Sunday, December 5, 2021

Personal Digest Saturday: November 27 – December 3

Life news this week:

  • Saturday I got my blogging done but it took way longer than I meant it to. I managed to record a Letters to an Asexual video too and made some Polos for people I talk to. But the day mostly involved avoiding productivity somehow.

  • Sunday I made a graphic for my office's Hanukkah post on LinkedIn. I'm not great at designing graphics but I guess I'm passable at it. Also I did laundry, recorded some karaoke, talked to my friend Sarah, took out the trash, and posted my latest video. I also worked on my podcast. At night I lit candles for Hanukkah and had some latkes. And I decided to plan to have a Christmas Eve party.

  • Monday was mostly involved with a proposal. Then I worked out my drawings for my So You Write comic and drew and colored it while talking to my friends and playing games.

  • Tuesday I was caught up in coordination for proposals and letters. I also took a break to go to the doctor for my yearly checkup. I got a flu shot! And was told I need to take Vitamin D and Red Yeast Rice supplement. And I need to make a couple appointments for radiology. After work I posted my comic and caught up with Polos and worked on my podcast video.

  • Wednesday I worked on a letter with my newest co-worker. I had to edit it twice because he made changes on an old version, haha. Also had to go to a meeting and used a virtual background for the first time! Cool. I outlined a couple proposals coming up and wrangled some documents. After work Jeaux and I ate at Panera in their outdoor area, and we got our shopping done. (I got my supplements.) We watched Colbert, took a walk, and watched the film Tick...Tick...BOOM! which was pretty good. I did some household cleaning and posted my podcast.

  • Thursday I was grungy and cleaned up the rest of the crap in the house, and at work I worked on technical support for someone who couldn't connect and making reports. Victor called in the evening and told me about what's been going on for him. It's not going great and he still needs to find a place to live.

  • Friday it was foggy in the morning! I did my upcoming project reports and administrative stuff at work, finally finished cleanup/laundry and grabbed a shower while I was supposed to be working, so I stayed late to finish reading a letter. Then after work I finished my webcomic and posted it and my mom called after midnight because her volume was too low while she was trying to watch Andy Griffith on the phone and hoped I could fix it. Haha.

New Reviews:

Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

Health Plan Update:

  • Weight stuff: Having some issues with eating at weird times just because I want to, not because I'm hungry. Going to have to work on that. High weight: 115.7. Low weight: 114.6.
  • Nutrition stuff: I'm now taking a supplement for Vitamin D and also Red Yeast Rice, and other than that I've done somewhat well with adding more vegetables (mainly spinach) but I've also eaten a lot of sugar.
  • Activity stuff: I made my walking goal every day this week except Friday when I barely missed it. My low day was Friday at 9,883 steps, and my high day was Thursday at 16,795 steps.
Books Read:
  • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

    New singing performances:

    This week's karaoke song is "Standing Still" by Jewel.



    Stuff drawn:



    Webcomic So You Write Issue 126: "Uneducated." 








    Webcomic Negative One Issue 0864: "Underweight." 





    New videos:

    Letters to an Asexual #85: "Mismatched sexual desire will always make marriages fail!" is out.



    Not-So-Giant Women #29: Secret Team is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Secret Team" and cover such topics as Pearl's physical acting, Gem shards becoming limbs, Daria's opinion of Steven's noir schtick, Garnet's eating habits, the physics of the Temple, Amethyst's wonderful world of STUFF in her room, Big Mouth Billy Bass, what Pearl might have been REALLY up to with those shards, the team's perspective on Garnet, PIZZA DAUGHTER, and Daria's non-feverish fever dream for an ending to Steven Universe.



    New photos:

    First night of Chanukah

    Sixth night of Chanukah



    Social Media Counts: 

    YouTube subscribers: 5,349 for swankivy (22 new), 672 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 133 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 921 for swankivy (lost 1), 2,339 for JulieSondra (15 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 635 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 80 followers for Negative One (no change), 231 likes for So You Write (no change), 85 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,462 (1 new). Instagram followers: 244 (1 new).


