Good morning my lovely people, and welcome to another fine Monday morning! [/sarcasm chip overclocked]
If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you’ve probably noticed that I went AWOL for a few weeks there. The fact of the matter is that it was a weird, stressful few weeks that had me very out of sorts in a number of ways. I’m not going to go into details because, to be frank, a lot of what was going on was personal and none of anyone else’s damn business. But suffice it to say that my mental state was all over the board for the first half of April.
I did celebrate my 37th birthday, which was nice. On my actual birthday we all just stayed home and relaxed while hubby and little one did their best to be as nice to me as possible. Prior to that, though, we went out for Chinese buffet, which is always a huge favorite, and hubby and I also had a games night with some of our friends, which is always a ton of fun. So yes, there were good moments during the few weeks of tornado-brain.
We also got some very good news in the end, which I’ve been avoiding sharing because I don’t want to jinx it, and I’m going to continue not to share it for now until I’m 2000% certain that there’s no turning back on it, but let’s just say that this particular news goes a long way toward reducing my stress levels.
So, okay, with those bits out of the way, let’s look at the goal stuff and see if anything managed to remain positive over the past few missed weeks!
Okay, so first and foremost, health-related topics went completely off the rails during the past few weeks. When last we spoke I was doing the ‘Morning Meltdown 100’ videos, and I continued doing them after that last post. They were going well! But then Easter hit, and we had a visitor for a few days, and there was drinking involved, and… Well, let’s just go ahead and say that everything ground to an inexorable halt.
Right after Easter, when I should have been getting back into the swing of things, is when a bunch of things started going sideways in life, and as a result I never actually did get back into the Meltdown videos. On top of that, I started eating a ton of junk again. I’m not sure exactly how badly I sabotaged myself because I stubbornly refused to set foot on a scale or take any measurements, but I suspect the results wouldn’t have been fantastic.
Come to today, and things have changed up a bit. For one, I spent the past five days or so getting as much walking in as possible, basically to warm myself up for things to come. I still wasn’t eating great during those days, but definitely better than I had been doing recently. Then, as of today, I started doing the “YouV2” videos from Beachbody. I would have liked to continue the Meltdown vids, but due to current circumstances I have no access to equipment, so I needed to transition to something that requires no external junk. So far I’m liking “YouV2”, though. It feels a bit silly at first, because it’s basically a bunch of dance moves, but it was a much harder workout than expected, and I sweated my arse off. I think I’m going to enjoy it.
The key, of course, is to also be careful with my calories. That bit has always been harder for me, but I am presently quite motivated. I’m going to be doing my best to drink more water, eat more veggies, and focus on protein before carbs. I don’t know how it’s going to go, given my current situation, but I guess we’ll just have to see!
Creative stuff hasn’t stopped at all, though it may have slowed down a bit here and there over the past few weeks. IN general, however, it’s safe to say that being creative has been keeping me sane, so…yay for that.
Looking at the writing side of things, I have three weeks worth of word counts to report because of the aforementioned AWOL status. So let’s get that out of the way now:
- Three weeks ago Pacemaker wanted me to write 8921 words, and I surpassed that with 9203 words.
- Two weeks ago Pacemaker wanted me to write 10723 words, and I failed royally with only 7854 words.
- One week ago (this most recent week), Pacemaker wanted me to write 9041 words, and I surpassed that with 10,042 words.
So, on the average across the three weeks, Pacemaker wanted me to write 26,685 words, and I came out on top in the end with 27,099. Go me! The key is going to be holding on to those kinds of word counts now that there are…extenuating circumstances. (Am I driving you foolish with the mystery talk yet?)
In case you’re wondering what kind of writing is occurring in relation to those word counts, I will admit that it has been mostly fanfiction, though I promise that I have been working on Book Three as well. It’s just much slower going because I’m trying to work out a multitude of kinks, whereas the fanfic just seems to flow all on its own.
On the artistic side of things, drawing has slowed down a bit recently because I just haven’t been able to find the time required to sit down and get something like that done, but since I’m catching up for the previous three weeks here I still have a few things to share.
The first is a silly little piece I did for the Good Omens fandom celebrating Easter, because how could I resist, honestly?
The second is an even sillier piece that I did – also for the Good Omens fandom – when I found out that it was going to be ‘National Tartan Day’. It was just too good of an opportunity, you guys. Come on.
