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  • Listening to: 98.7
  • Reading: San Bernadino Shooting Coverage
  • Watching: Jessica Jones
  • Playing: Pokemon Y, shiny hunting
I've been thinking of numbering my journals about my college life by quarter.  Something like Quarter 14-1, for the first week of my fourteenth quarter.  It would be a nice way to countdown to graduation, but admittedly it is very formal.  That's how I organize a lot of things on OneNote.

Anyway, lab is over!  It has no finals session, so yesterday was the last day!  We went on a field trip to the greenhouse.  If I'd visited the greenhouse sooner the Caiman might have still been there.  But they had to relocate it at some point.  There was still a bearded dragon and a skink.  I think skinks are my favorite lizard - Snivy is a skink, for one, and I determined right before Lunar-Fusion ended that my character was a blue-tongued skink hybrid.  I just like skinks.

Ironically, I might have done better in biology lab than I'm doing in English.  I consistently get a 18/20 on the lab reports and around an 8/10 on the quizzes - so I'll probably have the same grade in the class after the last two labs and the quiz are counted, which is a 93%!  And then I did the extra credit, so.  Active learning suits me.  And I think I've reached the mentality where memorizing facts about biology is somewhat relieving after so many classes where I have to process so much opinion, criticism, emotional expectation and expression. 

So now I just have one paper for sociology left, and then a lot of studying for three finals within the span of two days.  If I study right, Biology will be the easy one, since the last third of the class is all facts about species rather than the study of organic compounds and microbiology.

So yesterday before lab, my seatbelt finally came apart completely.  I've long resented this seatbelt.  It's too long, so it has a tendency to drag behind the wheelchair until I run into it, and it either jams the wheel or it doesn't and I run right over it.  The button to take it off seems very sensitive, because I'm always accidentally pushing it with my elbow while I drive, making me have to stop to pull it off the ground and put it back on.  And then people see me fumbling with it and sometimes ask if they can help.  Hopefully I can get a better seatbelt out of this.  Luckily though, not having a seatbelt isn't making a huge difference.  I hold on tight to the frame when I'm going fast or down hills, but generally I'm not having a problem staying in the chair.  (My body is kind of molded into this position...)

While yet another thing breaks, my laptop has apparently been fixed!  We all expected Best Buy to junk it, including Francisco and another Best Buy employee.  But nope.  I guess they opened the laptop and found that there was no clicker at all under the power button.  (Because Francisco removed the broken one.)  They had to have gotten a new one and welded it on.  So...yay Best Buy?  I guess I should renew that increasingly price-gouging warranty.  Though I'm disappointed that I didn't need to pay Francisco to extract the data and reset the hard drive since I'm getting the computer back anyway. 

After class this Friday, I'm going to a GameStop to pick up a Yarn Yoshi Amiibo.  I put Yoshi's Wooly World on the Christmas List I gave for my parents, but I didn't want to subject them to the Christmas toy hunt that is the Yarn Yoshi Amiibos.  Mark's going to get me one.  Yesterday I called him while I was at CalPoly to ask him if he wanted the Sailor Pluto plush that the Anime shop lady had.  He got really embarrassed and said not to get him anything for Christmas.  And then that night, he called saying he was going to give me money for Christmas to help me buy Yoshi's Wooly World.  So I said, why don't we make it a fun event and go to GameStop?  And instead of spending the money on the game, you can get me something less expensive.  He seemed to like that.  Hopefully a nearby GameStop still has them in stock tomorrow when I reserve it. 

That clinches it though, I'm going to have to get him a pretty good Christmas present.  I'm eyeing some sturdy Sailor Moon figures that won't fall apart like his last figure.

And then on Monday I'm probably going to see Mockingjay Pt. 2 with my parents.
  • Listening to: 98.7
  • Watching: Jessica Jones
  • Playing: Pokemon Y, shiny hunting
Here's my Wishlist for Christmas!

:bulletred: Nintendo eShop card / GameStop card

:bulletred: Super Mario KNEX Figures

:bulletred: Generally any Pokemon or Super Mario figurines and plushes.  Best if small or medium size.

:bulletred: Asian-inspired coasters (I'd like to replace the beer coasters on my dresser)

:bulletred: 12-inch Asian wall fans (for above doorways)

  • Listening to: YouTube anime covers
  • Watching: Agents of SHIELD
  • Playing: Pokemon Rumble World
I had no idea Toby was actually old.  I mean, I'd never really thought about it, but it turns out he went through at least three owners before we took him in?  That explains why his muzzle is graying.  I'd always thought of him as a giant Labrador puppy!  Someone we'd taken in as a just-now-grown puppy.  He is a problem dog though, who no family could contain.  Not even us, really, we just complain and then adjust our lives accordingly.

