Year To Date

June 17th, 2016

January: FloridaIMG_20160129_120746February: Friend visits (Not Pictured)

March: MexicoIMG_20160327_120530April: Friend VisitsIMG_20160429_2151291May: Rhode IslandIMG_20160528_141557June: NYCIMG_20160612_140908

Not bad at all so far. Lets see what the back half brings.

I don’t know where I am going

January 14th, 2016

But I know it won’t be boring.

Yes after much prodding there comes a long delayed update. Why has it been delayed? All sorts of reasons, some of which I will mention and some I won’t.

So lets see, in October I went on the aforementioned trips to pittsburgh and florida, both of which were, as predicted, a great deal of fun in different ways. Would repeat both and with any luck I will get the chance to do so. Also took a short trip to DC in the beginning of December which was, as always, a lot of fun. Sometimes I think I would live in that city if it weren’t so damn expensive. Still I love it every time I go there for any reason or length of time. Since then the only trip I have taken is a short one to Eau Claire and then Wausau. Got to see some old friends from college (although man does the town feel different) and have some beers and then got to see my sister and brother in law. Overall a pretty good time for both parts. Coming up the only currently planned travel is to Mexico for a short bit. Should be fun as it was last year.

One of the things that has contributed to me not updating this as much is my efforts to find new (or any?) hobbies. I never really replaced video gaming when that sort of fell off for me and that needs to change somewhat. It hasn’t really worked per se but I have put some efforts in. More reading, more walking around the neighborhood, more going to the gym etc all is contributing to me sort of spending less time online. Although in fact I am not actually spending less time online despite my best intentions. Instead I often end up in the reddit time sink which isn’t great. Still, I am putting in the work and eventually that will pay some dividends either with some new hobbies or at least with a healthier body since I am doing a pretty good job of getting to the gym 3-5 times a week lately. Sometimes even more although thats pretty rare. While its not paying immediate dividends in my waistline I am finding it easier to go to sleep again so thats something.

Speaking of health, I might as well mention my current bugaboo. In October I started having some issues with dry eyes that would come and go. Towards mid November they started to get worse and in two doctors appointments about 5 days apart I was diagnosed with a Corneal Erosion. They are not something I recommend to others at all. Coming up on 2 months later and I am still not exactly ‘healed’ and whenever I am I will need new glasses as my rx in my right eye has certainly changed. How much the final change will be is yet to be determined. That has also contributed, noticeably, to my lack of time online. Spending 8 hours a day at work on a computer, however much time with my phone and then the rest of it probably didn’t help my eye. Might not have caused it but probably exacerbated the issue. That said I have still been finding myself spending an inordinate amount of time online, as previously mentioned.

Speaking of spending 8 hours online at work, sadly they aren’t the most productive hours of my day these days. I still do my job and do it well but it generally doesn’t feel like a ‘challenge’ in the good sense unfortunately. As such its that time of … year? decade? Life? Whatever where I am dusting off the resume and updating it to make myself look like the rockstar that I am and find something that interests me a little more and makes me excited about going to work again. Not sure what that is going to be but I am definitely spreading my wings a fair amount more than I was at this time a year ago. Not sure how it is all going to play out at this point but I am certainly curious to find out.

Sadly, I wish I could pretend that there was more exciting things going on in my life but I can’t even lie that convincingly to myself. The goal (or one of them) however is make things more exciting in one way or another. Its just somewhat harder the older you get I have noticed. Still beats the alternative however.

The more things change…

October 11th, 2015

The more they stay the same. At least so the saying goes. One thing that certainly hasn’t changed anytime recently is the fact that I am still awful at actually updating this in any sort of timely manner. Although really that shouldn’t a huge surprise.

So what have I been up to in the last 3 or 4 months? Not a ton. Certainly not motorcycle riding as I am just over that bike. After a month i finally got her back for about a grand total price tag of near $500. But I just don’t have faith in her anymore so to craigslist she goes. Although i rather suspect that she won’t be sold until next year just based on time of year and when people want to buy motorcycles. Thats ok, I will probably get more money that way as well. The unfortunate part of it is that I will have to wait a while before I can get a new motorcycle as they don’t come cheap and I will be looking to actually upgrade. Simple economics there.

I have also done a little bit of traveling with more coming up. A long weekend in Duluth was great and something that I am going to try and do more often going forward. Which isn’t real hard since I haven’t made a habit of doing weekend trips like that in years. Duluth had all sorts of awesome things that I had never really knew about because I just hadn’t spent time up there. Coming up is a weekend get away to Pittsburgh and then a true blue vacation to Florida. Both times should be fun although most likely in different ways.

Other than that I have been doing a lot of reading lately. On a recommendation the next big set that I will be tackling is at least of of Murakami’s works. Curious to see whether I enjoy them or whether I put them aside as they are a little out of my normal wheel house. Still always a good idea to try new things right?

Work is work which is fine. Nothing particularly exciting but it doesn’t need to be exciting, it needs to pay the bills. I am a lot less worried about finding the ‘perfect job’ than I was when I was younger. I still want a better job, with better pay an more interesting challenges but I am not opposed to sitting around stacking cash as well. Particularly if I can learn interesting things on the side that I might be able to use elsewhere.

And in other news its finally time for me to upgrade from my trusty old iPhone4. Thats right, not even a 4S. My next phone is going to be the Google Nexus5x. I might be writing this on a MacBook Pro sitting on my balcony but I have gotten tired of most of the direction that Apple seems to be headed and since it will hurt to break out of the walled garden whenever I do it, I might as well do it now. I kept hoping that apple would go in a way that felt better to me but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Plus with Google Fi its a great time to do it. The idea of a $30 cell bill is just awesome and way more in line with what it should actually cost.

Otherwise its just a lot of small projects that I am working on at home. Nothing that anybody else will find particularly interesting as they are really focused more on my learning something new rather than what I am actually producing. I suppose the lone exception to that is my efforts to relearn Spanish which are actually going pretty well. Tomorrow will actually mark 100 straight days of Duolingo. Provided I suppose that I actually do it, but I don’t think that will be too big of a problem considering how little I have planned.

And I believe that, for the moment, thats all she wrote. Or I wrote. Or something.