    Saturday, November 27, 2021

    Personal Digest Saturday: November 20 – November 26

    Life news this week:

    • Saturday I was all messed up because I went to bed early. I went and talked to Tony because he was mowing the lawn on a weird day to get stuff done before the holidays, and then I got my stuff ready to do a podcast with Daria. I put away some of my SU display and I made a yummy tofu and mushrooms dish with a peanut and soy sauce combo. In the evening I recorded the first two episodes of Season 3 with Daria ("Super Watermelon Island" and "Gem Drill"), and then I spent too much time on Reddit replying to comments on the merch post.

    • Sunday was supposed to be band practice but there was a potential Covid risk (turned out: not Covid, but we were being safe), so instead of meeting my dad came to my place and I made him waffles. He got to see my partially put away SU display which still looked like a museum. We did some piano/voice duets and had a good time. After he left I did Sunday chores, did karaoke, finished my blogging late, and caught up with Polos.

    • Monday I was up early for work. It was a relatively slow day even though we had a letter due. I worked on an upcoming proposal. I responded to some old YouTube comments and put away some laundry, and I played games with my friends in the evening and posted merch on Amino.

    • Tuesday work was a little busier because I got a bunch of info to go on putting the package together for our proposal. After work I made Polos for Meg and P and put more SU stuff away. I answered more YouTube messages and posted silly things about recipes on Reddit. I got a lot of people trying to stump me and no one could. :)

    • Wednesday work was pretty slow as you'd expect, but I was busy working on my proposal stuff. Also got to work with another office's admin to do some Thanksgiving mail-outs. I responded to more recipe suggestions and still no one came up with a recipe I have not done. I finally finished putting away my SU merch collection in the evening and got my living room back to normal (which involved moving furniture and putting two bookshelves' worth of books back on the shelves).

    • Thursday we had the day off for Thanksgiving. I spent the morning just chilling and drinking coffee. Then later Jeaux came over and made some food--we didn't have a Jeaux Day on Wednesday because we did not want to go to the grocery store on the day before Thanksgiving. Jeaux made a Tofurky dish, potatoes, two vegetable bags, his first tray of biscuits ever, and some gravy. My mom came over and ate a teeny bit like she usually does, but she actually ate more than usual and ended up resting on the couch for a long time. Jeaux also showed me some funny videos, and I had to fix some stuff on my mom's phone, but that was it.

    • Friday I had the day off and struggled to get anything done. I ate some leftovers and worked on my comic and that was it. I had a nice nap. :)

    New Reviews:

    Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

    Health Plan Update:

    • Weight stuff: A little better this week with the more intentional choices, though I had some waffles lying around that made their mark. High weight: 115.1. Low weight: 114.6.
    • Nutrition stuff: I did a little better with protein this week than last week, and am keeping up with vegetables, though not as well as last week. Thanksgiving was calorie-heavy but also helped with vegetables because I had a lot of them (corn, mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots!).
    • Activity stuff: I made my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Wednesday at 10,021 steps, and my high day was Sunday at 20,278 steps.
    Books Read:
    • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

      New singing performances:

      This week's karaoke song is "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin.


      Stuff drawn:


      Stuff drawn:



      Webcomic Negative One Issue 0863: "Minor Inconvenience." 





      New videos:

      None.

      New photos:

      Jeaux's first biscuits

      Carving the Tofurky

      The food Jeaux made



      Social Media Counts: 

      YouTube subscribers: 5,327 for swankivy (2 new), 672 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 133 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 922 for swankivy (no change), 2,324 for JulieSondra (4 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 634 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 80 followers for Negative One (no change), 231 likes for So You Write (no change), 85 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,461 (1 new). Instagram followers: 243 (no change).


      Sunday, November 21, 2021

      Personal Digest Saturday (but posted on Sunday!): November 13 – November 19

      Life news this week:

      • Saturday I got some texts from my boss asking me to help with some stuff so I ended up doing a little work. Other than that Mom was supposed to come by but she postponed it to the next day. I did my blogging and decided to begin the Merchstravaganza--I rearranged a bunch of furniture to set up for my Steven Universe display and I got nice and sweaty doing it. I also did an interview about asexuality with a student paper, and enjoyed my refrigerated food.

