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Phoenixx

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I am dragging today. This week is catching up to me. I've been so busy the last few days, after not being so busy for a while. I cancelled plans on a friend today, just because I'm so tired and still have so much to do and honestly all I want to do is sleep and start playing Stardew Valley. Our plans were kinda ruined by the weather anyways, so I don't feel too bad about it. I'll reschedule with her for next week sometime. In the meantime I have got to get my mile-long to-do list done before anything else.
 

Phoenixx

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Pissed off. Had my mom over today and she gave me some old kitchen stuff I wanted and she was teaching me how to use a pressure canner. I planned this, but what pisses me off is whenever she comes here with anything she just dumps it wherever and I have to sort through it and put everything away, meanwhile as I'm trying to do that we're moving onto the next thing and she's trying to converse at the same time. It's so incredibly overwhelming and it's hard to keep track of what I'm even doing. She made such a mess in my kitchen today between her teaching and also eating her lunch and leaving dirty dishes all over the counter instead of putting it in the dishwasher, then she left without even helping put away or clean up. My kitchen wasn't perfect when she arrived, as I still had a few dirty pans I didn't get a chance to clean because I've been so busy the last few days, but it was at least half decent. So by the time she left it looked like a bomb went off that I had to clean up by myself. I've been living on my own for 6 years now and I still don't receive respect in my own space. It aggravates me so much and if I even try to tell her about it I'll just get some excuse about how she had to leave or she couldn't stand long to help clean or I'll be told I'm being rude if I get pissed about it and tell her off. :rolleyes:
 
Well, that's things back to normal. Back to me being ignored, and having how I feel completely undermined and dismissed as invalid. Back to being miserable. As usual, it's me who's being an arse for asking if it's awrite if my nieces don't visit today, cuz f__k need a rest for a few days, right? :mad:
 
The vet put Gusto on Prednisone last checkup because he had an itchy patch of skin, and man... does it make him eat! He's gained 3 pounds, 1/10 of his body-weight, in just a couple of weeks. He took the last pill Saturday so it should go back to normal soon... it better, he's eating a hole in my wallet. XD
 

LoyalXenite

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The vet put Gusto on Prednisone last checkup because he had an itchy patch of skin, and man... does it make him eat! He's gained 3 pounds, 1/10 of his body-weight, in just a couple of weeks. He took the last pill Saturday so it should go back to normal soon... it better, he's eating a hole in my wallet. XD
If it happens again you could ask the vet for a script for neocort, its a steroid cream that works wonders on my girls (one is VERY prone to rashes) but doesnt increase her appetite in any noticeable way
 

Phoenixx

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If it happens again you could ask the vet for a script for neocort, its a steroid cream that works wonders on my girls (one is VERY prone to rashes) but doesnt increase her appetite in any noticeable way
Was about to suggest this too. Prednisone is nice, but yeah it can increase appetite and thus weight gain. Fountain, do you know what caused the itchy patch? Was it an allergy or maybe just a bug bite? Growing up, I had a dog allergic to fleas and red dye. If he ever got in contact with it he'd itch terribly. We always gave benadryl and a soothing bath with no harsh soaps and a follow up of a little coconut oil to help the itchiness. Might be an option if you're ever on a tight budget. Of course talk to your vet depending on his itchiness or what it's from. :)
 
Was about to suggest this too. Prednisone is nice, but yeah it can increase appetite and thus weight gain. Fountain, do you know what caused the itchy patch? Was it an allergy or maybe just a bug bite? Growing up, I had a dog allergic to fleas and red dye. If he ever got in contact with it he'd itch terribly. We always gave benadryl and a soothing bath with no harsh soaps and a follow up of a little coconut oil to help the itchiness. Might be an option if you're ever on a tight budget. Of course talk to your vet depending on his itchiness or what it's from. :)
Thanks, Phoenixx. :)

It was fleas.

His NexGard ran-out because I didn't realize the vet's office was backed-up two weeks due to Covid. During that two week gap, the fleas had a ball with my little buddy. I bathed him as much as the flea and tick shampoo would allow, but around here, those over-the-counter shampoos are virtually worthless.
 

