I just realized that I haven’t had a single entry for the month of March. Why? Well, I’ve been somewhat busy with a gazillion things. Well, not a gazillion, but other than the usual job hunting/suffering from unemployment that UI Checks aren’t really cutting it, I’ve been blessed that I’ve kept myself busy and never be bored at home. In fact, despite of being alone in the house during weekdays I never really stay cooped up inside the house the entire day.
- Been “exploring” for good eats and good spots to relax, have a nice cup of tea (coffee, whatever) and even read a good book (or eBook if you have an eReader tablet device). Sadly there are a few favorite places (no more Borders in my hometown (T_T) ) that had to disappear but there are some substitutes that I’ve discovered and plan to visit and spend time there for some minutes or so.
- Experimenting in “hardcore” digital art, beginning with digital painting and even creating digital anime/manga style characters. Apparently, the digital painting portion is actually photomanipulation digital painting. I’ve got my old (but still reliable) Photoshop CS2 and the recently purchased (but not yet experimented as of yet) Corel Painter 11 as my new digital art arsenals for my still XP-run laptop.
- Two website projects— one voluntary and the other semi-voluntary. Both are entertainment-based but still are website projects. I’m getting to learn a bit more about the complicated markup coding of WordPress. I’m anticipating for two particular WP templating software/plugin to be released anytime this year so I don’t have to struggle and get unmotivated by staring at long lines of complicated code and then fall asleep on my keyboard a few seconds later.
- Catching up on my daily reads. I can never go to sleep or I can never even get up in the morning without reading a few pages (or chapters) of a current novel I’m reading. I’m still adjusting to eBooks, but I still have some unread published books to read before I finally make my permanent (?) transition to eBooks. Even a few of my necessary web development-related textbooks are already in eBook format.
- Been getting far with my portfolio (click on Portfolio tab at the menu above this site), although I’m using a pre-made “trial” version of a “business card”-style theme. I’ve been thinking of actually extending the “business card”-style theme in to a full portfolio site. I feel like I need to add a “design blog” section in there somewhere. I realized that I can’t blog everything from various subjects all in one place.
- Planning to open a photoblog also. The thing is, I still have yet to figure that out and whether I should host it here or at A.us.
March had been such a crazy-ass month. Though majority of the time I mind my own business, deep inside a part of me is crying for the Japanese people who are in a rather struggling state because of numerous earthquake and tsunami disasters that pretty much destroyed almost half of Japan. My sister’s friend from college originally was going home to visit his family at Ibaraki this weekend for spring break, but couldn’t anymore because he pretty much doesn’t have a house anymore (like what happened to the houses at coastal Fukushima and Chiba (Ibaraki is between those two prefectures), his house was pretty much wiped out too) and that he’s kind of short of funds, his family (good thing they’re all ok) advised him not to come to Japan until everything is settled again. So instead, he’s here (along with my sister’s bf, who happens to be the dorm mate of this poor dude) to spend his spring break with friends. I’ve made my contribution to the Red Cross already. I was originally going to give it to him when he goes home but advised me to just donate it to Red Cross. He did the same already before.
Last but not least, guess what— it’s Lent again! For Lent, other than the usual abstinence from “meat and meat products” (until now poultry products are still being debated whether they’re counted as “meat” or just simply poultry… I dunno…), I’ve also given up all types of beverages with the exception of water, milk, some few milk products (I also gave up on ice cream also), tea and tea products (Japanese green tea cookies, green tea soymilk, green tea ice cream, you get the picture). Because of that, I’ve stocked up to survive through Lent. Though I’ve given up consumable products, I’m still at my usual church choir where I go to rehearsals every week, which is equivalent to the usual prayers and devotions to HIM. That just means that I don’t have to give up a daily habit. I couldn’t afford to go to that resort.
But yes, I can get by without the other types of beverages and snacks for 40 days and 40 nights.