Welcome, all my fellow fools, to the midway point of 2021! I know I say things like this all the time, but it’s so hard to believe that we’re halfway through the year already. But the question is, how has the year been going?
Well, one awesome thing that’s been happening recently is that Covid vaccinations in Canada have been going extremely well, and much faster than expected. My parents just got their second vaccinations this past Saturday, I’m going for mine on Thursday, and hubby has his next Tuesday. We’re very excited to be fully vaccinated, me especially, since it will mean that I won’t have to quarantine after returning home from any oil-sands jobs that come up. And, of course, hopefully this means that things will start to get back to normal all over the world before long. Fingers crossed! Toes too!
In other new that makes me grin like an absolute lunatic, you may have heard last week that Good Omens Season 2 has officially been announced by all the important players. If you didn’t already know that, you must have been completely absent from Twitter since last Tuesday, because my fellow Ineffables were partying like world peace had just been announced. I honestly thought it was some kind of bullshit joke at first…that someone had mocked up a really convincing fake promo image. Then I read the blog post that Neil Gaiman himself shared, not to mention all the tweets from Douglas MacKinnon and the official Amazon Prime account, and it hit me like an extremely pleasurable punch to the gut. I actually very nearly screamed in the middle of Tim Hortons, which may have been a little bit embarrassing. But seriously, I can’t tell you guys how excited I am. It’s likely to be nearly two years before the season actually airs, but I’m quite certain that fan-fiction will keep me more than busy between now and then.
And in further random news, THE WEATHER FINALLY SEEMS TO HAVE BROKEN. Yeah, it rained for, like, a week straight, so I’m really excited to see the sun again. Let me have this, my friends. Let me have this.
Okay, let’s move on, shall we?
Let’s start out with the good news, which is that yesterday I finished phase three of ‘Morning Meltdown 100’, which means that I’ve completed sixty consecutive exercise videos without missing a single one. Only forty left to go! I’m extremely pleased with the program in general, and even without completing it I can definitely say that I would recommend it. The exercises are challenging, but not impossible, and the music helps keep you on beat with each move. Each of the 100 days are individually-recorded videos, so you never feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over. The host, Jericho, is upbeat and enthusiastic, and the team with her represent a variety of sizes, shapes, and fitness levels, and you regularly see each and every one of them modifying moves, which is a huge boost your confidence whenever you come across a move that you can’t quite handle. And, most importantly, I’m seeing results; but more on that in a bit.
Regarding the diet side of things, I’m not going to lie; it hasn’t been going nearly as well as the exercise side. Things have been a bit out of control since this past Wednesday, which was grading day for the kids. I told the kid that she could have what she wanted for dinner that day, and she chose pizza. We ordered the deal, which is, to be frank, quite a lot of pizza. Then the following day my parents came up to visit, bringing donuts, and we also had a few drinks and some junk food. Then we had a game night with some friends, which also involved drinks and snacks. Then I decided to have a lasagna night, and right after we’d finished eating we were reminded of a friend’s son’s birthday BBQ…
…and then the kid had a friend over for a sleepover, and we all ended up eating a bunch of junk because hubby and I are week and can’t resist awful things when they’re in the house.
Long story short, my willpower has been non-existent regarding food lately. I need a major reset back to better habits again.
That said, as I mentioned previously, I’ve been seeing results. Maybe not the kind of results I would see if I took the diet side of things more seriously, but definitely results. I’m down roughly 8 lbs from the beginning of the program, and I’m seeing a definite increase in my abilities as far as how much I can lift in certain moves, how many reps I can do of certain moves, and how much it takes to wear me out. I haven’t taken any measurements yet because I decided that I want to wait for that until I’ve completed the program, but I can tell that there have been some results there as well. At the very least, I’ve definitely lost a bit of belly, which is the area I most want to demolish.
So I guess what I’m saying is that things could probably be going better, but they’re still going well. And yay for that!
