So it occurs to me that there are some random details in my life that I've been remiss in passing on to people. Details that a random reader of my blog couldn't care less about (arguably, that encompasses my entire blog), but that my friends might be interested in.
Banal stuff: I've (almost) made it through my first year back in school. It's been a good year; I'm almost used to being a student again, although that took a surprisingly long time to adapt to. Classes have been hit and miss: some really interesting, challenging ones and some really boring, challenging ones. I've also (finally!) started working on a research project; my adviser tries not to just hand off projects on to his students, so finding something on my own has been a bit of a challenge. I'm pretty happy with that, though. So yeah, overall, I feel like I made the right choice in coming back to school.
I've developed a fledgling social group. Nowhere near as extensive or deep as the groups I've had in the past, but it's definitely a start. As you may have gathered from my recent posts, I've done a pretty good job at keeping my life full and busy (next post: Roller Derby!) -- thankfully, LA makes that easy.
But that's all stuff you could have intuited; or, at least, it's not surprising. On to the bigger news. There's one piece of news, of course, that a few of you have learned about recently -- a pretty big development in my life. So, for obvious reasons, I've been on a bit of a hiatus recently; I've been trying to steer clear of commitment for a bit, and I wanted to enjoy taking a break for a while. Last time was good -- really good -- and I wanted to make sure that the next time I didn't make a mistake, didn't rush back into things before I was ready. It seemed best to try and make an intentional effort to avoid a rush decision, so that when I made my choice to jump back into the fray, I knew I was doing the right thing and (hopefully) wouldn't have any regrets. Those first couple months in LA were good -- steering away from commitment was definitely the right thing to do. And after a couple months of thinking about it, I decided I really was ready to start things up again.
So I got a new piercing.
(It's the bar across the top of my left ear -- sorry it doesn't stand out -- my friend K has my good camera at the moment, so you have to make do with the crappy cell-phone pic).
Oh, and also, I have a new girlfriend. Friends, meet L. L, friends. Play nice.
Summer plans that may be of interest to some. Those of you who read K's blog should know that the two of us are soon to be taking a two-week bike trip in the Adirondacks. Should be fun! I've spent far too much money on gear for the event, so it damn well better work out.
Also in the works. If you will be somewhere along the I5 corridor near the end of July/beginning of August, there's a good chance I'll be paying you a visit. L and I are making a road-trip up to Seattle, and we'll be wanting to see friends on the way. I don't know the exact schedule yet, so no promises as to how much of me you'll get to see. But hey, some is better than none, right? I'll keep y'all posted.
And that's that. Back to the grind. Love to all of you, and keep the dream alive!