DADT


Hi,

My name is Jennifer Vickerson.

I’m a Lesbian, and I serve in the United States Navy Reserve.

Carry on.

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Apartment Living #2


Okay, so I got a spontaneous burst of housecleaning energy so I busted out some great cleaning, and I go to take the trash out and by the compactor, all over the ground are:

MAGGOTS!!!!

Creepy, crawly, yucky, maggots. Everywhere!

And they got on me about having a blue flat sheet over my air condition because it “takes away from the look of the apartment complex.”

How about you take care of that maggot problem before harping on me about my damn air conditioner!

Job!


I found out today that I did, in fact, get the job as an Assistant Manager for Spirit Halloween! :] I will be at the store in the Mall (where the old Disney store used to be near Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s end)

Also I had a blast today in the pool with Charlie-Lynn, my sudo-niece. She LOVED the water and even had her first experience outside her floaty in my arms! It was awesome!

Crystal helped put our AC unit in the window today since its supposed to be almost 100 degrees this weekend!!! It is SO nice sitting in front of the computer, plus the apartment is SO much more comfortable!

Jessica likes her new job at the cleaning place, I don’t remember the name of the place but if you’re looking for some good housecleaning I can give you information :] She’s still at Regal for now, probably not for much longer. Its been a great company for her, but it’s time for her to move on to bigger and better things! Plus, having another job on her resume will really open up some doors for further jobs. Eventually both of us want careers obviously, but for now we do what we gotta do!

Both puppies are happy and healthy, and as soon as I get my dang camera fixed I will get some new pictures up. Cairo is getting SO BIG!! At 6 months old she’s about 40 pounds! YIKES! We think she will top out before 60 but not really sure just yet.

That’s all for now. I start at Spirit tomorrow bright and early, 7 am!

Love,
Jen

Insomnia


Day 2 of insomnia. Not entirely sure if its medication, sickness, or bp II related. Nevertheless it is very annoying. Taken all required medications and even had some good exercise today at Powell Butte with the dogs and a friend.

Powell Butte was really cool! I’m glad we went. It was me, Jess, Jenne, our two dogs and her dog Demos. We walked around several miles of trail. It was SO hot!!! It felt like a dessert! But we got some good views of Mount Hood, even though he’s covered by a wildfire smoke cloud (prayers for firefighters and wildlife alike) and good exercise.

My nerves are irritated extra tonight from all the walking though I think. It was such a gorgeous day though! And, our puppies are very tired and will require minimal walking tomorrow (which I like because it’s supposed to be hotter!) Even extra pain meds haven’t knocked my ass out yet, which is very strange :/ I was hoping for some decent sleep so I could be productive indoors tomorrow since it’s going to be so hot. *sigh* I’m still going to try to get SOMETHING done at least.

We washed all of our bedding tonight at the laundry mat. Oy vey! What a headache! But totally worth it! We are NEVER taking our mattress cover off again! Super easy to get off. Bitch and a half to get back on! Argument was had over the stupid thing so we’re going to get a protective cover to help from the dogs instead. And wash the regular bedding once a month to help with any doggy smells or stains.It feels very good to have extra clean bedding 🙂 (I do wash our bedding at home just fyi, but the large comforter etc I can’t do at home)

Jess starts her second job tomorrow for a cleaning company. I’m very excited for her, but jealous at the same time… :/ I feel bad not having a job right now but I will be attending school full-time this fall at PCC so I’ll be getting my benefits from that which will help tremendously! 🙂 Plus I’ll be getting an associate degree at the same time as my Bachelors degree! Horray for job opportunities! (or so I hope right? lol!)

Anyway, it’s 2 am. Off to putz around online for a bit and then hopefully try to sleep. They say not to lay in bed if you can’t sleep. To get up and do something else for a bit and then try to sleep again. Lets hope it works! *crosses fingers*

Love,
Jen

Apartment Living


Disclaimer: For those of you who have lived in apartments before you will know what I’m talking about. For everyone else, please bear with me on my rant.

1. Rude neighbors woke us up this morning (after literally 1 hour of sleep) with their hispanic music blaring loudly. These are the same neighbors who allow their children to lock each other out on the patio and then let them scream and yell and cry for what seems like forever. I don’t even know if they have someone watch them during the week, I never see anyone but the children, who behave very rudely.The other day one of them got sick on the patio and his younger brother was the one who came to check on him. These kids really aren’t old enough to watch themselves.

