my lowest.
Schedule from now until end of the semester goes as such.
10:30am - Art History, Final study day.
12:00pm - lunch and open time.
4:30pm - Japanese review day and Speaking/Response Test.
9am - Statistics Final Part I
4:30pm Japanese Final Exam.
9am- Statistics Final Part II
9am- Art History Final.
No, that's not just my test days, that's ALL of the class periods between now and the end of the semester. Today is my last full day of school, then from here out, I have one class a day until the semester ends, a week from today. Seven days after today and I'll be out for the semester. It's been an interesting semester, and despite coming down sick recently, I feel really good about how it went. I'm happy the sick hit before finals and got over with during the weekend, just gotta deal with the lingering sick now.
As far as the finals go, though, I'm only really concerned with Japanese. Everything I've ever done has only helped to express that I do not pick up languages quickly. I never have. My strength in language derives from the fact that once something cements itself in my brain, it doesn't leave willingly. So, I just need to study for Japanese final every waking moment. I'll get by.
Coyote Observations of the semester-
On Essay writing- Postponing an essay is a good way to do less than stellar work, however, the easiest way to counter that is the possible loss of food and sex from not completing said essay.
On College Dining- I remember why my cholesterol skyrocketed during my early 20s. It was from all the not home cooking I ate. Surviving college includes an ability to cook, or a really good fitness program.
On Teachers- The most interesting teachers are the ones who don't show up on time on the first day. This typically includes the teacher who shows up five minutes after the scheduled time, but this can also include the teacher who arrives 30 minutes before the class starts and begins teaching before realizing she's a half-hour early.
Posted on 2010.10.22 at 10:52
Current Location: The bedroom *wink*
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: typetypetypetypetypetype
OK, this is probably going to be long, but bear with me.
It seems like this has been a period where a lot of people have been depressed. Gee, we're in an economical depression. Isn't that ironic? Anyway, humor aside, it's been a long time since I've actually put any effort into this. I realize that some of my friends only see me on here, as I'm rarely ACTUALLY on IM anymore. (A fact I am trying to fix.) Now it's time to rewind the clock, take things back to January 2009.
Some of you might remember, at the start of 2009 I had just finished EMT school, everything was looking wonderful. I had passed all of my exams, first time, no trouble. I wasn't top in my class, but I was top ten. Now that I was fully certified, it was time to look for work. So work hunt I did. I put in six applications in the first two weeks alone. In the two months AFTER the application rush, I heard back from ONE. Only one. They want to interview me. That's nice, an interview could lead to something. I go in and interview, and they're impressed with me. They say as much. They'd love someone like me to work for them.
When I have more experience.
So, they want someone who's been in the field longer. Got it. Well, I need a job to do that, so I keep applying. In the first year, that was the only interview I had. I needed work, but I was stubborn. I had this piece of paper that said I was a workable EMT, I was going to get an EMT position. Besides, who's going to hire someone that's just going to up and quit as soon as the job they want opens up?
Start of the second year, within two months I get two more interviews. Again, both companies are impressed with my interview, and say as much. Yet again, they decide to go with someone else. One of these was AMR, a company I was told scooped up any loose EMTs without fail. Is it me? Are they really only going with experienced EMTs, or are they telling me that they were impressed to not have to be honest with me? Seems like bad business practice to lie in an interview, so I have to believe that they want experience. Which I can't get if no one is hiring me.
It's now August of 2010. I'm still without work. I haven't given up on the EMT thing, but I've decided to put in apps anywhere that can give me work. I've been doing it for three months, and not one interview. I'm on the verge of just giving up. I'm stubborn, I'm persistent, and I'm resilient, but even a yote can only take this for so long. I've reached the point where Kane's reassurances aren't helping anymore. I have debts that I owe people, for multiple reasons. I swore, stubbornly, that I would not let Kane pay them back for me, that I was get an income and pay them all myself. We're financially tight, since Kane's been paying rent and utilities on our house for two people, and some extra when some people couldn't cover their full share. At this point, even if I wanted to ask him for some help to pay some people back for waiting so long, we no longer have the give to do it.
It was at this point that I saw the light at the end of my tunnel. It wasn't where I was going, but where I had been, and that's why I never saw it until now.
My roommate, Midnite, had asked me to run a few errands with him. (By means of, I had a car and he had a need for one). One of those errands involved going to his school, that he was starting at this semester. We get there, we park. We show up and walk around a bit. It had a welcoming day, or whatever, going on. It had all these booths with people to answer questions. I asked a few questions, just out of curiosity, and decided without warning that school was where I needed to be.
