Sunday, December 31, 2006

Activity Stats

Inspired by Paul Mayne. I wasn't quite sure how to end out the year, this seems as good as any.

So without further ado...

Blog Posts: 361 (Since 8.23.2004)
iTunes Songs: 1,102 (4.72 G)
flickr!: 410 photos
Comments I've made: 840
Favorites: 330
Magnolia Bookmarks: 60
twitter messages: 75

I've really slacked off on my online doings in the last few months. Work and school have seen that I've stayed out of trouble. Here's to a prosperous and happy 2007!

Monday, December 25, 2006

An update... or two

Heh, it’s been a while. I really haven’t been the greatest of writers in the past few months. It seems that once you get out of the habit of writing your thoughts on paper every day, the muse seems to leave, and you simply find other things to do with your time, and days turn into weeks.

So here it is, my (hopeful) return to a somewhat more regular blogging schedule. Some of you may recall the failed re-design in July. It was rather discouraging; I had to revert back because what I had done just wasn’t working. This time around the design is simple, and hopefully you like it. It came together quite quickly, but I think that I will be happy with what it does.

I got rid of the side bar in favor of the becoming-more-popular footer. The flickr and Google reader content is still ongoing; however, I figure that interested parties can find that via RSS. There are links at the top of the page, and that should be sufficient. I’m quite excited about the addition of my latest twitter update to the very top of the page here. I’ve tried to get a few of you going on twitter, but it just doesn’t seem to get the traction. I think it’s fun, and now it will allow me to very easily put something new on the blog each day, even if it isn’t a full blown post.

In other news, the finals came and ended. Though I don’t have grades in all of my classes, I am confident that I passed. It was a challenging semester; some of the challenge came as a result of my change to full time employment. Putting in a 40 hour work week and taking a full load of classes at the university isn’t a trivial matter. A schedule like that really has the ability to take the wind out of one’s sails in a hurry. One late night can throw the entire week off, let alone three. I’m grateful to say that it is behind me, and looking forward to what is coming in the New Year. Two more classes at the university and I will have my bachelor’s degree in computer science. At this time, it seems like it is still a dream, and April still feels a good way off, but it is close enough to cause me to start thinking about what life after school will hold for me, certainly there will be work, but there will also be a lot of time that I haven’t had in years.

As far as today went, it was a great Christmas day. There was family, food, friends, more food, toys, and time to relax. I also got to have a brief but good conversation with my brother who is living in Russia right now. It was great to hear his voice, and feel of his excitement for the important work he is doing. Holidays give us time to pause and reflect. I’m grateful for that opportunity to let things slow down just a little bit, to live the moments more richly, and to realize how very good life has been to me over the years. My cup is filled to overflowing, and for that I can’t be grateful enough!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Welcome December

Merry Christmas

Ahh recycled photos! So great. This one has been around since 2001, and is a crappy scan from a magazine cover I shot many moons ago. But it has my school's distinctive logo on it, and it makes me happy so there.

As I was mentioning to my sister earlier this evening, the great thing about life is that even though one moment may not be the greatest, at least tomorrow will be a new day and it might even be better than today. At this point, I'm just hoping I can get the next two weeks under my belt in some reasonable amount of order. Projects to do, assignments to finish, exams to take, but on December 14th it will all be over. There's a good deal of comfort in that. One day at a time. Doing the best that I can.

If all goes well, it means that I'll only have one more semester in school, and that's truly a happy thought.