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Early to Rise

I’ve been up since 5am. I was at work from 6 to 3 then worked more at home tonight. I ran errands, did dishes, cooked dinner, did more dishes, cleaned up the kitchen and watched some ponies while eating meatloaf.

I’ve had a really productive day full of work and housework.


Probably because of the coffee I had at 9am.

Yeah, coffee lasts for about 10-12 hours in my system and keeps me awake all night if I have it after like 3pm.

I’m trying to stay awake so I can actually talk to Jace tonight. He’s at a work thing and still hasn’t left to go home. I just want to talk to him before the coffee wears off completely and I pass out in bed, or on the couch.

The last few weeks have sped by, and they’ve been the happiest I’ve had in ages. I’m happier than I thought I could ever be, really. Consistently. Every day I talk to Jace and it puts a smile on my face. Occasionally chatting with him helps me get through the day. The prospect of seeing him after work is what drives me and then actually seeing him makes my day complete. I’m ridiculously happy with him and he makes me laugh more than anyone ever. I really hope this happiness lasts… I have a really good feeling about this one though.

Fingers crossed. 🙂

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Time for another recap of life stuffs. My nephew was born earlier than expected, on July 2 actually. My brother and his wife named him Theo Jay. I’m calling him TJ because it’s adorable. I’ve been visiting occasionally and spoiling him with various presents. He’s so cute.

In less happy news, Babylon and I broke up recently and it’s been just awful. There’s been a lot of yelling and horribleness. We moved his furniture into the second bedroom yesterday. I still need to reinstall all my computer equipment and plug everything in properly. And I need to move all the pictures I had so meticulously hung a few months ago. Sigh.

The only reason I’m making it through all this is because of my friends being supportive of me. Especially my newest friend, Jace. I’ve been mostly staying at his place ever since the break up, just to stay out of the apartment and wait for things to get a little smoother. It’s been helping me deal with all of it a bit better, but I know I can’t avoid Babylon forever. It’s just a matter of time until he yells at me again and hurts me even more with his words…

Babylon’s probably going to finish this lease year and then move out. I don’t know yet what I’m going to do. I love the apartment so much, but I just can’t afford it by myself.

Why does my life have to be so messy… I need so many hugs right now…

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So it’s been awhile since I posted anything at all. I suppose I should recap the last 8 months…

I stopped Nutrisystem because it was actually making me sick. I had lost about 19 pounds total on the program. I have since gained most of it back. I had hoped that eating healthier and more homemade stuff would keep the weight off, but alas and alack.

In March, Babylon and I moved in together. It may seem a little fast but we’ve known each other for 5 years now so there weren’t many surprises. We got a brand new 2 bedroom apartment and it’s fantastic. It’s not on the ground floor, so there’s fewer bugs that wander inside, and there are zero children running up to the patio, as it’s a balcony and it backs to a bunch of trees. It’s also controlled access for the most part, so I don’t get as many random unwanted visitors at the door.

I’ve been making about 80% of the meals we eat every week. Some are from scratch, some are semi-homemade, but it’s all been delicious. GatheredTable has been really great with helping that too. They send me new recipes and meal ideas all the time and it’s been pretty inspiring.

Oh and in a few weeks, late July, I’ll officially be an aunt to a lovely little nephew. My brother and his wife haven’t announced the name yet, but I’m so excited. I’ve been buying everything I see that has foxes on it, not only because the nursery is orange, but also because foxes are awesome. At the baby shower, I gave them a box, with many foxes, and some baby socks. Also, Dr. Seuss books, including Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks. 

Babylon and my anniversary is the 4th and my birthday is next week. I bought myself a new 1TB Xbox One with a bunch of games as an early birthday present. I’ve been mostly playing Neverwinter though. I’m already level 55. Out of 60. And I’ve put way too much money into it, considering it’s a free to play game. But it’s awesome.

I’ve been working on the Carbon Saw stuff recently and I think I’m going to launch a new Indiegogo campaign soon for the new Dr. Voodoo game. Through the awesomeness of Udemy,  I’m trying to learn Swift and also WordPress coding to be able to create the game and make the site better. Carbon Saw is also officially an LLC now. It feels awesome to finally be doing something with my ideas.

I’ve been working freelance recently with a woman who is trying to preserve her family history into a book. It’s a pretty fun project and it’s helping me pay my bills so that’s always good.

I’m still doing tutoring on Saturdays too. It’s been more scarce because of the school year ending, but I’m supposed to see my student this Saturday. Hoping that actually happens.

This week, I’m at camp teaching animation to young children. We’re doing hand drawn on paper and stop motion with cameras and maybe some computer animation later with Scratch. It’s been fun but exhausting. And some of the kids are trouble, but most are pretty good. A few are really good at drawing and are picking up on the basic principles of animation pretty well. So that’s cool.

