It’s Monday Again

The past week was a little wild, but the weekend was alright. We bathed the cats. Friends came over, had pizza. ๐Ÿ• Worked in my studio layout. So, it was alright.

The other day I received a new package from ODU, an onesie they’d been holding for me. This onesie design makes me think of my friend Nate and this is a big reason of why I wanted it, besides the design being adorable, of course (this is something I kinda do. I’ll get things with polar bears because they remind me of Kitty and Snow, things with lions because they remind me of Mwako, and so on.)

I’m really happy with it and have worn it already! ๐Ÿด๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŽ

Also, I recently went to Target and happened to run into this adorable bear mug. Too pretty to use. It was only $5.00 so I bought it to display in the library.

In other news, Rudyard’s outfit is now complete. I think he looks absolutely adorable:

A far as health news goes, I was able to move my appointment to tomorrow (for the cervical MRI.) Without contrast, so no needles that day, but I’ll get needles on Thursday. That’s when the bloodwork is due to be done.

I still feel deeply uneasy. I’m guessing if/when I look at a second opinion as far as the brain cyst goes, we might go to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. It’s by far the best rated place for neurology in all of Florida. And I really want to feel at ease about this. I do not feel at ease at all. I’m just plain scared, but you know, that’s okay. It’s a scary thing. As long as I still make sure to do all I need to, it’s okay to be a little scared.

I’m still not sure if my symptoms are due to the brain cyst (neurologist says no) some blood issue (we’ll know soon) or something in my spine being compressed. My posture is terrible, primarily due to poor desk set up but above all the fact that I have never had a decent chair, ever.

The one I had now surely was great at some point but it was old and flat when it was passed down to me. My spine has zero support.

So I need a new chair. Just an okay chair that isn’t ancient and can be adjusted in a particular way will do. But the chairs I am looking at are in the neighborhood of $200.

For now, I’ve rearranged my drawing boards, so I can use the one I keep downstairs for occasional use, in a more permanent manner. It’s far more ergonomically sound:

Unfortunately, this setup is only for iPad work. My primary setup, with the Cintiq, three monitors, keyboards, etc, is the one doomed with the crappy chair.

I do not feel comfortable taking more normal commissions at this time or even opening for anything this big at all. So I’ll just mention here that if anyone wants a whole bunch of artistic freedom pieces from me (say, four, fully rendered) so I can get a chair, please contact me. It’d take a while though, so I am not comfortable doing this with anyone who isn’t a friend or frequent commissioner. Especially because I’d probably have to ask you to make the order since I do not currently have a credit card I can use, until later this week.

Anyway that’s all I’ve got for now. It’s time to take care of my snildren. I wish you all a wonderful day and will keep you posted on brain/spine/etc health news.

Date Night ๐Ÿ’

Today was my neurologist appointment. There’s a lot of stuff about that I’ll be going into detail in an upcoming post, because I’m so tired.

After the appointment I experienced the worst headache of my life. Like “I think I am dying” bad. Somehow, I was okay an hour later. Which I can only compare to pain like, breaking your leg in three places and being okay an hour later. It was an odd feeling. The pain still had me somewhat nauseous, so I wasn’t very hungry, but I hated to cancel our date night plans, so off we went to Nami. I brought MoonPie along:

Nami in Miramar is still taking COVID pretty seriously and is one of the few places I feel comfortable dining out at. So I didn’t want to give up the chance as I treasure these outings with my husband.

The food was good, I just didn’t feel so great so I didn’t eat as much as other times. Plus the headache episode was so unbelievably frightening that I was just, rattled overall, and wondering in the back of my head, still, if I should be in the restaurant or the ER. Haha…

I had Buddha Tofu as usual. Later we played Tetris. It was a lovely night as they always are. I enjoy our date nights immensely.

๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒ Come Join Marina’s Arty Channel Chat! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒˆ

This is primarily for those that don’t want to use Discord. I myself will continue to be active mostly there. However, now that Telegram has created this option, I decided to make a discussion group attached to my Telegram channel, for my followers who don’t want to use Discord:

โœจ https://t.me/artychannelchat โœจ

This chat isn’t exactly the same as my Discord channel, which has a lot more stuff and options, but is the best Telegram alternative. You can join my Discord server here: https://discord.gg/E6GN9BG

RULES:

๐Ÿ”ž Minors are NOT allowed here.
๐ŸŒˆ Do not do any kind of heavy role-play/baby talk. Stuff like hugs or waves is OK. Stuff like crinkles, crinklewags or replacing R’s for W’s is not.
๐ŸŒˆ THIS IS NOT AN AGEPLAY CHANNEL. You can refer to yourself as a Little or talk about your Littleness, but do consider that there are people in this channel who are either totally unaware of the topic, or don’t want to hear lurid details.
๐ŸŒˆ Do not use terms that can be considered kink (such as daddy/mommy/babygirl/babyboy for your significant other/s). Use non-kink terms such as S.O., partner, etc.
๐ŸŒˆ Avoid mentions of r_pe/sexual assault here.
๐ŸŒˆ If sharing art done by others here, you MUST credit the artist. The only exception is stickers.
๐ŸŒˆ Please don’t reference the contents/nature of your pants/underwear in ANY way.
๐ŸŒˆ No talk of politics.
๐ŸŒˆ Please do not discuss the topic of “age of consent” on my server.
๐ŸŒˆ Label all NSFW links.
๐ŸŒˆ Do NOT share any artwork that shows bodily fluids or emissions, not even indirectly!
๐ŸŒˆ Do not use my channel to sell your stuff.
๐ŸŒˆ When sharing links, there needs to be context with the links rather than the link alone, and engagement with the topic youโ€™re sharing. In addition, please do not share more than one link in a row. You can share multiple links as part of a conversation.
๐ŸŒˆ Do NOT kink shame, make ableist, transphobic, homophobic, or racist comments, or make โ€œtriggeredโ€, r_pe or suicide jokes.

Repeated failure to follow these rules will result in you being kicked from the chat.

As I mentioned you should not expect to see me there a great deal, though I will monitor activity.

Credit Card Fraud ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Well, more like debit card fraud… ๐Ÿค” So basically I woke up to this:

Now I buy a lot of random crap so I thought it had to be something I bought. But I couldn’t find anything. I selected “no” and my card was promptly shut down. I received a call later and confirmed that indeed someone tried to use my account at around 3:00am for a whole bunch of fraudulent charges in the hundreds of dollars. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Thank God that Regions has fraud protection. Honestly Regions kinda sucks a lot of the time so I didn’t expect they would.

I’m very careful with my cards and use Lastpass for everything so perhaps it happened at some convenience store when I was out of town… who knows. I ran a virus and malware scan, just in case. My husband says not to worry about it other than what I’ve done already.

But yeah! That was quite the way to start my morning.

Anyway today I have my doctor’s appointment, at 3:00pm ish. I imagine a bunch of tests will be ordered so I’m not super excited about that.