Saturday, October 1, 2022

Personal Digest Saturday: September 24 – September 30

Life news this week:

  • Saturday I cleaned the kitchen up and posted some pictures and chatted to my friend Jeremy before Sarah got to my house. Sarah and her husband David and I hung out chatting, went to a pizza place to get takeout pizza (and they even took me to get my chlorine, which has been hard for me to get to during open hours), and then we just hung out eating pizza and catching up. We also exchanged some belated gifts. I got a rainbow alpaca and some Amazon gift cards. I gave Sarah a set of library card coasters and a book scarf. After they left I took a nap. When I got up I did my blogging, practiced music, got my steps and recorded Polos, and prepared a storyboard for my webcomic So You Write.

  • Sunday the hurricane news started to look dangerous for Tampa Bay, so I used the nervous energy to get a lot done in the house. I did laundry and trash, recorded a karaoke song, drew So You Write, wrote some Not-So-Giant Women outlines, recorded some new audio for the outro of our second season, ordered my last supplies for Halloween costumes, talked to a party guest about food sensitivities, practiced music, and listened to Polos. Meggie was giving me updates on her wonderful weekend.

  • Monday I was getting a lot of nervous texts from my mom about the hurricane so I had to make plans about what to do if we had to go into hiding. Halfway through the day a mandatory evacuation came through for where Jeaux lives because he was close to the water and storm surge can be dangerous. So he made plans to evacuate and come to my house. I knocked out a letter at work and spent a bunch of time on news (and watching The Office). Had to move some stuff in the garage so Jeaux could get his car inside, and then I took all my patio furniture inside for the storm. He came over in the evening and we played games with the group. Jeaux and I watched Infinity Train and I drew some of my Negative One comic ahead of time anticipating possibly not having internet or power. I fell asleep sitting up in my chair and later on my floor for a while before going to bed.

  • Tuesday I had trouble sleeping so I spent the day really tired. Worked all day on traffic memos, Word documents that weren't cooperating, and utility stuff. Jeaux worked remotely sitting in my kitchen and he had meetings during the day too. We had a nice day together and took a walk. The hurricane situation continued to look better and better for Tampa but we weren't ready to breathe a sigh of relief yet. We decided after the 8 PM advisory that we would go into hiding at my mom's house the next day. I packed a bag. I finished and processed the comic.

  • Wednesday we got up early and Mom picked us up. I had to bring my plants inside just before leaving. We worked from her house but not a lot was going on for me so I did some project manager reports. Mom fed us well and I got coffee, eggs, a bagel, hummus and chips and carrots, and for dinner I helped make a chicken parmesan thing for Jeaux and I ate an alfredo broccoli pasta, with corn on the cob and some carrot cake afterwards. Mom was sleeping a lot but we still got to hang out a bit. I talked to my friend Jeremy and coached him on some writing stuff. Jeaux and I did some walking inside the house and got our steps in discussing New York plans and reading silly things to each other. The hurricane caused rain all day and some gusts and a lot of tree damage, but we didn't lose power. The news that came in from Naples and Fort Myers was horrifying--the storm hit them down south and spared Tampa Bay. It continued east across the state while we slept.

  • Thursday we tried to go back to the house as the danger had passed, but my house turned out to not have electricity, so we went back to Mom's and ate bagels and worked from her house another whole day. I had to go to an insurance meeting but not much else happened. I took a walk by myself while Jeaux was busy and updated Meghan on the situation. When we decided to go home in the afternoon after work, Mom took us and my electricity was back. My app had said the internet would be out but it wasn't! But my electric was out long enough that my refrigerated and frozen food was all ruined. We tried to go out and replace it but the stores were all closed. We got Italian food at Mandola's. And my garage door has decided to stop working so we had to figure out how to open it manually. After Jeaux left my computer wasn't working and I had to call him for tech support after all this. And it turned out my computer was fine but my MOUSE wasn't working right. Wow! I bought some Amazon stuff with my cards from Sarah and one of those things was a new mouse. :)

  • Friday was back to normal work. I did some upcoming project reports and helped with a drainage memo. I did some unpacking and cleaning up and laundry and put some things back where they're supposed to go. Tony my lawn maintenance person came and started cleaning up my yard so I went out there to help him because there was debris everywhere. We got four trashcans full and put it at the streetside like a bulletin from the City had said to do. I put my patio furniture and all that back out too. Afterwards I posted both my comics and everything was on time and accounted for. And I tried to catch the frog in my garage again but he does not want to be caught. Went to bed super early (like 10:30) again. Also, I found out I sold another short story!

