velessa: (Dogs - Sierra on fence)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 at Project Save Annabelle (otherwise known as I need help)
The Story

On Sunday May 20th, I woke up and realized that my Great Dane, Annabelle, hadn't come in for her morning kisses like usual. As soon as my boyfriend and I start talking, we're usually joined by my giant dog with tail wagging and kisses to the face as she climbs in bed with us to snuggle for a few hours.

I went to check on her and she was on the floor, which is odd since she's a comfort creature who usually prefers the couch. I went up to her and barely got a response. I called Kevin in and normally she can't contain herself with excitement when he enters the room.

Nothing. Her eyes could barely even stay open and she looked uninterested in everything.

We got her to stand up and realized she was not putting her right foot down at all. We tried walking her; she couldn't walk. So we ran her to the emergency vet (since it was a Sunday). My boyfriend had to carry her because she couldn't walk.

The day before she was her normal goofy self. Playing ball at the dog park, and even rough housing with a new Great Dane puppy. She came home and was fine that night. It all happened between when we went to bed and when we woke up.

At the emergency vet, her fever was 104.7. She was a very sick dog. They kept her all day on Sunday until her fever went down. He said her paw looked to be injured but that it likely caused an infection (she had elevated red blood cells). He sent her home with an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory medicine for the injured paw. Original bill was $900 which I didn't have. I burst into tears because she is my baby and the wonderful vet lowered it to $600.

Sunday night my boyfriend and I slept in the living room because she couldn't move and I didn't want her being too far from me. He slept on the floor and neither of us got much sleep.

I took Monday off and luckily I did because her paw did not stop gushing blood. I had never seen so much blood just gushing without stopping. Obviously, I couldn't let it continue so I took her to my regular vet. She thought it was foxtail that had weaved it's way into the paw, we scheduled Annabelle for surgery the next day and all should have been well.

This was how swollen her paw was before the bleeding even started. It has only gotten worse from here.



However, things turned ugly the next day. When they opened the bandage up, they found that the whole on her paw had grown to twice the original size and her flesh was rotting around it. The vet called and said she felt it was either a brown recluse bite or flesh-eating bacteria (such as MRSA).

I took her in for a second opinion with the emergency vet who saw her on Sunday and he said her tissue was liquefying. It was one of the worst cases he'd seen in a very long time. He was leaning more toward flesh-eating bacteria, but said a brown recluse bite could still be possible. He did say that with aggressive veterinary treatment, she would survive. She might lose part of her foot, but that she would be fine if we did everything the vet is asking of us.

Sadly, we still don't know what we are dealing with.

We just know that her skin and tissue is rotting at an alarming rate. She went from playing catch with us on Saturday to us looking at her dying within the week if we couldn't get this under control.

Today is Wednesday and from the massive amounts of a variety of antibiotics, she's doing better. The wound hadn't grown any larger for the first time since this whole ordeal. It's not reversed yet, no healing is present, but the fact that it stopped spreading the way it had is a good sign.

Her clotting tests came back normal showing that her body is healing the wound.

Everything is pointing to good signs if we keep up treatment.

The issue is cost. I have spent $2,000 since Sunday. That's over half my monthly salary. I pulled money from my IRA to pay for services and I am running low over there.

Today alone was $870. Tomorrow? Another $300. And until she shows healing, it could be $300 a day to hospitalize her. Then it will be regular vet visits with special bandage changes ($55 a day - I am hoping to negotiate or learn how to do this myself at home). Once she starts healing, she will need surgery to remove to dead tissue and to either stitch/graft or amputate as needed depending on the damage that is done. This could add up to a couple thousand more depending on the course of treatment.

She requires all of this to survive. Right now, it's looking more and more like a flesh-eating bacteria. A super bacteria of sorts that got into her injured paw and is killing the tissue. It's crazy how she can go from being fine on Saturday to having her foot rotting away on Tuesday. It's mind-blowing and terrifying.

