Plans & Goals 2021: Week 35

WOW, you guys… I know I mentioned it last week, but now that it’s actually happened I really can’t believe that Summer is over. I’m a little morose over it, if I’m being truly honest! I love Fall as well, and I tolerate Winter because I adore cozy couch blankets and hot chocolate, but it’s still quite sad to see Summer go.

I know the kid feels the same, anyway, because she nearly had a breakdown this morning when she realized that tomorrow is the first day of school. lol

On the upside, Summer ending means significantly less social outings. And, okay, I can see where that statement might make me sound like a bit of an antisocial bitch, but let me explain! For one thing, less social outings will mean significantly less alcohol and super-junky-food consumption. For another, it will mean less money (that we don’t really have) spent on frivolous stuff (like the aforementioned alcohol and junk food). For a third thing, well…the fact of the matter is simply that I’m a fairly-high-functioning introvert. I enjoy being social, but afterwards I truly require a significant bit of time to myself to recharge, and it’s been hard to get that with the amount of stuff we’ve had going on lately. So I’m honestly a bit relieved to know that I’m going to be able to just relax by myself more often in the coming days.

(Plus, the weather cooling down means I get to get back into hot baths…<3 ❤ ❤ ❤ <3)

With that said, I don’t really have much to report this week that is outside the topics of the three goal sections, so let’s just go ahead and move on, shall we?


Health

OKAY. SO. So. Hopefully this is the last the (for a while, anyway) that you’ll hear me start this section by stating that I’m not going to lie about it. *cough cough*

Basically, it comes down to the fact that it was the last week of the Summer, and was capped off by visiting some of hubby’s family for one of the little ones’ birthday party. What this resulted in, as you may have already put together, was a disgusting amount of food, followed by a night of inebriation. And, well, long story short: I’m pretty sure over the course of less than 48 hours I consumed a week’s worth of calories in cupcakes alone.

Don’t worry. I felt suitably disgusted with myself afterwards.

I did start a new exercise program last week, in the form of Beachbody’s ’10 Rounds’. It’s a boxing-based program that features two ‘air boxing’ and three ‘weight-training’ videos per week for six weeks. So far I really like it, and I’m surprised by how many calories I’m burning on the boxing days, considering that it’s pretty low impact (any lower-body movement is mostly shuffling, stepping, and the occasional squats and lunges). It gets a big thumbs up from me because too much high impact stuff murders my legs right now, especially my pathetic old knees. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into higher-impact stuff eventually, but right now having a high-calorie-burn option that doesn’t involve a lot of jumping around is a lifesaver.

That said, I only actually did two of the videos last week, partially because of the stuff going on, but also because I could hardly walk after the ‘leg day’ vid. Sweet jeebas, my thighs were sore! That’s a good thing though, I suppose. 😛

So, long story short, I was sickened by myself enough this past weekend to bully myself into eating more realistically going forward, and now that I can walk without crying again I’ve moved on to video number 3 in ’10 Rounds’. Wish me luck. Like, all of the luck. I feel like I’m probably going to need it. XD


Creativity

First of all, I just want to say that I’m actually genuinely confused to be sitting here, typing this, about to tell you that I only finished one piece of art this past week. I honestly could have sworn that I did more than that. I even picked up a new sketchbook early last week, with every intention of working on a few more DTIYS sketches. And yet…here I am, telling you that I only finished one piece of art this past week. And it was one that was already mostly done. :\

Anyway, I guess there really isn’t much for it. I worked on my Season 2 Celebration pic by finishing up the coloring. I had every intention of shading it as well, and in fact I did try to shade it as well…but it wound up looking horrible because I am so absolutely awful at working out where shadows should be. Sooooo. Yeah. I deleted the shading layer and just went with the flat coloring. I’m still more-or-less happy with it, but I’m definitely going to work out a better plan of attack for the next piece I do.

ANYWAY (again), here’s the finished piece:

On the writing side of things, I must confess to not hitting my Pacemaker.press goal for the week. I definitely tried, but I hit a bit of a block midway through the week, and then we spent the weekend with family so I wasn’t really getting anything done there. All in all, though, it was still a pretty decent week for word count. Pacemaker wanted 13,553 words, and I finished off the week with 10,518. Nothing to sneeze at, for sure.

Because of the block – which hit me a bit like a brick upside the head – I didn’t get much done in the way of the WIPs that I should be working on, but I have seemed to manage to break the block by asking for prompt ideas on Twitter. I got several fun-sounding ones (which I’ll definitely be saving for later), but one in particular really grabbed and shook me, and I now have about three quarters of a short-story done, which I’m quite pleased with. Once I finish the other quarter-ish bit, I’ll go back over to the more important files and see if I can get my brain working on them again.


Down-Time

Reading:

You know what I’m gonna say. So just shut it. 😛

For your information, though… One of the fics I read last week was ‘A Time You May Embrace‘, and it gets an enthusiastic recommendation from me. It’s a longer-short (about 25k words) in which Heaven and Hell decide that Crowley and Aziraphale will wed in order to form a ‘merger’ of sorts between the two sides. C & A are flabbergasted by this, though they do end up working out that, yes, they do both want to get married…they’re just not willing to do it the way their former sides want them to. (Warning for eventual smut…:D)

I also finished re-reading ‘The Trouble With Being a Demon‘…which is honestly a 143k excuse to have the show versions of the bois and the book versions of the bois all fucking one another in a variety of ways. That said, it’s a lot sweeter and more emotional than I’m making it sound. *cough* If you enjoy smutty stuff, a bit of humor, and some EMOTION, I definitely recommend it. Plus I also adore the artwork the author (as well as others) has done for it.

Playing:

I’m thinking really, really hard, but I don’t think I played a single game last week. I’m finding that really difficult to believe, but no matter how hard I bend my brain, I can’t come up with anything. Remind me to sit my ass down and relax with something fun some time this week.

Watching:

There wasn’t much in the way of viewing last week either, but we did watch the final ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ movie, and my brain is only slightly less gooey than it was when I watched the original series back in the day. The movies definitely have a more upbeat ending, and there are a few concepts that are absolutely represented in a more logical manner, but there’s still quite a bit of “What the literal fuck”-ery. Basically, don’t watch this one unless you’re happy to establish your own thoughts, explanations, and conclusions as to what has happened and what things mean. If you’re looking for definitive answers, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Other than that, the only thing I can really recall watching last week was a couple of episodes of a show called ‘A.P. Bio’. It’s a comedy about a philosophy professor who gets knocked down to teaching high school biology and dedicates his life to destroying his academic rival. It’s pretty funny, though it hasn’t really hooked me in that ‘I must binge this!‘ kind of way.


So there we have it. Another week, another report, and another Summer behind us. I don’t mean for that to sound as depressing as it does, I swear. lol Here’s to another week!

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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