Health Plan Update:

  • Weight stuff: Stress and disrupted schedules have led to unusual lows this week. I don't know if I'll be able to keep it but I'll take it for now. High weight: 118.1. Low weight: 116.1.
  • Nutrition stuff: Too much caffeine this week. And too much bread and pasta because it's what was available. Not enough fruit or vegetables, though I did end up being able to use up my spinach before hurricane days so I drank those good smoothies a couple days in a row. Still consistently taking the vitamins.
  • Activity stuff: I met my walking goal every day this week. It's been extremely easy lately because I have been walking while updating people and also walking while practicing music so there's a LOT of walking. My low day was Sunday at 10,471 steps, and my high day was Friday at 17,000 steps.
Books Read: 

  • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

  • Currently reading: You Too? by Janet Gurtler. I'm on page 64.

    New singing performances:

    This week's karaoke song is "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel.



    Stuff drawn:




    Webcomic So You Write Issue 136: "Not This Again." 








    Webcomic Negative One Issue 0907: "Everything About You." 





    Videos Made:

    None.

    New photos:

    Working at Mom's

    Gusts from Hurricane Ian

    Eating out after Hurricane Ian


    Social Media Counts: 

    YouTube subscribers: 5,427 for swankivy (1 new), 676 for JulieSondra (no change), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 152 for Not-So-Giant Women (2 new). Twitter followers: 909 for swankivy (lost 1), 3,433 for JulieSondra (3 new). Facebook: 294 friends for swankivy (no change), 639 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 81 followers for Negative One (no change), 238 likes for So You Write (1 new), 91 followers for Not-So-Giant-Women (lost 1). Tumblr followers: 2,445 (no change). Instagram followers: 244 (lost 2).

    Saturday, September 24, 2022

    Personal Digest Saturday: September 17 – September 23

    Life news this week:

    • Saturday I got up a bit late and played around in the morning not doing much, but then I walked to the post office and had to walk back with my package unsent because the self-service kiosk had its drop-off bin taped up and out of service. After I got back I jumped into blogging, did a LJ blog too, sent some Polos, and ate a lot. Recorded a Letters to an Asexual video and helped my sister and nephew with comics.

    • Sunday I had breakfast and went to Sarasota with Dad to have band practice. We added a new member to our band for keyboard! So we were trying our songs out with her participating. Then we ate at Ford's and I had a weird veggie burger, and after Dad took me home, I talked to Jeaux about awful videos, did laundry, and took out the trash. I ended up going to take a nap but sleeping late into the night.

    • Monday I went back to work and handled one more letter, a utility meeting, data fixes, stamps, and accounting tasks. After work I updated some personal files and listened to news. Did some Polos and played games with my pals online. Made a music playlist for the band gig coming up and went to bed early.

    • Tuesday I handled some track changes document stuff, collected some teaming documents, finalized a letter, went to a meeting, and fixed some data. Finally got to walk to the post office and actually send the package I had tried to send Saturday. Then I chatted to Tony outside (who recommended an ice cream place that Jeaux and I should go to), answered some online messages, found out we are going to get to be in the audience at the Colbert show when we go to New York, updated personal files, and worked on my Halloween costume.

    • Wednesday work was more low-key--did some reports and submitted some support material. Ate too many beaver nuggets and had a discussion with Jeremy about his book. Practiced some music. Went grocery shopping with Jeaux and got Chinese food at Wok On By, and picked up ice cream at the place Tony recommended, Tanya & Matt's. It ended up being so delicious! We watched Colbert and talked about friendship.

    • Thursday I had some trouble with my computer connecting but eventually got on. Collected teaming materials and helped gather some data for a report. Went to two meetings. Mom came over because she wanted me to fix her phone but the phone was already fixed when she gave it to me. I let her try my ice cream that was left over and she ate all of it! I redecorated for the equinox and Mom helped a little. When she left she accidentally left her phone at my house. In the evening I worked on my comic and podcast.

