The Last 2 Months, In Summary

Hello! Almost 2 months have gone by since writing a real post. (Let's face it. The last one was basically self-plagiarism, if that can be a thing.) I can barely remember what I've been up to without consulting my Google Calendar. So I looked back over the past few weeks, and man, it's been busy.

Google Calendar

In May, I went up to Long Beach Island, NJ for a weekend retreat. I attended the SweetLife Festival, where I donned rain pants, jacket, and beanie to see Crystal Castles' 20-minute set (also, other less exciting bands). I saw The Antlers and Paul Simon in concert. I saw the Bridesmaids at the movies. At work, I produced a piece on Death Cab for Cutie's new album, Codes and Keys (after interviewing Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla in May.)

Plymouth Pilgrims

In June, I saw The Lonely Forest/Death Cab for Cutie, Smith Westerns/Yeasayer, and Bahamas/Noah & the Whale in concert. I saw my second Woody Allen movie ever, Midnight in Paris -- much better than 2003's Anything Else. I saw adventure photographer Jimmy Chin speak at National Geographic HQ and was inspired to start climbing again. Confession: I have still not gone climbing since that surge of inspiration. I interviewed Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and produced this piece on his new self-titled release. And to round out a great month, I travelled to Duxbury, MA for a mini-reunion weekend of eating, walking, sitting, and more eating. Oh, and of course we stopped by a photo store in Plymouth to take some authentic Pilgrim photos.

Also in the past two months, I stayed awake for 24 hours or more on four separate occasions. I revisited my guitar and finally donned the running shoes again. I begrudgingly joined the world of smart phones after my phone died. And, to preempt the imminent death of my beat-up Schwinn, I purchased a new bike.

Maybe that's not even busy for the average person?

The big news, though, is my return to DAYS after 9 months working nights! I'm already fantasizing about happy hours, dinners with friends, and Sunday afternoons. But a part of me will also miss the overnite: the people, the built-in excuse to do my own thing at all times, and my midday dog park excursions with Amos. Am I still socially competent enough to function during the day? We'll find out. Hopefully more posts in the future.

A Day in the Life of a Vampire: Pt. 2

Another defense of not writing in Gitnerblog. This is more like the typical day in the life as of late. Amos in the bath8:00-8:30AM - Arrive home. Play with dog, talk with roommates.

8:45 - Eat.

9:30 - Shower. Catch up on internet. Play guitar.

10:30 - Read. (Also, obsess over some work email that is probably meaningless anyway.)

11:00 - Sleep.

2:00PM - Stumble into the light to take the dog out. Depending on guilt/generosity, take dog to the dog park.

2:30 - Bathe dirty dog.

3:00 - Eat a burrito and/or a bowl of ice cream.

4:00 - Take out over-hydrated dog to pee.

4:15 - Try to go back to sleep.

5:00 - Beg for sleep. Give up and read.

6:00 - Succumb to sleep.

10:30 - Wake up, head for the coffee.

11:15 - Roll out.

...more or less. Repeat.

Clearly, I'm still working out the kinks on this one. But I love the little man, and for now, it's ok. To bed now to start it up again.