Plans & Goals 2021: Week 20

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Well, my dears…quite a bit has happened since my last post. Everything just kinda…went upside down all at once.

So, first of all, I switched back over from night shift to day shift, which was all good and fine, especially after how my body decided to react to the night shift. But then, two days back in to the day shift…I got laid off. That wasn’t a huge surprise in itself, considering how much work has been getting postponed on account of all the Covid outbreaks. What was surprising was that it happened right in the middle of a week. I would have expected to at least be allowed to finish out the week of work, but alas, my coworker and I were booted immediately.

That, in itself, wouldn’t even be a big deal, if not for the fact that the earliest I could get a flight (that allowed me to use my Aeroplan miles) was Sunday…and at this point it was Tuesday. I was allowed to stay in the camp that night, but that left four more nights before my flight. And because of the current lockdown protocols and the fact that her husband’s entire crew (pretty much) is currently in isolation protocols, I couldn’t stay with my cousin. So, four nights in a hotel it was. Luckily I had enough Air Miles to cover most of that, but it still made for a pretty brain-numbing four days, especially considering that almost the entire city is shut down right now.

So, I went for lonely walks, ate incredibly shitty food, watched Netflix and a few playoff hockey games, and did my best to convince myself to write and draw. I didn’t do a great job of that last one, since hotel rooms aren’t incredibly conducive to creativity, but I still got a little bit done.

Then, Sunday finally came, and I made my way steadily home over the course of three flights and one three-hour drive. The day wasn’t actually all too bad, especially since I didn’t have anyone sitting next to me on any of the flights. I wrote some more and watched ‘Moana’ (because I’d never seen it) and nibbled on some crappy snacks I’d taken along with me.

I also got into the province with no issue, because of my conditional pre-approval letter, but this is where I have to mention how bad I felt for the border control girl. In case you didn’t know, right now you have to be approved to be allowed to enter Nova Scotia. If you’re a permanent resident just returning home, this is pretty easy. If you’re a rotational worker who is coming home for just a little while before going back to work, it’s a little trickier. And if you’re just trying to visit, don’t even bother…you’re going to get turned away, pretty much guaranteed. All this is to say that, at the very least, you have to have an approval letter, which you get from filling out an online form explaining your reason for travel into the province. And that form can take a few days to get back to you. And when I showed up Sunday night there was a group of three guys who hadn’t filled out the form, barely spoke English, and had no idea what the border control girl was talking about. They were getting more and more agitated with every passing moment, until I eventually was leaving, and I doubt they were the first ones the border girl had dealt with that day.

I suppose the moral of the story is that the world is really fucked up right now, so you should probably look into any regulations that may be occurring at your point of travel on a regular basis. ._.

So anyway, I got home and I’m now doing my 14 days of quarantine. Fun times, that. Luckily, I’m pretty much a homebody anyway, so, you know…XD My only real concern, honestly, is that I have to get a Covid test today (another current regulation), and this will be the first time I’ve gotten the full test – the one where they go straight up into your bloody brain. I’m not looking forward to that. I’ve heard some people say it hurt like fuck, and other people say that it didn’t hurt but was super-uncomfortable. Myself, I’m not necessarily worried about it hurting or anything, as I’m certain I’ve survived much, much worse. It’s just the squeamishness of it. You know how some people freak out at giving blood because of the squitchy feeling of being poked in the inside of the elbow? Well shoving something up my nose and into my skull gives me that same feeling. I just have this sneaking suspicion that they’re going to need a couple of people to hold me down while it happens or I might freak the fuck out. *ahem*

Anyway, let’s distract me from that thought by getting into the actual post part of the post.


Health

Okay, so, with everything I said about how hard it is to eat well in a work camp, you’re probably expecting to hear that getting laid off has actually helped out in this category. And, ultimately, it will…but remember how I said ‘four nights in a hotel plus one day flying’? Well that nonsense didn’t do me any favors. I mean, to give myself a little bit of credit, I did go for several walks while I was trapped in Fort McMurray. I did not, however, do any other kinds of exercise, and I ate like a poor frat boy. Given that I had five days of finding something to eat to deal with, and given that I had just been laid off and didn’t want to waste too much money, I ended up forgoing most food options and just picking up the cheapest, easiest crap I could find at places like Dollarama. Cue five days of instant cup-noodles, value-pack butter biscuits, off-brand chips, and gummy fruit snacks.

Don’t judge me.