2. After unsuccessfully trying to sleep through a newborns cries outside my windows all night I have this to say. If your child is crying, attend to its needs. Promptly and wholeheartedly. I do not feel as though this poor child’s needs were being met since he or she was crying so much through most of the night. Or at least be kind and close your windows to muffle the noise. Go for a drive, or a walk, or use a rocking chair. SOMETHING to try and comfort you baby.

3. Neighbors who yell: There are many of these, the main bothers are the couple who’s patio is eye level with our windows who generally fight daily, and very loudly. They also have a pug, named pugsly, who is very cute, but barks at everyone passing by. This tends to set off our dogs to barking, which is extremely annoying, especially at 2am. The other neighbors allow their children to race up and down the stairs all hours of the day and night. Again setting off the dogs, and very loud and annoying when doing anything that would be much more enjoyable in near silence.

5. Management company: Every complex has their issues, some more than others. Having a good, knowledgeable staff is essential to running a successful apartment complex. Just because “complex” is in the name, does not make it rocket science! I’ve worked it, yes, it can be challenging, but there are always solutions! Yesterday one of the office staff said “I don’t do evictions” and refused to answer this man’s questions, insisting he come back tomorrow to speak with another staff member. Uhm, part of your job is to attend to the residents. Maybe she didn’t know anything about evictions, but I’m sure there was something on his file as to why and when and lawyer fees etc.?? I may have been new to the game but I learned about how evictions worked and how to explain them.

6. Maintenance: Luckily our staff here are exceptional. In fact we have never had an issue with the maintenance staff. They are fairly prompt and resolve our issues in a timely fashion.

7. Income restricted properties: RUN AWAY FROM THESE AS FAST AS YOU CAN! These tend to attract the loonies, druggies, wanna be gangster kids, more drugs, violence, rude children, etc., etc., etc. It may seem awesome at first, getting a decent deal on rent, they suck you in on a good deal. It is hell. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to tell children off for being so loud at 10 or 11 pm because their parents don’t care. Or how many children I hear shooting off their mouth swearing so my jaw drops. Income restriction means hell. Trust me on this one!

8. Pool: Always busy with screaming children and white trash in bikini’s. Rules are “pick and choose” mostly. young children in the hot tub, parents not watching of course. And the hot tub is ALWAYS dirty and gross. The pool, nor the hot tub are substitutes for a bath people!! YUCK!!

9. Compactor: This area is always gross. Recycling thrown wherever, compactor is either full or people don’t throw their trash in far enough so you have a hell of a time getting yours in properly and you can’t leave it sitting out because then you will get fined $35 per bag!! If you send your children down with the trash, make sure they do it properly and are capable of getting it in the damn compactor!

10. Finally the moving process. Either in or out is always hell. Generally when you buy a house you’re there to stay for a while. We have moved 4 times in 2 1/2 years. Each time with no professional help. This is killer on our backs, legs, family, and friends. Some day we will own a home, and not have to move again for a while. But sadly apartment living is our spiral of hell right now.

 

Love,
Jenn

Autoimmune Deficiency?


Well I went to my doctor today for a follow-up on blood work and to get a follow-up on meds and the shingles. Apparently having many cases of chicken pox, strep throat, bronchitis and now shingles is not a normal occurrence and could be indicative of an autoimmune deficiency. So they drew some more blood to check it all out. Luckily my last blood panel looked normal, or within normal ranges at least.

In other news, shingles hurts. Luckily I started to treat it relatively quickly which means hopefully it will be gone sooner rather than later! Which I am totally okay with! :] For very obvious reasons. As long as it doesn’t start to spread more up my back I am okay with this, for now.

Got an appointment set up with a psychiatrist now for this month, as well as mental health therapist. Which is a good thing, since I’ve been procrastinating like mad crazy about getting an appointment set up. UGH! Why can’t my parents be back in my medical stuff and just make the decisions for me on this junk! lol! Part of being a grown-up I guess right?

Made some doggy biscuits this week and sold several dozen, which is awesome! We may actually be able to get a business going! That would be awesome for me! Even if it’s just something small I’m totally okay with that! Its fun to do and the doggies enjoy the taste testing of the cookies 😉

Until next time!
Love,
Jen