    • Friday I worked on upcoming project reports, timesheets, data updates, and processing a traffic count report. Talked to Meggie about exciting stuff. Finished the comic while processing the podcast. Crammed in my walking and karaoke and went to bed early.

    Interviews, Articles, Mentions:

    • QuizPin has an Asexuality Test and mentions my work, though there are some questionable quotes that were lifted from places that didn't quite get it right.

    Health Plan Update:

    • Weight stuff: After the weird spike last week I was very conservative with my eating EXCEPT for two things: Eating a whole bag of Beaver Nuggets and eating a heavy meal plus ice cream on Wednesday. And . . . I ended up with the same high and low as last week. Not great. I'm down from the peak again but we'll see what I do next. High weight: 120.2. Low weight: 117.6.
    • Nutrition stuff: Drank more water this week (good!). And the nutrition balance has been decent between carbs, fats, and protein (except one day I was really low on protein). I would say I did a mostly okay job eating fruits and vegetables but there were some days I didn't do as well. Still consistently taking the vitamins.
    • Activity stuff: I met my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Friday at 10,008 steps, and my high day was Tuesday at 13,612 steps.
    Books Read: 

    • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

    • Currently reading: You Too? by Janet Gurtler. I'm on page 64.

      New singing performances:

      This week's karaoke song is "Thank You" by Dido.



      Stuff drawn:




      Webcomic Negative One Issue 0906: "Beyond My First Thought." 





      Videos Made:

      Letters to an Asexual #95 ("ACTUALLY, you have Asperger's") is out. In this video, a dude insists I have Asperger's Syndrome and hollers that his psychology degree means he's right and I'm wrong. (Also, after becoming infuriated when I told him how irresponsible it is to diagnose people from a video, he how illogical I was being, then threatened me and called me a bitch.) I explore some elements of the autism spectrum and why people should not use autism or asexuality as insults.


      Not-So-Giant Women Episode 48: Story for Steven is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Story for Steven" and cover such topics Greg's rockstar life, Rose's interaction style, the younger Gems' old outfits, Beach City back in the day, Owlmethyst, Marty and his weird teeth, Gems' understanding of human concepts, Rose's possible human-dating habits, who added "please" to the "keep off" sign, Greg liking huge women, the origin of Steven's shirts, whether Greg and Rose had love at first sight, the show's balance between heavy emotions and wacky space rock fun, and Rose's giant tubular hair.



      New photos:

      Tides of Time, now including Anne

      In front of Tanya & Matt's ice cream

      Ice cream with Jeaux (I had pumpkin pie, he had cookie dough)

      Mom ate the rest of my ice cream


      Social Media Counts: 

      YouTube subscribers: 5,426 for swankivy (lost 2), 676 for JulieSondra (no change), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 150 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 910 for swankivy (no change), 3,430 for JulieSondra (1 new). Facebook: 294 friends for swankivy (no change), 638 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 81 followers for Negative One (no change), 237 likes for So You Write (lost 1), 92 followers for Not-So-Giant-Women (1 new). Tumblr followers: 2,445 (lost 3). Instagram followers: 246 (lost 1).

      Saturday, September 17, 2022

      Personal Digest Saturday: September 10 – September 16

      Life news this week:

      • Saturday we got up early for our trip to Sarasota. Had breakfast with Meggie and Jeaux drove us to the band practice. We had practiced 9 of the 10 songs in our set when my dad checked his messages and found out our concert got canceled because of rain. So we just continued the practice to get some use out of the rest of our time anyway, and Meggie even sang with us for a half dozen songs (which was super fun). Then we went out for pizza with my dad and Connie. It was pretty nice! When we got back Jeaux went off to his D&D game, Meg and I took naps, and then we took a walk and made cardamom cookies and watched Big Hero Six (which I had never seen).

      • Sunday Meg and I had fruit and yogurt for breakfast and then she left and took most of the cookies off my hands. I did some walking, washed the bedclothes, sang a karaoke song, took a nap, and did my laundry and trash chores. Did some blogging.

      • Monday was Mom's birthday. I had a lot of work to do involving our utility project wrapping up and having to get letters out. I didn't get out until after 6 and then I went straight to my mom's where I gave her a reacher tool for her birthday, and also some chocolate. We had some pie that my sis had sent her. Then I played games with my friends and my mom even joined in on one game. Mom had trouble with her car again taking me home. When I got home I didn't have quite enough time to complete my walking goal and I was pissed about it. Texted with my sister about cartoons.

