Sunday, October 18, 2020

Personal Digest Saturday (but posted on Sunday!): October 10 – October 16

Life news this week:

  • Saturday I got a bunch of blogging done early and watched a panel from New York Comic Con about the upcoming SU book. Then I took a break to watch Hamilton on Disney Plus with Dad and Connie. They really enjoyed it and sat through the whole thing with no intermission! After hanging out with them, I talked to Jeaux on the phone and took a walk. Some really bad golfers were out there in groups and I found five balls in my yard! I helped Jeaux cook pasta over the phone. Took another long walk and came back and posted my video of playing a Steven Universe song on ukulele.

  • Sunday I got a lot of my housework and errands done early. Had to take a couple tries at my karaoke today because the first take accidentally used my low-quality webcam for sound (settings issues!) and it was unlistenable. Too bad. Talked to my friend Sarah on the phone while doing laundry. Was able to sort through some of my more recent e-mail and got through a bunch of stuff. And I edited my video featuring Cat, but I haven't gotten to the transcript at all yet.

  • Monday was a stressful work day. Had to deal with some data inconsistencies and putting out a bunch of fires. I finished reading the Animorphs graphic novel and reviewed it. Played games with my friends online. Bought or bid on a bunch of SU merch online. Did some budget stuff.

  • Tuesday was a very good day. It was Victor's birthday but his present from me got stolen? Anyway, I finally hit my first goal weight and therefore I've officially lost 10 pounds. And I got my work done at work relatively early. Then my Steven Universe art book was delivered on release day and I got to spend the entire rest of the day playing with it--reading it and reviewing it.

  • Wednesday wasn't too stressful at work but there was a lot to do, so I did it. Got to harass some utilities people. Got my book reviews posted. Then Jeaux came over and we grocery shopped, ate breakfast for dinner, and watched some Umbrella Academy season 2.

  • Thursday I had a weird sleep and got up early. Also decided to make some doctor's appointments (nothing to worry about but I'll let ya know if there is), and they said I had to have bloodwork first so I scheduled that for the next day. And Amazon refunded me for Victor's present, which we confirmed stolen because the remains of the box (with some of the candy I sent him) were found thrown behind the apartment building. Jerks! Wrote my webcomic storyboard and talked to Victor on the phone after work.

  • Friday I got up early and biked to the doctor to get my bloodwork done. I had moved a meeting in case I didn't make it back in time but I did turn out to make it back in time. Oh well, still went to the moved meeting. The person who took my blood was really cute and had a cool tattoo. Then back at work I had to wrestle with a resume and handled a bunch of documents. Later called my mom and chatted with her to make some changes to Saturday plans. I had two fake hot dogs and a potato for dinner! I couldn't finish the potato in one sitting--I overestimated my hunger. So I ate the rest as a midnight snack. Managed to finish my comic on time and updated my collections pages.
New Reviews of My Book:

Food Plan Update:

  • Very pleased that I have lost 10 pounds since starting this program. That's a lot for a relatively small person. So I have set my final goal weight now that I've done that (another 5 pounds), and that's all I need to do to feel like I'm back at a comfortable size to fit in most of my clothes. Hooray for suddenly getting a whole new wardrobe of stuff I already own if I can do it. :) I haven't changed really anything this week, so it looks like the level of activity and food intake is still resulting in weight loss. I don't see any reason to stop doing what I'm doing.

Reading progress:

  • Finished Reading: The Invasion: The Animorphs Graphic Novel #1 by K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant, and Chris Grine. Four-star review.
  • Finished Reading: Steven Universe: End of an Era by Chris McConnell. Five-star review.
    New singing performances:


    This week's karaoke song is "No One" by Alicia Keys.



    Stuff Drawn:



    Webcomic Negative One Issue 0805: "Unimaginable."






    New videos: 

    None.

