Digital Cleanup

Having a laptop again, and an awesome thumb drive from Black Friday sales, I’ve decided to clean up my phone and digital footprint. A lot of my social media I made while still in middle school, which was almost ten years ago now, so I’ve decided to do a purge of sorts for the incoming new year. There’s a lot I have to clean, so this post is going to be an overview of what I did, as well as screenshots of extra cringy crap I find, ya know, since I hate myself and want to immortalize is on here forever.

First, my Twitter. – This One – Now, I saw that one because awhile back, I found the one I made when I was actually fresh into grade seven. That was awful. I’ve since deleted it, but there’s a good story to it, it’s a longer read and I’m sorry in advance.
My phone logged me out of my twitter, which happens right? So I tried logging back in with the email I thought it was, and go a whole different Twitter. The picture was of my fresh fourteen with my hair in braids looking terrible. But this was very much mine, I was tagging friends I had, and complaining about teachers; it was my old Twitter. So I decided I was going to update some information, just in case I wanted this later, and it locked me out! Said I was too young when I made the account, which was totally fair. So in the proving who I am, I wrote on the picture, “You can delete this, I’m just going to when you give it back. I’ve since made a new one.” Nope, I got it back, they just deleted everything from the years I was too young to use the platform. Cool, I think? So I just deleted it myself.
So with that, I’ve decided to clean up my new one. I’ve tried my best to use it for blog posts, and for supporting YouTubers and streamers I enjoy. Less cringe on this front, hopefully anyway. We’ll see later down the road I guess.

Next is my Instagram. – This Basic Selfie Collection – Going through and actually looking at it, there are more cat pictures and blog updates than selfies now. I think that’s quite the accomplishment! Shadow is just so photogenic, and I was trying to document my trips I was going on. Fitting how my first picture is of my tree in the front yard, when it’s covered in snow it looks like a Christmas tree. Overall, there wasn’t a lot to clean there. What’s next?

Oh right, Pinterest could use some TLC. – This mess – I fixed the hyperlink to match my Twitter, which I should do the same to Instagram. But now there’s the boards. This is going to take forever. Just one board took two hours to organize. Just kill me now. Onto the second board that needs help, and I’m hating myself more and more. This is ass. It’s going to look amazing when I’m done though! If I ever get there.
After another three hours, I quit. I’ll chip away at it and clean it up later. Maybe when I have a bottle of wine to spare, but for right now, that can just burn.

I guess my Patreon counts as a digital thing I use doesn’t it? Well, I only have like four things on there, so I’ll leave it alone.
Same with my PayPal. Those can be left to just keep on keeping on. – PayPal and Patreon

I guess I should include my Tumblr. Technically it’s part of this grouping. – Link – That’s actually more of a mess than my Pinterest. So I’ll just unfollow blogs and move on. Maybe clean up a link or two.

Now, onto the real monster, my cell phone. (Dramatic horror music in the background intensifies) I have thousands of screenshots saved on my phone, which I’m going to either save on my computer, or just delete cause I’ve saved them somewhere else.

My cell phone wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Just deleted a few folders and some contacts. With my memory being ruined, I don’t even know half of the pictures nor contacts in my phone anymore.

And that’s really it I can think of right now. I frequently clean my Facebook so I don’t have to worry, and I can’t think of anything else I have. So, I guess I did it? I don’t feel any different at the moment, but I know it’ll hit me soon enough. Thanks for coming with on this adventure!
And thanks for reading!
— Deryn

New Adult Skills

Holy snap I learned how to budget, and it was about time too! I sat down with a friend and Google Sheets (which is Microsoft Excel but by Google and free) and some Starbucks. We put together what I make versus what I spend and laid it all out. Being able to see what I’m doing and that I really shouldn’t be buying as much random crap as I do opened my eyes.

Everything is laid out in colourful ways and bold letters and it’s just amazing. I can clearly tell that I should pick up and extra shift or two this month in order to buy this one extra present for my boyfriend without being tight on money. But the best thing, is I can see how bad my Starbucks problem actually is, and for this month, so far I’m just over $5. That isn’t bad at all!