      • Tuesday my weird eating seemed to have caught up with me so I decided to go back to a more conservative diet. Boo. Worked on another letter and more utility stuff. After work I sent in story submissions, read, wrote e-mail, and listened to podcasts.

      • Wednesday I did data entry and more utility stuff. I just didn't have enough time to get my work done because of a combination of distractions/interruptions and computer lag. I advised my sister on costume stuff and paid Tony for the lawn service. Jeaux picked me up early and we went to get our booster shots! But it took a Really Long Time for some reason. When we finally got out we did our grocery shopping and picked up food from Little Greek. We caught up on Colbert, watched a John Oliver segment, and watched the last episode of Sandman. We did our walking and compared notes on having sore arms.

      • Thursday the side effects weren't bad but I was tired and took a few naps. Still worked through the day and got my data entry done. Wrote my storyboard for my comic but didn't draw anything. Went to bed early.

      • Friday I did reports, phone calls, letter edits, accounting tracking, and tune-ups on documents. I worked a little late so I had to rush to get my comic done and just barely made my step goal. Wow!

      Health Plan Update:

      • Weight stuff: Had a crazy spike because of too many days in a row eating a lot of stuff that wasn't great for me! I had been given some sweets for a gift and also had pizza and junk with friends. Decided to go back on a stricter diet after the high number and it's already come down some, but stiff. Bah. High weight: 120.2. Low weight: 117.6.
      • Nutrition stuff: The first half of the week included a bunch of junk--pizza, cookies, pie, Beaver Nuggets. I did much better the second half of the week with spinach and fruit included in my diet plus avoiding the eat-because-I'm-bored snacking, and vitamins have continued to be consistent!
      • Activity stuff: I met my walking goal every day this week except Monday (and only missed it by about 300 steps--due to a very involved work day and spending the evening at Mom's). My low day was Monday at 9,729 steps, and my high day was Tuesday at 10,863 steps.
      Books Read: 

      • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

      • Currently reading: You Too? by Janet Gurtler. I'm on page 25.

        New singing performances:

        This week's karaoke song is "Hazard" by Richard Marx.



        Stuff drawn:




        Webcomic Negative One Issue 0905: "Too Much of Us." 





        Videos Made:

        None.

        New photos:

        Making cookies with Meggie!

        "It's a Celebration" Cupcake (bought for selling a short story)



        Social Media Counts: 

        YouTube subscribers: 5,428 for swankivy (lost 1), 676 for JulieSondra (no change), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 150 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 910 for swankivy (2 new), 3,429 for JulieSondra (no change). Facebook: 294 friends for swankivy (no change), 638 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 81 followers for Negative One (no change), 238 likes for So You Write (1 new), 91 followers for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,448 (no change). Instagram followers: 247 (2 new).

        Sunday, September 11, 2022

        Personal Digest Saturday (but posted on Sunday!): September 3 – September 9

        Life news this week:

        • Saturday I played on the internet until Mom was ready to go phone shopping. We got her a new phone, and then I went to her house to connect it to Wi-Fi and then help her put another curtain panel up. I also helped her deposit a check and cleaned her ceiling fan for her and helped fix a lamp. She gave me leftover pizza and her old printer but I forgot it at her house. When I got home I finished my blogging and updated some Polos.

        • Sunday I did four loads of laundry and took pictures of some new SU stuff I got. I got my Covid booster scheduled. Did some Polos, talked to Sarah on the phone, argued with jerks on Reddit, practiced some music, and recorded a karaoke song.

        • Monday was a holiday, so I was spending some time arguing with more jerks on Reddit in the morning. Then Mom unexpectedly showed up at my house, having been unable to call me and tell me because she said her phone wasn't letting her make outgoing calls. (It worked fine once at my house. Who knows.) She brought the printer I had forgotten and had bought me some ink for it! Nice. Then I worked on the podcast, wrote Negative One, practiced music, put away laundry and played games with friends.

