lights will guide you home and ignite your bones

It's not who I am underneath.

Just a doodle I cooked up at dinner. Think nothing of it.

I’ve discovered cardigans this week. You don’t care. I do. They’re some of the most comfortable things I’ve ever worn.

I’ve started to wonder why I don’t celebrate my own progress. I still don’t know why, but I’ve decided to. I’ve decided to be at peace with the fact that, until I shuffle off of this mortal coil, I am a work in progress and I need to treasure every step forward I take. Read More


quiet arithmetic.

amber waves of grain


I did a lot of driving today – not to any particular wear, but I had serious cabin fever and I didn’t want to spend my day off inside. My trip to the Rockford area takes me through quite a lot of country road.

I’ve complained sometimes that the drive gets monotonous, and that gets difficult when I’m tired. Then again, I spent so much time commuting to and from work that I usually took those drives either really early in the morning or a little less early. Since switching shifts I don’t really see the sun rise anymore, nor do I get to see it set.

This time I just left the music off, pulled over to the side of the road, and just watched it for a bit before taking this shot. I admit I warmed it up in Afterlight just a little. This is much closer to what I actually saw.

I’m saying nothing profound. Don’t look for the imagery. You can, but you’re looking for something I didn’t really put there. Then again, isn’t that how inspiration works sometimes?

Time’s up.

I fooled around and fell in love.

Should I have included a pair of Toms?I pulled up wordpress, leaned back, and realized that I’ve become that guy at Starbucks. I feel like I should be writing a screenplay right now just to complete the image. I don’t think that my edits to the above image are vintage enough.

I decided that I would start writing again about nothing. Once a week. I don’t think that’s such a tough commitment to make. Spending eight hours in a warehouse with no windows, performing repetitive tasks, and hearing “(Insert name here) please report to the Activity Center” ad nauseam over the PA system are draining any creative energy I have left.

My answer to that, of course, is to force myself to ramble on wordpress and write about whatever for five minutes. About three and a half minutes just passed.

It’s actually a little frustrating because ideas come all the time. I have a story I want to write. I have riffs and incomplete lyrics recorded on my phone. I have ideas for videos. I still take pictures. I just never do anything anymore.

Five minutes a week to write?

I think I can do that.

Time’s up.


Anderson Japanese Gardens 10/11/2012

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Visited the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL yesterday. Truly a wonderful place, and a definite must-see if you’re ever in the area. The fall colors are especially exquisite.

Seven Minutes

I have seven minutes to write as of this sentence. I’ve no objective in mind other than to scratch an itch. I’m very, very hungry. I need breakfast. Okay. Go.

I’ve spent three… three? Three weeks as an Android user. I won’t tell you that I’ve “seen the light.” This is, however, leaps and bounds over the experience I had years ago. Google really stepped up its game, and as have their partner OEMs. I’m not declaring anything against Apple and their products–I was a happy user for four years and I stand by that. While it had its flaws (and people certainly had their share of problems), I was always satisfied with whatever I got out of the box.

That being said, my Galaxy SIII is a dream. The AMOLED display is gorgeous (though the colors could use some correcting). While I still had to root it to get rid of TouchWiz (ick), I’ve had an overall positive experience with the platform and the device that unless Apple really steps it up soon, I don’t see myself going back. I’ll do a writeup sometime later.

My seven minutes are up. I’m too much of a nerd that I had nothing of true substance to write about other than my experiences with this phone.



St. Charles, IL

Snapped a few photos in St. Charles while it was still sunny out. If I haven’t said it enough, STC is a really cool town and the area around Fox River has a lot of interesting buildings and structures. See more photos after the jump. Read More