My caregiver’s office called me today.

My caregiver’s office called today to ask if I knew if she was leaving. Of course I said yes, because she’s leaving to go on the state registry. Her background check has been approved, but for some reason it’s taking forever for them to finish the process and send her a provider number. Once that’s done, the process can be completed. I was going to be completely honest with them, and say that we’re both leaving to go on the state registry, but for some reason I couldn’t make myself say that. I didn’t lie, I just answered the questions the lady was asking me, and hung up the phone.
Today, I ended up following the confirmation hearings for the nominee for Attorney Generayl, Loretta Lynch. I just like to follow confirmation hearings, mostly to see how many questions the nominees will actually answer, (instead of evading the question.) These h+earings weren’t supposed to be done until 5 this evening, but they actually got done around 3.

Stating the obvious and other things.

Today, my caregiver and I went to Taco Bell for lunch. Her boyfriend met us there, because he really likes taco bell. While we were there, she asked him to look at her car charger, because it wasn’t working, and he literally said, “the car has to be on for it to charge.” LOL, talk about stating the obvious, I started laughing right then and there! After we were done with Taco Bell, we went to Big Lot to get me a spare lightning cable, and her a car charger.
The headache I had last weekend never fully went away, and now my face tingles on the left side, which is kind of strange. I’ve had headaches that have spread to my face before, but they don’t usually last this long, and yeah the face part does usually go away along with the headache.
I’ve decided that in addition to starting play practice next month, I’ll be participating in the Febooary challenge again this year. I’ll be using SndUp, as you might remember that I deleted my Audioboom, (formerly Audioboo) account last June.

Last week, and the weekend.

Not much happened last week, I went grocery shopping, and I ended up ordering a purse online, (which I got today.) My caregiver found out her background check for the state was approved, she should be getting her provider number in a few days. Starting Saturday, and lasting until today, I had an extremely bad headache! This was really bad, like delerious bad! I even asked mom to come over and whack me with a big stick, to knock me out so that I could go to sleep for a long time (like a week or 2,) and not wake up. Lol… and she thought I sounded sane when she was talking to me, the thing is, that I was being absolutely 100% serious about that! She did have to bring me some Naproxin from the store on Sunday, it didn’t exactly work all the way, and I still have a headache. I told my caregiver that I probably wouldn’t be able to pass a sobriety test.

The past couple days.

I should probably put this in list form, but since it’s only 3 things, I’m not going to do that, because it would be like a list of 3 things with 3 long paragraphs. Our church service schedule changed on Sunday. We now have a 9:00 service, and a 10:30 service. This means that I teach Sunday school during the 9:00 service, and stay for the 10:30 service. This makes for a long day at church on Sundays! For some reason, I thought the 9:00 service ended at 10:30, but it ends at 10, which is weird because it’s a shorter service. They used to do this on Saturday nights, but not a lot of people came during that time, so they changed it to the 9:00 AM service.
I had my last day of Prayer Seeker’s Café yesterday. When I made the announcement that I was leaving on the 5th, the director’s wife didn’t seem like she was very happy with me, and I wasn’t sure if she understood that I was actually going to leave. Things went well there yesterday, in fact she told me that she appreciated the way I announced that I was leaving in front of the group, instead of doing what someone had done the week before, brought a bundle of cookies, took her husband aside, and told him he was leaving. I was actually going to take the director’s wife aside and tell her, but I decided that in the interest of transparency, I would just tell everyone. She told me that I was brave for doing that, honestly, I was more afraid of the reaction I would get than the act of announcing I was leaving, but it was one of those things that had to be done publicly, or the lessons of the past 4 years would come to nothing.
When I went out of town for my doctor’s appointment, not only did we stop at Sees candy, but we also stopped at this place called Euphoria Chocolate Company. I got various things, but one of the things I got were 2 chocolate covered marshmallows, when I ate both of them, I absolutely had to have more of those things, because they were epic! I went to their site on Wednesday or Thursday night to see if they sold them, and I was annoyed that they didn’t. I called them on Friday to ask why, in fact, they didn’t sell any of their chocolate covered items on their site. They told me that they don’t like to sell singles, (and that’s how they sell them.) I ended up placing an order for just under a pound of chocolate covered marshmallows, because that’s what they had. I wasn’t sure exactly how to order them, so I was trying to do it by weight, and a pound makes either 24 or 25, and they had 23 milk chocolate covered marshmallows. They said they ship priority mail, and I was like well… hmm, that’s a bit of a problem, because I don’t want the package to get left at the post office and my caregiver and I would have to go and pick it up. I asked if they could do UPS. I had to talk to their shipping manager yesterday, but yeah, they can do UPS., and because it’s only an hour and 15 minutes away from here, UPS 3-day select well… let’s just say only took about a day!

