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09:59am 31/08/2007
 
mood: tired
I sold my mobile home.  I've lived in it for a year and got out of it what I put in.  Not bad.  I'm walking with $4,000 in my pocket after I pay off the loan.  Turns out the movers set the house wrong when it was moved into the trailer park, so structural problems were looming on the horizon.  I'm glad to be out from under it.  I loved having a place that was mine, and I liked the house itself.  But I didn't like looking the potentially huge financial obligation of repairs in the face.  I'm going to be moving into a 3-bed 1-bath duplex with a big fenced back yard.  All my animals get to come, for a one-time total pet fee of $250.  Not bad at all.  I may be getting a roommate soon, but I don't know yet.  It would be nice to save that money.  But then again, I like my privacy.  So we'll just see what this girl is like when I meet her this weekend.  If we get along alright and she likes the place, I'll probably take her on.  I really want to put some money into savings and get my credit cards paid off.  
 
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07:47pm 27/08/2007
 
mood: ecstatic
So I started my first day of work today, but it's at a different job than the grocery store one I posted about.  Yesterday I got offered the job I was hoping for, which is staff at a geriatric assisted living home (basically a nursing home).  I worked my first shift this morning from 6 to 11 AM.  There were some parts that made me uncomfortable (who's going to be comfortable changing the diapers of the incontinent residents?), but mostly it was very fulfilling.  Most of the residents are very sweet.  I think I'm going to like it there. 

I'm not broke anymore!!! :-D  Yesterday I was virtually flat broke with $20 in my purse and next to nothing in my checking account.  Today a refund from the bursar came through.  I dropped 6 credit hours of courses and get back $811.  Woohoo!!!  Now I can actually afford to pay my bills.  Praise the lord!  I have been fretting and praying and stressing for a week now over how I was going to be able to afford to live for the next month, and there it is.  By the time that money runs out, I should have enough money flowing in from my jobs (totalling 40 hours a week) to be able to stay afloat. 
 
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02:43pm 24/08/2007
 
mood: ecstatic
Yay!  I got myself a 2nd job today.  It's just at a local grocery store, but it's a friendly environment and it will help pay the bills.  I start Monday at 9.  Also, a girl called me in response to my "roommate needed" flyer.  Hopefully that works out.  That would give me a long-term solution to my immediate financial crisis.  I'd have to worry about my September 1st bills, but I would be okay for the rest of the semester.  Here's hoping! :-)
 
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10:39am 24/08/2007
 
mood: aggravated
Mark and I are just friends.  I am back in undergrad for a semester.  I had health problems last semester and couldn't handle the full load.  Have to re-take pharm 2 in the spring, can't progress any further in the vet curriculum until I do.  Didn't get enough fucking money in school loans to live on.  Trying to get a roommate to share my mobile home, and trying to get another part-time job so I'll be up to full-time hours and pay, hopefully 50 hours a week if I can manage it.  Immediate acute money crisis.  Anybody want to buy a 55 gallon fish tank?  Comes with stand, filters, lights, all accessories, decorations for $200.  The value of all the stuff I have is at least $350 new.  Also have pet rabbits for sale...$15 each. 
 
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08:12am 24/05/2007
 
mood: loved
Mark's been really sweet and helpful lately. Yesterday when I was at work he showed up with a butterfinger candy bar (my favorite candy) and a wild cherry pepsi (my favorite soda). :-D Then he helped me clean out the three rabbit cages and two hamster/gerbil cages last night. That was 2 hours of not-terribly-pleasant work, but it needed doing and he was great.
 
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07:42am 24/05/2007
 
mood: hopeful
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...Okay, so I've been house-sitting for this couple. They have a gorgeous house in the country, a beautiful 5 acre pasture with a pond - perfectly picturesque, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses, well-equipped stables with stalls enough for 5 horses, a smaller one or two-acre pasture with a lean-to-type shelter and hay racks, and a separate one-acre dog play area. I've been sitting for them for a week, living in their house and caring for their animals, and I've fallen in love with it all. It's just about my perfect ideal future dream set-up. The only thing I would change is that while I like their house, the two story thing is hard on my knees. So I would have a one-story house, but I'd love to have their hardwood floors, beautiful kitchen cabinets, appliances, decks, room layouts, etc. I'd decorate it differently, of course, but that's probably to be expected. They've done a nice job of it, but my usual style is just a bit different. You know, nice animal prints and artwork tastefully scattered. This week has been like living in my fantasy of my future home-life.