How she is today (Wednesday)

For a dog with flesh-eating bacteria on her foot, she's almost back to normal personality wise. The antibiotics seem to be working on the internal infection, it's just the wound that needs to heal up. While at the vet this morning, she climbed up in the chair next to me like normal. When I came to pick her up this afternoon, she pulled the vet tech down the hall to get to me. She's now putting a little weight on the paw which means the pain is subsiding. She's happy to greet my roommate once again, and she even begged for food last night (which I spoiled her with two hot dogs because she's been through a lot).

She's on the mend, the treatments may be working. Though without knowing what the bacteria is immune to, it's going to mean a lot of trial and error to get this under control for good.

My Situation

I won't go into my sob story great length since this is about Annabelle. But I left a really bad relationship about 2 years ago, moved out to California for a job opportunity to be in my field... and Dang, it's expensive out here. Rent takes up half my monthly salary and I wish I was exaggerating. It's tough. I have barely been able to save up anything and I live very frugally to make ends meet. My pets always come before me, their needs get met before mine and I make sure they eat better than I do. They are my world.

I had to get Annabelle spayed last August, and because she is a Dane, I also had her stomach tacked to help prevent bloat (You can Google it. It's a Great Dane issue). I used Care Credit to fund that. She had sickness associated with the surgery which required a lot of vet visits, and Care Credit came into play again. Then my cat got sick a few times... and my Care Credit is maxed out. They can possibly raise my limit, but I will know in 7-10 days.

I don't have 7-10 days. I am running out of money and the vets I have found don't take payment plans because they push you to Care Credit. They require money up front, which I don't have anymore of. I've dug into my IRA and will deal with penalties later. The $1000 I pulled out yesterday is already gone to the vet, I am broke once more.

My family is poor, I can't get it from them. My savings are burnt up from this. I really don't know where else to go. I am so ashamed to be asking for help, and hope no one thinks poorly of me for it.

Help Needed

I hate asking for any help, but this girl is my baby. Anyone who knows me knows that this dog is my world. I talk about her nonstop, I take her everywhere I go. I make sure she has the best possible life I can give her, and I go without in order to give it to her.

I have had a rough few years and she's been able to bring me so much joy. I seriously can't imagine life without my giant beast of a dog. She's a cuddle buddy who loves nothing more than being loved on by a human. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body and adores everyone she meets.



(This is a photo from a month or so ago. She's snuggling in bed with Kevin on a Sunday like we do every Sunday until this last one shook us all up.)

If you know of any charities that would donate to the vet on behalf of Annabelle to get her the services we need, please let me know. I am researching it a bit, and doing my best to find help that I can get right away. This all happened so fast and needs to be treated fast. If you know of a vet in the Orange County, CA area that would take payments or help me out, that would work great too. I just need it quick.

Knowing I can save her if I just had the money... I have to at least try. I have to at least ask.

Don't feel any obligation whatsoever, especially if you have helped me in the past with anything whatsoever. I don't want to be greedy or pushy. Several people have asked to help me with the vet bills and I am passing this along because I can't deny that I need help. If you can't help financially, but want to help out somehow, then feel free to pass this along. Pass it along anywhere you can think of, I don't mind.

Anything. Any little bit will help here. Even your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me since I believe in the power of positive energy. So keep those coming as well. Or just pass it on even. Maybe someone out there can help me in a way I never would have thought of on my own. You just never know.

Thanks everyone. I will try to make sure everyone gets at least a personalized "thank you" card if I get your address (so please consider leaving that. I may include a photo of Annabelle once she's healthy once more). I am more than willing to repay the favor in any way I possibly can. Never hesitate to ask.

For more about Annabelle, here's a video and a public post I wrote up about her. You can see that she really is a terrific dog and I love her so much.

http://pixie117.livejournal.com/616200.html








If the link doesn't work, my paypal e-mail address is kristenrericha@gmail.com. Apparently people are having issues there. I apologize for that :/


velessa: (Dogs - Yukon & Sierra)
Our last yellow labrador, Yukon, went to the vet to cross the rainbow bridge today. He was a month shy of 13 years old, and it was definitely his time. He'd been arthritic for a few years now, but he went rapidly downhill over the last week or so, being barely able to move. May he romp around pain-free with Heather, Taffy, Sierra, Sequoia, and Bootsie now.

