Random is as random does...

Mar. 6th, 2010 03:59 am
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Funny thing happened on my way to posting in my journal... I turned off an episode of Supernatural to come and post, only to see at the top of my journal, "The Story So Far..." It makes me giggle, because I inadvertently ganked that from Supernatural, and ironically the moment I fell in love with / realized I was in love with the show... [[[The end of the first season, with the flashback vid set to 'Carry On My Wayward Son' - and still always my favorite part of the season]]] And now that I realize I did it, I'm still keeping it :)

You know pregnancy changes a lot of things in your life, but did you know it changes your taste buds too? [[Disclaimer: NO, that is not an announcement]] I am currently devouring my third mint - chocolate - cone - pop - drumstick - thingy since Thursday night. They are so friggen, deliciously awesome. However, I hate mint - with a passion. I have used kid's bubblegum, fruity toothpastes, or vanilla, or my current a weird orange Scope kind of toothpaste for as long as I remember, because I so gag at the idea of mint. However, since my last pregnancy I have had a weird soft spot for mint chocolate chip ice cream with its Andes candies flavor. Mmmm, yummm. How weird is that? Especially since I was last pregnant in the fall of 2006, and the craving persists. ***shrugs***

On a TTC note, I have been charting again, but it has mostly been diheartening. DH has not been very cooperative in doing his part, due to performance issues, weight gain that has made him out of shape, and worsening depression, but I can't get on him too bad about not stepping up when the opportunity arises (so to speak) because my charting is only telling me how cooperative my own body is not....

I'll have a few days of EWCM, followed by a temp spike that the next day (or a few hours later) drops completely away again. It's like my body keeps gearing up to ovulate, harder and harder each week, but can't make it over the hurdle. It's very, very frustrating.

I'll be 35 in a couple of months, and I know that women conceive older than that, I can't help but feel that my window of opportunity is closing. My ten year anniversary is this year. We have only ever used birth control in passing (some condoms in the beginning before we married, a month or two of birth control pills here and there as I have needed them to reset my cycles, etc. We did the whole clomid thing, only to find that I was resistant to it. While I may be able to get it covered, my problem isn't one of the ones listed for our insurance to cover IVF, and what if we did go through all of that only to miscarry again. Tha would suck majorly.

I'm thinking of adoption again, but really, I don't know if I am up to that kind of heartbreak again either, nor can we currently afford it.

I don't know - this turned out to be a lot more depressing than I thought it would be.

My jobs not going so bad three months in, though it has its days. It think about blogging about it, I just don't want to talk about it when I get home most of the time. Money's tight, but we are working on it, and settling into our new home. I'm trying to plan for grad school as soon as I finish paying off the $3500 I owe on my bachelor's degree.

Keebler's "Wheatables" Nut Crisp (Roasted Almond) crackers are surprisingly good. 16 crackers have 19 net carbs, and 3g protein, 6g fat, but they do taste good.

Some wishes do come true...

Dec. 1st, 2009 03:25 pm
lyssac: CSI: NY Stella/Mac in lab coats (CLS - work - lab)

I have been working my butt off the last few weeks in preparation for graduation, and that is why I have been largely absent. Today, some of that work paid off.

I have been working on getting a job, and last week I week I had an interview at a hospital a little over an hour south of here. As desperate as I have been to get any job (I got rid of our cell phones for a pay as you go phone last month, our cable internet was shut off this morning and we are behind on our rent desperate...) I REALLY wanted this job, because it seemed like a really good fit.

Today, I got the call for my background check, and tomorrow I go to do my drug screen/meet with human resources. I'll be making about $35,000 a year, with benefits starting the first day (insurance after 30 days).

This was such a huge relief - I am practically giddy. Now, I just have to finish up all of my assignments by Monday so that I can actually graduate.

Life may not be great, but it's not so bad...

Oct. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm
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Starbucks Drink of the Day: Raspberry Vanilla Italian Soda
Venti, Sugar Free Vanilla, Raspberry Syrup (light on the raspberry), half and half/cream, and club soda. It tastes like a milk shake/ice cream soda. It is kind of weird at first for people who are weirded out by the cream/club soda mixture, but it is oh, so good.

The perks of a husband who works at Starbucks!

On the other hand, I have a huge set of differentials and case studies due tomorrow. I had an awesome job interview yesterday that I hope to be telling you all about in glorious, glowing detail at the beginning of next week, and I just learned about the possibility (though slim) of a non-tenure track associate professor's position open next fall that I am going to throw my hat in for. My world is rocking along.

