The cool kids aren’t cool to me

My house doesn’t have water for the first time this winter.  Last year I didn’t have water for a total of at least 30 days. I do have some bottled water, but not enough. This is what happens when it is about 9 degrees overnight. The good thing is that it will be 60 degrees on Tuesday, so this cold weather won’t last long. Ugh, it is supposed to snow Monday. We are only supposed to get a couple of inches. I hope that’s true.

I’m off on Friday. It might include fun things like going to the thrift store. I will not spend over $20 because I don’t “need” much. Thrifting is so fun, and I haven’t done it in a year! It’s either thrifting or going to the laundromat. haha. I think thrifting wins. I go to the laundromat twice a year or so. I already have a day off for that in March. If I hadn’t bought my treadmill, I would seriously consider getting a washer or a washer and dryer but I can’t now. 😦 I have the hookups. I just need the appliances.

My dad gave me a $25 gift card to Kohl’s for Valentine’s Day. I’ve never been to Kohl’s. (say what?) I think I want to buy something for the Tori Kelly concert in April. I like to be comfortable at concerts. I usually wear something casual. I may go there on Friday or I may wait until the concert is closer. I could also use a new swimsuit for my Asheville vacay. I only have one swimsuit and I used that for water aerobics. Since I don’t know what I want, I will probably delay Kohl’s. No rush.

I have really been enjoying Snapchat. My username is kat3x5. I like it because it hasn’t been ruined by people taking perfect photos with their DSLR camera (Instagram). Eventually, Snapchat will be ruined by the cool kids. That is how the internet works these days.

I know no one has probably added me, but I’m still having fun. That is how I roll. (If there is a way to check who has added you, I don’t know how and I don’t want to know). I don’t need an audience to have fun. Obviously!! lol.

I misspoke in my last entry. The Grammy’s are Monday night, not today.

The ugliness over Scalia’s death is just beginning. I would like to avoid it, but that will be impossible. sigh.

I need to get back to eating right. I have been very bad over the past two weeks. WTF is wrong with me? I have been getting 30 minutes of exercise a day. But the eating…sigh. I’m so disappointed in myself. Today is a new day. Blah, blah, blah. I would like to believe that and then on Friday, I will have a slip-up. That is how it has been going. I’m going to try to eat right for the next 30 days. That seems like such a long period of time. No eating fun stuff for a month? I’m going to try.

I have to work on my practicum now. I’ve been so busy with work. And yesterday, I helped my mom out with my grandmother’s funeral. Funerals are so much work when you aren’t working with a funeral home. I had no idea. I would be so overwhelmed if I were her. 😦

Oh well. Gotta go.

Back on the map

Still no water. I’m beginning to get really scared. This is the longest I’ve gone without ANY water and it hasn’t been that cold. I may have to call the landlord. Talk about being terrified. If I could afford to fix it myself without getting the landlord involved, I would.

I haven’t left my house in 8 days. That is not a record. I think the record is around 10 or 11 days. This time I do have somewhere to go but I can’t because of the snow. I’m hoping to get out tomorrow. Melt snow!

When I first got my Plum Planner, I didn’t know what to do with the extra note pages I ordered. I have the pages dispersed throughout the months. The obvious thing seemed to me – goals for the month. But I don’t do monthly goals! It only took me 30 minutes to come up with things I have to/want to do for March. So here are my goals for March:

  • Renew my two library cards. With the snow and no water and just everything else, I haven’t had time to renew my library cards. I can’t check out books right now so this is a must for March. I keep putting it off because one library is about 20 minutes away…and I have a ton of books to read without the help of the library.
  • My practicum: do 72 ‘cases’ this month.
  • Get B a pedicure. This is not a good situation. He wouldn’t let PetSmart trim his back nails. I’m going to have to take him to the vet to see if they can do it.
  • Finish 3 books.
  • Watch 2 movies.
  • No Spend March. It is going okay so far. I did spend $1.99 on my Amazon credit card for a TV show. oops.
  • Do my YouTube video. I think my dividers for my planner are at my mom’s house (I have all my packages delivered there). I can’t wait to get them. I will probably shoot the video next weekend.
  • Clean out the guinea pig’s cage and room.
  • Finish knitting my purple cowl.
  • Go to the laundromat. I have two days off for March Madness so one of those mornings I will be at the laundromat. I don’t usually have to go because I do my laundry at my mom’s.

