My partner won a seat on the board of the HOA. The president from hell, after over ten years of dictatorship over the community, was not re-elected. Our home is still uninhabitable due to mold which, without our numerous HEPA filters, is now visibly growing on the furniture. The smell of the home is so... Continue Reading →

Update: No Update

Goodness, it's been awhile! Two months later, little has changed and, yet, simultaneously, so much has. Three months ago, our home was deemed unsafe due to high levels of biotoxins. We moved in with my in-laws and have alternating continually between gratitude and ripping our hair out. You know how that goes. The HOA and... Continue Reading →

Adieu, Farewell, and Goodbye For Now

Today, we're leaving our home. And we may not return. We're taking a week's worth of clothing, my work laptop, and basic toiletries. Nothing else. Including the computer on which I am writing. Everything is overwhelming and in flux right now. It feels like I'm trapped in a nightmare, but too drugged up to realize... Continue Reading →

Trapped In A Deathtrap

A month ago, I posted that levels of mold in our home were higher after professional remediation. While some levels dropped, others rose. The rise in the toxic black mold stachybotrys chartarum suggests dampness or moisture. In Arizona, that generally means a pipe leak. We've moved all the furniture and there is no sign of... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #102

Hello, there! I've been super fatigued. My shoulder and wrist have been sort-of bothering my since I fainted five months ago, so I'm finally getting x-rays next week. My home has mold and rats. The upstairs unit installed hardwood floor just before selling, in violation of the bylaws, and surely unbeknownst to the heel-clicking prospective... Continue Reading →

Ramblings Into The Void

Last year ended on a high note. After being dragged, from many years, through a rotating door of mysterious symptoms, my partner and I found evidence that both of our health issues were due to significant, decade-old water damage hidden behind the drywall. We began treatment to remove the mold from our home and our... Continue Reading →

A Losing Battle

Do you ever feel like you just can't catch a break? My life is good, so I can't complain. And yet, my healthy habits seem to be perpetually assaulted by factors beyond my control. In 2018, we had a major pipe leak that flooded a third of our home. In 2019, we discovered black mold... Continue Reading →

Finding Your Niche (Or Not)

An old friend once said that your area of expertise should be an inch wide and a mile deep. Basically, one should have a very narrow specialty and be the most knowledgeable person in the world on the topic. It makes sense unless, like me, you are interested in dozens of different distinct things. In... Continue Reading →

Crossing My Fingers

On Wednesday evening, I developed a tickle in the back of my throat. Uh oh. Thursday, I felt tired and took the day off to rest. Thursday afternoon, I developed mild head congestion. By Friday morning, I felt great! My boyfriend experienced the same mild symptoms, though his lasted a few days long. Conservative estimates... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #100

Hello, friend! After a two-month hiatus, I'm back with my mashup of delightful and thought-provoking findings. There was a lot of self-imposed pressure to make #100 extra-special, but instead I think I'm going to switch things up as we move into the new year. No one, myself included, wants to sift through a dozen links.... Continue Reading →

The Brokenness Of The American Education System

My first experience with affirmative action was as a naive 18-year-old first stepping foot into my college dorm building. After a lifetime of high marks in school, scoring in the top percentile on standardized tests, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work, the university had offered me a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, $5,274 per... Continue Reading →

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