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100% human, which is an interesting experience so far.
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😴 2am again. Time for bed. Successful first official moving day. Finished the day with assembling Mozzie’s bed…finished at 1am 🙈 but he’s in his new bed on the first night. Sleeping on the couch for me tonight. Final everything tomorrow.

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@mbkriegh Thank you 🙏🏼

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@Miraz Thank you!

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@fgtech appreciated!!

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☕ Up and moving! Coffee first then loading up a few more things before finding some food.

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💨 Van filled with boxes, will run it all over tomorrow. Next few days are going to be wild. Marking tonight as my last night in the apartment with a cigar out on the shared balcony (first in a while!). Next cigar will be in full sun on my deck, listening to birds sing their songs.

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📦 making and packing boxes, throwing stuff in, loading up my dad's van (thanks Dad!), and hopefully doing a run out to the townhouse tonight (if I have the energy). Home stretch!

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☕ Second round of coffee. Final leather dye work in this studio apartment, final photos as-well.

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🌞 sunshine!!

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Grateful log for Thu, 16 May 2024

  1. Full sun and blue sky
  2. Tonight will be my last night in the apartment!
  3. Last bit of work for the week, and I get to make something special :-)

It started as an empty box. It started with my marriage being in limbo. When I moved here I was moving out of my parent’s house for the second time. The first time was when I was 21, just a few weeks before getting married to my high school sweet heart and best friend. I moved back in on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 as I was no longer welcome in my home with my wife and son, my marriage crumbling before my eyes.

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@alexink ...and game night has been a solid add to our routine, I'm happy to have it! He's been grounded from all screens, thus the implementation, but we are going to implement very strong time limits after his grounded period is over. He's a completely different kid without the blue light!

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@alexink Thank you...extremely overwhelmed at the moment...eager to get the move completed!

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Grateful log for Wed, 15 May 2024

  1. Game night last night (Mozzie is currently obsessed with playing LIFE)
  2. Submitted what will hopefully excuse me from jury duty
  3. I am oh so close to moving out of my apartment!!!!!!!!!

screenshot from my journal. I have a few countdown type things run when I start up my morning writing routine, one of them is counting down towards when I live in my new house, just 3 days to go!

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☔ Oh hey look, day onebajillion of rain and zero sun! Spring weather is out there somewhere...and hopefully Summer is in the wings waiting!

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The Strathmere leather weekend will be available for sale this week. I’ll be launching with a discount, and then will throw in a deeper discount to folks who’ve put their email address on “the list” (form at the bottom of this page). Otherwise, I’ll just keep talking about it :-)

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🌧️ Rainy afternoon. Chipping away at all sorts of things, all will finish by Thursday. Coffee.

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Grateful log for Tue, 14 May 2024

  1. Full night of rest
  2. Couch assembled at the townhouse
  3. A clear path for the day ahead

I never use glue when making something. Especially in my woodworking projects, and most of the time in my leather projects. I always have the future in mind: what if this bag comes back for repair? What if I need to disassemble this, move it, and put it back together again?

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@matthewlang oh my 😍

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@gregmoore I'm tired of all of it at this point :-) A lot of me is longing for the simpler days of not being so connected.

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@alexink boom, feel like a new man 😂 dreams and all!

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@alexink doing so now...before I don't. Almost talked myself out of it already. Just 20 minutes will help!

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Day reorganized, some things moved to tomorrow. Power nap now, then coffee and knocking out a lingering annoyance so the rest of the week is clear. Tomorrow through Thursday will be mostly focused. Friday is a move day. Saturday the final move day. Here we go!

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😪 That earlier than planned alarm is catching up to me already. Afternoon crash is real. A nap is needed, but I have too much to do (as always)...but it may be the best way to remain as efficient as possible.

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@jsonbecker I have on my never end list of things to make a messenger bag for laptop + office/work essentials. Can't make any recommendations, but am curious to know what your requirements are for the bag if you wouldn't mind sharing :-)

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@amerpie Yep, this is the last Monday here! Just a few more days to go!

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@maique yep, its the constant nagging or constant feeling of "I need to check something" or really just the constant access to things that has become oh so exhausting. I'm good to not know (how well I've slept or not), I'm good to write a thought in my notebook to research later, I'm good to check email later, etc. And the watch stuff is nice to get into again, I'm going back through all of the recommendations that were given to me here on m.b as I look to get a few more watches.

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I’ve all but stopped wearing my Apple Watch, only putting it on when walking/hiking/biking/etc. Have enjoyed wearing a non-smart watch the rest of the time. I’ve also been deleting a lot of apps from my phone, using it less and less each day. Have had better clarity as a result, based on both changes, and ... aaronaiken.micro.blog
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Will make a few limited edition leather cigar cases with this beauty.

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Grateful log for Mon, 13 May 2024

  1. The sleep I was able to get
  2. Early start to the day (Raining Dumpsters)
  3. A break from the rain today
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☕ Alright. Calling it. Making coffee.

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🥱 Jolted awake at 5:15 by the garbage truck banging dumpsters around, mind immediately started thinking about the day and now can’t get back to sleep. Was hoping for another hour or so.

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🌞 Is that sunshine I see!?

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@amerpie have not heard of this one before!

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@fgtech it is! Nothing too fun here though, just cut the tape and reveal the leather bins :-)

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@tracydurnell thank you!

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@BestofTimes yes, same! This one is lovely!

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Part of my job can also include constructing custom shipping boxes. 7 leather bins between the two of these custom boxes :-)

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Leather bins complete. Time to ship!

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Grateful Log for Thu, 09 May 2024

  1. Have been sleeping good lately
  2. Have also been on a very good streak at addressing pain as it starts
  3. Nearing the final week of living in my apartment!
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@GoranVee once stitched up they'll be 12x12x12 inch leather bins.

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Time to stitch the bottom for each bin. They are lovely but I’m ready to get these shipped!

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@alexink I know, I know...thankfully my morning self is more realistic than my late night self. "Bro, you got to bed late working, just get the sleep you need."

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@jaheppler Thanks :-)

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@alexink awesome, thank you!

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@alexink very close!

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@patrickrhone oof...soon! I'm still fighting with myself on that particular detail...

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@patrickrhone one can never have too many bags!

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@troykitch very nice!!

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@dwalbert love the setup you have there, hope it is a good turnout for you!