Well, it’s time for me to take the kids outside for a bit. Most are at the pool today, but a couple stayed behind with me to do more work and have fun with animation stuffs. I made a little video today for stop motion too. You can see it here. It’s a small tip of the hat to America for legalizing gay marriage and taking another step toward equality in this country. Go America!

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Wednesday I was off diet.

Thursday I was on diet until dinner, when I got Chinese with Babylon.

Friday I was off diet.

Saturday I spent time with my parents and got my dad an iPhone 5s as his new phone. He loves it but can’t figure that thing out much yet. Lol. Off diet.

Sunday I went to Babylon’s sister’s wedding, so I was off diet then too.

Monday I was mostly on diet.

Tuesday I was on diet.


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Foods I tried:
– Mexican style tortilla soup: not as spicy as expected, which is good. Too many beans though.

Wednesday I was on diet until dinner and hung out with Babylon.

Thursday I was on diet until dinner and then my parents brought my new chairs down for me and helped me set them up. So awesome! So excited! Can’t wait for the table to get here…

Friday I was on diet until dinner and then we went out to the Irish pub for Babylon’s birthday!

Saturday and Sunday I was off diet. Sunday was D&D.

Monday and Tuesday I was mostly off diet.

This week was bad…

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Foods I tried:
– chicken with baked beans: meh, very meh. The chicken was a very small thing.

Wednesday I was off diet and just blah in general.

Thursday I was on diet except for the free donuts at work. Went to pick up some packages from the parents.

Friday I was on diet and went to the gym with TinyFists. Then went to see Boxtrolls with Spike. It was awesome!

Saturday and Sunday I was off diet and hung out with Babylon.

Monday I was on diet until dinner. Got my car fixed and had dinner with my mom.

Tuesday I was on diet until dinner. I finally ordered my new dining room chairs too! I’m so excited! I’m ordering the table on Saturday.

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Foods I tried:
– Cheddar broccoli rice: was okay, but not as much volume as the three cheese chicken

Wednesday I was on diet and went to the gym with Joey.

Thursday I was on diet and hung out with Babylon.

Friday I was on diet until dinner and went to the gym with TinyFists.

Saturday I did tutoring and then made buffalo chicken dip for a party that night I was going to with Babylon, TinyFists, and Red. Off diet.

Sunday was D&D. Off diet.

Monday I was on diet until dinner. Got pizza with my mom.

Tuesday I was on diet until dinner. Got chinese at the mall since I had to run errands down there.

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New foods I tried:
– turkey sausage and bacon rigatoni: sub-par honestly. Didn’t taste the meat at all.

Wednesday I was on diet and hung out with Babylon.

Thursday I was on diet except for breakfast.

Friday I was on diet. Hung out with Babylon.

Saturday I was mostly off diet. Hung out with Babylon some more.

Sunday was off diet because we went to Rennfest.

Monday I stayed home from work because I caught Babylon’s cold. Off diet. Down 7.4 pounds.

Tuesday I was still a bit sick, just coughing, so I went to work. On diet.

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New foods I tried this week:
– turkey and stuffing: kinda salty, not bad though
– fettuccine alfredo: tasty, but could use a meat

Wednesday I was on diet and went to the gym. Gotta work on those 3 pounds I gained during La Festa. But I gained 6 last year, so that’s an improvement.

Thursday I was on diet and hung out with Babylon. We worked out a few issues that were bugging us recently and it made me feel so much better about things. Like a weight was lifted off me. So much better… also, 4.4 net pounds lost according to the morning’s weigh in.

Friday I was on mostly diet and went to the gym.

Saturday I was partially on diet and went with Red to get a pedicure and sushi. Then I hung out with Babylon.

Sunday was D&D and also a cheat day. Then Babylon and I had our third real date at a great BBQ place. And now it’s all sorts of official and such. Yay! Smiles for miles.

Monday I was mostly on diet, except for BBQ leftovers. Also, late shift for only the one day. Lost 7 pounds so far. Back down past the pre-La Festa weight.

Tuesday I was on diet until dinner and got my allergy shots. Watched the Apple Live Event. Super excited for the iPhone 6. The apple watch looks silly though.

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New foods I tried this week:
– Chocolate frosted donut: not tasty at all and didn’t really look like a donut
– walnut chocolate chip cookies: okay, but not as good as the white chocolate ones

Wednesday I was on diet until dinner, but went to the gym with Joey.

Thursday I was on diet.

Friday I was on diet until dinner, which was on the way to La Festa with Spike.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I was off diet for La Festa.

Tuesday I was mostly on diet and went bowling with a new guy that I’m seeing, and I’ll refer to him as Crow. Felt awful for awhile though. I never actually got time to sleep much this weekend, so instead of being refreshed, I was just feeling depressed. Then was horribly sore after bowling. I think I twisted my hips out of whack or something.

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