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Looking Back – 2018

I never thought I would be doing one of these. The reason is because I’m bad at remember back through the year. Things usually just merge together in one big ball and I have to think real hard if it was 2018 or maybe that was 2017. Haha!

I decided to give it a try and do my best by working them into categories.

I’m growing out my bangs again! It isn’t often you see a picture of me out of costume.


  • I have been working in my new position for well over a year now. Which is an EMR Analyst instead of an IT tech. I think I was moved over to this position back in October of 2017 but I was official on paper a few months later.
  • That was a huge ordeal of course. I don’t remember if I went into great detail on my blog but I had to go to Employee Relations and file a complaint about the unfair treatment I was getting.
  • Things are going great now. I love my job and my new boss’s are great!
  • I think I will be staying here for a good amount of time before I try applying for an application position. I really feel this spot is good for my health and mental state.
My new work space. A little cubicle but I make it mine. Ignore the pill bottles. haha


  • I was able to do some new cosplay photo shoots! Even with a new photographer. I didn’t have any new outfits exactly but got some good photo shoots of costumes that needed it.
  • Sadly, the new cosplay outfit I talked about many times that is complete won’t be getting a photo shoot done in 2018. I hope to cosplay it soon though, it isn’t really an appropriate outfit for the warmer season. haha!
  • I got my first Cosplay Fan Signs as well. I never knew this was a thing but it is pretty cool. I got mine from a cosplayer named Charles. You can find him on Facebook.



  • This was the big one. While it didn’t come to much of a shock at this point I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I was told I might have it back in 2017 but it was this year that a neurologist put me through the ringer and finally officially diagnosed me with it. This did not affect my life much when it came to how I felt because I had been feeling pretty back for a year or two before this diagnosis. It just took a toll on my bank account.
  • My treatment consists of a medication called Lyrica and a diet/exercise plan. The Lyrica helps with the muscle spasms and makes the over all muscle and ligament pain tolerable or possibly I should say manageable. Before the Lyrica I was even having trouble walking.
  • I went full blown wheat free about 3 months ago and plan to keep this up for a long time, if not forever. I feel a huge difference not eating wheat with my stomach problems. I’m hoping the longer I stop eating it the better I will feel maybe even help with my Fibro symptoms. My doctor wants me to try and do an Anti-Inflammatory diet as well to help heal my fatty liver and possible other things however, I’m going one small step at a time. Being wheat free is hard enough. Here are some yummy gluten free things I have found.
  • As for the exercise. I’m just working on stretches and possible a little bit of yoga. I got for walks and try to get up and more more at work. I will also do a bit of stuff on my elliptical at home if I’m feeling well enough. Also a little bit of light weights to help keep my muscle strength in my arms.


Random Stuff

  • I froze my butt off getting a picture of the lake when it was really cold outside. It looked so pretty I couldn’t help myself.
  • I started to take pictures of my anime figures to learn and practice with my camera more. I want to try and do other things in the future.
  • I took a trip to the Sonora Caverns with my mother just to get out of San Angelo on a mini vacation. It was a lovely time.
  • I also went to a Micheal Jackson impersonator show. That was a fun time.
  • I have been addicted to lots of Webtoons. Heh My favorite apps are Webtoon, TappyToon, Lezhin, and Tapas.

Honestly, I really hate this new block system on wordpress. I can’t seem to manage my format the way I want. So, sorry for the way to pictures and stuff look. I will get this figured out eventually and then WordPress will probably change it again. Gur.

Anyway, here is to 2019! I hope everyone has a good one. 🙂

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  1. I’m glad that you have been enjoying your new position! When work becomes a better environment, it can make such a huge difference. 🙂 It’s positive steps when you finally understand your diagnosis and can make better choices because of it. I’m hoping that you enjoy yoga, it’s a lot of fun for me – I started last year and loving the flexibility I have, now 12 months on. 🤗

    Hope you had a great Christmas! And a Happy New Year!
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    • ongaku ongaku

      Yeah, it is a nice feeling to wake up and not dread having to go to work.
      My sister has this one basic stretching yoga video that I want to start with. I did it once with her and I really felt like it could help. I hope I can keep it up. 🙂

  2. Cat Cat

    I’m really happy for you that your new position has worked out for you! I remember reading about all the issues you’ve had being an IT tech and how troublesome it was to change your position. That’s great that you love your job now!

    Your new cosplay photoshoots look great too! That’s always fun to be able to get new photos of your costumes 🙂 I’ve been away from cosplay for a year, and I already miss it!

    I’m glad that going wheat free has made you feel better. It sounds hard to do, but on the plus side, I’ve noticed a lot of restaurants being more gluten-free friendly these past few years. Hopefully more restaurants and brands will pick that up. I hope that it’ll help with your Fibro symptoms too!

    Ugh, I really wanted to give the block system a chance on WordPress, but I found it so hard to use. There’s a plugin by WordPress to go back to the classic editor, so I’ve installed that!

