A day in the life…

Ever since I became a “freelancer” my routine and habits have changed drastically. Not only has been affected because of my new found “profession” but some other life events as well. It got pretty much all over the place, a little out of control some may say. And it was like that for a while, trying to figure things out and dealing with it. However, things have changed recently. Still a freelancer but now I can say I am also a stay-home dad — and it’s excellent.

Needless to say, my personal routine has changed again. But this time things are a little more interesting. First thing in the morning, Marley wakes up (before everybody else of course), I change her diaper, prepare milk, give her the milk and sometimes she might go back to sleep. Some other times she doesn’t fall back asleep because we need to drop off mama at work. After either she wakes up, or we get back, I make coffee (always coffee first — always). I also prepare myself some breakfast. Usually, two eggs scrambled with veggies. I prepare something for the little one as well, a plate with fruits, cereal and a piece of chocolate (please don’t judge). We sit at the kitchen table set her up with her iPad Pro (actually my 10.5” iPad Pro), so she can watch some cartoons while she eats. Once she’s all set up I login into my computer, put on my helmet and start job hunting. There are several breaks in between due to a very demanding 2yo which I don’t mind at all, she’s a lot of fun. Sometimes she will get a bath, and I’ll let her play for a long while I do my computer stuff.

Then around midday is nap-time, usually a struggle but I have found ways to make it happen. For example, “Hey Siri, play Jump Around by House of Pain,” and we jump around the house until she’s exhausted. That’s when I do catch up with my nerdy podcasts, maybe watch a movie or like yesterday, take a phone interview! Then usually the afternoon may vary, we play or watch cartoons or just go out and about.

So I am both a freelancer and a daddy-daycare and to be honest, it is a lot of fun (a lot of work too), and it makes me happy. Getting to spend so much time with my daughter is one of the best things I have right now. Yes, I would love to find a job and get some real income, and I’m doing everything within my power to achieve that, or at least I think I am. But I have no control over certain things, unfortunately, but spending time with Marley and play around, teach her things, it is so awesome, and I love it!

My professional life is a little screwed up at the moment, but my heart is content. Perhaps I should find a job where I could work from home? Maybe start the most fabulous successful blog in the world? Probably not, this is just a thing I’m doing for fun. Seriously though, the day I find a job, I am sure I will be missing these moments, so better enjoy them.

In other news! I had a job interview over the phone, and I am expecting to have another one coming up, from a different company. And we will see what happens. I am sure I’ll write some nonsense about it!

GabySPhoto

Well, I think I did it! I finally figured out my Squarespace account and have it up and running. I have decided that, whilst I’m still keeping Instagram around, here’s where I’ll be sharing most of my pictures from now on. This way I will also feel like I own my content. Not sure where I’m heading with it yet, other than sharing and expose my “work”. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to start selling prints or something like that. But for now, this is for my own enjoyment.

That thing I did.

Remember that thing I did? Well, I think I am close to the end of my 14-trial with Exposure. Although I have — or had — some ideas for it and like the concept and the way it works, I find myself stressing too much about it. I don’t want to just post a photo and have nothing to say about it. Also, I don’t think I take enough photos or have enough activities that I can post and talk about, like some of the accounts I have seen and follow. Instagram is less stressful, at least for me, you upload the picture add a line and some tags and you’re done. Don’t have to think about an entire blog post for a photo. I already have a blog to manage, I don’t need two. And since I closed my old account and opened a new one, I am much happier about it. It’s like a fresh start, and I like where my new account is going. Maybe I should just stick with Instagram for now? it’s easy to deal with, doesn’t require much time and maintenance. Is not like I am trying to create a business out of my photos, at least for now. I just want to share my photos and if I have something to say or a story to tell about a specific photo or adventure, I can always do it here. Maybe one day I will have a dedicated website for just photos but Instagram will do for now.

(Maybe I should check back on Squarespace)

Anyway, go and check out my Instagram account (Please!) and see if you like what you see there. 🙂

I went out.

After a long hiatus, I finally got to go out for a hike this weekend. I forgot how much I love hiking, it’s such a good way to distress the mind, and a great workout too. Also was nice to catch up with my friend Gingee and her pups, since I haven’t seen or interacted with in months. Wasn’t a very long hike, about 3 miles or so, but invigorating. It was a little cold out, we had some snow, but it melted pretty quickly too. So by the end of the hike, the trails were muddy. This is also part of my plan to get back in shape. I have been very inactive for many months now, I have gained some weight and feel physically weak. It is no secret that I have been battling depression for a while and losing my job also contributed to my lack of exercise or activeness in general. But things are starting to look up a bit, in a way. Having the motivation to go out for a hike and reaching out to my friend is a good sign I guess.

