moiread: (SHINIES • a botanist in faeryland.)
I have bought a lot of shinies from [ profile] elisem over the years and, since she's still making lovely things, I don't expect to stop acquiring more anytime soon. Like a dragon, I now have a small hoard. As awesome as that is, the pieces that I love most have changed over time, and there are a lot of items that I just don't wear anymore. I think they deserve better than languishing in my jewellery box, so I'm sending them out into the world to seek new homes and new civilizations, to boldly go new adventures. Any money I make from these sales will help me afford the confluence of Christmas and vet bills. (My formerly-abused rescue dog says thank you for anxiety meds!)

Lots of earrings and pendants here! )
moiread: (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA • six/affection.)
A lot of stuff in my life is going really, really well right now. I have a new relationship that is a whole bunch of different flavours of awesome, and I have all kinds of fun travel coming up between now and October. Also, minus the brief medication-related hiccup in Montreal three weeks ago, overall I am feeling physically better than I have in ages. This is probably just a combination of endorphins, normal hemoglobin levels, and being off nutty hormone treatments for the first time in a decade, but I'll take it!

Going to try to get my tubes tied this summer, during the one month where I don't have plans to be anywhere. Have dealt with the pre-ablation emotional stuff and want to take back control of my bits again! May not have a job at the school next year, so have come up with some ideas for freelance work I can do over the summer and continue through the rest of the year if things go that way. Also may or may not go back to school for my own education, either locally or online. That one will take a bit more reflection, since I need to be pretty sure my health is going to stay stable for at least a full semester before I start throwing large chunks of money around.

Plans! Things! Goodnesses! Hurray for me!

I may not be posting much these days, but I still read everything. Promise.

PS: Travel-wise, right now it looks like I'll be in Chicago from May 16-21, Montreal from May 23-27, Minneapolis from June 20-26th, back in Chicago for probably two weeks sometime in August, and then back in Montreal for at LEAST the three days of [ profile] farthingparty in September but maybe longer. I'm going to try not to wind up in any more hospitals for the duration of this giant traveling period. Fingers crossed!
moiread: (hugz • sarah s.)
• I got food poisoning last week. It was brutal. I threw up so much I got hemorrhage around my eyes and cheeks and pulled several muscles. I'm still not all better but I'm getting there!

• I'm finding ways to get additional sessions, kids, and funding for the program I work in, which is good for the kids and good for my wallet. Making $360 a month from that job instead of $100 is good, especially since ODSP takes half. I will probably also pick up private tutoring work, because (so far, at least) I can't find anything else locally that meets my needs/restrictions. Also ODSP has started reimbursing me for the cost of some more of my medical supplies plus the cost of taxis to appointments, which is another $300 a month, roughly, so I should be okay. (The summers are always the hardest because I have no extra income.)

• I started a new treatment for my feet. It involves SCIENCE! Basically they blast my plantar fascia with short bursts of a sonic shockwave, and these repeated microtraumas both break up scar tissue and force my blood to heal the area. I tend to look at non-standard physio treatments that have had inconclusive clinical results with a very jaundiced eye, but at this point I'd tried everything else anybody could suggest (apart from cortisone injections, which have a 50-50 chance of either improving the problem or making it worse, so no thank you to that) so I figured, what the hell. My parents were willing to pay for it, since nobody would cover it, and actually it seems to be helping. I started the treatment on my worst foot only so that I could observe the results objectively by comparing the two, and after three treatments, my worse foot is now usually on par with my less-worse foot and sometimes better. If this continues, I'll add do another run of it but on both feet. I'm not convinced that this treatment will make anything all better, or how long the effect will last, but I figure that even a small improvement is worth it. If I choose to escalate further after the shockwave treatment, the next steps are blood doping (cool!) and surgery (less cool!).

• I am now sleeping with a dorsiflexion boot, a CPAP machine, a bite guard, and sometimes wrist braces. I feel like I'm slowly turning into Darth Vader with boobs.

