Friday the 13th

Well, Friday the 13th was…Friday the 13th. Bad stuff happened. Drama. Hopefully nothing long-lasting. Stuff at work and stuff at home.

Cart shuffling at work. A lot of disruptions to my housekeeping rounds too. I didn’t get as much done as usual due to it. Guuuuh!

Has anyone ever wracked up $1000 on a credit card and not known where all that money went to? That’s what my brother did. Not good.

The next couple of posts will involve stuff that I didn’t blog about when it happened.

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Deer Giving Birth

Just a few minutes ago, I watched a white-tailed deer give birth.

I was filling the deer feeder in our back yard and throwing out the extra veggies from mom’s pasta salad. I happened to look up and saw a doe giving birth just past the tree line in front of me. I never realized how tiny fawns are when they’re first born!

Of course, momma saw me and bolted a few feet away once her baby was born. I stayed still for a few minutes so she’d come back. The baby was wobbling and trying to stand that whole time. Once she came back, they both headed into the trees. Only when I couldn’t see them anymore, did I finally move again.

I’ve never seen that before.

Graduation at last

Today at 2pm US CST, I graduated from college. I sat through a two hour graduation ceremony that ran much like a funeral does. 90% advertising things about the school that nobody honestly cared about and 10% actually graduating us.

So now I get to finish moving out of my dorm room tomorrow. And then I get to relax for the weekend.

And then I must adult.

Not looking forward to that.

Got a cheap car

Over the weekend, mom went car-hunting with my brother. His truck is dying so they’re checking out local lots for a good deal. Since it’s tax time, car lots are cutting prices to try and lure in people with extra money from taxes. This also means people are trading in their junk cars for good ones, so we have to be careful.

My brother has found himself a good Jeep Cherokee with a brand new spare tire in the back flooring. Today, he purchased it for roughly $3000. It was not one of the cheaper ones but it runs just the way he needs it to for work coming up in April.

Some of the cars in a local lot, Speed’s Auto, dropped down to $1000. Among these was a “purple” (it looks more like a deep purple-black, not the vivid purple I expected) Alero Oldsmobile. We need an emergency vehicle in case mom’s Blazer ever dies. The engine has been having trouble starting, so we’ve decided to use some of my money get get another car.

While the Alero is the emergency vehicle, it’ll also technically be my car. I’ll be starting and driving it at least once a week when I go home. This will be the car I’ll be practicing driving in so that I can get my license by summer before my permit expires again. I have yet to drive the Alero but there are no immediate problems with it, according to mom and bro when they both test drove it. It has a flat but that should be fixed by tomorrow when mom goes to pick it up.

Still nervous about the driving thing but with me graduating this year, I need to get around so I can get to work. Unless I can figure out the busing system here, which is unnecessarily complicated compared to how mom remembers it. Hopefully the Alero drives well for me…

RIP Loki

On Friday, January 26 of 2018, my mother’s chinchilla Loki died. He passed away in his sleep. He gave his last laugh around that afternoon and likely died shortly after.

Loki has been in my family since late elementary school. He was roughly 7 years old when we got him, which would make him around 20 years old as of his death. My mother loved him dearly despite his grumpy nature.

He has been wrapped in his blankets and sprinkled with his volcano ash. He is now in a box in the garden shed, where he will wait for spring when the ground thaws so we can give him a proper burial.

RIP Loki, you shall be missed.

Goodbye 2017, Goodbye YoD

Title says it all. New year, 2018. 2017 is gone and hopefully YoD goes away with it.

2017 wasn’t the best of years. YoD made it worse, despite technically starting in October of 2016.

YoD = Year of Death

2018 will be a fresh year. A better year, I hope.

I finish school and will graduate come spring. Hopefully I can get an on-campus job so I’m making steady pay right out of school. I’ll be working to get my driver’s license this summer, despite my utter fear of cars. Mom will be getting a job to help with bills now that the holiday layoff is ending. Bro starts trucking again in April and should lighten the bulk of bills with his pay until winter hits again.

Goodbye 2017. Goodbye YoD. You will not be missed. At all.