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spud (profile) wrote,
on 11-5-2016 at 12:49am
Current mood: whoa, dude...
Music: the wallflowers
Subject: since last we met
yo. i'm still here.

I suppose a lot has happened in 2016 up to this point, and I should probably catch you up.

I didn't wind up getting that house. I did wind up getting out of my parents' basement. I was very fortunate to find an awesome roommate on craigslist. She owns her own home, and I rent the back bedroom. The price is right. We have fun. We eat food and watch tv and shit. I got super lucky to find this place, and appreciate that I get to live here. I didn't realize how much it bothered me living at dad's until I got out and felt this immense weight lifted off of my chest. That's not to say it's always sunshine and rainbows and shit here... but it's a lot better. I'm much more relaxed. More comfortable being myself. It took a few months being here to allow myself to ease into it. It's a good fit, for right now. It won't be forever, but it's nice to not be in a hurry to go anywhere. And she's not in a hurry to get me out of here, which is also nice.

I'm still single. Cold and alone, forever probably maybe. I still vascillate rapidly between deeply longing to be in a relationship and realizing that bachelorhood and freedom is actually pretty fucking rad. I mostly just want something warm to cuddle with. Maybe I should get a dog. I did do the 20-10-5 thing.

*spends half an hour looking for it*

... and now I can't remember what I did with it. I may have thrown it out. the big takeaway I can recall from it is that I'm shallower than I'd like to believe. I wanted to think that a sense of humor or intellectual stimulation would be the most important - and they were important, they definitely made the list of 20 (it was actually really hard to think of 20 things without being redundant) - but if you boil it down ... i have to be attracted to the person physically. have to. don't much care if anyone else thinks they're hot, but I damn well better think so. Otherwise there's no point to the rest of it. I wanted to think that I'm above all that physical superficiality, but apparently i'm not.

i have a "new" (year-old) lunchbag. it is gigantic and awesome. kathy got it for me. after all that bitching i did about her, she buys the best gifts. and i am an asshole. but the zipper works great

I still don't eat very healthy or exercise much. however i recently quit smoking tobacco. it's only been 11 days, so it's still a little premature to call it quits for good, officially, but this is the longest stretch of time i've gone without nicotine in my bloodstream in 10 years. it's kind of a big deal.

also, i bought myself a drum set:

I've been banging on that thing quite a bit lately.

like - all the freaking time. which is awesome.

i also built a drum. it's purdy:

It's at dad's house. I gave it to him because i wasn't crazy about how it sounded, and he didn't have a wood snare. he likes it, so i'm glad it worked out and found a good home. i probably would've warmed up to it over time. it didn't sound bad ... just not how i expected/hoped.

prior to that, i built a bookshelf and a nightstand for my bedroom. they turned out well. oak plywood is fucking expensive as balls. but it looks nice, and is rock solid. glued and screwed together. sanded and polyurethaned. should last a good long while. not perfect, but suitable for my needs.

I did wind up getting that 'promotion' at work. so now i have my own office, a company phone, and a slight (very slight) pay increase. it's a lot more responsibility - i'm running quality control for our entire plant - but it's not terrible all the time. i show up, do stuff, go home, and at the end of the week they deposit money in my bank account. it's a thing.

the basement audio lab has been put on hiatus for the time being. the other guys got busy with life and work and stuff and were unable to commit the time and energy they felt was necessary to continue the project. i can respect that they didn't want to half-ass it. and if things slow down, we'll pick it back up again.

in the meantime, i'm starting on a new project with different people. we will see what happens, but at least i'm still playing. there wasn't even that much down time, and i didn't have to go out looking for something, it came to me. so hopefully that's an indication that i'm supposed to be doing it. we don't have anything online yet.

Here's where the basement audio lab left off, if you'd like to hear what things sounded like right before we hit pause:

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11-07-16 9:00pm

Rock 'n roll taco.

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Re: , 11-08-16 7:31am

I don't know what this means, but i'm enjoying the visual

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Re: Re: , 11-15-16 7:37pm

As am I.

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11-07-16 11:56pm

Wow! What a great update! Thank you. :) How talented you are, and what an awesome drum set. I assume your roommate doesn't mind drums? Or do you play them somewhere else? I downloaded all of your music tracks and am trying to decide which is my favorite.

It sounds like things are going really well for you. I'm not sure which would be more of a hassle when you have to work though -- a love interest or a dog. Lol. Andy wants to get rid of his cats, maybe you could adopt them! :/

I like that bookshelf. Congrats on your raise. And good luck on your new project. :)

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Re: , 11-08-16 7:37am

hey, thanks for getting after me to update. sometimes I require a little motivation.

I guess they are going pretty well, on paper anyway. even if it still doesn't feel like it sometimes.

no cats. I am very glad to once again be in a cat-free home, and I intend to keep it that way.

my roommate is a bartender, so between the two of us, generally someone would be home to take care of the dog. we've talked about it. she's pretty uppity about breeds, though. i'd be down for a pit/retriever/mutt. she wants some AKC English bulldog blah blah blah.

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11-15-16 7:42pm

Yes yes. Excellent update.
I've been meaning to do one myself actually.

I'm really happy for you. I'm happy about your new roommate and moving out of your dads house. I'm happy about your promotion. Big boy office eh? I'm happy about you kicking the tobacco. Wish I could as well. Maybe soonish.

Will update about myself later.
Glad things are going good your way.

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