• We're going on a family camping trip this weekend. I leave Thursday. It was originally supposed to be for my birthday, but it got co-opted by my mom, re-worked to suit her fancy, and then postponed because of her work schedule, so at this point I'm expecting it to be less of a birthday gift to me and more of a complete shitshow starring my crazy parents who hate each other. But I have books, good hiking boots, a solid sense of direction, and feet that are doing a bit better, so I am totally not above fucking off by myself during the day. We'll see how it goes.

• Unlike the complete birthday fail above, [ profile] timprov sent me a framed print of "Tulips and Snow Peas" because it is my favourite and he is wonderful. He picked this rich royal purple for the mat and it looks so, so gorgeous, seriously. I am going to take a picture and post it once I have a chance to get it up above my dining table where it unquestionably belongs. :D :D
moiread: (SHINIES • intermediate rose magic.)
So [ profile] elisem is having a sale again! Huzzah!

Stuff I am eyeing:

"Simple, Not Easy"
"The Dye-Worker's Magic"
"Intricate Music" !!!!
"The Long Way Home"
"The Moment of Twilight"
"Sea-Maiden, Sea-Monster" !!!!
your hatred, like a sleeping beast

(Note: This is NOT my way of saying to steer clear of the above items! It's just me linking to things I like!)

I feel as though "Simple, Not Easy" is an idea that resonates very strongly with me, whereas the rest are all about the look of the thing. Especially "Sea-Maiden, Sea-Monster". I mean, come on! That blue is my blue! And I was obsessed with paua shell as a teenager, you have no idea. So that necklace calls to me and makes me laugh.

But I don't know if I can squeeze a necklace-worth out of my budget for this upcoming month, even at sale price. Luckily I get paid in the wee hours of tonight/tomorrow, so I can do all the math then and see where I'm at. (I am especially trying not to think about the combined price tag of all my Elise necklaces, because oh lordy it's a lot, and if I do then I'll get The Stupid Money Guilt. And there is no reason to have The Stupid Money Guilt about anything so fine as those necklaces, so we shan't.)

I have no particular connection to "your hatred, like a sleeping beast", but I feel that the pendant would look good on a long, long chain, so that it hangs almost at my belly, in one of my Onor tops, for the rare times when I want to go a little goth. That pendant says, "Bitch, I will stab you." ;)

I also love a whole bunch of the labradorite pendants -- like "The Water-Smith", oh! -- but I already bought "Metamorphosis Afternoon" last go-round, and I think one is enough. If I get multiples, I'll just wind up not wearing the extras. I am trying to be very firm about this, and I still think the one I got was the best one for me. But they're all so pretty...

Oh! And on the topic of shinies that are FLIPPING BEAUTIFUL but not right for me:

"Friend to the Phoenix"
"Miss Teresa Talks To The Citrus Fairies"
"Table of Correspondences"
"Modern Enchantments"
"The Inventor Takes a Mate"

I mean, really. Really. I feel like I should be wolf-whistling at them.

If you want to check out the sale, it's right here!
moiread: (SEX ED • chlamydia.)
Originally posted by [ profile] coffeeem at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood:
Note from me: I was initially suspicious about this, since the notice below doesn't say how much of one's V-gift donation actually goes to Planned Parenthood. But I found the answer in the original post's comments: 100%. All the money you spend to shower your friends with Planned Parenthood v-gifts will go to Planned Parenthood.

For those of you who don't approve of Planned Parenthood, your response is easy: Don't buy one of these. None of your LJ subscription money goes to PP. If you'd rather donate an equivalent amount to an adoption charity, or another organization providing inexpensive or free medical assistance, please do; all charity organizations are hurting for funds in this economy.

Originally posted by [ profile] theljstaff at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood:

Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

During the month of May, you can send a specially designed Planned Parenthood vgift to your friends to help support this cause. (And if you need someone to send it to, [ profile] frank is always happy to receive gifts!) There are three variations ($1, $5 and $10) for you to choose from, but they'd all look good on your profile when your friends know that you stand by something so important.


