lexicram

Female
from Ames, IA

  • Activity

    • Update for my Shit Knees

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      My first surgery went really well. There was more damage than they expected, but they cleaned it up the best they could before finishing up the ligament attachment. I did physical therapy for a couple months and my Dr seemed pretty impressed by my progress. Now, I have my next surgery scheduled for October 3rd and I'm dealing with this really weird limbo state. I'm not in a leg brace anymore, I can do almost everything I could before the surgery, but I can't really do much in the way of a job search. No one's gonna hire me for such a short time.


      At this point my only source of income is dog sitting and art commissions. Neither of these things are exactly lucrative. Still, my mom's been super supportive, letting me live with her for the time being and basically providing everything i need to live. That said, I can't expect her to pay all my bills, so I am still trying to sort of have an income. 


      TLDR: My knees are halfway fixed and I'm still poor, please commission me.

    • Surgery is scheduled!

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      I'll be having surgery on June 23rd to fix my knees! Woohoo!!

    • Artist Slump

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      I have just been hating everything I've been drawing lately. Dunno why, I'm just in a funk. But if there's one thing I've learned in my life as an artist, it's that the only way to get out of a slump is to keep drawing. Get those bad art vibes out. Not every drawing has to be perfect. They don't even have to be good! Let your hand throw it's little tantrum. Eventually, if you throw enough shit at the wall, something will stick. And maybe you'll make something unexpected in the process!

    • I Gave a Crazy Man a Ride

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      So I'm at a Kum and Go at like 6 in the morning, filling up my tank about to drive three and a half hours to visit my mom. A guy walks up and asks if I'm busy. Cue suspicion. "That depends, what do you need?" I asked. He said he needed a ride to a hotel. It was crazy windy and cold, so I don't blame him.


      Now, I hadn't slept. My sleep schedule is fucked and I woke up at 10 30 PM. That's what I'm gonna blame for why I said Yes so quickly. Looking back, this guy had no luggage, and there were a lot of red flags. There's two hotels right next to this kum and go and he said he already tried there but the gas station cashier said there was one a few blocks away to the northwest. Now, I'm a pizza delivery person, so I know for a fact that there is no hotel that way, just some houses and a cornfield, the edge of the town. But I just think, huh that's weird, and carry on. Clear a spot for him in the passenger seat, he sits in the car while i fill up the tank and go inside to pay. I also ask him if he wanted anything to eat or drink, he said he could go for a slice, so i get him one. I'm too nice for my own good, I know.


      Now, I'm not completely gullible, and I do keep an eye on him out the window as I grab myself some snacks and pay for my stuff, making sure he doesn't steal my car or something. He doesn't. So we get on the road, I'm taking him to a different part of town where there are a couple of hotels for him to check. He's really quiet, I try to make small talk, but get no response. Then out of the blue he just says "Yes." I'm confused. Was he responding to the talk show on the radio? "What?" I ask. No response. I try to get his attention, but he just looks out the window and seems to ignore me. Whatever, keep driving, we're halfway there. Then suddenly, much louder, "NO." I jump a little bit. Okay dude. This time I really try to get his attention. "Hey, are you okay? Talk to me dude!" I raise my voice a little, and he looks at me sort of confused, and nods.


      This is where I realize I might get murdered. The hotel is just up the street, I put a little bit of lead in my foot and hurry things along. Once more, back to a normal tone I hear "Yes." This time I don't even bother responding. I pull into the hotel parking lot and drop him off at the door. He says thanks and gets out and walks in. I watch for a moment and notice that he doesn't stop at the desk and just walks into the lobby. But whatever. I'm just glad I wasn't shanked or something and drive off.


      Needless to say, I won't be picking up any more hitchhikers.

    • When will I learn

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      Yesterday I spent several hours working on a commission chart. Decided to take a break and then it crashed. Did not save at all during that time.

    • Surgery?

