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Ick. That’s how I feel. Ick. I have 26 hours a week to myself, in which time I have to eat, bathe and think (outside of other times I am thinking). It’s getting pretty ridiculous. Yes, right now, you are saying: what the hell is he doing with his life right now? That’s a story for another day. Today, we’re going to talk about teeth. Yes, teeth. Don’t worry, you’ll see why in a minute.
So last month I was about to take my first vacation in who knows how long (many many months), but I had to cancel it because I broke a tooth. Why would have I to cancel for a broken tooth? Well, upon closer inspection I actually needed a root canal and a handful of cavities filled. It wasn’t pretty -nor cheap. I did get a vacation…three days off work to spend in the dentist chair.
Life goes on. I’m recovered….or am I? On of my teeth is really bothering me, so I called the dentist. “Sounds like you need another root canal…” I have a chance of coming down with a nasty infection, so I am taking antibiotics and pain killers. Joy.
Why this works out so well, I have papers and exams like no other semester in my life that I cannot get behind on. Taking more time to get my teeth drilled is not what I was hoping for…not at all.
As if life wasn’t complex enough, another twist in the road comes up. I keep telling myself it’s just another lesson that you never know when life will throw you a curve ball -but I’m getting sick of repeating myself.
It was a weekday afternoon, a Wednesday if you must know, when I decided to try. I was new, but things felt all too familiar. This was something I wanted for so long, but I could not quite describe the why. I knew people would think it was silly, some bizarre others still would brush it off -not knowing what it really was.
I started like so many who started before me: with a cliché. Why not? “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -and that, right there, is how it all began.
October 13, 2004; 1087 days ago, this began.
My posts faded towards the end of December last year. My life became an interesting mix of, well, life. So much has happened in the past year that I could never remember all of it; but a lot of nothing happened too -those were the best moments. The little nothings of daily slices of life that everyone experiences in their own special way. Mine, no more important than the casual reader’s moments, but somehow they made the world slow down. My world.
In a time when many of us are left selling ourselves to others for popularity, to that job that’s just beyond our reach or to get just a few brownie points from a stranger -it stopped being a competition of egos and became a contest in life: who could stop and smell the roses? Not who could smell more, or which roses in which city smelled better or even how many times in one day you could count roses on your way to drop off the daily mail. It was just simply the nod from a passer-by letting you know they approve -you experienced life, even if for just a second. Sometimes, that passer-by was really you. Life’s little reminder that you can be your own best lesson -if you only wish to listen.
This is the world of the personal blog as many know it -but we all too soon forget. blogs come and go, fizzle and go flat. Our blogs become stale because we think we have become stale -when really, nothing has changed; we still saw the roses, we just forgot to smell them.
This is me, smelling the roses again; and hoping you are too.
Year in review
1) Was 2006 a good year for you?
It was a struggle at the end, but a good year for sure.
2) What was your favorite moment of the year?
Getting my camera!
3) What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Eh, there a too many to count…ick.
4) Where were you when 2006 began?
5) Who were you with?
A close friend.
6) Where will you be when 2006 ends?
I was at home, watching the World Series of Poker…and eating chips-n-salsa!
7) Who will you be with when 2006 ends?
8) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2006?
I think I did actually…surprise surprise! (Keep up my reading, never stop making new friends and most of all keep up the work in school.)
9) Do you have a new years resolution for 2007?
Keep up the good work in school, keep reading, move forward on the book I’m writing.
10) Did u fall in love in 2006?
Nope…eh, maybe…but no.
11) Do you regret it?
12) Did you breakup with anyone in 2006?
Actually my answer is the same as last year: “Not really, but yes. That’s pretty straight forward.”
13) Did you make any new friends in 2006?
Lots and lots!
14) Who are your favorite new friends?
I donno, I love them all! :)
15) What was your favorite month of 2006?
I donno. I’ll pick March, when I got my camera and May when I got my new car.
16) Did you travel outside of the US in 2006?
I went to Canada with my parents and I was in Mexico at the start of the year.
17) How many different states did you travel to in 2006?
Washington, Colorado and Florida for layovers…
18) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2006?
In a round about way, yes.
19) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
I thought about a few people often.
20) What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2006?
V for Vendetta!
21) What was your favorite song from 2006?
Again, this might be impossible for me to answer…I’ll say “Save your scissors” by City and Color.
22) What was your favorite record from 2006?
I think I have to go with Lazy Sunday’s Words & Sounds because I love that album and I have listened to it more than any other I own…and because I shot the photos for it! ;)
23) How many concerts did you see in 2006?
Maybe 25? 30?
24) Did you have a favorite concert in 2006?
KT Tunstal at the start of her US Tour.
25) Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2006?
Not at all.
26) Did you do a lot of drugs in 2006?
None…and that’s how it will always be.
27) Do you regret anything you’ve done this year (2006)?
Not really, but that’s up for debate.
28) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year (2006)?
Ashamed? Not at all.
29) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2006?
I’m not sure someone told me a lie…that might be a good thing.
30) Did you treat somebody badly in 2006?
In their eyes…and in mine, I think so.
31) Did anyone treat you badly in 2006?
32) How much money did you spend in 2006?
$21,009,234.16 give or take a few pennies. (increase of $13 million)
33) What was your proudest moment of 2006?
Not backing down to University politics, admissions and red tape…to end up getting a written and verbal apology along with all the paperwork I needed processed.
34) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2006?
Nothing comes to mind…but I am sure I was embarrassed 100 times!
35) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2006 and change something, what would it be?
Negotiating some money matters.
36) What are your plans for 2007?
Keep the grades up, keep shooting photos, keep making friends…and keep my chin up.
Just a quick update to say I am alive and well. Instead of posting, I have been focusing on a redesign of my blog since I got to switch over from Blogger to Blogger Beta (even though it’s not in Beta anymore). I am far along, but I have further to go…and now that classes have started back up I am getting pressed for time. There are a lot of features I am trying to implement that I wanted to use a long time ago, and those features are the reason I was about to leave Blogger and create my own site. With categories/labels and some advanced CSS (that’s geek speak), I can create a blog that hosts some of my photos as well as my daily antics. As some of you know I am fairly active on over 10 blog-type sites around the Internet so I have wanted a “one stop” place to showcase some of that. With coy-n-paste I was able to pass some of that around to each site, but it was more of a struggle on my end and kept me from being as active on all the sites.
Hopefully the new design I am working on will help cover the middle ground…or at least it will look pretty. :)
I appreciate the emails and comments, I haven’t walked away or burned out -I just want to turn this into the project I wanted a year ago. In the mean time, if you would like a little chuckle you can see my current photography project attempt…365 Days.
One self-portrait a day for 365 days. While not updated daily, I am making a strong attempt to get one shot a day (or one shot per “awake day”). The entire series can be viewed on my Flickr page.
I’ll probably do a twist on “a day in the life” at some point this year to bring many of you voyeuristic folks into the life of an average person that juggles their day much like many of you. ;)
I will have much to talk about in 2007 that won’t be disappointing. I promise! :)
Hopefully I’ll have the new site up and running before the month is over. Take care, we’ll talk soon.
Things are changing
The lack of updates are due to “behind the scenes” updates I’ve been working on for some time. Some exciting changes are coming -no really, I swear things are changing. I’ll tell you all about it soon enough. No lie.
In the mean time, you had all better be behaving yourselves ;)