It goes on...

Oct. 4th, 2009 05:33 pm
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I find myself living in my head again. Everyday, I think of so much that I would like to share, or an anectdote that I find amusing, and yet, I just can't find the time to sit down and type out those few simple words.

I am having a lovely time in my bloodbanking rotation. I have finished my first week and have just over 3 more to go. Everyone tells me how bored I would be doing my job, because it's much the same from day to day, but I am having a ball in blood bank, even when I am sometimes struggling with the concepts.

Cut for the technical details )

I also finally got the Apartment Life expansion pack of SIMS2 installed on my computer, and have been doing some downloading and minor modding/adjusting of my game down, but despite my keen interest, haven't managed to actually play the game yet. I'd say that's pretty much par for the course for my life right now. I am so busy doing stuff that I am not finding time to get anything done.

I am constantly exhausted and feel like my to-do list is going to eat me alive. ((Despite actually working on my homework ahead of time this week, I forgot to turn in in on Thursday, threatening to sink my B in that class.)) I get up at "oh, my god, it's early" to be at the hospital by 5:30 or so in the morning, work until just after 2, and then walk home (about 25 minutes) check my email and relax for a few minutes and then am exhausted by 4pm or so. Sometimes, I take a nap, then work on my homework, until it is time to fall into bed for a few hours before it is time to do it all again.

I've gotten a little writing done in between things, and plan on making some more earrings tonight to take in with me tomorrow, as a couple of the girls bought some a few weeks ago, and I could really use the money.

I got my bill for this semester the other day. It's about $3500 due before graduation in December, and considering that we are about $1000 behind on our rent, I don't see that happening. *sigh* I have that familiar drowning feeling again, and that doesn't even coulnt what it will be like in a few weeks, when I have to go out of town for my last rotation, adding an hour or more commute in the am's and having to wait until after DH gets off at almost 9pm, before he can even come get me... I'll be lucky if I am home by 11pm each night, and gone by 4:30 the next morning. One day at a time, though. That's what I keep telling myself

How are you guys doing, I've missed a lot on lj, some days I don't even manage to log in. I am thinking of you, though.

I Need New Skinny Jeans...

Sep. 25th, 2009 03:17 pm
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I am having confuzed!weight issues.

My clothes are all too big for me. Good thing, right? YEAH!?

My skinny jeans, which have always been a bit stretchy (you know, really snug out of the dryer, comfortably looser by the end of the day) have entered gangsta territory (ie. barely hanging off my ass). My shirts are too big (but passible - I have a broad chest like an opera singer), My bras are too big (I've gone down a cup size due to weight loss), even my panties are now a size too big.

Great! Right? Except... I have no money for new clothes - heck, food and shelter are pretty much beyond my reach at this point, and I am just hoping the landlord holds off on the eviction notice a while longer.

Also, and the most confusing thing... I haven't lost a ton of weight. I've only lost 10-15 lbs in the last year (most of it this summer). And I haven't been that much more active (though I want to be), and yet, I feel ridiculous and self-conscious because my clothes are too big for me (yet, I still feel like a hugely obese aging whale.

I don't know, I guess that might be more pathetic things to whine about than dropping a few pounds, but I can't think of any right now.

Research: Autism and Immunization

Sep. 25th, 2009 08:07 am
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My assigned research topic for special problems this semester is Autism and Immunization. It's really quite interesting, but also hard to develop, because one side is very logical, and scientifically supported, but it is arguing against a very emotional counterpoint.

I don't believe that there is a causal link between immunization and autism and the research overwhelmingly supports this, but like I said in my paper: while there may be no conclusive evidence of a link, the suggestion of risk to their children is enough for many parents to opt out of immunizations, especially when they don't understand or believe in the risks associated with NOT immunizing. It's hard, because I get their point of view, I do...

In fact, I would choose not to give certain immunizations to my child... (the new HPV vaccine, and the Chicken Pox vaccine,) for various reasons. But I belive that these parents have been misinformed and misled by people preying on their fears (or in the case of the study that sparked this panic, deceived by people who have since admitted that their conclusions were false and motivated by a conflict of interest.