The way it’s all set up, I can see how long it will take to pay of debts, build a real savings account and even get my car back on the road. Things that were overwhelming and bringing me down are now being turned into bite sized problems I can destroy in real time! I feel so accomplished with this. Plus, it’s a skill that not enough people have, so I feel special in a sense too.

If you’re a visual person like myself, I honestly recommend taking an hour out of your day and really making a real budget for yourself. Finding where the money is going can help you manage it better, but also make the conscience decision to eat better by not spending as much out, or not buying that lipstick because you don’t really need it. Although with me it’s Magic the Gathering cards and not make-up, but that’s not the point. Watch out for the little things, like Netflix and Disney+, it can bite you in the rear down the road.

I wish I discovered this sooner, I honestly do. My eyes are open to the idea of actually being able to buy a house one day, or even a Doubling Season. – This Thing – And it’s taken a huge amount of stress off my shoulders: being able to see everything as reasonable goals is actually amazing.

But That’s Not All!
Managing stress! That’s another huge thing I’ve been learning to do! The past couple weeks have been a lot for me, I’ve been struggling to eat, sleep, and even been struggling at work. Sitting down and tackling it with friends and loved ones has really helped show me that every stressful situation can be broken down into bite sized pieces, making it manageable again.

Overall, I feel lighter, and happyish again. I’m able to talk about how I’m feeling and I can say that I wasn’t okay. My new skills are going to be a huge help come 2020 and I feel ready for anything life throws at me. Thanks for stopping by today!
And thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Almost Done

This year is getting closer and closer to the end, and that’s just crazy! The more I think about it, the more excited I get to start a fresh year with the infrastructure I’ve built for myself. So, I figured I would make a plan for everything I want to achieve over 2020 for my blog, myself, and everything in between. This post might get long, so sorry in advance, and I promise I’ll add some pictures. That promise is mostly for me, I get distracted easily.

For myself, I really want to keep my cooking and workout train rolling. In case you’ve missed it, I’ve been cooking quite a bit. Which has helped out with actually having energy and it’s actually fun. Get a killer playlist going and I can make full meals without getting bored and that taste amazing! – Link to the Last Post

Working out on the other hand, sucks. Mega sucks in fact. I hate doing it, I hate how I feel after, and I am super lazy, so it’s just difficult. But, my body looks a lot nicer than it did six months ago. After winter it starts getting warm, so I really should keep doing this, and getting strong, but it’s just awful. But I’m also not a quitter and like proving people wrong, so I’m going to continue to suffer.

This is a Plumbob, it floats above a Sims head. Owned by EA

I was watching a video on someone trying to make their apartment “perfect”, and they used The Sims to make it happen. – Link to Video – It really got me thinking about how life should be, and not how the world is trying to make it.

As for the blog, I’m hoping to give it a face lift or two, having to tag social media every post got old for me fast, so I want to get widgets and such for that. I’m also hoping to do the same with my social media so everything matches this. That just seems like a cool and effective thing to do. Plus, I have a lot, like – Link after Link – Plus Another Couple Links

I was reading a blog post by Jenny in Neverland because I love her blog so much, and I want to make a plan for my blog out, so keep an eye out for some snippets of that. I’m going to change my schedule around for sure, but I’ll make sure to let everyone know before I do.

For sure though, I’m going to work harder, smarter and overall as best as I can to make this blog, and my life as great as they can be. And buy a house, hopefully. This year has been a lot of up’s and down’s and I’m excited to see what happens through 2020 and the future. Plus I have to finish this book I’ve been writing eventually. If there are certain things you want to see from me, let me know! I’d love to hear from everyone!