Phoenixx

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Thanks, Phoenixx. :)

It was fleas.

His NexGard ran-out because I didn't realize the vet's office was backed-up two weeks due to Covid. During that two week gap, the fleas had a ball with my little buddy. I bathed him as much as the flea and tick shampoo would allow, but around here, those over-the-counter shampoos are virtually worthless.
Yikes! Do you live in a rural area? I have to watch for fleas and ticks here too, but we've had a bit of luck this year not having too many of either. My puppers are due for both baths and flea medicine, but my one girl has to be postponed until her incision heals from her surgery. I can't get the other one in the tub without hubs' help since she's so old and it can be hard to lift her with her back injury.
 
Yikes! Do you live in a rural area? I have to watch for fleas and ticks here too, but we've had a bit of luck this year not having too many of either. My puppers are due for both baths and flea medicine, but my one girl has to be postponed until her incision heals from her surgery. I can't get the other one in the tub without hubs' help since she's so old and it can be hard to lift her with her back injury.
No, it's the suburbs.

I think the region is the problem; I'm in eastern NC now and the climate seems to be a haven for fleas & ticks. I never had this problem when I lived in the Piedmont area with my last dog. We're also in a condominium complex with an association that doesn't spray very well for pests... and my neighbors have lots of cats & dogs.

I hope your babies do well, they're lucky to have such good parents. :)
 

Phoenixx

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No, it's the suburbs.

I think the region is the problem; I'm in eastern NC now and the climate seems to be a haven for fleas & ticks. I never had this problem when I lived in the Piedmont area with my last dog. We're also in a condominium complex with an association that doesn't spray very well for pests... and my neighbors have lots of cats & dogs.

I hope your babies do well, they're lucky to have such good parents. :)
Ah I see. Have you considered a flea collar for him at all? I've heard really good things about Seresto flea collars, and a relative swears by them. They're a bit pricey, but no more than if you were to apply a high-quality flea medicine on a regular basis for a few months. Once the flea meds run out I plan to get a couple and switch.

My babies are doing well. Although I had to take my cat to the vet this morning and found out she has a terrible UTI. :( We've been dealing with awful heat and humidity here and I'm quite certain that's what triggered it. Her litter box was in the basement, but I did a thorough clean on it and moved it upstairs where it's not quite so humid. She's on antibiotics for the next several days, so hopefully that and moving her litter box will help a lot.
 
Ah I see. Have you considered a flea collar for him at all? I've heard really good things about Seresto flea collars, and a relative swears by them. They're a bit pricey, but no more than if you were to apply a high-quality flea medicine on a regular basis for a few months. Once the flea meds run out I plan to get a couple and switch.

My babies are doing well. Although I had to take my cat to the vet this morning and found out she has a terrible UTI. :( We've been dealing with awful heat and humidity here and I'm quite certain that's what triggered it. Her litter box was in the basement, but I did a thorough clean on it and moved it upstairs where it's not quite so humid. She's on antibiotics for the next several days, so hopefully that and moving her litter box will help a lot.
The Seresto collar seems like a better deal, I might have to give it a go. I've heard about them, but NexGard works so well I've been hesitant to try anything else. Frontline used to work great, but the damn fleas in this area became immune, so then K-9 Advantix 2 was the ticket until the same thing happened. They are biblical here in the summer.

I'm sorry about your cat, I had a kidney stone a couple years ago, allegedly, I went to the emergency room, got scanned (scammed?) and was told that's what it was, but I never passed it, so I know that kind of thing is rough. It sounds like you're on the right track with treatment and preventatives, though.

Good luck to you both!
 

Phoenixx

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Upset and overwhelmed today. :cry: Tired of having to take care of the same things and listen to the same problems everyday and the people who complain don't take responsibility to demand respect. Tired of things I'm trying to do not going right. Tired of feeling so overwhelmed to the point where I'm neglecting some responsibilities over others and I can't manage to get my act together.

