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Great dinner and thoughts of happiness!

Well I decided to make an easy dinner for the night.  It’s not as great as yesterday’s dinner.  Yesterday I had a nice Cesar salad with bacon bits, and a huge fillet of salmon, sprinkled with sea salt and dry basil.  I cooked it for 35 min or so in aluminum foil.  After about 20 minutes I could smell the salmon and my mouth was watering.  It smelled so good.  This salmon is nice and fatty so as it’s cooking in the foil the fats are trapped.  Tonight on the other hand I simply made a DiGiorno pizza, which is as easy as popping it in the stove, setting the timer and walking away.  Accept I didn’t walk away.  I decided to make my picante salsa.  It’s really easy and I picked up the recipe from my wife and friend Dan.  I probably make it different from them, but the idea is the same.  I take 4 plumb tomatoes, half a white onion, a green bell pepper, and cilantro.  I dice everything up, mix in some sea salt (about 2 pinches) in a large Tupperware bowl and serve.  Man that’s good stuff!  The fresher the better.  I’m a convert of tortilla chips too.  Instead of Tostitos, now I buy the brand Santitas, which is a thicker corn chip with the perfect amount of salt.  They don’t break as easy as Tostitos and taste better.  So I had my pizza, which really isn’t DiGiorno’s best, and picante salsa and washed it down with a Guiness Draught in a bottle.  Talk about good eats!!!

So the thoughts of happiness lie in the fact that my family will be finally coming out to Arizona.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been together as a family longer than a weekend.  I moved out to AZ back at the end of Sept and been away from my family since then.   We’re having a little trouble getting May Flower to get a truck loaded with our effects.  We were told that our stuff would be loaded this week, but the weeks already over so hopefully they’ll be available before Wednesday since that’s the day Kathy and the kids are flying out and Kathy needs to mark the boxes with labels indicating what goes in the apartment and what goes into storage.  Nonetheless, I think things will work out.

So good food, good thoughts.  Things are good!  Now Wednesday just needs to get here!!!


Weekend in Phoenix

This weekend turned out to be really great.  At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to go because I kind of wanted to stay home to play WoW, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  I was able to go visit a great friend, Rick, and his wife up in Phoenix and they live in such a wonderful location.

Last night we went to a sushi restaurant called Ebisu which had a really good sushi dish called ‘Dynamite’ sushi.  It was located in the strip mall about 3 minutes away from Rick’s house.  I ended up getting 2 glasses of the house Merlot, which was fantastic, but for $10 a glass it was a bit pricey.  I could justify it though since I rarely ever go out to eat, and especially have alcohol that’s that expensive.  Afterward, we went to Rick’s neighbor’s house and sat outside with them and talked for a few hours.   Everyone’s house in this area is gorgeous, and I find it so hard to believe they’re so inexpensive.  Phoenix was hit hard by the housing crisis.  So $400K houses are now going for $150 on foreclosure, or they’re going for $175K for short sale.  I’m seriously considering buying a house in the Anthem, Phoenix area.  One of the great things about it is the houses are in an association, so everything looks beautiful and the area is just a wonderful place to raise a family.  All the schools are within walking distance of all the houses, and the same goes with the parks.  The shopping arcade is very close.  You could easily ride your bicycle everywhere you needed to go.  It could easily be the place I would like to retire.  The only downside is the heat of the day, but everywhere you go is air conditioned, so it wouldn’t be even close to horrible.

With the association dues, you get to use all the facilities at no additional cost.  There’s a fitness center with a great pool for adults and for kids.  The fitness center has everything you would need to work out.  The people are very health-centric in the community, so it motivates you to get/stay in shape as well.  I was really impressed with what I saw.

Not too far away, all of maybe 15 minutes there was the major lake that feeds all of southern Arizona and it was huge.  Tons of boats were out today and we went down to the pier and ate lunch on the floating gift shop/bar/restaurant named Dillard’s.  The food was wonderful and at a great cost too!

I had a great time catching up with Rick and I’m really looking forward to paying him a visit again when the family finally comes out on June 30th.