    New photos:

    Me with my End of an Era book



    Social Media Counts:

    YouTube subscribers: 5,296 for swankivy (lost 2), 668 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 105 for Not-So-Giant Women (4 new). Twitter followers: 942 for swankivy (no change), 1,356 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 630 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 69 likes for Negative One (5 new), 220 likes for So You Write (lost 1), 84 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,480 (no change). Instagram followers: 206 (3 new).

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

    Personal Digest Saturday: October 3 – October 9

    Life news this week:

    • Saturday was a day of procrastination. I managed to get my planning stuff done for the podcast I was gonna do the same night but nothing else really--just read my own old comic issues for fun and avoided doing important stuff. Well, the other thing I did do was make a silly video for my nephew. It's called "Poop School #1" and it's a game we played last time I saw him. I pretend to be a teacher who asks poop-related questions. He's six and finds it funny. Of course, I'm forty-two and also find it funny. The podcast recording with Daria was lovely as usual--we recorded "Full Disclosure" and "Joy Ride."

    • Sunday I had another lazy morning--slept late and didn't emerge from the bedroom until afternoon. Did more old comics reading and made another "Poop School" video for my nephew. I did a bunch of walks too. Finally got my blogging done from the previous day and did some laundry. Also did karaoke.

    • Monday it was back to work. Had to edit a letter and do some research on utilities. After work I made a silly video for a music cover--I got dressed up in costumes for each of the four main characters of Steven Universe and covered the show's theme song in four-part harmony. So that was fun. But I also played online games with my friends.

    • Tuesday I got up early to go to meetings online but they were canceled. I did some utility stuff, document processing stuff, and proposal stuff. Did some editing on my next podcast video and took a long walk (made longer because I got lost). Made a guide to my singing videos to collect them all on Amino.

    • Wednesday the meetings were canceled again! So I worked on a database most of the day. I took some walks and read some funny entries on a blog where people who want stuff for free try to "pay" artists in "exposure." Obnoxious. Jeaux came over after work and we shopped, ate veggie burgers and fries, and watched the ending of season 1 of Umbrella Academy. He also took a walk with me because I didn't have enough steps for my quota!

    • Thursday the meetings finally happened. I got some info together and made progress on my proposal, and also did some more database stuff. Mom said she would come over but did not. I dropped off my mail-in ballot! Yay I voted! Also worked on my podcast video and got it posted for "Onion Trade." Talked to Victor for a while and drew comics.

    • Friday work was busy. I had to make a resume for another new guy, make some reports and revamp a database, and update some utility stuff. Then on top of that was my normal Friday work. Managed to take some walks too. Mom finally came over after work! We hung out, gave each other things we'd been saving for each other, chatted, and didn't really get around to most of the stuff she'd been planning to do at my house. I got my comic done and posted it, and recorded a kinda low-effort recording of "Let Me Drive My Van (Into Your Heart)," and not much else.
    New Reviews of My Book:

    Food Plan Update:

    • Everything's great. Lost another half pound and am THIIIS close to that big milestone. Maybe next week I'll be there. :) I am trying to incorporate soup into more of my meals because I need vegetables and am having trouble being enthusiastic about fresh ones these days.

    Reading progress:

    • Finished Reading: Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty. Four-star review.
    • Currently reading: Animorphs Graphic Novel #1: The Invasion by K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant, and Chris Grine. I'm on page 99.
      New singing performances:


      This week's karaoke song is "What About Love?" by Heart.



      Stuff Drawn:


      Webcomic Negative One Issue 0804: "Brother and Sister."






      New videos: 

      "We Are the Crystal Gems": The theme song in cosplay, featuring four-part harmony and ukulele playing!

       

      "Let Me Drive My Van (Into Your Heart)": Here I am playing Greg Universe's famous song!

       

      Not-So-Giant Women #15: "Onion Trade" is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Onion Trade" and cover such topics as child endangerment, Onion being a thief, the ethics of mystery pack toys, funnel cake, Onion's chaos face, the mystery of Dave Guy's identity, Onion as a potential secret crime boss, and how replicators work. We also do impressions of Onion and his dad.