        • Tuesday was a Mondayish Tuesday because we had to put letters out again. Had some computer troubles and had to deal with all four of my utility projects on the same day. I got my newest utility job uploaded into our system and got some essentials for the one that's almost finished done. Practiced music, drew some comics, read a terrible Twitter thread, processed more of my podcast, took a nap, sent out another short story, and worked on the next podcast.

        • Wednesday I did more data entry, accounting requests, utility stuff, meetings, and lots of computer problems. Worked on my webcomic also. Went shopping with Jeaux, and we got SoFresh rice bowls and watched the rest of Sandman, the last What We Do in the Shadows, and some Colbert videos.

        • Thursday I got my data entry done, wrapped up some more utility things, sent out some teaming requests, and watched Polos. Took a nap in the afternoon and when I got up Victor actually called me for the first time in a couple months. Caught up with him but nothing's really new. Got a lot done on my comic and my podcast.

        • Friday I did reports, meetings, teaming requests, and utility stuff. After work Meggie came and we ate Burger 21 food and farted around doing nothing. We went to bed early.

        New Reviews:


        Health Plan Update:

        • Weight stuff: Still doing okay, pretty stable, but higher than I'd like--and I haven't really done anything this week to change that. High weight: 118.1. Low weight: 117.6.
        • Nutrition stuff: Continued to do well with veggies and salads and fruits until the weekend hit, haha. Vitamins have been consistent!
        • Activity stuff: I met my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Wednesday at 10,125 steps, and my high day was Thursday at 17,887 steps.
        Books Read: 

        • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

        • Currently reading: You Too? by Janet Gurtler. I'm on page 25.

          New singing performances:

          This week's karaoke song is "Head Over Feet" by Alanis Morissette.



          Stuff drawn:




          Webcomic Negative One Issue 0904: "How It Ends." 





          Videos Made:

          Not-So-Giant Women Episode 45: Rose's Scabbard is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Rose's Scabbard" and cover such topics as the nature of Pearl's feelings for Rose, how much of Rose is still present in Steven, the problem of sainted characters, Pearl's mental health issues and many layers, Lion's connection to Rose, the mysterious need for material Gem weapons, same-sex relationships on cartoons, euphemisms for genitals, and who the heck named all those items in Rose's armory.



          Not-So-Giant Women Episode 46: Open Book is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Open Book" and cover such topics as the obsession with shoehorning relationships into YA novels, Connie and Steven's different ways of reading the same story, Steven's familiarity (or lack thereof) with story tropes, our personal experiences liking and disliking media, Connie being able to murder her own clone, self-contained episodes, and Steven and Connie's relationship.

          New photos:

          None.

          Social Media Counts: 

          YouTube subscribers: 5,429 for swankivy (lost 1), 676 for JulieSondra (no change), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 150 for Not-So-Giant Women (3 new). Twitter followers: 908 for swankivy (1 new), 3,429 for JulieSondra (12 new). Facebook: 294 friends for swankivy (no change, but I lost one friend that I don't know who and I added one new person who said they liked my webcomic), 638 likes for JulieSondra (no change), 81 followers for Negative One (no change), 237 likes for So You Write (2 new), 91 followers for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,448 (no change). Instagram followers: 245 (no change).

          Saturday, September 3, 2022

          Personal Digest Saturday: August 27 – September 2

          Life news this week:

          • Saturday I finished up some podcast planning, went to my mom's house for a while to see her new countertops and help her with her curtains, went home, and recorded "Beta" and "Earthlings" with Daria.

          • Sunday was more band practice--got some good work in, ate at Madfish afterwards, and did chores once I was home, plus got in some online screwing around and organizing podcast files.

          • Monday involved four letters going out, but we made it. And I got some documents in that I'd been waiting for for one of my projects! When work was over I felt like there was a really big gap between the end of the work day and the beginning of game night, but I don't know why. I colored some comic frames during our games and afterwards worked on the podcast.

          • Tuesday a guy calling the wrong number woke me up and called me 7 more times during the day until I was finally able to tell him he had the wrong number. Worked on my comic and helped my mom with her bills. Did some submitting and ate pearled couscous for the first time (yummy!). Wrote some journal stuff.

          • Wednesday I was locked out of my computer all day at work so I did what I could with my limited access. I worked on my podcast too. Jeaux picked me up and we grocery shopped and picked up food from Mandola's. Watched What We Do in the Shadows and a couple more episodes of Sandman and took a walk.