Okay, once again, let’s start with the good news. Though it’s not exactly a massive accomplishment to pull off a single drawing over the course of the week, I did get back into drawing again after the bombshell that was hearing about Good Omens Season 2. The promo poster that accompanied the announcement has actually accidentally become the fandom’s biggest DTIYS (Draw This In Your Style) challenge, and I was not exempt from the pull of it. Along with hundreds of other artists, I felt the need to create art based on this image, and I was quite pleased with the result:
I was hoping to also color it, but my first attempts have not turned out all that well, so I might have to start over. *cough cough* Someday I’m going to get good at digital coloring, I swear it. But for now it’s still my extremely annoying blind spot.
And now for the…less good news. *more coughing* Last week I said that I should easily be able to destroy the goal that Pacemaker.press had set for me, because it was significantly less than what it had set me in previous weeks… But then there was grading day, and my parents’ visit, and the game night, and the birthday party, and-
Yeah, long story short again: I didn’t get nearly as much writing done as I was expecting to or wanting to. Pacemaker had set me a totally reasonable goal of 9393 words, and I choked through with a pathetic 4092 words. I’m absolutely disgusted with that, if I’m being totally honest, and my reward is that for this current week Pacemaker wants me to write something like 14k words. Lord help me. I’m going to try, but it’s going to be difficult, especially since there’s continually things going on these days. I just need to learn how to go without sleep! Any suggestions? I’ll take anything at this point. XD
In the other categories I began with the good news, but on this one I’m going to begin with the bad. Not that it’s bad, exactly, but it’s not great. Basically, last week I indicated that I was going to start reading some comics and manga in order to work myself back into reading something other than fan-fiction. That did not happen. At all. Once again, all I read throughout the week was, in fact, fan-fiction. Delicious and well-written fan-fiction, but yeah, still. *cough* I’ll try again this week, I promise.
In video games, I tried the final challenge of ‘The Witness’ again, did extremely well, discovered that there were two more puzzles at the end that I wasn’t expecting, got pissed off, and walked away again. I’m going to do it sooner or later, but god damn, what a frustrating bloody challenge. Whoever came up with that one really needs a smack upside the head, seriously.
‘Pokemon Snap’ on the other hand continues to be remarkably relaxing and I adore it. I can totally get why lots of people aren’t pleased with the price versus the content, but I’m having a blast playing it, so nyah nyah nyah.
I also played the entirety of ‘Abzu’ the other day, after hubby opened it and then just…handed me the controller. If you don’t know it, it’s a super-pretty, underwater ‘walking’ simulator in which you are a robotic diver character uncovering all kinds of different sea creatures and trying to help a guardian shark destroy a bunch of evil underwater technology. It’s meant to be a super-relaxing kind of game, and parts of it definitely were, but word to the wise: if you suffer from thalassophobia – the fear of open water – it’s not nearly as relaxing as it should be. Several parts of it had my heart attempting to escape my chest, and it was not a good thing. Not a good thing at all.
Then I went through it all a second time in order to get all the trophies. Face your fears, friends, even if it makes you want to puke on your PS5 controller. ;-;
Finally, we have the ‘watching’ category, and we actually watched a few movies recently. ‘Nobody’ was a quite fun John Wick-style movie in which an every-man kind of guy takes on the Russian mob. If you enjoy excessive violence with a little bit of humor, this is one for you. ‘The Tomorrow War’ stared Chris Pratt and had an absolutely ludicrous plot about bringing people from the past into the future to fight a war that humanity was losing against an alien species. It was foolish as sin, but still totally enjoyable, in my opinion.
We also watched ‘Call-Girl of Cthulhu’, and the less said about that the better. X*D
We’ve also, for the record, been watching ‘Godzilla: Single Point’ on Netflix, which is a really odd anime-style take on the Godzilla lore. It’s a bit odd and confusing in places, but I’m enjoying it so far, even though Godzilla has yet to show up and Rodan is a species rather than an individual creature. *raised eyebrow*
And that, pretty much, is that. I’m pretty sure I covered everything, and therefore have nothing left to say, so I’ll sign off for now. It’s time for me to go clown around with my fellow over-excited Ineffables anyway. XD
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! ❤