Especially with the horses. That's one really big thing. Those two are really sweet, and it's been great going out there morning and night. It's been fabulous socializing time with them. The owners said they used to have a horse boarded there too...and let me tell you, if I had a horse I would love to have it stabled there. That gorgeous place is just a couple miles down the road from me, and I can't think of a place a horse would rather be. It's perfect.
 
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08:31am 15/05/2007
 
mood: happy
I just started work at the computer lab again yesterday. I had a week off after finals, which gave me time to sort out what's happening with school and let everybody know. I had a meeting with Mr. Dr. Meinkoth (since he's interim dean of academic affairs) on Friday, and he said the oversight committee would meet yesterday (Monday) and I'd hear tomorrow (Wednesday) but 99.99% guarantee that what they'll say is "repeat pharm II next spring."
My parents came down for a surprise visit on Saturday -- ostensibly for mother's day, but I think also because they were worried about me. We've been talking a lot. I'm considering taking some business management courses in the fall, since that's a huge deficit in our DVM program (in my opinion anyway) and I'd eventually like to have my own practice.
I'm having a ball designing jewelry again. It's kinda funny...I hadn't realized how much I missed that creative outlet until I got the chance to start it up again. In the week off I've already experimented with a couple new techniques. Lots of fun. :-)
When my parents were in town, we determined that my the push-mower was trashed (it had managed to get run without oil, apparently, even though Rachel checked it when she borrowed it from me and said there was some in there). So what did my parents do? They took me over to Lowe's and bought me a *BRAND NEW* push-mower...AND a weedeater too. And while they were at it they also bought me a hanging basket of flowers, some fake rock to edge my flower bed with, and a new shovel. I was absolutely blown away flabbergasted. They said it was a late housewarming gift.
I went out to the most beautiful picture-perfect house in the country last night. It sits on about 10 acres of beautiful green pasture with a gorgeous pond. I'm going to house- and pet-sit for them for a week starting Friday and again for another week in June. They have 3 dogs (2 Jack Russells and a Dobie), 4 cats, and 2 horses. It was SOO peaceful...just the sort of place I dream of having someday. And they're going to pay me $40 a day to sit in this gorgeous house and take care of their animals. Talk about a dream job!
 
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11:40am 08/05/2007
  Well, the bad news was confirmed yesterday. I failed pharmacology. I passed everything else though. My case goes to the professional standards committee May 14. Based on the precedents, my progress through the vet program will be put on hold until I can repeat pharm 2 next spring. If I pass it successfully, I'll be on academic probation and allowed to progress through the rest of the curriculum...a year behind.  
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02:58pm 03/05/2007
 
mood: cranky
This sucks. Good news: I managed to get all of my classes passed except one. Bad news: pharmacology kicked my butt. I took the final yesterday, and today I e-mailed the professor asking about grades and wanting to know if I'd be taking an advancement exam (made a D) or have to repeat the course (made an F). Her response: "I don’t have the grades done yet for the pharmacology course, but my preliminary grading of your final exam was not good. I can’t definitively tell you what your overall grade for Pharm II will be until I get all of the exams back and see whether any questions did poorly or the final grades need to be adjusted." My interpretation: you got an F.
 
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12:36pm 29/04/2007
  Yayness! I pulled up my infectious diseases grade to 71.1% right now, so I'm passing it. If I continue to pass it after the final and keep my D in pharmacology (as sad as this sounds, keeping my D will be a challenge), I am eligible for an advancement exam. Then I would have 2 weeks to study for just pharmacology, and given those circumstances I am positive I could pass the advancement exam.