I applied and got approved, and went to get classes. All were full. I wasn't surprised. At this point, the semester started in three days. I guess I had no choice but to show up on day one and petition. First day, I petitioned Economics, Art History, English, and Japanese. The first three said come back on Wednesday, and Japanese accepted all petitioners. So, I'm now at 5 units. I'm hoping for twelve, so this is a good start.
Tuesday, I petitioned Statistics. OK, here is where I need to state that my roommate, Sinaqui, had also started going to school here, and was petitioning these classes right beside me. This is important for this reason. Statistics decided to accept only 4 people, and take a 5th as a possible should there be enough drops on day one. So, out of thirty petitioners, the first four would be in, and the fifth would be in conditionally. Each person got assigned a number, and the teacher randomly generated five numbers on her calculator. My number came up first. YAY! That means I'm now at nine units. Only three to go. I go in and take a seat, don't even bother waiting for the other numbers. I'm silently hoping my roommate gets in also, but we agreed beforehand that if either got it, we'd take it, try and petition together other classes, but not give up this seat if we couldn't. So, number two and number three come in, and then, Sinaqui walks in as the fourth number. Someone was looking out for us that day. We were both in.
Wednesday rolls around, and Economy decides that Monday will be the deciding day. The Art History teacher can't turn people away, so she accepts all 30 petitioners in her already full class of 60. That did it. I'm now up to twelve units. I still go to English, only to find out that there's no room in English for petitioners. Not too worried. Also decide not to continue petitioning Economics. So my twelve units round out to be MW 10:30am-11:50am; Art History(3). MW 4:30pm-6:50pm; Japanese(5). TTh 9:00am-10:50am; Statistics(4).
I applied for financial aid, and there were complications. There was a long fiasco where I couldn't get a straight answer as to if I filed single or married. It ended up being single, since the federal government doesn't recognize our marriage yet. This created a new complication, since I didn't work at all in 2009, I didn't have taxes filed or W2's to present. These were mandatory for filing, so I had to do some extra paperwork explaining WHY I didn't have either of these. Because of all this, my financial aid hasn't been processed yet. I don't know IF or HOW MUCH I'll be getting yet, but I know that I'll be getting it at the end of November... in time for the end of the semester. I've only bought one class worth of books so far. I don't have the art book, and I don't have my statistics book.
On the up side, I'm currently battling it out with Sinaqui over the highest grade in Statistics class. (I'm winning by half a point.) I've gotten no less than a 98% on any test or assignment in Japanese. Art is a little harder to figure out. I've gotten near perfect on every assignment I've gotten back, however, I just recently took the midterm for the class, and we haven't received any notice on the results yet, so I'm kinda nervous about that.
So, thank you for reading the cliff's notes version of the last two years of my life. Now that I'm no longer embarrassed by how little I've accomplished, I'm a little more open to sharing my life again.
Oh, I never mentioned why I was going back to school!
I'm majoring in Biology, specifically human biology...
With the intent of transfering to medical school...
You may call me Dr. Yote.
Posted on 2010.10.20 at 22:56
visited 17 states (34%)Create your own visited map of The United States
A little more traveled than I realized. This still covers everywhere I've ever been. Never been outside the US.
Posted on 2010.10.04 at 07:05
Current Location: Mah Room!
Current Mood: alive
Current Music: Derp Kitty Meowing
It's been a while since I posted. A lot's going on, but I'm not going to go into it here. Besides, by now anyone I talk to even on a semi-reasonable basis already knows anyway.
I'll be updating a little more often, should things work out as I plan. I'm back in school, so that's taking up a good portion of my day now. I will keep you all updated on progression and such. Maybe even talk about interesting moments in school. You know, reasons for actually updating.
P.S. We'll see how things develop, but I might try and revive my 'lessons of the day'. Here's to hoping.
Posted on 2009.12.10 at 23:00
Current Mood: cheerful
So, tonight, I watched a friend of mine (I'd like to think of him as a friend) bucktowntiger
perform on Ustream. His first song of the night was Carol of the Bells, which is my favorite Christmas song. I was cheerfully bouncing in place the entire song because he played it. This got me thinking about the song, and how I first got to liking the song, and I figured I'd share it with all you out there, and so Bucktown might understand my obsession a bit. :)
Anyway, back in high school, freshman year, my new English/Drama teacher (hired that same year, about two months before Christmas) decided to take some of his students to see a play down in the LA/OC area (I lived further north in Cali at the time), and to make it more interesting, he also arranged for us to see a live performance of different Christmas songs, each done in different and interesting ways.
I've never been overly obsessed with Christmas songs in general, but I like music as a whole, so I quietly listened and enjoyed. And then a group of people walked in, each carrying two silver bells, no two bells the same size. I had no idea what was going on, I'd never heard the song before. I was intrigued, so I sat forward, full attention, watching and waiting for what would come.
