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Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient

Posted April 7, 2016 By kmarrs

Looking for a great read?  Look no further!  I finally finished edits on my book and published over the weekend!

You have your choice between a kindle version and a printed version.  Both are super affordable.  Both are a product of my heart.  You can’t lose no matter which you choose!

 

Walking the Borderline
Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient Paperback $19.99

 
 

Walking the Borderline
Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient for Kindle $3.99
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Phish

Posted April 1, 2016 By kmarrs

I would like to apologize, because this is not a real post.  It’s a filler post until I can get real content up.  I have real content in my inbox ready to go, but I’d like to post it on a normal day at a normal time so it’s a tad more planned and not simply thrown up.  This, this is throw up.  And it’s about fish.

So.  I had a 10 gallon planted tank with Betta Davis (a betta fish) and Kenneth Mars (a clown pleco aka an algae eater).  Well… I didn’t do my research.  I listened to the pet store girl who said that the pleco only grows to about 4 inches, and is perfect for a 10 gallon.  Half right.  They only get to be 4 inches, but the amount of waste the produce is insane.  You need a 20 gallon for them, bare minimum.

So.

I took my first paycheck from this new job and I met my obligations, then I took the rest to the pet store and bought a 20 gallon tank for Kenneth.  I’d already ordered more plants I was going to house in the 10 gallon, but I’ll put them in the 20 instead.  I can buy more plants for both later.

My next mission, next payday, is to buy a dozen small fish to live in the 20.  I’ll want to leave Betta Davis alone, but as Kenneth basically lives under his drift wood, you’d think the tank was empty if I didn’t put something in there.  I’m thinking a dozen neon tetras.  Alternatively I’ll do a half-dozen each of neon tetras and zebra danios.  We’ll see.  None of them are overly expensive.  So it comes down to whether I want 2 small schools or 1 large one.  I think my daughter would like the variety of 2 different schools more.  So I might go with that.

Technically in a planted tank the plants are supposed to be the focal point and the fish are just, well, there.  That’s why I’m going with a dozen cheap instead of a couple of fancy, expensive ones.  But we’ll see.  Once I’m in the store who knows what will happen.

Ironically this all just started with a plan for a single fish, Betta Davis, with Kenneth being thrown in to keep the algae down.  Now according to my research, once my tank(s) find its balance, the plants themselves will keep the algae down because they’ll pull all the nutrients.  Go figure.

And thus, this project will go from 1 fish, to 2 fish, to 14 fish.

But at least my heart is super happy, even if my husband is less than thrilled.

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One of Hers

Posted March 16, 2016 By kmarrs

I work in an office building with a few dozen professors and a dean.  Only two of these people have anything to do with math.  I’m surrounded by different department heads and it makes for an interesting atmosphere.  It’s been established, in fact, that life in that office in no way represents real life.  Also, yes your professor may be brilliant in their field, but that doesn’t always translate to other things.

Case in point:

I was asked today to do some research on how I could make a poster in PowerPoint. *blink blink*
A 5 minute conversation later I did confirm it doesn’t actually have to be made in PowerPoint, she’s going to print it anyway, and why yes I can build it for her on my laptop that has Photoshop.
The woman is brilliant in math but lord help me she’s lucky she has me for the rest.

So anyway.

I’m surrounded by many professors for many fields of study.  And quite a few of these professors are jealous of my boss because she has me, and no one else really has a me.  (They could apply for a me, but apparently they never really considered that option.)

So the other day my boss, Dr. L, went to a meeting and in this meeting another professor made a silly/snide comment about how she has a work-study and no one else does.  She let it go, and the meeting continued.

A few days later they were in a conversation, the two of them, when she reflected back on what he said.

“Wait a minute.  Wait a minute!  We’ll get back to the topic on hand but I need to crush you first.  Not only do I have a work-study, but she’s one of yours!”

“… One of mine?…”

“Yes, one of yours.”

“Applied Psychology?”

“Yep!”

“But… But… Mine don’t usually even like math!”

“Well this one does!”

“She could be doing research!”

“You’re right, and she might!” (Implying I might be doing research in the field of mathematics.)

“That’s not even fair!”

Bwahahahaha

*cough*

Ha!

I love my job.  I love my boss.  And then I finish my BSs (plural) and continue on to my MS, I might switch and work for the Applied Psychology guy.

But for now, I’m content making posters (not in PowerPoint though) for Dr. L.

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Bette Davis Eyes

Posted March 3, 2016 By kmarrs

I am buying myself a present as a congratulations for getting a new job.  It’ll have it sometime in the next couple months, though it’ll be a multi-step process.

I am buying myself a 10 gallon aquarium to sit on my desk at home.  I’m going to fill it with a dozen or so live plants.  This will be my first planted aquarium and I’m super excited!  I’ll also have a nice hunk of driftwood in there so it’s going to be all natural looking.

Living in this aquarium will be the bestest betta fish I can find, and I shall name her Betta Davis.

Then, since it will be sitting near a window for natural light to help the plants, there will also be an algae problem, so I’m buying a clown pleco, which won’t get too big and can safely live with a betta.  I will name him Kenneth Mars.

Now since this reference is a bit more obscure…

  • First, the last name.
  • He was a comedian (clown pleco)
  • He starred opposite Bette Davis in a made-for-tv movie called Hello Mother, Goodbye!
  • It’ll start conversations which is always a plus

I’m super excited!

 

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That title is obnoxious.  I’m keeping it!

So my mom bought herself a new car for her birthday.  And since her old car, which is literally as old as my eldest child, was only worth about 500$ in trade in, she just gave it to me.  So I have a car!

Which means there is nothing keeping me from my new job!  I start today!

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Administrative Assistant

Posted February 18, 2016 By kmarrs

Well, I’ve had my final interview and assuming I get a car sometime in the very near future, the job is mine!

To say I’m excited doesn’t even begin to cover it.  This is a step on the path towards my dream job.  Hell, it is my still-in-school dream job.  So yes, I’m very super excited.

I just need to get a car.  And that is proving to be more of a challenge than it should be.  The IRS is giving us a hassle so I might have to wait until my school money hits.  Which is fine, but that’s later than my projected start date.  I have no means of working until I have a car, and now I may not have a car until mid March.  I had told them, before the IRS hassle began, that I should be able to start by March 1.

I’m fairly certain I’m the only one that applied and I know the job is mine, but I’m not having an overly professional beginning and it would be within their right to take back the offer.

I just… I’m tired.  I want this job.  I need this job.  I need a car.

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