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by, creeped my social media, and even decided to follow me through everything. And as always, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Been Cookin

Not only because I’m broke, but also because I enjoy eating. My big thing right now is chicken. It’s easy and just overall kind of fun to make. Now, full disclaimer, I am not a chef, I’ve never had formal training, and I only eat one real meal, maybe two, in a day. So I really needed to find something to cook that actually gave me energy throughout my day.
My boyfriend, who actually cooked for a living, suggested chicken. It’s cheap and easy to cook with. I figured I’d give it a shot, may as well right? So, this recipe of sorts is what I made and I am super impressed with how different it is every time I make it.

I Actually Love Chickens, and I Want Some of My Own. Photo Credits!

I took a chicken breast and sliced it up into almost one inch by one inch cubes, just little bits mostly because I’m lazy and that means it cooks faster, and threw it in a fry pan with just enough oil to almost cover the bottom (I know it’s a frying pan, but until I was like sixteen I always thought it was a fry pan. Don’t judge me.) Then I just fry it until the chicken is white on the outside. From there, seasoning! Which changes literally every time I make it, but usually I use seasoning salt and something spicy, and I am generous with the amount of seasoning I use. It’s kind of terrible, but I love it. From there, cook until it’s actually cooked. I’ll take my flipper and cut pieces in half while in the pan to make sure it’s not still pink, I may be lazy, but I like being alive.

Part two can go in different directions, depending on how hungry I am. Sometimes I’ll dish and just eat chicken, other times I’ll cook eggs and eat all the chicken product. But a friend of mine recommended frozen veggies. So I think that’s my new go to. If I make eggs, I use the left over oil in the pan and seasoning for my eggs, but I assume I can do the same with my new veggie plan, so stay tuned for that.

Another fun recipe that I found and then butchered, because I’m dumb, was making chicken nuggets. And they’re easy too! You just cut the chicken the same, and in three different bowls, I put flour, and couple beaten eggs, and in bowl three breadcrumbs and some seasoning. Just dip the chicken in one bowl at a time making sure it’s been covered every time and then lay them out on a baking sheet covered in tin foil. Have the oven set to 400° and put the nuggets in for twelve minutes, take them out and flip them over, then back in for another twelve minutes. The original recipe I was following said ten on each side, but I wanted more crunch because that’s how nuggets should be.

To partner with the nuggets, I’ll roast potatoes. They are by far the easiest thing I’ve ever made, they just take awhile and I’m impatient. I’d throw the potatoes in first as they take a lot longer, but cook at the same temperature. It doesn’t matter which potatoes you use, at least I don’t think it does, I like to use russet ones just because I grew them over the summer so I had a lot to use.

Potato ❤ Photo Credits

With the potatoes, wash them first, as you should with every vegetable or fruit honestly, and get ready to cut them. I slice them into cubes just larger than the nuggets. Throw all your potato bits into a large mixing bowl, or do it in sections like I had to. With the potatoes, I add salt, peppers, garlic and a good quality oil, and mix them up real good. Make sure they’re mixed together, don’t want anything getting burned. And cook for an hour. They turn out so amazing every time and I love it! They’re my favourite thing to cook, next to the chicken.

And yeah, there you have it. I’m cooking and being an adult! And it isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be! I enjoy doing this and want to cook all the time now, but then I’ll have to much food and just never get anywhere it’ll go bad and it’s just a bad idea. Cooking all of this food has been really great though. I’m definitely not going to stop now!

I want to send a special thanks to the lovely friend of mine who suggested I talk about my cooking adventures for my post for today. She’s also the person who suggested veggies. Cause my friends are actual gems. (Bella I love you ❤ ).

Currently this is all I can actually make without worrying about my life. Besides the fact I can boil eggs! Thanks for stopping by, and if you try any of these, or know some easy recipes that I should butcher, let me know!
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

The Birthday Present is in!

So awhile back I had a custom cabinet made for my boyfriend for his birthday and IT’S HERE! It’s absolutely stunning and is just perfect.
For those who don’t know, I ordered my boyfriend a huge custom cabinet for his birthday, and I had a friend make it for me. He did a truly amazing job as it’s exactly what I wanted.
I asked for 5 feet high, 4 feet wide and glass doors, and it’s just so amazing. Now, we were going to paint it together, but I put a pot on top to decorate it, and now it’s full. I’ve taken a corner on the bottom shelf, and where the pot sits. He has filled the rest. Like, I’m so happy! It’s so beautiful!