      New photos:

      None.

      Social Media Counts:

      YouTube subscribers: 5,298 for swankivy (lost 3), 668 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 101 for Not-So-Giant Women (lost 1). Twitter followers: 942 for swankivy (lost 2), 1,355 for JulieSondra (lost 1). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 630 likes for JulieSondra (lost 2), 64 likes for Negative One (1 new), 221 likes for So You Write (no change), 84 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,480 (lost 1). Instagram followers: 203 (no change).

      Sunday, October 4, 2020

      Personal Digest Saturday (but posted on Sunday!): September 26 – October 2

      Life news this week:

      • Saturday I had plans with Mom but she wasn't able to come. I spent the day working on yaelaed's transcript so I could post their interview video and I managed to get it all done. I also took walks and redid my decorations for autumnal equinox, so it looks more like early fall than late summer in my house now. I chatted on the phone with Jeaux and put up the last of my laundry from the previous week, and I researched banana milk and stuffed pancakes because I wanted to make some. Got my blogging done too but it was technically Sunday when it posted.

      • Sunday I had plans with Mom but she still wasn't able to come. I did laundry and dishes and cleaned my outside table. Took a walk inside the house because of the rain. Chatted to Mom on the phone because she wasn't able to visit. Did more research on banana milk and wrote up a review of the Season 5 instrumental album for Steven Universe. Did my karaoke.

      • Monday I got up super early for a meeting but it got canceled so I just worked early anyway. I had to work on a letter, collect timesheets, and process new guy paperwork. After work I rode my bike to the Asian market and got the stuff I needed to make stuffed pancakes and banana milk. Also dropped off postcards at the Post Office that I wrote for supporting candidates I want to win in states I don't live in. The bike ride was really nice for some reason and I found most of what I wanted at the market. I played games with my friends online and we had a terrific time. Put away laundry and planned a comic for So You Write.

      • Tuesday I attended the postponed meeting and it turns out it was for a proposal we're dealing with. Then I had another afternoon meeting with some utilities people I'm working with for a pursuit. It's pretty intense and I'm going to be in charge of my own three projects for utilities if we win. Oof. After work my mom was supposed to come but she canceled again. I made the pancakes anyway and froze some for her. The pancakes are Korean filled pancakes called hotteok. They have a brown sugar filling and various nuts and seeds--I decided to use sunflower seeds, walnuts, and almonds. Yum! Also made the banana milk and it was delicious, and I had bought some store-bought fruit milks to compare them to. I liked mine best! I played games online with my sisters. We had a lovely sister time.

      • Wednesday I had to dive into my utilities project. I wrote up a list of everything we have to investigate on the three projects I'm doing and I bounced the list off the coodinator people I'm working with. They gave me some more feedback and then I walked to the Post Office to drop off more political postcards. Jeaux and I went to the grocery store and had cauliflower pasta for our dinner. We watched a few episodes of The Umbrella Academy. He liked my hotteok and banana milk.

      • Thursday I was mostly just routing e-mails about utilities since I had sent out over 30 messages to the utilities for my projects. Also had to do some updates on the data entry project. I sent out more political postcards, wrote my webcomic, and made videos for my sister P. Posted some cartoon blog stuff and talked to Victor on the phone while drawing comics.

      • Friday I was a little sleepy all day. I sent more utility mails and coordinated about the data entry, some stamp applications, and Excel documents for my boss. Mailed my last 10 postcards for the campaigns. Stayed late at work because I was waiting for some answers that didn't come. After, I did my comic pretty early and posted it. I didn't get around to the other stuff I wanted to do because I was distracted by news.
      New Reviews of My Book:

      Food Plan Update:

      • So! I'm within a pound of my (first) goal weight, and very proud that I've continued to hit 10,000 steps a day and stay under my recommended intake for overall meal plans. I haven't done great at the balance of TYPES of food though--still need to eat more leafy greens and veggies, though I'm doing pretty well with fruit and have some every day.

