A couple of friends invited me out to go drinking. As always, my reply was, “I would so love to but I'm broke at the moment. Sorry!”
They would have none of it. They claimed it would be my liquid welcome to Auburn and refused to take no for an answer.
I seem to be distracted by shiny things.
We went to a couple of bars and heard some amazing live music. Their friends are ridiculously nice. And I drank Screwdrivers. After the first one, I told the bartender, “Honey, you need to be more heavy-handed with the screw!” By the end? Almost pure vodka. It never hurts to ask!
I had so much fun. I was social! And I wore makeup; it was madness.
Another friend has offered to give me weekly massages to help my back. The first time he spent over two hours and left bruises. Yesterday was #2. I spent 45 minutes screaming into my mattress. And not in the good way, either! He is cruel and unrelenting. But after he left, I was able to stand up straight and to also touch my toes without shrieking in pain. Miracle.
My Medicare deductible is $160 so I can't see the pain specialist until I can come up with that. And since my Wells Fargo advances have caught up to me and left me seriously fucked, that probably won't be until I receive my tax return. But at least the massages are helping! A whole lot. It was hard to let him do it. To drive 45 minutes just to work on my back and not be able to give him anything in return. I fought him on it a lot. But he insisted. And I'm trying to get better at accepting kindness from people. And, shit, I need this.
Due to someone not informing he was infected until after the fact, I had to deal with finding free STI testing. Nowhere tests for herpes, I swear to god. I ended up having to find a doctor and getting it done that way. Then I hit the public health department to get the rest of the tests done. Herpes negative! I mean, I was pretty certain I would be since we had sex once and it was protected but still. The other results will come back in a week or so. Though I'm not stressing much since I was tested over the summer, have had minimal risky contact with people, and have been protected at all times. But it's nice to start the year off fresh.
Speaking of sex, I'm really interested in getting an IUD. I'm looking into low-income programs so we'll see how that pans out.
No internet for awhile so updates will be scarce. But I might have to have a sale soon. Some shirts, jewelry, plushes from My Paper Crane... I have to be merciless!
I've finally completely cleaned and organized my bedroom. I even made the bed. And my closet is in rainbow order. Good stuff.