1. Gonna Have to Knock Him Out

    Written by Randi on December 20th, 2014 at 12:11 AM // Category: General

    Getting Andrew to go to the doctor is the hardest thing in the world. He makes up whatever excuse he can and will even claim whatever the issue is no longer exists so I will stop harping on him about it.

    He had something stuck between his teeth today and I was trying to help him get it out. The first thing I noticed looked like he had a broken or chipped tooth. He also had this abscess that had been on the inside of his cheek for the longest time. From what I assumed, was biting his cheek when he was bored. He claims it’s not there anymore but I didn’t get up to verify. I know it was there a few months ago.

    It came out that he’s afraid to go to the dentist. He’s paying for the damn insurance. I couldn’t figure out why he wouldn’t want to use it. His first response was, “I don’t want drills near my mouth”. The last time he went, he was a teenager. He had braces put on his 2 front teeth but that was it. To have a fear of the dentist strikes me as odd. He’s not the only one I know who has the fear but Andrew doesn’t fear anything, at least I thought.

    Now I’m on the hunt for a dentist in our area who will put him under. We have a few places in our area so I’m going to start calling on Monday and try and schedule something for after the holidays.

  2. Christmas Party

    Written by Randi on December 16th, 2014 at 12:22 AM // Category: General

    Tonight, Andrew and I went to a holiday party for his work, his 2nd job actually. I had fun and it was nice to meet all of those he talks about. Now I can put a faces to names. Andrew has worked for his bosses for about 4 years now, much longer than anyone else there. They spent a lot of time commending him on the work he does and thanking me and apologizing for keeping him for so many hours of the day. It feels good to know that all the he does is at least appreciated as much as it is. Andrew works I.T. for a health facility, P (from now on), and his bosses there started their own I.T. business and brought Andrew on with them there, as well. Andrew started with the health facility’s I.T. department and works directly under his bosses who own their own company and are contracted with P. Andrew is paid by P. That is during the day. At night, Andrew works for his bosses at their I.T. company.

    We went to a very fancy steakhouse that I hadn’t even heard of. I had filet mignon which I had never had before. It was absolutely delicious. Now I’ll know what the hell they are talking about when I watch Hell’s Kitchen. lol

    All in all, I had a good time. Also, I’m looking forward to working with them for a web dev project. :)

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    Written by Randi on December 14th, 2014 at 1:47 AM // Category: Rants

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  4. Keeping up with email

    Written by Randi on December 11th, 2014 at 2:43 AM // Category: General

    Back in 2009 when I signed up for my current email with Gmail, I did so with the intention of it being my professional work email. Now in 2014 it is so bogged down with junk mail and spam and I have no idea how to even begin clearing it of the junk. This kills me on a daily basis as I have to wade through the crap that the internet has to send you. Of course, it’s my full name. No numbers, special characters, etc and now I have to basically give it up.

    So, my new plan was to create a new email, so that I have a FRESH start. I haven’t actually made the leap into this but I have purchases a domain with the intention of doing not just that but to even give myself a fresh site for professional and work contact purposes.

    So, I bought randijudge.com. I actually bought this domain a month or two ago and have only put a landing page up so far. I think that has a lot to do with my inability to decide what I want to do with it exactly, other than the obvious which is to put my portfolio up there and a way for future clients to contact me. I thought about moving my main blog to that domain but now I am certainly rethinking that. I like it here and I’m not so sure I want to move it. As for 8BitHeart, I may end up combining that with this blog to be my all in one. I don’t know. I honestly don’t. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it and have yet to come up with an answer.

    But back to my original point. I will be creating an email on my new domain for strictly professional purposes. That way I can’t miss the important stuff. I will be trying to clean up my current email as much as I can so that I can continue to use it for friends and pleasure and using one last email I have (who am I kidding? I have a ton) to send crappy newletters and junk to if something requires an email but lacks an easy Opt-Out option.