What followed wasn't just music. I'd heard music before, and that wasn't it. It was the very soul of the season. It was many, many singles coming together in beautiful harmony. I could hear the essence of completion in every ring of the bell. It was, quite simply, an audio orgasm.
Since that moment, I have loved Carol of the Bells, and it always reminds me of how many single notes can make the most beautiful melody.
Posted on 2009.09.29 at 21:13
Current Mood: Frantic
Yet, instead, I'm frantically panicking over a job interview I have on Thursday, after a several month dry spell, in the field of EMS. I'm actually interviewing for a company near me that does what I want to do with my life. Everything is exactly what I want, it's too perfect. Something has to be wrong...
I hate resumes. I hate them with a passion, yet I'm fretting over mine like my life depends on it. Maybe that's why I hate them so much.
I don't even KNOW how to do a cover letter. Can I just write a big D on my resume and be done with it? Or maybe an A... no, that'd be too pretentious... I'll give myself a B and move on.
I need a panic button.
Posted on 2009.08.20 at 00:34
I have 'plastic' on my eyeballs.
Posted on 2009.08.16 at 02:41
I am alive, in theory.
Posted on 2009.07.15 at 14:02
Current Mood: amused
So, in the last two days, I've gotten calls on two different job positions. Today, I got a call about an EMT position available up near Oakland. Yesterday, I was informed about an ER Physician position available. Sadly, I had to turn both of those down, for obvious reasons (I hope).
It makes me feel a little better, knowing that people are at least calling me in regard to jobs... but an ER Physician position? They even asked for Doctor Eder.
Yeah, I'm still enjoying that one.
Edit: It was awesome hearing Kane on the phone with the lady asking for Dr. Eder. "Yes, it's my family name honey, I know how to spell it, now what is the first name you were looking for?"
Posted on 2009.06.17 at 13:59
Current Mood: drained
Sorry I haven't been posting much recently. I just don't like posting when things aren't going so well. I've never been a big fan of just dumping my problems on people. Still working on getting a job, but with luck that will be taken care of soon. Other than that, birthday in three days, not sure if I'm doing anything for it...
not sure if I WANT to do anything for it.
I guess I need to better myself before I'll feel better about celebrating anything. I've never wanted to make a big deal of my birthday to begin with, but I don't mind using it as an excuse to spend time with friends, so I usually look forward to that aspect. I could probably use a day to just relax, but meh. I'll feel better if I pass my ambulance license test tomorrow...
Or maybe I'll just ask for a job for my birthday.
Posted on 2009.05.13 at 02:42
Current Mood: sick
Woke up this morning sick to my stomach, and lost my dinner last night. Spent most of the day sleeping with the occasional moment of alertness. Headache from hell, body is sore. I hate being sick.
Posted on 2009.05.03 at 09:46
What bill do you hate paying the most?
---Mate's credit card. The more we pay off, the farther it feels we have to go.
Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
---We stayed home for our anniversary, this year.
What do you really want to be doing right now?
How many colleges did you attend?
---1. Cuesta College
Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
---Wait... I'm wearing a shirt?
What are your thoughts on gas prices?
---I need a car.
First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
---Mmm... molesticate the tiger...
Last thought before going to sleep last night?
--- What time do I need to wake up again?
Do you miss being a child?
--- Why? I get to do all the things I could as a child now anyway.
What errand/chore do you despise?
---Litter box duty.
Get up early or sleep in?
---I prefer getting up early, but it's hard to do when I have no reason to be awake.
Have you found real love yet?
--- Love is only as real as you make it out to be. I'm happily married, but that doesn't have to be a prerequisite. You can find real love in a group of good, honest, friends.
Favorite lunch meat?
What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
--- Red hair dye.
Beach or lake?
--- Beach, honestly. Some good recent memories of beachtime activities.
Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
---Marriage as a ritual is outdated. Marriage as a contract between two people is not.
Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
--- Um... wha?
What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
--- That's kind of a tough one. Famous people are just people. I guess I'd have to say any famous person who'd be willing to sit down and have a meal with someone like me without being all high and mighty or holier-than-thou.
Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
--- Technically. Power steering failed and I lost control, but I was driving, so yes.
Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
--- Not yet.
--- Needs a phone!
Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
--- The garage, honestly.
Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
--- I'd say crossing the border to leave the state, but I've done that already...
Do you go to church?
At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
--- Well, I technically have both, but at this stage I'm still starting my new career, so I'll say career.
How old are you?
Do you have a go-to person?
--- I have one or two. As stubborn as I am, I know that sometimes I need help.
Are you where you want to be in life?
--- Yes, except for the still no job part.
Growing up, what were your favorite cartoons?
--- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
What about you do you think has changed the most?