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      After several years of knee problems, several different x rays, and several different diagnoses, I finally worked my way to talking to a specialist at the University of Iowa Hospital. Yesterday I had an appointment at the Sports Medicine Clinic and when they saw my x rays, they were a little dumbfounded. They even brought in a pediatrician to determine whether or not I had a developmental disorder. (I don't)


      I was referred there by my last doctor, an orthopedic surgeon who basically laughed in my face and said there was nothing he could do.


      Let me rewind a little. I have been dislocating my knees every couple of months since 2010. They always pop back in right away, thank god, but it's gotten to the point where if I'm standing for more than 20 minutes, it hurts too much. If I lay on my back with my legs straight, it hurts. It's incredibly difficult to find a job where I don't have to stand constantly. One of the reasons I like delivery driving so much, I get to spend most of the day sitting.


      After my last dislocation last month, which happened when I slipped on the ice at work, I got a new x ray and my family doctor introduced me to a condition called "chronic dislocation." It usually occurs when the groove where the kneecap sits is too shallow to keep it in place. This can be fixed by a fairly simple surgical procedure where they deepen the groove. Easy, right?


      Unfortunately, this is not possible for me. I have no groove. My knees are genetically deformed so that the inner part of the joint simply slopes down, it's not holding anything anywhere. So, technically, my kneecap dislocates every time I bend my leg.


      At this time, surgery is basically my only option if I want to be able to walk in ten years. (I'm 22) The doctor yesterday said there were two main options for me, neither of which I remember the name of (one started with a Tr?) and both of which I will be hard pressed to find a surgeon willing to perform them. One of them(the tr one) is a very serious procedure and as I understood it, would be mainly aesthetic, I would still have pain. He also didn't seem willing to say the recovery time, which I'm guessing means >6 months. I said nuts to that. The other one would relieve the pain, and talk about 3-4 months to recover. Much better.


      New problem: How am I going to pay rent during those three months? Time to beef up my commission portfolio, I guess.


      Regardless, I'll be talking to a surgeon at the end of March (that's the soonest they could fit me in) and we'll get things more set up then.

    • My Birthday Happened

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      My birthday was the 23rd, and, just like every year, I was left massively disappointed. Friends really let me down, but I don't really want to get into that right now. 


      Hope everybody else is having a better week than me!

    • Winter Break

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      Well, it's nearing the end of Finals Week, which means I'm nearing the end of my good pay period. We get crazy busy during dead week and finals week (obviously) so i tend to leave work with at least a hundred bucks in tips. The downside is that over winter break, we slow down to a snails pace, so I'm lucky to take fifty home.


      In other news, when I go home to visit for the holidays, I'll be staying in my mom's new house! I'm just so excited for her, I can't wait to see it all furnished! It's got a nice big fenced in back yard which will look gorgeous in the summer. Can't wait to finally have my own room.


      In the old apartment, my room was literally four feet wide and eleven feet long. It was technically a one bedroom apartment, my "bedroom" used to be a laundry room. The crazy high ceiling meant my grandpa was able to build me a loft bed, and that freed up a bit of floor space, but the heat didn't work very well in there. When I visited home, often I would just share my mom's bed with her. But now I don't have to do that anymore yaaaay! I'll finally have a place to put all my shit yaaaay! And my mom can do all the redecorating she wants yaaaay! 

    • Monday means nothing to me

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      I work for Papa John's doing pizza delivery, so I have some very odd hours. In fact, I have every Monday off for DnD night, so I never have "a case of the Mondays." That, plus I almost always work closing shifts, which in a college town means till 3 AM or later. I get to sleep in almost every day, which is nice. The downside is that now that it's winter, I miss out on a lot of daylight, and working in Iowa, in the winter, at night, outside, SUCKS. It's cold as shit, people don't know how to light up their house numbers, snow is wet, it soaks into my socks, it's just generally a bad time.


      Don't get me wrong, I like my job. I make okay money, I get a lot of time sitting (which is good because I have very bad knees)  and I get fifty percent off of anything on the menu. But there are still some downsides too, like any job does. Mostly because I work every weekend so I have basically no social life, but it's not like I had one before this job, so that's fine.

    • Journal's are a thing

      2 years ago

      lexicram

      I've  decided to start keeping up with these journals. Not sure if anybody'll care to read them, but it'll probably be good for me to get my thoughts down.


