A Month in Review: February 2018

Without actually posting a screencap, let me just tell you that my weight spiked dramatically as soon as I took my previous job in 2016. One of several negative impacts that whole experience had on my health. But I can now say that, thanks to aggressively cutting carbohydrates from my diet, I’m back down to more or less what I weighed in 2017.

Now, what should I celebrate with… homemade keto Greek Yogurt ice cream, homemade keto chocolate almond fudge, or homemade keto chocolate coconut cups?

Anyway, I feel good. Healthy.

Here’s all the other things I am currently:

Writing

… Fanfiction. I continue to refuse to be embarrassed about this because for the first time I am tackling a chaptered fic and taking the time to outline everything in advance. It’s practice for some of the techniques I recently tested out this past NaNoWriMo.

I’m also not very good at writing slow-burn romance that takes a back seat to the main plot, so this is a good writing exercise for me. I wrote the first 9k words in under a week — prologue and chapter one. Now I’m working on chapter two and it’s a bit slower going, but that’s fine.

Planning

… The wedding! We’ve got a wedding planner lined up for full service, but we’re saving $1000 by doing our own venue search. We’ve narrowed it down to two possible venues and they couldn’t be more different. One comes with a $35k price tag but includes lodging for up to 51 guests, full commercial kitchen, a pool, all the vintage tables and chairs we could ask for, and basically whatever we want to do with the property for the weekend, we can do. The other only has a $4k site fee, but no lodging, totally bare bones, basically like getting married in a cross between a redwood forest and Fern Gully.

Once we finish the paperwork and our wedding planner is totally on board, we’ll have her help us price things out and see which site makes more sense. Tbh, I’m leaning towards the bigger price tag with everything included… because with the second site, there would be a running argument with my parents about how it’s a long walk for everyone, uneven ground, steep, blah blah blah even with golf carts to shuttle guests to and fro.

Making

… All kind of fancy keto fat bombs. The other day I made twelve chocolate coconut cups — coconut in shredded, butter, and oil forms, heated together then poured into silicone baking cups and stored in the freezer, then when solid topped with molten 100% dark chocolate and frozen again until solid. The texture is amazing, almost like toffee, and with roughly seven drops of liquid stevia there’s enough sweetness that I’m starting to not care how bitter the chocolate is.

I even improvised a double boiler with my saucepan and a glass bowl to melt the chocolate. Not all the chocolate actually made it into the cups… but because I ate it, but because it was all very messy. Maybe I should invest in a glass bowl with a spout?

Anticipating

… Any response about the job applications I’ve sent out in the past week. Any at all. Although… it would be great to get some interviews in addition to politely worded “you’re not qualified enough” form letters.

Reading

… A little here and there, but not a ton. Some fanfiction, since it’s what I’m writing at the moment. Re-listening to the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix when I’m by myself in the car. I recently obtained a copy of Golden Hand from my local library, the follow up novel to the main trilogy, so I’m excited about listening to that soon.

Watching

… Angel. We finally finished it in February, and I gotta say, the first season was definitely the best. Past that, it gets weird. Let’s just say that there were a lot of “what the fuck did you just DO” moments. Dammit Cordelia.

Now we’re rewatching Buffy until we get to the point where Angel starts, and then we’ll watch one episode of A then an episode of B, rinse and repeat, for a better sense of timeline. We are incredibly dorky people sometimes.

Feeling

… On and off blah. Sometimes I go a little over on carbs and have to go through a brief period of ick to get back into ketosis.

Plus the weather keeps seesawing from warm and springy to cold, windy, and raining. The rain is good, sure, but I could live without the freeze warnings and the high wind warnings. All these atmospheric changes keep giving me sinus headaches. But March is starting to look like it might stay warm, so yay!

Needing

… A job. Lordy lordy, I need a fucking job. I’m starting to go stir crazy, and not always in productive ways.

Loving

… The wedding ideas coming from our friend Rebecca, our “spiritual guide” for the wedding. (She got a kick out of us saying that, lol.) She suggested that we sage everyone as they come in, to sort of cleanse everything, and I love that.

Hating

… All this shooting crap lately. Even locally (because we signed up during the fires to get all the local alert texts) in the past couple weeks two different high schools have shut down for a day — one because a 16 year old student graffitied some sort of threat, and one because of someone suspicious on campus. Last year one of the private catholic schools got trashed by some guy on drugs.

Did you know that there’s an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where there’s a threat against the school, and someone makes the comment that school shootings are “bordering on trendy at the moment”? That was filmed roughly twenty years ago.

Hoping

… That with a full service wedding planner on board there won’t be too many wedding-related headaches. My parents are stressing me out already. I love them to death but sometimes, ugh, I swear, I just want to knock their heads together.

#AtoZChallenge — Calculate

This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, where I am challenging myself to reflect on other A to Z posts that I come across. 


Numerology is one of those things that I’ve always found interesting and my partner is really into, but I’ve never really learned very much about. So it was kind of cool to come across this A to Z post by Tricia’s Energy Garden and the concept of Universal Day Energy.

The basic idea is that everything can be reduced to a single, 1-9 digit. To calculate the number of a particular day, you add together the current month, current day, and current year.

April 3rd, 2018 = 4 + 3 + (2+0+1+8) = 4 + 3 + (1+1) = 4 + 3 + 2 = 9

From there, each number resonates with a particular kind of task or activity, providing some direction for the most creatively productive thing you can do that day.

  1. This is a great time to start new things and begin new projects, especially involving music or hands-on creativity. Apparently male energy is a thing with this number.
  2. This number is all about cooperation, kindness, and connecting with others. Write things and review them with other people in mind. Keep secrets rather than telling them all over town. Female energy is involved here.
  3. Be social and in a party mood, express yourself artistically, find joy in your work, write. This is a great time for decision-making, asking for special favors, and buying special gifts. Express your own creativity.
  4. This is a good number for strength, stability, rules, and being very deliberate and organized. Create long term goals, lay a good foundation, and remember that if you feel confined by your duties, your efforts will eventually pay off.
  5. This is a good day for movement, travel, meeting new people, and trying new things. Expect or create sudden changes, get in touch with your sensual self. Although, you’ll also want to make sure you don’t go too fast and recklessly get yourself in trouble.
  6. This number is very vibrant, and a good time to take care of yourself and your living and work environments. Create harmony and share your responsibilities with family and friends, but be careful not to expect too much.
  7. This is a spiritual day, a day for meditation and coming up with new ideas, even if you don’t act on them today. Do research, learn something new, get some rest, and avoid gossip.
  8. This day is very much about money, power, leadership, and control. Strong feelings may surface, and it’s a good time to examine how you deal with authority figures, especially when in the grips of those strong feelings.
  9. Give and care for others and the world at large. Be creative and express yourself in theater, visual art, or music. Bring things to a conclusion; finish up projects or let them go.

(source)

I haven’t yet decided if any of the above information is too vague to really help me make decisions in my life, and the male/female associations of 1 and 2 kind of rubs me the wrong way. But hey, it’s something new to think about. If I ever get a job again and have some big marketing projects to work on, and that day happens to be an 8, that random factoid might just give me the confidence boost I need to make some major progress.

There’s more to the post that originally inspired this: taking the day’s number into account is step three of making conscious choices to be the most creative we can be.

Step 1: Understanding what time of day is best for you for each task on your list

Step 2: Turning off distractions

Step 3: Tapping into the energy of the day, month and year

Tricia’s Energy Garden

Those seem like really good guidelines to me, as bad as I am at step two. What do you think?