      • Sunday I got up super late. I was supposed to hang out with Mom and she was originally going to make a quiche but she kept texting to say she had fallen asleep. That happened three times and she never came to get me and then it got too late so we didn't hang out. I spent the day on my usual Sunday chores--laundry and trash, plus recording Polos and doing karaoke. I also got started working on my SU merch display!

      • Monday was busy with a letter and a proposal coming up. I grabbed a short nap after work and did some walking, and then I played games with my friends. Then I went back to setting up the merch display. I had some drama with toys getting knocked over and going missing. It took me so long to find them! But I did.

      • Tuesday I was pretty busy trying to get a proposal together but then my boss got information that suggested we shouldn't submit the proposal so we stopped working on it. Then I went outside to talk to Tony because he was trimming some bushes on a day he usually isn't there. After work I just worked on my merch display some more and got some pictures.

      • Wednesday I had to deal with some qualifications updates at work, so that took most of the day. My friend Victor unfortunately got an eviction notice and since he hadn't prepared for that ended up in last-minute mode and asked to live with me. I had to say no. I took more pictures of the collection and went grocery shopping with Jeaux, and we got Five Guys food and watched Colbert and took a walk. After he left I put my wall hangings back up while talking to my sister.

      • Thursday was a pretty normal work day with my reports and writing my storyboard. Put away more of my collection stuff and talked to Mom on the phone. Then I had to deal with some exhausting drama with Victor because he had thought Jeaux was going to help him move his stuff into storage, but there was a miscommunication and Jeaux had not agreed, so I got involved and offered to help him get a professional packing and moving company to help. Packing up somebody's house in one day isn't a job for an unpaid person or a layperson, so yeah. We talked mostly about his plans and figured some stuff out and he managed to book the movers. Honestly I was just frustrated that I kept having to figure stuff out for him on what he should do.

      • Friday was a normal work day, which for me involves some timesheet stuff and making reports and preparing some documents for Monday. There was some drama toward the end of the day with Victor and the movers, which I paid for, and after all that I kinda snapped when he texted and asked me to pay for something else. Not gonna talk about it in detail online of course but I just really have been feeling for a while like his problems always become my problems (and that I end up fixing them when they're huge because he didn't fix them when they were small). After all that stuff I finished my comic and went to bed.

      Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

      • None that I'll link. I saw one thing that made a reference to my book but the entire tone of the article was condescending, pretentious, and constantly implied that aspects of asexuality don't make any sense (while trying really, really hard to maintain what they clearly thought was a neutral and unbiased tone), and the only place they actually attributed any content to me, they straight up misrepresented what I said. So I'll complain about it here instead of linking, haha.
      Health Plan Update:

      • Weight stuff: Well, I haven't been super vigilant about my eating this week because I was stressed and eating irregularly in terms of time as well as type of food, but except for some hummus incidents, I did okay. High weight: 115.7. Low weight: 114.6.
      • Nutrition stuff: The snacks were a little high because of all the crackers and hummus I ate, but I was able to eat up a decent amount of vegetables, including frozen vegetables or fresh vegetables frequently throughout the week! I finished my spinach off in smoothies and got more, and consumed a lot of green stuff as well as hitting targets with my protein intake and low caffeine. (I accidentally opened two sodas at once one day and had to drink them both, but other than that I was keeping to my one caffeinated soda per day and one caffeinated coffee a day regimen.) My water intake could be better.
      • Activity stuff: I made my walking goal every day this week except Friday. My low day was Friday at 7,411 steps, and my high day was Thursday at 21,553 steps. (Wednesday was almost as high at 21,102. I pace a lot when I'm nervous and spending a lot of time on the phone.)
      Books Read:
      • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

        New singing performances:

        This week's karaoke song is "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia.


        Stuff drawn:


        Stuff drawn:



        Webcomic Negative One Issue 0862: "Spared." 