Yukon was the lunkhead of the house, as well as the only male dog we ever had. Headstrong and smart as a brick, he was ruled by his stomach and got into anything and everything that he suspected was food. Kleenex were a favorite snack of his, especially used ones he pulled out of all the garbage cans he would knock over on a regular basis. Training him required lots of patience and lots of treats. But he was absolutely the most sweet-natured dog ever, loved everyone instantly and would lick you half to death given the chance. He was a good companion and was lucky to have such a good, long run.

Yukon: May 27, 1997 - April 11, 2010 )
velessa: (Dogs - Yukon & Sierra)
Our last yellow labrador, Yukon, went to the vet to cross the rainbow bridge today. He was a month shy of 13 years old, and it was definitely his time. He'd been arthritic for a few years now, but he went rapidly downhill over the last week or so, being barely able to move. May he romp around pain-free with Heather, Taffy, Sierra, Sequoia, and Bootsie now.

Yukon was the lunkhead of the house, as well as the only male dog we ever had. Headstrong and smart as a brick, he was ruled by his stomach and got into anything and everything that he suspected was food. Kleenex were a favorite snack of his, especially used ones he pulled out of all the garbage cans he would knock over on a regular basis. Training him required lots of patience and lots of treats. But he was absolutely the most sweet-natured dog ever, loved everyone instantly and would lick you half to death given the chance. He was a good companion and was lucky to have such a good, long run.

Yukon: May 27, 1997 - April 11, 2010 )
velessa: (Cats - Smoky)
So I picked up Bootsie successfully today. Apparently she'd been seen wandering around the neighborhood for the last couple of days, and someone finally called her in to get picked up. She actually didn't get all that far away, about four streets over, but we never saw her. Turned out to cost quite a bit to get her back, because her license renewal was $87 and the bill for the emergency care they gave her was $145. Also have to get a fax from the vet telling them that she can't get her rabies booster because last time she had a bad reaction and it could kill her. That has to be done within the next ten days or it'll be a $100 citation. =p Expensive little runaway! Well she's home now and acting completely normal, although perhaps a bit starved for attention.

And OUCH!! When I got home I was listening to the messages on the answering machine, and Jerry decided that'd be a great time to leap from the kitchen table onto my shoulders. While he does this frequently, this time I really wasn't expecting it and turned around partway as he was landing. Did I mention Jerry weighs 20 pounds? Of course he couldn't land well while I was moving, so much screaming and clawing and falling ensued. I now have three huge clawmarks down my back and one on my neck! Cats...

And it's WARM outside! The one good thing about rain, it brings warmer weather in the winter. And it's not even raining today, it's just warm. =)

good news!

Dec. 19th, 2005 02:15 pm
velessa: (Bleach - Hanatarou - yay!)
Bootsie was found! I don't have any details on what happened to her yet, but she's down at the animal shelter. They're closed on Mondays, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to pick her up. Thank you everyone for your well wishes; as long as she can stand spending the night in the shelter, she should be fine. I guess someone found her and brought her in, and since she wears her license and rabies tags, they were able to contact us here. Apparently she was just found today, so I wonder where she's been for the past day and a half...

screenshot from the found animals page of the shelter website )

Yesterday there was a horrible rainstorm, so work was super cold and wet and windy. I spent only a few minutes out in the rain letting the horses in and watering them, and the rest of the time trying to keep warm and dry in the office. I had to call almost everyone to tell them not to come to work today, and then I got to go home early.

