Life and Food Porn.

February 28, 2011, 1:46 pm
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Man, have I been slacking on the blog front.


Rock Hudson, about to find out what February feels like from James Dean.

Anyways, I thought I’d get a kick in the pants (or punch in the groin.) and write a little bit with onset of warmer weather. February seems to always have been the odd-month-out. I’m pretty sure something that comes with this month does something to the chemical balance in my brain, seeing as I always feel like I’ve been donkey-kicked in the chest by the end of it. Onwards and upwards, as I say! We shall not tarry here!

So, this all brings me to my next point. Seeing as my internship is coming to an end this May, I’ve decided to take it upon myself and adventure. I’ve called my friend Kasey in Hawaii, and (hopefully.) in the next couple of days I’ll be able to get a hold of her again. I’m going to give living in Hawaii a shot, and I’m going to try and live on a boat. (Or shoddy apartment, either way.) However, this might raise a few eyebrows for a couple of reasons:

  • I know nothing of boating. (except being on the rowing team in high school, but that doesn’t count.)
  • Odin needs to find some kind of employment whilst over there. (Blergh, I hate being an adult.)

So I might swing a job on the main island in the University of Hawaii, or just bum it out for a year or so. So far, my future is a bit of a blank check. Tentative plans all around, but adventures nonetheless.



Got to start somewhere, right?

On that note, I’ve also thrown in a couple of applications to LEGO in hopes of getting employment for their corporate site. (Since it’s been my dream to work with LEGO since, well, I don’t know, FOREVER.) This application is a bit of transition from the Hawaii idea, but it’s also a part of my new “get-up-and-go-adventure” attitude. I needed a jump-start, so I thought to myself “Well, I haven’t done anything ridiculous in a while, so this would be a good place to start.” I mean, why not learn a new language and work for an international company that makes creative toys? Hell, I’ve only been wanting to work for Lego since I became acquainted with them.

Anyways, so the idea so far is to throw in a couple of applications to get on Lego’s radar in hopes of becoming seen as an “interested” applicant. Meanwhile, I learn some languages (Spanish and Dutch primarily.) while I work on polishing up the ole’ resumé while I work a tech job here in Ohio for the next year or so. Fingers crossed, things will start pointing in the right direction. 🙂





Morning Edition: General Update.
July 22, 2010, 2:41 pm
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I have to say, these past couple of days have been pretty harsh on my morning “jump-out-of-bed-and-get-ready-to-tackle-the-day” routine. I feel that my phone is partially to blame, seeing as my iPhone has been acting up as of late. Little things like turning into “Brick Mode” when I try and call someone, not delivering text messages on time, as well as randomly shutting off my alarm has worn my patience incredibly thin. I’ve had enough of it, so I’ll be driving to the Apple store in Cleveland to get it checked out sometime soon. My co-workers have been having similar problems since the last Apple update, but I have a feeling that my phone is having a bit more of a rough time. (Considering that mine isn’t one of the new iPhones.) Still. The morning’s have been a little on the weak side, and I’m not such a fan of that.


One day, I'll get up, make pancakes, and promptly go back to sleep.

But while on the same subject of Apple products, I’ve had a hell of a time as of late getting my laptop up and running again. I need some kind of mobile device for working in the Instructional Technology department, so I thought I’d reformat my old MacBook Pro to take with me into work. I thought it would be as simple as just installing the operating system all over again and going from there. Apparently, I was wrong. My MacBook Pro has become so incredibly hot to touch while running, I could practically cook with the battery surface. (This, for the record, is NOT a good sign in the world of technology.) So, I’m going to also take this computer in to get looked at, but have come to terms with the fact that if it cannot be fixed, I should look into recycling it (and by recycling, I mean turning it back to Apple for they’re recycling program and picking up 300 odd dollars.) and picking up a refurbished new MacBook. (I know, I know. This whole bit is just a little nerd rant. I’m just a little frustrated, that’s all. ) But, I figure I’ll buy that refurbished model with time. I won’t be buying anything expensive anytime soon, the whole “trying to save money and work back my savings” thing keeps getting in the way.

