Saturday, September 14, 2019

Personal Digest Saturday: September 7 – September 13

Life news this week:
  • This was kind of a blah week. Saturday I got to see my mom, at least! It's been forever. But I had to go through a bunch of mail for her and deal with stuff. With her 65th birthday around the corner, she was getting a lot of Medicare spam! Gotta figure out what to recommend since it's pretty overwhelming for someone intimidated by paperwork, so my sister and I are going to help her. We hung out and tried some cake. :) Later I went home and finished my blogging and posted a singing cover.
  • Sunday I finally got back out to my outdoor table! It wasn't in bad shape at all even though I hadn't been out there to clean it off for the past few weeks. I sat outside and relaxed with coffee and finally got an e-mail out to a friend. Mostly besides that I did too much sleeping and obsessing over cartoons.
  • Monday it was back to work. I did some bank balancing and research and spent the evening tired after eating cake. I joined a new Steven Universe group for adults and shared my party pics. They were well received. I made some fun GIFs and practiced ukulele and ate cheese puffs.
  • Tuesday I did some productive stuff with data entry at the office and I read a letter and sent it in. I texted with my mom and Steve. I managed to get a decent cover of the new Steven Universe song "Drift Away" (from the movie). And I also talked to Jessie on the phone--it had been too long. I got some laundry folded finally. And even did some overdue dishes.
  • Wednesday was some weirdness at the office. I did some more RCI data entry and got annoyed over one of those "remember when we were all So United after September 11, 2001?" e-mails from a marketing person. What I actually remember is a lot of war rhetoric, a lot of kinda scary nationalism, a lot of chest-beating over being Amurrican because you had a flag on your car that was made in China, and an awful lot of violence toward black and brown people (especially anyone thought Muslim). I hate to be a jerk about stuff like that but that time was awful and I don't believe that it's a glorious time for "us" when we work together to hate a "them." Anyway, Jeaux and I had a delicious meal at Vallarta's and shopped for groceries, watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and enjoyed each other's company as always. Oh yeah, and my cover for "Drift Away" got a front-page feature on Amino which was cool. Lots of compliments on my voice!
  • Thursday was my mom's 65th birthday. She told me not to come over so I listened. I did some more RCI data stuff and had a slow, sort of annoying day. At home I got some art done for my comic and didn't get much else done.
  • Friday I did more RCI data and updated our company materials to reflect that one of our engineers left the firm. At home I drew the rest of my comic and was tired. I felt like I was coming down with a cold.
New reviews of my book:
Diet progress:

I'm abstaining from tracking for a bit because there was so much weird food in weird quantities surrounding the dispatching of leftovers from my party. We'll see when I jump back in again.

Reading progress:
  • Finished this week: Didn't get anything done this week.
    New singing performances:

    I didn't get around to karaoke this week. :(

    Stuff Drawn:

    Cotton Candy Garnet!

    Webcomic Negative One Issue 0748: "Decency Obsession."

    New videos: 

    I have a few singing videos.

    "Escapism" from Steven Universe. My first song where I don't just do straight up chords! There's a little sorta finger-picking here?

    "Escapism" from Steven Universe again, but this is just the straight-up karaoke version with the professional backing track (not played by me), and I added my own singing harmonies!

    "Drift Away" from the Steven Universe movie: Literally the saddest song from the film. Don't let my looks fool you.

    New photos:

    Being a clown at work

    Social Media Counts:

    YouTube subscribers: 5,250 for swankivy (lost 4), 682 for JulieSondra (2 new). Twitter followers: 973 for swankivy (lost 1), 1,340 for JulieSondra (2 new). Facebook: 294 friends (2 new--friended a couple people from the new SU group) and 206 followers (1 new) for swankivy, 650 likes for JulieSondra (lost 1), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 162 likes for So You Write (1 new). Tumblr followers: 2,519 (no change). Instagram followers: 185 (lost 2).

    Saturday, September 7, 2019

    Personal Digest Saturday: August 31 – September 6

    Life news this week:
    • Saturday I completed my blogging before my guests arrived! And I even got some karaoke and ukulele playing done! Then Meghan and Katelyn arrived. We hung out and Jeaux came over to test out our TV setup for my Monday party. Everything worked great! Then we all went out for food at Five Guys and bought some groceries at the grocery store. We went back home and chilled watching videos and I drew pictures. I made some hard-boiled eggs and finished making wheat rolls after they went to bed.
    • Sunday was prep day! I got up with Meggie and Katie and we made some food for a very silly meal based on the Steven Universe episode "Gem Harvest." The huge cake I was making was part of that, but there was also this huge feast that was mostly made by them (including a chicken, green bean casserole, corn, and mashed potatoes!). We made all the food and I finally had my first experience frosting and tiering up a three-tier CAKE! The food was good and we watched silly videos while consuming it. Great night, even though we were watching hurricane news as well and hearing some awful stuff.
    • Monday was THE MOVIE PARTY DAY! We basically spent the whole day preparing for it; Meghan made rice for Snack Sushi and I sculpted watermelon. Then, according to my awesome list, we laid out all the food, ordered pizza, and even had time to relax shortly before the party began. Jeaux arrived first to set up our TVs and everything was again working perfectly. Then we were joined by Victor, Joy, Arthur, and Yasmin. Everyone got to try Cookie Cats, Fry Bits, Watermelon Steven, Together Breakfast, Fire Salt Donuts, Chaaaaps, Square Pizza, and Snack Sushi, though I held onto the Gem Harvest Cake for after the movie. Then we settled in for our fabulous film, which was amazing as expected, and then we ate cake and talked and bought the soundtrack. :D After everyone left (some taking cake), my friends went to bed and I did a little bit of cleanup and watched the movie again by myself. :D
    • Tuesday I finally had a day when I got up later than my friends. :D They ate some leftovers for breakfast and headed out back to Jacksonville (even though the storm was supposed to hit up there worse than here). I then spent the entire day (which I'd taken off of work) sitting around basically doing nothing but eating leftovers and reading/posting stuff about the movie. I didn't even really clean up. I felt like a lazy butt but really enjoyed having a low energy day, though I did do laundry.
    • Wednesday I also had off work. I did more laundry, had cake and chips, and processed some cake pictures to post on Amino. People really liked the cake! Jeaux came over and we ate at Moe's and shopped, then watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine and talked about the movie a lot.
    • Thursday I finally went back to work. There wasn't much going on except I had to review some plans for one of my co-workers and catch up on stuff that went on while I was gone. I brought some cake to share. My friend Steve picked me up from the office and we ate at "our" pizza place (Best NY Pizza) and caught up and chatted. It's so nice to share thoughts with him. After he left I called Victor and we talked while I drew.
    • Friday was another slow day at the office. Not much to write home about but after work I finished my webcomic and looked at movie news.
    New reviews of my book:

    Diet progress:

    Check out my nutrition readout I haven't weighed myself this week so it's just the nutrition stats and, well, I ate a lot of cake and junk.

    Reading progress:
    • Finished this week: I didn't go to work for three days and had very little bus time, so I got little reading done. Not there yet.
      New singing performances:

      This week's karaoke song is "Today" by Smashing Pumpkins.

      Stuff Drawn:

      Sunstone playing Game Boy

      Steven from the movie!

      Webcomic Negative One Issue 0747: "My Tone."

      New videos: 


      New photos:

      Here are a few pictures from my Gem Harvest with Meghan and Katelyn:

      And while you can see the complete gallery at my Steven Universe Movie Party Page, here are the highlights:

      Social Media Counts:

      YouTube subscribers: 5,254 for swankivy (7 new), 681 for JulieSondra (no change). Twitter followers: 974 for swankivy (lost 2), 1,338 for JulieSondra (no change). Facebook: 292 friends (no change) and 205 followers (no change) for swankivy, 651 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 161 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,519 (2 new). Instagram followers: 187 (no change).

      Saturday, August 31, 2019

      Personal Digest Saturday: August 24 – August 30

      Life news this week:
      • Saturday was supposed to be a fun day with Kari watching cartoons, but she was sick so she couldn't come see me. We rescheduled for Sunday and I got a bunch of stuff done for the party. I also made a weird mashed potato sculpture and ate noodles all day. I made a webcomic for my writing comic and made the lemon cake tier. And I practiced ukulele.
      • Sunday Kari was still too ill to visit so the weekend was a bust. My mom also didn't come over. I still did my usual Sunday stuff: karaoke, laundry, trash, etc. I did some more ukulele playing, made the vanilla cake tier and made Cookie Cats. Also unpacked some boxes and cleaned my place up.
      • Monday I was too lazy for the bus so I took a paid ride to work. Had to deal with some bounced utility mails and both good and bad news at the office. I had a bad headache so I came home after work and took a hot shower and a nap. Also hydration. It helped. I got a bunch of party stuff set up and practiced ukulele.
      • Tuesday I was too lazy for the bus again. I had to knock out a letter at work and more utility stuff. I was asked to test new pencils to see if they were good enough and ended up doodling a drawing to test, which was amusing. We got more good news. I did a few more things on my party list, including making the music playlist.
      • Wednesday I was lazy AGAIN. I did some everyday work at the office and trekked to the comic shop to get my books. After work Jeaux and I ate at Beef O'Brady's, shopped at Publix, and watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I started to hear scary things about the coming Hurricane Dorian and I was really worried that we would get smacked or that it would make me cancel my party. I shopped as if there were no danger of that.
      • Thursday I was not too lazy for the bus. :) Still planning a party despite hurricane news. I got all my Negative One drawings done early. I helped my mom with her phone bill and talked to Victor while organizing food labels.
      • Friday I again was not too lazy for the bus. I need to make use of that bus pass. I bothered people for timesheets and generated some reports for my boss. After work I did more party preparation and posted my webcomic, and chatted to my dad. It seems less and less likely that we'll be smashed by a hurricane so party plans are a go!
      Diet progress:

      Check out my nutrition readout. It's . . . pretty neutral.

      Reading progress:
      • Finished this week: I'm making good progress on the book I'm reading, but not done yet. I did finish a comic book though. I gave a four-star review to Steven Universe ongoing comic #31.
        New singing performances:

        This week's karaoke song is "Hello" by Lionel Richie.

        Stuff Drawn:

        Testing pencils!

        Webcomic Negative One Issue 0746: "Feel Like It."

        Webcomic Negative One Issue 0746: "No Futures I Can See."

        New videos: 

        I played a song that I'm still learning--it's called "Familiar." You can tell it's really hard for me. :(

        And then I managed to complete Steven Universe Season 5 songs all in one video! I can play every song in the series! At least until the movie comes out, haha.

        New photos:

        Lemon cake!

        Vanilla cake!
        Cookie Cats!!
        I made them!

        Social Media Counts:

        YouTube subscribers: 5,247 for swankivy (lost 1), 681 for JulieSondra (lost 2). Twitter followers: 976 for swankivy (2 new), 1,338 for JulieSondra (3 new). Facebook: 292 friends (lost 1 but gained 1--I don't know who I lost, but the gain was a friend who has decided to make a new profile now that she's come out as trans) and 205 followers (1 new) for swankivy, 650 likes for JulieSondra (lost 2), 63 likes for Negative One (no change), 161 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,517 (10 new). Instagram followers: 187 (lost 1).