    I’ve tried many options me to use my own domain for email and the only thing I do like is Gmail. Of course, Gmail doesn’t have that option any longer. Now, if you want to use Gmail, you need a Google Apps for Business account and it’s $5/month (which really isn’t a bad deal, just not something I can commit to right now and risk losing my email but I do believe Gmail is worth it).

    So, while I sort out all of that, what do you use to read emails on your personal domain email addresses?

  5. If my Animals Were People: Cat Edition

    Written by Randi on September 25th, 2014 at 3:27 PM // Category: Family

    All of my animals are very different. Each one has their own personality. A lot of people act like I’m crazy when I say this but I’m close to them and I can pick up on these things. I notice the slightest change in their personalities and worry about them. I know, easily, when something is not right. Hell, I can tell you which cat is meowing and if they are playing or hurt, from 2 rooms away just like a mother can with her kids. They are beings, just as we are. Just because we don’t know what they are thinking doesn’t mean they don’t think.

    My mom and I talk about these things all the time. Phantom is another one of her kids and as she fills me on what Breya is doing in school or what Zack is playing these days, Phantom is mentioned too. More so than Lily or Jackson. She knows, just like I do, that Phantom is more than a cat. I always tell her about what my cats did that day or what trouble they got into.

    So, I want to paint a picture of what I think my animals would be like if they were people. I figure this will help people understand what I’m talking about and know that I’m not crazy and anybody who loves their animals will tell you the same thing. This is going to be sort of long but I do have 5 of them. These are based off of their mannerisms which I will explain first.

    I encourage any pet owner to do the same. I want to read about your furbabies.

    I’ll start with my oldest, although he doesn’t live with me.

    Phantom: He just turned 8 and he’s an outside cat. My family knows Phantom very well, even those who don’t like cats. Phantom is not a cat, he is a person in a cat’s body. He is highly intelligent but stubborn, very masculine. If I had to compare him to another animal, it would be a Panther. Just the way he walks and carries himself, he looks and acts so much bigger than he is. He knows when he’s done something wrong and he will apologize for it. However, he also has times where he think he was in the right and therefore I have to apologize to him. After attempting to save one of our puppies in a dog attack (technically, he did, but the puppy had to be put down) and rescuing Dexter (my brother’s cat) when he got out in a rainstorm, he’s been hailed a hero and he LOVES to be told how amazing he is. He’s very observant and he knows as much about us as we know about him. He’s there when he knows you need it. My mom has been upset and pushed him away but he doesn’t give up. That was one thing I’ve always loved him for. He makes you feel better and he wants you to feel better. I could go on and on.

    I’ve always said that Phantom would have a British accent. I still believe that. He’s an older man, very wise, friendly, retired to Florida, slower in his old age but still very active. He would regale and bore his children and grand children with war stories. He is a hero and he knows it, and he basks in the glory. He loves his family very much and dotes on them, always putting them before himself.

    Reese: Oh, Reese. That poor cat. She’s very feral and she fears all people except for me and Andrew. If we try to pet her when she isn’t looking directly at us, she wigs, big round eyes and screams. You have to approach her slowly and reach your hand out and wait for her to come to you. Any noise and she takes off running. A few months ago, she decided to go into the kitchen and never came out. She has her own litter box and food dish because she refuses to go upstairs to the cats’ bedroom for it. I have not seen her approach the stairs since that day she went into the kitchen.

    She an introvert but more than that, I think she’d be on the edge of psychotic. She’d be into the government conspiracies and wear a tin foil hat. She would NEVER leave her house. The only person she is willing to talk to, she doesn’t trust on most days. Everything and anything is trying to kill her. 

    Bella: She’s loud and vocal. She announces herself when she enters a room and if you stop petting her before she’s done, she yells at you until you continue. She’s not, I can’t say smart because it’s not fair to compare her to Phantom. She certainly isn’t graceful like you’d expect a cat to be. She falls and jumps hard, she’s fallen off of surfaces by mis-stepping.

    She’s a diva. She’s the most popular girl in school (I still think of her as young) and she knows it. When she’s not getting the attention she think she deserves, she’s demanding it. She’d do anything scandalous to get herself back in the lime light. She gets by on her looks alone and is pretty ditzy.