This is the beauty! Standing upright and the one door open, mostly because lighting is garbage. We were going to paint it, but then we got lazy. It’s absolutely perfect though! I can’t get over how amazing it is!
From there, we decided to decorate. Now, it was delivered while the boyfriend wasn’t home, so I started the decorating. Back when I was in Vancouver, I got to keep my bouquet. So I put that in a vase that we bought forever ago. It was then overwhelmed by nerd things.

From there, I took the bottom left corner. I don’t have much for nerd things so it all sits together quite nice. The Goku is signed, the rest are just little things I’ve picked up over the years. Pardon the lighting, I know it’s garbage.

After it’s actual owner came home, he was so excited! So he went right into filling it as much as he could. As you can see, he put in all of his mini’s he paints. I think it looks amazing! – Link to his Instagram – There’s also a bit of Lego and Magic the Gathering too.
From there, close ups on the individual shelves. And again, I am so sorry about the lighting. I am not an actual photographer, nor do I have real lights in my living room.

And there you have it. My lovely boyfriends birthday present. In most of it’s glory. I love this thing so much! It is everything I could have wanted, and more! As soon as you walk into my place you can see it, just rocking out and enjoying itself. I love it! I can’t thank the friend who made it enough, it’s actually amazing! I’ve got empty bits all over the cabinet, so I’m going to use that for gifts from friends and family, or pictures. One of the two. This is the best purchase I have ever made.

Thanks for checking this thing out with me!
And thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Merry December

Another year is passing, and another snowfall is coming! Can you believe it’s already almost the end of 2019? That’s insane!!! I’m excited for this holiday season, I even think I’m going to pull out my mini Christmas tree and make a wreath for my front door. Although, I need to decorate for more Yule traditions too. I’ve taken a few extra shifts because I AM GOING TO FIX AND SELL MY PLACE! I will do it! Eventually. Plus, being able to buy presents for people who deserve something nice is my favourite thing to do. So there’s that.

In preparation, besides working more of course, I’ve made a board on Pinterest for Christmas/Yule crafts. – Link – Besides that, it snowed!!!

From outside my house
From outside my job

On a side note, JINGLE JAM! For those who don’t know, Jingle Jam is the event held by the Yogscast (A UK based YouTube and Twitch company) to raise money for charity. They go all December long and it’s amazing. As of when I’m writing this, so December third at about 10am, they’re at $1,314,646 raised! That’s insane!! I’ve been watching these guys play games since 2011 and I just love them and everything they do. – Link to their Twitch – So I’m also going to spend all of my free time watching these nerds have fun and raise money.

Anyways… I guess I should call this one done, huh?
So yeah, Merry December!
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

So, I Lived!

Black Friday wasn’t that bad. Most of my customers were actually amazing. And I didn’t have an anxiety attack! So that’s a huge bonus! After work my colleague’s and I even went and had a drink which was cool.

Today is going to be everyone who couldn’t make it in yesterday, and people who have questions and such. Which in the end, I really don’t mind. Retail hasn’t completely ruined me yet.

Over the next little while, I’m putting in extra shifts everywhere so I can fix my place up faster. I’m hoping to at least sell this year. That’s the goal, but I’m going to remind myself that it’s okay if I don’t get there.
On that note, I was looking at places again. I’m indecisive, like, it’s bad. One minute I want to move out, the next I don’t. I blame it on the fact I can be shy to change. But this is my time and I should really seize the opportunity. Blerg, why is this so hard?!

Anyway, today’s post isn’t going to be crazy large just because I have other things I have to do. Did you get any good sales for Black Friday? Waiting for Cyber Monday? Don’t care at all? Let me know! Follow me if you want – Here and Here – And as always…
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn