Friday, November 13, 2009

Where have I been?

A very complicated question since there's not a single answer. A lot of things happened since September that required a lot of attention and time. Time that I couldn't put on blogging, designing, or programming. To be honest, I barely had time to game in the past two month.

First, we finally did the photoshoot for the album material of my dad's youth choir "La voix des jeunes" (The voice of the youth). This meant that a lot of work in the upcoming month or so had to be done to complete the design and post-production of all the graphic-elements of the album.

Sadly, this was compromised by a breakdown on my car. When the "Check Engine" light comes on it means "don't panic, but don't ignore me". But when it flashes, it means "get me to a mechanic right the **** now". This caught me really off guard. I had started saving a bit more money in order to potentially buy a new car, but I really didn't feel ready and I hadn't been shopping dealerships either. What I feared was that the repair was going to cost more than the value of my car, making me lose money regardless of what I chose to do. Fortunately, the repair wasn't that expensive.

Needless to say that this was a major kick behind to get me looking for a new car. The load of information when shopping for a new car is simply staggering. I spent evenings crunching numbers and adjusting my budget. Two exhausting weeks later I made the decision.

You'd think the troubles would be over and I could sit down and dive in the album design. But the Influenza A H1N1 pandemic got to a phase where our priorities for my department at work changed from "full speed" to "are you nuts?". I haven't done so much overtime in years. But it's alright. The only downfall is that I can't work on the album design and I'm really far behind.

I can't say I'm really back on my regular posting schedule. But things are starting to die down.