As I am known to say, moving on!

In other news, I’ve been messing with some typography sites in hopes to spicing up the font on the blog, but we’ll see what happens. I have a feeling that there might be some substantial changes to the blog in coming weeks, mainly because I’d like to take it live on my own account. (Yay, my own domain name!) Only minor changes for now, in hopes of bigger changes down the road with designing my own website, eventually getting a book deal, then major motion picture, so on and so forth.

At work

Oh, you know. Just me at work.

We’re trying to develop some commercials to get the Instructional Technology’s policy and general mentality out on the student campus, and we’ve come up with a couple of ideas based on viral videos for things like Old Spice, ESPN Sportscenter, as well as the Mac Vs. PC commercials. Things have gotten a little busy in the office, mainly due to some coming changes in the department, but it seems that my resumé is going to be pretty damn polished and impressive after this next year. (Putting it lightly.) I can’t wait for students to be back on campus. I feel like I’m doing quite a bit of prep work, hopefully that’ll pay off.

One of my co-workers, Joe, was offered a job at Stanford University, and will be moving out to join the legion of brilliant technologists out in CA. While highly impressive to be invited to work for such a prestigious university, it is slightly intimidating to hear about how one hardened veteran of the College of Wooster circuit will be leaving some of his duties to me, the lowly intern. While he’s given me some pretty solid advice in regards to the workplace, I can’t help but think about how…

  1. My year just got hit by the “Gonna be real busy” stamp.
  2. My job is really intense.
  3. I still have no idea what to do with my life, but I still want to get out of Ohio.
  4. Will need to have #3 figured out at least by January. (Or have more of a firm plan as to what I’m doing. Who knows.)

Anyway, I’m sure this next year should prove to be interesting. If you know who Joe is in the office, give him your best. He’s a great guy, and I’m sure California will treat him well. I’m going to rouse up my spirits and take courage from the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

PS, the next food porn post will be yet another epic one. I have a feeling that burgers might be on the menu!

The Unpacked Life: Apartment Living.
July 12, 2010, 1:57 pm
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Seriously, it's changed so little

This is an image of the apartment thus far. I'll get a better panorama, I promise. Click it if you want to see it a bit bigger!

Let the record show that I was completely unhinged when I thought I’d be able to fit all that I needed to live in an apartment into a Honda Civic. Ridiculously unhinged. I thought about how I could make a bookshelf out of cinder blocks and wooden planks, and then suddenly realized, “Hey, if I’m getting a modest apartment, it’s going to be practically bare when I move there. Man up, get a truck, get some stuff in that sucker.

The Frog

This is how I feel about curtains.

Honestly, I hate it when that little voice in my head is right. Oh, man. Was that little voice right though. I’m glad I brought most, if not all of my stuff with me though. The most difficult of the entire trip had to be the books and my old, charcoal dresser. I mean, that little voice in my head did have a point, I mean, what’s the use of having furniture of your own if you actually never use it? Anyways, I have practically all of my stuff in this little apartment, and it still seems so incredibly bare. What I really need to start doing is getting some posters and artwork up on the walls. I would start writing on the walls, because I find that helps me write more often and get my thoughts out simultaneously, but I doubt my little landlady would like that. I do have one gripe about the place I’m in currently, and that’s the fact that the great Curtain Debacle of 2010 has taken over my little living room. One would think that this sounds ridiculous to have a grown man complaining about curtains, but I’m currently sick of the fact that I have curtains, and I can’t simply put them up like a normal person. It’s been a smorgasbord of events that have inhibited me from doing so. (The curtain rod won’t screw into the window, the rod is too short, ect.) I even tried just getting blinds, but even the blinds I got were too small! (Oh man, was that even more infuriating.) So, currently the only room I have curtains in is my bedroom, which is incredibly nice, but nothing in the living room. I can’t believe how I even took curtains for granted. Sheesh. Normal people don’t think about things like this, I swear. One day, I’ll get curtains in the living room. One day…