    I hope you have a good 2019 too!
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    • ongaku ongaku

      Yeah, I miss going to cons. I might have been doing old photo cosplay shoots but man… I haven’t been to any cons and met up with many people lately. I miss it.
      It is hard, mostly because sometimes I eat something that seems like it should be wheat free and then it is not and I’m mad at myself and then the product hahaha
      It is awful! I downloaded that classic editor too hahaha

  3. I find it hard to do these kinds of posts as well. I can never really remember what I did throughout the year without looking back on Facebook or Instagram or I suppose my blog lol. It sucks that you had to assume a role without it being official for a few months. That seems really unfair but it’s good to hear it is all sorted out now and that you enjoy the position.

    I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. I understand it all too well. I was diagnosed about 5 or 6 or more (I honestly can’t remember when) years ago myself officially but had been suffering symptoms of it and then eventually Type 2 Diabetes for most of my adult life. Fibromyalgia is a tough diagnosis and even tougher disease to have. It’s so hard and frustrating to even get diagnosed and then you run into people and medical professionals who believe it doesn’t even exist and that it’s all in your head or at least that was what I was told for a long time, hopefully, you didn’t run into that much if at all!

    I have been on and off Lyrica twice now since diagnosis, once when I was first diagnosed I was on it for a few months but found it really hard to get up and get going and all I wanted to do was sleep and it never seemed to go away and got worse for me the longer I was on it and then again a few months ago when I hurt my hip pretty bad and the pain just wouldn’t go away as it healed. I’m glad to hear its working for you and wish you the best with everything!
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    • ongaku ongaku

      Fellow FibroWarrior ♥ Yeah, I started to get the pain a year after my colon surgery. I lived most of my live with bad stomach pains and when I thought I was finally getting that under control this crap starts. ):
      I’ve been lucky to have doctors that haven’t been rude to me about it… at least not to my face. All of them have said they believe it is a real issue. I just find it weird how I have brain inflammation with no answers as to why.
      I did have that crap when I was young though. It made me hate doctors for a long time and I avoided going until… well I got lucky and got a new doctor who saved my life and now I’m starting to trust them a little more again.
      That sucks that it didn’t work for you. There are times when the Lyrica really makes me dizzy or makes my eye sight a little blurry but most of the time I’m okay on it. It is a catch 20/20…. deal with pain at work or risk having some of the dizziness haha we shall see how long I can stay on this.,
      I hope you are doing good. ♥

  4. It is always nice to do a little reflection post, especially when you come back to read about it years later. You look pretty, by the way! It’s great that you’ve made the job switch – glad you’re enjoying your work. Hope your health will improve next year! Love that you traveled to some places. It’s always nice to explore and see what different places are all about. Hope 2019 will be a great year for you, your career, health, and happiness :).
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    • ongaku ongaku

      Aw, thankies ♥
      Yeah, I really need to get out and do things more often even if it isn’t very far away from where I live.

  5. I am pleased to hear that you have a good work environment now! I hope it continues to go very well and you can apply for the application position when the time is right.

    The cosplay photos look amazing. 😀 It would be hard when some outfits don’t suit certain weather conditions. I am sure you will be able to do the new one soon. 🙂

    I am glad to hear that the medication has been helping you. Having to deal with all of those problems would have been hard. It’s also wonderful that kicking out wheat has made such a difference. 😀

    The new WordPress update is blah. Thankfully the old editor can still be installed.

    I hope you have a fantastic 2019! 😀

    • ongaku ongaku

      Yeah, the one I want to do is a lot of heavy material. I would die trying to do that in the summer of Texas hahaha!

      Thank god for that plug in for wordpress haha

  6. That’s a year indeed! I’m pleased that now you’ve gone into 2018 in a better position than years previously.

  7. It’s great to hear that your new role has worked for you! It makes such a huge difference when you love what you do and are excited about coming to work – it’s automatically a boost to your mood and to your performance! <3

    I'm so sorry about the diagnosis – but at least you're now fully aware of what you're going through and what must be done to help you manage your health! 🙂

    I haven't switched to the new WordPress editor because I'm so unsure about how the formatting works, haha. Looks like I won't be upgrading anytime soon!
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  8. First, this new wordpress editor is crap and I hate it. Definitely glad classic is still available! Also I am VERY glad to hear someone finally gave you a proper diagnosis! *claps* My mother also eats on a gluten free diet and she said taco bueno hardshell tacos make her happy since Taco Bell became a no-go a long time ago. Nakumura also has a lot of wheat/gluten free options if you avoid sauces. (Having to run around San Angelo looking for my mom food on nights I come visit and eat pizza hut has helped me find places, lol)

    I’ve actually been considering a gluten free diet simply because I’ve heard if you have bloating/sensitive stomach issues it actually helps quite well. My only issue is how effing expensive it is :/ Even HEB still is a bit pricey on the different flours and things.

    It’s also very nice to hear that you finally like your workplace. I have gotten to where I tolerate mine for the time being until I can feasibly find employment in town AND affordable living(that last one is a joke considering I have 2 dogs and a child).

    Also, I think your cosplay outfits are still awesome 😉

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