So I've registered for the phone bank for the Sanders campaign, and a webinar training session for tomorrow.

There are at least three people in my English class I think I want to know better, but I'm in my own way.  I seem incapable of holding an interesting conversation.  Either it stops being interesting or goes to a dark place only I find interesting.  I guess I ought to stop being upset with my mom for finding comfort and confidence in the hospital setting when I'm admitted.  I'm the same way, apparently, because when someone says they're sick, I always perk up, like "oh, I have something to say about this.  This is something I feel at home with."  On Tumblr.  In real life.  Consistently.  It's sick.  This is why I need to find a similarly-abled support system.

But there are always StreetPass hits on Pokemon Rumble on those days, and I'd really like to find out if any of them come from these people.  One who is always playing their 3DS before class, but has their earphones in the whole time and doesn't take comments.  I don't blame him for withdrawing from things, considering how the professor treats his off-beat questions and comments.  And then the class laughs more often than not; it's awful.  I don't like this professor much in general.  He's very uptight and prescriptive, and one of the few English professors who hasn't inspired me in some way.  One time in the earlier iteration of this class two years ago, before I withdrew the first time, he asked whether the dilemma of Frankenstein's monster is society's fault.  My answer was "Well, I don't think that's the right question..."  It was a long time ago, but I'm sure it was something along the lines of Frankenstein deserving more than society was equipped to give him and thus neither of them really being at fault, but he said, "Well, it's MY question and you're supposed to say one or the other."  And come to think of it, that class laughed too.  He very much has a program and wants us to stay on it.  And I'm not sure how much of that is because it's a 200-level class, but this is the last 200-level class I have left, and I can name a handful of 200-level classes that had very open, interpretive discussions that don't feel like this one.

I don't feel the way I do right now because of any problems with my schedule; Jessica Jones, a whole 12-episode Marvel Netflix series is dropping on Friday, so at least I'll have that distraction soon.  I've been thinking of buying Yoshi's Wooly World as another distraction.  I just needed to vent more.  I don't feel like another person at school, I feel like...a spectator being hauled around in a wheelbarrow.  I don't feel like I show the range of emotions or responses like other people do.  I always tell myself that I'm surrounded with people who are experiencing the same things as me at CalPoly, but I have no idea to what extent that might be an honest fact.
  • Listening to: YouTube anime covers
  • Watching: Agents of SHIELD
  • Playing: Pokemon Rumble World
I miss my laptop and not having the flu.  : /  Francisco took a look at the laptop and validated my suspicion that the power button was broken, or to be precise, the clicker behind it was broken.  He's going to extract the data for me, and then I'll send it to Best Buy so they can replace it.  Thanks Francisco!

It's not really a lot different taking notes by hand, but certainly not as comfortable.

On Sunday I went with Dorothy and some billiards friends to a Bernie Sanders campaign meeting.  They want to train people to make calls and send e-mails.  I think I'm going to help make calls this Saturday?  Presidential campaigns are weird.  First of all, everyone calls him "Bernie" as if they know him personally.  Pictures of his head are hung in the weirdest places.  Their slogan is "Feel the Bern".  I don't want to feel that Bern.  When you ask people why they decided to help the campaign, they usually praise the candidate rather than the actual issues.

I'll tell you right now, I have no attachment to Bernie Sanders.  The psychology of presidential campaigns is nuts. 

However, if I can help somehow, I'll certainly make a phone call and say "Can I count your vote for Bernie Sanders?"  I don't mean to imply that I'm better than all this; that's an unfortunate implication of the way I act sometimes.  Presidential campaigns and faith in authority overall is older and more pervasive than I can comprehend.  And it's not like I don't develop attachments to famous figures.

Also, I'm a coward.  This other lady in a wheelchair, probably older than I, told me we should work to mobilize the handicap community.  That sounds like...a good thing.  Even though I've been putting off finding any kind of handicap support system, and thus have next to no experience with the handicap community.  But you know, I want to do good things, and also importantly, I need to get out there and go places, do things.  So I agreed and she gave me her phone number and e-mail and told me to call her.  Not text, either.  It was a landline.

I ended up anxious about it all Monday.  Maybe for something important like this they might want someone who knows what to do?  Eventually I sent this lady an e-mail saying I'd try to find out more after I participate in my first phone bank.  They literally made a joke about millennials being too afraid to use a phone at the meeting.  I played right into it.  Although, it's more than just that.  How am I supposed to overcome anxiety about something I don't know how to do?  And if I'm not involved in the handicap community, I feel like I'm going to feel really...wrong, for getting into it just to campaign for a politician.  Where exactly do you campaign to handicapped people, anyway?  I don't think that's what the Disability Resource Center is for.  Or do I sit next to an elevator in a hospital wing and hand out flyers?  And honestly, I'd dread someone busting me for soliciting.  If I get fined, does the campaign pay it?  So many questions...

