Newsbreak

Mood’s been kinda weird the past few days. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ The whole transition of Trump leaving and Biden getting sworn in… I dunno, other than watching some of the inauguration, my brain has decided to just dip out of watching / caring about politics for the moment. πŸ™‚ I know he’s signing a bunch of executive orders, but I just can’t be bothered to look into them all yet. It’s just a relief that the chaos of Donald Trump is gone, so I’m taking advantage of this teeny bit of in-between time to just not think about any of it, knowing that nothing illegal, immoral, or ignorant is gonna happen while I’m not paying attention. 😏

Of course I’m still anxious for the rest of the impeachment trial to happen, and I’m hoping that something is found out / done about politicians like Boebert and Hawley and Cruz, but just avoiding the news in general for a few days has been nice. I did see that Republicans are already outraged that Biden apparently wore a Rolex at the inauguration, and that he wasn’t wearing a mask while he was outside, by himself, visiting the Lincoln Memorial. πŸ˜―πŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Good to see the GOP focusing on the serious issues again, eh?

But my friend Jim is coming to town to take me and his brother out for our collective birthday dinners on Sunday, and with things being as they are – I do have to admit that I’m a little nervous about being out and around people. 😳 Went in town yesterday to top off on a bit of grocery / household stuff at Dollar General, and for whatever reason that store was packed in the middle of the day. 😣 Nobody, myself included, looked like they wanted to be there, but at least everyone was wearing masks. πŸ˜·πŸ˜·πŸ€§πŸ˜·πŸ˜‘ Dinner will be fine though… it’ll be in the mid-afternoon, so less people than if it was actual lunch or dinner time, and obviously it’s not like I’m gonna be hugging up on the other folks that will be there or anything.

I can’t remember the last time I actually went inside a restaurant to eat though. πŸ€”πŸ€¨ I’m sure they’ll try to keep folks separated as best as they can, but I dunno… it’s either gonna jinx me, since I’ve been a champ at avoiding human contact for months now, or it’ll just be a nice treat that I deserve since I’ve been respectful with my mask usage and haven’t acted like a giant cunt about any of it to anyone. 😏 Looking forward to poofing my belly with something heavy though, for sure. Last “real” food I had was when Amy dropped off some stuffed cabbage rolls, taters, and apple dumplings. 😁 I don’t think her family realizes how spoiled they are when it comes to dinner.

Downtime Time

This entry isn’t about anything that I’ve done recently. 😐

It’s more about what I do when I’ve got nothing to do, or what I do when I don’t want to be doing anything. 😏 I’m referring to TikTok. And I’ll admit, when I first downloaded the app a few months ago I didn’t see how I could ever get interested in it enough to really use it… πŸ€” but after doing some searches for stuff that I actually wanted to see on there, it quickly started learning how to feed me the right type of videos that would keep me hanging around in the app. πŸ™‚ So much so that I even started making my own.

And I know that I’m not using it like most people do, mainly because I’m 48 years old and TikTok feels like an app made for teenagers with ADHD. πŸ˜… But even over the past three months, maybe because of all of the media coverage the app has gotten, I’ve noticed the age range of users getting a whole lot wider. And the app is getting better at showing stuff posted by older farts to other older farts… 😏 so even compared to just a few months ago, it feels more welcoming and usable to me.

My content is currently a bit cat heavy.

But as you can see from some of my thumbnails above, my content is currently pretty cat heavy. That’s because I didn’t plan to make hardly any of them. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ I just keep the phone handy, since these two critters are always doing something amusing in one way or another, and I’ll just end up posting the stuff that I originally recorded just for me and Gen, Dad, or Cassi. I’ve gotten better at adding a little extra editing… using stickers or voice captions or whatever to make them a little more appealing… but that’s actually what makes it such an effective time-killer during down times.

Since my “content” isn’t recorded with internet strangers in mind, it really hasn’t gotten much traction though. 😞 Each video gets around 150 – 200 views before it just kinda stops. But I did notice – like in the recent video of Maven wandering around being weird – even though that video has less than 200 views, it has over 40 “likes” on it. πŸ˜ƒ

That’s a pretty remarkable ratio, so I feel like if the app would ever start feeding my videos to others in any meaningful way, I know that at least a few of them could catch people’s attention. 😳 Heh… but, like on Twitter when one of my tweets gets a thousand likes and retweeted hundreds of times, I’m not really sure I want more attention than what I’m already getting. πŸ˜… I just like makin’ them. Maybe one of these days I’ll try to do some duets or harmonies with someone… πŸ€”

Meh…

I was getting ready to start this entry by talking about my medical appointments yesterday, but then I realized that those were actually the day before yesterday. πŸ˜’ I sorta lost most of yesterday, whupped from the day prior. Earlier this week was the thyroid doctor appt, then Thursday was my WC appointment followed by going back out into the waiting area to eventually get my blood drawn. 😟 (A few more tests at the request of the thyroid doctor.) I’m now trying to figure how much I want to grump here… 😏