      So starting things off, I suppose I'll talk about how excited I am that my mom just bought her first house! It's in a small town next to the town I grew up in. I came back to visit yesterday to help her move some stuff but mostly to help her paint. Most of the rooms need to be painted. Today we got the kitchen and her bedroom done, and tomorrow while she's at work a friend of mine and I are gonna go over and hopefully get the dining room done as a surprise for her.


      In other news, I'm starting a podcast. It'll be called Mythos and will be essentially covering mythology from all over the world. I'm involving a lot of my friends, everyone is taking a different culture. In time, I hope to add even more people and more cultures. Right now we have Greek, Roman, Chinese, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, and Egyptian. I'd really like to get Aztec or Mayan as well. With luck we'll be up and running by the beginning of February. I'm working on a website for it right now, we'll see how that goes. Orchestrating this is difficult enough, I'm lucky a friend volunteered to essentially be the art director. (not that we'll need a ton of art, but every bit helps) Another friend (the one covering Chinese mythology) is taking care of all of the social media accounts. I'm super lucky to have such talented friends!


      I'll probably be posting more about Mythos in the future, I'm hella excited for this.

  • Comments (25)

    • RyanHagberg FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Life Form

      4 years ago

      Saw the RVB contest video for Bow Chicka Wow Wow Wow, thought it was cool.

      • lexicram

        4 years ago

        Thanks! It was pretty last minute, but still turned out well i think.

    • Audrey

      5 years ago

      Brutally-Honest-Disney-Valentines-Kristo
      You have a great energy in the clips that you send in for Hitchhiker's Guide, and it's great to have you as a part of the project! I will never forget your hobbies clip, because you introduced me to Belegarth, which I had no idea existed before. I look forward to working with you in the future!
      If you'd like to pass along the love, check this out! smiley12.gif

    • LoZelda FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Supposedly An Adult

      5 years ago

      I loved the music you provided with your clip in the latest Hitchhiker's video smiley13.gif

      • lexicram

        5 years ago

        lol, thanks, I was originally going to take it seriously but that quickly went out the window.

    • AaronTrevino FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      I saw how people enjoyed getting friend requests from you so I thought you might enjoy it as well.

      • lexicram

        5 years ago

        Thanks! It's really nice to have a friend request for a change!

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      5 years ago

      Hey! So I saw your part on the hitchhikers guide to gaming video, I play through games on the easiest difficulty too the first time I play it, especially The Last of Us, still died a million times. Although Dark Souls is an entirely different kettle of fish.

      • lexicram

        5 years ago

        I'm mostly just terrible at fps games.

    • Charlie8282 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      wabam
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      • Charlie8282 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        Thanks! I know I didn't get the dress totally right. I wanted to convey the message on your tshirt, hence the tiara crushing and the claws (rather be a vampire than a princess). So glad you like it!

      • lexicram

        6 years ago

        OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. THAT IS AMAZING.

    • suppi

      6 years ago

      I'm sorry, do I know you?

      • lexicram

        6 years ago

        Sorry again!

      • suppi

        6 years ago

        Uh. Yes. You should, or else you're going to piss a lot of people off.

      • lexicram

        6 years ago

        I don't believe so, sorry for the random friend request! (I should learn to read the profile BEFORE I click that button...)

    • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Hey there! Thanks for the friend request! :)

      • lexicram

        6 years ago

        No problem! Always nice to meet new people!

    • sgtjarresore

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the friend request, it's great to meet you.

      • sgtjarresore

        6 years ago

        Same here this community is full of awesome people like you

      • lexicram

        6 years ago

        You too, glad to meet new people!

    • peej216

      6 years ago

      Thanks for friend request :) it's been ages since I got one :) smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley0.gif

      • lexicram

        6 years ago

        Anytime! Glad to brighten your day!

    • Raf Raf

      6 years ago

      Hey thanks for the friend request! Nice to meet you! smiley1.gif

      • lexicram

        6 years ago

        No problemo! Same to you!

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