But when parents have lost their child to SIDS, or their formerly happy, healthy child now has some serious neurological problems and they have been given a likely scapegoat, how can you convince them that it's just coincidence or "bad things just happen to good people for absolutely no reason".

It's tough....

I may publish my paper on my personal website when it's done, if anyone is interested. Or, heck, maybe even if no one is.

The Place Where You Live

Sep. 18th, 2009 12:48 am
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I am fast approaching graduation and the need to find a job. Luckily, my job is in high demand, and I can go just about anywhere, so I am looking for places to relocate.

So, tell me about where you live (Continental U.S, please). Is there a hospital/major medical center there? A college/university? Public transportation? Something else that makes it an awesome place to live (or you know, to be avoided at all costs)?

ps. I finished my Hematology rotation intact (grade pending), and my next rotation Immunohematology/Serology (aka Blood Bank) starts a week from Monday, again at St. B's (within walking distance!!!). Things are moving along.

Things Miss Manners Doesn't Teach You

Sep. 10th, 2009 05:58 pm
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Wherein I ramble about manners )

What this is all leading up to, is that I committed a major faux pas today while trying to follow my 'manners' in a situation.

Three of us were having problems with our Hematology homework on bone marrow, and we went to my rotation supervisor, the Hematology Section Chief. She arranged it so that the on staff Histopathologist would review it with us. He did an awesome job, and the other two walked out after, without saying thank you, so I attempted to do so, and held out my hand to shake.

BIG mistake. He literally cringed back and muttered something like "swine flu". I had completely forgotten that I have a cold. (Though, I had just washed my hands.) There are signs everywhere about the flu, and swine flu and H1N1, and how you aren't supposed to come into work if you have flu-like systems, yadda. On the other hand, I couldn't take the day off just for a cold, and I am sneezy, coughy, etc. I have a cold.

I didn't know that when I had left the office briefly to go get a drink, he had wiped down everything behind me.

I apologized later, and told him that I had forgotten that I had a cold, and I had just wanted to thank him. He was quite gracious about it.

Still, there are no people more paranoid about germs and touching than health care workers, and apparently Pathologists are even more touchy than other people. (You sure hear some of the anecdotes that were told to me today after this...)

So, sometimes, "proper" manners, are a very 'improper' thing to follow :)

Save the English Language

Aug. 28th, 2009 07:29 am
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I have adopted a word at Save the Words, and I will admit, that I went round and round, clicking on words until I saw mine. It was the example sentence that sold it for me:

adimpleate (v. to fill up) : Would you be so kind to adimpleate the vial with your urine sample?

Though, really, the first time I said that, (and likely the second and third and so on) I would be met with that 'huh? are you talking English' blank stare that I see often enough anyway, but it amuses me nonetheless.

I signed up for the word of the day as well. Have to study for the GRE.

ETA: To help you all learn this new vocabulary word, and foster its use - many words you can pick out their meaning from the roots and such, but this one may or may not be so readily apparent - but if you think about dimple, it's a hole or depression in something and the a- prefix usually means like not, or opposite, so the opposite of making a hole or depression is to fill one up... got it?

Stuff that I accomplished today...

Aug. 26th, 2009 03:39 pm
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First and most biggest whoop, I filed my intent to graduate today, all official like. I'm going to do it or die trying.

I went in and made nice with my advisors that haven't seen me since last spring sometime. I got very ill last April/May and was unable to finish my rotations/classes, and then disappeared for the entire summer, as I have mostly been in Missouri, as I described earlier. Which means I also did not take a rotation this summer.

Well, I have my three final rotations sort of scheduled now (see intent to graduate). At least, I am set up to finish my Hematology rotation beginning Monday. My advisor says that I owe him a cake. I have no idea what I am going to owe my supervisor. She and I just do not connect at all, but I have to make very, very nice, as this is a workplace in which I may wish future employment, and I left a bad impression in the spring (only after a very good one, which is I guess what is saving my butt), and because she didn't have to take me back, in which case I would have to redo the whole rotation instead of just half of it, and it would have been a bitch to schedule. So cake, and politically correct ass kissing, coming up...

Financial aid is another mixed bag of tricks. I have to file an appeal, because since I started college in 1991, I have now managed to surpass 12 semesters and am no longer eligible for financial aid. I have been told that I will be approved for an extension, pretty much guaranteed, because I only have 1 semester left (I took a 9 year leave of absence and then changed majors). However, the board doesn't meet until the 14th of September, which means I won't get my student loan for another month, and we really need the money. The delay actually works a bit in my favor, in that I have time to resolve my incompletes by then, so as not to jeopardize the appeal, but I can't buy my new hematology textbook.

