Time for another family update! I like to save these things for when situations start to look up, as opposed to when things are still kind of crappy. Anyway, here's de scoop:School is crazy right now. I have 7 papers to write, 4 take home exams to do, 2 in-school exams to do, all while attempting to maintain my sanity. Similarly, work is being a bundle of joy by changing my shifts and being a pain about working Christmas. For instance, at Blockbuster I normally work 7-close Wednesdays and either 5-11 or 6-close on Friday's. This week? I work Friday 5-10, and I'm on call Sunday 6-close. What? Plus, both jobs want me for Holidays. Now, in a way I'm lucky in that Donna, my boss at Securenet, wants my holiday shifts. Now, this means missing out on the double time hours there (20$/hr) for the double time at blockbuster (around 16$). Boo. It does mean that I can actually go out for New Years this year (never have) and I don't have to rush to work on Christmas morning (I would have had to work at 8am). All in all, I'm looking forward to the day that I say bye bye to both and start working somewhere that I'm passionate about. One day *wistful sigh*In other news, I'm starting to feel a little bit more stable. There was a week there when I was kind of a mess with everything hanging over my head. I've recieved a doctor's note to give me some more time with papers, and I'm being set up with an appointment with a counsellor. Hopefully, I'll learn how to deal with stress in another way than internalizing. That'd be nice :PStill no word on how Pat's Dad is doing. He seems to be alright these days. He's thinking about buying a cellphone and a computer, so that he has some toys to enjoy at home. I'm really really looking forward to Tracy coming back. I miss my kid sister like crazy. *pout* This past year has really taught me to value the people I love and to make time for what I enjoy, despite the mess that is my life at the time. Speaking of mess, I have to get ready for school. Blarg :P Cheers,Heather
Oh, btw...forget my xmas stuff on the list unless it's too late. I'll have my amazon wishlist up here this weekend if I can get the assistance. In the meantime, try this, and don't change anything :Phttps://www.amazon.ca/gp/flex/sign-in/select.html/702-5360179-8131216?%5Fencoding=UTF8&protocol=https
Well, here's my first post to the family community. While I assume there'll be some crossover between my community posts and my blog and lj account, I'll try and keep that to a minimum in the spirit of giving people who read both something new to read each time.So... *looks around* It's nice here. We've got the family crest and everything on the userinfo page. Well done and good idea, Heather. :)Well, what's new that family might not know...well, I'm giving my first high school talk on my experience with schizophrenia on Wednsday. I say first because I'd like to keep doing them. Schizophrenia is the most misunderstood mental illness (so they say) and I'd like to do my part to share my story, raise awareness and show the public that even us schizos are okay people who can still function without the stereotypical killing sprees. How passe... *yawn* :P The first talk will be at some tiny school about an hour outside of town and will be part of a 3-day mental illness/health awareness dealy. There'll be a few of us speaking, though I'll be the first person with schizophrenia to join this program. It's made me a hot item in much demand, actually, which weirds me out. They (the organizers) are really looking forward to this. Ah well. All I have to do is what I tend to do anyway: tell a story. I'd say that already runs in my family, eh grandad? :)What else is new? Well, I've got an absess wisdom tooth. I guess I can say that it smarts. Heh. Wisdom tooth smarts. Anyway, I'll be covered by disability, so I should be able to get fixed up for free, which is both nice and necessary, as I'm poor til January, and I don't think I could go a month with this damned tooth and the pain it gives me. I'll probably be taking care of it after my talk, as I don't want mouthular stiches while trying to give a speech.My meds are being upped, which is good, as I've been supplimenting my shot with the oral form of the same medication. (yes, I get a shot every two weeks. Right in the bare ass. Ah well. It's the price I pay to be on an experimental drug that provides a steady stream of stability rather than the rollercoaster of oral medication) This means that I'm fine most of the time, but I'll ocasionally get short bursts of very faint voices which I take a pill to get rid of. This happens once or twice a day. The increased dose will hopefully get rid of the outbursts entirely or at least limit the outbursts to only stressful days and only of a very mild variety. As it stands, my illness is pretty much under control and the only time it really causes me distress is when I wake up in the middle of the night freaked out and hearing faint murmurings. You'd think I'd be totally used to it by now, but on those occasional nights of badness, I'm always freaked out and generally malcontent. Interestingly, it doesn't happen when I'm not sleeping alone. Sadly, in that I live in Prescott, my night-time company is usually Chris on the computer in the dining room. It's a poor substitute, but it helps. My theory is that the intensity and pace of my dreams causes me a fair bit of stress some nights which sets off the illness which wakes me up and leaves me freaky :P It's not so bad, though, as I just take a mg or a half and am generally fine in about 15 minutes.Hm...I'm rambling. *fetches a smoke* Mmmm...nasty. I can't wait to quit.Well, I guess I should go. You'll hear from me again soon. If you guys have any questions, never hesitate to ask.Cya :)
