Leaving Berkeley

Have I mentioned that Hannah is amazing? Because she totally is. Not only did Hannah help me get my layout back up on my WordPress, BUT she also explained what she did in such a simple, beautiful manner that I think I’ll be able to fix whatever glitch I make next time around. Hopefully, at least.

Anyhow, having that terrible generic WordPress page up for a few days inspired me to make a new layout! About time, right? I’m actually really proud of it. It features a photo I captured last Wednesday in Colorado Springs. And, to add an even greater personal touch, the header font is my handwriting!

About a month ago I decided to make a few personal fonts for the copies of Fear of Tears I give out to friends. The novel features quite a bit of Post-It notes, so I figured it’d be fun to make each character’s font unique. ANYWAY, I wound up using Hayden’s (or, er, my) font for the new site header! It makes me giggle because I’m a bit of a nerd.

But yes, I only have FireFox installed on my laptop, so I’m not sure what the layout looks like in other browsers. Let me know if there’s anything funny going on. I know the header is a bit large/long, but whatever. I like it. 🙂

In other news, I’ve returned to Berkeley. My departure from Colorado was rather epic, as an insane blizzard made the I-25 icy and nasty and scary and slippery and dangerous to drive on. Needless to say, the trip up to Denver was a bit nerve racking, but Fayie is amazing and still managed to get me to the airport with an hour to spare.

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Somewhere in between Colorado Springs & Denver.

California is currently having a rather ridiculous heatwave (97F in Orange County/86F in Berkeley), so my body is in a bit of a temperature shock. If anything though, the physical discomfort is keeping me from noticing how much I miss Fayie, all of my other friends, and Colorado in general. The ten days passed by FAR too quickly.

To add to my mental/physical/everything craziness, I move out of my Northern CA studio and back down to my family’s house in Orange County this weekend. I have a lot of mixed (mostly negative) feelings about it, but I’m trying to stay positive. It is what it is and I’m going to make the best of it.

The pros of living back at home in Southern CA:

  • I get to be with my babies Bellatrix & Leo 24/7!

  • Being able to drive my amazing Mini Cooper again! I MISS driving!

  • Being with my family, obviously.

  • Being near the few friends I have down there.

  • Having my own bedroom and bathroom – not having to share a studio.

  • Being able to save money in preparation to move to Colorado in the next year.

  • Getting to cook is a wonderfully large kitchen again and prepare meals/baked good for more mouths than my own. I HATE cooking single serving meals.

I’m not going to list the cons of the OC, but focus on the pros. And the pros really are great! So it’s okay! My time in Berkeley has been absolutely incredible, but the moment has come for this chapter to close.