Other yayness! Mark and I have been speaking for quite a few months, and I decided to drop the protective order on him back in January. We're dating again. I realize that this may evoke a "What?! But you got a protective order against him!" response. No, I have not taken leave of my senses. Counseling, meds, and a lot of work on his part for the past two years have left him much more stable. He now freely admits responsibility for everything that happened and is working on remedying as much as he can. Also, he's much calmer, and he's happier. And I'm happy.
 
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08:25am 25/04/2007
  Bad bad news for the Jenn. At best I will be taking an advancement exam this semester. Pharmacology II kicked my butt. With 2 weeks left before finals, we took our only SECOND exam of the semester. Well, upon receiving that exam back I discovered I performed pathetically. I had thought I did much better, but well, one of those surprises you never want hit me. So I have a D in there. If I pass infectious, which I think and really hope I can do, then I'll be eligible to take the pharm advancement exam. Ick. And depressing.  
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03:09pm 07/04/2007
 
mood: happy
I'm going home for Easter! I'm going to go visit my parents for an Easter corned beef dinner. I'm taking my puppies with me, so there will be 6 dogs in my parent's house for a day. Oh yes, life will be exciting. :-)

Also, I decided to work 40 hours a week during the summer at my crap computer lab job. The pay sucks balls ($5.65/hr, but no taxes taken out so that makes it more like $8/hr if you figure on 30% taxes) but I really really really wanted a lot of free time this summer to put into studying. My first choice would have been to tech at a vet clinic, but there really aren't any of those jobs available around Stillwater because of so many vet students staying in town over the summer. So I figured I could do my "sit on my butt, answer a computer question, sit on my butt for 5 more hours, refill the printers, sit on my butt" routine and use the "sit on my butt" time to study. I'll make enough to cover my bills, although not a whole lot extra. I also figured I'd break out my jewelry-making supplies again, spend some of my time at work making jewelry, and sell it again. I enjoy it, and it'd supplement my income. So meh, there are my summer plans. If I don't pick up a second job I'll just be working a plain old 8-5 Mon-Fri job, which would give me evenings and weekends free...which is obviously nice.
 
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08:45am 06/04/2007
  Got back my final in hemolymph. One class down, how many more to go? (That would be eight.) I've stopped taking most of my pain meds. They dull me mentally (since it's the max daily dose of a narcotic drug)...something I can't afford right now. My antidepressants are supposed to have some pain management effects...not entirely sure if I've noticed that or not. But anyway, I'm trying to do all those lifestyle management things I've been taught over the years to reduce my pain level...getting adequate sleep, stretches, hot water relaxation, meditation, etc etc. It's not the most pleasant day ever, but it's worth it for the mental sharpness.  
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04:46pm 31/03/2007
 
mood: bored
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09:16am 28/03/2007
  I had a final in hemolymph yesterday. I also got back another exam in infectious diseases. It didn't go well. According to just my exams, I am still not passing that class. Stressful. Ick. Dr. Williams changed my antidepressants yesterday. We're trying a new one that is also supposed to have some pain management properties. Supposed to start physical therapy again. Also have started psych counseling once a week. Got a tutor for 3 of my classes, including infectious diseases. Diagnostic imaging exam tomorrow. Not sure if I'm going to be able to make my bills at the first of the month. So stressed.  
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10:36am 13/03/2007
 
mood: sleepy
I'm so tired I'm literally nodding off in the middle of my classes. I keep catching myself doing the head-bobbing thing as I start to drift off and my head starts to fall forward or back. So now I'm surfing the web in a desperate attempt to keep myself entertained and hopefully avoid being obvious about falling asleep. I'm also pulling out the candy, hoping the sugar high will help me stay awake. Just ten more minutes until lunch break... I have no idea how I'm going to manage to stay awake during radiology lab this afternoon. It's normally boring anyway, so how am I supposed to do it when I'm fighting simply to stay awake?
 
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02:12pm 10/03/2007
  Big exam this coming week in infectious diseases II. We've only had one exam in there so far, and I made a 64% on it. Yeah, ouch. So I'm already hard at work on the material, hoping to score something in the 80s range to balance out the first horrific score.  
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01:12pm 06/03/2007
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12:43pm 06/03/2007
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10:06am 06/03/2007
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