Thursday, December 29, 2005

Christmas is over, and time to begin a new year!

I have not blogged in awhile, since my life has been busy! Dave was here and I had a great time and since then it seems like life has been on overdrive. While Dave was here, or right before, I found out from Donna(my roommate) that her boyfriend David would be moving in. Therefore I was on the search for a new place.

This all worked out for the best for everyone, since I decided to get a jump on it before the holidays to see what was out there for roommate situations. Well, when you have a roommate who has been as awesome to live with as it has been with Donna, it is hard to find a similar situation. Also, every place I was looking at seemed to have all these "extras" that I would not use and did not need.

In the last few months, I have learned to cut away expenses that are not needed and only focus on what I need to make it. So with that in mind, I didnt think I should have to pay half of a $100 cable bill when I dont even watch tv anymore and frankly I dont miss it! With this in mind, I started looking to see what apts were out there. Never thinking that one: I would find one in a nice area that I could afford and two: if I would ever get approved, with the way I have shot my credit since moving to Seattle.

Well surprisingly I found one!

It is small, they call it a studio, since the only room with a door is the bathroom, but due to the layout it feels more like a one bedroom. Also due to the affordable price, I though, this is going to be a shithole in a crappy section. Ha! My surprise when not only was it a nice building, but it is in a nice area. For those of you who know Seattle, it is in the Greenlake area. For those of you who dont, Greenlake is about 2 miles east of where I am currently living in Magnolia, it is north of the city and gets its name from the manmade lake that sits directly south two blocks from my apt. This is a mecca for Seattlites to walk around, run around, use the playing fields. One of the nicest open green areas in Seattle! Thank you to my parents for helping me with the $ to get my apt!

So needless to say I am very very exicted! Besides my apt at LSC when I was hall director, this will be my first own apt! I have enjoyed living with others, but I am going to love to have my own place! I dont even have furniture in it yet and I have already been hanging out there. This move, unlike the one in August, is fun! I am taking stuff over and deciding where I can put things, what I can use where and most exciting of all...what color to paint! Yes, I can paint it! I am not a white walls kinda of guy. Life is more exciting than that! The downers, I have to pay to do laundry and you cant have dogs....oh well. Cant get it all. The many upsides: It is on a nice quiet street. I can walk to an excellent Mexican place, two thai places, the lake...of course, a grocery store, two coffee places(one being a Starbucks) and i am a short drive from the freeway and very centrally located to get to many of my favorite areas of the city.

Donna and David are helping me move the furniture on Saturday, so on New Years Day, I can ring in the new year in my own place. I think this is an excellent start to 2006!

2005 has not been the easiest year for me. A lot of downs as well as some ups! I dont want to focus on the negative, just learn from them. In 2005, I have made some amazing friends and had some incredible experiences, not to be forgotten anytime soon. In 2005 I found a new job with a company that I love, even if they do drive me crazy some days, I enjoy getting up everyday and getting to come and work here.

I think 2006 will bring about some major changes for me in the workplace as well, one has to wait and see. I dont want to jinx it. If things do happen at work the way I see them shaping up, then all the hard work and tough choices I have made in the last 3 years since moving to Seattle will be all worth it. I dont regret my move here at all. Some days I do miss the comforts of the fimilar and there have been days where I thought to myself, maybe I should just pack it in and go back to what I know. Not the case anymore. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and damn its been a long tunnel some days! I love my city that I call home. I realized just how much I loved it here while Dave was visiting me. It was so much fun to take him around and show him where I live.

So...with only 2 days (and what is left of this one) to go till 2006, I say goodbye to 2005 and thanks for teaching me so much this year. What I lost in 2005 is gone for good and has been replaced with many happy memories! I am coming out of this year a better person as well as stronger. To all my new friends, thanks you have been very supportive and I look forward to more fun in 2006!

Now, here are some photos of the new place. The last photo is of the painting I received from David for Christmas. This is one of his originals. The first time I visited his studio this fall, I fell in love with this painting and he framed and matted it for me. Thanks David!

Enjoy the photos....









Monday, December 19, 2005

My overbearingly Bright Christmas Tree!

Merry Christmas! Here is my very bright red Christmas tree. It is currently at work, but I will be taking it home for Christmas. I love it! HoHoHo!!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wrong, oh so wrong!!

This link was sent to me by a friend and it is wrong, so wrong! LOL! But hey, I figured I am on the one way train to Hell anyway, ticket purchased, bags are packed...so why not have some fun!

Join in the fun for the holidays and help to dress Jesus!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Dave Bruce lands in Seattle!

One of my best friends in the world, Mr. Dave Bruce arrived in Seattle on Saturday! It has been fun to show Dave around this great city that I call home. I have to say, at the airport I didnt even recognize him, since the last time I saw him, he has lost 50 lbs! He had to walk up behind me and say "Michael Woodward" before I knew it was him.

We have been busy cruising all over the city checking out the sites. Tonight we are taking in a Sonics game, which I am very excited about, since watching a game live is 10 times better than suffering thru watching it on tv. Who wants to listen to the announcers going on and on, not me.

Here are some pics of Dave and I. The first one is of us on top of the Space Needle, the second is of Dave at the Space Needle, the next one is of Dave talking to his Mom while having lunch at Pike Place Market, the last one is Dave with the Fruitcake Fairy at Pike Place Market. I am sure there will be more pictures later. bye!