After work I went with Josh to Cindra's surprise birthday dinner (pretty surprising since it was a month early!) at a Chinese seafood place. Attendees were me, Josh ([livejournal.com profile] thomasj), Fox, Cindra ([livejournal.com profile] cinderfox), Steven, Shellie, Laura ([livejournal.com profile] angelkatharine), Mark, Jani ([livejournal.com profile] hurtta), Jennie ([livejournal.com profile] sipdeek), Annamarie ([livejournal.com profile] wonderwomandc), Erin ([livejournal.com profile] mommyofbuddy), and Sheng. The food was yummy, but there sure was a lot of very loud drunken karaoke singing going on out in the main dining area (we had a private room, but it was so loud we could still hear all of it). After dinner Cindra got the most chocolately chocolate cake ever and opened a bunch of presents. Then most of us went over to Jennie's house for an evening of playing with Itty Bitty the kitty and a game of Cranium Turbo, which was much fun. ^_^

missing

Dec. 18th, 2005 03:27 pm
velessa: (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne - Maron)
Our dog Bootsie is missing. Last night my mom let her outside to go to the bathroom, and she never came back. Normally she comes right back to the back step once she's done and scratches the door to be let inside. But she seems to have simply vanished...she's nowhere in the backyard and hasn't turned up anywhere in the neighborhood. Bootsie is a 20.5 year old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, so I'm wondering if she didn't just go off by herself to die somewhere; given her age that wouldn't surprise me. The other possibility would be she somehow got out of the backyard and got herself trapped someplace while taking shelter from the rain. All the other times she's gotten out (it happens frequently, she's so small she can easily fit through holes in the fence even though I try to keep them blocked) she's run around the court for a bit then come back to the front door. It's very, very odd for her to not come back at all; in fact it's never happened before. I'm a bit worried now.

dog pics

Jun. 13th, 2005 08:44 pm
velessa: (Golden Pair 1)
I forgot, [livejournal.com profile] sapphie_lp wanted to see pictures of my dogs, so I took some the other day of Sequoia playing in the hose water. You can see the little pool before she chewed holes all through it :p

Labradors )

And here's Ooishi and Kikumaru for the heck of it =D

ducks )

dog pics

Jun. 13th, 2005 08:44 pm
velessa: (Golden Pair 1)
I forgot, [livejournal.com profile] sapphie_lp wanted to see pictures of my dogs, so I took some the other day of Sequoia playing in the hose water. You can see the little pool before she chewed holes all through it :p

Labradors )

And here's Ooishi and Kikumaru for the heck of it =D

ducks )
velessa: (smoky)
YARGH!! Well, I *was* going to go to class today, but Sequoia decided to ruin that plan. Somehow she's figured out how to escape from the dogs' section of the yard through a narrow opening between the shed and where the fence ends. Today it's raining, and somehow when she does this she manages to get covered in water and mud. Of course I didn't know any of this, so when I went outside to feed the dogs breakfast, I was met by a mud rocket barreling toward me. I'm surprised no one called the police from the way I screamed! *l* I locked the dogs up inside to eat while I tried to fix the fence, so of course I got covered in mud and water as well. By the time I had finally managed to block the opening, there was no way I could have gotten to class in time. So instead I just stayed outside since I was wet already and took some pictures of Simba sitting on the fence. Argh. DOGS. I am SO completely a cat person!
velessa: (smoky)
YARGH!! Well, I *was* going to go to class today, but Sequoia decided to ruin that plan. Somehow she's figured out how to escape from the dogs' section of the yard through a narrow opening between the shed and where the fence ends. Today it's raining, and somehow when she does this she manages to get covered in water and mud. Of course I didn't know any of this, so when I went outside to feed the dogs breakfast, I was met by a mud rocket barreling toward me. I'm surprised no one called the police from the way I screamed! *l* I locked the dogs up inside to eat while I tried to fix the fence, so of course I got covered in mud and water as well. By the time I had finally managed to block the opening, there was no way I could have gotten to class in time. So instead I just stayed outside since I was wet already and took some pictures of Simba sitting on the fence. Argh. DOGS. I am SO completely a cat person!
velessa: (Default)
I've added to my profile to reflect this uber-sucky year. Rest in peace Oma and Sierra.
velessa: (Default)
I've added to my profile to reflect this uber-sucky year. Rest in peace Oma and Sierra.
velessa: (norman)
I've finally returned from my house sitting job. It's hard to go without the internet for five days! They did have satellite TV, though, and I found a channel that showed pretty much nothing but stuff about horses and horse training. I need to look up what RFD-TV stands for.

