self employed, actually.

apologies to those newcomers to see such foul expletives.

after a few months of searching for a reasonable job, ie. not mcdonalds, i eventually gave up and decided to revive jellyleaf, my web design business. i've had the domain and logo for a long time. i thought i would use it when i was employed previously, but it turned out to be too much work for too little money.

but here in chicago, it's a whole new ballgame. i started to do some work for a motorcycle shop here, motoworks and through the owner, johnny, i was able to score a ton of new work. connections are key. in san diego, the only connections i had were artists and musicians. they were the ones asking for a website for 50 bucks.

i still have so much to work on; it's quite overwhelming...but exciting! it doesn't feel like work as much as a desk job. i get to meet new people all over the city and work on different projects all the time.

i even turned down a few jobs to pursue this. of course they had to come asking for me to work as soon as jellyleaf takes off. but most of the offers have been low and the position doesn't seem interesting enough to convince me to join them.

well, off to work again. (it feels so strange to type that)
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hunting for mushrooms in the backyard.

yawn! so, what did i miss?!

hibernation can really take a lot out of someone, so forgive me if i sound a little...odd.

i'm officially out of money, and this week i finally put my resume up on the interwebs and have been getting lots of feedback in only a few days. it's good to know that my profession is still in high demand. i started to think that if i'm to be employed for web development, my personal website should be kept up to date. hence, the update. here's what i've been keeping under wraps:

apologies to those who were checking the site and not finding updates. i promise to keep the site up to date with much more content in the future.
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the laboratory.

i'll just cut to the point: house pictures.

for those who care, the whole "doing nothing" stage has finally become maddening. i've been wondering if this is how my cats feel after a full day of napping and staring out the window. today i decided that this needed to end and have employed myself by fixing my webiste and doing an update. i've completed the image cache code and this has shown a 50% increase in speed with large images! i've also added a little bit of captcha to the comments section so that i don't get random bot spam.

only had a few trips into chicago to do some job hunting with nat. she's found a job and a large salon and things are going ok with that. it may be some time before she builds up enough of a clientle as it seems that she's spending more money getting there than she is making.

we went to 2 excellent restaurants so far: cafe absinthe and japonais. both in the $$$$ range, but well worth it.

i have cleaned out the basement of this place and told the ghost of the dead man to leave. i also built a workbench and have built a small robot that failed to ever walk. after i broke one of its legs, i decided that maybe electronics isn't for me and took a little break from inhaling lead fumes.

by the end of this month i hope to finish my bottle cap mosaic that i've been talking about for years. will post with the results soon.

thanks for listening.
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the weather outside is frightful...

"you know, it's cold in chicago!" yeah? no shit. but really, it isn't all that bad once you get used to it. granted, it's only been a couple of weeks since i've been here, and we probably haven't seen the worst of it yet, but overall, nat and i have been able to adjust fairly quick.

we're moved in and everything is unpacked. i have a fast internet connection, so i'm happy.

construction on the house hasn't started yet, but that's expected to begin sometime in january. holiday shopping has been eating up a lot of time and so has getting our licenses, insurance, new bank accounts...etc. it's been great fun.

i've almost completed the code on the image caching, so hopefully next week i'll have a large collection of images of the house and my workbench that i put together in my basement. in other words, stay tuned.
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fucking spam.


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mount rushmore

and so, this wraps up our eventful roadtrip. unfortunately, the last part of the trip was the most UNeventful.

when we arrived at the basin of mount rushmore, there happened to be a snowstorm. so what you see above this is a very accurate representation of what we saw. we were both very bummed.

the entire way back was nothing but hardcore driving in shitty weather. in wyoming, the wind was so strong i could barely stay on the road. i had to keep the wheel to a constant 45 degrees to the left just to stay straight on the road. i felt like i was in nascar.

we arrived a bit early but we are glad to be out of the RV. it was getting a little cramped at the end of the 2 weeks.

we don't regret anything though.

not many pictures, but here's what we have
here's our entire route a la indiana jones
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Mt Rushmore looks breathtaking!


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