And the third is actually something that I whipped up for my daughter. She is presently obsessed with the “Little Nightmares” franchise, so I practiced my coloring skillls (or lack thereof) by drawing her a Six. ❤
I’m hoping to get some more stuff sketched up soon, if I can find a bit of free time, because I have a mental list of things that I’ve been really wanting to draw. One in particular is a commission from a friend, and several of the others are DTIYS challenges I came across on Instagram and fell in love with. So, fingers crossed for finding some spare time sometime soon!
I think that, after today’s post, I’m going to strike the ‘Productivity’ category from these posts. It just feels superfluous, since most of the ‘productivity’ that I’m generally concerned with can be summarized by a quick list of my social media numbers. Perhaps in the future, when we’re ready to go whole hog on the YouTube channel again, I’ll add in a section for that. It would make much more sense than this current one.
In the meantime, though, in case you were wondering, over the course of the past three weeks the YouTube Twitter and Instagram accounts have gone up by 1 and 4 followers, respectively, while the Author accounts have gone down by 1 and 3 followers respectively. Those aren’t exactly the kinds of numbers that one needs to obsess over, but I am a bit surprised to see both YouTube numbers go up and both Author ones go down, since it has been historically the exact opposite. Very curious.
Okay, so ‘down-time’ is not really a thing I have at the moment, nor will have much of in the coming weeks, but I digress…
I am still working on the first ‘Witcher’ book, “Blood of Elves”. It is excellent, and I can definitely see me running through the entire series, but I just haven’t been sitting down to do a whole lot of reading lately. It is really interesting to see the differences between the books, Netflix series, and games though. I’m still flabbergasted as to why anyone thought that Jaskier’s name had to be changed to ‘Dandelion’ for English readers. It’s just…bewildering to me.
On the ‘watching’ side of things, I’d mentioned that we were watching the final season of “Attack on Titan”…well, we finished it…except that it was only PART ONE of the final season. Why do you do this kind of thing to us, dammit?! So, yeah, there’s still a whole half-a-season to go, and it’s not expected to happen until late this year or early next. Cue growls of frustration.
I did finally get around to watching the first two seasons of “Staged”, and I must say that I laughed a lot harder than I was expecting to. I knew that there were lots of funny bits in the show, but I was definitely taken by surprise by how many bits actually made me properly laugh out loud. I thought I was going to die at a few parts! And there was plenty of emotional stuff weaved in as well, making it a very interesting project to be sure. Plus, I mean…Tennant and Sheen. That’s all you really had to say to get my attention.
I also have to mention the fact that we watched “Godzilla VS Kong” the first day it was available. It was incredible fun, no two ways about it. I couldn’t have cared less about the majority of the human characters, and of course some of the plot points were just ludicrous, but we got a nuclear lizard fighting a big monke, and it was precisely what I wanted from that premise. On a related note, however, I was flabbergasted by the number of people whining and getting angry because there wasn’t a definitive winner in the fight. Did you guys watch the same movie as me? Because I definitely saw a definitive winner. I won’t go into it, because SPOILERS, obviously, but no, seriously…there was absolutely a definitive winner in the fight against Godzilla and Kong.
And then there are video games, in which I was all over the bloody place for the past three weeks. I played a bit more “Borderlands 3”, though not a whole lot because I reached an annoying bit that frustrated me for a while. Then I picked up “What Remains of Edith Finch” out of pure curiosity, and ended up both completing and Platinum-ing the game over the course of two days. Then I restarted playing “The Witness” (knowing that I’d never remember all the ‘rules’ I’d learned when playing it months ago if I didn’t replay the older levels), and somehow managed to go off on a completely different route than the first time I played. (Still tons to do there…I’ll never complete that bloody one.) Then I played a bit of “Little Nightmares” with the kid, because, well…she wanted me to. It’s also a rather good little game, just saying.
And then we come to the end of the tale. Phew! Three weeks of catch-up, and it’s not even a longer post than usual. How does that work? It’s a great mystery.
The long and short of things is that I got turned on my head for a while, concerning health-related goals, but I’m getting better, and creativity is keeping my brain from doing lots of dangerous, explody-type things. Which is good, right? Yes, I think we’re definitely going to go with ‘good’ on that front.
Anyway, my lovelies, I think I’ve served my purpose here today, and it’s time to be off to focus on other important things. If you’re terribly curious to find out what I’ve been not saying all throughout this post, follow my social media. I’ll be bringing it up on there pretty soon. 😀
Feel free to let me know how your year is going so far! Do you have any big goals? Specific plans? Anything awesome on the horizon? Share what’s going on with you! ❤