So some stuff has gone on since I've been gone.
I got a new laptop -- it's an HP with the Windows 8 os. I fucking love it. Unfortunately, the scanner and tablet I had were not compatible with Windows 8, so I don't have them anymore. :c I sold the tablet, and gave the scanner to my sis.
I also sort of have a sis now. I became friends with my neighbor and her two young daughters, and our friendship became so close that we consider each other sisters and my mother considers her her "other daughter". It's been wonderful; she's a great person. Her husband is Mexican and Arizona is being a dickhead and not giving him his visa unless his wife makes a minimum of 34k a year, which she doesn't. They lived in Mexico for years and neither got to finish school (they both had really shitty families growing up that kinda limited what they could do), OF COURSE THEY'RE NOT EARNING THAT MUCH. I can't think of a shit ton of Americans that ARE. Hell, I'm more well off than she is and I
don't earn that much a year!
But, you don't want to hear me rant about the shitty immigration stuff, so I'll shut my mouth there. xD; It IS sad that his daughters are growing up without him, though. My sis also couldn't stay in Mexico because of this really shitty law that stated that her getting a job there would terminate her United States citizenship. It said it right on her passport. Her not getting a job meant less money to raise their kids with, so she couldn't stay.
I'm not saying all this to post her entire private life on the internet (I've stated the important bits without getting into the details of hers and his private life -- what I haven't posted has nothing to do with their current situation); I just want to make sure nobody would have reason to blame her.
Anyone remember my chihuahua, Dart? Here are some pics of him:
I had to put him down this year. He was getting too aggressive, and at 14 going on 15 years old, there weren't any completely safe options for him. He was sick due to poor dental care (he never let us brush his teeth -- he'd get pissy over it) and although there were surgeries to help that, the vet said there was a high chance he'd die on the operating table. He was my first pet, and the only pet I've been with throughout his entire life. I've had him since I was 12; he was a little over a year old at the time. He was turning 15 August 19. He died May 2nd.
After that, I planned on getting a puppy. Not having Dart on my lap, not seeing the happy dog face at the door, or hearing him making his way noisily through the house was too much for me. I needed that companionship back. And I got it about a month later... in the form of a cat. She's about 10, the vet said. I've named her Tawny, after Tawnypelt from the Warriors series.
You have no idea how much she means to me. <3 She captured my heart the moment I saw; I knew I needed her. She's a total cuddlebug and loves getting attention, especially from me. I still miss Dart, of course, but my pain, while not healed, does not hurt as much when she's by my side. She's my Tawny girl.
Let's see, what else...
I have to get my gallbladder removed. I have gallstones too large to pass, so the gallbladder has to be removed completely. It'll be the first surgery I've ever had and I'm scared out of my wits. Hell, in the ER, I had an anxiety attack over the IV. Not looking forward to the surgery (though I am looking forward to after the recovery when my diet can go back to normal).
Oh yeah, I finally got my GED! I passed with flying colors. Barely passed math, but I did decently in social studies and I aced the English portions. In fact, in the writing portion of the test, I got a perfect score. I came close to a perfect score in reading (a perfect score on the test is 99 and I got a 93 on the reading portion). I'm not the kind of person to brag, but I AM proud of that. It's nice to know I'm good at something.
My goals for the future have changed. My goal was to eventually become an animator for Dreamworks, and my dream (a goal that is unlikely to happen) was to be an animator for Disney. However, their belief that CGI is the end all be all is disconcerting to me. Don't get me wrong, I like CGI just fine. It's just not the form of drawing that I like to actually do. I prefer doing 2D art. So I've decided to try and become a cartoonist, making my own cartoon shows. I know it's a difficult profession to get into and succeed in, so I'm trying to think of a good backup plan. Haven't thought of one yet, though.
That's all I can think of for the moment. I'll edit this later if I think of something else.