--- I finally accept myself for who I am, and I am a little less down on myself.
Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
--- They were probably some of the most important years of my life, but no way. I'm having way too much fun now.
Are there times you still feel like a kid?
--- All the time. It's hard to want to grow up when there's so much fun things to explore.
Did you ever own troll dolls?
--- No, never really interested me, except to fling them by their hair.
Did you have a pager?
--- Nope. By the time I was old enough, cell phones were the big thing.
Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
--- The slab was a big hang out spot. Never figured out where it was. Never cared.
Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?
--- I would say no, except I have this feeling my children are going to be just as mischievous without any external help needed.
Who do you think impacted your life the most?
--- My dad, more than likely. He wasn't there as much as I would have liked, but he had good things to say when he was.
Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?
--- Mr. Carroll. He got me into writing initially, and he constantly pushed me to work harder and stay focused.
What is the strangest food you've ever eaten?
--- I can't even remember what it was called, or what it was, honestly. It was back in 2003, at some ethnic food place.
How's it going to end?
---Don't know, don't care. I don't want to know how I'm going to die, it'll take all the fun out of it.
Posted on 2009.04.14 at 22:32
Current Mood: restless
Interview went OK, had to take some tests, made the interviewer laugh, feeling OK with the whole thing, but it's a wait and see at this point. I'm one of X interviewees, and I have to be the best to stand a chance... -_- Just waiting for now. That, or bug Care and see where they are sitting in the whole mess.
Posted on 2009.04.09 at 23:22
Current Mood: terrified
So, tomorrow I go into the office of McCormick Ambulance and sit in on an interview. Everything I trained for has pretty much been for this moment. If I do well, I could very well be working by this time next week...
then why the hell am I so fucking scared?
Posted on 2009.02.25 at 18:03
Current Mood: contemplative
So, between my own personal life, and things I've been seeing spread out over Livejournal, and other places where I can see what other people are doing, I've been thinking a lot about where I am and what I'm doing. I'm on the edge of working as an EMT, I've got applications out, and I'm still sending out more, so that's fine. I'm not giving up on that, so no worries. I'm talking more in the line of hobby/life enjoying stuff.
I have been wanting to learn to draw, and I have enjoyed writing most of my life. However, I always talk about, fondly, something that I once did in my life, as a hobby and a job (almost, I never got paid, but I treated it as one). With some new friends, and some other random events, I've found my longing for something I once did growing stronger and stronger, so I've come to a conclusion.
I'm buying a drumset.
No, I don't mean tomorrow. Nor do I mean this month, or even next month. I have debt I need to get caught up on, but as soon as I can justify the purchase, there is going to be a nice drumset in my garage.
I'm sorry, Kane, for this, but my mind is set on this. I won't buy it if you say no, but I will continuously ask you until you say yes. Every hour, on the hour. Every day... every week... every year... even while you sleep...
Besides, it'll give you an excuse to pick up music again too. ;)
So, this 'yote will be getting the rust out of his drumming paws sometime in the future. Hopefully, one day, I can play for some of you, and not totally suck.
Posted on 2009.02.24 at 16:16
Current Mood: bouncy
until today, the wait is now officially over. I received my EMT certification card today... OK, not the real one, the machine was broken, so I got a paper temporary, but still, it's legit enough to get me a job. So yes, this means it's official.
I'm an EMT!
Now I need a job.
Posted on 2009.02.13 at 08:37
so, I woke up to find a link to this in my email this morning.
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Posted on 2009.02.13 at 00:29
Once I shed this feeling of uselessness.
Posted on 2009.02.11 at 11:38
That's right. I officially have a test date for my NREMT! 2pm Thursday, February 12th. For those who haven't figured that out, that's tomorrow...
So, this yote will be nose in the books for a while.
Posted on 2009.02.07 at 19:15
Current Mood: gone
The damage? Seven fillings, and one pulled tooth. Oh, and the warning that I may need a root canal in the future. Fun....
I'm on these nice painkillers, though. Don't feel a thing right now, other than a funky gap where a tooth should be. Glad that's over with, and not nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be. (I have a wild imagination.)
Posted on 2009.02.07 at 07:35
Current Mood: nervous
I'm off to the dentist! Yay for me. This is going to be so much fun.
Posted on 2009.02.05 at 18:17
Current Mood: content
I'm sitting here listening to the wind blow and the rain fall.
It doesn't rain enough in Southern California.
that is all.
Posted on 2009.02.03 at 16:50
Looking for any pictures of me from FC. Any at all would be appreciated. I know there were lots taken, but I haven't seen too many out there.
Posted on 2009.01.28 at 01:32
Con's done. Report to follow...
