For the first time in a long time I don't feel like playing any video games. I just watched some anime and now I'm streaming the upcoming Grizzy Bear album on NPR
(which so far is better than I could have hoped) and reading old posts on this site which is causing me to reminisce about the past, something I've been trying to avoid lately. I've realized though that I would have forgotten many events if I hadn't recorded them here, so I'm adding a few tonight.
It has been pouring rain for the last two days, making it dark and dreary, and the days seem to be getting shorter already. I'm looking forward to snow and ice and freezing temperatures, which is pretty weird cause I think I was at the beach just over a week ago.
My thirty-second birthday was three days past on Friday. I took the day off work so I could sleep in and waste time playing games. (Maple Story
again this year for some reason.) Mom, Gary
came down to Charlottetown
with an awesome, home-made, blue layered cake. (I just had a piece a few hours ago from the quarter or so that is still in my fridge.) We went to the Orange Lunchbox with my aunt Kim to get some supper and ate it at my house, then cut the cake with my roommates. It was a pretty satisfactory birthday. I feel like being thirty-two is gonna be better than being thirty-one, and definitely better than being thirty.
were on PEI
to visit for the last two weeks of August, and a little bit of September. I took a whole bunch of time off work and just lived in Summerside
at my parent's house with them. Thinking back we didn't do a whole lot... Visited with Ryan and Jeff a little bit, went to Caolan and Kathleen's engagement party (and a bachelor party) out at Argyle Shore. We did get to the beach a bunch of times, much more often than I had gone the two and a half months of Summer before Joey
were here. Oh and I took a bike ride with Andrew on the trails through the Friendship Park, which I haven't done in a really long time. I wish I was able to bike more often.
also came to visit for a few weeks. (The last week of Joey
's visit, and the week after.) It was great to see him again. Hard to believe this was the first time in nearly a year that we had everyone in the family together.
Tomorrow I might go to the pool for the first time in over a year. Should be interesting.
Grizzly Bear - A Simple Answer
It has been one-hundred and forty-five days since I last wrote an entry. What has happened in those last one-hundred and forty-five days? Not a whole lot. The summer is more than half over, I think... I've only been to the beach once (officially) so far, but it was a pretty good day at least. The weather has been fantastic, but I just don't seem to have any urge to do anything on the weekends so I typically just stay home and play on the computer.
Over the last couple months I've done a TON of freelance website work. It was taking up almost all of my spare time, which felt pretty good actually. Ryan and I have been working on a brand new project over the last year, and we should be launching it sometime real soon. Other than that I've been doing some decent sized updates to some of our existing client's sites, like I Want to Showcase
, Contact East
, and the Atlantic Presenters Association
I bought a Playstation Vita about a month ago. Hadn't bought any new toys in ages, and Jet Set Radio is gonna be released in HD on it at some point, so I decided to get one. It's a pretty cool console with lots of features, but has a few disappointing hardware and software problems that I hope Sony can fix up for future releases. I've already bought and played through several games on it and so far am mostly satisfied though. I really like that I can buy everything digitally so that I never have to carry around cartridges, and won't have to add to my already oversized physical game collection. It's funny though, I still play old Gameboy Advance games quite often. The Vita screen (while really nice) is backlit, making it pretty useless in the sun, and I like to play games out on the patio when the weather is nice.
Some sad news that I should mention too... our old orange cat Tigger passed away last month. He was something like twenty-two years old, which is pretty impressive for a cat!
The Decemberists - Odalisque
Well, I really haven't written on here in a long time. I'll see if I can do a bit of catch-up I spose... starting with the Summer, which went by much too fast and wasn't nearly warm enough. Joey
came home for the entire month of August. They got married on August 11th at Penderosa, which is a community of cottages near Thunder Cove
. Most of Merina
's family and many friends from Winnipeg
made the trip out to PEI
for the event. I remember that morning the weather was looking questionable, but it cleared up for the afternoon and everything went really well.
For the most part the Summer was all dull, rainy weather. We got out to the beach a few times, and went out to see Hey Rosetta! with Ryan at some point, but otherwise I don't think a lot of anything happened. I'm hoping next year's will be better.
, Jamieson and I have hosted quite a few more barbecues and parties at the new house since I last updated. They're not officially work events, but most of the people that come out are friends from work so we sorta consider them office parties. Life at the new house is still pretty good. I like my room, and I'm looking forward to using the patio more often this Summer. We're coming up to our first year here, and are pretty sure we'll be sticking around, with the exception of Jamieson, who may be moving away.
Christmas vacation was a nice break, although it went by far too quickly. It was just me, mom and Gary
at home, so I didn't stay in Summerside
for as long as I usually do. I think the weirdest part was not having Buddy
around this year. I did get some nice gifts though, like a ukulele and an amazing Volkswagen camper lego set, which I haven't yet assembled for some reason.
I've spent most of my spare time the last few months doing website work. I'm just about to launch some updates for one client, and then Ryan and I will be finishing up a very large new site.
Aside from client work I've been doing plenty of upgrades to Fourside
. For years I've wanted to make a dynamically generated header that would display an image based on the current time of day or night, and over the last two weeks I managed to put one together using some new functions added for HTML5. So far I'm really happy with how it's working, but I still have plenty of ideas for things I would like to add. I've also created a new background and logo for the site, and have made tons of adjustments to polish up the layout after several years of neglect.
Oh, I've also posted an updated version of my game, Rabbit Jumping
. When I originally released it I didn't have any background audio, and I didn't really want to use existing music. It turns out my friend Shaun is pretty skilled at composition and he created unique tracks for all of the levels, the title, and a few other places, using pxtone, the music engine created for Cave Story
. The game is definitely a LOT more impressive thanks to him, so give it a try.
Time has been passing really quickly lately. It feels like winter just started, but the days are already noticeably longer. Daylight savings starts on March 11th so in just a couple weeks it'll feel like spring is on the way.
Pete Yorn - Undercover