Additionally, the second interview I thought was just going to be an interview with a second set of questions and scenarios is now that ON TOP OF them wanting me to provide an entire lesson plan out of the several options they sent and it has to be a 15 minute presentation. I probably wouldn't feel so confused about this if it wasn't over freaking Zoom. How the hell am I supposed to formulate a lesson plan that translates over web conference? It'd be different if I had a camera set up and someone else to help. But no, it has to be just me and my webcam on my laptop. Not to mention some of these lesson plan options are nearly 3 hours total. How am I supposed to condense in 15 minutes? As much as this job pays per hour (although it has benefits), it really makes me wonder if it's worth all this work....??? :unsure:

I'm honestly so close to throwing in the towel completely. I don't know what I want anymore and it's leaving me extremely frustrated. Everything I thought I wanted has seemed to be more difficult than I feel like it's worth or not what I expected it to be and I already feel like moving onto new things and finding something else. I don't know. I have never felt so lost in my life and it leaves me scared and worried all the time. :(:cry:
 

LoyalXenite

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Upset and overwhelmed today. :cry: Tired of having to take care of the same things and listen to the same problems everyday and the people who complain don't take responsibility to demand respect. Tired of things I'm trying to do not going right. Tired of feeling so overwhelmed to the point where I'm neglecting some responsibilities over others and I can't manage to get my act together.

Additionally, the second interview I thought was just going to be an interview with a second set of questions and scenarios is now that ON TOP OF them wanting me to provide an entire lesson plan out of the several options they sent and it has to be a 15 minute presentation. I probably wouldn't feel so confused about this if it wasn't over freaking Zoom. How the hell am I supposed to formulate a lesson plan that translates over web conference? It'd be different if I had a camera set up and someone else to help. But no, it has to be just me and my webcam on my laptop. Not to mention some of these lesson plan options are nearly 3 hours total. How am I supposed to condense in 15 minutes? As much as this job pays per hour (although it has benefits), it really makes me wonder if it's worth all this work....??? :unsure:

I'm honestly so close to throwing in the towel completely. I don't know what I want anymore and it's leaving me extremely frustrated. Everything I thought I wanted has seemed to be more difficult than I feel like it's worth or not what I expected it to be and I already feel like moving onto new things and finding something else. I don't know. I have never felt so lost in my life and it leaves me scared and worried all the time. :(:cry:
Can you make a powerpoint slideshow that you talk through for the lesson plan, just screensharing and you talking through it could be an option?
 

Phoenixx

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Can you make a powerpoint slideshow that you talk through for the lesson plan, just screensharing and you talking through it could be an option?
I'm honestly not sure. And quite frankly, I'm not even sure if I'm going to go through with this second interview now.

I had a really good talk last night with a friend of mine who's working the same position through the same overall company, just a different branch in a different county. Each branch is managed differently, but with overall the same goals since it's a government-based position. I explained to her the expectations of this interview and she told me it was "absolutely ridiculous." When she was interviewed at her branch, she was never asked to do any of this and she thinks it's completely unfair they're asking me to do something I have no idea how to do and have no prior experience. She didn't know how to create a lesson plan on her own until after 2 months of thorough training and hand-holding and they're asking me to do this for an interview??? :oops: I'm glad my being overwhelmed wasn't entirely just me, that it was reasonable to be thinking as such.

She also mentioned that the grant the company received last fall for these lessons/programs was made to be 100% lecture based, not digital. So with COVID it has royally screwed everyone trying to translate these programs for video conferencing use. Me asking how this is even possible was right on the head. It's not totally possible. My friend has been busting her rear - along with her coworkers - to translate these programs effectively to help others and their director keeps shutting down every idea they have. She said it's incredibly frustrating and she's already looking into doing her own business that can transition to both online and in-person counseling, because she cannot take the stress of this current job. She was blunt, said to be wary about what they're expecting. And if I did wind up getting this job, then what would that mean work-wise down the road? It was a good question I hadn't even thought to consider. So today I will most definitely be sending an honest email explaining to them how I have no experience with lesson planning and I'm not sure how to go about this. If they deny me any help, then that will be that. Disappointing because I've struggled thus far with trying to get work, but it is what it is. :(
 
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