And late….again. Here’s why.
1. Blog/Vlog Ember Update: This project of completing both a blog post and a new Youtube video everyday takes much longer, on a day to day basis, than I originally thought. I kid you not; a 2 to 3 minute video can take up to 4 hours to edit. This includes sound and visual editing, captioning (for my dad: No problem by the way. Heart.), and all of the uploading processing time that my comp and YT take to complete. I may need to scrap this project and scale it back to 3 days a week or something. Going from very sporadic posts/vids to trying to create and upload something new everyday is quite the big jump, and I believe it was too much of a change at once. My ambition got the best of me. I admit defeat at the moment, but I’ll keep trying to complete the project.
2.Was I sick or was it pollution? I may have been sick on Sunday (Nov 5th), but I’m not sure. I had a stuffy nose that started late Saturday night. This caused me to not sleep much of the night due to the uncomfortableness of not being able to breathe. Sure, I could’ve taken meds, but since I pretty much never get sick, I had none in the apartment and the local pharmacy was already closed. I’m not really into taking meds to heal a sickness, so I was okay with not having any.
Plus, like I said above, I wasn’t sure if I was actually sick. Pollution here can be quite the issue sometimes. Now it’s not as bad a places like Beijing, but enough of a problem that it can cause sickness for the citizens in the city. The regular pollution levels here on a day to day basis used to cause one of my friends to get sick quite often with stuffy noses and such. She had a specific term for it, but I can’t remember what it was. For my friend, not wearing a face mask and checking the pollution/dust levels before she left her apartment wasn’t really an option for her due to it affecting her health.
99% of the time I waltz outside without checking to see how bad it is or without wearing a mask because it’s super, super rare for pollution to affect me. If I remember right, there were a couple of days in either the spring or summer where the dust/pollution was so bad, that there was a city wide emergency alert sent to everyone’s cell phones to wear masks when we went outside. I still didn’t wear a mask; I never do. But on those days, I’d wished a bit that I had. When I breathed in, I could feel/taste the dust/pollution on my tongue and feel it sticking to my throat. But I still didn’t get sick from it, so maybe I was really sick with a cold on this past Sunday.
So long story short, by Monday morning, my stuffy nose was gone. I have no idea if I caught a brief cold, if it was an effect from the seasons changing, or if pollution caused it. However, it was definitely enough to set me back on this project for a couple of days due to catching up on sleep.