Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Upgrading the Home Office

Valentines' Day isn't far away, so don't forget to buy something nice for your loved ones!

It's been a busy January, as I have been busy doing spring cleaning (a little early). The computer is updated, and my home office is more organized How good it feels to have thrown out all the old stuff from old work (non-art related) and concentrate much more on my studio, which takes full-time guidance and care. It's been a big job redoing websites I own, making them updated and more attractive. It's not work to me, though, but artistic routine.

I got a DVD player, my first one, to go on top of the VCR I have. Finally, my tv is going to be updated too, whenever I get the darned thing figured out enough to hook up. I enjoy electronic things but hooking them up is no talent of mine. Far from it. This unit is very stylish and will be great to play my movies on. It feels good being a bit more technologically up to date, now, even if there are more fancier movie players on the market being invented all the time.

Anyways, it feels so glorious not to be tied down with day jobs anymore. Right now I can afford to live comfortably with my art and writing assignments. Freedom feels so glorious. When I'm not stressed, ideas, creativity and artwork flow like a fountain. When burdened by stress, I feel like a slow-moving slug. I prefer freedom, from selling magazines, doing phone work for others and just having time to do what I do best, draw, from morning to late night.

Working hard helps me to forget that my family is far away and always too preoccupied with things to visit. I visited them a few times but they never visit me, they just keep on with their lives and take my phone calls if nothing good is on tv. Most of the times when I call, mom is preoccupied with whatever show she's watching and doesn't say much. She'd never do that with any of her friends, just me.

I get sick of being treated like I don't matter, but call anyhow, since they are the only family I've got. They never call, either. If I'd have had kids, I'd have made a pest of myself, caring too much. My folks care, but only when it is convenient for them to, it's always been that way, and always will be. I am strong and stay positive the best I can, despite it all. It just hurts, seeing loving families who take time for and truly respect one another.

It's cool down here in Florida, which is great. I get out my Ohio clothes and get to enjoy wearing them again, when most of the year they are packed away. It feels good wearing fleece once in awhile. When the cats feel too cold, they pile on my legs as I work. Beau was born and raised in the south, so he does get cold at times, even if his fur is somewhat long. Fluffy and Beau are happy because I gave them some cardboard boxes to sleep in, their favorite. They alternate between the boxes and being with me (on my feet, desk, keyboard, etc). They are the masters of relaxation, and I respect them for that :)

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