    James: James is our most normal cat. He likes attention but loves to be left alone. Lately, he’s taken to following one of us into the bedroom and staying behind when we close the door to catch some Z’s. He’ll play with the other cats on occasion but prefers to guard the top of the stairs when he naps.

    I picture James as cool, calm, and collected. Honestly, he’d probably be a stoner. He lays around all day except for a few quick spurt of energy. He’d work a 9-5 job. He’s pretty average.

    Loki: Loki is just a bundle of energy. He has one speed and it’s fast. He wants to play ALL the time even though the other’s want to sleep. However, he does have rare moments where he just wants to be cuddled and loved on and he seeks it out. He doesn’t care if you’re busy, he will lay on your keyboard.

    Loki is a rambunctious toddler, running around the grocery store yelling, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” knocking things over, breaking stuff. You’d feel bad for his poor parents but know that they obviously spoil him. But when he gets home, and has his sugar crash, he wants to cuddle and tell you he loves you as he climbs up you, knocking everything out of your hands.

    I also just want to throw out there that Phantom got a more extensive paragraph because Phantom is amazing. Yes, I’ve had him longer but he is just so full of personality that all of it is hard to ignore. Anyone who has ever met Phantom, loves him. We don’t think of him as a cat, I don’t know what I would call him. He’s extraordinary. :)

  6. I Have an Interview!

    Written by Randi on September 12th, 2014 at 7:51 PM // Category: General

    I have an interview on Monday and I’m excited. The location is perfect for me to be able to get there, with no help from ANYONE, no begging for rides, rain or shine (or snow since you know, Pennsylvania) and come home during breaks to check on the animals. I also know the family who runs it and it was one of the reasons I reached out to them.

    I have to get my house situated this weekend and get some paperwork in order but I’m really excited!

  7. My Mirena Story

    Written by Randi on September 5th, 2014 at 11:09 PM // Category: Blogging

    Let’s get real for a moment. This is something I want to share with others who are looking for their information on the Mirena. I want to share my story in detail so I will be explicitly talking about my vagina. Lest this serve as your warning.

    I got my Mirena inserted on January 31st of this year. I chose the Mirena, out of all possibilities, because of the praise and recognition I’ve seen it receive in various different places. My Mirena is my first IUD. I’m not one of those who has “tried them all” and couldn’t find something I liked.

    I was 14/15 when I was put on Ortho Tricyclin Lo for no other reason than to curb my ovarian cysts. It was just a happy benefit (to my mother) that it was also helpful in preventing pregnancy as I was “sexually active” at this point (I had had sex once, I wouldn’t call it sexually active at all). Nonetheless, my mom worried, of course. 

    I was AWFUL about remembering to take it. I’d go weeks without taking it and then take one and repeat the cycle. My mom would make me set an alarm or remind me and I’d say, “yeah, okay.” and forget about it. The pill was not for me.

    When I was 17, I received the Depo shot as I headed off to school hundreds of miles away from my mom and boyfriend. As my CMA teacher said, “That’s the thing about the Depo, you either love it or hate it.” At first I hated it. I received my first dose the week of October 4th (2008). I was due for my next dose at the end of December/Early January. I was home on vacation and received my shot in my doctor’s office. I went back to school and I started bleeding.

    Now, I had always had a heavy flow. There’s no way to describe my first few days as anything other than a murder scene. I’ve ruined sheets, underwear, clothes, towels. First thing in the morning was the WORST. After staying horizontal all night, my vagina would fill up and there was no way to get out of the bed without the dam giving way. I’ve had to hold/push my overnight pad against myself to try and retain as much as I possibly could so I could get to the toilet. This always left me having to shower to clean up. There were always plenty of clots, not big ones, just many. It was disgusting and sometimes worrying.