          • Thursday I got back into my work computer and did yesterday's work as well. Organized some meetings and did utility work. Made a Polo for Cara and while I was talking to her a ridiculous storm hit and lighting blew out my lights and fried my modem (so she got to actually watch me scream when it happened, haha). I had to run outside and make sure the house wasn't on fire because there was a burning smell. My office smelled like hot rubber for at least half an hour and my modem was destroyed. An outage happened in the area as well but since my modem was dead I had to go without internet for the rest of the night. Worked on my podcast editing and my webcomic.

          • Friday I got up early and went to my radiology appointment and then took my burned modem to the Spectrum store. Apparently I was not alone because when I got there I was 23rd in line. They did GREAT with helping me and it was so relatively fast! I got a new modem and a router and took them home and was able to set them up on my own. Finally I got back to work. I had missed one meeting but I was able go to to my afternoon meeting. We got a lot done, and I found out I have a new project to coordinate, and I had to make an ad for something else, plus I did my reports--very busy. I finished my webcomic and worked on a set list for the band--we have a gig next week!

          New Reviews:


          Health Plan Update:

          • Weight stuff: Doing okay, pretty stable, but higher than I'd like--and I haven't really done anything this week to change that. High weight: 118.1. Low weight: 117.6.
          • Nutrition stuff: I have been doing VERY well with the vegetable eating, mostly because I bought extra salad (a tub of spinach AND a tub of mixed greens) so I have been eating it every day, plus getting lots of carrots. However, overdoing it on the fat content is still a problem this week. Vitamins have been consistent!
          • Activity stuff: I met my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Tuesday at 10,090 steps, and my high day was Wednesday at 11,948 steps.
          Books Read: 


            New singing performances:

            This week's karaoke song is "The Longest Time" by Billy Joel.



            Stuff drawn:




            Webcomic So You Write Issue 135: "Accept the Unacceptance." 







            Webcomic Negative One Issue 0903: "Place of Fear." 





            Videos Made:

            Not-So-Giant Women Episode 44: Marble Madness is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Winter Forecast" and cover such topics as plot movement, Peridot's attitude toward humans, Gem history on Earth and how much is known about the Crystal Gems, the Red Eye's purpose, the Gems' approach of "attack first, ask questions never," Connie's different character designs and clothing, books with an ORDER, storyboarders' different styles, digressions about alien languages and Babel fish, and how Rose Quartz's hair got so shiny.



            New photos:

            Awesome salad!


            Social Media Counts: 

            YouTube subscribers: 5,430 for swankivy (lost 1), 676 for JulieSondra (lost 3), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 147 for Not-So-Giant Women (1 new). Twitter followers: 907 for swankivy (1 new), 3,417 for JulieSondra (9 new). Facebook: 294 friends for swankivy (no change), 638 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 81 followers for Negative One (no change), 235 likes for So You Write (no change), 91 followers for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,448 (no change). Instagram followers: 245 (1 new).

            Saturday, August 27, 2022

            Personal Digest Saturday: August 20 – August 26

            Life news this week:

            • Saturday I had a bit of a procrastination day. Did some blogging, played some games, took a walk, got irritated at internet people for being unpleasant, texted about cartoons with my sister, washed some blankets, and had a four-hour conversation with Yasmin on the phone. Managed to work in some podcast tinkering too.

            • Sunday I got up early for band practice; Dad picked me up and we had a productive practice pounding out songs we really don't have ready and making some decisions. And we got to go to our usual sushi place after. At home I took a long nap and then got up for laundry and trash. I also got my tickets purchased for the Broadway show Jeaux and I will see when we're in New York.

            • Monday I didn't get enough sleep. Work involved editing a letter and cleaning up some records. Took some walks, did laundry, took a nap, and played games with my friends. Prevented my nephew from getting spoiled on later episodes of Steven Universe by telling him the comic he was reading wasn't safe for him yet. (Nerd Aunt alert.) Worked on podcast editing.

            • Tuesday involved project manager reports and resurrected utility work. Took a nap and released a podcast. Did a bunch of Poloing and helped Mom with a reimbursement claim.

