I’ve been working a bit lately on my website, as you can tell by the new theme. I really need to start planning for the future if I’m going to try to move into doing art professionally next year — and a major part of that is having a professional website that’s more than a simple blog. (I did have a nice one set up to sell prints when I lived in Philly, but I dismantled it when I left.) So I’ve been reforming some of the code and playing with themes to get a structure I like… I’ll hopefully be able to change the graphics to something a bit more “Matt” soon, but for now these graphics are nice enough.
Since getting out of the hospital life has been slowly returning to a normal pace and a normal feeling. This past weekend was Aeon’s Halloween Party weekend, adults on Saturday and kids on Sunday… so it was a busy weekend. (I’m starting to get sick of being told to work on weekends rather than asked… Parties are one thing, but lessons are another. No sir, I don’t like it.)
Last weekend, after coming home from Fukui, Hitomi and I went to the Takefu Chrysanthemum Dolls. It was the same as last year, but it was still kind of cool — and kind of creepy. I ate ramen, my first real meal since getting out of the hospital, and even though it was shitty mass-produced festival ramen, it was soooooo good!!! Hitomi made fun of me for enjoying it so much.
That week we had to get Halloween costumes, which if you remember from last year, are a pain the arse to find in Japan (and Amazon.com rarely ships clothing to Japan). I was supposed to be Captain Hook upon request from work, but I couldn’t find a decent pirate costume, let alone Hook that was available in Japan and under 15,000 yen. So I settled for Mario, who is cooler than Captain Hook any day. Hitomi dressed as a Japanese ghost after many hours of insiting and begging and pleading on my part for her to wear a costume.
Both parties were very fun, and everyone was really nice to me upon my return to work. It had been a long time since I was able to enjoy work so this week was refreshing in that aspect. I’ve got to remember to keep a more positive mind and not focusing only on the bad side of things or else I’ll end up in a depression.
This week’s weather has been cool to cold and dark and rainy, which I absolutely love. The smells and feeling of the air is making me nostalgic of the good memories I had last year, as well as spending time with Hitomi before we were dating. Today there was a great rainstorm which cheered me up a lot. As I was writing and working on my page today, I looked out the window and saw an amazing double rainbow *right outside my window*. The most amazing part of it was how close it was. I could actually see where both ends hit the ground! (No pots of gold though. 🙁 ) Moving back and forth I could see the rainbow arch and slide around as if it were a real object… really cool!