Hey! It’s been a while hasn’t it?
I’m sorry I haven’t posted more. Life in California is pretty busy, so I don’t have a lot of free time to hang out on the internet. It’s somewhat ironic to me that I feel busier here than I did in Alabama when by and large the culture here is far more laid back and relaxed. Work hours start later and are far more relaxed, holidays are longer and there are more of them, and no one really ever appears to be in a hurry. I don’t know if this is true for most jobs here, just tech jobs, or just “game industry” jobs of which I’m on the very periphery of.
So what’s keeping me so busy you ask? The biggest push for me personally has been re-furnishing my pad. When I left Alabama I threw out just about everything that I didn’t personally pick out, or furniture that I didn’t like. I took pictures of my old apartment right before I left of everything packed up. It’s pretty drastic that when moving from a 989 sq foot, 2 bed/bath apartment to a 830 sq foot, 1 bed/bath apartment almost everything I moved fit in half my living room. I had 86 “items” for the movers to move. That’s it. I threw away a lot both physically and mentally to make this move, and one of my first orders of business has been to get my sense of “home” re-established. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m done enough to actually show it to people and not feel like I’m living in a dorm room. You can see the full album on my photos page. Here’s a few samples:
Some of my free time has been devoted to working on my official blog of course (www.thefirestarter.org), working on my dad’s photography site (www.thruthelenz.com), and I just finished a website for Dennis my old personal trainer (www.1on1personaltrainingnow.com). Website work is sort of hit or miss for me, I don’t generally enjoy it and have to be “in the mood” to get anything done. I need to finish Thru the Lenz and one more site for a friend’s computer consulting gig before I can quit for another year or two. Hopefully. What’s left of my free time has been split between gym, various social events, reading, and a renewed interest in gaming. I’m still trying to find a good multiplayer (co-op) RPG, so if anyone has recommendations I’m all ears. Gym is indirectly taking up more time than I’m used to; eating 3000 (or more!) calories a day while trying to bulk is not as easy as I would hoped. There’s food prep time, sleep time, longer gym sessions.. but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think it was worth it and didn’t enjoy every minute of it.
The only thing I’d like to do more of that I haven’t is hiking. I got to do a quick 2 hour trip to Torrey Pines a few weekends back (photos here), but I haven’t done any real stuff yet. I’m trying to get a group together to do a hike at Volcan Mountain this weekend but those pesky social obligations I mentioned keep cropping up =). Along with the hiking comes photography of course, but that’s still very much a shelved project until all my website work finishes up.
Next post will be sometime this week and will probably be a Rogaine update. Stay tuned!