      • Since this is the end-of-the-month update (a little late for September), I guess I owe you some stats. I am ending the week at 117 pounds, down from a high of 126.5. Not bad. My "goal" was set at 116, but eventually I'd really like to be around 110. For maintenance purposes I'll be happy to be between 105 and 115. I don't want to go below 105. Realistically I don't think I'll get much below 110 though. Here are the exercise summaries.





      Reading progress:

      • Finished Reading: Nothing this week. Almost done with my current read.
        New singing performances:


        This week's karaoke song is "Army of Me" by Björk.



        Stuff Drawn:


        Webcomic So You Write Issue 0803: "It's Fantasy."









        Webcomic Negative One Issue 0803: "A Word."






        New videos: 

        None this week.

        New photos:

        Banana Milk!


        Filled Hotteok

        Sealed Hotteok


        Frying Hotteok


        Cooked Hotteok


        Filling of Hotteok


        My Korean street food


        Eating it up!

        Mailing my postcards!



        Social Media Counts:

        YouTube subscribers: 5,301 for swankivy (lost 1), 668 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 102 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 944 for swankivy (2 new), 1,356 for JulieSondra (4 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (1 new--friended Jesse, partner of a friend), 632 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 63 likes for Negative One (1 new), 221 likes for So You Write (1 new), 84 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,481 (1 new). Instagram followers: 203 (1 new).

        Sunday, September 27, 2020

        Personal Digest Saturday (but posted on Sunday!): September 19 – September 25

        Life news this week:

        • Saturday I got up Super Late and ate some apple and honey oatmeal because, well, Rosh Hashanah. But I didn't like do anything else to honor the holiday so I dunno, I just like the food part. I played around with my blogging and wrote a quiz. And I worked on my epic e-mail to Cara. We got a power outage so I had to reconstruct part of my blogging when I was almost done. :/

        • Sunday I got my karaoke done, sent my epic e-mail, and got some Polos for Patricia done. I ate palm hearts pasta and talked to Meghan on the phone while taking care of the trash, putting laundry in, and cleaning out my pantry. The rest of the day I did walking, layed games, and posted weird blogs.

        • Monday the server was down at work all day. Luckily my computer itself was up and I could still do some things. I spent the entire day on project manager reports which weren't due until Friday, and then had nothing else I could work on without the server so I did the same reports for the following periods too. Also took some more walks and made Polos for my sister. Then I played games with my friends after work and Victor finally got his mic working. Texted with pals afterwards.

        • Tuesday the server was back. The computer guys found a fix at 11:30 the night before! Poor guys. I did my data entry project and did some walks and half of my laundry got put away. After work I worked on the transcript for my latest video and did some other random Internet stuff.

        • Wednesday was more data entry. I got a bunch done before Jeaux came. We shopped at Target instead of Publix because he wanted to buy a toaster. We made vegetarian shepherd's pie for dinner and it was awesome. We also talked about transphobia for a long time, watched some videos, and saw one episode of The Umbrella Academy.

        • Thursday work was pretty hard, most difficult day of the week. I had two meetings, both about utilities, on different projects. One meeting was supposed to be to show me how the utility module worked, which I just got access to, but it went on for two hours 'cause we were just chatting about utility coordination in general. (Also I got to see the other lady's dog on camera.) Then in the afternoon we had a utilities kick-off meeting and I actually got to talk and ask questions, which is unusual in meetings that are more than just me and another person. I think I'm okay with this project. In between those I had to help with a stamp digital image and help an engineer apply it to his plans. After work I wrote my comic script and talked to Victor on the phone while drawing comics.

