2020

Happy New Year, everyone!

There isn’t a new comic today (unfortunately).  But, with it being a brand new year and, heck, a brand new decade, I still wanted to pop in and post something.  More specifically, what I want to try and make happen this year.

So, here it is – Drew’s List o’ Goals for 2020.

1. Make it to the gym at least 3 times a week.  Weight loss tends to be one of the more common New Year’s Resolutions, and Lord knows it’s been one of mine for the past few years.  And, well, it really hasn’t…worked out.  So, maybe this is an easier, more concrete goal: get to the gym at least one more time a week.  And maybe watch what I eat more.  I’m a bored eater – I eat when there’s nothing else to do.  So I have to make the effort to watch what goes in my mouth more.

2. 10:00 – all electronics go OFF.  The laptop is easy enough.  The phone, on the other hand – that’s where I get in trouble.  I’ll end up falling down a rabbit hole and the next thing I know, it’s closing in on midnight, when I wanted to go to bed at 11.  So it’s time to make the attempt.  10:00 rolls around, and the phone is off.  Hopefully this’ll help with my sleeping habits as well.

3. Read read read READ.  Going along with the last one, it would probably behoove me to pick up a book and just decompress before I go to sleep.  But I also need to read more in general.  My book list is getting ridiculous.  I’ve got birthday/Christmas books lying around my room that haven’t been touched.  It’s kinda sad.  Also, I need to break into the myriad of cookbooks I’ve got lying around.  I love to look at them, but I really need to use them.

4. Explore more original characters.  This is probably the one goal that is most related to I Draw Walruses.  I’ve got all these ideas bouncing around in my head for new characters, some that have come about due to Inktober, and I want to get them out there.  So, that might be popping up here on IDW and my Instagram.  Now, Lars, Eliza, and everyone else – they aren’t going away.  Trust me.  Just want to give these new guys a bit of spotlight, that’s all.  Pretty sure that’s why I made this Christmas story about the Seasons.

5. WRITING.  UGH.  Another one I say every year.  And I barely make an effort to do so.  But I’m not letting go of it, because I know I need to do it.  Writing is a part of me, and I need to delve into it, to make sure my skills don’t just rust.  One of my professors straight up said that we will not write once we graduate – not unless we make the effort.

Damn.  He was right.

6. Let’s play some video games.  Bit of an odd one.  But there are video games that I want to try, and I just haven’t.  I could – but instead I end up doing what I always do.  YouTube and Reddit.  So maybe, when I get bored, I could try something else, like exploring some new games.  Or – again, a bit odd – watch some new shows?  Or at least catch up on some old ones.  I’m still in the second season of one show, and it just released it’s fourth, so I’m waaaaay behind.

And there we go.  Goals for the new year.  Not resolutions.  Goals.  I’ve got 12 months ahead of me to try and make these a reality.  Have to tell myself that.  But I’m looking forward to trying them out!

Here’s to 2020.  And here’s to making it an awesome year.

Nothing New

Lars’ reaction is truly my reaction after drawing this.

…trying to figure out how to word this.  It’s not so much that the novelty of having a new car has worn off by now, because it hasn’t.  I mean, I have a car that runs, which is amazing.  It’s more like I forget how big buying a car is.

It sounds weird, but it’s true.  I mean, I’m going to be paying it off for a while – how do I forget something like that?  Honestly, I don’t know.  I just remember having this feeling a few weeks back of, “Man, nothing really big has happened to me this year.”  Then I was like, “Oh.  Right.  The car.”

Maybe it’s part of being an adult and having other things on my mind.  Like, okay, got a set of wheels that gets me places, check.  Got the payment plan all set up, check.  Now, what’s next on my list?  Suppose that makes the most sense.  I think.

Daylight Savings’ End

So…tired…

Hopefully I’ll get used to this time change soon, because right now, I’m dying.  It’s just thrown me off so badly this year, and I don’t know why.  So tired.  Just so, so tired.

Is this part of getting older?  Because if it is, I don’t want it.

Sick Sunday

I’ll swap you folding socks for that tea party.

Oh, being sick.

On the one hand, you want to just sit around and be miserable.

On the other hand, you also don’t want to run out of underwear.

Daw well.  At least you’re not leaving the house.  So get to it.

Stuffed Animals

“Yeah! And you’re not invited to our tea party, either!”

…yeah, I might have a bit of a problem.

Especially considering that these guys take up a good 25-50% of the bed.

But they do create a soft, cushiony barrier between me and the wall, which is nice.

AND no monsters have grabbed me in my sleep, which I fully credit these guys for.

AND they do keep me company to a certain extent while I’m hanging out in my room.

I mean, yes, they’re technically just toys, but there’s something about stuffed animals that are more than that, I suppose.  Maybe it’s this weird nostalgia factor (a good lot of them I’ve had for a while and have taken with me to places, like college), maybe it’s because they have this tangible, almost real quality about them, I don’t know.  It’s hard to explain.  Maybe I’ve just seen Toy Story too many times.  Who knows.

What I do know is that for now, they’re going to stay right where they are.  Because my bed would seem like an awfully lonely place without them.

Adulting: PROMOTION

CALLBACK.

Can’t believe I haven’t talked about this yet.

But YES.

Next Friday, a week from today, will be my last day as a library page.  BECAUSE next Saturday I will be starting my new job as a Library Aide.

Summer goal: achieved.

I am feeling…a mix of emotions.  I’m super excited, don’t get me wrong – I get my own desk, more pay, more hours, and those sweet sweet benefits.

And yet.

My nerves are starting to act up.  Like, what if I screw this job up?  What if they start reconsidering why they promoted me?  What if I completely forget everything I’ve ever learned leading up to this?  And how the HELL am I supposed to figure out these stupid benefit thingamajigs??

And there is also this underlying sadness.  Like, I love being a page.  I love being out on the floor.  I’ve been doing it for two years now, and I know I’m good at it.  And now I’m leaving it behind.

*SIGH*

So a bunch of stuff bouncing around my head right now.  But overall, this is finally happening.  The third time really is the charm.  Who knew?  I’d like to credit my application this time around, really, for helping get my foot in the door.  And I’m so glad that I don’t have to worry about interviews anymore (for the time being).  Those are probably some of the most stressful things ever.  I knew I was non-stop sweating through both of them, despite me trying to will my body to stop.  But that’s all over now.

Time to pull myself together, listen to everything so I can do the best job that I can, and figure out how to decorate my desk.

And yes, I have just as much paperwork as last time.  Maybe even more.

Processing…

HHHHNNNNNGGGGHHHHH…

Holy crap, June has been a month.

Just a lot of stuff happening all at the same time.  The job interviews.  Attempting to wait patiently to hear back about said job interviews.  Mom heading off to the Ukraine.  The start of Summer Vacation/Library’s Busy Season.  Throw in perhaps the weirdest Father’s Day weekend I’ve had in a while, with a broken washing machine and my grandfather landing in the hospital, and yeah, it’s been one heck of a month.

I just need a moment to sort of process it all.

Also do need to get used to the idea of being busy.  Something that is admittedly new for me, but is a part of being a functional adult.  So yeah.  Fun times for all.

Hoo boy.