The place is nice though. I’ve got a little kitchen, a little bathroom, a slightly large living room, and a ridiculous bedroom. Like, I don’t know what to do with myself this place is so slightly big. It’s nice though, I like being on my own. Moving on from my little apartment woes, I’ll give you all food porn later today as well. You’re going to like this one, because it’s themed! Specifically, with SUGAR!

And thus, the process beings.

Life Update!
November 19, 2009, 6:49 pm
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Wow. Been a long time since I’ve actually had something to write about other than food. I thought I’d give everybody who reads this a good couple of updates. You know, shoot the breeze. The whole bit. School is kicking ass and taking names. I feel like I’m super behind in my work, but Karin (my professor overlooking my project.) tells me so far that I’m doing pretty nicely on my I.S thus far. I’ve even come up with a tentative title! (I’m actually really excited about that, oddly enough.) For all of you that don’t know what I’m working on for my I.S, I’ll give you a quick run down. After taking so many classes in college that are based around fictional writing, as well as creative stories, I thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of this instead of trudging along my original idea of analyzing the history of monsters within literature. (Though that is something I’d like to try and flush out one day.) So, I set my heart on creating a collection of ‘flash fiction.’ If your unfamiliar with flash fiction, well, your not alone. Flash fiction is determined to be stories ranging from 3-8 pages in length, and have been increasingly popular in modern  literary circles of contemporary fiction.

How cool is that?!

One day, when I have a panic button installed in my house, I want these to shoot out of the windows.

Without boring you to absolute death with the details, I’ll explain about my collection a little bit more. In regards to what exactly I’m writing about, my stories are a slight bit more Gothic than the average fair. So far, my favorite stories include a boy’s terrifying first visit to a barber, a mechanic who wants to leave this normal life and head on off to a world of cowboy-induced fantasies, a voyeur who watches others from his telescope and creates elaborate stories about their daily lives, as well as a groom-to-be who becomes stranded on the famed Route 66. Currently, I’m working on my final story for the collection, which is my longest thus far. (I’m aiming for a rough 30-35 pages.) The story centers around a characters portrayal of his collection of scars, and is slightly a reference to a fictionalized portrayal of my own scars. How I got them and what they mean to me, but through the voice of a different character. We’ll see how people like it though. Fingers crossed!

It's coming!

I miss snow, hopefully it'll come soon.

This winter has been the warmest I’ve ever experienced thus far in my lifetime. Or at least I’m pretty sure that’s the case. Currently, it’s been rainy and close to fifty-five degrees IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER. That’s pretty messed up if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather, but I really do enjoy snow. I’m pretty sure I’m just built for winter weather through those wonderful Norwegian genetics I’ve got. We’ve only really had one real snow shower thus far this year, and that was still pretty weak. Nothing stuck, and I’m just lying in wait for December to plop some seriously heavy snow on us all at once. I imagine that sound would be something close to a “PAH-LUmph.” if that were to actually happen. Did you know that if something close to two feet of snow were to literally drop from the sky all at once, it would level entire buildings? Crazy.


Maybe I like winter just because of the fireplaces.

That all being said, I’m gearing up for a Thanksgiving Food Frenzy Friday! I’ve got a plethora of recipes I need to log into my books, and I’m sure to be posting a good collection of delicious favorites. I’m going to be better in the coming weeks about updating, so keep checking back from time to time! (Either if you want to check in on the old Odin, or just want to see some delicious food.) I’m going to be experimenting this break on particular food-oriented presents for my fellow food enthusiasts here in Wooster, so be sure to check in and see how those turn out. (I’m thinking Eggnog flavored cheesecake with a gingerbread crust. What do you think?)