It was probably four hours for all that shit, from leaving the house to getting back home. My shoulder tremors were going nuts (a combination of physical and mental stress surrounding all this) and only got worse during my appointment. 😠 When I went for the blood draw, the tech didn’t really see a good vein to go after in my right arm – meaning she wanted to go in through the one that was flopping around like a fish just removed from your hook and dropped into the boat. 😳 But get this… besides being able to get it on the first stick, when she got the needle in my arm it immediately stopped shaking. πŸ€”πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ That showed me, again, that even all these years later there’s still so much about this damage that we don’t understand / can’t explain.

Yesterday was just what usually happens, though… πŸ˜’ muscles got more and more cramped the night before, leading to less sleep of a shittier quality, topped off by a day-long headache that decided to join the party. And even though I didn’t have plans for the day, I was just never able to get going – so I just grumped around the house while I waited for either all the different “oush” to go away or for sleep to come. 🀨 Sleep won that race, with me crapping out as the sun went down and not waking up until about 5:30am today.

I suppose I’ll make some coffee and wait for the sun to come up to see how I really feel today. My normal meds have my neck and shoulder back in check, and the sleep / rapid release Tylenol did the trick again for the headache. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Maybe as I’m waking up more I’ll think of something I’ve done this week that’s worth blogging about.

Just Humor Me

I cautiously got some work done around the house yesterday and today. Didn’t plan plan to do it, but that’s usually the best way for me to be successful at something chore-based… not really knowing it’s coming. (I know, it doesn’t make sense.) And no, it wouldn’t be considered a huge amount of housework for someone in tip top shape, but yeah…

Yesterday’s work was in the evening, where I finally tackled the bathroom and not only totally cleaned it up, complete with scrubbing all the gross surfaces, but I also got into the closet to throw out anything old or unneeded, followed by getting everything organized and on the shelves in a way that makes everything much easier to get at. So, looking at it, it looks done… but I do still want to go through the drawers and get all that shit organized or tossed as well.

I also got the living room tidied up, vacuumed again, etc. Then this evening was the kitchen’s turn… well, mostly the dishes. I’m still a dumbass though. Every, every time that I do up a sink full of dishes, I tell myself that from now on I’m gonna clean each dish as I mess them up – that way I’ll never end up with a sink full again. I dunno, maybe I did a little better this time, since 75% of it was just silverware and stirring spoons and spatulas and such. But man… fucking dishes, man… I swear. Whatever it is about standing there and using my shitty arm / shoulder, it just messes me up so quickly.

So I broke it up into three or four pieces, which feels lame as hell, but it’s the only way to keep from gimping myself up by the time I’m done. But it’s all good now. Got those couple of bowls and pots cleaned out, and then all of the Olive Garden containers… which, honestly, look way better than any kind of cheap tupperware type containers you would find at the dollar store or wherever. That’ll let me work on some soup, stew, noodle combinations which I can then freeze for later.

Heh… such a dumb entry. But I felt like patting myself on the back. I was telling a friend just the other day that I need to get out of this fucking rut, even if it’s by doing the littlest “different” thing each day to push me in the right direction. It helped that it was sunny all day, and despite the cold I even had the front and back doors open for a bit. But I decided that I could get out of the house some other day, when I wasn’t quite so low on oomph. Heading to bed early, since I’ve kinda whupped myself with the chores, plus I woke up at a normal AM hour, which leads to this normal PM hour bed time. We’ll see if it takes.

Too tired for emojis… figure it out.

Discussing Delayed Discussion

It was a heck of a day yesterday in the nation’s capitol. πŸ™ As fate would have it, I actually slept through all of the stuff as it initially happened. (And I’m glad that I did.) Having been up all day and the night before, and then most of the first half of the day yesterday, I just conked out (as planned, this time) at the right time in the afternoon to miss it. I’m pretty caught up on the news now, currently at 6:30am the day after, but it sure felt like a long night. 😞 That’s just my lengthy way of saying that I’ve got some stuff to say about everything that happened, but I just don’t have the oomph to do it right now. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I don’t plan on going to sleep any time soon… I mean, I know I’ve got several “good” hours in front of me, where I shouldn’t feel too drained or tired, but it’s just that reading everything that I’ve read about what has happened in DC, and after making a handful of tweets and reading some of the sad, distressing tweets that others have made… I just don’t have the emotional energy to really get into it like I’d like. (Wow, that’s a hell of a run-on sentence… heh) Might do it some other time, but also maybe probably not. 😏πŸ₯Ί A good part of our country is in sad shape, man. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Regeneration

I think it was around noon that I finally fell asleep, maybe a bit later… and then woke up briefly in the dark, glancing over at the clock at seeing 7-something. Of course this time of year, with as early as it gets dark, and as late in the morning that it stays dark… anyway, by brain registered that as “AM” and I thought I had slept like 16 hours or whatever it might have been. Took a whiz, glanced at the phone, saw it was actually “PM” so I laid right back down and was able to sleep through midnight.