Thanks Rick for being such a great host!



Movie Review – The Road 8/10

Spoiler Alert – This movie was decent for a post-apocalyptic genre film. It has everything you would expect from your typical end of the world movies. The world is completely destroyed and so are the people. Resorting to cannibalism since there are no crops or animals left in the world, people are starving and will prey on anything or anyone they can manage to victimize. This movie’s about a father protecting really the only thing he has left in the world, his son, from the horrors of humanity. The son is too young to survive by himself and the father is trying to teach him the difference between right and wrong only to muddy those waters himself during certain moments of confrontation with other outsiders.

I really enjoy watching these movies, not because of the horrific nature, but because it reminds me that I’m human and what it means to be human and survive. This movie didn’t have all the gore and horror I’m used to seeing, but it took this genre one step further than most movies I’ve seen of this nature. It essentially gave no silver lining, no evidence of hope, it simply said our world is destroyed, period. When I use the word ‘world’ I mean more than just the earth, I mean human existence, or life. There’s nothing to live for because the skies are forever gray with clouds, the earth is getting colder and colder and soon will not support life as we know it.

It made me think what would happen if I were in that situation. Would I have the ability to take my life and families life for the sake of saving them from the tragedy that would and very well could befall them. I can only hope that if the end ever comes that we all are taken swiftly so that we wouldn’t have to endure such atrocities. In some ways I’ve become somewhat numb to these kinds of movies since I watch them enough, and part of me is grateful as it allows me to get past the painful emotions. However, with that being said, I also feel that part of my humanity is slightly lost as my emotions slip further away from me. Who knows, maybe in the early days of pre-history, during the age of cave men, we preyed on each other, and ate each other. I know it falls under the ‘survival of the fittest’ notion. And once our population became strong enough it was able to move beyond that vulgar era into an age of intelligence. This type of thing could have happened many times over and we may not have known about it due to any historical records of those previous times.

But I digress. I’m just very thankful for what I do have, and sure I wish for more, like having my family with me right here and right now, but I’m also very grateful that they are safe, healthy, and alive. I didn’t give this movie a 10 because it’s a rehash of many movies I’ve already seen. I give it an high 8 because it was done very well and yet was still original to a point.


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Thanks!

-Matt


Soooo tired

Well, I couldn’t sleep at all after my alarm went off this morning at 7a.  I forgot that I had my alarm set for Saturday too, so I’ll have to make sure to shut that off.  I thought I would go back to sleep right away, but I had a head full of thoughts on randomness and couldn’t shut it off that I decided to get up.

The sort of stuff going through my this morning… Well I’ve always got the family on my mind, and how I can’t wait for them to get out here to AZ.  I was also playing a Daft Punk mix in my head.  They are one of the few gods in the electronica/techno world of music.  I was also thinking about the show Firefly and how I wish that series would have kept going, thanks Brandon for introducing that to me, I’m just sorry it took me so long to finally watch them.  I just recently finished watching that on Netflix.  I’m thinking about creating a website for my character in WoW using some of the ideas I used for an example guild site I recently setup and then brought back down.  I would catalog my adventures and meetings with other adventurers along with other random stuff.  And all that’s just a start.  So you can see why I would have problems falling back to sleep when I’ve go so much I am thinking about and want to do.

Anyway, I better get to gettin’ on that website since I’ve got limited time today.