        • Friday was also unexpectedly busy at work--they decided to move the server to the new office during the work day instead of doing it on the weekend like we'd been told, which meant my data that was due that day I had to scurry to get it done before and after. Like, I didn't eat until it was offline and then I worked until after 7 PM to get everything I wanted to do done. And I found out I have ANOTHER project I'll be doing utilities on, so I had to get the ticket thingie that tells me what utilities are out there by the project. Looks like a bear, yikes. After work I did manage to get my comic drawn and went to bed early.
        New Reviews of My Book:

        Food Plan Update:

        • I'm still doing fine on my food and exercise plan but the scale has decided to stall. Well, that's not entirely true; it went down and back up again. I'm at the same spot I was this time last week. I'm sure I can do better. Still need to think about how to get more vegetables into my diet consistently, and maybe I should cut the crackers I'm eating once I finish this box. I can probably find something better or try to eat hummus with carrots more.

        Reading progress:

          New singing performances:


          This week's karaoke song is "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette.



          Stuff Drawn:



          Webcomic Negative One Issue 0802: "Time Out."






          New videos: 

          Ace Interview #6: Swankivy Interviews yaelaed: Check out my interview with this awesome artistic nonbinary polyamorous aromantic ace!



          New photos:

          Apple Honey Oatmeal!



          Social Media Counts:

          YouTube subscribers: 5,302 for swankivy (lost 2), 668 for JulieSondra (lost 1), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 102 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 942 for swankivy (1 new), 1,352 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 297 friends for swankivy (no change), 632 likes for JulieSondra (2 new), 62 likes for Negative One (no change), 221 likes for So You Write (1 new), 84 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,481 (1 new). Instagram followers: 203 (1 new).

          Saturday, September 19, 2020

          Personal Digest Saturday: September 12 – September 18

          Life news this week:

          • Saturday was a great day! It was Mom's birthday so I went to her house (Jeaux was my driver, nice guy that he is!). I brought presents to her from me and my sisters. We hung out and talked and she made me a grilled cheese sandwich. She took a nap in between and I cleaned her microwave. :D She gave me carrots and some other stuff she got at the food pantry that she isn't going to use. We also did a video chat with sister P and her son. When I got home I recorded the podcast discussion with Daria for the famous Season 1 Finale of Steven Universe: "The Return" and "Jailbreak." We had a great time and talked about it for 5 hours. (Not exaggeration.)

          • Sunday I tried to watch Hamilton with my dad but the technology didn't pan out, so that was a bummer. I did laundry and took some walks and got my blogging done from the day before because I was too busy Saturday to do it. I wrote a quiz and started reading again, and also helped Mom find doctors since one of her specialists appears to have moved to Texas.

          • Monday I started work a little late but had a ton to do. My boss had a record SIX letters going out to District 2 and I had to read and format and send all of them. Busy all day and couldn't take walk breaks! Sure glad I didn't have any connection issues or computer problems. After work I played games with my friends online and made some Polos for sister P.

          • Tuesday was a comparatively slow work day. I stayed late to update my data entry stuff though. Also I did my little trick of getting extra steps by putting away laundry one piece at a time. I began processing the next ace interview--an interviewee named yaelaed who will surely be a lot of fun for everyone to meet. Went on a walk after work in a direction I've never gone before and ended up walking by some middle schools I never attended. At home I did some videos for P and then tested some technology with her because we want to play sister game online. I got to see some art from Ash. :)

          • Wednesday I did more data entry and managed some short walks. I completed editing yaelaed's interview and e-mailed them to review it but they haven't responded yet so I can't publish it as such. Jeaux came over and we did our shopping, and just ate tater tots and hot dogs. (Mine were veggie dogs of course.) We finished watching Season 2 of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. The house started getting hot after 11 PM and it was because my AC died. I sent a message to my property manager. Then on a whim I recorded a ukulele cover of the pilot version of the Steven Universe theme song. It's really dorky but I did a poll on Amino about what kind of uke covers they want to see and the option to see me do every song in the show in the airing order was the winner, so I started at the beginning.