But I’m glad that I was able to catch up on sleep like I did, after staying up all day, all night, then half the next day to watch Cobra Kai. And man, I was still wired after watching the last episode. It wasn’t a perfect season, and it actually took the first couple of episodes to really get going, but I’m definitely happy with how it turned out overall. And luckily, even though it did end with season four in mind, thankfully it isn’t as much of a “holy shit” cliff hanger like the end of season two.

But yeah, this was nice, watching my show, getting all that sleep, and waking up to know that it was still technically just late Friday night and that I’ve still got the whole regular weekend ahead of me. I’ve just got a bunch of mail and bills to catch up on, plus a few other misc tasks that I’m leaning towards working on. A little harder to motivate myself in the middle of the night, but meh… whatever I get done I get done.

Cobra Kai – Season 3

I don’t know what it is about this show in particular that grabbed me, versus any other “throwback” based on something from when I was a kid, but it sure grabbed me. πŸ™‚ And the rest of the fandom and I have been waiting over 600 days for season three, from way back when season two was released and binged by everyone. But tonight’s the night. 😊 New Year’s Eve, with the episodes released at midnight… Pacific time. πŸ˜…πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ I tried to catch a nap earlier, but of course it wouldn’t take – so I’ll just be staying up all night and into the day tomorrow to see if I can knock out all ten episodes.

Three day weekend, nothing on the schedule, not feeling half bad, so I’ll sleep whenever I sleep… and as for wrapping up 2020, I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing right now. πŸ“ΊπŸ§ŽπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ The neighborhood was silent all through the evening but then at midnight, even out here in the semi-country, things started popping. πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡ Mostly fireworks, but I did hear what I believe were a pretty good series of rifle shots somewhere out back. πŸ”«πŸ€  Makes sense, the way people have been stocking up on tools and freedom seeds this year, that at least one or two folks out here would wanna let some fly. I did my part to add to the noise, tossing a few M-80s out in the yard along with the “grand finale” of a couple of these flashy sparky things. 😏

I did make a run into town earlier, since the weather app was talking ice or snow or something… 😨 although I’m not sure if it ever came. I didn’t feel like doing the whole song and dance with the pharmacy πŸ™„πŸ˜’ but I was at least able to pick up two of my meds today. Added a few more short stops after that, dropping off some mail, grabbing some pop, hitting BK for dinner, etc. The air was sharp and smelled different than the “valley” air, so I dunno… 😌 it was just nice being out in it for a while, even though I never left the car. (Half the town seemed to have the same idea, crowding the busy streets.)

Talked to a few different friends as midnight drew closer. Bri’s busy packing, since she found a new apartment here in town and basically had to shut things down right after Christmas morning, so they could then be at least close to ready to move over this weekend. πŸ˜―πŸ˜ƒ Absolutely nothing new with Jim G, much like here… but Amy and her family were doing the “assortment of yummy and/or weird snacks” thing for their NYE, which reminded me of when I was little. πŸ™‚ When Mom would let me help make silly little “hors d’oeuvres” like meat and cheese on a toothpick, celery sticks with peanut butter, and Doritos with melted cheese. 😊 (My first time using a microwave… heh)

And of course I talked with Genesee throughout the day… and it sounded as busy there as it usually is around the holidays. They’re particular re: COVID precautions, which is understandable given the amount of younger and older folks in the family, so for everyone to get together safely they all took a “stay-at-home quarantine vacation” during the period leading up to Christmas. 😳 The little ones sure missed their Auntie Sarah and Auntie G though, so I know it was worth whatever inconvenience everyone may have felt as they got ready to make it all happen. πŸ™‚πŸŽ„πŸ‘ͺβ˜ƒοΈπŸ¦Œ

Okay, that’s enough for now. πŸ™‚ Time to focus on my show…

Slow-Mo Sparkle

Finally went ahead and tried a couple of these this afternoon, since I’ve been threatening to do it for like five years now. The 240fps / 720p that the iPhone 11 shoots at is okay, but it’s still not quite fast enough to get really amazing footage. Plus, shooting at such a high speed requires a bunch of light, so it amps the ISO up to ridiculous levels…

I’m probably gonna try it again on a sunny day, or even better, when it’s sunny and there’s a bunch of snow on the ground. I don’t think I can manually control the ISO in this mode, so that’s about the only thing I can think of to possibly improve the image quality. Still kinda neat despite being pretty grainy, I suppose.