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moiread: (are you serious? • kate m.)
They have no options for people with metal allergies except sterling silver. Sterling silver may or may not be okay for me to wear every day. I've never tried. I've only worn sterling silver on my skin for a few hours at a time. But I have tried sterling silver (everything up to and including surgical steel, in fact) in my ear piercings and it's not enough. I need titanium or niobium. So because the chances are good that I'll discover I have issues with it, I am really reluctant to go with that option. Besides, most of their jewellery looks like crap anyway. The one option I like is a rubber bracelet with the MedicAlert tag as a charm, but that costs $90, which I can't afford right now even if I knew sterling silver would be okay.

Unfortunately, I MUST buy a piece of jewellery in order to sign up for their service.

Solution: Buy their cheapest piece of jewellery just to get the Member ID number and access to their services. I can find somebody who'll make me a MedicAlert tag out of titanium or niobium, which are both completely hypoallergenic and thus are safe for me. I just need a goddamn member ID so we can put it on the bracelet.

The cheapest piece of (ugly) jewellery on their site is $40. The cheapest service plan (put medical information in their database, no other frills like calling your emergency contact when it's accessed or whatever) for the smallest unit of time available (1 year) is $40. After taxes and shipping, that's $90.

I can get a titanium charm on a rubber band for $40 from another website. Yay! $50 less than from MedicAlert itself, and in a safe metal! That gives me the piece of jewellery I can/will actually wear! Except this other site only does engraving in portrait, not landscape, so their character requirements are eight characters per line, which means I can't actually fit the name of the most important diagnosis (as far as emergency information is concerned) on it. If I cut it in the middle and put the other half of the name on the next line, that doesn't leave room for the name of the drug they'd need to treat me with immediately if I was bleeding out and/or in need of major surgery. So I'd have to buy the bracelet un-engraved and then go take it to an engraving place and get it done there.

So... total cost for the cheapest possible good solution: $40 + $90 + $40 + whatever it costs to get the engraving done. Let's assume that the engraving will come to, like, $30. That's an even $200.

I can't afford that.


Maybe I can just get it carved into my forehead instead.

(This whole "I am sick, therefore I can't make as much money as a healthy person, therefore I can't afford the things I need to deal with being sick" cycle is fucking absurd.)

EDIT: Okay. After thinking it over some, I've decide to do this in two steps. First step is to get a cheapie titanium thing with just the bleeding disorder on it (since that's most essential to saving my life in the event of body carnage and/or major emergency surgery). It won't be official MedicAlert, and it won't have a Member ID number on it, and I won't have any service plan or information in their database or any of that. But it'll do while I save up for the next few months until I can afford the full $200 plan as listed above. (Usually I'd just say I'll do it in a paycheque or two, but the school year is ending in a month and there's going to be a period after my last paychqeue where ODSP is still catching up on deductions for work earnings but I don't have any new earnings coming in to offset. I need to set aside cash right now to cover that gap, otherwise I won't be able to make rent, let alone buy things. So saving up $200 in spare money will actually be slow.) But that's at least a solution that works!
moiread: (DR WHO • rocks!)
Day 3 of Painful Medical Tests is now done, and it will be the last day of them for awhile. This is the very best thing I can say about it.

In happier news: Afterwards I swung past my bank and said, "Hey guys. I'm done repaying that 2-year loan I took out to improve my credit rating, and I did so flawlessly. Can I have a credit card now?"


It will arrive in the mail soon, and after that I'll be able to stop borrowing other people's cards to make my purchases online! Elise ([ profile] elisem) won't have to continue being confused as to why I apparently have three PayPal accounts, none of which actually bear my name! My mother won't be in a position to ask exactly what the charges were about when I don't want to tell her! And most importantly: my credit rating is healthy again! The six-year saga of ruinous aftermath from my bad relationship is finally over! YAY!
moiread: (heh • kristen s.)
It's my birthday! I'm 25 now. Or at least I think I am. That is the right number, isn't it? I think it is. (This shows you how much attention I pay to these things.) Right, yes, 25 is the right number. I did the math. All of a sudden, I'm beginning to get that creeping feeling of not having actually done anything traditionally successful with my life. All of you who are older than 25 can feel free to laugh at me now. ;)

