I haven't been working on any jewelry (and won't until late September or November), but I have been doodling and coloring. Sadly, because of my lack of a scanner/printer I won't be able to post any of the stuff I'm working on. I can't take photographs of some of these, but they kinda suck. Bleh. Mostly doodles from my walks. I see something interesting I set my bum down and get to drawing. Joe recently bought a new sketchbook for me, and like all artists with new sketchbooks...I feel obligated to fill this. At this rate it won't take very long. Yay!
My daily activities have increased, too. I think it has something to do with feeling safe. I spend the morning doing housework because it's cooler in the morning. Sweeping, kitchen stuff, general cleaning. Afterwards a shower and get dressed for the day. Then it's a lot of walking. I know showering BEFORE I go for one of my walks seems counter-intuitive but it really isn't. It's sunny 99% of the time here, and when I'm all sweaty sunscreen doesn't absorb very well. Post-shower my skin absorbs the sunscreen more easily, hence why I do this. The town is REALLY small (9255 people), and I absolutely LOVE it! Coming from a city with 250k+ people this is just fan-freaking-tastic! Quiet, very little crime, lots of small businesses, low smog, and I feel really safe. I was a shut-in before the move, and now I'm rarely home during the day. I'm out with my 15+ lb backpack (water, food, towel for sitting on, art stuffs, a book, and music) walking around town. I average 3 miles a day. I was 150 lbs when we arrived, and now I'm down at 143. We've been here 20 days. I'm feeling pretty good about myself right now. Shut-in to out walking every day? That's a freaking achievement!
Money has been tight since our arrival. We spent everything we had getting here, so the next couple of months are gonna be really difficult for us. New bills and such. Plus, you know, paying off the credit card because we had to use that for the move. Ouch! At least Joe is getting paid more than he was in Iowa. I was making $4.35/hour in Iowa as a waiter and now he's at $9.10/hour here as a waiter. That's the minimum wage difference between Iowa and Oregon. It's like Oregon wants folks to live.
I'm taking a lot of photographs for stock and stuff. Those I'll post up when I feel like sitting at my computer to do stuff.
Speaking of which! My computer desk is an itty bitty coffee table, and my chair is a bean bag in the shape of a chair. Our computer desk was a P.O.S. and not worth figuring out how to fit it into the truck. So for now I'm using a coffee table and been bag. After we get all our other things taken care of and money isn't so tight (likely sometime in November) we'll get an actual good quality computer desk and chair. As for the computer...I think next year I'll buy a new one. An actual gaming computer. This one will become Joe's computer since he'll use it primarily for his D&D stuffs as well as internet access. The other will be MINE. World of Warcraft, Sims, and a few other games. Right now I can't play pretty much any game on here because it's an "old" computer, by old I mean it's six or so years old. For now it's just a computer desk and chair. This is really uncomfortable right now, hence why sitting at the computer and doing stuff here just isn't enjoyable.
My mystery rash has also been in the process of vanishing. Now before you panic just hear me out. I've been dealing with this weird rash for three or so years now. I have psoriasis, and this isn't psoriasis. At all. It's not a fungal infection or contagious either (Joe and his father would have gotten it over the course of these three or so years). I've seen FOUR doctors about it, all before the move. I took some meds and they got rid of most of it, but some of it has stuck around. So I saw another doctor who gave me some ointment. That helps a little but the ointment is super strong steroid stuff, is gross, and gets on everything because it doesn't get absorbed into the skin. So I saw another doctor, and they sent me to a dermatologist because they couldn't figure it out either. I get to the dermatologist and they told me to "spend a few hours in the sun every day without sunscreen". O.o I'm a redhead. Sunscreen is vital to my survival. The doctor didn't even do a scraping or touch the rash, just looked at my medical history and saw "psoriasis" and assumed that's what it is. I was FURIOUS with him. So I did my own research and found folks with the same rash in the same pattern. Their diagnosis? Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity. I've pretty much cut out gluten from my diet (gluten-free bread and various other foods are $$$ so I can't really cut it all out), I spend a lot of time in the sun WITH sunscreen on (I've gotten sunburns so bad I had boils/blisters so uh, no, not doing that again), and the water here is treated differently. Did you know that the way water is treated can have an effect on the skin? One of my sisters spent time in Colorado and got a hellish rash from the water. I dunno what it making the rash less prominent, but I like the way it's going. I still have the lumps and bumps and red spots, but not like they were. Not so itchy or anything. All four of the doctors have said it's not contagious because the people I live with never got it (Jon doesn't live with us anymore, but the point still stands). Right now I just want it GONE. Maye it's the dry air? The water? Diet? The fact my stress and anxiety levels have plummeted?
On another health point Joe is applying for health insurance through the state, and I'm applying as well. I receive Medicare and Medicaid due to being disabled, but none of it covers dental health, and that's vitally important. Poor dental health affects everything. I have a filling that has fallen out three times now in my front left tooth, and it has me all shy about smiling. After we get the paperwork done and whatever quotes and stuff we'll figure out what plan to go with, or if sliding scale will be less costly at one of the dental clinics here. We're both terrified of the dentist (Joe especially), so it's not something either of us really wanna deal with. However, I love my teeth and want them pretty and healthy.
I can't think of anything else right now. I'm playing Dragon Age 2 to pass the time in the evening since I decided not to hook up cable in the living room. Joe has cable in his man-cave, which is fine by me. Um...I've sold a few items to the locals here, and will be putting an add in the local paper when we have the money. Just gonna advertise my stuff. Who knows, maybe I'll sell all my stuff locally and have nothing to sell soon? One can only hope. I'm gonna shower and game now. Sitting all scrunched up like this isn't comfortable.