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shugarae
20 March 2011 @ 09:44 pm
So of course, it's been nearly a year since my last post here, so I guess it's that time again. I had something typed up awhile ago, but couldn't get the words just right, so the post was abandoned. The following post may be long and meandering, but I promise it has a point in the end ;-)

What inspired me this time was stumbling upon a high school friend's blog a couple months ago. He has somehow managed to post more than a post a day (on average) for almost 4 years. And they're not all lame, silly posts (like mine would be). Going through his archives from the beginning has been fun -- I appreciate the level of honesty and transparency he's demonstrated, and watching him change through his photos, also watching his skill in photography level up (as it were) is just plain interesting. Granted, it's probably more interesting for me because I know him, but here's a link, just in case you're interested.

His most recent entries surround an epic road trip, just him, his dog, truck, camera, laptop, and the bare necessities. He camped out and couch surfed his way through several states over the course several months. I'm more than a little envious of his ability to pull something like this off, as well as his bravery for actually pulling it off. It makes me contemplate what my husband and I would need to do, just to get to a place in our lives where we could press pause and go on an adventure for awhile.

He (among others) has also inspired me to start taking photos again. As much as I want one, I still can't bring myself to spend $1000+ on a nice DSLR camera. Yes, I could get a used one for much cheaper, but I distrust strangers too much to feel like I'd be getting a good deal. So instead, I've picked up my old school 35mm SLRs again. It's kind of exciting to shoot a roll of film and not know right away how many of the pictures will turn out as hoped. I've gotten quite a few duds (as expected), but I've gotten quite a few pleasant surprises as well. I don't have a scanner, and I'm too cheap to get the picture disc every time, so if you want to see the pics, you'll just have to come visit me ;D

Another friend from high school had a blog for about 9 months before deleting it, which is not surprising, but still saddening. She has a history of doing that kind of thing -- she even admits to a severe fear of commitment that extends into nearly all aspects of her life. On one hand, she's been married three times, she moves at least once a year, and she changes jobs frequently. It's interesting because this same fear gives her a certain freedom from things and belongings that very few people enjoy. She introduced me to hardcore minimalism, e.g. limiting the number of your possessions to less than 100. At her last tally before she deleted her blog, she had pared hers down to ~175 total, and was doing her darnedest to get to that magical 100 items.

Now, I probably have around 175 items within an arm's reach of where I'm sitting right now, so needless to say, I'll probably never be able to demonstrate that level of minimalism. However, between her story and a crazy marathon viewing of Hoarders on Netflix, I've been making an effort to significantly downsize my life.

My husband and I currently have a 2100 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. For 2 people and a cat. It's just too big. We don't use 2 of the bedrooms for anything more than storage, and the formal living/dining room is mostly empty.

So we're moving.

We found a 1500 square foot, 2 bedroom + loft, 2 bathroom townhouse that's right smackdab in the middle of our workplaces. Shorter commutes for both of us, less space for stuff, no more yard work.... there's really no downside... except...

What on earth do we do with all this shit?

I'm trying to channel my inner minimalist, and I've been having pretty good luck so far. We cleaned out one bedroom today and by the looks of things already, we're going to have one heck of a yard sale. It's a bigger relief than I expected, but there's a lot more stuff than I remember, and we're only one room in O.o;;

The biggest reason we're doing this is to improve our financial position enough that we can save up the cash to be able to quit our jobs for awhile and do whatever it is that we want to do at the time. Like take an epic road trip. Or spend a month in Europe. Or move to Hawaii... ~.^
 
 
 
shugarae
19 April 2010 @ 07:31 pm

Senior year of high school
Spring
Cool, crisp, clean air
Just after sunset
Stars peeking out
Windows and sunroof open
Music blaring
Going 20 over on a brand new road that no one used
Stewart's Key Lime soda

All was right in the world, if only for a few moments.


 
 
 
shugarae
03 June 2009 @ 06:32 pm
Pointless post because I feel like it :P

Nothing exciting going on lately... I'm sick, which sucks, and I have to get my wisdom teeth out, which sucks too.