          • Thursday I had a hot morning dealing with the busted AC, but I was fine working through it with a fan blowing on me. The repair person came in the afternoon and fixed a clogged pipe that had gotten backed up with water. I did more work on data entry. This work order is really long and I still don't even have all of it. Later I took walks and talked to Victor on the phone, tested technology with sister L, and then later got together with both sisters to play online games. We all played and talked into the wee hours and it was wonderful to hang out with my gals.

          • Friday I did a little bit of data entry but didn't get to do too much because I got pulled into some interview practice for an upcoming Melbourne presentation. (They needed a timekeeper. It kept me busy.) Then I edited their presentation afterwards and work was over. I did some walking and some comic art, and the Negative One update was more intense than usual because I was into a new set of a hundred (issue 801!) so all the folders have to shift and it means a lot of coding update. My post with my ukulele cover on Amino got a front-page feature, so that's pretty cool! I didn't think anyone would like it. I managed to meet my step goal doing some walking-in-place exercises while watching silly Internet reactions.
          Articles, Interviews, Mentions:
          New Reviews of My Book:

          Food Plan Update:

          • Nothing too Earth-shattering to report. I haven't done any aggressive exercise this week besides just walking, but that's all I need sometimes, and it's plenty. I've reached a new low on the scale this week (though due to small fluctuations I am back to a little above that at the end of the week). It may have had something to do with finding some older bread that I'd forgotten about and eating a bunch of it. Maybe I won't do stuff like that. I haven't gotten to eat oatmeal as much as I'd like, mostly ending up with eating bread or eggs instead. So hopefully I'll go back to oatmealing next week, as well as getting some more exercise and trying to incorporate more vegetables.

          Reading progress:

          • Finished Reading: Nothing finished this week, but I did jump back into reading and I should be having book reviews back on the blog soon!
            New singing performances:


            This week's karaoke song is "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants.



            Stuff Drawn:



            Webcomic Negative One Issue 0801: "In Contempt."






            New videos: 

            "We Are the Crystal Gems" Pilot Cover: My goofy rendition of the pilot version of the Steven Universe theme song.



            New photos:

            Well, here's me with a giant carrot:




            And the rest of the weird photos of the road work in front of my house. It's pretty much repaired!









            Social Media Counts:

            YouTube subscribers: 5,304 for swankivy (1 new), 669 for JulieSondra (lost 1), 17 for v & V Vids (1 new), 102 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 941 for swankivy (lost 5), 1,351 for JulieSondra (lost 4). Facebook: 297 friends for swankivy (no change), 630 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 62 likes for Negative One (no change), 220 likes for So You Write (no change), 84 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,480 (2 new). Instagram followers: 202 (no change).

            Sunday, September 13, 2020

            Personal Digest Saturday (but posted on Sunday!): September 5 – September 11

            Life news this week:

            • Saturday I took some walks and procrastinated on doing my blog stuff. Somehow I managed to take all day not quite finishing and barely finishing my planning for the podcast recording. Oh, I also made a taco and watched some reactions. My podcast partner Daria and I recorded two episodes for the show, "The Message" and "Political Power." Then afterwards I still managed to finish the blogging and got my walking in.

            • Sunday I did manage to get laundry done but other than that it was mostly playing on the Internet and taking walks. I also took the trash out but remembered I wouldn't get pickup the next day because it's a holiday. It was too rainy to do some of my walking outside so I just artificially inflated my indoor walking by folding my laundry and putting each piece away individually, walking between the garage and the piece of clothing's intended place. Definitely got a lot of steps out of that. :) I also did maintenance on my water system, posted some pictures of my most ambitious past recipes, worked on a podcast video, and played my ukulele.

            • Monday I didn't have to work but I didn't really use the time wisely. I got my karaoke done (I usually do it on Sunday but didn't). And posted a new podcast. I wasted a bunch of time reading old stuff and watching reactions. Then I played games with my friends online and we enjoyed the trivia game where you pretend to be creepy toys. Then played DDR after and got started on the next podcast.