Upgrading my internet connection.

For the past couple weeks, I’ve had issues with my internet connection while participating in Skype calls. I don’t have issues with the connection at any other time, and the calls are taking place at 3 PM, (PST,) when there shouldn’t be a lot of traffic on the network. I thought CenturyLink might be throttling my connection, because I thought I might have gone over the data cap last month, (with all the 31c3 streaming I was doing, and the Twit 24 hours of 2015 the next day.) It turns out that I somehow managed to only use 34 GB of data last month, out of a 250 GB cap! I’ve actually used more in the past, (in Sept 2011, I somehow managed to use 52 GB, although I don’t remember that month being anything out of the ordinary data-wise.) When I say I’m having issues with Skype calls, I mean I can’t hear the other person, but the other person can hear me just fine.
CenturyLink obviously says they aren’t throttling my connection, (if I only used 34 GB last month, why would they be?) and they couldn’t tell me why I’m having strange issues with Skype calls. I decided that maybe throwing more upload speed at the problem would possibly fix it, and I asked the CenturyLink support people if this could fix it, and they said yes. I upgraded my connection to 12 MBPS down, and 896 KBPS up, I thought it would be at least 1 MBPS up, but unfortunately I was wrong about that whole thing. I did a speed test, and right now, (as of today, before they activate the new speed,) I’m getting 501 KBPS up, so hopefully this will fix things, but if it doesn’t, I’m really not sure why I can’t make Skype calls.
Not only did I have to upgrade my internet connection, but I had to reset the network settings on my phone. I was having problems with Siri for about a day, and couldn’t access it over LTE or WI-FI. I knew my WI-FI was working, because Melissa was using it earlier on her laptop. I ended up having about a 4 and a half hour Twitter conversation with several Verizon support representatives, the last one told me to reset network settings, and that finally worked!

My caregiver took her class today.

My caregiver is taking a class so that she can leave the agency she’s working for, and get on the state registry. This means that I’m also going back on the registry, (I was on the registry for 7 years before my caseworker decided that I should use a home care agency.) The process for getting certified for the registry is fairly simple, (the person fills out paperwork, goes through a background check, and then takes an orientation training.) In my case for some reason, a referral from my caseworker was needed, I’m not sure why, because the registry is open to the public. We’ll be changing the schedule, (she’ll be coming 5 days a week,) so I’ll be leaving Prayer Seeker’s Café.

I’m going to be in the easter play at church!

I’m going to be in the play as one of the dancing angels. I’m not exactly sure what the part entails yet, but I know we dance before the crusifiction, and during and after the resurrection. I took ballet in 9th and 10th grade, and I’ve done some acting in plays, (when I was younger,) so I’ve had some experience. I did have to ask the Pastor’s daughter to get one of the dance teachers to work with me privately on the steps, because when I took ballet lessons, I took private lessons, and then if I was going to dance with a group, I would practice with them later.
Our service schedule at church is changing this weekend, we’re starting to have a 9:00 service, and a 10:30 service. This means that I’ll have to start teaching Sunday school at the 9:00 service, then go to the 10:30 service. They’re doing away with the Saturday night service, because not enough people were attending.

Still counting down!

Yeah… I forgot to post this when it hit midnight pacific time, but I was a bit busy. I’d like to take the time to wish everyone a happy new year, where ever you are! We have less than 2 hours to go in TWiT’s 24 hours of 2015, and they’ve already raised $56000 for Unicef! They have an audience of almost a million people, but I’ve never dreamed of raising that much in 24 hours! I’ve already finished the coffee and chocolate for the night, which means that at this point, I’m running on a lot of adrenalin and I probably won’t want to go to bed at 3 when this is all over! I watched Leo Laporte get a tattoo on his rear on stream, (that was what he was going to do if they went over $50,000, and I thought that if he can do that on camera, I can get a tattoo, (the rear areas are off limits though!)

Staying up for close to 24 hours today.