The main aspect of my political ideology is that I'm very anti-war.  I'm also anti-Citizens United, anti-bailouts, and when it comes down to it, pro-universal health care.  What person with health problems isn't, really?  I feel like for the last five years or so, the country has been crying out for a third-party liberal/libertarian candidate who will actually respond to the beliefs of the lower and middle class.  It shows in these short bursts of movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, both with liberalism at the heart of them that just got hijacked beyond recognition; as far as I can tell, Republicans absorbed the Tea Party, and Social Justice Warriors, Occupy, removing the liberalism from both.

So with Sanders getting so much support that CNN has to cover up his poll numbers, I figure I can finally feel good voting for someone.  And if I don't grab the opportunity to participate, then what was all my complaining about the political system for?

But I can't get ahead of myself.  As well as I'm doing, I'm pretty sure I don't have a lot more energy potential to spare per week.  I'm a full time college student, and my goal is to join Sigma Tau Delta as soon as my GPA reaches 3.0.  Then I'll want to attend meetings for that and explore their things and stuff to do. 

I keep running into a particular classmate from high school.  (Not Jaime.)  It's a little unnerving.  In some ways, I'm thankful to see her around, but...it's weird how often I bump into her on the campus.  We had a kind of messed up thing in my Freshman year of high school, but we were on friendly terms by Sophomore year and after.  She hasn't changed - there's still this inexplicable coolness about her.  She says this is her last quarter, so she probably started around 2011 or 2012, which makes it weirder, because I didn't see her around once in the two years I was at CalPoly since then. 

I guess that's all I can think to write about now.  So I'll just come up with a title and post this so I can go get some nighttime Theraflu.  I'm still going to class for the most part.  I could only afford to stay home from one Sociology class, but lab isn't something I can make up for, and I'm lagging in English.
  • Listening to: Connect - Cover by CinnamonPunch
  • Watching: Agents of SHIELD
  • Playing: Pokemon Rumble World
Since I've been in college for most of the time I've been on deviantART, I figure it's appropriate to give an update on my progress toward graduation.  For the first time in a long time, I can see a clear, well-defined path to graduation.  Starting Spring of next year, I just need seven more classes.

- Freshman English
- Expositional Writing
- Senior Symposium
- Post-Colonial Literature
- 200-Level Spanish
- Statistics
- Technology in Culture

Ideally I can knock them out by next Winter at a pace of 3-per quarter.  I want to graduate by the time the 2018-2019 semester system starts, so if I'm absent for one year, I can still fit the classes I need in there before the deadline approaches.

Things are going fortuitously well.  I'm healthy, back on the right pain meds, full of energy, exercising, and properly determined to get through my classes.  Unlike in 2013 where every non-curricular moment was Minecraft, I've struck a more proper balance between work and play.  Pokémon Rumble World helps me to unwind most of the time, since that game goes on forever.

The only problem is, college is only the most controllable factor in my life.  My goals and desires are still hazy and complicated by my handicap.  I've talked about it all before; any job I get will be at odds with my SSI.  If I ever move out, I'm either going to some sort of community, living with a life alert button, or living with a cousin.  I used to think it would be Michelle, in the same way one of my uncles lived with her parents, but she's moving out of state.  Who knows, maybe I could some day, but I doubt it.  These issues are probably what make me feel apprehensive when the school day is over and I settle at home.  The more effort I put into college, the harder it is to face the fact that I don't understand my extracurricular goals.

I've also disengaged from a lot of the internet.  During the summer I followed a number of social justice and anti social justice blogs, but before school, I got rid of 99% of them.  No more arguing, belittling, misrepresenting.  It occurred to me that I felt like both sides were against me because I was accepting really rude and inflammatory rhetoric as normal.  I had to at least raise my standards.  Before I started school, I tested just using Tumblr to follow fandom blogs altogether, and not watching any friends (except hazenchaos, who I only know through Tumblr).  And I preferred it in the long run.  I don't need the 24-hour immersion in everyone's opinion on everything.  Especially since I'm not a passive audience.  So just for reference, except for hazenchaos, I don't follow friends on Tumblr anymore.  

We all say we're gonna do it.  