I mentioned that I have two more rotations to do. They are microbiology and bloodbanking. However, I am pretty screwed in that I won't be able to do them in town. St. B's is closed to students the second 5 weeks due to their new LIS system, and Baptist doesn't like to take students, and there are at least two students ahead of me in the priority queu, because they have all travelled to other areas and I have not.

For those of you who are not aware - I don't drive - I don't like it, I don't do it. I have a driver's license but it's pretty meaningless. I graduated high school before I was old enough to drive, went to college a year, joined the Army, and then lived where public transportation and my feet (or a taxi) would take me wherever I needed to go. It is definitely one reason I am very much looking forward to moving out of the rural Arkansas/Missouri area. While I don't want to live in a big city, general public transportation and work within a 20-35 minute walk would be HUGE bonuses.

Oh let's see other ramblings - I got my transcript corrected today - raising my GPA!!! I am on the right course, even if it's going to be a lot of work, and I got some work done last night for the scrapbooking site I am working for.

/end rambling

ETA: Amazon Wishlist - hoping for Clinical Laboratory Hematology (2nd Edition) and Laboratory Management: Principles And Processes

Sometimes, I hate money...

Aug. 11th, 2009 07:16 pm
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I am so crazy screwed right now. I have spent most of the summer in Missouri taking care of my neice, because my sister-in-law had major surgery where they removed a volleyball and a tennis ball sized tumor from her abdomen and did a hysterectomy. Because of that, she was out of work for the summer, (and doesn't have insurance,) and Leland has been laid off all summer.

School starts in just under two weeks and I am running around crazy to get everything settled and get my financial aid in place to get my student loans, to get us out of the hole we are in and so that I can graduate in December.

Then, today, of all days, I get offered a friend's on-line business that makes in a year about the equivalent of Leland's salary, for only $1500, if I can come up with half of that as a down payment. AAARRRGGGHHH! I am beyond broke for the next two weeks or so, but this is the perfect arrangement, because I can do it with school, it's something I am really good at, and it is a decent, if not great income to keep us over the rough spots. Except, I have no money right now! It's like that old adage that it takes money to make money, and I am so screwed in that regard.

I even called my mother-in-law to see if she could help, but she's been supporting my sister-in-law and neice, and my sister-in-law just finally went back to work last week. Like us, she would do it in a heartbeat, if there was anyway...

So, sometimes, I really hate money - mostly because I don't have any.

I know a LOT of people are in similar situations, but it really hurts when there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but you just can't reach it. *sigh*

That's my self-pitying rant of the day.

Good Wishes, Please

Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:41 am
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I just applied for 5 jobs at 2 different hospitals, and could really use some thoughts, prayers and good wishes. Our financial situation has become dire, and I really need to get a new job. I would be happy with any of them, but I really want the one that is for a Student Tech in the Chemistry department of the hospital where I did my Chemistry rotation in January. I think I left a very favorable impression, except that I did not finish my Hematology rotation in April due to health issues. I need to get my butt in gear and do some school work, but have been having a very hard time of it, because I am so down about our finances.

Please, let this work out for me, because it could mean so much positive stuff for school, work, and my home life. I just need a bit of help. I am willing to work my ass off, if I get the chance. At this point I do not know if I can even return to school, and I am due to graduate in December. I need this so badly.

The World Falls Down

Feb. 27th, 2009 11:28 am
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I just lost my job and I don't even know why. Mainly it was because three weeks ago, I mentioned in front of the owner that I had put in an application at the hospital (a job I didn't get) and he said he was afraid that I would just up and leave without notice (like firing me is a better option) and the only reason that they knew I was looking for another job was because I was keeping them informed.

Then he said that there had been too many complaints about me, when I supervisor (who is actually there on a daily basis) said that she only knew of two, and they both were of the same issue (in which I was correct) that I wouldn't take a card that belonged to a third party (they said it was a company card, but it had a person's name on it not a company).

I've worked there for over a year and a half, and this makes no sense and is just vindictive. I am so screwed. I am already behind on my bills, because DH has been out of work due to medical issues, and I was trying to cover everything myself (including his insurance, so he doesn't lose it).