Posted on 2009.01.20 at 12:41
Current Mood: awake
Posted on 2009.01.14 at 06:58
Current Mood: awake
But we just recently moved, and after we got internets back, class had already ended and I was busy with other things...
Anyway, I have my ambulance ride-along in two hours. I'll be gone for 12 hours, possibly longer. Once that's done, assuming I've made contact with five different patients, then I can take the NREMT, the test that will allow me to actually look for a job. So things are moving along swiftly and smoothly thus far. It's a YAY FUN HAPPY SILLY EMT AMBULANCE kinda day.
Posted on 2008.12.27 at 05:33
Current Mood: studious
It's Day 10 (yes, I'm still counting) and I have another test today. Test 4, which is supposed to be the hardest test of the entire bunch. I've passed all prior tests, but I'm not letting that go to my head. I'm studying my ass off for this one, and I'm going to make sure I pass it, not just assume I will. I'm really well off score-wise on the tests (with a 96, 89, and 86). Passing requires an average of 80, not all tests over 80, so I'm really ahead of the curve. I, however, cannot accept less than passing on all tests. I won't feel confident in my knowledge if I do. Perfection I do not require, but failure is not an option.
Oh, and being in the moment is FUCKING AWESOME. No explanation will be given. It's not something that can be explained.
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 10
Alertness - 6
Hunger - 5
Brain Thinky - 6 (and this is before caffiene)
Posted on 2008.12.22 at 21:31
Current Mood: Unconscious
Test score in: 89%. Passing Grade
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 10
Alertness - 0 (yote sleeping)
Hunger - 3 (nummy s'getti)
Brain Thinky - 0 (see above)
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Posted on 2008.12.22 at 05:32
Current Mood: accomplished
So, I made it through week 1. Week 2 starts today, and I only have two days this week before I'm off for Christmas. That will help a lot with my mind, giving it some rest.
I took my test on Saturday, and like I said before, I'm not too confident with its outcome, but I'll find out today at some point what EXACTLY I got. Paws crossed. Anyway, yesterday was a lot of fun. I volunteered to be a victim for trauma reaction class (whatever it's called) only they had too many volunteers, so instead I got assigned as an 'on scene first responder.' I got to help with a car crash, over, and over, and over... :D What was even cooler was I got to help one of my skills instructors take her test. All in all, it was an awesome experience and I'm glad I got to do it.
Diving into day seven, and looking forward to every moment of this. It's great, because I want this class to end so I can start working as an EMT, but if it wasn't for that little fact, I'd want to take this class forever.
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 9 (dock one point for poor test outlook)
Alertness - 8 (yay sleep)
Hunger - 6
Brain Thinky - 4
Posted on 2008.12.20 at 10:36
Posted on 2008.12.18 at 21:21
Current Mood: brain hurty
... and still two more days before I have a day off. Even then, I might not, but that's for another time.
Day three went well, it was our first skills day. So that meant I got to do some stuff myself instead of just sitting and listening to people talk. However, day 4 was a true indicator of how things are going so far. In the morning, we had our first test of the class, then after a brief lecture, we went to lunch. After lunch, we had more skills stuff, which included checking vital signs and patient assessment. I reaffirmed to myself that I can still take a blood pressure semi-accurately (go me)... and that my partner needs a little more practice. (My blood pressure is not 91/70 thank you very much)
After skills we got our test results back from the morning. I got a 96%. Only missed two questions and they were both anatomy questions, which I knew was going to be my weak topic before taking the test. Perhaps if I had studied more I could've gotten 100%. Oh well, no worries.
Tomorrow is going to be a regular class, but Saturday is another test. (Yes, two days after the first. This class moves quickly.) Then Sunday I'm 'off', though I'm volunteering to be a mock patient for testing. I hope it's EMT and not paramedic testing, because then I might get needle-jabbed... maybe I should pay more attention when I volunteer... uh oh...
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 11
Alertness - 3
Hunger - 4
Brain Thinky - 1
Posted on 2008.12.17 at 05:40
Yesterday was a lot of lectures, so sitting through it was kinda tough, but they still made it a lot of fun. By far the quote of the day was, "Alright, I want you to take your partner's pulse. Do they have a heartbeat? (silence) Oh, dear God say yes."
Today is going to be hands on stuff *YAY* so it'll be a lot more fun. Still enjoying the class a lot, regardless, so this is still by far a no regrets thing.
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 10
Alertness - 5
Hunger - 10
Brain Thinky - 8
Posted on 2008.12.16 at 05:53
Current Mood: cheerful
So, I managed to finish all my reading before bed last night, so we're looking good so far, but we still have a long way to go. Got my breakfast and coffee (I'm not a coffee drinker, so my coffee is more like liquid candy than coffee) and I'm ready to hit the road! Looking good.
