The Now

Me, Up to Date

Howdy friend! It’s the start of December in the year of our Lorde twenty-twenty-two. And this page is here to keep you, the readers, up to date with me, the author's, life and times.

The goal is to be a bridge between the curation of self that is my about page, and the overshare of a daily blog. My hope is that this update finds you well, happy, and healthy mentally and otherwise.

As always I present you with present me.

James Mathias looking into the camera with a stoic glance. James is wearing a black baseball cap with a golden state warriors lotus logo on the front, and hot pink 1/2 gauge tunnels in his ample ears. All while sitting in front of a pale wall.
“I'm still here.” ©2022

In September I left my role at RiteAid, and in October started a new role at Mozilla as a Sr. Staff Designer, Design Systems for the Firefox team. When I tell you this is the best company I’ve worked for, including the one I owned and ran, I need you to believe me. It’s been a really wonderful experience so far, and I’m so excited for the future.

I reached another milestone in November, two years out from the Thanksgiving incident and I'm still here. I've had a great two years moving myself closer to health.

On Monday, November 28th, my life day, the anniversary of the my 2020 life lesson, I hurt my lower back moving a box of Magic cards. I didn't realize it until Tuesday morning when I was unable to walk.

I got a little better over the week, and on the following Monday I decided I was on the mend and could do a little more moving and walking, big mistake. Monday evening I went to bed and my back began a series of intense and painful spasms. I could not move. I could not be still without intense pain. I didn't sleep. Tuesday was awful. I wanted to die. I’m not being hyperbolic, I was not rested, I was in constant, unending pain, and I was just done.

Tuesday night I threw caution to the wind, tried a new sleeping situation. I woke Wednesday having regained the ability to walk, and only had pain and spasms in certain positions.

As of this writing it is Thursday night, and my back is continuing to improve. It's still sore and some positions are painful, but the difference between Tuesday and today is night and day.

I'm taking this injury as a new life lesson that I need to focus on the strength of my body and not just the reduction of it.

Due to the job change, and injury I have not had an opportunity to experiment with my new Copic markers, but that content is still coming someday, like sincerely.

And yes, I got my greedy paws on a PS5, and finally got to enjoy the new Ratchet and Clank title.