How stress changed my sleep

Sleep-tracking is something I am doing for a while. Together with my Xiaomi Mi Band 3, Sleep as Android tracks my sleep cycles pretty accurately I think. A recent update gives even better results for REM sleep.

Now during the last few weeks my work got a lot more stressful. I don’t want to go into too much of a detail about it. It’s just loads more work. And this new workload did impact my sleep quite a bit which also is visible in the sleep tracking!

Here some records that are only a week apart.

You can see on the left how much less deep sleep (the lowest dark green area) there is compared to light and REM-sleep which is dream inducing.
On the right however a lot more deep sleep because I needed that sleep to recover from the hard work days. Also on the right, I woke up every day in the middle of the night (the light bar). I didn’t have trouble falling back asleep, but it obviously didn’t help the recovering.

By the way I am mentioning REM-sleep because that week there on the left, I did dream SO MUCH STUFF it was amazing D: Lots of crazy and amazing things sure, but so vivid and detailed! I still remember it even two weeks later!
But what I did dream last week got erased off my memory really quickly. The dreams were also a lot less vivid and often of a sad nature.

What is this for? Well I personally really like sleep tracking as it shows me very clearly if something’s wrong. This time I knew before I checked these logs but other times it might be something unconscious that’s bugging me.

Sleep is important and dreaming is wonderful! And I want to have amazing dreams~

FFXIVFanFestival 2019 Paris

A bit late but none the less still very present in our hearts I present my quick review over the FFXIV FanFestival 2019 in Paris. Some may know I did suffer a lot after the festival due to a flu that I caught there. And it’s because of that flu that I didn’t feel like giving a summary… I’m weird I know ;P

But now the flu is almost gone and I can show you some pictures and tell you some stories about it. Firstly of course I have to show some pics from Paris itself as I was travelling through it on Friday prior to the FanFest.

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We are the Warriors of Light and Darkness!

On the weekend of 2nd and 3rd of February, the European FINAL FANTASY XIV FanFestival will be held in Paris and obviously I had to get tickets as well. The merch for this FanFest had to be ordered back in November/December 2018 (and I’m still waiting on it by the way).

Now the people for the Japanese FanFest did get to order their merch for the FanFest in Japan later this year. And ob boy were many of us jealous about the amazing things they will get there and we won’t. One Shirt in particularity caught my eye:

we are the warriors of light and darkness!

This shirt shows all the places this turn’s FanFestivals will be or are being held and it basically leads us into the new expansion Shadowbringers. Also it features the new job blue mage on the back, basically completes all the jobs we have in Stormblood.
And this shirt was not available for us here in Europe.

After my anger calmed down a bit I looked closer and thought that this shirt actually doesn’t look too complicated to make it my own…. It took the whole weekend but I’m happy with the result!

Sure, my designs here are NOT 100% the same! For example all the grunge textures are different as I didn’t have the exact textures available SQEX used for theirs. Also the font used is only somewhat close. If you reallllllly zoom in, you can see differences. But to me it’s close enough. The colour is also optimised for the shop I usually print my shirts.
One thing I did change on purpose is that my front side has “the whole text box” and isn’t cut at the top/ left/right. I just think it looks a lot better. Also the printing company where I usually print my shirts allows me to print a slightly larger area than what the official print would cover and it would be a waste not to go all out!

So yea, this shirt replica is being printed right now and I hope it will arrive before the FanFestival. I wonder how many people will notice that it’s not the “real deal”.

Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in me sharing a higher resolution version. Also of course the whole thing actually has transparent background as it’s entirely made with vectors πŸ˜€ Yes, I went all out πŸ˜€

Quick Update: I thought I’m gonna post bigger size pictures as well. The whole thing is made in vectors but with fonts which I cannot provide. And I’m too lazy to convert them into vectors as well ;P
So here a high resolution PNG for the front and back with transparency~

AND EVEN MORE UPDATE: The shirt I let print arrived today and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The purple is not as bright as it might could be, but still looks fine to me :3

Year in Pixel – first sneak peek

As mentioned in my last post, I did start a sort of journal this year after seeing this nice tweet that a friend sent me:

Now some days / weeks have passed and it’s slowly starting to fill up! That’s why I wanted to give a little peek into how it looks so far:

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My Resolutions for 2019?

There are none and let me explain why.

Setting resolutions starting at the first of the new year is something that I don’t like to do. In fact I don’t like to say “I start this next week” or “I start this next month” or similar.
To me, if you want to change your habits, why wait until day X to start? Why not start right away? Delaying a habit change to a later date already proves to me, that you don’t want to change your habits.

However if it’s something that is depended on the calendar cycle and doesn’t involve a change oh habit, then I’m totally fine with a “resolution” or similar.

Therefore I did not set any habit changing resolutions for 2019 starting at the 1st of January. But I did start a very simple journal where I note how my day and night was. Just to see if my health and mental health is doing fine.
I didn’t have that idea myself but got it from this tweet here. I’ll post my calendar in a few days when I have some data on it already and will also show what I did for “night” tracking.

And I did start to do some more exercises, but not on the 1st of January. I did start this already earlier because I thought “Hey, let’s start now”.
And I also started to eat a bit “healthier”, not on the 1st but earlier as well.
AND both of these I did keep up until today. Not as resolutions, just as new habits ;D

New Shonen Jump Schedule ICS Calendar

UPDATE 21.10.2019

Sadly, WSJ did take the website with the upcoming releases down – or made it inaccessible. Therefore, my little calendar-script is no longer working ;_;

With the new Shonen Jump from VIZ, a lot of people asked for some sort of calendar or schedule list that would show them when all the WSJ manga would be released.
VIZ quickly responded and created this basic table with the upcoming releases:

However what I needed was something that I could add to my calendar and see it alongside my other important appointments. That’s why I made this ICS Calendar you can easily download or subscribe to with your favourite service!

The entries are still very basic. The calendar currently updates every 12 hours with the list from the viz website.
It surely will need some more tweaking until it works perfectly. I’m thinking about the new year change that probably will mess with the entries and such XD So sorry in advance!
And if you have a suggestion what else I shall add into this calendar, then let me know in the comments below!

Also who knows, maybe VIZ will make their own ICS calendar if they see this? *wink*

New theme in the works

As you may noticed, I did change the look of the website a little. There was an unused theme laying around on my hard drive that I payed money for (yes that happened) and I thought let’s install it!
It’s not yet fully finished. There are still things I don’t like how they look right now, but the theme is very very adjustable and I’ll keep adjusting until I’m satisfied.

On other more personal news, Birthday yesterday is over and now I have to remember to always answer questions about my age with 30 ….. oh well, it happens XD

Holidays are coming up, which means I too will have some days free of work. I’ll see what I can achieve during these days. Stay tuned! πŸ˜€

Something I was trying out lately, reaction “icons” with my actual face!!
More to come!! πŸ˜€