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 10
Alertness - 5 (projected 7)
Hunger - 3 (I'm currently eating, so it's hard to rate it high with food right in front of me)
Brain Thinky - 8
Posted on 2008.12.15 at 22:07
Current Mood: ravenous
So, day one went well. The instructors are awesome and hilarious. Today was mostly lecture with a little bit of interaction, and I managed to impress my classmates with an answer to a controversial question. Not sure if I can go into details, though, so I'm going to leave it at that. Anyway, Day was great, but it's late and I need to food and sleep.
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 10
Alertness - 3
Hunger - 8
Brain Thinky - 7
Posted on 2008.12.15 at 05:44
Current Location: SCHOOL WHEEEEE!!!!
Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: The wheels on the..... Mazda 3.... goes round and round!!!
Alright! Here we are, 5:45am on the first day of class! It's raining, which I take as a good sign. (I like rain, and rain usually means more EMT work, so it's a good sign all around. :P) Class starts in two hours, roughly, and I am all excited to be going to class! This is going to be a lot of cool and win and awesome. Look forward to more details as the days pass. OH! And I have 3 emergency Red Bulls to get me through tough days at class! If you don't know what Red Bulls mean to me, ask my husband, redstar918
and he'll be more than happy to explain what Red Bull does to me.
Enthusiasm - 10
Optimism - 10
Alertness - 7
Hunger - 5
Brain Thinky - 6
Posted on 2008.12.09 at 13:48
Current Mood: productive
First day of being jobless. It doesn't feel much different, but that's probably because today would be my normal day off. Gotta go rent a tux this afternoon, got a company party this Friday that's a formal affair. *shudder* If Joe decides to be mean, there will be pictures...
Anyway, everything's going well so far. Just six more days until I start class. Then the fun begins. I'm hoping to come out high in my class, but passing is sufficient for me. The purpose is to get a job on an ambulance, after all.
I've been busting my tail on the game Order of Ecclesia for the Nintendo DS, and just when I think I've finally made it to the last stage of the game, I realize that yes, I am at the last stage of the game... but it's approximately the size of the the rest of the game prior to it. *sigh*. Ahh well. Still fun, still worth playing, just longer than anticipated.
Been doing some writing recently, a lot more than I've done in a while. Destiny Hunters now has a graphics designer, so there could be actual "game footage" (not real, obviously, just mock ups), to go along with my project document. I'm hoping that will help sell it even more, actually having something to refer to on the visual side of things.
That's about it, far as I can recall.
Lessons of the Day:
-Being jobless is like being employed... just without the job.
-Never assume you're close to the end, you might as well be at the beginning when you do.
Posted on 2008.12.01 at 01:03
T-minus 10 days and counting until I am jobless.
T-minus 15 days and counting until I am drilling medical information into my head with a metaphoric power tool.
T-minus 25 days and counting until Christmas (big deal)
T-minus 31 days and counting until New Years Eve.
But who's counting?
Posted on 2008.11.17 at 15:01
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Rarely do I do this, but I just couldn't turn down such a nice opportunity.
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Posted on 2008.11.13 at 13:10
Current Mood: giddy
So, internets are back up after our modem died. YAY!!!
A great big heartfelt thanks out to kayotae
for being so generous in replacing our modem. We will give you a more appropriate thank you when we come visit next.
So yes, I am back online! I'll be more readily free to chat again!
Posted on 2008.11.03 at 10:27
Current Mood: cynical
"I'll hold my penis, and you can grab my arm and move it up and down, then it won't be gay because you're not touching my penis."
Posted on 2008.11.01 at 01:33
Current Mood: moody
Got back from the doc's today. Found out I have a cholesterol count of over 350. Healthy number is about 90. That means a diet for the poor yote...
I never thought I'd need a diet, ever...
Posted on 2008.10.27 at 08:02
Current Mood: aggressive
So please just bear with me, this may turn out to be long. I have a lot I want to say, so lets dive right in.
First, everyone knows about Proposition 8. By now, if you don't, you're trying to be ignorant. I've personally seen seven livejournal posts alone on Prop 8. Six no-on-8's and on yes on 8 (No, Dark, I'm not counting yours as a yes). There are hundreds of things I could say on this, most of them have already been said hundreds of times before. I don't feel like I need to argue all of the points over and over again, so I will keep this to the most important parts. Yes, I am gay, this is not a shocker to anyone who can read this right now. It isn't something I hide. Here's the new one, though. I am also married. Me and Kane got married back in June, when it first became available to us, because Proposition 8 scares us. We got married so we can be sure that we have the certificate, because even if Prop 8 demeans our marriage, it will one day be good again. The June marriage was just a legal-reasons-only ceremony. We still plan on having a formal ceremony, and invitations will be passed out when we finally find out when that will be.
