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January 21 | -1°C 🌒| DAY 300 @ 🏡 Pixel 4A (5G)

Pixel 4A (5G)

  • It has pros and cons. It’s not a love/hate relationship that I have with this phone, it is more of an indifferent/irritated relationship. The iPhone was so intuitive, it felt like an extension of myself. With the Pixel, I find myself instinctively reaching for my iPad instead, just so I don’t have to bother with the Google OS.
  • It does have a nice camera though. That might win me over. I see it has an astrophotography mode, so that might make for a fun toy on a dark/clear/starry night.
  • I hear it also pairs well with the Xbox. When I get caught up on my school projects, that is a feature I’ll have to try out. I like the idea of just clipping the phone to a controller and playing that way, rather than sitting in front of the television.
  • I’ll probably end up keeping it, but once I get a new job I’ll be throwing down some money on a new iPhone instead. For now, it works fine as a phone, and I’ll probably keep it in it’s original packaging in the event we find ourselves in need of a temporary replacement phone.
  • The phone case has been on this phone for not even 24 hours and has already broke. I have until February 7th to drop it off at the post office for a refund. Not thrilled with that, so now I’m carrying this phone around like it was a raw egg.

Intermittent Fasting

  • I keep screwing this up.
  • On the days I remember to eat only between the hours of 11am and 7pm, I find I don’t have any issue with acid reflux, and I have no problems falling asleep. Insomnia doesn’t seem to be an issue on this diet.
  • I’m sure it has something to do with me also giving up beer and soft drinks at the same time, but I lost about 8 lbs since I started doing this. If I can keep myself under 190 lbs, I’ll be happy. If I can get myself back down to 170 lbs, I’ll be elated.
  • It’s all about forming new habits and overcoming the old ones.

Bullet Journaling

  • I love it. I’ve tried with mixed results in the past, but with my current workload, this has helped me keep on top of projects, appointments and meetings.
  • My only problem with it, is remembering to do it. It occurs to me I haven’t updated it in almost a week. Part of that is being too busy to find time to do it, the other part is moments like this when I just want to get away from my desk, turn my brain off and just do a status update like this instead.
  • I am really reliant on it now, as I am currently switching between iOS and Android operating systems, and find a lot of my calendars didn’t transfer over properly. So it’s nice to know I have an analogue backup of what needs to be done.
  • As much as I enjoy bullet journaling, I’ll probably give up on it in a few months, or find a way to combine with one of my other note books. I have too many notebooks in progress right now. One is just for creative ideas and planning out videos, another is dedicated to my creative writing class, and will continue to be used for creative writing projects after university, another one I use for all my other classes, a small sketchbook that has become an illustrated journal, plus one that started off as a journal which has become a book of letters to my daughter that she’ll get when she’s an adult and a the bullet journal. That is more hardcover notebooks on my desk than I really need at the moment. Once school is done I should be able to take those down to about two or three.

Writing Contests

  • I’m still waiting to hear back about my short story, but I found out yesterday my poems didn’t make the cut.
  • While that’s a bit of a downer, it’s a relief to me, because I can finally submit them to publishers instead.
  • As much as I’d love to win a writing contest, at this moment, I would prefer to call myself a “published writer and/or poet.” I can wait a few years to call myself an “award winning writer and/or poet.”

Video Project

  • Still working on my video for January. It’ll be about Bullet Journals. I was surprised to see WeezyWaiter is doing one on the same topic this month. I hope mine is different enough so I’m not accused of ripping him off.
  • Next month I’m thinking I might try action figure photography. I already have the camera and some old action figures in the basement, so that’s another “no financial risk” hobby I’m going to try out.
  • I think I’ll be doubling down on video projects. I went (virtually) to a career fair the other day. Five out of the seven companies I talked to were not much help. All their recruiters were just reading off of scripts and couldn’t actually answer any questions. The other two were very helpful, and encouraged me to apply, but because I’m graduating in a couple months, I don’t qualify for the summer jobs and internships they’re offering. I understand now that if I want to put my double major to use, and get work doing content creation for companies, I will need to start doing it for myself first. I just don’t know if I should use my personal YouTube channel or start a new one.