Jan. 21st, 2011

voltairine: (neurological faultlines)
I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning out the plaster sink, which is actually called a "cink" because it's a special device designed to keep plaster from getting into the actual plumbing of the school. The cink uses water that is constantly recycled (so you can't drink from it!) in a closed circuit. Water is drawn from one bucket, and filtered as it goes back down the sink into another bucket. A tube connects the two buckets so the water can be recycled. It was a system designed for buildings with really fragile plumbing, or no plumbing, so it wasn't designed for plaster specifically, so every week it needs to be taken apart and cleaned out. It's a smelly process.

Plaster is fun but working with it so much has caused the skin on my hands to dry out completely and start to peel, which would be fine if a) it wasn't winter, which makes it so much worse and more painful, and b) I didn't already have a problem with compulsive skin picking. So now I'm starting to see the wisdom in regular use of hand lotion.

In other news, I'm starting a new medication this week. I'm not looking forward to the vivid dreams but I am looking forward to feeling like minor obstacles are merely minor obstacles and not major crises. I've actually been unmedicated for quite some time - never until now had an experience with meds that wasn't coercive and icky-feeling - and frankly I'd prefer to stay that way, but the simple fact of the matter is that my coping skills are crap, and I need some help until I can learn better ones, and if that means exploring med options for a while then I can do that.

Also, my student loan came in! So that's exciting. It's five months late. I FINALLY got my tuition paid up, paid my school back for the emergency loans I had to take out, I'm settled up and have some cash to spare. Miraculous.

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