I have this terrible habit of posting a few times in a row and then disappearing for a few months when it comes to writing this blog… So let’s try this again. Since the last time I’ve posted, a few things in my life have changed, while a few have stayed the same. I still work at the same place, still have the same car, still have two wonderful cats, and I’m still happily with my girlfriend for over 5 years.
Last December, my family drove down to Phoenix to celebrate the holidays with me. I gave them a tour of the Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale area in my Hyundai. Somehow all six of us fit into the car. We had a great time celebrating Christmas and welcoming in the new year on New Year’s Eve. Words can’t really describe how nice it was to see my family again after so long. I talk to my parents on the phone/Facetime every week, but there’s nothing quite like being with family in person. It was a great time, easily one of the highlights of last year.
As for my living situation, I’ve moved from my apartment in Glendale to an apartment in Tempe last May, and then to a house in Chandler this January. I quite enjoy living in a house again, it’s the only way to live that feels right to me. Maybe that’s because I’ve spent my whole life up until recently living in houses. Anyways, it’s a nice three bedroom house in a quiet community. Having a two-car garage is nice for when I get a second car, and just having a garage in general is great for the summers here. Otherwise it’s nearly impossible to touch the steering wheel with how painfully hot a car gets in the sun. I have to say, I’m not a big fan of the HOA here, but they’re not the most strict so I can live with it for now. It took me a while to furnish the whole house, but I’m glad to say that I’m like 90% done at this point. All I need is a TV and some decorations to liven everything up. The cats love the house too, there’s lots of room for them to run around.
I’ve lived through last summer, and it’s the beginning of another summer right now. Last summer was relatively mild, according to people that have lived in Phoenix for a while, and this summer is definitely shaping up to be a scorcher. I know a lot of people can’t stand the heat, but I personally love it. I’ll take extreme heat over the cold any day. I certainly don’t miss winter. My electric bills so far are pretty reasonable, but that might be because I keep the AC at 81º instead of cranking it to 65º. I don’t even like it that cold indoors, I’d rather be comfortable.
Work has been great for me as well. I’ve really grown as a web developer in the year that I’ve worked at Fervor, and I’m still happy to go to work. Which is more than I can say for a lot of the jobs that I’ve worked in the past. The Christmas party we had in December was pretty sweet too, it was 70’s themed and it was a lot of fun.
I’ve bought myself a few new guitars and I’ve been doing a fair bit of audio work as well. I finished rebranding my studio to be Affinity Recordings, with a spiffy new site, new Facebook page, and business cards. I enjoyed the opportunity to do some design work again, as I mostly do web development work nowadays. Now that I have a large house I can record bands without worrying too much about noise.
As for this blog, I’ve brought back the theme I had on here for a few years, but with a few small tweaks to make it more current. It’s still not responsive and looks a bit dated, but I can live with that for now. Eventually I’ll build a modern new theme, but it’s not a high priority at the moment.
As of now, everything is going pretty well, and I couldn’t be happier with life :)