 
  • Listening to: 98.7
  • Reading: San Bernadino Shooting Coverage
  • Watching: Jessica Jones
  • Playing: Pokemon Y, shiny hunting
I've been thinking of numbering my journals about my college life by quarter.  Something like Quarter 14-1, for the first week of my fourteenth quarter.  It would be a nice way to countdown to graduation, but admittedly it is very formal.  That's how I organize a lot of things on OneNote.

Anyway, lab is over!  It has no finals session, so yesterday was the last day!  We went on a field trip to the greenhouse.  If I'd visited the greenhouse sooner the Caiman might have still been there.  But they had to relocate it at some point.  There was still a bearded dragon and a skink.  I think skinks are my favorite lizard - Snivy is a skink, for one, and I determined right before Lunar-Fusion ended that my character was a blue-tongued skink hybrid.  I just like skinks.

Ironically, I might have done better in biology lab than I'm doing in English.  I consistently get a 18/20 on the lab reports and around an 8/10 on the quizzes - so I'll probably have the same grade in the class after the last two labs and the quiz are counted, which is a 93%!  And then I did the extra credit, so.  Active learning suits me.  And I think I've reached the mentality where memorizing facts about biology is somewhat relieving after so many classes where I have to process so much opinion, criticism, emotional expectation and expression. 

So now I just have one paper for sociology left, and then a lot of studying for three finals within the span of two days.  If I study right, Biology will be the easy one, since the last third of the class is all facts about species rather than the study of organic compounds and microbiology.

So yesterday before lab, my seatbelt finally came apart completely.  I've long resented this seatbelt.  It's too long, so it has a tendency to drag behind the wheelchair until I run into it, and it either jams the wheel or it doesn't and I run right over it.  The button to take it off seems very sensitive, because I'm always accidentally pushing it with my elbow while I drive, making me have to stop to pull it off the ground and put it back on.  And then people see me fumbling with it and sometimes ask if they can help.  Hopefully I can get a better seatbelt out of this.  Luckily though, not having a seatbelt isn't making a huge difference.  I hold on tight to the frame when I'm going fast or down hills, but generally I'm not having a problem staying in the chair.  (My body is kind of molded into this position...)

While yet another thing breaks, my laptop has apparently been fixed!  We all expected Best Buy to junk it, including Francisco and another Best Buy employee.  But nope.  I guess they opened the laptop and found that there was no clicker at all under the power button.  (Because Francisco removed the broken one.)  They had to have gotten a new one and welded it on.  So...yay Best Buy?  I guess I should renew that increasingly price-gouging warranty.  Though I'm disappointed that I didn't need to pay Francisco to extract the data and reset the hard drive since I'm getting the computer back anyway. 

After class this Friday, I'm going to a GameStop to pick up a Yarn Yoshi Amiibo.  I put Yoshi's Wooly World on the Christmas List I gave for my parents, but I didn't want to subject them to the Christmas toy hunt that is the Yarn Yoshi Amiibos.  Mark's going to get me one.  Yesterday I called him while I was at CalPoly to ask him if he wanted the Sailor Pluto plush that the Anime shop lady had.  He got really embarrassed and said not to get him anything for Christmas.  And then that night, he called saying he was going to give me money for Christmas to help me buy Yoshi's Wooly World.  So I said, why don't we make it a fun event and go to GameStop?  And instead of spending the money on the game, you can get me something less expensive.  He seemed to like that.  Hopefully a nearby GameStop still has them in stock tomorrow when I reserve it. 

That clinches it though, I'm going to have to get him a pretty good Christmas present.  I'm eyeing some sturdy Sailor Moon figures that won't fall apart like his last figure.

And then on Monday I'm probably going to see Mockingjay Pt. 2 with my parents.

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auraTracker Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I just wanted to ask you if I could use your Digimon Crest stamps as graphics on my Tumblr blog. I'll credit ya and everything~ thanks in advance. 
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Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dude your last post was from over a year ago pls 2 update journal and post things
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CSolarstorm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Okey doke!  The journal's done.  Can't promise a deviation, but at least I'm writing something!
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Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
also skits
POST THE SKITS ALL THE SKITS WHERE ARE THE SKITS GIVE ME THE SKITS I WANT THE SKITS---*shot repeatedly*
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DanceWaterDance9 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
HAppy Birthday
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YU-GI-OHgod7 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hi!
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sparknumbertwo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I hope you didn't mind, if so, then Im VERY sorry for not asking you first..


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Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
happy birthday dude i bought you a thing at art walk last night so uhhhhh find me on tuesday or thursday or friday to pick it up?
or maybe wednesday during lunch break idk it depends on shit
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GoodnorEvil Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I love your crests, both your take on the digimon ones and your custom ones. I am considering using them in the future :D
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goldenarmorzoroak Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I AM L
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