Where Did the Year Go?

Here it is, Christmas again. Survived yet another holiday shopping season at work. And I figure I’d post this while I sit here and do my traditional viewing of A Christmas Story on the ol’ DVD player. So it’s time to take stock in the year.

For starters, the year went by too fast. It’s like, “Where did the year go?” But to be fair, 2018 has been an interesting year to say the least. There were some down moments like for example, I lost my YouTube partnership after YouTube updated their partnership terms of service as a result of the fallout over the Logan Paul dead body video. And the sad part of this is that this year marked ten years since I started the whole YouTube thing. What a way to celebrate an anniversary. At that time, I was uploading my videos to the site as a reaction to the Adpocalypse last year so I wasn’t too concerned except for the fact that how was I gonna be compensated for what my videos made from my six years as a YouTube partnership?

I eventually got compensated after cancelling my Adsense account for both my YouTube channel as well as the Chester Gillette site, which came out to about seventy dollars (thirty dollars of it being from YouTube). Toward the end of summer, I uploaded the One Lone Cat vlogs that I originally uploaded to the site to YouTube to see if I can get my partnership back but to no avail.

And since there’s nothing more I can do for videos and that includes One Lone Cat, I decided to get back to writing and I am in the process of restarting The Blackcatloner Podcast since I found a podcasting site where I can distribute my podcast to iTunes, Google Podcasts and so on. I have already recorded two sponsor ads for the podcast and I hope to finally have a new podcast up possibly after Christmas.

However, there were some good things that happened this year, the most notable of which was my weight loss which I started in April and as of Christmas Eve (yesterday) I have lost a total of eighty pounds. I lost weight by way of exercise (using the 8fit app) and a diet where I can still eat what I want but have water as my beverage of choice. I have gotten praise from people online when I documented it on Instagram. I did get a couple of people asking me if I was okay because I lost so much weight. As far as I’m concerned, I’m probably in the best shape physically since… ever. The only downside is that I’m actually less tolerant of cold than I used to be.

Of course I have been lapsing lately as far as working out goes mainly because of stress from work that’s been leaving me drained but I want to try to get back to that as soon as I can. That while my lack of working out hasn’t affected my weight loss, I would hate to have my good work undone.

Well, that’s pretty much what’s been going on so far. At least I’m not spending Christmas alone this year like I did last year. I’m supposed to be going to my folks’ place in about an hour so I figure I’d throw this out quick. So Merry Christmas to everyone and hope to see you before the year’s out.

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Not a Blackcat Was Stirring…

In this classic vlog from 2012, Blackcatloner talks about how he spent his Christmas and shares a customized Christmas carol from Utica.

The 12 Days of Utica Christmas song was written and performed by Dave Wheeler and Keith James. I will be posting the video below this one and for more like that, their channel is http://youtube.com/TownsquareUtica

Anyway, here is the video for the 12 Days of Utica Christmas if you want to watch it after watching my vlog:

A Christmas Blog

‘Tis the morning of Christmas and all through the web, I am here posting my latest blog. After all the aggravation I had to endure at work over the last month, it is nice to finally get a three-day Christmas weekend from work.

So far for Christmas, I got a new digital coffee maker from my sister and my brother-in-law. I’m supposed to get some more stuff from my folks when they get here. They’re supposed to be here a little earlier today because the weather is calling for sleet and freezing rain, hardly what one would call a “white Christmas.” We haven’t had a white Christmas up here in quite a while. I do remember my first Christmas in Central New York in which we had a really big blizzard.

As far as the sleet goes, it is supposed to be really bad tonight into tomorrow morning. As of right now, I am not sure if I am going down to my brother’s house tomorrow yet being that travel conditions will be extremely difficult. I was originally planning to go tomorrow, but now I am not sure. I was also hoping to get some footage from the Hudson Valley to show my peeps where I came from and how much the area has changed in the several years since I was last down there. So we’ll have to see.

Right now I am sitting here watching “A Christmas Story” on DVD. That movie never gets old. With all the 24/7 showings that movie gets every year on cable, no wonder that movie was named the greatest Christmas movie of all time. And with that, I guess I better get back to celebrating the holidays. If I get any more updates, I am sure that I will be posting them on here.

Until then… Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.