            • Tuesday was a work Monday. It wasn't too busy but it did involve editing a letter and going to meetings. I couldn't walk again because it was too rainy! So I played DDR after work to get more steps and worked on a podcast edit and argued with Jeaux over text about cartoons. My "ambitious food" pictures got a front-page feature on SU Amino, hooray.

            • Wednesday I woke up late but also worked late. I did a bunch of proofreading on a proposal and did some recordings to make a harmonic compilation of the Steven Universe theme song. I'll make a video for it at some point. And I read through the latest Steven Universe trade paperback--comics I had already read but it was a new book. Oh, and I'm back to data entry on the project we have. After work Jeaux took me to the store and we came home and had breakfast for dinner while watching silly videos and then he showed me two more episodes of Umbrella Academy.

            • Thursday I was supposed to go to the office and prepare a proposal but my boss was busy and already at the office so he asked me to send him information on how to compile the proposal himself! I didn't have to do it! So I sent him a list of what needed to be done and then he did it. I did some walks and planned my comic. Victor called and we talked about the usual stuff until he dozed off. Then later I ended up chatting with Jeaux on the phone.

            • Friday I had to do my usual biweekly reports and some utility coordination stuff. And my street is being demolished in front of my house because they're fixing the problem with the road caving in. Apparently there are issues with the water system under the street. After work I struggled to get my webcomic up in time and also get my steps in, but I made it!
            Articles, Interviews, Mentions:
            New Reviews of My Book:

            Food Plan Update:

            • Everything's rolling along fine. Still staying under my allocation of food and eating better stuff almost all the time (and it's in moderation if I make a "less healthy" decision), and the walking and DDR aerobics are really keeping me much more active than I was before I started all this. I'm happy with the results I'm seeing on the scale and I feel like it might even be starting to be visible that I've dropped some weight. I think I'm doing the right thing.

            Reading progress:

            • Finished Reading: To Be Happy by Rebecca Sugar, Sarah Gailey, Rii Abrego. Five-star review.
              New singing performances:


              This week's karaoke song is "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston.



              Stuff Drawn:



              Webcomic Negative One Issue 0800: "Do You Remember?."






              New videos: 

              Not-So-Giant Women #14: "Lars and the Cool Kids": Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Lars and the Cool Kids" and cover such topics as Lars being kind of a jerk, Pearl's ability to produce police tape from her head, the Cool Kids' family relationships, Steven finally letting loose on Lars, whether Lars knew Steven's mom, the use of the word "lame," where Steven's shirts come from, Steven's driving and "stick power," how the citizens of Beach City might react to a civilian death caused by Gem activity, and who Mayor Dewey might be trying to beat in an election all the time.


              New photos:

              Just some weird photos of the road work in front of my house. I have a pool!









              Social Media Counts:

              YouTube subscribers: 5,303 for swankivy (lost 1), 670 for JulieSondra (1 new), 16 for v & V Vids (no change), 102 for Not-So-Giant Women (1 new). Twitter followers: 946 for swankivy (3 new), 1,355 for JulieSondra (2 new). Facebook: 297 friends for swankivy (no change), 630 likes for JulieSondra (lost 2), 62 likes for Negative One (no change), 220 likes for So You Write (47 new), 84 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,478 (1 new). Instagram followers: 202 (no change).

              Sunday, September 6, 2020

              Personal Digest Saturday: August 29 – September 4

              Life news this week:

              • Saturday involved some household chores and oatmeal. I got my blogging done and processed some old updates, and discussed an eBay sale with an online acquaintance. Jeaux and I got together online to watch Owl House's finale. It was pretty good and we chatted on the Internet together for a while after it was over. I finally used up some old potatoes I had and made mashed potatoes with the skins on, which I ate for three days afterwards. Also tried some macarons that sister P bought me from Kate, and worked on editing a podcast.

              • Sunday I woke up on the early side and got some nice walks in but I kept getting caught in the rain. I finished my edits on the podcast and then worked on the transcript for Maxwell's video interview, did laundry, planned my So You Write comic, and chatted online.

              • Monday was kind of a Monday. My internet connection went out and I had urgent business at work. And then when I finally managed to connect wirelessly to someone else's connection that happened to have a Guest option, my computer at the office was off so I couldn't remote into it. Chatted to my co-worker Karen about possibly going to the office but we ended up not having to because my boss went to the office and restarted it for me. I got some letters and proposals edited and sent. Then after work I hung out with my friends and played games while drawing for my webcomic. I posted the comic after the games were over. And after some walks to get my steps squared away, I got the video of me and Maxwell subtitled and posted.

              • Tuesday I got my bills paid and worked. Also did some cleaning up and listened to videos from my sister. After work I did a Zoom call with my dad to catch up and took some walks, worked on my podcast.

              • Wednesday was a pretty action-packed day. I got two meetings done in the morning, knocked out some administrative forms for an upcoming proposal, got picked up by my co-worker Karen and packed up my stuff at the office because we're moving, got some forms filled out and copies made, and attended one more group meeting with some new employees. Karen bought me a sandwich. Then later after I went home I went back out with Jeaux to the grocery store, and Mom came over to celebrate my book's book-a-versary (it's now been out for 6 years!). She made sandwiches and soup for us and we watched some silly videos and hung out. After she left Jeaux showed me one episode of a show called Umbrella Academy that he wants me to watch. (He cut out something violent at the beginning that I wouldn't want to see.)

              • Thursday I had to play catch-up on walking late in the day because I didn't walk early in the day. And I did DDR after work! Victor called and I drew my comics while talking to him, but he fell asleep so I drew more after he went to sleep.

              • Friday I did data entry all day at work. Then took a long nap and got up and finished the comic, and then found out that the karaoke page I go to was doing a one-day cartoon event where you're supposed to dress up like a cartoon and sing, so of course I did it (with only a couple hours to spare). And I got my comic posted and shared some funny recipes online.


              Food Plan Update:

              • Doing well, but having a little trouble getting hungry at the end of the night lately, like right before bed. Sometimes I eat stuff and usually I don't, but it overall doesn't seem to be affecting anything. I'm still satisfied with my progress. I may or may not hit the goal weight at the end of the program in a few weeks. If I do, it will be very close. I'm not interested in treating it like a race though. If that's when it happens, it happens. This week I've also increased my willingness to eat salads by actually using dressing I like. I have a bunch of dressings I'm not hugely fond of and that makes me less interested in eating salads, but I love salad when it's got the right dressing!

              Reading progress:

              • Finished Reading: Nothing, paused on reading projects right now!
                New singing performances:

                This week's karaoke song is "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany.





                And the bonus karaoke song for Cartoon Challenge is "It's Over, Isn't It" from Steven Universe.



                Stuff Drawn:



                Webcomic Negative One Issue 0799: "Exceptional Kindness."






                New videos: 

                Ace Interviews #5: Swankivy Interviews Maxwell is out. Maxwell is from California and identifies as quoiromantic asexual. Check out the interview with this charming person!



                Not-So-Giant Women #13: "So Many Birthdays": Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "So Many Birthdays" and cover such topics as vegan tuna, the Gems' involvement in human affairs, Old Steven lookin' like Danny DeVito, the Gems' emotional reactions, Steven's middle name, Zach Callison's fluctuating voices for different ages of Steven, Steven's "birthday suit," a digression about the disadvantages of time travel, and the concept of Amethyst having a yard sale.



                New photos:

                My macaron!


                Social Media Counts:

                YouTube subscribers: 5,304 for swankivy (2 new), 669 for JulieSondra (lost 2), 16 for v & V Vids (no change), 101 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 943 for swankivy (lost 2), 1,353 for JulieSondra (lost 1). Facebook: 297 friends for swankivy (no change), 632 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 62 likes for Negative One (no change), 173 likes for So You Write (11 new), 84 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,477 (no change). Instagram followers: 202 (lost 1).