Anyway, overall I enjoyed my time at their house in the woods. It was up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere and so very peaceful; it was like going camping with just myself and a bunch of animals. The dog went with me everywhere as a sort of companion and guardian. He's a great big golden retriever and does a good job protecting the house. Once in a while he would start barking at something and chase it off; this morning he scared away something...I couldn't really tell what it was through the trees, but it was pretty big. I felt safer out there with him because the owner told me there are mountain lions around! But every morning he would also run off where I couldn't find him and then come running back after a while. I don't know where he was going but I didn't like him being way out of earshot. Plus when he came back he had this look on his face like he'd been getting into trouble :p

Every morning and evening I spent about 1 1/2 - 2 hours taking care of all the critters. There were four horses, and each had to get their own special mix of grain and supplements and medications, then some hay. Three of the horses are very friendly but one of them is skittish and doesn't like to be touched, so I just left her alone. Today I caught a mouse in the hay! I kept seeing one everytime I went into the hay shed, but today it got into my wheelbarrow; it must have been hiding in the flakes of hay I took. I let it go outside. One of the horses is on stall rest for tendon problems, so after feeding I had to walk him for five minutes. That doesn't sound very long, but for some reason that part always felt like it took forever. I also had to squirt medicine into his mouth every other morning. Finally all the stalls had to be cleaned and rebedded.

After the horses I took care of the chickens; I was kind of nervous about being around those birds at first, but I got over that quickly. The chickens were all perfectly harmless, I just let them out in the yard and watched them peck and scratch for about 20 minutes, then cooped them back up. There were usually a few stubborn ones that wouldn't go in when I chased them, so I had to pick them up and carry them inside. The first time I tried that I was worried it would bite me or something, but they didn't care at all. I like bird feathers, they're so soft. Other than that all I had to do for them was make sure their food and water were clean and collect eggs. These hens laid green eggs which I thought were interesting and the owner let me keep them.

After the six chickens I fed the dog and four cats inside. They were all friendly except for one cat; for the first two days I thought I had somehow accidently let him outside and lost him. But then he finally came out of hiding and I occasionally caught glimpses of him. The other three cats were practically overly friendly. Two of them sat on me all the time; the other one lives in the kitchen and won't leave it, but anytime I was in there she demanded my attention.

The hardest part of this job was getting up before dawn to feed the horses and trying to sleep. I think the getting up would have been easier if I had been able to get much sleep at night, but I couldn't really thanks to all the animals in the bed. The huge dog and two of the cats took up much of the space on the bed, plus the dog put his head on my feet and one of the cats kept sleeping on my chest, so I couldn't really move or get comfortable. I kept waking up every few hours, so that wasn't much fun. They did keep the bed warm, though. It was always cold up there in mountains.
velessa: (norman)
I've finally returned from my house sitting job. It's hard to go without the internet for five days! They did have satellite TV, though, and I found a channel that showed pretty much nothing but stuff about horses and horse training. I need to look up what RFD-TV stands for.

Anyway, overall I enjoyed my time at their house in the woods. It was up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere and so very peaceful; it was like going camping with just myself and a bunch of animals. The dog went with me everywhere as a sort of companion and guardian. He's a great big golden retriever and does a good job protecting the house. Once in a while he would start barking at something and chase it off; this morning he scared away something...I couldn't really tell what it was through the trees, but it was pretty big. I felt safer out there with him because the owner told me there are mountain lions around! But every morning he would also run off where I couldn't find him and then come running back after a while. I don't know where he was going but I didn't like him being way out of earshot. Plus when he came back he had this look on his face like he'd been getting into trouble :p

Every morning and evening I spent about 1 1/2 - 2 hours taking care of all the critters. There were four horses, and each had to get their own special mix of grain and supplements and medications, then some hay. Three of the horses are very friendly but one of them is skittish and doesn't like to be touched, so I just left her alone. Today I caught a mouse in the hay! I kept seeing one everytime I went into the hay shed, but today it got into my wheelbarrow; it must have been hiding in the flakes of hay I took. I let it go outside. One of the horses is on stall rest for tendon problems, so after feeding I had to walk him for five minutes. That doesn't sound very long, but for some reason that part always felt like it took forever. I also had to squirt medicine into his mouth every other morning. Finally all the stalls had to be cleaned and rebedded.