Today is New Years Eve, and I’m staying up for about 21 hours to watch the TWiT 24 hours of 2015 special. They started at 3 AM this morning, and will end at 3 AM tomorrow morning. Since I don’t really believe in launching 24 hour events that early in the morning, I didn’t continue observing the CET schedule and get up at 3 this morning, (I got up at 6 instead.) I’ll be staying up until 3 though, which will probably mess up my sleep schedule even further! I plan to break out my instant coffee around midnight, so that I have plenty of time to drink it. I have lots of chocolate from my trip yesterday, and I’ve already eaten a couple things, but I intend to break it out later, (to make the process more fun!) Just because it’s New Years eve, (it’s a tradition here,) and it’s also a tradition when I’m staying up for 24 hours, I’ll be ordering pizza. I’ll try to post again around midnight, or maybe 2 AM, when I’m all loopy!

The end…

Today was the last day of 31c3. I didn’t want it to ve over! However, my sleep schedule is now officially messed up, and I think I have something like jet lag. Things seemed to run behind schedule today, which made me run behind schedule, and made me have to hurry and get ready for my trip. I had an out of town doctor’s appointment today, (why I absolutely had to schedule it today, I don’t know.) I knew I needed to get up early this morning, but not as early as I’ve been getting up the past 3 days, I had a couple things from 31c3 still yet to watch, and I had to get ready for the trip. We finished everything we’d plan to do on our trip ahead of schedule, but when we got to my doctor’s office, the doctor was behind. She was so far behind, that after we left, I told my caregiver that I should have told her that since she was behind schedule, there was no time for questions! We were so far behind schedule that my caregiver had to call her office and tell them that she was going over on her hours, after we left the doctor’s office. Ya know, after sticking to a very tight schedule all weekend, (because remember that I made my own schedule file,) and actually watching a lot more lectures than I had scheduled on the first day, you kind of get used to doing things ahead of schedule, (or right on time.) I even had to make an unplanned trip to Verizon to get a phone charger, (no, I never found mine,) and even with that slight deviation, we were done a half hour before we were supposed to be. Speaking of sleep schedules, I’m publishing this post and going to bed, no… I’m not watching the rest of the Kenedy Center honors!

The first 2 days of 31c3.

I’ve actually managed to survive 2 days of living on a European schedule without having any huge problems. That is until I discovered that my phone charger was missing, and by missing I mean Completely! MIA! absolutely nowhere to be found! I think my phone charger decided to take a trip to c3 without me. I’ve checked everywhere… several times, I think I’ve checked the surfaces of my desk at least twice, I’ve checked my bedroom, the floor, (at least twice,) I checked all the desk drawers, my purse, and I even checked the bag I took on my overnight trip to my parent’s house. I called and asked mom if I happened to leave it there, and it isn’t there either. The problem is, I use my phone as an alarm, and I don’t have a working alarm clock without it, so without my phone, I don’t really have a way to wake up for the rest of c3.
CCC has definitely been an interesting event! I’ve really enjoyed watching all the lectures, and watching all of it has actually made me wish I was there. It makes me wonder though, why do people have to be reminded to pick up trash and drink water so! many! times? After every talk, someone says, “please take your trash with you, and your neighbors trash, and your other neighbors trash, (OK, I’m kidding about the other neighbor’s trash part,) but seriously! Why do I have to be in charge of my neighbor’s trash?I have a hard enough time finding my own trash sometimes. Oh, and after one of the lectures today, someone actually said, “drink more water.” Um… I already drink enough water, but thanks for that reminder! That being said, maybe I’ll get to a c3 someday, because it looks like it would be a lot of fun!

Christmas, in list form.

Because there’s too much to write a freeform blog post about, and because I haven’t done a list on this blog in well… forever, I’m going to write about the events of my overnight trip to my parent’s house in list form.

  1. My sister, (who said she would absolutely be there at 9!) didn’t end up getting there until 10:30, which made everyone wait for her, and my niece ended up having to rush through opening gifts at the end, (she had the most gifts, and she had to go see her dad.)
  2. I ended up live tweeting my sister’s arrival:

