For Zach

My brother and his family came to visit last Sunday after Aaron and Molly’s wedding. Zach wanted to draw so we had a drawing contest. My submission was a fiery robot—which later inspired Zach to draw a robot too. Before he left he gave me his robot drawing to keep.

Then I got an idea. I remembered seeing an article about a guy who transforms kid’s artwork into amazing paintings. The effect is quite impressive. I thought I’d give it a try:

See full size over at Flickr


Taylor Vaca, A Playlist

Just before Taylor went on family vacation I told her I’d make her a playlist to take with her. What she didn’t know was that I really created it for me. I needed something to keep me satisfied until she came home. And for some reason good music helps when she is away.

For every trip she’s taken, I associate a song, album, or in this case, a playlist, to the time spent apart.

I’m glad you’re back babe.

iTunes link (partial playlist) here

Shamrock shuffle – my first 5k run

Official times are in. I ended up 66th overall with a time of 23:22.

I’m pretty happy with that result. However, I don’t think the track was officially 5K (3.1) mi. I clocked it about 2.87mi using RunKeeper on my iPhone. I was pacing myself using the info I had on my phone so when the race was over I had some additional energy I could have harnessed. I heard that other runners had similar complaints.

Overall it was a really fun experience. The 5K is a good race. Usually, I don’t like running any sort of distance. I’d rather run steps for 5-10 minutes and be done. The 5K in a competitive environment was fun though. I’m pretty sure I’ll do one again.

Vacations Are Necessary

I’m in bed and decided to capture a few quick thoughts as I begin recovering from my recent visit to the gorgeous city of San Francisco. I’m lying here in that dreamlike state between vacation and reality and I’m not sure I ever want this feeling to stop.

I’m still high on all the positive and mentally refreshing things that I achieved on this vacation: Outside of a few quick phone calls, I was able to disconnect myself from work. I spent an entire day walking and experiencing the city by myself. I took pictures. I ate amazing food every day. I watched two very powerful and moving documentaries. I laughed a lot. I hung out with two of the greatest friends a guy could have. I had great conversations. I drank good beer. I did all these things and more. I feel refreshed.

I’m excited to process all my photographs and share them. I think I have a couple of good ones.

This vacation was long overdue. I’m so glad I was fortunate enough to take it. It could not have come at a better time.

This was a pretty powerful vacation and I’m excited to see the long term effects of it. I think I would like to spend some more time in SF. Maybe live there. We’ll see what happens when reality sets back in. Until then…