After the horses I took care of the chickens; I was kind of nervous about being around those birds at first, but I got over that quickly. The chickens were all perfectly harmless, I just let them out in the yard and watched them peck and scratch for about 20 minutes, then cooped them back up. There were usually a few stubborn ones that wouldn't go in when I chased them, so I had to pick them up and carry them inside. The first time I tried that I was worried it would bite me or something, but they didn't care at all. I like bird feathers, they're so soft. Other than that all I had to do for them was make sure their food and water were clean and collect eggs. These hens laid green eggs which I thought were interesting and the owner let me keep them.

After the six chickens I fed the dog and four cats inside. They were all friendly except for one cat; for the first two days I thought I had somehow accidently let him outside and lost him. But then he finally came out of hiding and I occasionally caught glimpses of him. The other three cats were practically overly friendly. Two of them sat on me all the time; the other one lives in the kitchen and won't leave it, but anytime I was in there she demanded my attention.

The hardest part of this job was getting up before dawn to feed the horses and trying to sleep. I think the getting up would have been easier if I had been able to get much sleep at night, but I couldn't really thanks to all the animals in the bed. The huge dog and two of the cats took up much of the space on the bed, plus the dog put his head on my feet and one of the cats kept sleeping on my chest, so I couldn't really move or get comfortable. I kept waking up every few hours, so that wasn't much fun. They did keep the bed warm, though. It was always cold up there in mountains.
velessa: (Default)
I feel like I should write something, but I don't really have anything to say. Oh wait, yes I do: I hate writing phrase structure rules!!! This is a thousand times worse than doing the transcription I mentioned before. Now I have to take that transcription and write a rule for how every single utterance was formulated. There are over 175 of them! So far my partner and I have spent something like 7 hours working on it, and we're barely halfway through. It's due on Monday and it looks like we'll be working on it all weekend. I also have a paper I need to start working on, as well as a couple of presentations, all of which are due in about two weeks. Yay.

In other news, someone at my dad's work is apparently looking for a house/pet sitter for a long 5 day weekend. I'll probably call her tomorrow if she doesn't call me first; I could always use extra money, and I'd love to take care of her horses, cats, dogs, and chickens. Well, maybe not the chickens but I'd do it anyway. Birds kind of scare me with their sharp beaks and claws. I still wouldn't mind another house sitting job, though. I miss the kitties from my last one.

I can't think of anything else. I need some new clothes. I absolutely hate clothes shopping, but I need more "teachery" type outfits to wear when I teach the writing lab on Wednesdays. I don't really need to dress professionally, but I want to, just so people can tell me apart from the students if nothing else.

I made a post full of cute horsey pictures, which can be seen here (when Photobucket starts working again anyway!): Baaaaaby Animals
velessa: (Default)
I feel like I should write something, but I don't really have anything to say. Oh wait, yes I do: I hate writing phrase structure rules!!! This is a thousand times worse than doing the transcription I mentioned before. Now I have to take that transcription and write a rule for how every single utterance was formulated. There are over 175 of them! So far my partner and I have spent something like 7 hours working on it, and we're barely halfway through. It's due on Monday and it looks like we'll be working on it all weekend. I also have a paper I need to start working on, as well as a couple of presentations, all of which are due in about two weeks. Yay.

In other news, someone at my dad's work is apparently looking for a house/pet sitter for a long 5 day weekend. I'll probably call her tomorrow if she doesn't call me first; I could always use extra money, and I'd love to take care of her horses, cats, dogs, and chickens. Well, maybe not the chickens but I'd do it anyway. Birds kind of scare me with their sharp beaks and claws. I still wouldn't mind another house sitting job, though. I miss the kitties from my last one.

