So, as some folks may know, I have rapid-cycling Bipolar I. I spent several years on disability, but I've recently reentered the workforce and gotten off of disability. When I did this, I transitioned through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and moved to a DVR Limited Term Employment position in May of 2016. In September, … Continue reading Bipolar and Working: Scheduling
As a general rule, I try not to talk about writing on the blog because I know it's incredibly boring for anyone who isn't a writer. And people who are writers. And houseplants. It can make most people either fall asleep or begin composing their grocery list in their head. So, I generally avoid it. … Continue reading Taking That Next Big Step: A Content Editor
(And #3.5) This one isn't as bad, but it is hugely frustrating. I have student loans, and they're in a ten year forgiveness program for state employees, which is great, but they didn't tell me I needed to file our taxes separately. So it's increasing to the tune of $380 more. Not even kidding. We … Continue reading Bad Things Come in Threes #3
This one is a little more vague because I try to keep people's personal information off of the blog if I haven't gotten permission to post it. My husband's family has family friends who live down the street from them, and my husband has known this family most of his life. He grew up with … Continue reading Bad News Comes in Threes #2
My parents have two dogs, Jacob and Mariah. Mariah is a malamute and Jacob is a malamute/German Shepard mix. We had had a scare earlier this year when Mariah was deathly ill with pancreatitis, but she recovered and is doing better than she has in a long time. The picture above is an older … Continue reading Bad News Comes in Threes #1
(I know you may not agree!) I have rapid cycling Bipolar I, and my swings last upwards of two weeks, two and a half weeks, tops. My husband has depression, and he has had it for as long as I've known him. When I was a teenager and first became Bipolar, my swings started out … Continue reading Why Rapid Cycling Bipolar Is Easier Than Depression
For my birthday this year, my husband gave me a copy of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, and I've been having a TON of fun! The voice acting is so terrible it's entertaining, but the art is pretty, and the controls are fantastic. My husband even likes how well the characters move and react, and he has … Continue reading Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Is My New Favorite Game
Take a look at what we found in Wilbur, Missouri! I haven't seen a working pay phone in years, and it was kind of charming how they gussied it up. Just a silly thing, but proof they still exist! *smile* Have you seen one lately in the wild? Inquiring minds want to know! What other … Continue reading Phone Booths Still Exist?!?
We have Very Little land to work with, and a good portion of it has been shaded by a mulberry tree. We've talked about taking it down for years, but we don't have the tools. Well, when my husband mowed the back area down entirely, our neighbor came over and asked if we wanted him … Continue reading Taking Down the Mulberry Tree and Why My Neighbor Rocks
Oh. My. God. I am in LOVE with this comic! Stand Still, Stay Silent is one of the best comics I've ever read, and if you even have the slightest trust in my judgement, you should drop by and take a peek! I mean how could you not love the muted color scheme used? It's GORGEOUS. … Continue reading COMIC REC: Stand Still, Stay Silent
Why, you may wonder? It all started while I was sitting at my desk surfing Facebook, and my left foot started to itch. So I scratched. And it itched more. The itch spread until I was scratching a good half of my foot. And then it started on my right foot in the front. At … Continue reading I Have a Blood Splatter on My Wall
(Credit: my mother-in-law) We have been planning to see the Eclipse since late last year. My mother-in-law (MIL) got our hotel rooms in March, ordered our glasses then, and we were lucky because when my sister-in-law (SIL) wanted to join us there were no more rooms! Our hotel was very basic, and we discovered a … Continue reading Eclipses Would Be More Fun If Road Trips Hurt Less!
Which, I'm sorry, I find this kind of hilarious! Well, I guess it could be kind of depressing, but Kristen Lamb jokes about the bots on her website keeping her company, and now she's super well known. Everyone starts somewhere! But honestly, most days no one stops by, so I was all like 'A visitor!', … Continue reading My Only Visitor Today Was a Bot Selling Visitors
You know how when you're a kid, meeting up with your friends is easy and requires very little planning? Yeah, not that way as an adult, especially when we only make it into town where they live once every few months. We have to drive two hours to see anyone, and I try to reach … Continue reading Scheduling As An Adult Is Full of Angst
(Or we're not made of plastic.) One of the things I worry about in that far distant future of publication, should I ever be happy enough with my own work to through it into the self pubbed wilds is covers. I haven't found any stock models (hush, of course I'm looking early, that's what I … Continue reading Cover Art and a Reminder That Skin Has Texture
Today a woman asked me when I was expecting, and I was all 'Nope, sorry, just fat!', and she was super embarrassed, and now I feel bad for her. I mean, I wasn't hurt or even really offended, but she was so upset! So now I'm thinking I'm kind of a jerk because I was … Continue reading Not Pregnant, Just Fat
So, if you aren't already familiar with her, Kristen Lamb is a social media and platform/brand expert. Her book, 'Rise of the Machines' has been a huge help with my decision of how to blog, and I will admit I've taken her blogging class. Her biggest point is that people want to connect to you as … Continue reading Kristen Lamb and How I Decide What to Post
Now I can't find it posted yet, so you're going to have to take this on hearsay, but I photobombed a video for our local tech school (in which buildings I work) today. I was buying caffeine (for the fifth time, did I mention I didn't sleep well?) and inadvertently walked out behind the cafeteria … Continue reading Photo Bomb!
I read. I read a lot, although I tend to stick to Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. I love magic and supernatural things! Paranormal Romance is okay but a little too heavy on the romance, which does make sense as it IS romance, but it isn't my preferred genre. I also read Young Adult (YA) in … Continue reading Reverse Harem: A Surprising (and Engrossing!) Genre I Wasn’t Aware Of
It's no secret that depression often includes a lack of energy and general apathy. My house often reflects this. My husband cleans, but when I'm depressed I can barely dress, cook for myself, and attend work, much less do dishes and laundry. So, while the house isn't impossible, there's only so much my husband can … Continue reading The Biggest Difference Between Mania and Depression Is How Clean My House Is
(Spoiler: I talk about pooping.) I've been sick since the Friday before last, starting out mildly enough with a stomach ache and culminating this Friday with vomiting, whenever I eat, heartburn, and terrible gut pains. No body aches. No fever. I was baffled until I talked to my mother, and she reminded me that I … Continue reading EDS and the Stomach That Wouldn’t
So, in my family, it's traditional for the girl to propose. And, seriously, we don't give guys enough credit for how NERVE-WRACKING the whole experience is! But, I get ahead of myself. I met my husband on OKCupid. Not even on purpose. I saw his account, thought he was too young but brave for trying, … Continue reading How I Got the Boy… and Kept Him
So I'm going to put out an unpopular opinion here. One of the biggest parts of maintaining relationships throughout my mood swings is taking responsibility for all the stupid things I do and say when manic and occasionally when depressed. Because, let's face it. I may not have been thinking clearly, and I may have … Continue reading Taking Responsibility for My Actions Despite Mental Illness