One Shot Down

Hello, hello! How’s everyone doing? Things are pretty much the same here. I’ve started crocheting again. I swear I will eventually finish this shawl and take pictures to prove it. I’m just annoyingly slow even when I work on it regularly. But it will get done. Writing is still fighting me, which is why I decided to crochet instead. At least I’m doing something. Reading and submissions are still happening regularly, so at least there’s that. Anyway, I mentioned last week that I was getting my first shot. I did! Dad takes our 92-year-old neighbor to get her second shot today and we’re scheduled for ours in a couple of weeks. So, I thought I’d ramble about vaccines today, since I have nothing else to talk about.

I wasn’t actually planning on getting vaccinated yet. The vaccines weren’t tested on people with any of the Muscular Dystrophies, so I admit that I was concerned about the lack of everything regarding people with disabilities. I don’t know if people with disabilities are prone to worse reactions. Don’t know the effects down the line. We know nothing. At least people without disabilities had some information about how it affects them in the short term. I had nothing to go on and zero desire to be a guinea pig. But at the same time, I wasn’t adamantly against it. I mostly just didn’t want to have to go to Fair Park (Dallas drivers and roads are horrible) to get something I didn’t really want in the first place. So, when I was able to get Dad scheduled close to home, I looked for one for myself.

Sadly, our Walgreens didn’t have any (our pharmacist probably would’ve brought it out to the van so I wouldn’t have had to risk being around people, because he’s cool like that), so we had to go to CVS. Dad’s was right down the street and mine was a few miles up the road. In case you missed it in my last post, if you’re trying to schedule an appointment via the CVS website, all I can tell you is to ignore their lists of availabilities and actually go through the process of trying to schedule an appointment, then try at least three or four nearby zip codes/cities (for some reason our closest pharmacy only showed up when I searched for Forney, a neighboring city, instead of our own zip code and the pharmacy I’m scheduled at only showed up under our zip code when it’s actually in Sunnyvale). Do this multiple times a day. And be prepared to be told that you can’t make the first appointment without making the second one too, which is sometimes available and sometimes not. That’s the most annoying part of the process, so far.

On the day of the appointment, CVS sent a text message with a link to check in. This was mostly annoying because they want you there early, but you can’t check in until 15 minutes before your appointment at the earliest. At that point, I already had my mask on, so I couldn’t see my phone in my lap to do it myself, which meant Dad had to check me in and he has a strangely hard time operating my phone for some reason. Otherwise, the whole thing was over within half an hour. Dude took my temperature and chatted with us until the guy came to get me for the shot, then we had to wait for 15 minutes to make sure I didn’t immediately die. Everyone was nice and friendly. People wore masks, including the customers that I noticed. They covered their noses and everything. I was actually a little impressed.

As I mentioned on my personal Facebook, I wore one of my Cthulhu shirts, my Yggdrasil bracelet, and my sparkly rainbow Cons. If an elder god, the world tree, and spiffy happy vibes couldn’t protect me against a bad reaction, I figure nothing could. It must’ve worked because my only reaction was the one I get with every shot: soreness around the injection point. But seriously, I just wanted an excuse to wear the bracelet and shoes. The shirt was just next in line. I’m aware the second shot is usually the one to cause problems. We’ll see how that one goes.

Anyway, all this post is really meant for is to help give people an idea of what to expect from CVS if they’re trying to get an appointment there. If you’re having doubts about the shots, you’re not alone. For all we know, they could be mass sterilizing us (I kid… kind of), but if it helps us not die from Covid, I guess that’s okay. I’m not going to judge anyone for not getting it until there’s more evidence as to its effectiveness and how long it actually lasts. But I will definitely judge you for not wearing masks. That is all.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts or comments here or on my social media pages!

Retail Therapy… Kind Of…

Hello, hello! How is everyone doing? Are you bored yet? I’m keeping busy with edits and reading and crocheting for the most part, but yes I occasionally get bored. If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time doing online window shopping when you’re bored. You find all kinds of things you want but either can’t afford or would never actually buy for yourself for whatever reason (my reason is that I’m cheap and don’t go anywhere where I need the stuff I want). Then, when you’re actually looking to buy stuff, you can never find anything you want. Or is that just me? Just me. Okay then. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the stuff I’ve been looking at lately.

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This is why I only window shop.

So, here are five things that made me stop and consider buying them in no particular order.

1. Sailor Saturn Silence Glaive Hair Sticks. A friend sent me the link to these because she knows I adore all things Sailor Saturn. And my first instinct was “WANT!” But then I talked myself out of it for a couple of reasons: a) hair sticks and I don’t get along because my seat gets in the way of any cute hairstyles, and b) there’s no way in hell I’m paying $15 for two cheap mass produced metal sticks.

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2. Cherry Blossom Unicorno. Another item sent by the same friend because she thinks they’re adorable and knew I would too. And they are! But it’s one of those surprise bag things where you order it and they send you whichever one they grab first. I guess it’s cool for kids, but I’d rather just order the ones I want (Sakurako and Yoshino). So that’s a turn off. Plus, I have too many toys and figurines and junk as it is.

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3. Rainbow Star Converse. Honestly, when I came across these, they were already sold out and I haven’t checked to see if I can find them elsewhere. Which is good because I would’ve bought them without a second thought. I don’t need new shoes and my black Cons are only a year old, but these are adorable and if I find them for a reasonable price, I’m getting them.

Update: It’s been 2 hours since I wrote this post (it hasn’t even gone live), but I found the shoes at Famous Footwear and bought them.

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4. Trinity top in sea glass. I look at clothes a lot but rarely buy them. This is one of those things I would probably get if we still went to Scarborough Faire every year, so I’d have something cute to wear. But cute things are rarely flattering on me since I have to buy stuff larger than my actual size just to get it on. And altering clothes is expensive. Wearing cute stuff is annoyingly difficult, so I usually avoid it nowadays. I can still look, though.

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5. Heart of Cthulhu and Kraken necklaces. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I put them both here since they’re both necklaces from the same company. It’s extremely rare for me to buy myself jewelry because I don’t wear it that much and I already have a bunch of necklaces. If I could remember my ring size, I’d be more likely to buy those since I wear one all of the time. But I’m cheap and jewelry is expensive, so I’d rather buy three or four or more books for the price of one necklace.

There are some of my window shopping ideas. Show me some of the stuff you’ve looked at lately. I know a lot of my friends do this. You know who you are. What are some things you’ve been eying but refuse to buy? As always, feel free to share your thoughts and comments here or on my social media pages!