In better news, I have 4 classes left in my master's. Once I have that, I can start teaching, which will be awesome $__$ Work is still sublime - I feel like I'm actually making a difference in something, instead of running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

BLIZZCON OMG... somehow, against all odds, we managed to get blizzcon tickets on the first day they went on sale. Bought 5 because guildies and friends said they wanted to go, but they all backed out as soon as we actually had the tickets paid for. It worked out though because Mike & Suzanne (who I've been following on twitter) needed some :D So yay!

PAX is freaking 2 weeks after blizzcon. It's gonna be an awesome couple of weeks :D

Alright, enough pointlessness for now...
 
 
Current Mood: sicksick
 
 
 
shugarae
27 January 2009 @ 06:57 pm
So probably one of the coolest things that I went to at the Phoenix Comicon was a cape-making demonstration put on by a local cosplay group.

Now, I want to make capes. Lots of capes. omg I love capes D:

Wearing a cape over jeans and a t-shirt just wouldn't be right, so I need some ideas for a costume... My only requirements are that it: 1) have a cape, and 2) not be too complicated (I'm still pretty noob a sewing). Oh yeah, and it has to be cool. Not lame. You know... XD

Another awesome part was playing rock band with freaking Wil Wheaton. He's a badass, and practically a hero to nerdkind. I was so jealous of him when I was a kid watching Star Trek... It was definitely an "omgomgIT'SREALLLYHIMomg" moment. Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner were awesome as well, but they don't play rock band, so not quite as cool, but Marina curses like a sailor, and no matter how much he may try to hide it, Brent still sounds exactly like Data. Looks like I'll be downloading ST:TNG for the next few days, then MARATHON...

Anyways... I think our Wii is broken :-( went to play rock band tonight, and it won't even turn on D: No idea what happened... it was working fine when we used it a couple weeks ago... I'll call Nintendo's support line tomorrow XD
 
 
 
shugarae
19 December 2008 @ 05:27 pm
So I can't believe that Christmas is next week. The good thing is that (for once) I'm done with my shopping. Also - only 2 days of work next week. Woohoo! We didn't get around to putting up decorations this year, but it's probably just as well.

Been busy with WoW... Dimp decided to make his own guild with a bunch of guys that he pugs with, and we've been running 10-man Naxx every week. We're stuck on Saph right now, but will hopefully get her cleared this weekend. They're a good crew, and it's been a lot of fun!

Well, we were going to go up to San Francisco in January to see Jonathan Coulton in concert, but doesn't look like that's going to happen anymore :-/ Probably shouldn't spend the money anyway XD 

 However...the Phoenix Comicon is in January, and Wil Wheaton (squee!) is going to be there. As soon as they post a schedule, I might head over to that on whichever day he's doing his panel. Maybe it's a Star Trek TNG panel? Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) and Brent Spiner (Data) will be there too. Either way, it's sure to be awesome.

Hmm... not much else to report. Eventually I'll get around to posting 2008 year in review type thingie, but not yet.
 
 
 
 
 
shugarae
13 November 2008 @ 12:40 am
It's installing *_*

We have 92 bottles of Bawls and Bawls G33k B33r, and the next 4 days off from work.

Excited? You better believe it!

93%...
 
 
 
shugarae
04 November 2008 @ 05:22 pm
DO IT!
And don't forget your free starbucks afterwards! mmm...caffeine...
 
 
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
 
shugarae
28 October 2008 @ 10:24 pm
So my class is over, and I'm pretty sure I'll pull an A-! woot!

But, I still have no time to make a proper update... and probably won't until next week... Ahh well, I don't think anyone will notice :D

Back to lvling... I have to get from 43 to 70 on my warlock in 2 weeks D:!
 
 
 
shugarae
26 October 2008 @ 10:53 pm
I really hate homework. I learned all of the information, why should I have to prove it? :-(

I mostly just hate writing papers. Oh to be back in my undergrad taking multiple choice exams! Oh well...

After this class is over (ends tomorrow as long as I can get this paper done), I need to post a big update to everywhere (myspace, facebook, here?) about my summer. It was really freaking awesome - that's all I'll say for now XD
 
 
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