So, back to Prop 8. I don't understand what's so hard about this, it is a simple concept of common decency. Two people love each other enough and want to make a commitment to each other, why should they be denied that option just because they don't fit what is considered the 'normal' definition of a couple. I have seen more love in my life since I came out of the closet than before, not just towards me, just around me. I've seen that homosexuals, and those who readily accept it, are capable of love beyond mortal bounds. When you allow hate in your life, it poisons it. All of your relationships suffer from it. I know this from personal experience. I hated, and for all the wrong reasons, and because of it, I have people I once called friend that now will not speak to me anymore, because our friendship was sabotaged by hate.
I sound like I'm tangenting, I know, but there is a point. Proposition 8 is about hate. It is about separating a particular group from the crowd and telling them they are sub-human, and don't deserve some basic human rights. A vote of yes is voting for hatred. Don't misunderstand and get angry, before you reply (or just stop reading) understand that I don't believe voting yes means you personally are showing hate, but you are feeding it. I mean, honestly, think about it. For every straight person who is reading this, consider this with the most ABSOLUTE impartiality. How has my marriage affected your life? If your married, did my marriage break you apart? Is your marriage suffering because two men are legally wed? What is gay marriage going to change? For starters, allowing gay marriage is going to bring in tens of millions of dollars in the next few years. Aren't we in a economic slump? Won't this HELP our state out? How about schools? Schools will have to teach gay marriage to kids? This is completely untrue. Sexual education never once teaches marriage itself, it only talks about respecting the institution of marriage. I personally thinks schools shouldn't teach sex ed, that it should be the parent's responsibility, but that's a side tangent I won't elaborate on.
Churches being sued for not allowing gay marriages? Oh, my, God, people! How stupid can you be? Let me spell it out to you very simply. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!!! It exists for a reason. It's there so the state can't tell churches how to do what they do (yes, this includes maintaining the right to tell a couple no if they want to get married there... FOR ANY REASON) and the churches can't tell the state how to make laws. You see, there's the important part. The church can't tell the state how to make laws. That's the part that most people have forgotten. The church has no place in Congress. So, why do you want to vote yes on Prop 8? Because God says homosexuality is a sin? Sorry, state law makers don't care what God says (or they shouldn't). Our country was founded on the belief that everyone should be able follow whatever religion they want. So now you're telling me that I can't get married to the man I love because your religion says it's wrong, despite the fact that MY religion tells me it's perfectly fine? Law should be based on fairness and equality, not on bigotry and hate.
I'm already married, and odds are the state can't take that away from me. Laws are almost always unenforceable retroactively. Still, I have too many friends who want to be married someday, and I want to go to their weddings and know that they're ceremony is just as official as mine, because I don't know if I could honestly look them in the eye knowing that I have what they're being denied. It would kill me inside.
That took longer than I was expecting... anyway.
Second. Work is officially wrapping up. 42 days until I officially quit. The reason I'm quitting? Because I start school again on the 15th. I'm going to EMT school, diving in headfirst. I will be attending UCLA for a 3 week, highly intensive EMT class (recommended to me by a very special coyote, who is both wise and sadistic). I intend on posting semi-regularly, if not daily, during the class, even if it's just a small post, mostly so I can have recorded documents SOMEWHERE of my mental and emotional state during the class. So look at it this way, the 'yote will be very entertaining for a 3 week period of time, if not a bit random and... sleep deprived.
Also, work has decided that I don't need to be full time anymore and has officially cut my hours. I'll be working 3 days a week starting Nov. 1st. While I am slightly pissed at them for doing it without asking, I'm actually seeing this as an opportunity. I'll use the free time to do all my pre-class stuff I need to do. (Lots of doc visits and training). Sure, we're going to be more financially strapped than usual, but I've lived off ramen before. I'm honestly really well off in comparison to how I've been in the past, so this will be easier than it sounds. To those of you who I've talked with in regards to paying you by specific dates, plans haven't changed, so don't worry.
Third, I apologize for having gone away for a while, but I was down with bronchitis for a little over a month. NOT fun. Still got the remnants of it, but it's gone enough that I can be myself again.
Fourth- Fable II is digital niccotine. No, it's not the best game ever made. It's still fun.
And finally... why are you still reading this?
Posted on 2008.10.06 at 01:17
Current Mood: cheerful
I hope someone out there gets this.
Posted on 2008.09.02 at 11:01
Current Mood: contemplative
I'm just starting to get into paying attention to politics... a little late, I'm sure, but better than never. Anyway, it's great to understand what a politician stands for, so you know if you agree with them or not on certain views. It's great to know whether they are pro-gay marraige or anti-abortion... but I don't understand why no one ever asks one of the most important questions.
