I could have alternately titled this entry “Where’s Hoyden” a la “Where’s Waldo?” I haven’t been playing World of Warcrack at all in the past month and a half (Hoyden is the name of the hot, undead warlock character I have been playing as of late). I have a new addiction. It’s gotten so bad that I have officially blown off the last few weeks of my Japanese class in order to feed it. It’s gotten so bad that after more or less settling on the half-baked plan for my immediate future — half-baked is about as far as I ever get in terms of planning a head; I’m much more of a “damn the torpedoes/rarely bother to look before I leap/follow your whim/heart/passion/hot pair of legs walking by” kind of person – I’ve half-formed an entirely new half-baked idea for my future (grad school without the necessity of preparing for/taking the GRE – can I get a “hell yeah?”). My addiction has gotten so bad that with the exception of having to celebrate a romantic snafu with copious amounts of mind-numbing drink this weekend, it has pretty much taken over my free time. And sometimes my shouldn’t-be-free time.
My new drug of choice? [tag]Photoshop CS2[/tag]. Having the full version of [tag]Photoshop[/tag], on top of having purchased a digital SLR (you can read about that here), has made me inordinately happy. Like “crackhead-purchased-a-never-ending-supply-of-premium-grade-crack” happy. I’ve rediscovered my love of [tag]photography[/tag], only now what used to be a laborious matter of hours in a darkroom takes only a few moments. And there is a whole new artistic realm of digital imaging that I’m just discovering. It’s like I had this really intense, serious girlfriend in highschool that I was madly in love with, and we went off to college together, but drifted apart as I discovered other loves. And now we’ve reunited 20 years later, and she’s still the same beautiful girl I loved so passionately, but there’s much more too her, and she’s left old baggage behind (like her smelly chemicals). She can still be an expensive date (I just dropped a grand on a telephoto and wide-angle lenses last week), but I love her more than ever. I actually look forward to Mondays, because that’s when my evening digital imaging and photography classes meet.