            • Wednesday was pretty slammed with utility work. Argued about cartoons on Reddit and smacked a bigot around. Went to the store and Five Guys with Jeaux, and we didn't have any new Colbert but we did watch What We Do in the Shadows and another episode of Sandman.

            • Thursday I had to deal with some Excel spreadsheets which is not my favorite. Utility projects were continuing to need attention too, and Mom also needed assistance with her phone bill so I had to help her too. Sent some Polos, drank a new flavor of soda called Dreamworld, and worked on some website updates.

            • Friday was very busy. I had timesheets and upcoming project reports due, and also utility stuff. After work I had to get my drawings done for Negative One (and I had done NO drawings the night before). Tried to help Mom again with bank card stuff. Worked on plans for the next podcast. Chatted with Jeremy about writing.

            New Reviews:


            Health Plan Update:

            • Weight stuff: Improvements! Made much better snacking choices this week and it also seems to have paid off, which is always gratifying. The higher weights this week were toward the very beginning and then the lower ones were for the rest of the week. High weight: 119.5. Low weight: 116.9.
            • Nutrition stuff: I have still had some days where my carbs/fats/protein were not well balanced. It's mostly that I'm eating too much fat. I need to work on this but have incorporated more fruits and veggies this week. Vitamins have been consistent!
            • Activity stuff: I met my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Friday at 10,028 steps, and my high day was Saturday at 20,808 steps.
            Books Read: 

            • Finished Reading: Nothing this week.

            • Currently reading: Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. I'm on page 366.

              New singing performances:

              This week's karaoke song is "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne.



              Stuff drawn:




              Webcomic Negative One Issue 0902: "Good Builder." 





              Videos Made:

              Not-So-Giant Women Episode 42: Winter Forecast is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Winter Forecast" and cover such topics as karmic rewards for good behavior, a more reasonable side to the Maheswarans, Greg's love of cherries, Steven's experience of future visions and whether it's different from Garnet's, the ethics of Steven telling other people about Garnet's power, Connie and Steven's adorable relationship, Greg's outfits, the characters' lack of cell phone use when it would've been practical, the show's metaplot sneaking in there, what Lion gets up to when he's not busy being in an episode, and a digression about Ivy's toilet frog.


              Not-So-Giant Women Episode 43: Maximum Capacity is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Maximum Capacity" and cover such topics as the episode's drastic tonal shift, Greg's reactions to Amethyst's over-the-line behavior, Amethyst's self-worth issues and where her actions came from in her personality, how Rose figured into the feeling of loss for both of them, how Amethyst feels about Greg (and common fan misconceptions), where the line is for getting sucked into a TV show, how Amethyst's origin of being abandoned figures into who she is now and how she acts in this episode, Greg's racy book, Garnet and Pearl wearing human clothes, absurd '80s and '90s sitcoms, holidays in Steven's world, Peedee's possible OCD and Greg's hoarding, pros and cons of bingeable television, and how the lack of environmental music for most of the episode actually enhanced the discomfort of the cringeworthy moments.


              New photos:

              None.

              Social Media Counts: 

              YouTube subscribers: 5,431 for swankivy (2 new), 679 for JulieSondra (no change), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 146 for Not-So-Giant Women (2 new). Twitter followers: 906 for swankivy (lost 1), 3,408 for JulieSondra (18 new). Facebook: 294 friends for swankivy (no change), 637 likes for JulieSondra (lost 1), 81 followers for Negative One (no change), 235 likes for So You Write (no change), 91 followers for Not-So-Giant-Women (no change). Tumblr followers: 2,448 (no change). Instagram followers: 244 (lost 2).

              Saturday, August 20, 2022

              Personal Digest Saturday: August 13 – August 19

              Life news this week:

              • Saturday I had a lovely blackberry smoothie (which I did not take a picture of, sadly) and got everything done as I planned: got my walking in, got my blogging done, and got a review and blurb done for the asexuality book I was asked to endorse. Also talked to Jeaux on the phone during one of the walks. In the evening I sat down with Daria and we did our podcast recording for the episodes "Steven vs. Amethyst" and "Bismuth." It was a LONG recording. Surprise. (Not.)

              • Sunday I had some procrastination problems. I did eventually get my laundry and trash chores done and I took some fun photos of my plushie that I commissioned so I could post them on the Internet. I worked on the Not-So-Giant Women podcast, played games, and listened to news.