 

This Week I…

Music for the week:  Imagine Dragons, Ella Henderson, Fall Out Boy, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Brooke Fraser, Nick Jonas, D’Angelo

Song of the week: Marina and The Diamonds – I’m a Ruin

TV for the week: Preachers’ Daughters, House of Cards

I thought season 1 of HoC was riveting. Season 2 was boring for the most part. What will the 3rd season bring? I hope it’s good.

Movie of the week: none

Books of the week: I just started two new books. Etsy 101: Sell Your Crafts on Etsy, the DIY Marketplace for Handmade, Vintage and Crafting Supplies by Steve Weber and I Don’t Want To, I Don’t Feel Like It: How Resistance Controls Your Life and What to Do About It by Cheri Huber

Knitting Projects of the week: I will finish my purple cowl in March. 😉

Walked: So far I had the most steps on Thursday with 4,586 steps. I think that is decent for not leaving the house. Imagine how low my number would be if I didn’t have to walk my dog! My Omron Pedometer is excellent. I’m used to the cheap ones that give you a step every time you move so this is awesome and accurate.

Planner update: I probably won’t do this every week but I just started using my Plum Paper Planner so I thought I’d share this week’s layout:

weekly layout
weekly layout

I’ve decided that I don’t like spiral bound planners. I’m seriously considering inserting this planner into my large (A5) Kikki.K planner. The only thing holding me back is that I ordered some stuff for a spiral bound planner. I guess I can just sell the stuff on eBay…I do love my Plum Planner. I would love it more if it weren’t coiled. And my large Kikki.K is just sitting in the box it came in. I’m dying to use it. It is sold out so I could definitely get my money back if I sold it on eBay but I love it too much.

All my single people, put your hands up!

I had water for about 12 hours. TWELVE hours. Now I’m without again. 😦 Woe is me. Those 12 hours were nice. I, like, totally turned on my faucet and water came out. I know, right? OMG. I got to take a nice hot shower too. The good old days.

I feel bad for the people in Atlanta. Imagine being stuck in your (cold) car on the highway for 20+ hours. (!!) Not good. Btw, we got about 3 inches of snow. Unexpected…or maybe I don’t watch enough local news.

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I didn’t watch much of the SOTU last night. But one thing got my attention on twitter. Two childfree folk said he said something about single, childfree folk. SAY WHAT? 🙂 Maybe I should have watched it. I get bored of watching the POTUS speak at these things after the 3rd year or so. Anyway, here is what he said:

There are other steps we can take to help families make ends meet, and few are more effective at reducing inequality and helping families pull themselves up through hard work than the Earned Income Tax Credit. Right now, it helps about half of all parents at some point. Think about that. It helps about half of all parents in America at some point in their lives.

But I agree with Republicans like Senator Rubio that it doesn’t do enough for single workers who don’t have kids. So let’s work together to strengthen the credit, reward work, help more Americans get ahead.

First things first: What is Rubio saying? He wants to give the Earned Income Tax Credit to single peeps? I seriously doubt that. LOL. I would love him forever if he did that though. Can we get something? Anything? Does anyone hear me? Oh right, no one cares. I wonder did that line get any applause? I doubt it.

The POTUS mentioned us. We must exist!!!! All I hear is “families” and “single mothers”. Oh and I’m beyond sick of hearing about the middle class. What about the working lower class?

And thanks so much Pres. Obama for not saying “childless”! Props. 🙂

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I did something nuts. I put $1400 on my credit card. All I can think is, what if my pipes burst (again)? I HATE DEBT. This wasn’t an easy decision but I kind of thought of it as an investment in my future. If I don’t end up making more money in the near future than ugh! I don’t want to think about it.

The money is for a “boot camp like” course to pass the boards. Yep, I’m taking two classes at once. At first I thought there was no way I was going to pass on the first try but now that I’ve invested in this boot camp? I expect to pass on the first try…

Here’s hoping. Was it the wrong decision? Did I fall for a marketing ploy? I admit it was impulsive and probably foolish. What if I don’t need boot camp? The issue is the person I know who has taken the test, has flunked more than 6 times! I don’t have unrealistic expectations. I know it is very hard. But I do kind of expect to pass. I’m definitely putting in the work. Foolish choice? maybe.

