Happy New Year

Here we are, 2016. Wow.

I just lost a long post that I wrote and it’s a tough thing. I love writing online but there we have a very good reminder of what the cost is. Honestly ten years ago I would have been more likely to have kept that draft. The fact that Squarespace does not have an auto-save function is a real tragedy.

It breaks me up because I had just written a wonderful testament to the new year, to fatherhood, to my amazing wife, and now of course there is no way for me to even start to recreate it exactly. I just have to go at it again completely and man that’s a rough waste of an hour.

I started out talking about how grateful I am. I just refinished my office and I am super happy about it. It feels like I finally have the office that I wanted. I used to dream about an office in DT Los Angeles and living in a loft nearby, and now I have a sweet home office with a view of the mountains and I think I just didn’t really know what I wanted until now.

the view from my office on a snowy morning.

the view from my office on a snowy morning.

the new floor in my office, just before the baseboards went in. So much better than that carpet!

the new floor in my office, just before the baseboards went in. So much better than that carpet!

This will certainly be the year of the affordable flat screen. I found this one for less than $300. You wouldn't want lay out a Photoshop project on it, but you have to respect the real estate. For Terminal, Sequel Pro and TextMate, it's a game changer.

We are getting ready for the new guy. I have been reassembling baby seats and rearranging the storage shed, all so we don’t get caught off-guard like last time. This is my first son, and the only thing I keep thinking is how will it be possible to love another human being as much and as completely as I love my daughter? The answer of course is that I will find a way but I find it interesting to think about how children basically make your heart bigger. Your heart may be full but they just get in there and make room.

 Last year this time we were scrambling to get the heat and the AC working, I was chasing paperwork and policing our horrible contractors and I lost 6 months to that. This year, I feel like we are ready for the new year. We are prepared. This feels like the first time in a long time that I am where I want to be, doing what I want to be doing, with the people I love. And that is a blessing and an inspiration to me every day.

The band is coming along, we lost some momentum over the holidays but I am ready to get going again. I am excited to start playing shows again. It has been a while since I’ve had a regular gigging schedule and I miss it. I have decided to not mix the tracks myself, however. I love writing songs; I love producing them. I love writing code. I love studying math. I love being a husband and a father. I can only just barely stand mixing songs and my gear is pretty much inadequate at this point. I DO NOT feel like throwing more money at Avid so I think I will defer to the engineer that I have found out here. His name is Sean McCoy, and he is going to do a better job than I could. So we just need to nail the last vocal parts down and get in there and he can just do the rest. I want this album to be very strong. Sometimes you got to leave it to the experts.

Anyway, life is good. I’m on the right track. Every day I am grateful for my family, my work, and my home. I have created the life I wanted. Also, my wife is amazing. My daughter is amazing. I am blessed. And I love my dog.

Mooshoo is a Millennial but she identifies closely with the Beat generation.

Mooshoo is a Millennial but she identifies closely with the Beat generation.