Today was … better than most:
Junk Around the House…
I spent a good portion of this evening cleaning, which was certainly necessary because it was getting a little gross around here! I’ve still got a ways to go and plan on spacing things out over the rest of the week, but I’ll get this place ready for company one way or another. Also, my dieffenbachia took a turn for the worse and is now effectively just a stalk, and I still have no idea why. I pruned the hell out of it the other night and got rid of all of the dead or diseased leaves, but I’m not sure if it’s going to make it at this point or not. Mind you, I did say the same about Rex last year and he’s still alive and kicking out on the patio, so keep your fingers crossed!
Things are going really well lately. We’re actually ahead in the production schedule for Ink, Paint & Tears… for the first time pretty much ever; we’ve been making some good process on a brand new strip that’ll be coming up in the months (only hint: it stars alligators!); and I think right now we’re both fairly enthusiastic about where we’re headed. I’m also continually finding myself more and more impressed with how the final strips are coming out for Ink, Paint & Tears… and it’s really amazing to see the evolution since we started this thing in…2002. :O
Comedic-Genius / writing
Making up for a stint of inactivity, I whipped out a couple of new humor columns today during my “free time” and surprisingly, they actually turned out pretty good! I’m happy to say that the material I’ve written in the last month has been vastly superior to most of the stuff that I churned out last year during my “days of depression,” so hopefully that’ll help give me the momentum to get the website done and get everything back up online again. My current strategy is to write content during the week and work on coding the website on the weekend, so we’ll see how that works out.
Exercise & Weight Loss
Last count was down to 211.2 pounds, which is actually good because for the longest time, I was stuck hovering between 215 and 220 – it’s good to see the scale moving again!
Dating / Relationships / Blah…
I had a couple of short and non-productive “talks” with friends today and although they didn’t help as much as they thought they were, it did at least bring me to the realization that I need to start doing things differently because right now I’m just spinning my wheels and I’m certainly not happy. Part of me really believes that I have to follow the whole “you can’t be happy with someone else until you’re happy by yourself” mantra and focus on my writing / exercising / self improvement and just let love work itself out with time, but pretty much everyone knows that it’s a whole lot easier said than done. It’s tough because I know what I want – a companion – and I know what life with one feels like, so I’m finding it hard to try to put that aside and just focus on being alone for the time being.
It’s kind of weird because up until last year, I really didn’t know the difference between the two, but once you do, I guess I don’t see how anybody could want to go back. I spent a good five or six years of my life being single while I did my own thing before I moved here and I always knew that I was missing something, but I never knew quite what. I have a lot of things that I’d like to do in the meantime, but maybe I’m afraid that if I start on all of those projects, I’ll find myself blocking out love just like I did before when it does opt to rear its head again. Who knows … we’ve talked enough about it for one night… 😛
Doe – a deer! A female deer!!!
And in an effort to not end on a mopey note, I saw a couple of deer this evening while I was out walking. Pretty cool because I don’t know if I can remember actually seeing any since I left Michigan, at least not other than along the highway. 🙁 But these two were just grazing underneath a tree by the path – they barely even noticed that I was there. I forgot my phone, or I’d have tried to get a picture or something. Still, pretty cool.