My supervisor says she'll still give me a reference, because she doesn't have anything against me, but this makes no damn sense, and I am so fricken upset now that I can't see straight. I'm even crying - which I never do.

I don't know what to do.

I guess the first thing is try and get some ebay and etsy stuff going to get some money coming in. I am so freaked out.

This Journal Has Been Interrupted by FINALS!

Dec. 8th, 2008 05:01 am
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It's finals week and I barely have time to breathe, and yet I am horny as hell. I think I am ovulating (damn hormones!). Do you have any idea how hard it is to read dry medical texts while wanting to just rub yourself against your chair (at work no less).

So send me tittilating stuff to read in between Clinical chemistry, Pathophysiology, Bloodbanking, and Medical Micro, while I endeavor to study. Please.


Things to do and a nice comfy pillowtop bed

Nov. 18th, 2008 03:21 pm
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I tried to drabble, but I failed. I am too tired. While the semester isn't over for a few weeks, a lot of my classes are wrapping up this week - final projects and presentations due, etc. I also got a little behind the last few weeks, because I haven't felt well. I am working my butt off to get it all done. I still came home early today, instead of doing more peripheral blood smear differentials (I have 17 more to do by Friday). I am too tired to spend any more time with a microscope today.

I did get lab time scheduled for the microtome and staining lab. I got my sensitivity plates innocculated for Micro, did three hemocytometer counts and a 2-hour heinz body staining. I may work on my homework after a nap.

Still to do:
Study for 2 Micro exams
Study Fungi kodachrome slides
8 chapters of Clinical Chemistry (and 14 mini case studies)
3 chapters of Pathophysiology
Develop Lesson Plan for a Continuing Education presentation
Develop Powerpoint Presentation on "Preparing a Cytological Specimen for Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS) Staining"
17 peripheral blood smear differentials
Study for a bloodbanking exam
study for a hemotology exam
Complete 5 Antibody screens
2? type and screen case studies

I think that's it, but I'm not sure, I'll have to check my actual calender.

Let Freedom Ring...

Jul. 4th, 2008 07:33 pm
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Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, and hey to everyone else.

I'm at work, so no fireworks or barbeque for me tonight, unless it's on tv, but that's ok, my tummy is still quite icky. But I am going to ramble a bit.

And music - there's music for you in it. Martina McBride's Independence Day which is awesome.

I don't really know what to say. I feel a little like i am failing at life, because I have so many responsibilities and no way to get them all done. My house is a disaster area right now, to the point that cleaning it seems like a fruitless exercise in masochism, especially since DH is no help at all at getting things done, and even less now that he is working a few hours a week. In all fairness, he is sick right now, too, but I am so tired of this. I am just so tired of everything. I hate that I missed school for being sick, because it is a summer term, and really short. I usually love the immersion of summer terms, but absences are a lot different in the main term, and I need to get A's in everything to keep my GPA going up.

Also, work sucks, especially when you feel icky, and will not work at all once I start my clinicals in the spring. *sigh* However, I am writing this from work, on my own laptop, using their Wi-Fi... so I giver them minor points for that at least.

But, you know for all of my whining, and that's what it all really boils down to... I have a job, I am working my way through school, and for all that it's a mess, I have a decent roof over my head, food in the fridge, etc. Life's not so bad, and I can see my own Independence in the not so far future. That's something to be thankful for.

Tarot and What's Going On...

Jun. 21st, 2008 04:50 pm
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Trying something new... I am still looking for something that will get me inspired to write something more than a snippet or drabblish type thing.

I think I am dealing with a minor depression and it's not great. I don't know what to do about it though. School starts up in just about a week. I am actually looking forward to that. I have even had some good news on that front. First, i found my textbook used for about $20, instead of $80. I also went in to talk with a financial aid counselor about the missed deadline, and he said that they can't deny me the Pell Grant that I had already been awarded, and hey, we have some extra non-traditional student grant money - why don't you have some... So instead of having to pay ~$700 this week, I only have to pay ~250 by the end of next month. That was my good news the other day.

Also, Leland has picked up some work at the college for the camps they are running. Right now, it is all going to pay the back premiums on his insurance from when he was off, so no pay and no unemployment, but our insurance won't get cancelled, and as soon as he is caught up that will be a little more money. Also, I got our tax return yesterday (finally) and was able to catch up on all of our bills. It's completely gone now, but my rent is up to date, so I figure that's fair. I am still hoping for our state return and that federal bonus everyone got last month.