    After my second dose of the Depo shot, I bled continuously for 3 months. There was no stopping. At times it was super heavy as was usual for me but the majority was slightly less than that. Non-stop bleeding. Now, I’m living in a dorm, that thank god had rubber sheets to protect the mattress but I was ruining clothes left and right. My bi-weekly allowance was spent buying pads and tampons. Not to mention, my mother was sending me them and money. As if that wasn’t bad enough, there was this awful odor that I can not describe as anything other than this rotten, putrid smell. You know how you can smell your period every once in a while and fear someone else can and you always run into a dog that confirms that suspicion? Yeah, well, that fear turned to confirmation and humiliation when my roommate complained to an RA about the odor coming from my closet, which was my hamper. I was told I wasn’t washing my clothes. But I was, almost daily at this point.

    I spoke to the nurse at the wellness center who couldn’t have been less helpful. There was nothing she could do. I had this nagging feeling that as soon as I received my next dose, it would all stop. I just knew it. I just had to wait it out.

    After 3 months of non-stop bleeding, (I’m not exaggerating, it didn’t stop even once which you would think would be dangerous but I never felt tired or not normal and more so than I would any other time on my period) my time came for my next shot. I will spare you the excess details about her not having any in stock, and returning EVERY. SINGLE. DAY for 2 weeks hoping she would that day. I received my 3rd dose and the next day, my period was gone. I never received it again during my 4 and half years on the shot.

    I couldn’t tell you if I gained weight or not. I mean, I did but I wasn’t actively trying to keep it off so I don’t know if that was my fault or the shot. It also happened slowly over 4 years.

    I went off the shot in December of 2012 for lack of insurance. My period returned in either June or July of 2013.

    End of January of 2014, I got the Mirena inserted.

    I was scared. I won’t lie. The first thing the doctor asked me was whether I wanted her to attempt it or if I wanted to wait until my period started and came back since I had not had children and she didn’t think she could insert it easily. I hear a lot of people say that some doctors won’t insert an IUD on a woman who hasn’t had a baby yet. My doctor never said anything about that. From what I’ve found, these doctors’ decisions is based on false information. It was rumored that women who used an IUD had an increased risk of pelvic infection or infertility. This is not true and if you find a health card provider who refuses to give you one, get a second opinion. In this day and age, information is so easy to come by, just make sure it’s correct and you have legitimate and factual sources. Do your own research and be confident in your decisions. That is not to say that your doctor is always wrong, either.

    She had no problem putting it in. I, however, experienced the WORST cramps I’ve ever had in my life during the procedure. I wasn’t brought to tears but I was damn close. I had light cramping for 2-3 days after, very light. I couldn’t even complain because they were minuscule in comparison to the ones I had in the doctor’s office. The passed and around day 7, what I was told to wait until, I had my first orgasm since the procedure. This brought the cramps back, but when I called my doctor, she said it was normal. It happened a few more times but it did stop.

    I went back to have it checked to make sure it wasn’t expelling or had been expelled because this can happen. Andrew and I had used condoms in the meantime as a back up. Everything was fine, luckily, and at this point, I was happy with my decision.

    My period is almost non-existent. If I get it, it’s so light, in volume and color, that I barely need a liner (but I wear anyway to protect my undies).  You have no idea what a relief it is to go from a flowing river to a rain drop.

    I don’t remember if it was Mirena or Skyla that has 3, 5, or 7 year protections but my Mirena is good for 5 years.

    There is a downside, of course, and it would be a waste of a post to not mention them here.

    Number one, which I knew going in, was that your partner may be able to feel the strings. This was the biggest complaint I’ve seen and it was something that I mentioned to my doctor. She preemptively cut them for me. I wish I could say that worked. There are times where I’ve stabbed Andrew, luckily IT’S ANDREW, so it doesn’t kill the moment. We’ve found different positions that avoid it, usually, but the only thing I can do is wait until they “curl up” against my cervix.

    Number two seems to be only happening to a small number of people based on my own research. That odor came back. It’s not nearly as strong smelling and it only happens during my 3-5 day periods and goes away as soon as the blood does. It sucks but I *can* stand it. He has never made a mention of it (which could either be the truth or he’s just being polite) so I can’t tell if it’s just seems worse to me. I’m expecting my period to get lighter and lighter until it’s gone completely but that may not be the case. I’m just hopeful. If it stops, the odor will too. I can only wait and see.