This year I have decided to put up a PayPal donation button. I know many of you have wanted to do some sort of gift for me in previous years like LJ time or Skype minutes, so I thought this might be a good option to give you. If you want to do something for my birthday but don't know what to go with, or want to do something small but don't want to spend just as much on shipping as you did on the gift, or if you were planning to do LJ time/Skype minutes and don't mind being redirected to this instead (especially since I have a permanent account now and can't use LJ time anymore), I invite you to click on it and contribute to the Chelle's Really Expensive Tattoo Fund. I've got two half-sleeves and most of a back piece that I've wanted to get done for YEARS, and if you'd like, I can tell you about them. Just not tonight, because I am le tired. But it's going to cost a pretty penny to have the artwork designed, and then a lot more pennies to get the actual inking done, so I am not averse to birthday donations. (Don't feel obligated to click. Only do it if you were already looking for something birthday-shaped to do and this seems like a good idea to you, okay? Nobody is getting strong-armed, here.)

So anyway. A very merry my birthday to you. May you have at least one excellent adventure today. Or, if adventures aren't your cup of tea, then I hope you do things that make you happy. I love and adore you all.
moiread: (mischeif/hiding • famke j.)
Okay, so. My news is that come July, I am moving into a one-bedroom apartment of my very own.

I may have moved out of my parents' place almost a decade ago, but this is the first time I'll actually be living alone. It's also the first time I will be completely financially responsible for all of my own expenses, since it's my name on everything. It's the first time I'll be able to choose all of my own furniture, paint colours, grocery choices, etc, and the first time I won't ever have to ask other people if they mind me doing something, whether it's as small as eating the last of the cookies or as big as having an out-of-town friend come visit for a week. I can bake at two in the morning without waking anyone up, and I won't ever be surprised by my roommates having people in when I'm gross and broken and caught off guard.

Anyway. I put in the application not long ago, and after a background check, credit check (yes, really, my credit history has improved enough for this, but that's a massive victory cheer for another time), etc, etc, I was approved. Papers have been signed, hands have been shaken, and it's all good to go. Which means now I've got three weeks (I get to move in a week early, which is important, since my health probably won't let me do everything all in one go) to find and acquire furniture, get the place painted, etc, etc. I had other plans for my ODSP backpay cheque originally, like a laptop and going to Fourth Street this year, but now it's probably all going to go to this. And that's okay! I think it's safe to say that this is more important. Heh.

So yah. It's been a long time coming, and the only reason I can do it is because of getting ODSP. Before now, there was no way it was even a possibility, so I'd pretty much just put it out of my head a long time ago and made things work with the options that were available to me. (Some have been better than others, though I don't regret any of them.) But now it's here and it's happening and I'm incredibly excited. I am going to have my very own place, all to myself. You guys have no idea how much this means to me. Seriously. And not only is it my own place, but almost everything about it -- quality of living space, proximity to 24-hour grocery store, access to buses, temperament of building managers, rules and systems particular to this company/building, the fluke misquote (and then willingness to stand by it) that allowed me to get the place for $100 less than sticker price, etc -- is ideal. If I believed in signs, I would suspect the universe was giving me one.

PS: Anybody want to have a painting party? I will provide pizza and beer!

PPS: I think I'm going to buy this purple velour armchair. Yes, really. If you had told me "purple velour armchair" prior to today, I would have made horrified gagging motions at you in response, but I really like the one I found. Yes, really. I KNOW. A purple velour armchair. It's even a wingback. But you have to believe me: It's awesome! And the point is that it's my apartment, I can buy ridiculous furniture if I want to, buy ridiculous furniture if I want to...
moiread: (nude • chloe s.)
I would like to take this moment to blatantly endorse two products from my day:

1) The Lussuria vibrator by VIDA. Yes, it is a 'luxury' vibrator. Yes, it's $120, and that's before tax. Yes, it's the kind of thing that comes in a leather vanity tote for reasons that have nothing to do with anything practical and everything to do with looking pretty when you first receive it. And yes, I would absolutely buy it again. (If you want to get one of your own, call up Venus Envy and ask them to order one in for you. It will still cost you $140 after taxes, but at least you won't pay shipping on top of that. It's how I acquired mine.)

2) Starbucks black tea lemonade. They took lemonade and then they dumped a bunch of good-quality black tea in it. It is ice-cold and amazing. I could drink that stuff all day long. I plan to try making it here at home at some point, just to save myself from the terrible cravings for it.