(Lots of questions in this post).

Sometimes I think my guinea pigs are worse than little kids…I swear. Don’t tell anyone with kids I just said that. They won’t stop banging stuff in their cages. And they don’t listen. 😉 Gotta go deal with them.

Land of opportunity

Today is supposed to be a “no school work” day. I was going to see Michael Eric Dyson speak after work. But here is a shocker: I have no water! And the roads are also icy. Driving an hour to and from on slick roads does not appeal to me. But I probably would have taken the chance if I had water.

Dyson speaks about 50-75 times a year so I shouldn’t have a hard time seeing him. Actually he is going to speak at my Alma Mater in February but I live almost 4 hours away from there so there is no way I can go to work and then travel there. (I haven’t been back to that school since I graduated. Not because I don’t like it, it is just so far away and universities are the only attraction in the area).

The only good thing about missing his speech is that I get to go to a webinar about taking the boards. I’m geekily excited about this. It takes place monthly and today is the day. YAY. 🙂 This will be my first one.

The biggest problem for me right now is not knowing what to do about the water. The maintenance guy obviously did not insulate everything…right? Why don’t I have water? Did a pipe freeze? I will not call the landlord again. This time I will call a plumber and take on the cost myself. That could possibly deplete my savings. I don’t even want to think about it.

I haven’t had water since yesterday morning. Also I’m currently wearing 3 layers of clothes and I’m still cold. It is so cold in here, my feet get numb. I haven’t even mentioned that the heat stayed on for more than 24 hours straight. How much will my electricity bill be? Argh!!!

I hate winter for so many reasons and now I have a financial reason to hate it. That tops everything.

Two hours until the webinar. 🙂

island of wonder

For the past seven days, I have gone through TWO stretches of 3 days without water. The water just came back on and all I wanna do is take a shower but the water pressure is so bad that I can’t take one. I have been using what the astronauts use in space to keep clean. It works but I wouldn’t go somewhere where people are highly critical (like work) while using it.

I think the no water thing is related to the weather. It doesn’t have to be freezing for my water to go off. I don’t understand it. I currently get water from a well (but will eventually get it from the city) and I have only lived in this house for about seven months. So I have no idea what normal is.

My mother grew up without water so she’s like “whatever”. 😉 The first time the water went off, I was freaked out. I thought the pipes had frozen! Then a miracle happened. The water came back on and I was the happiest girl in the world.

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What I really came here to share is this awesome piece on social anxiety/misanthropy. FIRST: I would like to say that most people with social anxiety want to be comfortable around people (judging by my reading). However, I’m over it. I’ve been over people for over 10 years. Think about it – if something made you so scared or really uncomfortable, wouldn’t you want to stay away from it too? People who are afraid of dogs are allowed to just stay away from them. How I wish…

Here is the article: I married a misanthrope

Over time I’ve learned that “I don’t like people” is Pete’s code phrase for his social phobia*, the stress he experiences when he has to deal with new people or unfamiliar situations. When I ask him to explain it to me, the picture becomes clearer: “It’s just different for me than for other people. I have to consciously think about things that come naturally to you — making eye contact, when it’s appropriate to make a joke or not, how to read someone’s body language. [In certain situations] I really don’t like people because they do things that I don’t know how to respond to. They’re unpredictable and irritating.”

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But another friend saw our situation differently. She tried to appear sympathetic when I told her about Pete’s misanthropy, but then started laughing. I asked her what was funny and she said, “The whole thing. Because of course, you don’t like people much, either. It’s one of the reasons we’re such good friends. You’re judgmental, and I mean that in the best possible way. We’re told it’s good to make judgments about everything else: music, food, politics, clothing. Well, why the hell not judge people? People can be irrational and ignorant and irritating. You don’t really like people — most people — any more than Pete does. You’re just better at playing the game.”

When I first saw the word misanthrope and social anxiety, I thought this was going to be a piece about a woman complaining about her husband or how horrible people with social anxiety are (We really don’t need to hear that. Thankyouverymuch). But it is a different kind of article. Worth reading.

*It is not clear that Pete has social anxiety from the article. It is also not clear he is a misanthrope. He could be just sick of trying to ‘get’ social situations.

Back to school work…and maybe I could get a shower in? Or should I just watch Hardball? This Chris Christie stuff is fascinating.