Thank you everyone for your kind thought for my sick kitty! He appears to be feeling a bit better the past couple of days and is more himself, but we're still awaiting the test results, which should be here next week. This week has gone very slowly - I can't believe it's "only" Friday!
I'm trying some alternative healing for Elmo as well. The Bodytalk practitioner I saw in Victoria is doing a couple of long distance sessions for him and I'm hopeful they'll at least make him a bit more comfortable. The evening of his first session his ears were very warm to the touch; hot almost. Bylaw's ears by comparison were cool. He's also eating and drinking again - not much, but it's something. I sat with him this morning for a few minutes, but only wish I could spend more time with him.
But I'm definitely making progress in other areas, which I'm very excited about!
I had my first English class last night and am happy to report that I REALLY enjoyed it. This was a pleasant surprise as I've always hated English, but I am a different person than I was in high-school (hopefully, aren't we all?), the instructor was great and because I'm more interested in writing and am reading a far more varied "diet" than I was at 17, and have more of a purpose to be there, it made a huge difference in how I participated in the class and what I got out of it. There are only 13 of us and I was happy to see I wasn't the oldest person in the class after all! :P I'm floundering a bit simply because most of the students have the experience of the pre-requisite course where all the building blocks to writing essays, critical thinking and analysis are set in place, but I'll be fine now that I understand a bit more of what I'm supposed to be doing.
One of the requirements is a play review, which should be fun. A friend and I are going to see a production of "Frankenstein" tomorrow night, which already has some excellent reviews. I have to take my notebook with me and hand in my review by the end of the term. Doing this early and getting it over with is part of my motivation, but it's also nice to just get out once in a while and also to spend time with a friend. She's actually treating me to the play because Elmo is ill, which is sweet and very much appreciated. :)
Today I also cancelled my cable for February 1, and adjusted my Internet service a bit as well. The biggest reason for cancelling the cable is that I watch far too much of it. I can't not watch it, and I've tried! The second is the cost: $60 a month and I watch - mostly - one channel, so it's simply not worth it. There's also the fact that I need fewer distractions while I'm doing my studies (shiny things and, well, really just about anything distracts me like you wouldn't believe) and that HGTV - my one channel of choice - now streams full episodes ONLINE. :)
I've saved another $1K towards a down payment on a house, put an extra $100 onto my student loan, paid my VISA in full as of today (!!!) and have modified one of my financial goals with respect to that. I will only incur any debt on the VISA card if it's school related or it's for my charitable donations that I want to make on a monthly basis.
I have a lot going on this month and am feeling quite tired; moving, starting school, Elmo and now I feel a cold or something coming on. :( I'm using my Gail Planner and have several lists of things that I am slowly checking off (mostly to do with my move, but still!) and that feels like an accomplishment in itself right now. :)
Cancelled cable: $60 p/mth
Downgraded Internet: $20 mth
Halved auto savings: $150 p/mth
Student loan: $100 extra
Have a great weekend, everyone! :)