And yah, I know. I am not normally a luxury products and Starbucks kind of girl. But look, okay, for some things you just have to make the exception and THESE ARE SOME OF THOSE THINGS.
moiread: (SHINIES • doll with a ghost in it #2.)
Finally, a spoon pendant I really really love -- "Spoonful of Mercy" -- AND I CAN'T BUY IT BECAUSE I'M BROKE.

I'll be over here fuming and stomping and making a racket.

I also like "Mercy's Storehouse" -- I have a thing for those colours and for keys and for spirals, so it was pretty predictable -- but I think I would like it a lot more if the key were like a big key strapped to the center of the spiral with more wire and beads and stuff, or if it wasn't there at all, rather than hanging. Kind of makes me wish I had the cash to get into making jewellery myself again. :(

(Today's post of Elise's shinies, containing her current unsold pieces and some more new ones, is here.)

EDIT: Um. Just to clarify, because I'm paranoid: These are not my attempt to fish around until someone buys this stuff for me. Really. I'm just pissed about the welfare thing and this is one way to express it that isn't full of actual rage and expletives. The lighter, funnier version, if you will. :)
moiread: (pills • stock.)
Oh, right. So. ODSP stuff. I had the appointment yesterday where I gave in the very last of the paperwork. YAY. My case worker said he'd never seen paperwork filled out so well and so thoroughly. I had dates for everything! Amazing! My doctor* must have put a lot of time and effort into this! I just channeled the Mona Lisa and smiled**.

He also said that it looks very strong, and that he expects I will get accepted the first time. (There is a 70% rejection rate for the first application, but a 70% acceptance rate on the appeal. I think they do it just to weed out the people not desperate enough to fight tooth and nail for it. What an incredibly shitty system.) So that seems promising, though obviously I am not taking it as a guarantee.

If I get approved right off the bat, I could hear back as early as three weeks from now. Otherwise it could take up to two months. (This is all much faster than I expected, really, considering how slow the process has been up until this point.) If I don't get accepted, then it will definitely take the full two months to hear back, because they already do kind of a mini-appeal on their end -- if you get rejected, they do an internal review to look at it and make a second judgement call of yes or no, and if it's still no, then it goes back to you and you get to go make the big fancy appeal with the lawyer and everything.

So either way, I should know by January. If it comes back as a no (even after the internal review they did before telling me the verdict), I'm not sure how long the appeal process will take, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Also he told me how to fudge work the system so that they provide me with my bus pass every month. YAY. That saves me like $100/month, right there. And ODSP would be paying me twice what I'm getting now, too, so I might actually have enough to live off of! Could you IMAGINE?

I sure can.

* Yeah, my doctor. Totally. He did all that work. Uh-huh.
** If you tell me having dates for everything ever, going back as far as I possibly can, will give me a better chance of getting accepted? Well then, by jesus, you're going to get all the dates I can find for the last ten years.

A quickie.

Jul. 30th, 2009 09:50 pm
moiread: (cat  • sleeping.)
So I'm home now after running errands for ten hours. Thank god.

Taking stock of the results of my day, I have:
• 1 new phone (LG Rumour2).
• 2 tins of new loose-leaf tea (Dragonheart white, Lady Grey black, both much higher quality than I'm used to.)
• Subway sandwich for very very late dinner.
• Fresh green grapes.
• A Watchminder2.
• $3000 in cash. It's less impressive once I tell you the qualifiers, so I'm not gonna.
• Notes to help me through my first interview for the Ontario Disability financial aid program, which I have spent the last year and a half jumping through the qualifying hoops for. It's tomorrow afternoon. Over the phone. And I have a phone phobia. I intend to rock it anyway, but it's going to take some doing.
• Really sore feet.
• Zero energy left for any kind of social interaction.
• This crazy urge to go back to the Virgin Mobile kiosk, grab the deliciously tattoo'd geekboy who sold me my phone and snog him until he can't see straight. He had two behind-the-ear tattoos. One of them almost matches mine. That's totally an open invitation, right? Right?

Thud. Night.


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