Today was the last day of our weekend get-together. We had such a great time and shared so many laughs! I don't remember the last time my stomach hurt from laughing so hard! It was the perfect weekend before coming back to a busy week.
I'm out of town tonight thru Sunday. Not gonna be posting much during that time so... chip, chip, cheerio!
I spent a few hours this afternoon in a meeting, getting an overview of the online tools & services I'll need to learn for my new jobby-job. It's a lot of stuff to wrap my head around and get familiar with but I'll figure it out. During the meeting, when I went back to feed the parking meter, I noticed a big crack on one of the tire's sidewalls. I was planning on driving my car to Ukiah for the weekend to together with a bunch of my cousins. For a while I thought I was going to miss it. Luckily my brother it also going so I'm hitching a ride with him tomorrow afternoon. The tire replacement will wait till next week. And in other news... I'm just about done processing all the 1.0 pre-order & custom-order requests that came in yesterday. All the the confirmation emails have gone out and most invoices too. I'll try and wrap that up over the weekend while I'm away. It feels good to be busy again and I'm excited to hang out with my cousins these next few days!
My grandma and I finished our puzzle tonight! It took us longer than usual to do a 1000 pieces because I had to work on the Valley Verde paint-by-numbers project last week then an impromptu 3-day trip to Las Vegas. Now that it's done I can start working on my booth for the Rose, White & Blue event this Sunday, the 4th of July. I want to make a table top display for my buttons and prints so that'll be my goal for Saturday.
I flew in from Las Vegas this morning. My grandma is still here and she'd been working on the puzzle while I was gone so I jumped back in. We got a lot done tonight. Hopefully we finish it tomorrow because I need to use the tables we're doing the puzzle on. I'm going to work on my merch table setup for the Rose, White & Blue event this Sunday and figure out the best way to display my new prints and buttons along with my t-shirts.
Another busy day, but I made sure to make time to work on our 1000 piece puzzle with grandma. We got a lot done. Tomorrow I'm flying to Las Vegas to hang out with my brother foe a few days and go watch the Jabbawockeez perform with local DJ group The Bangerz at the MGM Grand. I'm super excited! I'll be back Thursday to start prepping for the Rose White & Blue Festival on Sunday, the 4th of July.
Today, my grandma and I started working on the new puzzle I got us last week. It's been a tradition over the last few years when my grandma comes to visit that we do at least one 1000-1500 piece puzzle together. Although it feels like much longer, we usually finish it in a couple days. Grandma likes to start by going through all the pieces and pulling out the edges and starting with those. She tries matching them to one another by color while I reference the poster, or box, to try and figure out where the pieces go. Today we came close to completing the edges after a couple hours. Grandma split when it was time to watch her novela!
After spending the night with my cousin at his parent's house, my aunt & uncle. We spent the morning catching up before going to the park for my other cousin, his sister's, birthday party. (I have LOTS of cousins) After hanging out there for a bit I drove back to San Jose. At home I watched a little TV before cleaning up and doing dishes. I was too tired to do laundry so I'm putting it off till tomorrow.
This is a makeup post for Saturday. I was out of town and spent the night at my aunt's house where we had a surprise party for my grandma. We're vaccinated so we felt safe getting together after 14 months of sheltering at home due to covid. It was great to see everybody and even though it's been so long it felt like we never skipped a beat. Just like old times.
I got my second vaccine shot this afternoon and got a nifty button! I didn’t experience any side effects either. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my fully vaxxed friends & family in a few weeks after the vaccine has taken full effect.
The tax prep is still dragging along nicely. I did a bit of work tonight. Mostly reworking the forms & spreadsheets I use to keep records. I do my best to log everything but I’m constantly trying to improve & streamline the whole bookkeeping & tax preparation process.
Happy Star Wars Day!
I’m all done installing the 3D wall panels at Redwall Studio! I went full vampire mode and worked at night and slept during the day. It came out pretty badass. Check out the notes I made before I began installing the panels on the wall.
