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And now I rest

Posted in Art, Friends, My Life

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I’m writing this from my comfy, yet cramped, new workspace in Saint Louis. The move finally took place last weekend. I was a wreck for most of it, but the actual move went off without a hitch. We had beautiful weather and made great time. I’m glad I don’t have to make a trek like that ever again though (I hope).

I couldn’t have done this without the help of close friends in both MSP and STL. My eternal thanks to everyone who helped get me over the hump. I can’t believe it’s finally over after nearly a year of planning.

I was off most of the week, and one of the first things I did was head to the art museum. While I had visited SLAM several times while home over the last few years, nothing beats being able to go down there whenever I want. More on this in a future post.

Today was my first day back to work. It’s a weird feeling. I’ve already had my first internal meeting via conference call. It went well, but I definitely need to develop my WFH lifestyle over the coming weeks. I’ve given myself this week to just exist, with next Monday being the day I officially start my new work life.

This experience has been quite surreal to this point. I imagine it’s to be expected, but I hope I can fully settle in and resume my life now that I’m once again a resident of STL.

April 27, 2017
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Wedding dudes

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Here’s a pic of the groomsmen taken before Matt and Julie’s wedding a few weeks ago.

October 13, 2016
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I don’t want to be here anymore

Posted in Family, Friends, My Life

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There’s no other way to put it: I don’t want to be here anymore.

I’ve held on to the notion that at some point, I’ll eventually have a life here in the Cities. Instead, over the last six and a half years, I’ve merely existed. Sure, I’ve had a relationship and formed a few friendships during that time, even gone overseas multiple times, but things definitely haven’t panned out like I thought they would.

I know that’s all on me. I could have, and should have, taken more advantage of what the Cities have to offer. I love Minnesota and I love the Cities, but I’ve never felt truly home here. It took one really good thing, and one really bad thing this year to finally make me see what I want in life isn’t here. More on that in posts to come. For now, I’ll just say it’s a weird feeling to realize everything you want is 600 miles away and you have eight months before you can get to it. Time passes quickly these days though, so I need to get moving on, well, moving.

I pretty much blew up my apartment this weekend. It’s a mess. I would post a photo, but honestly it’s too depressing, so you get clouds. I made great progress though. I donated four bags of clothes and took two bags of books up to Half Price. It didn’t really make too much of a dent in either, but it’s a start. I need to keep making progress before it gets cold and miserable out. I won’t want to do anything at that point.

My goal is to have my apartment down to fifty percent by January 1. Then by May, I want it down another twenty five percent. I basically want just enough stuff in my place to fill a U-Haul. I’m not planning on taking any furniture. It’s all Ikea anyway, and St. Louis just opened one, so I can buy new stuff when I get down there. I may take my bed, but we’ll see with that, too.

So that’s where I stand today. I’m going to keep plugging away at paring down what I can and can’t live without over the next few months, while making plans for the bigger questions in life: living and working. All I know is I’m extremely excited to be on the path that takes me to home to the people I want to be with.

September 12, 2016
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Something Special

Posted in Family, Friends, My Life

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M came to visit last weekend/early week for the holiday. It was an amazing few days. She is amazing. We talked about things I never thought we would talk about. We did things I’ve wanted to do for years (mind out of the gutter, please). We made plans for the near future and set things on the right path for the distant future.

With no disrespect for my past, I’m incredible happy to be walking down this new path with her. I’m really looking forward to seeing where we end up.

Also, that’s probably one of the best smiles I’ve ever been photographed with.

July 7, 2016
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LA cliff notes

Posted in Art, Friends, Travel

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That’s me in front of Hubert Robert’s, Stair and Fountain in the Park of a Roman Villa at LACMA last month. It’s an impressive work, and I was not expecting to be quite so big. I turned the corner and BAM!, there it was. It was definitely one of my favorite pieces I saw at LACMA that day.

So what’s new? Nothing much. LA was great despite all of my friends having something going on. Jesse is a new father, Abe’s wife was in a terrible accident the week before I arrived, and my buddy Blake was suffering from some hardcore allergies. Despite all of that, good times were had. I appreciate their willingness to fit me despite the complications.

I didn’t get around to as many places as I would normally have on one of my standard trips, but I did manage to go to Anime Jungle in Little Tokyo, and both LACMA and The Getty. It’s probably good I didn’t get around much, because I spent a LOT of money in Anime Jungle. I’m still on my anime/manga/jrpg kick, so it was like heaven to be in there.

I had been to The Getty that last time I visited, but not to LACMA. To be honest, I did’t remember much of The Getty, so it was like a new experience this time as well. Both museums have some great art on display, but I’d give the edge to LACMA.

I had Korean BBQ for the first time. They bring raw meat to your table and you cook it there. It was great! We pretty much gorged ourselves. Blake joked he’d have to eat vegetarian for a few days after to balance everything out.

My friend Tobes from Calgary surprised me by showing up the first night I was in town. She was in LA for a few days after seeing the Flames play in Anaheim. It was the perfect storm, because neither one of us planned to be there at the same time. It was great catching up with her.

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Since I’ve been back, I’ve been struggling with my interests. Really, I’ve been struggling with them for a while now, but it’s been amplified since I returned. I want to do more to break out of the routine I’ve established over the last six years living in Minnesota again. It’s hard to actually do something with my time, instead of sitting around all weekend playing video games.

I’ve taken up the traditional pen and paper journal again. Like here, I don’t write as often as I’d like, but it’s been nice to go through the physical process of writing. I’m hoping I can continue that regularly.

March 15, 2016
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