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Recently I have started to really love my apartment. I went through and got rid of a ton of stuff I didn't need - giving a lot to Goodwill, selling some books over at our local second-hand bookstore, and giving some things away to other people who could make better use of the items than I could. I reorganized things so there is a much better flow and less clutter. I have plans to (hopefully this summer) paint, put up some artwork (helloooo Etsy :D), and refinish some of the furniture and cabinetry that I have now.

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I tend to not discuss more personal things here, but I needed to get all of this out. I don't intend for this to turn into some sort of philosophical/religious debate.

I've been pulling myself back a bit from things lately and disconnecting. A lot of people have noticed it and I hope it isn't something that is being taken personally. I consider myself to be a pretty optimistic person (obnoxiously so, to some), but I seem to have hit some sort of wall of depression that has left me a little... broken.

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Slimming down Google Reader

Discovering the magic that is an RSS feed changes the way I viewed the internet. Instead of having a massive folder of daily reads (which had grown to an amazing size over the previous 5 or 8 years), all of the updated content came to me. It seemed a novel idea - I saved so much time by not having to check sites that hadn't updated (and I would check multiple times a day. Okay, so I get a little obsessed.). I quickly pulled the RSS feeds of all of the sites that had them (and urged those that didn't in the right direction. Not entirely selfish on my part...

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