Day Fifteen: Food Round-up

I’ve been cooking like a fiend over the last two weeks since I have so much extra time to dedicate to it. I figured I’d put together a list of recipes for reference.

This isn’t counting my non-recipe foods, plain ol’ boiled mussels, a tomato-anchovy-garlic pasta, loads of carefully doctored boxes of Annie’s, a big batch of breakfast burritos, a few loaves of bread, delivery pizza, and I’m sure a handful of other things I forget eating.

Alien Fruit


Day Twelve: Work

Today I essentially worked all day: on emails, on branding, on looking for job leads, on fixing my network issues, on unemployment legalities, and getting my desk from the office and setting things up. I made a quick dinner and Evan and I played some Elder Sign and chatted over some tasty drinks he made, and then we watched a bit of Star Trek.

I’m finally able to reformat my computer, so that’s what Saturday schedule holds, also I have a number of Day of the Dead photos to edit and hopefully will get those posted soon too.

I also set up a little fundraiser so I can replace some equipment that I no longer have access to and pay for a few of my business expenses so I can freelance better in my spare time. Any small amount helps me get better.

Day Eleven: Monotony

Overall I feel out of touch; is my email being received? Is my phone not accepting incoming calls? Are my files actually uploading or are they just pretending to transfer? Is anything being accomplished?

I had lots to work on today. Paying work. Of course, none of it was complete and it took forever to get responses, and it’s all due on the same day. Turns out that at my current rate, the most I can work in a week is 4.5 hours without it subtracting from my unemployment. Luckily one of the clients has been delivering email files weeks in advance, so I’m able to space my work appropriately. Things get a bit hectic for email at the end of the month.

Evan was super helpful today. I didn’t want to move or do anything at all today, and he cooked breakfast and bought pizza for dinner, and made me smile a few times. Otherwise the rest of the day was a blur of slowly working on emails and trying to shuffle files around on the worst internet connection I’ve experienced in years.

Internet speeds got so slow today that I contacted tech support…they have no idea what’s wrong (though were convinced it was my computer’s fault and not the network). Turns out after going through their steps, it’s NOT my devices. Sadly this means I wasn’t able to edit a big batch of pictures I was planning on posting, so hopefully I’ll have that taken care of today or tomorrow (both the network speed and the photo editing).

Day Ten: Stress

Onions I spent most of the day tersely backing up files for the upcoming computer reformat. Turns out even with a decent sized USB drive, plus all the empty space on my Google Drive and Amazon Cloud, I still don’t have quite enough space to back everything up. It was very slow and tedious trying to squeeze anything where it might possibly fit, hoping I’m grabbing everything and that I won’t lose anything, or that everything will open alright once the reformat is over. I didn’t realize the upload to my cloud space was going to take as long as it is, and I won’t be able to reformat today (or quite possibly tomorrow) because of how slow the upload is. The hope was to have everything fixed before tomorrow, so I could start working on emails using Photoshop, but now I have to resort to slightly more elaborate and messy methods to get these emails ready.

The rest of the day was spent cooking…I made a grilled shrimp and grapefruit salad for lunch and then mussels and French onion soup for dinner. Cutting all the onions for the soup was an experience unlike any other. If I ever cut off my finger, it’ll be from chopping onions with my eyes closed.

Day Eight: One Week

Today has largely been spent gobbling up my bandwidth…my mom’s website is a beast which I had to download, then upload elsewhere, while also uploading archives of all of my old work files to their server. I’ve been working with the slowest upload speeds imaginable. Eight hours in and I’m mostly done uploading my mom’s site, and about halfway through uploading the archives. Twitter finally got around to restoring my access.

Getting the mail today was exciting. I got an issue of Bon Appétit (Thanksgiving food, YAY!), issue 8 of Lucky Peach (which never arrive the first time around, they just resent it last week), my free Julep order (it pained me to have to cancel the subscription right away), as well as the debit card for my unemployment money. Sadly, I have to wait until the 27th before I can ask for money, but hopefully they’ll give it to me quickly.

I feel like I haven’t gotten much of anything done this week, partly due to fixing my webserver, trying to get my computer into a workable state, and getting a little overwhelmed at the sheer volume of things that need to get done. I’ve barely made a dent in anything else.

Day Seven: Uneventful Again

While prying open my Xbox controller to clean it, I apparently missed removing a screw and pried nearly all of my thumbnails off instead. It makes it difficult to use the touchscreen on my phone.

I can’t get my budget, bank account, and spending totals to match…I’m not sure where the discrepancy is.

Somewhere in my mind I keep thinking “aww, the weekend is almost over”. It’s kinda stupid, because it doesn’t really mean much to me anymore.

I didn’t do much of anything else today, other than a massive nap and more computer work.