Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here. So long, in fact, that my last post references my wife, whom I've been (amicably) separated from for almost 5 months. I guess it's time to update you guys on what's going on with me.
Since my last post, I've officially been named one of the three Buffalo Joes, as I've taken on a role with The Buffalo Joes' Booking & Promotions. This stemmed from my attempt to create a one-stop destination site for all things music in the Buffalo/Niagara region, which is an ongoing project that I'm currently taking a moment away from to refresh and approach with new ideas. A moment in which I'm writing this blog post. I've got a renewed interest in the local music scene, and these two projects are helping me reconnect in a new way, being active while not being a performer.
It's summer, which means I've been mostly up to going to as many free outdoor shows as I can. Earlier tonight I saw Street Dogs and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Next week I'm going to see "Weird Al" Yankovic for the second time, and the following week I'm going to see Reel Big Fish and the Sublime tribute band Badfish. There's nothing I love more than a good live show.
That's pretty much everything that's going on since the last time I posted. I'm hoping to put together a show with some great local bands on my birthday as a launch party for my new music site. I'll try to pop back in here more often and keep everybody up to date on what's going on in my life.
So. I weigh 190 lbs. My friend just got down to that weight, and I'm happy for him because that was his goal, but I'm UP to that weight for the first time in my life, and I feel like complete crap. I get out of breath bending over to tie my boots when I'm getting ready for work, let alone walking to the bus stop in the freezing cold temperatures and mounds of snow we're getting in Buffalo. So needless to say, I am completely out of shape and I hate it.
I had been going to the gym for a little while, documented via Tumblr, and I was making some progress there, but when the cold weather hit that year, I started slacking, and then the gym was bought out by LA Fitness, and I decided I didn't want to trade in my local gym membership for a corporate gym membership and canceled my membership. Meanwhile, I started doing DDP YOGA, which I absolutely love. My problem is that everytime I start, I find some excuse not to do it. "Well, this person was supposed to come over and do this with me, I don't want to get too far ahead." Eventually, I started running with it and doing it every day - before I fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed my car. Then I was too sore to do DDP YOGA. So I got out of it again. Now I have a start/stop relationship with the program again. I feel like Diamond Dallas Page is going to jump out of the TV at some point and hit me with a Diamond Cutter.
Meanwhile, my amazing wife started really focusing on losing weight. She became a vegetarian, joined a gym, and lost a bunch of weight. She looks incredible, and she says she feels great too. I tried going to the gym with her but wound up spending all of my time walking on the treadmill and watching The Big Bang Theory. I just wasn't into it at all, so I didn't go anymore.
So now, I'm just some overweight, balding, out of shape dude with a smoking hot wife, and I feel like complete shit about it. Yesterday, I decided to hit DDP YOGA again. I didn't overdo it, I did YRG Energy, the first real workout in the set, and rather than say "screw it" and jump right into YRG Fat Burner, I backed off and stopped after one workout, while I still felt good. On top of that, I decided to jump in and get the DailyBurn free trial. My wife has been wanting to get it, and since I feel like complete crap, I figure I'd check it out so maybe the two of us can work out at home and I can start slow. I also need to start eating better, which I tend to do at home because she likes to eat healthy, but not so much when I'm at work. I drink a 24oz Pepsi every night at work because I rely on the caffiene to keep me awake at my boring overnight job. She keeps telling me to drink green tea. And water. Because I never drink water unless I'm working out. I'll go through a glass or two during my DDP YOGA sessions. I'm 33 years old, I need to turn this around and start getting into better habits and generally feeling better. My hot wife deserves to have a husband who is in shape, at least. Right?
So the other day I downloaded all of the files on my old server so that I could cancel it - but what I failed to do was download the databases. AGAIN. So I went to Archive.org and recovered every old article from the old ThinkSoJoE's Thoughts that I could and posted them here as archive posts.
And a random question. How long is Today that it starts at 2AM on NBC?
So. I just sent it out. My WordPress theme that I've been working on for a little while now that's based on the one I did for BoredHockeyFan. I submitted it to ThemeForest, rather than the official WordPress theme directory simply because I feel it's good enough to make some money on. Maybe I'm wrong. Either way, the files are all uploaded and the theme is awaiting review. So maybe a little later on I'll be able to jump on here and say "Hey! I'm approved!"
Really, I put way too much time into that. But now it's done and I can focus more on client sites. In fact, I updated one yesterday morning. I'm also preparing to launch a new site devoted exclusively to my web design in an effort to attract more clients. It's pretty much ready to go, I just need to update some of the stock pictures I'm using as placeholders at the moment. I'll get on that soon enough.
Hey folks. I just installed a new text editor on the backend of this site, so I just wanted to check it out and make sure it works. The old one was, well, old.
I haven't posted here in nearly a month, so this is probably a good opportunity to let everybody know what I've been working on. I re-designed BoredWrestlingFan, and since then I was working on a client site. Unfortunately that got derailed by BoredHockeyFan causing complete havoc on my old server. So I had to move that over and wound up designing a great look for it. So great, in fact, I decided that I want to try and market it as a WordPress theme. So since then I've been working on making it fully customizable within WordPress so anybody can download it and make it their own.
I do have to get back to my client site. It's almost done, I just need to finish it up.
When that's done, I think I'll work on making my CMS that I designed years ago to use here and on other sites I made suitable for a public release. I think this new text editor is a step in that direction.
I updated my portfolio here on thinksojoe.com, so check it out if you get a chance!