  3. I got a new computer chair for Christmas, I also got $100 from my grandma, and a gift certificate to sees candy, (which I new about ahead of time, because she told me on the phone while asking if she could save me a trip and get the stuff I’m going to get next Tuesday herself.)
  4. I also got a new purse, (which I think I’m going to have my mother exchange because it’s quite small,) and an external optical drive for my laptop, ( which I need so I can actually create recovery disks.)
  5. I think some of my tweets from early this morning were hilarious. We were waiting for the coffee to be done so we could have coffee and sinnamon roles, and I said, “we seem to be waiting for a lot of things right now.” My grandma said, “we don’t have anything else to do, it’s Christmas.” I tweeted that conversation, then I tweeted, “Lol, since when did Christmas become like following a legal case?” We seemed to be waiting a long time, and it reminded me of last year, and the beginning of this year.
  6. I really annoyed myself by forgetting to move the 31c3 schedule file I made with lecture titles, there german and pacific start times, and there places, over to my laptop from my external drive. I ignored the fact that the c3 will be 4 days long, and I probably will end up forgetting which day each lecture is taking place on, so I failed to put dates in the file. I started some of that last night, but I could have worked on that this morning while waiting for MS. Annie come lately to get to my parent’s house.
  7. Speaking of 31c3, I was complaining about the fact that I didn’t have the file, and my grandma was complaining about me saying 31c3 too many times without explaining it or something strange like that. So I then had to hilariously explain the c3 to my parents and my grandmother. The explainer went like this: there’s a computer club in Germany called the Chaos Computer Club. Every year, they hold an event called the CCC, or Chaos Communication Congress. When written, this gets shortened to c3. Since I tend to pronounce things the way they’re written, (or pronounced by the screen reader, until I hear otherwise,) I also say c3.) Since this is the 31st annual event, it’s 31c3. I didn’t have to explain the part about the pronunciation to them, I think they already know that.
  8. I got home around 7:30 tonight, my dad and I left right after we ate dinner.
  9. Last night, I was having weird wi-fi issues! My laptop didn’t exactly want to stay connected to my parent’s wi-fi, and it was like being in Vegas all over again! The computer would connect for a second, then disconnect from the network and the internet, and it reminded me of the horribly flakey resort net wi-fi we had at my parent’s timeshare!

I’d like to take the time to wish everyone reading a Merry Christmas!

A close call with my phone.

I took the phone in the bathroom with me this morning, and set it on a wicker shelf above my toylet. For some reason, I didn’t have the toylet lid down, and the phone fell off the shelf, hit the side of the toylet, and went onto the floor. I honestly thought the phone fell into the toylet, and I reached in to fish it out! I didn’t hear a splash though, so I wasn’t sure where the phone was, until I found it on the floor. I dropped my 4S in the toylet in June of last year, but I’m really glad my new iPhone 6, (that I just got last month,) didn’t end up in the toylet!
So I found out this morning, that my parent’s don’t have an extra bed for me to spend the night in like I usually do on Christmas eve. This means I’ll probably end up having to go back-and-forth with my sister, who’s always an hour later than she says she’s going to be for anything. I’m not really looking forward to that at all! Not only that, but my sister invited her X girlfriend/girlfriend who she says she isn’t back together with, (but they seem to be spending every! single! weekend! together,) to Christmas eve dinner. She asked me if I cared if she came, and I told her it would be awkward, because I haven’t seen her for a while. Honestly, the last time I saw this person was when she was threatening to kill my sister… and you’re wondering why it’s awkward? To that I just have to say… OMG! I tweeted that, “with all the family drama going on, I think I’m looking forward to 31C3 more than Christmas!” Which I definitely am looking forward to 31C3! I’m also looking forward to the lack of interuptions that will hopefully come with live streaming a conference for 3 days straight, (I think I’m actually planning to not go to church next Sunday, and take off from Prayer Seeker’s Café.) I’ll be out of town the last day of the conference, I have a doctor’s appointment, oh and some other stuff that day.

Fudge success!

My caregiver and I succeeded at making fudge today! We made peanut butter milk chocolate white chocolate fudge. They didn’t have just plane peanut butter chips at WalMart, so I had to get peanut butter milk chocolate chips, I had a bag of white chocolate chips, so we put those in. It’s actually very good fudge! It set up and everything! I was actually afraid it wasn’t going to set, because there was a lot of fluid in the pan, but I’m glad everything dissolved this time.

Fudge failure!

My caregiver and I tried to make fudge today, but it failed really badly! I think it was because we used sweetened condensed milk, instead of evaporated milk. It actually did solidify, but the sugar didn’t end up dissolving all the way, so there were lumps in it. We’re going to try again tomorrow, this time using a different recipe, (the recipe on the back of the marshmallow cream jar, instead of the one I found online.) Instead of using Semisweet bakers chocolate though, we’re going to use a mix of white chocolate and peanut butter chips, (I’m hoping that will work.)

My everyday journeys in life.