Vacation has to come to an end soon

So I’ve been in Colorado Springs for almost 3 weeks now and still don’t have a job. Kind of a bummer, but also kind of a great time of relaxation. Don’t think I haven’t been productive though, Sarah and I have been working on our new house to-do list regularly and I think we’re finally nearing the end of that list.

We have most of the framed art hung, and bikes put together and on the walls. Now we’re down to just finishing the bike/workout room and craft room. This house is freaking awesome, the cost, the location, the landlords, it all rules. I can’t wait to have friends over for dinner.

I can’t wait to have friends! That’ll be so cool, we’ll read comics and stuff and, and, play video games, and ride bikes. It’s gonna be so rad.

But in all seriousness I do believe I have actually made a pretty solid friend with Ryan Putnam of Rypearts.com. We met when I came to the Springs for vacation before we moved. I bought him coffee and he in turn reviewed my portfolio and gave me some great advice on where I can go with a few projects and maybe my career. We talked for a solid 3 hours I’d say, and then earlier this week we met for a bike ride across town. The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was talking in the Springs that day at  University of Colorado which I’m told is a private school located downtown (watch out AUSTIN!), this was mostly of note since the roads were closed off, people were walking all over the path like they had some sort of “right away” and most importantly there were plenty of beautiful women dressed to the nines. Here’s looking at you, girl in the bright purple dress.

Heidi Klum(?) in a purple dress.

I think this is Heidi Klum…maybe. Here face looks sort of Funky.

That is NOT an image of the girl in the purple dress, but it’s similar enough. Moving right along.

P.S. The bike ride with Ryan ended at The Coffee and Tea Zone (they seem like an opportunity for some freelance webdesign work, no?) with tap drinks and discussions on how life is fundamentally suffering, etc. etc.

Today on my job hunt I called a bunch of people at my top 5 agencies and asked if they had openings. Not surprisingly none of them did, but that’s ok, because now I have contact points with them and I can stay relevant and in front so when a spot does open up I’m ready to jump in there.
In the mean time I’m trying to pick up a job to hold me over until then, whamp whamp. I am freelancing up here, though, and I’ve already got some work in motion. Who knows, maybe I’ll just start freelancing and work for myself. I’ve always wanted to and chilling with the pups all day has been really great.

Boxer Dog close up as he sleep in a patch of sunlight on the floor

Isn’t he beautiful?

Also, random shot of Sarah!

Sarah Bartlett in a Tie-dye shirt

Isn’t she radiant folks?

Final though is in regards to structuring my day a little more in an effort to accomplish more. I want to be producing more art, bigger art, better art, pieces people want to pay money for. So I’m going to keep open iCal and set some time…and as I type that it seems like and incredible pain in the ass and wasted effort.

So when I’m done with this I’m going to jot down my list of to-dos for tomorrow and try and block out specific times for them so I can make sure I’m dedicating time like I should be. it will roughly look like this:

1. Coffee

2. Shave

3. breakfast

4. 1 hour of Lynda tuts (never stop learning)

5. Rescue the Animals website

6. Dishes

7. Lunch

8. Spelunky

9. Drop Of Contracts to John

10. Work on 1 old personal project for at least 2 hours.

This post has gone on for far too long. As always take a moment to hope over to Party-Jesse’s blog.

-Devin

 

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