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Hey everyone! Checking in here with another journal entry. This year I'd like to try being a bit more regular with them-- no more going 6 months without an update (hopefully).

January has been... well, there's no other word I can use aside from "chaotic". Actually, it sort of started with Christmas, and then continued into the new year. 

I mentioned in my last journal entry that I was going back to Florida to spend Christmas with my family, and that I would be passing through Las Vegas on my way back to Washington. The whole thing started pretty smoothly-- I took a shuttle down to Seattle, and a nonstop flight the next morning to Tampa. The Christmas break was pretty nice. Where I was, Christmas Day was in the mid-80s Fahrenheit. It was the trip back where I experienced some problems. I had a layover in Houston before my flight to Las Vegas, and unfortunately, a huge storm system (like, with tornadoes) struck the Houston area the day before my flights. When I landed at IAH, I was a little worried I would be late for my connecting flight, but as it turned out, that wasn't a problem, because it had been delayed for about 4 hours. About midway through my time in Houston, the terminal lost power to most of its computer systems, which meant even more of a delay. I was originally supposed to get into Vegas around 7:30 PM local time, but it was actually much closer to 11:30 by the time I was finally on the ground. Which meant I didn't get to see the Bellagio Fountains, because they stop the show for the night around 11. I checked into my room at the MGM Grand, which had an excellent view of the Excalibur and New York, New York. It's weird looking out your window and seeing a giant castle and the Statue of Liberty. About midnight, I took a cab out to the Bellagio anyway and walked back down the Strip, taking photos. I bought some souvenir dice and poker chips at a gift shop along the way. And the next day, I was on my flight back to Bellingham.

The night I got back, I was really exhausted, so I just kinda collapsed on my sofa bed. Sometime after 11, I was woken up by my apartment shaking. In my tired state, I initially thought that the neighbors upstairs were doing something, or that it was a train passing. But it turned out to be an earthquake, a 4.8 with an epicenter just north of Victoria, BC. Just about everybody from Vancouver to Seattle felt it.

I spent New Year's Eve with a friend of mine in Canada, and we were having a nice time. A couple minutes before midnight, though, we got a panicked phone call from another friend. Without getting into any details, this other friend ended up in the hospital for a few weeks. So, that sort of made for an awkward start to 2016.

Over the first week of January, I was sort of looking to get back to a little bit of normalcy in my life, but that didn't happen. I did finally get to see the new Star Was movie-- a little derivative of Episode IV, yes, but I thought it was still a really fun movie. A few days later, though, I ended up in the hospital myself. I woke up at around 3 AM with really horrible stomach pains, and nothing I did helped. So I drove myself to the ER, and they admitted me. It was the first time I'd ever actually been to the ER as a patient before. They hooked me up to an IV and an EKG, ran some blood tests, took some ultrasound images, and gave me a phenobarbital cocktail to ease the pain and help me get some rest. I walked out of the hospital at around 10 AM, with a new diet and a regimen of prescription medications to take over the next few weeks.

Over those next few weeks, I resumed my appointments with my job counselor, attended a party that ended up not going well, and nearly broke one of my fingers (although, fortunately, I was ultimately able to avoid going back to the ER). In between all of that, we lost David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, and a bunch of others. And last weekend, I had a dental procedure, and I spent all of Saturday and Sunday recovering.

I think my life is finally slowing down enough to catch a breath. No more medical issues to deal with in the near future (hopefully). And I'm really hoping it stays slow for a bit. I could use the rest.


Mitchell Van Duzer
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
AKA: Che
Current Residence: Bellingham, Washington / Bradenton, Florida
Graduate, Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2010)

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Strykeforce2005 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch, Che.
CheVD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Of course. Thank you for your watch! ^_^
Strykeforce2005 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. Could have sworn I watched you a while back but I guess not.
toranekohybrid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Happy V day peeples by toranekohybrid
DettyTheCat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Look [link]
litfuse55 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That you are an HTF fan...and then your get a watch...
E-47 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you should ask for one of these cakes in your next birthday ;P
E-47 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
heres a gift my friend [link]
JakidoTheFox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Can you watch me?
Marnodor Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man you're alive after all D:
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