I can't think of anything else. I need some new clothes. I absolutely hate clothes shopping, but I need more "teachery" type outfits to wear when I teach the writing lab on Wednesdays. I don't really need to dress professionally, but I want to, just so people can tell me apart from the students if nothing else.

I made a post full of cute horsey pictures, which can be seen here (when Photobucket starts working again anyway!): Baaaaaby Animals
velessa: (Default)
Okay, the puppy's name is officially Sequoia because we're sick of trying to come up with anything better. She's getting much better about sleeping quietly through the night, but she still yipes and whines horribly when she's awake during the day and no one is around to play with her. She also has even more toys now since any one toy only seems to keep her interested for a day or two.

I dropped my Tuesday night class, so now I'm down to only two night classes on Mondays and Thursdays. Yay! That class was SO lame; it was called Communication & Culture and most of the people in there were kids majoring in Communications. I had zero interest in it and it involved a lot of annoying reading, not to mention having to stay at school at night for yet another 3 hours in a row. Anyway, I've dropped it and instead I signed up for a class at the community college I'll be working at. The class? Japanese Animation *g* Three hours of watching anime every Monday; I think I can handle that... ^_~

Yesterday was bowling and I did quite well for me. For the last few weeks I've been sucking; my ball won't go where I want it to and I haven't been able to figure out why. It's like the way I bowled changed completely over the space of a week or two. Then last night my thumbnail broke off on my first practice ball, and suddenly I could bowl normally again! For three weeks I've been bowling like crap all because of one stupid nail. Well now I know I have to keep them cut short.

Tonight the fire alarm went off during my night class. I wonder if it was a prank or something, because the alarm went off in the same building on Monday night as well. That thing is freaking LOUD. At least it was kind of nice to get out of that boring class for a few minutes; I keep almost falling asleep in there. Then when I was walking to the parking structure, I saw something rustling under a bush. I figured it was a cat (there's an orange tabby I've seen a few times around campus) and stopped to look at it. Well what should scurry out from under the bush but a huge possom! In the middle of downtown San Jose! It ran over to a building and sniffed around, looking for a way in, then it crawled through this little opening near the bottom of the wall. Weird.
velessa: (Default)
Okay, the puppy's name is officially Sequoia because we're sick of trying to come up with anything better. She's getting much better about sleeping quietly through the night, but she still yipes and whines horribly when she's awake during the day and no one is around to play with her. She also has even more toys now since any one toy only seems to keep her interested for a day or two.

I dropped my Tuesday night class, so now I'm down to only two night classes on Mondays and Thursdays. Yay! That class was SO lame; it was called Communication & Culture and most of the people in there were kids majoring in Communications. I had zero interest in it and it involved a lot of annoying reading, not to mention having to stay at school at night for yet another 3 hours in a row. Anyway, I've dropped it and instead I signed up for a class at the community college I'll be working at. The class? Japanese Animation *g* Three hours of watching anime every Monday; I think I can handle that... ^_~

Yesterday was bowling and I did quite well for me. For the last few weeks I've been sucking; my ball won't go where I want it to and I haven't been able to figure out why. It's like the way I bowled changed completely over the space of a week or two. Then last night my thumbnail broke off on my first practice ball, and suddenly I could bowl normally again! For three weeks I've been bowling like crap all because of one stupid nail. Well now I know I have to keep them cut short.

Tonight the fire alarm went off during my night class. I wonder if it was a prank or something, because the alarm went off in the same building on Monday night as well. That thing is freaking LOUD. At least it was kind of nice to get out of that boring class for a few minutes; I keep almost falling asleep in there. Then when I was walking to the parking structure, I saw something rustling under a bush. I figured it was a cat (there's an orange tabby I've seen a few times around campus) and stopped to look at it. Well what should scurry out from under the bush but a huge possom! In the middle of downtown San Jose! It ran over to a building and sniffed around, looking for a way in, then it crawled through this little opening near the bottom of the wall. Weird.

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