Fed up with humanity

I guess I’ve had too much time on my hands cause I’ve been hearing, seeing, reading all kids of different things about our world that just makes me feel defeated with humanity. Constant killing everywhere, companies damaging our worldly environments, people insatiably filled with greed, people blaming others because of what someone else did. Trying to please people all the time and getting shit on. Being away from my wife and kids. (Albeit they’ll be here soon which is a godsend.)
I’ve lost my momentum and motivation in life. My job’s not bad, but I know I could be happier. Granted I don’t think I’ll ever have a dream job, cause I don’t have the dream. My passions come and go in microseconds so I’ll never be satisfied, or if I am satisfied it’s only for the moment. I like trying different things to see if I can do them successfully, and for the most part I am. But these things I’m talking about are extremely simple to do. I and for the things that I can’t complete in microseconds (relatively speaking) I lose interest pretty quick. Like last week I had a build up of inspiration to start playing drums. I’ve wanted to start learning drums for the longest time, and after listing to one of my favorite bands ‘Tool’ and being mesmerized by their drummer Danny Carey, I thought, “man I wish I could be like him.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that. He’s a genius when it comes to rhythm. He’s so amazing, I was doing some research on him, and I found someone post a witty comment about Danny along the lines of, “…he’s either a robot or he has no corpus callosum“.
I guess my problem is I’m all about the instant gratification and if it takes time and a lot of effort I back down too easy.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings. I guess I’m going to bed for now. Have a good night people who don’t read this.


WoW – Where to go from here.

For those of you who don’t know what WoW is, it’s a game from Blizzard, and it’s full name is World of Warcraft.  I recently started playing it again, for the first time.  When it first came out about 5 years ago I played it for a few months, made it to level 30 and then quit since I was starting college up.  It’s been about 4.5 years since I last played it and I started an account about a month and a half ago.  I’ve since leveled up to 70 and I’ve decided to give it a rest for a week or so.  I could go up to level 80, but the only way I can do that is to buy the expansion for the game, Wrath of the Lich King.  However, I’ve already spent $50 for the original content, plus the Burning Crusade expansion, and I’ve spent another $45 for a 3 month subscription.  That comes out to almost $100 to play this game.  In order for me to continue on I would need to spend another $40 to get the WotLK expansion, which puts me up to $140 just to play one game. OH, and in the next 5-10 months Blizzard will be releasing yet another expansion called Cataclysm.  This will end up likely being another $40, so in the end I’ll end up spending about $180 for the whole game, plus a reoccuring cost of $15/month for the ability to play the game.

Now I will admit it’s worth the first $100, but after that it’s quickly losing its appeal.  I believe part of that reason is because I’m not into games like I used to be.  There’s more to life, especially at 31 years of age.  Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the content, the social aspect of being in a guild, or just being able to play in game with a few of my friends.  But it’s quickly loosing its appeal as better games are coming out.  Plus I really enjoy playing more console games than computer games.  I’m sure there will be other game that I will play, like Allods or Guild Wars 2, since these are either free games, or you purchase the game but they’re free to play.  It also doesn’t help that only a couple friends play WoW and most of my other friends have moved on from the game.

I don’t know, I’m at a cross roads right now.  I love to play games, but there’s so much more to do with my life.  I’ve been away from school now for almost 5 months, I think it’s time to get back on that wagon and ride it out until the end.  Time will tell what will happen.



Skool sux

Ok, so it’s been some time since I posted on my site.  (Shame on me)  But I’m doing it now… does that count?  Aw.. who cares.  I don’t really have a fan base anyway.  Ok, so what have I been doing.  Well I had a wonderful Christmas with my family.  I went home from AZ back to Illinwa and was able to spend time with all of my immediate family.  It was a short visit but still a good one.  Since I’ve been back, in AZ that is, I’ve started school backup.  I’m still attending Devry University and I’m taking Java programming and Web Security.  I took Java programming back in May of ’09, but I had to drop it due to personal and professional stuff getting in the way.  So now that I’m taking it again, things are starting to click.  Not everything is sinking in yet tho.  I’m still struggling with my programming.  I get information overload and get all frustrated.  I’m sure Kathy was not happy with me yesterday.  Jenna and Kathy called and I was right in the middle of an infantile fit so I wasn’t the best candidate for them to talk to.

After actually completing, albeit not correctly, one of my java programs and my other homework, I paused and started to play Little Big Planet on the PS3.  That game is awesome, but I have to go back through it because I just recently upgraded my 40GB HDD to a 640GB and lost my save info.  Oh well, it’s just as fun going back through it again and with friends this time.  Had a lot of fun.  I can’t wait until I have all the shtuff so I can start making my own levels.

Ok, so I don’ t have much more at the moment, but when I do I’ll post some stuff.  -Peace