Monday, February 25, 2008

What's Up With Jaycatt? :D

First, the music news! Check out www.thesixtyone.com, a great little site where people can vote on music and bands. Frogg has a page there, as do I, and we have a duet page too! I recently did three different solo shows, which is unusual for me! Here's a link to the show I did for Carter and Gillian at the Heron Island stage (careful, it's about 120MB!). I sing a lot more on it, than usual, which is kind of fun really! If the link doesn't work, then you're probably checking this out much later than posted, and I've had to take it down to save space.

In other news, Hunter and I are getting along just wonderfully together. We bought a dresser, a kitchen table, and a new computer desk, and are really starting to shape up the house to be more accomodating. The extra bedroom is now an office, with his and his computers, and a comfy futon couch. Actually a very nice place to just hang out. Hunter's been cooking the meals, and doing an amazing job, I might add! It's so good, I need to break out the exercise bike again and start getting a bit more in shape. :D

Slowly but surely we're clearing up the clutter, and getting into the nice routine of how to construct the mornings before I go to work, and the evenings when I've got a show or don't. It's a learning process, but very rewarding, and I couldn't be happier. We're also learning how to be more frugal, with CostCo meat purchases, and cheap sides and salads to round out a meal. Browsing the day-old bread department is an excellent way to get cheap after-dinner desserts too, as we found a cherry pie for less than $2 the other day!

Hope you are all well, I'll write more some other time!

Monday, February 11, 2008

We're Here!

Yay, we made it back up to Oregon without a hitch! Hunter and I are now finally together, after all this time, and it's truly wonderful. We're both still settling in, and getting used to being together full time. There's plenty to do before things are completely settled and functional, but also lots of time to do it!

I arrived in LA about 8:45PM on Thursday last, and was picked up by Hunter and a good friend of his. We wanted to go to dinner at a wonderful Italian place, called Cafe 322, but they had just stopped serving dinner, so we ended up at Carrow's, which was still pretty good, mainly due to the company :D Afterwards, Hunter and I went back to his folks' house, and we tried to get as much sleep as possible before waking up at 5:30AM to head up north. The car was packed to the roof in the backseat and trunk, but still had a nice lot of room for both of us in the driver and passenger seats. We ended up listening to the Star Wars radio drama for most of the trip, which really made the time fly by...

We headed out early and got to Harris Ranch about 10:45 or so, just in time to still get breakfast of steak and eggs. It was absolutely fantastic tasting food. Then we headed up north again, stopping in Davis, CA to eat at the Redrum Burger with another good friend. Didn't have much, though, due to the amount of food from Harris Ranch!

We finally pulled into Redding, CA at about 6:30PM or so, dead tired of driving. It was the perfect stop. Had a pretty nice sized hotel room and got some much needed rest. Got a little food at the local Marie Callendar's and watched some 'Allo 'Allo before hitting the sack. I love that show :D

The next day was a nice easy drive actually starting at about 8am, considering the Siskiyou pass wasn't totally overloaded with snow as it had been the weekend before. Extremely pretty drive, too, with snow covered hills and wonderfully white and "nature-ific" snowy vistas. Finally into Oregon, we stopped for a bit at the Seven Feathers for a bit of gaming, then back up the 5 to Eugene, arriving around 4PM! Wouldn't want to drive that even once a year, but all-in-all it was pretty painless.

Anyway, really glad to be back, and home with my love, ready to start our lives together. Lots of planning to do, like I said, but eager to get started! I suspect it'll take a week or two before it finally sinks in that I won't be needing to take him back to the airport any time soon. :)

Monday, February 04, 2008

Personal excitement builds!

Hey there folks! Been a while since I've written a blog entry, so I thought I'd drop a line to let you know how things are going on my end.

Mainly, I've been super busy in RL working with Hunter on getting the house ready for the Big Move, which is taking place this next weekend. That's right, after February 9th, we'll finally be together for good, up here in Eugene. It's going to be a big change for both of us, but a definate change for the better. Hunter was just visiting last weekend, for the third (or fourth?) time, and it just feels more like home when he's there, and big and empty when he's not. Well, internally... I'm never truly alone, since I have one of my very best friends (and musical companion) renting a room and just across the hall, but my heart feels empty, and detached somehow. When Hunter is there, things just feel complete, you know? I can't really describe it, but I imagine anyone living together in a relationship will understand. It's quite a foreign feeling for me, but it's one of the best feelings I think I've experience since I was a kid.

I have to admit, it wasn't as sad an experience, getting him to the airport yesterday for the trip back to LA. Now, it feels more like he's already here, and just taking a short "business trip" away for a few days. Not the other way around. Hard to believe that I'll be winging my way down there myself in just three days! He feels the same way: Eugene just feels more like "home" than LA does. I don't think it's just the lack of furniture in his old place, either :)

We've both got our work cut out for us over these next three days, although he's got more going on than I do. Hunter's tasks involve cleaning up his old place, boxing things up, and deciding what to take/keep, and loading up the car. My responsibility is mainly getting the garage in a condition where two cars can once again park comfortably in it. Not a huge chore, as I cleaned it out already a while back, but there's still some work to do. I bought a lot of storage supplies today to start building "up" instead of "out" with the clutter that's already in the garage :D

Aside from the Second Life shows and IMs, I may not be around too much for the next week or two, as we get acclimated into our new lives together. It's going to be quite an adventure, and one I can't wait to get started on. No more will we be trying to squeeze the maximum amount of time together into two or three short days. We'll actually be able to go to bed early if we just feel like it, and not think we're wasting time during a visit.

There's plenty to do once he gets here, in terms of sorting out his boxes and clearing some room for his stuff (I think I should invest in Rubbermade, as I'll be buying quite a few of those things!), but we'll take that slow, because there's plenty of time for it all. We'll need to get a dresser for the bedroom, and another desk for his PC, as well as a breakfast table (I used to eat on my way to work or at work, but I'm going to start having actual meals in the morning before I leave... that'll be a novel concept!). A lot of this stuff won't fit into my car, so I'll need to look into renting some type of towing trailer for it (I have a trailer hitch on the back, so that should be fairly cheap).

Anyway, time to get back to work. If you'd like to contact me in Yahoo, I have it on pretty much all day, under the username "Jaycatt".