It's been a while since I've posted on here! I try to keep up with everything going on in my life, but it's been so overwhelming the last few months. Here's the basic recap:
After being completely wrecked by my last apartment, I gathered enough evidence to demand that they release me from my lease. It was granted. Basically, they were ignoring my literal pleas for help. I had everything in written form, I had pictures of me being eaten alive by SOMETHING, and I had receipts from a visit to the medical center, and pictures of other issues that they blatantly ignore and I finally was free from them just a couple weeks ago. I had 39 pages of evidence against them. KEEP. YOUR. RECEIPTS.
I moved to a new place! It's so much nicer. However, I wasn't anticipating this move at all, so I didn't have the budget for it, but I would rather go into debt than continually suffer and fear going to my own home every day. The new place is pretty cool and I can actually show off bits of my personality here and there. It feels like a real home. The pups are getting acclimated to it, so I'm happy about that too. I got a new mattress and I finally got to sleep in it yesterday! I've been sleeping on my couch for two weeks because I decided to get rid of my old out of sheer paranoia. I didn't have bed bugs, but the mattress was old and if I was going to toss it, it should be now. It's another expense I didn't anticipate, but again, I'm in a healthier position now.
I feel very fortunate that while my credit card is crying right now, I do anticipate being able to pay all this off by the end of the year. Hopefully. I'm not entirely sure... but at the very least, I can provide for myself and the pups. That's my main concern.
Going through all of this and only being in Austin for 7 months has really put me in a downward spiral, but it's fleeting. I'm not sad, I'm just tired. I feel exhausted all the time, and I feel like I can't get a routine down. I've had evenings where I have done nothing. Literally just sitting on the couch and trying not to break down. Again, I'm not sad, just really, freaking tired.
But I'm in a better home, I have a really good job (I was converted from contractor to full time!), and I'm still exploring the city when I can.
On a positive note, the GFRGuild is doing well too. Recently, I reached Affiliate status on Twitch, and yesterday I got a sub button! Even crazier... people actually subbed to me. That blows my mind. In celebration of obtaining the sub button, I did an IRL stream of me unboxing my new mattress. That shit took two hours. I am DED. It's quite pitiful, but y'all know I have no physical strength whatsoever.
I know quite a few of you have asked how you could support the channel and the brand, and while I am hesitant in "pimping myself out", I am happy to say that there are several ways to do so and if one way doesn't work for you, you have options!
**You can follow/subscribe to the GeekyFriedRice Twitch channel. Or if you prefer just to watch ads and cheer in the chat whenever I am live, you can do that too! And remember if you have Amazon Prime, you can link that to you Twitch account and you will get a free subscription to whatever channel you want every 30 days.
**The Patreon page is still going strong! It really warms my heart when people message me that they had to lower or delete their pledge for adulting reasons and they are upset they can't do much more. Guys, I am just ecstatic that I had your support at this level at all! You are all very hard working people, so for you to even consider pledging to my page on any level is something I will always be thankful for. Seriously, thank you.
Should you decide to pledge via Patreon, just remember that you pledge per YT video that I create and you set a cap for how videos you want to support. If I make three videos, and you only want to support two of them at $1 each, then you can do that. I also started making mini-vlogs that are just for Patrons as a special thank you.
**You can be a part of the GFR Guild and just hang out with me and other guildies. I'm starting to understand how Discord works finally! You can join here. Y'all know how community oriented I am. So whenever I see you guys interacting and engaging with each other, it makes me feel so happy. I'm just stoked that so many different people from all walks of life have a place to go, chill, and hang out for a bit.
That's pretty much it right now. I'm stressing myself over RTX prep, but the weekend should be fun and full of good memories. I'm very happy that I will get to see you guys soon! I will be sure to update the journal sooner than later.
Tell me what's been going on with your lives. I miss talking to you guys.
Less than three y'all!