              • Monday I fiddled with utilities at work and edited a letter. After work I walked, played games, and napped. Talked to Lindsay on the phone and caught up. Played games with my friends online and tracked down some old photos for Meghan.

              • Tuesday I got a late start with my work stuff. Chased some utilities around for several hours on several projects. Did more podcast editing and Polos. Chased a lizard out of the house when the pest control guy came. Practiced some music and ate too much.

              • Wednesday was another late day. Organized some utility stuff. After, I did some Polos, organized collection stuff that needed updating, and filled out my mail-in ballot. Went grocery shopping with Jeaux. We got Burger Monger food, took walks, and watched Colbert, What We Do in the Shadows, and Sandman.

              • Thursday involved some utility coordination and correspondence. I worked on my webcomic and podcast. Updated my blankets collection photo and argued with people on Reddit.

              • Friday I had an early day with utility stuff and meetings and reports. I finished the webcomic, worked on the podcast, worked through submitted comments, and chatted with friends.

              New Reviews:


              Health Plan Update:

              • Weight stuff: I've been making some not-great choices and getting really snacky at night so I have really not been doing very well here. Hoping for better results next week. High weight: 119.5. Low weight: 117.6.
              • Nutrition stuff: The good news is that I've had a spinach smoothie for breakfast almost every day this week, and included fruits and other vegetables in my diet here and there. The bad news is that I ate some high-sugar and high-fat things I really was not hungry for but I just ate them because they were there. Vitamins have been consistent!
              • Activity stuff: I met my walking goal every day this week. My low day was Thursday at 10,071 steps, and my high day was Saturday at 10,361 steps.
              Books Read: 


                New singing performances:

                This week's karaoke song is "Mary Jane" by Alanis Morissette.



                Stuff drawn:




                Webcomic Negative One Issue 0901: "More Possibilities." 





                Videos Made:

                Not-So-Giant Women Episode 39: Future Vision is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Future Vision" and cover such topics as the mechanics of Garnet's future vision ability, the cute animated deaths for Steven, the evidence for Garnet's power that we already had before this episode, the ways future vision can break a story or enhance it, Garnet's experience of letting Steven in a little and having it result in disaster, examples of Garnet demonstrating future vision in previous episodes before the reveal, old technology, and a digression about violence and sexuality being allowed on television.


                Not-So-Giant Women Episode 40: On the Run is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "On the Run" and cover such topics as Amethyst's deep resentment toward Pearl, what all the other holes in the Kindergarten mean, Peridot's connection to the Kindergarten, what it means that Amethyst was there alone for so long, the "we kept Amethyst" joke and what the others might have thought about keeping her initially, Amethyst episodes and their range of emotion, Pearl's apparent trauma surrounding Homeworld, whether there are other Amethysts, Amethyst's whip skills, the realities of hay, the extent to which real gemology applies in the SU world, the issues associated with writing very old characters or alien terminology, the Gems' heights, and why there are so many kids' books about children solving mysteries.


                Not-So-Giant Women Episode 41: Horror Club is out. Join Daria and Ivy as they watch and talk about "Horror Club" and cover such topics as Lars and Ronaldo's childhood friendship and the origin of their current personalities, the fact that Ronaldo SOMEHOW didn't mention his blog for an entire episode, Ronaldo's filing cabinet, thoughts on the Lighthouse Gem and how it works if Gems are embedded in an object, horror movie fan authenticity, Lars's glow-in-the-dark plugs, whether Daria would like to see a Sadie-only episode, what Gems might think of TV and movies, and what would happen if the Gems celebrated Halloween.


                New photos:

                Updated blanket collection


                Social Media Counts: 


                YouTube subscribers: 5,429 for swankivy (3 new), 679 for JulieSondra (no change), 18 for v & V Vids (no change), 144 for Not-So-Giant Women (no change). Twitter followers: 907 for swankivy (lost 3), 3,390 for JulieSondra (17 new). Facebook: 294 friends for swankivy (no change), 638 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 81 followers for Negative One (no change), 235 likes for So You Write (lost 1), 91 followers for Not-So-Giant-Women (2 new). Tumblr followers: 2,448 (no change). Instagram followers: 246 (1 new).