Wednesday, September 30, 2015

31 days of questions and there answers.

I'm going to be participating in the 31 day blogging challenge. If they'll let me because I don't use image links, (I don't make images!) I'm going to be answering 31 common questions sighted people ask me, (as a blind person. The questions are prepared, (because I didn't want to try to have to think of them on-the-fly,) but the answers aren't. I'll start the post with a question, then I'll give the answer. I'll take other questions in the comments of course.
Disclaimer: I'm only answering the questions as it relates to my own experiences.. I don't claim to represent the blind community in any way. These are just questions I'm most often asked as a blind person, other people might be asked different questions, therefore their answers might be different.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday Lister: things I like to call my cat.

My cat's name is Tigger, but I like to call him a lot of things, (lol, not bad things!) Here are a list of things I've called him over the past well, almost week that I've had him.

  1. Flick, because he flicks his tail back-and-forth, a lot!

  2. Fearless, because he actually is fearless when it comes to well... anything except sounds, (I'm discovering that he doesn't like loud sounds.) Other than that, he's pretty fearless.

  3. MR. wings, because this cat likes to pretend he can fly! Seriously, he jumps on everything, and climbs on my window blinds, (some of which are metal, and have been known to fall down.)

  4. I've actually thought about calling him "Red Bull,"Because "Red Bull gives you wings," ya know!

On a somewhat related note, we have an appointment for a vet checkup tomorrow. I got a free exam if I set it up in 10 days, so I did.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's been quite the weekend!

I brought home a cat on Friday! Yes... yes I did! We checked the mail to make sure I had the letter from the psychiatrist who evaluated me on Wednesday, and it was there! So we first headed to the property management agency to drop off the letter. It was get in, sign paperwork, and get out, no paying a deposit or anything! Then we went to WalMart for a "Kitty needs everything" shopping trip! Lol everything! Litter box, Litter, (a friend of mine told me to get clumping litter,) because it's easy to clean, the mat that catches the Litter, (because it's in my spare room,) food and water dishes, food, (we later had to take a trip to a pet store because apparently Purina is not recommended! Toys, treats, a cat carrier, (because I didn’t want kitty coming home in the cardboard carrier that they give you!) If there's anything missing on this list than I probably got it on that trip! One thing we didn't find on that trip though? WalMart was out of Litter scoopers! Melissa had to make a run to the store, because we didn't have one yet.
Since I've never done this procedure before in my life, I wasn't going to put my bare hands inside the litter, I wasn't exactly sure what I'd find. I did almost have to do this when scooping, because there was well um... some stuff not wanting to come out of there. We do have some vinyl gloves that forensisists who are allergic to latex might use in evidence collection, (Melissa just uses them for dishes.) I'm thinking I might have to use them for Litter scooping.
After we were done with the major shopping trip, it was off to our local animal shelter! I told Melissa that I didn't want to rush the process, (we didn't really have that much time left, and I was afraid that the whole thing would just be rushed.) We saw the female cats first, there was this one there that was literally named ZSAZSA, and (do you know how hard it is to type zsazsa?) She was actually really nice, except for the fact that she bit Melissa, (more than once, I think.) Lol Zsazsa actually made me think NSA for a second, so I was like hah! Some of them were biters; they were in a small room, with a lot of other cats. Then we went into an even smaller room with 2 others, Melissa said this cat's name was Tiger, and there was one named Lily. Tiger was really sweet and liked both Melissa and I right away, Lol he loved doing the rub my face next to your face thing. So I filled out the adoption paper work, and brought him home in the carrier, (we had to stop at Petco first to get him some better food.) When I went in to confirm the free trial of insurance they gave me, it said his name is "Tigger," well; he's orange and white, so I suppose that makes sense.
They gave me a free gift of insurance because I adopted from an animal shelter, if I want pet insurance after that, I have to pay a monthly bill, (I think.)
So why the title of this post? When I was at the animal shelter, and the lady was going over the counseling, (because this is my first cat and all,) she said the adjustment period could take up to 2 weeks. He spent about 24 hours in my spare bedroom when we got home, it was only last night that we decided to come out and play. Oh man this cat is 3 years old, but he acts like a kitten, he likes to pretend he has wings! Lol It wouldn't surprise me if he actually does somewhere, the way he leaps through the air! He loves to jump up on the desk, and just a second ago, he actually tried to lay in my lap in the chair, problem is the chair I have is small, (I think I'm going to need a bigger chair!)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I had a psych eval today...

Yes... yes I did! I survived, and I'm not crazy! Lol I went to see a psychiatrist to see if I could get a note for a companion animal! I should have the letter I'll need to take to my landlord by next week! I've always said there were 2 things I could never do, survive a psych eval, and be cross examined in court, (or, testify as a witness.) I think I'd make a weak witness, and whenever someone asks me really hard questions, I hesitate a lot! The questions the psychiatrist was asking me today were pretty easy though, except at the end. He actually needed legal justification, and he was asking me for it. I should have been able to give it to him fairly easily, (as much as I follow legal cases.) I was about to tell him OK, let me email you one of my long treatises! Finally, I was able to find the words to give him what he was looking for

Friday, September 11, 2015

WOTW: Headache.

I tried to think of a word for this week, "uneventful" came to mind. It wasn't extremely boring, it just wasn't extremely exciting either. However, I've had a headache all this week! That's why I've been neglecting the blog, and that's my word of the week. Yeah, I skipped the lister this week, because nothing was going on here, so nothing to make a list about. I really need to do tis on a more consistent basis though!

The Reading Residence

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Big list of list updates, otherwise known as the late Thursday lister...

So yeah, I thought about doing this on Thursday, but I want to stick to doing list updates on the 5th of each month, and couldn't think of anything else to make a list about. That's why I skipped the lister this week! So here's the big list of list updates, (the list is right here.


  • Go to counseling. Completed 9/2/2015. I'm marking this goal complete because although I'm still seeing my counselor, (twice a month now,) I've attended 3 sessions. The completion date is when I attended my third session.

  • Get new computer speakers. Completed 8/26/2015, I love my new speakers!

  • Get a new keyboard for my phone. Completed 8/26/2015.

  • Shave my head. Completed 8/15/2015! OK, I didn't get a buzzcut, but it was about an inch long, and the hairdresser did use the clipper when she cut it, so it counts, I say!

  • Download Kindle for PC. Completed 9/1/2015. OK OK, I don't actually remember the date I completed this one, but I download it to read a book my counselor recommended so it was around that time, give or take.


  • Comment on 100 random blog posts. Started 8/27/2015, (1/100.)

  • Find and start using an RSS reader again. Started last month with Feedbin, now I just have to remember to use it...


  • Post 100 links to my linkblog in 24 hours and allow others to take the challenge if they want. Failed 8/29/2015, will try again next year.

  • Sign up for an subscription. I think I'm going to end up taking this off the list, I tried to do this, but Audible wouldn't let me download books to my computer for some reason.