Why do YOU want to be President of the United States?
Posted on 2008.08.28 at 14:21
Current Mood: inspired
So, with everything else in my life I've been dealing with, I've honestly slipped in regards to video games. I love video games. I don't spend my entire life on them, even when I play them a lot, but I do play them enough. With the slip in playing, I've fallen behind on games. I have several games that as of yet go unbeaten. There are more games out and coming out that I want to play, so here's my objective.
I'm setting up a list of games to play and beat. Some have already been started, some need to be restarted, but all are waiting to be played, so here goes.
In no particular order-
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (PSX)
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (PSX)
Star Ocean: The Second Story (PSX)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)
Assassin's Creed (360)
Mario Kart Wii (Duh)
Smallish list, but still plenty to tackle as of right now. My objective, which will not be easy, is to clear the entire list in time for Force Unleashed next month.
Now, keep in mind this is just my games to beat. This is not including Castle Crashers, Tales of Vesperia, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance that I will be playing with my mate and roommate as a coop fun time. Nor does it include The games me and my mate are co-oping, like N+, Bionic Commando Rearmed, and Shining Tears. This ALSO doesn't take into consideration that I'm still doing all of my writing projects (McCrea Files, Destiny Hunters, Leafblade) So, this is not gonna be easy, but it will be fun.
My goal is clear the list in time for Force Unleashed... I will be content if I clear half the list before then (seeing as half the list is RPGs...)
Posted on 2008.08.22 at 01:41
Yup, that's right. I know I usually hate these, but I'm actually going to start one, to see if it takes hold.
It's confession time. Comment on this post and confess to me one secret you have. The only catch is the secret has to be related to me. In return, post this in your journal to give me the chance to reveal one of my dark secrets about you. As a bonus, you'll also get to see your other friends dark secrets. All comments will be screened.
Posted on 2008.08.22 at 00:51
Current Mood: tired
Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 random things, facts, goals, or habits about yourself. At the end, choose 10 people to be tagged, listing their names & why you chose them. You can't tag a person who has tagged you.
1) My first year of high school, I wanted to be a marine biologist. This lasted two months, until my best friend reminded me I didn't know how to swim. I've since fixed the problem, but I no longer want to be a marine biologist.
2) By the time I was 18, I'd been to the hospital so many times that all the doctors and nurses knew me by name on sight. My best friend's dad had to go in for surgery once, and I went to visit afterwards, and one of the doctors saw me and asked. "What's bothering you today?" I had to tell the doctor I was there as a guest, not a patient.
3) I don't drink very often, as alcoholism runs in the family, but I do drink every now and then. I have enough self control to stop when I need to. However, when I get drunk, I pick up a southern accent. I have never lived anywhere that can be considered the "South". I don't know why I get that way. It's just something I do.
4) When I first met my mate, I had only been openly gay for three days. I was still getting used the idea of being open, and wasn't looking for anything relationship-wise. We got pretty close in the time we spent that day, but I left thinking to myself that nothing would come of it, he seemed too good to be true. It wouldn't have become anything if my adopted brother in Australia didn't talk me into calling in sick the next day to spend time with him.
5) Speaking of Australia... I find the Australian accent to be the sexiest accent on the planet. It's my achillis heel. A man speaking in the Australian accent can get me to do most anything.
6) I have a completed script for a video game that I wrote. I am working on convincing a video game company to produce it. I haven't submitted it anywhere yet, but I am writing up the presentation so I am ready when the time is right. Nothing is slower than writing about what you wrote about.
7) I can't stand being bored, to the point that I go to the other extreme. I have, at any given time, between 20-30 projects/tasks that I can do. The downside to this is, most of the time I can't decide which is the most important one to do at that particular moment, so I end up sitting around, trying to figure out what to do, being bored.
8) I have been officially banned from drinking Red Bull. The first time I drank a Red Bull, a co-worker gave it to me at around 5pm. It wasn't until 5am that night/morning that it was fully out of my system, and Kane was quite ready to tie me to the couch in order to get some sleep before he had to get ready for work.
9) I started college when I was fifteen. It wasn't the best choice I had ever made, I'll admit that, but there's something about sitting in a room full of people where the youngest person (excluding yourself) is about five years older than you.
10) When I was sixteen, me and a couple of friends were kicked out of a toy store for setting off all of the bouncing tiggers and tickle me Elmos at the same time. It would have been so bad, except that a couple of Tiggers fell of the shelves, and in an attempt to catch them, we knocked over the entire shelf... and the ones on either side of it.
I don't feel like tagging anyone. Sorry, just been that kind of day. So, if you want to do it, and you haven't been tagged, consider yourself tagged.