The Whirlwind That Was January

  • Have been incredibly busy. One of these days I’ll elaborate, but the short of it is that it’s awesome and I’m having a blast.
  • Still managed to post and/or write something every single day and I am quite proud of that. Let’s see how another 28 days goes.
  • After deciding that the photo-a-day thing was just not going to happen, I’ve kept up with the photo-a-week and that’s going much better. I’m happy to say they aren’t all of the dog, but I’m sure to have many more as the year progresses.
  • Daily yoga starts today, however, I’m still fighting a sinus cold that is thoroughly kicking my ass so I’m not quite sure that it really will start today. But whenever it does I expect to start it off with a full 31 consecutive days.
  • I went the entire month and didn’t even finish a book. I’m honestly appalled and just a little disgusted with myself. But that first bullet has really been all consuming.
  • In a shocking twist, I found out there’s a school issue. I think I may just take this as a sign that classes this semester are not meant to be.
  • Uschi has been shedding like it’s an Olympic sport. Since she was so great for the groomer her first time, I’m thinking of sending her there again because I can’t seem to keep up with the fur and I’m at a point where I don’t know if I’m so much stuffed up from the annoying cold or all the dander.
  • Coming up: portraits, cupcake projects, book reviews, and I’m getting my hair did.

A Good Day

Now and then really simple things make for a fantastic day. Today was totally one of those days.

Context will have to wait for another time, but I will say it was a complete 180° from what I’ve sadly come to be used to. \o/

Snowy Bush

Snow covered bush

It snowed yesterday. Uschi and I very much disagree about how we feel on this. Unfortunately, even if we were both pro-snow, I think she’d still be upset with me for having to work and thus not letting her have some quality romping time. And thanks to slightly warmer temps since the arrival of the snow it has become mostly slush and ice and not really rompable. Not that the shepherd didn’t try to drag me into along to attempt such frivolity anyway.

In other news, I got my hour of yoga in this morning before work. Except instead of actually wanting to do work things all I want to do is take a nap. This bodes unwell. But I have yet to drink my coffee so maybe all hope is not yet lost.

Oiy!

I know I’m being annoyingly vague about all the things going on here currently and I’m very sorry that I’m not going into more detail, but presently I’m just not comfortable announcing it to the whole of the Internet. I expect that will change shortly enough and I hope you all can respect that.

Anyway, things here are frantic. I kind of feel like I’m three days off from a final exam and only just discovered I have half a course’s worth of material to go over. It’s a whole combination of things and actually school stuff is part of it, though, strictly speaking classes don’t start until next week. I do at least have my books, which is something of a miracle. I’m in this weird place at work right now where nothing is going on but there are tons of things in the planning stages which will most likely be dropped in my lap because that’s just how things go. And I’m having a lot of inconsistent pain issues; not the least of which is a migraine that has been insistently lingering for the better part of a week.

Hmm . . . doesn’t all seem so bad when I write it out like that, but in any case I’m kind of trying not to let myself be overwhelmed by the many things that need to be done and the difficulty of figuring out exactly how to manage my schedule to accomplish this. Oh, and among the doctor’s appointments in the next few weeks I have one with the eye doctor coming up, which is always terrible in some way. I really need a new pair of glasses, though, because the ones I got last year have been adjusted no less than four times and they still pinch my nose to the point that my skin has been rubbed raw.

So, well, this was kind of a non-update. . . .

#Firefly10th – “Objects in Space” & “Serenity”

#Firefly10th - "Objects in Space"#Firefly10th‘s rewatch is winding down with today, though, I anticipate some plan will be unveiled regarding the three unaired episodes. Ten years ago today the last episode of Firefly aired . . . or rather the first episode aired because FOX is baffling sometimes. A week before the show had been officially canceled, which also was the day that “Objects in Space” — the episode intended as a season finale — aired.

I’ll reserve a more in-depth rambling on about all that for a post of its own because I am just far too preoccupied by the other one million and twelve things going on. The most pressing of which I can’t really go into here as of yet, but for serious guys you don’t even know how much I want to. I’m halfway convinced I may explode from either nervousness or sheer excitement because it is seriously that awesome.1

#Firefly10th - "Serenity"Instead I have been obsessively working at distracting myself. This has been good in that I finished holiday shopping and even wrapped everything needing to be wrapped and with the exception of one gift I have yet to mail and one gift on backorder I am done with all holiday preparations that do not involve baking. And, yes, there will be baking. I would say it was stress baking because I totally do that, but I guess it’s more neurotic, excess energy baking and, um, the fact that it is the holiday season and all. I need to find some pink jelly beans, though.

I’ve also been devoting a lot of time to learning my new, and only completely intimidating, camera. I’m not seeing any specific improvement in my good vs. “throw this blurry thing out” photographs, but the good ones are actually something I am deeply proud of and I just about never say that. I’m trying to decide on my best photo to submit to BorrowLenses.com’s contest thingy. I’m finding myself a bit torn, which I never thought I would ever say about my photography.

Flickr recently updated their long overdue app and I may have thrown a bit of a shitfit that it was totally inaccessible thanks to the captcha attached to the login screen. I’ve been dabbling with Instagram for awhile now and I thought that was probably the thing that would push me straight over to them . . . and then they went all banoonoos with their policies. Right after Flickr sent me an email that didn’t address any of the accessibility issues I was whinging on about, but I saw that there was another quick update to the app and lo did it not require me to solve an impossible captcha. So, even though Instagram seems to have recanted their policy change, I’ll be sticking with Flickr for the time being. I think what I really will do in the longrun, though, is watermark my images and just upload them to my own webspace. I already do that for work, but I haven’t before thought it necessary with my own photos. The original images aren’t accessible to anyone but me and I figured that was enough. Perhaps not.

Work is absolutely crazypants. First, of course, it’s the holiday season so things are insane simply because of that. But mostly we’ve been on a redesign kick. It started with me reworking the website and from there we came up with a new logo and that required redoing all of our promotional materials. And then due to some recent events we’ve been revising all of our contracts, which is possibly the most complicated thing in the history of ever. Not to mention boring and time consuming. We’re almost done with all that, though, and then we can have fun working on new promo designs. One we have planned coming up is going to be super fun, I think, and hopefully will be as successful as I anticipate.

Anyway, enough of my random babblings. Need to find something productive to distract myself with.

  1. ASDFGHJKL!!!!!!!!!!