My brother asked me to install a few boxes of 3D wall panels at his studio. They were originally going on a white wall but we decided to paint it black before hanging the panels. After 14 hours at his studio I’m almost done. All I need to do is finish cutting & installing the bottom row and the panels that go over the power outlets and breaker box. I’m going back late tonight, after everyone leaves, to finish.
We got up up early Friday morning for another sunrise hike. This time at Diamond Head State Monument on the southernmost coast of Oahu. Afterwards we spent the day driving around the island and stopping at different places to eat food.
We went to Keaiwa Heiau State Park this morning and went on a gnarly 4.8 mile hike. It was muddy AF and I slipped and fell on my ass about a half-hour in. I had a few other close calls but still had a great time. Afterwards we got pancakes for breakfast and topped them with coconut syrup. My favorite pancake syrup. Tomorrow we’re going to a different part of the island for a predawn hike and watching the sunrise from the mountain top.
Another day hanging out at home. This time there was a documentary film crew at the house interviewing my cousin (actually my cousin’s wife but we consider her a cousin too.) It was fun talking to the them, watching them setup and asking them a bunch of questions about the process. They also bought us all a ton of Thai food that we ate for lunch & dinner. Tomorrow, my cousins and I are going hiking.
Another kick-back day with my cousin. Mostly just hanging around the house. Tomorrow, we got some plans to do some fun stuff outside.
For the record, I have not gotten lei’d since I got here.
That's right! From February 17 thru March 10th. I'll be staying with relatives while I'm there. I'm not planning on doing much there besides hiking and hanging out with my cousin. There's not much else to write about. I spent all day preparing for my 3 weeks away from home and now I got less than 4 hours before my flight leaves to shave shower and take a quick nap. Aloha & Mahalo!
My family has always celebrated Xmas by staying up till midnight on Christmas Eve so on Christmas Day there’s not a whole lot going on. Usually I’m out of town at a relatives house, just lounging around and hanging out with my cousins. This year, because of COVID, there was no get-together. Today I just hung out at home and didn’t do much besides watch tv and movies again. I didn’t want to end the day without doing something fartsy so I did a quick drawing called “Hail Santa,” cause it’s Christmas.
For as long as I’ve been around, and before I was born, my dad’s side of the family always got together to celebrate on Christmas Eve. It’s always been a big deal for the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. It’s a long running tradition that had to be canceled this year because of Covid. Yes, it’s a bummer but today wasn’t a bad day. I hiked a couple more trails at the Sierra Vista Preserve this afternoon and got a little bit closer to completing the whole space. I just need to do the Upper Calaveras Fault Trail, east of the Cutoff Trail, and the Lower Calaveras Fault Trail, which is a doozy. Just the Lower Calaveras Fault alone is almost 10 miles round trip and a 5-6 hour trek. I’m thinking of doing one hike to finish the Upper portion and coming back another day, nice & early, to knock out the Lower part. Depending on the weather the next few days, and how much it rains, I might be able to 100% complete the preserve before the new year.
I'm almost done with these. I printed them out in different sizes and scribbled some notes on what needs tweaking. In the end they'll be printed on vinyl stickers.
After drawing out some names as extra goodies for a couple kids who received t-shirts of mine as gifts I was asked to do some for my cousin. One is for his girlfriend's daughter and the other for his little brother. The difference with these is that they're going to be created digitally versus hand-drawn like the last two. I worked on Layla-Mae's all day Friday and just finished sketching it out around 5:30 AM Saturday. There's still a lot more work to do, besides digitally inking it, like tweaking the letters to make them look more like the others and coloring it all in. I've been having fun with this and can't to see it finished. When it's done I'm going to print them out on adhesive vinyl sheets to make stickers.
Tonight I took apart the two puzzles my grandma and I worked on while she was here at the house these last few weeks. It was fun working on them for hours but it was frustrating taking them apart. (as seen in the video below) I dropped grandma off at my aunt's house this morning and we agreed to do a new puzzle together the next time she visits.
Today my grandma and I finished the 1000 piece puzzle we started a couple days ago. Afterwards, because the air quality was good, (from the wildfire smoke) I went on a 5 mile hike/walk through Alum Rock Park and just a few minutes ago I sent off the revised design for that little job I'm working on. Time for bed.