What a year. What a month! Itâ€™s been nine days and this month of a little over a week feels like a lot more. Lots has been going on: my father had (successful) double-bypass heart surgery, our home continues to be worth five dollars, I havenâ€™t been feeling so good, aaaagh! Quite a lot. In that time, Iâ€™ve also been busy with a couple of projects. One of those projects is helping out my buddy/responder-to-my-posts Lauren fancy up her site. I will make no claims to knowing every single thing that a person could know about cascading style sheets and PHP as it pertains to the blogosphere and whatnot, but I apparently knew enough to be in a position to help Lauren out, and thus I did and continue to do so! Lauren is sort of like Honey Badger or 90â€²s style Riot Grrrls who donâ€™t wait around for opportunities to show up, sheâ€™s all YO CHECK OUT MY JOURNALISMMMZ DAWGGS and Forbes took notice. Sheâ€™s a superstar!
Perhaps itâ€™s because this yearâ€™s had some upheavals and trials, but I found myself turning to comforting stuff like foods high in saturated fats (uhâ€¦ about those gym visitsâ€¦ letâ€™s not talk about them!) and stuff from simpler times, like Sailor Moon. When I was at my parentsâ€™ home recently, I found a bunch of old website files on their computer, and among them was an unpublished draft of my website about my most favoritest Sailor Moon character, Sailor Pluto. Man, I spent a lot of time on that site (and when I look at it now, I realize that some of itâ€™s really kind of crappy in terms of content quality) instead of my college classwork! You know, working on that site is what gave me the skills that I now use to do my current job. Trying out like every neat new HTML or CSS trick that I learned about was one of the hallmarks of that site, and seriously, all the stuff I learned about working on my many nerdy websites is what got me the job Iâ€™ve had for the past nine years! Yeah, I really liked Sailor Moon, and I got pretty darn nostalgic, and before I knew it Iâ€™d registered a new domain and decided that Iâ€™d give myself some time to work on a fun new site. In the spirit of my original website, itâ€™s mostly a chance for me to try out all sorts of fancy new CSS3/HTML5 techniques, plus further my knowledge of PHP as it pertains to the blogosphere. Unlike the wild and crazy World Wide Web of ten years ago, thereâ€™s not really much need for a â€œcharacter shrineâ€ devoted to one character from one Japanese kidsâ€™ cartoon when thereâ€™s stuff like Wikipedia around to fulfill your need to know every OCD detail about Sailor Pluto. This might have been a terrible idea, I donâ€™t know. Weâ€™ll see. Right now, Iâ€™m screwing around with the design and coming up with things like color palettesâ€¦
Iâ€™ve also been working on some new products for my store (note the new URL). Specifically, Iâ€™m working on some pierced earrings that look like those worn by another character on Sailor Moon. Oh, just you wait! I botched up the first batch a bit, but I just got supplies to try again, and I think the results should be pleeeeasing. Iâ€™m hoping to get those out sooner rather than later because gosh, Iâ€™d sure like to maybe start making even a teeny profit on my stuff, but I hear that first you gotta spend money (and mess up) to make money.