Hey everyone! Here's a little tutorial for you on how to post to this community once you've joined :)1. Click on "update" under the "journal" menu2. Make your post. Type up whatever it is you want to say in the main box. Feel free to jazz it up by choosing a mood, or by listing what music you a listening too underneith the main box.3. Ready to post? At the bottom of the page, click on the box titled "Post to:". It should be listed as your username. When you click on it, you should see the option of choosing "sudsfam". Click on that. 4. Click on "Update Journal"Let me know if that doesn't help O_o-Heather
Christmas wish list time!Heather's Wish Lists( For Mum and DadCollapse )( Everyone Else!Collapse )Other Help:My Amazon Wish ListAnd, as a parting gift, a picture of Byron and Pele:
Tracy here! Taking a break from homework right now.wow, i hate painting people. MIGOD! you can definitely see my anime roots in this painting, though i'm not sure if its a good/bad thing.I suppose i should update whomever is reading this on whats happening with me. Basically, i'm going to school(painting and drawing, each seven hours on wednesdays and fridays) and working at Walmart. I usually work about thirtyfive hours, but i'm transfering to photolab as a full time phototech (not a pay raise, but i get BENEFITS) in a few weeks. I was trained a little bit in the last few days, and it seems a whole lot more fun than cashiering which i hate with a passion of a thousand suns. I've met a lot of neat people so far, mostly in my classes, but I haven't really been out much. I've found, when you work+go to school, your free time becomes very precious. most of the time i use it catch up on homework(like today!) or my sleep.steph and I are doing well, we haven't gotten into any major spats or had any major problems with each other. our apartment is evil and has gremlins though. and steph keeps attempting to light things on fire in our microwave XD she's a better cook though, we've found. cooking here is SO MUCH different than in ottawa, steph says its the altitude and weather. our stove is really hot too. Our fridge recently died. we're not sure how it did it, but it started to COOK the food inside the fridge, so Judi, our land lady send over a new one which now FREEZES everything (and its at the lowest, as in warmest setting) so we'r enot sure whats going on. we've managed not to blow up any cans of coke by quick acting on our parts, but our juices and everything else remain quite frozen/slushy. its kidna funny actually. i suppose its better than the alternative. it also makes erally LOUD noises at night *laugh*Kthulu-potter(pictures, eventually to follow) guards our entry way(which, some of might have know, was in shambles before, and is now lovely) and our money jar. we've finally put up some posters and artwork(some of my older, though still decent stuff) and we've amassed a decent amount of alcoholic drinks O_o there are liqor stores everywehre, since its all privatized or whatever you call it. not controlled by the goverment, anyway. its nice being able to go to a restaurant, have a few drinks with your meal and not get a huge extra tax on it. i miss ottawa a lot, if only for the little coffee shops downtown that are open late. here there are only clubs or bars, nothing QUIET or not alcoholic. I miss you guys muchly, and can't wait until christmas(only something like fourty days?!) and surprisingly, i miss the weather! it never really got all that WARM when i first got here, and i'm always cold(comes with being in a basement, i suppose)steph mentioned i should write a christmas list. i suppose i should.( lj cut for those who really don't care ^^Collapse )in any case, i've written enough for today i suppose, but now heather can't complain that I haven't posted in here! hope you all are doing well, email me or post in here sometime. i'd like to know ^__^ lots of love for you all and i'll talk to you soon, hopefully.love tracy
Hey all :P Seems like I'm the only one posting. Oh well. Enjoy my spam :D Ahem. Anyway...
Mum wanted me to post these. Poor thing... funny thing is that she actually enjoys it!
Hey guys!I figured this might be a good place to post Christmas wish lists. Next time I'm out in Orleans I'll write up the gift exchange list, ok?Meanwhile, I have a bit of an update concerning one of my best friends, Sarah Beth. Apparently, her Mum's been in the hospital with a major concussion after a 75lbs serving door fell on her head O_o She seems to be doing alright, and is recovering. Sarah Beth tells me that her family plans on getting her Mum a helmet for Christmas ;)Take care all,Lots of love,Heather