And here’s a picture of the fabulous John P.

I closed it!

I have closed my Instagram account. I have had my account for many years now and so it got all over the place. At one point it was just another social media thing, like Facebook. Later I decided I wanted good quality pictures in there and less random stuff. Not only that but I was following way too many accounts that didn’t make sense for me anymore, basically a cluster of many years of use. So I decided to close it, rather than try and clean it up (which I did try btw). After closing the old account I went ahead and opened a new one. I have different ideas for this account and will see how that goes. Go ahead and give me a follow at Gabytrons if you like what you see and thank you in advance.

Unrelated, my 2yo (Marley) “made” me breakfast this morning and it was delicious!

I did a thing.

For a while now I have been playing around with the idea of sharing my pictures in other ways rather than just Instagram. I know a lot of professional photographers share their work there and that’s how they get followers and some exposure. But a lot of them always say you should have a dedicated site for your work. I have had my account (Instagram) for years and to be honest I am getting a little tired of it. It’ getting out of hand a little bit, the overflow of advertisements and the way the timeline works now, I don’t like it. I started brainstorming a bit, whether or not I should post all my photos here on my blog or have a dedicated place for just that. In the past few months, I have tried a few of different services or places. First I tried Squarespace, they have beautiful templates and was easy to set up but ultimately it didn’t work the way I wanted. Then I joined Micro.blog and played around and yet again not exactly what I needed. A while ago I came across with a service called Exposure.

What is Exposure?

Exposure is a tool to create beautiful photo narratives. It’s also a community of passionate photographers and storytellers. Exposure is a great place to tell your photo stories.

I’m on my second day or so of a 14-day trial and so far I’m loving it. It is super easy to set up and to upload photos to. I think the best part — for me — is that you can upload photos and create stories using your mobile device without having to download an app. The basic idea is to upload a bunch of pictures, create a description (or a story) and publish (I guess you could also just upload a single photo and tell a “story” based on that single photo too). Like I said I am still in the trial period to see how it works for me. If you would, please go check out my Exposure site, let me know what you think or give me a follow. I have a lot of ideas of “stories” I want to make. At this point I’m still keeping my Instagram active and posting, but who knows how long.

In other news! Still unemployed, it has been 174 days (but who’s counting?) and I am so disappointed on Dynasty Warriors 9 — the worse game in the series ever.

Siri in the tube

HomePod

The Saturday after it’s release date, I walked into my local Best Buy just to browse around whilst my parents here at a different store. Little did I know that they would have the HomePod in stock. There was only one Space Gray HomePod left, so I had to pick it up (had to or really wanted to?). Anyway, I picked one up and I have to admit I was never too excited about it before like never got my attention until I saw it in front of me. But after trying the Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) for a while I thought I would give HomePod a try. Also being an Apple Music subscriber it sort of made sense I’d try the HomePod (also since I’m so invested in the Apple ecosystem). I didn’t know exactly what to expect but at the same time, I was expecting it to work somewhat like the Echo did. Set up a timer, reminders, play music and that’s pretty much everything I need (I think). I don’t have smart stuff around the house to control with — yet. So my needs for such a device are pretty basic. My first impressions were this thing is massive — compared to the Echo that is (and yes, I smelled the thing). The sound quality blew me away, I don’t think I have ever owned something in my home that sounded so good. It does a good job at hearing me well most of the time — as long as I say the magic words, “Hey Siri”. But there are a few times were it doesn’t quite work, like I’ll be asking to “Siri in the tube” to play a specific song or artist and it will tell me something like “I cannot find that in your library” (like the other day when I asked for “Medico Brujo by La Banda Algarete”). Or when we tried to play music by Cultura Profetica, we had to ask like in 5 different ways before we got the right thing. Which it becomes a little frustrating at times (especially to my wife, she has no empathy for the machine). Then again, I love how it sounds, it sounds better than the Amazon Echo for sure. And like I have said before, my needs are minimal — for now. I’m hoping that this product will get better over time because right now it feels like a half-baked product. That being said, it’s sitting in the kitchen area right next to my Amazon Echo still debating whether to return it or not.

In other news! I got 2 new video games. Dynasty Warriors 9 (which I have been waiting forever) and Bayonetta 2 for the Nintendo Switch. And I am pretty excited.