As for the something new... Inspired by hp_tarot on IJ, I am thinking of using tarot cards/readings to influence my writing. I may use some of the various tarot/divination decks that I have at home, or the suggested on-line ones:


Llewellyn Web Tarot

Ok - so that's kind of scary... I drew a reading using the Llewellyn site, specifically for writing, thinking only about possible stories, and got a reading that can only be about myself and what's going on with me. It's too, too weird. Maybe this is why I am so blocked. may need to meditate on this and see what I can do to free up some creative energy.

Happy Solstice...

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Jun. 5th, 2008 07:47 pm
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Today is my grandmother(/foster mother)'s 75th birhtday. That's quite a milestone, and strangley enough made me a little melancholy about the fact that one of these days she's not going to be there at the end of the phone anymore. I really want to see her - I miss her. I haven't seen her since shortly after my grandfather passed away and I decided to leave for Arkansas, almost 11 years ago.


On an unrelated but strange note. I came into work to work today to see a Community Notification for a level 4 sex offender who is staying at the motel. "Level Four status is reserved for offenders who are deemed sexually violent predators."

The notice was issued yesterday, but I checked him in Monday night. A local church is paying for one week stay for him. I am not sure how I feel about this. I have been a victim of sexual assault and molestation, and a rape crisis counselor. I support Megan's Law and community reporting. On the other hand, I am getting to see it in action.

When this flyer was posted, the man was fired from his job. After Monday, he has nowhere to live, as he has been told that he cannot go live with his mother (I believe it's because his kids live there). Reporters have been calling for him, and the fact that he is staying at the motel will be on the 10:00 news tonight.

He is getting frustrated. I know this because he came to talk to me and tried to express how he is trying and asking for a copy of the notice after I gave him the message from the reporter. My question is what happens next - with no job, no place to live, no prospects, and mounting frustration, what real deterent does he have against reoffending? Is his new religious beliefs, and the support of people in his church enough when the rest of the world is against him?

What can we really do about it when our criminal justice system is focused on punishment rather than rehabilitation, and the punishment isn't really a deterent from crime? I know that if I really wanted to do something criminal that I wouldn't be scared of going to jail, and neither are most criminals.

Working for a living....

Feb. 20th, 2008 02:22 am
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So after a long time talking about it and a couple of helf-hearted efforts toward doing it, I am working on starting a home-based business. I'd love for a thousand dollars to just magically appear before me in the next thirty-six hours, so that I can run full-tilt at this, but alas that is unlikely to happen. I hate doing this piece-meal, because I don't want to overextend myself money or time wise, as I tend to do when I get impatient. I can do it, though, and I keep telling myself that.

It's important because DH and I really could use the extra income. Perhaps our crappy jobs wouldn't be so bad if we weren't living paycheck to paycheck, if I wasn't trying to figure out how to make summer tuition so that I'm not going to be stuck in this rut forever. Pessimistic? Perhaps. I do have a plan though.

////Also, I have had plans for an actual business for years that DH and I talk about on an almost daily basis. The idea of actually being able to open/run it is one off the few things that helps keep him sane. I hope to be able to eventually do that////

I do have a large inventory of Hermit Crab supplies and shells, etc, that I got a huge deal on (practically a steal) from a store that was going out of business. I am going to push that all on ebay and an on-line storefront until it it gone! it is essentially all profit, provided I don't majorly undercharge on shipping (as I have done in the past).

Next, I am going to start making jewelry again to sell. Expect to see a bit of that in coming weeks as I finish a few pieces for [livejournal.com profile] amireal and a few others as I can afford to buy new supplies and put them together. I used to make quite a lot of various jewelry, and sell it (and a few other craft and sewing projects) at festivals in the area, and there seems to be a good market for the type of stuff that I do the most (reproduced and repurposed vintage-type costume jewelry).

That's what I want the thousand dollars for (yes, I know it's not going to happen, but a girl's gotta wish). That would set me up with a very nice selection of supplies, crystals, beads, wire, findings and more. Still, I am finding some decent pieces; it's just that they are pieces here and there - a brooch, some findings, a couple of crystals. It's a little frustrating when I want to be creative NOW.

I think I'm on a creative streak, in general.

Anyway that's what's up with me lately, and why I am currently not sleeping (or studying for my dreaded biochem test, or catching up on my clinical chem assignments).