    I’ve spoken to my doctor who tried to tell me it was old blood. The nurse at the Wellness center had told me the same thing. That doesn’t make sense. I don’t find that to be a suitable reason. What would make sense was if I had not had my period for a while and suddenly did. Old blood? What old blood? I’m still having periods monthly.

    Regardless, I’m happy with my Mirena, overall. It was the best choice for me. I’m baby-free for 5 years and I don’t have to worry about missing appointments or filling prescriptions. It was inserted and I can forget it until it’s time to take it out.

    One thing that is advised but I have yet to do, mostly because, we also use the pull-out method, is to take monthly pregnancy tests. I do advise that for people using the Mirena do this, for obvious reasons.

    If you have any questions about my experience with Mirena, don’t hesitate to ask. However, I’m not a doctor and I can not help you with any side effects or inquiries you have about your own body, please see your doctor.

  8. Add Brita® to your Back to School List

    Written by Randi on August 19th, 2014 at 6:20 PM // Category: Sponsored

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    As classes begin again, back to school shopping has started unless, of course, you are waiting until the last minute. I’m sure there are lots of things that you need for this coming school year. From book bags to laptops, even toiletries and so much more. I think there is one item that is commonly overlooked and I’m going to explain why you need to add Brita® to your back to school shopping list.

    My back to school list is slightly different since I attend school online. My must-haves are my laptop, pens, printer and paper, and an agenda. Recently, I’ve made the choice to add a Brita® to my back to school list so I can stay hydrated and make healthy choices despite not having much time to excersize. 

    Brita® has an amazing filtration system that reduces the number of impurities in your very own tap water and leaves you with healthy, great-tasting water. If you’re like me, you probably prefer bottled water to your tap’s water. It doesn’t have to be that way. You are paying for your water anyway. So, why buy overpriced bottled water? Think of the money you’ll save when you have your very own filtered water pouring from your sink. Do you want filtered water to go while you shuffle from class to class? Add a Brita® water bottle to that list, as well!

    Brita®is good for the environment because it reduces waste. Odds are you aren’t recycling your water bottles, anyway. You can help the environment and have delicious water at the same time.

    It’s also great for you because you’ll want to drink more water, and drinking water regularly makes you feel better and more energized. If you don’t like water, that’s fine. I used to be that way, too. Unlimited filtered water from your own sink’s tap can improve your enhanced drinks like homemade Iced Tea or lemonade, Soda Stream drinks, or even just the Mio or Crystal Light drops and mixes.

    You don’t have to go out of your way, either. Brita® products are available at Target. Stay hydrated, stay happy, and stay healthy this school year.

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  9. The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

    Written by Randi on August 7th, 2014 at 5:13 PM // Category: Family

    I may have mentioned that my brother was moving out. The last day he was here, he gave me money that he owed me for watching Mya, and he felt bad that he gave us such short notice that he tossed Andrew some money for partial rent.

    The good:

    My brother really only took his TV and clothes.  He left his furniture, bed, dresser, night stand, and even a large dog crate. This is great because now we have an extra room, mainly for the kids. While we have a 3 bedroom apartment, the middle room is a railroad room which means it has no door and you have to walk through it to get to the bathroom or the back room (my brother’s room). So, we turned that into the cat’s room. We had all intentions of getting a LARGE cat tower for them but things happen and it hasn’t happened yet. However, they aren’t without as it has our spare recliners (that moved up there when we got a sectional), a spare bed from my mom’s house (and before that the spare bunk beds), a dresser, and a window. So, they are pleased with that set up. We had intended on letting one of the kids stay up there on our weekend with them but there is no TV so that didn’t work out.

    Regardless, now we have a room for them, and extra closet for us, and access to our tiny attic space. Not to mention, our electric bill will go down drastically since every time I walked by my brother’s room, there was something on despite him pulling a 24hour shift.