        New videos:

        None.

        New photos:

        Steven Universe Collection!

        There were a lot of pictures taken but you can just click through to the post to see them all if you're actually interested in this.

        Social Media Counts: 

        YouTube subscribers: 5,325 for swankivy (1 new), 672 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 133 for Not-So-Giant Women (lost 1). Twitter followers: 922 for swankivy (lost 2), 2,320 for JulieSondra (15 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 634 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 80 followers for Negative One (no change), 231 likes for So You Write (no change), 85 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,460 (3 new). Instagram followers: 243 (1 new).


        Saturday, November 13, 2021

        Personal Digest Saturday: November 6 – November 12

        Life news this week:

        • Saturday I cleaned up some stuff in the house and hung out with my friend Fen starting about midday. We ate fruit and bagels from Publix and caught up on our lives, and then at night we got thai food and watched Steven Universe. We got into a bunch of the more thought-provoking episodes so we ended up talking a lot about some of them as we went into the night. They left and went back to their hotel, and then I found out my friend Victor's mom died. o_o

        • Sunday I had to get up early for band practice with Dad. We drove to his place and we practiced with the band trying out some of our new songs, and it was a good time. We're optimistic about some of these songs. Then we got to have some sushi before going home. After I got back I hung out with Fen again and they asked for pizza and Steven Universe so that is what happened. ;) I love when I get people engaged with good shows! We finished Season 1 and Fen had the purest and most fun reaction to the big surprise in the season finale. We ended up talking about it for like half an hour afterwards. :D After they left I was exhausted and went to sleep early.

        • Monday was a relatively easy Monday even though we had two letters going out. After work I had a longish nap and played games with my friends online. Meg had the new Jackbox game box so we got to try new games. After work I took a look at some of the ace panel questions I'd be dealing with the next day. Made some partial arrangements with Mom about taking her phone shopping.

        • Tuesday I got up early and got some work done before heading out to the doctor. I had my blood taken for labs and then Mom picked me up so we could go phone shopping (but there was some delay and confusion so it took a while for her to get there and I got kind of hangry, aka hungry plus angry, because I'd been fasting and wanted to go eat a bagel). We did get her phone shopping done and then I went back to work, had coffee and breakfast finally, and got my refrigerator repaired! After work we had the Beyond Awareness ace panel and I set up a cute ace flag background to go with my appearance. Afterwards I was tired again and zonked out early.

        • Wednesday I got up early to talk to Tony and pay him for yard work. Then I had to work on letters at work and helping a new employee with some stuff. I also went to an informational meeting about paycheck protection and decided to buy a couple policies. Then Jeaux warned me that he was stuck on an issue at work and might be late. He ended up not updating me for multiple hours and it turned out he just got really into work mode and forgot. When I finally asked him what was going on we ended up moving Jeaux Day to Friday and I was kinda frustrated since I really wanted to get some refrigerated food after not having any for almost two weeks, but sometimes crap happens, so I decided to just deal. :)

        • Thursday I did a few work things but it was a bit on the slow side. I cleaned up the outstanding issues from one of our work orders and helped with business development. I finished making my spreadsheet detailing how much my Steven Universe merch collection is worth. Yikes. In the evening I talked to Victor and tried to finish my webcomic but I didn't get all the way through.

        • Friday was another early day and I mostly just fulfilled document requests and had a meeting. After work I posted my comic and met with Jeaux for our substitute Jeaux Day. I finally got to get my refrigerated and frozen food. We then watched Colbert and some silly videos and took our walks, and ate McAlister's food. It was weird having Jeaux Day on a Friday.

        Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

        • Beyond Awareness Panel is up on YouTube, with me, Yasmin Benoit, and the organizers of the UMassAmherst SpACE+ organization discussing asexual and aromantic spaces.

        New Reviews:

        Health Plan Update:

        • Weight stuff: Okay! I finally got normal refrigerated stuff and can eat more vegetables besides high-calorie canned beans again, so I'm hoping to lower this by next week. High weight: 116.5. Low weight: 114.6.
        • Nutrition stuff: Not nearly enough vegetables because of no frozen or refrigerated foods. Just a lot of starch and a little bit of packaged fruit. I've been surviving on bread, pasta with no sauce, canned food, peanut butter, cereal, and beans. Had some oatmeal with a banana one day. I'm looking forward to eating a BUNCH of veggies next week. YES. Water goals are a little down, but I've done well with the caffeine levels.
        • Activity stuff: I made my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Tuesday at 10,008 steps, and my high day was Thursday at 18,881 steps.
        Books Read:
        • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.
          New singing performances:

          No karaoke this week, I had band practice and never caught up with a recorded song.

          Stuff drawn:



          Webcomic Negative One Issue 0861: "I Could." 





          New videos:

          None.

          New photos:

          Ace Panel Grin



          Social Media Counts: 

          YouTube subscribers: 5,324 for swankivy (5 new), 672 for JulieSondra (1 new), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 134 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 924 for swankivy (no change), 2,305 for JulieSondra (15 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 634 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 80 followers for Negative One (no change), 231 likes for So You Write (1 new), 85 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (lost 1). Tumblr followers: 2,457 (1 new). Instagram followers: 242 (2 new).


          Sunday, November 7, 2021

          Personal Digest Saturday (but published on Sunday!): October 30 – November 5

          Life news this week:

          • Saturday I was really feeling better from the rash of bad health I was going through last week. I did some of my blogging and was trying to get done before my mom came over but she came over right when she said she would! And she brought pasta and sauce to eat, and asked me to make garlic bread. I was supposed to go phone shopping with her and help her with her hair, but when she came over she decided she didn't want to do either of those things. She's so silly. We ate the food and she took a nap on my couch. I finished my blogging while she napped and did the dishes. After she got up and went home, I ate all the garlic bread with wine and watched more episodes of Amphibia.

          • Sunday was Halloween! I decided not to be too complicated with a costume and decided to just wear my Opal dress and do my hair like Opal, so that was fun. But first I redecorated in my house to have actual Halloween decorations (if possible, I like to decorate on the first day of the new season, and Halloween marks day one of the Samhain season!). I set up for trick-or-treaters and also did laundry and trash. Then I got dressed and wrote a comic outline so I could draw while sitting in my garage waiting for trick-or-treaters. Woohoo! I got the comic drawings done and also changed my costume to my Lion onesie when it got too cold for me because I'm wimpy. I did get some trick-or-treaters and that was super nice. Then after it was too late for more visitors, I went inside and processed the So You Write comic and posted it.

          • Monday I was up early for work dealing with our next letter package all day. I was still struggling with some access issues because the websites for a lot of resources I need were down. Still got through it fine. On top of that my refrigerator died and Jeaux had to come get my food and put it in his fridge so I wouldn't lose it all. Argh! I played games with friends that evening and listened to band music.

          • Tuesday was much slower so I was able to catch up on outreach with other firms for business development. Distributed info from the organizers of the ace panel I'm doing about how to attend. Took some more toy photos and organized my database of toys. Practiced a song.

          • Wednesday I was surprised by new data entry stuff to enter! I was glad there was new stuff to do because the deadline was approaching. I worked on that most of the day along with coordinating with some bigger firms to get us on their team. Jeaux and I ate at BurgerFi and we liked our food but had some issues with our orders. We watched Colbert and The Young Turks and the season finale of What We Do in the Shadows.

          • Thursday work was very busy. I worked all day trying to get the data entry in and didn't quite make it before the database threw me out. Victor called and I continued working until the database closed, and then I got my steps in and worked on my comic.

          • Friday I had a morning meeting which went fine, and then I finished up the data entry and spent the rest of the day on reports. After work I had to scurry to get the comic done on time and still get in my steps and some stuff around the house. I also took a break to do karaoke because I'd learned the song well enough. :)

          Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

          • 10 Facts About Asexuality That Help Dispel Harmful Myths: Article in SELF includes some items I contributed to. (They have a typo about me, though, referring to me as "romantic" instead of "aromantic.")
          • People can sign up to watch me and Yasmin Benoit and the organizers of the UMassAmherst SpACE+ organization discuss asexual and aromantic spaces--this is the link.




          New Reviews:

          Health Plan Update:

          • Weight stuff: I ended up eating very weirdly this week because my fridge broke so I ate stuff I was trying to eat before it went bad and then stuff that didn't need to be refrigerated, plus eating an entire loaf of garlic bread and eating Halloween candy--this week was basically a wash. High weight: 116.5. Low weight: 114.6.
          • Nutrition stuff: I'm still drinking more water and lowering caffeine this week. Other than that, I don't have access to refrigeration right now so my goal has just been to eat what's manageable in this situation. Which has involved a lot of bread, pasta, and canned food. Getting my protein from peanut butter and beans.
          • Activity stuff: I made my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Friday at 10,035 steps, and my high day was Sunday at 14,663 steps.
          Books Read:
          • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.
            New singing performances:

            This week's karaoke song is "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC.


            Stuff drawn:



            Webcomic So You Write Issue 125: "Plot Point #1." 








            Webcomic Negative One Issue 0860: "Something Sweet to Share." 







            New videos:

            None.

            New photos:

            Garlic bread night:

            Garlic Bread


            Wine, Garlic Bread, and Cartoons

            Halloween photos:

            Opal costume

            Opal closeup


            Lion closeup

            Lion onesie


            Some toy photos:

            All Plushies


            All Figures

            Social Media Counts: 

            YouTube subscribers: 5,319 for swankivy (4 new), 671 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 134 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 924 for swankivy (lost 2), 2,290 for JulieSondra (18 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 633 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 80 followers for Negative One (no change), 230 likes for So You Write (no change), 86 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,456 (1 new). Instagram followers: 240 (no change).


            Saturday, October 30, 2021

            Personal Digest Saturday: October 23 – October 29

            Life news this week:

            • Saturday I got up reasonably early to finish planning my podcast recording and work on blogging. I got everything done faster and more efficiently than I expected to! I guess time was just on my side. I took some toy photos for my photo series and did dishes. Then I got with Daria and we recorded episodes 77 and 78 of our podcast ("Message Received" and "Log Date 7 15 2"). After, I organized some files and slept.

            • Sunday I slept late and I deserve it. Did some laundry, talked to Meg, and wrote up some notes to announce a livestream event for Ace Week (to happen on Friday). Did my karaoke, did more laundry, took out trash and recycling, and took some more toy photos. Then I decided to start watching Amphibia! So I saw some episodes of that. I'm not in love with it, but I'm entertained enough to watch more.

            • Monday I went to work and found out a co-worker is leaving, so that's going to create some waves we'll have to ride. We turned in a letter and dealt with timesheets. Mom randomly came over (which I didn't want her to do because I was still in quarantine, so I wore a mask and stayed away from her), but she had bought me a neck massager thing I'd been wanting. Nice! I gave her a present too. She also gave me some jewelry and . . . a bag of my own teeth from when I was a kid. Mom gonna mom. I did some more toy post stuff and played games with my friends. I felt sad that my friend Steve lost his cat to a blood clot unexpectedly. After games I watched more Amphibia and drank wine.

            • Tuesday I had difficulty concentrating on work because of weirdness happening in my personal life. And I was doing some good tweeting for Ace Week so I kept getting replies. (I didn't get harassed though! This time!) I had a lot on my plate at the office--a transcript to do, a utility letter to write, accounting stuff to calculate, a drainage report to review, and a package to proofread. Whew! I did all of it except the transcript. After work I watched more Amphibia while consuming pasta. After, I drew some comic images early because my livestream was scheduled for Friday and I didn't want to overbook.

            • Wednesday was another difficult day with work because I was having some issues feeling crappy. My heart rate has been up lately for no apparent reason and it's gotten significantly worse, to the point that it's affecting my sleeping and my daily comfort. Not great. I worked on the transcript for most of the day. Mom dropped by AGAIN and gave me a bunch of food she wasn't going to eat from her food bank. DONUTS!!! After work I got a lovely long Polo from my sister to listen to, and then Jeaux and I went shopping and got pizza. (The delivery is messed up so we ended up going to pick it up instead.) We ate and caught up and talked, and watched our Colbert and What We Do in the Shadows shows. And we took a walk too.

            • Thursday I was still feeling super crappy, so I didn't actually start working until after noon, and just mostly tried to relax and talked to my friends in the morning. I scheduled a doctor's appointment (and it's time for my yearly thing anyway). Then when I got to work finally I worked on the transcript and it was super long. When it was done it was 34 pages. Yikes. I didn't know there was that much to say about drainage and gopher tortoises. After work I listened to more Polos and Victor called to tell me about his many adventures. After the call (and getting some comics done) I had a REALLY bad night with the heartbeat thing and I couldn't sleep. Ended up awake in the wee hours finishing comics and watching news, and then I tried sleeping while sitting up because that seems to help. Finally got some rest.

            • Friday I woke up sitting up on the couch and felt somewhat better. Throughout the day it seemed like I was feeling less and less crappy. I was able to do my usual workday and did some letter package preparation, sent some reminders, did some utility stuff, and kept trying to get stuff done that got interrupted because of broken websites. After work I did some toy photos and worked on the webcomic. I did my livestream for Ace Week (which ended up lasting about 2.5 hours) and completed the comic after. I went to bed early because I was exhausted from the bad sleep, but the good news is that sleep was very restful and I seem to be feeling normal again.

            Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

            New Reviews:

            Health Plan Update:

            • Weight stuff: Despite eating a huge amount of extra food this week because my mom gave me a bunch of stuff that was close to expiration, I had the exact same weight almost all week? It's weird. High weight: 115.7. Low weight: 114.6.
            • Nutrition stuff: I drank more water all week like I wanted to! And also incorporated vegetables into my meals multiple times like I intended. But since my mom dropped off donuts, muffins, fruit, and bread on Wednesday, I ate a lot of that too and it seems to have edged out a lot of my usual foods.
            • Activity stuff: I made my walking goal every day this week despite some days that I felt like crap. (I wasn't pushing myself through it--I felt better when I was moving.) My low day was Monday at 10,966 steps, and my high day was Thursday at 21,491 steps.
            Books Read:
            • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.
              New singing performances:

              This week's karaoke song is "Lucky Man" by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.


              Stuff drawn:



              Webcomic Negative One Issue 0859: "Without Telling Us." 







              New videos:

              Ace Week Livestream 2021 ran on Friday. This was a live interactive event with me talking about asexual and aromantic adulthood and taking Q&A from the audience. I talked about "when it's not a phase," "feelings of insecurity," "celebrating adulthood as an ace and/or aro person," and "dealing with detractors."


              New photos:



              Some toy photos:





              Plushies!

              SDCC 2017 Plush

              SDCC 2018 Plush


              Clip-On Plush

              Funko Clip-On Plush


              Funko SuperCute Plushies


              Unofficial Plushies


              Social Media Counts: 

              YouTube subscribers: 5,315 for swankivy (no change), 671 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 134 for Not-So-Giant Women (1 new). Twitter followers: 926 for swankivy (lost 1), 2,272 for JulieSondra (137 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (no change), 633 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 80 followers for Negative One (no change), 230 likes for So You Write (no change), 86 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,455 (no change). Instagram followers: 240 (1 new).


              Saturday, October 23, 2021

              Personal Digest Saturday: October 16 – October 22

              Life news this week:

              • Saturday I got up at 3:45 AM to fly back to Tampa. After a $150 cab ride and two plane rides (Detroit to Baltimore, Baltimore to Tampa), I had another $50 cab ride to my place and finally was home. I took a shower and then Mom called while I was unpacking so I got to tell her about the trip. I took a nap and talked to Meg and had some food that was not snacks. Did my blogging and posted my photos from Cara's wedding. Went to sleep early after posting toys on Amino.

              • Sunday I was up early not doing much, just sending Polos, doing lots of laundry, recording karaoke, messing with online photos, and arguing with weirdos about vegetarianism. Got my e-mail inbox back down to like a hundred by deleting stuff that had built up while out of town, and took stock of my budget. Talked to Dad about the next band practice and slept early.

              • Monday was back to work after four days away, and it wasn't bad at all for what it was. There was a little scrambling on a letter that went out but other than that it was easy to get caught back up. After work I worked on the podcast and hung out with my friends at game night. Did another Polo for Steve and went to bed early again.

              • Tuesday work was pretty slow so I caught up with my data entry. Helped my coworker with a letter and made a resume for a new person. Did some more toy posts and worked on the podcast. Ate some garbage.

              • Wednesday was another pretty slow day so I devoted it to catch-up items. Got some business development stuff done and updated a database. Made a shopping list for Jeaux who so graciously went to the store for me because I am preemptively quarantining after travel and didn't want to go to the store or hang out with him. He got me a Moe's burrito and we talked on the phone instead of hanging out. Posted some more toy pictures and got laundry put away.

              • Thursday was pretty low-key at work too, but I had some tasks that needed doing. Got some personal editing done and wrote a storyboard for my comic. Set up my compensation for an event I'll be doing soon. Victor called and we caught up about my travel and whatever stuff in his life. Went to bed early.

              • Friday I just had to help with typical document support things and worked on some documents for the letter we're doing next week. I got a database updated and timesheets figured out and sent a new employee his welcome stuff. Ended up stalling a lot trying to get my webcomic done, in between chatting to a new friend whom I just met in a SU group. Still posted on time but it was close. Drank some wine while talking to my sister on Polo and fell asleep on the floor.
              New Reviews:

              Health Plan Update:

              • Weight stuff: I'm not happy with how consistently I'm significantly above my original goal weight this week. I know some of it is from eating garbage during and after vacation but I am going to need to change my habits again to get back where I wanted to be. High weight: 115.7. Low weight: 113.7.
              • Nutrition stuff: The usual issues with too many carbohydrate-rich, greasy foods, I think. Definitely need to focus on the fruits and vegetables so I can get a more balanced diet. I do okay with protein, just need those other nutrients more consistently. I am also starting a campaign to drink more water now!
              • Activity stuff: I missed my walking goal on Friday. I just plain didn't make proper time for walking during the day and made the wrong choices. My low day was Friday at 4,866, and my high day was Wednesday at 17,254 steps.
              Books Read:
              • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.
                New singing performances:

                This week's karaoke song is "Song 2" by Blur.


                Stuff drawn:



                Webcomic Negative One Issue 0858: "Scarily Simple." 







                New videos:

                Not-So-Giant Women Episode 28 is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Space Race" and cover such topics as Greg taking over Pearl's role of being cautious and level-headed, Pearl's first break with reality and longing for space, thoughts about the Galaxy Warp, Greg's parental rights, Steven's legal identity, stuff about the barn, Crying Breakfast Friends (and the show's shows within a show), a digression about sapient food, Estelle getting two lines per episode, various questions about Gem weapons, the effectiveness of full emotions with simple line art, thoughts on humanized Gem fanart, the "grounded" pun, the growth of the main characters as the show goes on, and why Daria does NOT want a deep-dive Garnet episode yet.


                New photos:

                My trip home


                Some toy photos:

                Domez

                McFarlane Toys

                Mystery Minis

                Original Minis


                Social Media Counts:
                YouTube subscribers: 5,315 for swankivy (1 new), 671 for JulieSondra (no change), 17 for v & V Vids (no change), 133 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 927 for swankivy (1 new), 2,135 for JulieSondra (16 new). Facebook: 298 friends for swankivy (1 new, became friends with Hannah), 632 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 80 followers for Negative One (no change), 230 likes for So You Write (no change), 86 likes for Not-So-Giant-Women (1 new). Tumblr followers: 2,455 (1 new). Instagram followers: 239 (lost 2).