Life Update: Moved
Hello infrequent readers: here's a piece of good news for once: as of October 27th, I've moved!
$SPOUSE and I now
live in the Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley,
California in a nice little two-bedroom one-and-a-half-bedroom
single-family residence. It's a little surreal; even though where we live has a pretty nice mixed-use vibe (there's
an apartment building around the corner, a bunch of restaurants nearby, and a Whole Foods only a few blocks away),
it's still practically rural compared to the apartment in the Tendernob
that I've lived in for the last eight years.
As most of you probably know, I got married last month! The wedding was in Claremont and went great, and it's probably worth a post of its own; however, what I've come to write for you is a description of what followed — our honeymoon in France. We visited Paris, Beaune (in Burgundy), Avignon (in the Southern Rhône Valley), and Saint-Raphaël (in Côte d'Azur). Read on for more pictures and anecdotes than you could've ever asked for!
I Got Sick
As I alluded in my last post, I've had a fair bit of extra time on my
hands for the last couple of weeks. That's because I've been quite ill. This post is
the exciting story of what I've been sick with.
Starting in the evening of Friday, 2014-01-10, I had body aches and a fever. Now,
at first, I didn't even know if anything was wrong — I'd slept poorly the night before,
and maybe I was just feeling poorly because E was going back to school. Unfortunately,
when I woke up on Saturday, 2014-01-11, the fever was worse, so …
Hello dear readers. I just thought i'd give you a life update, since
it's been nearly a year since my last post. In no particular order, some
things that have happened since then:
- I've been dating a lovely young woman for the last eight or so
months who actually gives me a reason to go home from work at the
end of the day. Which is a refreshing change!
- I got some new musical instruments and computers and things (my
custom shop '52 reissue tele is pretty much the most pleasant guitar
I've ever played, even if it is ridiculously …
Debt Free Since 2012
As of today, February 10, 2012, I am now officially debt-free. I decided
to use my tax refund to pay off the rest of my student loans, which have
been sucking down thousands of dollars a month since I graduated. Here
are the results:
Yep. It took a few days longer than expected, because Sallie Mae is
terrible at ACH. And, of course, their obnoxious rounding means that at
some point in the next six months, I'm going to get a cheque from Sallie
Mae for 80¢ (presumably plus 6.8% interest). But it's pretty nice to be
I used to post these on Facebook as Notes, but since the Timeline
refactor, I frankly have no idea how to use Notes; so I guess I'll just
post on my own blog. I use last.fm (me) to track my
music-listening habits (and sometimes for other things). As of some time
recently, I've passed 60,000 scrobbled plays since 2006. Yay!
Here's a graph I made (click for ps version; gnuplot continues to be
the best thing ever):