    The bad:

    I’m sad to see him go. I mean, of course it was bound to happen, but just like it was hard to move away from my mom, this is just as hard. My brother and I have lived together since he was born. Although he’s pulled away from the family quite a bit over the last few years, namely whenever he has a girlfriend (suddenly it becomes all about her family) it was nice having him around. I fear not seeing him now except on family gatherings. We are hoping that isn’t the case but my mom has decided to try and thwart that by making mandatory Sunday dinners for all of us.

    We don’t see our Aunt and Uncle. I honestly, couldn’t tell you what my Uncle is up to since the last time I saw him was Bampa’s funeral. Things went south with my family after his death and we all had a falling out but we didn’t see our Uncle that much before that anyway. I fear that this might happen with my brother. His attitude as of late makes it seem like he’s so much better than us, the same way our Aunt and Uncle are. I’m afraid he’s not going to make an attempt to see us unless he has to. As it is now, he only calls my mother when he needs something.

    This means, it’s now just Andrew and I. Which is what I’ve wanted for a while but it still makes me sad to think about how old I’ve gotten, I’m on my own now, I’m losing the last bit of my childhood. It had to happen eventually but I didn’t think it would be scary.

    The ugly:

    I don’t go in my brother’s room. Despite growing up together, we are completely different people. My brother is all redneck, it’s all about hunting, fishing, guns, etc. I’m afraid of guns. He had quite a few, most of them inherited from my grandfather. I have irrational fears about guns. I don’t touch them or even like being in the same room as them. Loaded, safety on, etc, it will find someway to shoot me. So, I never went in there.

    I made sure he had removed them all with the stuff he was taking on the last day he was here. I needed to get in there and get it rearranged for the kids to sleep in there. As soon as I walked in, I honestly didn’t feel like I should be in there. His TV was gone but everything else was there, coats, boots, decorations, shell casings, air conditioner. It didn’t feel like he moved out. I had told him he didn’t have to worry about cleaning it because what I had seen of it, it wasn’t bad. I figured a quick sweep and I could move everything where I wanted.

    Oh how wrong I was. Once I did my initial sweep, I started moving things. Oh dear lord. There was garbage stacked behind his dresser, next to it, in his closet, behind his night stand, under his bed. Soda bottles, condom wrappers, papers, moldy dishes. I rearranged and swept everything into a pile and I walked out. It was late and I didn’t feel like dealing with that right then.

    I still have to go up there and finish it and I’m not looking forward to it. Once I do, though, I can get my organization underway and get the house in order.

  10. Aaron Carter LIVE in my Living Room

    Written by Randi on July 31st, 2014 at 7:14 PM // Category: General

    I am working on a new theme. I’m not totally in love with it, though, so there is still some time before that happens.

    Tonight, I’ll be watching Aaron Carter Live from Nashville while sitting in my own living room. :) Thanks to an awesome fan, both Breya and I have tickets to watch his virtual concert on StageIt. In addition to that awesome news, he announced a new single (that hasn’t hit iTunes yet) and a local concert in November. It’s been a while since he’s been in the area and I have been waiting. You may remember my first EVER blog post on this blog back in March ’12 being about my concert and Meet and Greet with him.

    I have to talk it over with my mother but I may be taking Breya to see him (and meet him if we can swing it). I’ve had her hooked on AC since she was in diapers and she’s been begging to go with me. I’m just worried about pushing/shoving in the crowd. I don’t want to have to punch someone in the face. It’s an all ages show and the crowd is 98% girls (the other 2% is the men who were dragged along by their girlfriends. I think she’d have a blast, though. Breya is turning 9 at the end of this month and I was only 10 when I saw him in concert for the first time. The difference, though, was that for my first, he was in a large venue with seats. 

    Since the last concert, I’ve been planning on making t-shirts specifically for it, and maybe a poster with a clever slogan. I’m excited and I know she would LOVE it if I took her with me. :)

I'm Randi, short for RandiLynn. I'm a 23 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, gamer from Northeast PA. I have a boyfriend of 7 years. I live, eat and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming, or reading.

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