Anyway, I’m home now, so that means I can eat what I want rather than what’s being provided to me, so things should start to get better again. Theoretically. I also restarted Core de Force yesterday, after deciding that it wasn’t worth the heart attack I’d probably have to jump back in where I’d left off a few weeks ago. Hopefully it will help! I’m pretty motivated, since I made the fool decision to jump on the scale yesterday and discovered that I’ve actually gained 7 lbs since I went out West for that job. FML, right?

Creativity

As with last week, let’s take a look at the art side of things first. I didn’t actually get much done, considering how much free time I had to myself last week, but the gears just weren’t turning at all. I still have two images to share though!

The first is a commission from one of my readers/fellow fanfic-writers/supporters. She asked for a female Crowley with long, loose hair, wearing a medieval-style dress and a floral crown. This is what came of the request:

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I was quite pleased with the result, as was the lovely darling who commissioned it, so huzzah for that! This was also my first time drawing a female version of either of the Ineffables, so that was pretty interesting! I might be convinced to do some more!

The other piece I have to share was just a fun little thing that came as the result of a drawing challenge between my daughter and I. We do a thing where we scour Pinterest for pretty art, pick a drawing for each other, and then try to draw it in our own styles. She challenged me to do a pic of ‘Senpai’ from the ‘Friday Night Funkin’ game, and this was the result:

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It was a fun little challenge. It’s one of my favorite activities to do with my daughter, in fact, so I’ll probably be sharing a few more of these at this time next week. 🙂

On the writing side of things, I unfortunately did not quite meet my Pacemaker.pres goal for the week, but that’s not to say that I didn’t get a bunch of writing done. Pacemaker was looking for a total of 13,411 words, which is the highest that it had asked me for in ages. In the end I finished off the week with 12,811 words, which isn’t too far off and definitely still quite worth being proud of. I probably would have actually done much better, but I’ve been having one of those phases that pops up with me every so often, during which I can’t seem to think if I’m looking at a computer screen, so I write by hand instead, which is much, much slower. I genuinely enjoy writing by hand, but it can definitely slow down the whole process (especially considering that it then has to be transcribed, later on), so I hope to get back into the groove of typing my thoughts sometime this week.

As to what I’ve been writing… Mainly it’s been ‘The Prince’s Consort’ because I want to keep ahead of the updates, but I’ve also been scribbling out thoughts for YET ANOTHER ‘Good Omens’ AU that occurred to me recently, and yeah, I know. You know what? Judge me. Just go ahead and judge me. I can take it. 😛


Down-Time

Now, if there’s something I had a lot of last week, it was down-time, so certainly I should have something to put here, right? Well, less than you might think, actually. *ahem*

In the ‘reading’ category, we have…pretty much nothing. I mean, I read a few new chapters that were posted to fanfics I’m currently subscribed to, but sitting down with an actual book? Nope, there was none of that last week.

What about games? Well, unless you count a bit of ‘Pokemon GO’ while I was roaming around town trying to stretch my legs… That’s another nope here.

Now ‘watching’, yes, I can definitely say I watched a few things. Two of those things were hockey games, because the playoffs are in full swing and the first round has Toronto playing Montreal, so I couldn’t miss those games.

Another thing was the aforementioned ‘Moana’, which I watched during one of the flights home. I’ve always been a Disney kid and I’d never actually watched that one, so when I saw it on the in-flight entertainment options I decided it was time to fix the discrepancy. Cute flick. The newer Disney movies don’t tickle me the way the older ones always did, but it was still definitely a cute flick. Do recommend for Disney fans.

Then there was the big one… The fourth season of ‘Castlevania’ recently launched on Netflix, and that was a definite must-watch. However, it had been a while since the previous season…so I watched the entire thing right from the beginning. For the record, that’s roughly 16 hours worth of watch-time right there. So suffice it to say that my eyes were crossed by the time I got through it all, but it was well worth it. There were several important things that I’d forgotten about that would have made the final season confusing, and the final season itself was fan-freakin’-tastic. Two big thumbs up for the entire series. Loved the animation, loved the characters, adored the voice actors who brought them to life, and it was just overall a great, fun, violent story. Even if you’re not a fan of the games, if you like monsters and animated stories aimed at adults, you might want to consider giving ‘Castlevania’ a chance. It’s well worth it.


So there we have another week – a rather wonky one – down and done. I’m hoping for things to return a bit more to normal in the coming week, but given how determined the world seems to be to fall apart, I won’t hold my breath. Let’s all just keep doing our best to move forward one day at a time, keeping safe and staying strong, okay? Okay. Let’s.

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! ❤

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