Spring Cleaning Time!

It’s that time of year again! I’ve been neglecting my website for a while and decided that it’s time to for a new look/direction. I’ve recently passed the 10 year mark in my career and have shifted some of my attention over the last year. For the past three months, I’ve been getting acclimated at my new job and am back working in Portland. For the first time in years, my home, work, and children’s school are all within a 4 mile radius. It doesn’t get much better than that.

My housing situation has changed recently, as I’m now living alone with my daughters. They both have their own rooms now and I just spent the last weekend building their furniture and decorating. Despite the turmoil of moving a roommate out, I’m very happy that my daughters are able to have their own space.

Spring is here in Portland, and I’m going through my life cleaning out the miscellany and crud. I’m single, working, parenting, and just making the best of my time. I hope to be more active on this site, so check back for updates about my gardening, hobbies, and work. Speaking of… I should probably get to it!

Enjoy yourselves!

Matthew AKA MaNiFeX

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 0

After almost 6 months of waiting, my girlfriend and I decided to challenge ourselves to BuzzFeed’s Clean Eating Challenge for the New Year. The gist of the challenge is to only eat cleansing and anti-inflamatory foods for two weeks. So, last night, after my little girls were asleep in bed, I snuck off to our local organic market and stocked up! An hour later and bags full of greens I’ve never purchased before, I was back at my place and ready to prep!

A table-full of organic produce, nuts, and fixings.

A table-full of organic produce, nuts, and fixings.

After unbagging, cleaning, and storing all the newly purchased foods, I am ready to start my clean eating for the next two weeks. No alcohol, no juices. Just what’s on the menu. Tomorrow’s menu: kale and banana smoothie, shaved asparagus salad, and kale, quinoa, chicken dinner. Whoa. What have I gotten into?

Cleanup on Aisle FML

As I’m starting a life anew, I’ve decided to take down much of the content of my website and leave up just this incarnation. All the old photos, games, music, etc. will be removed. If you miss any of it, just give me a hollar, and I’m happy to share.

Starting fresh. Starting from scratch. Making life work where I can.

Friday Update

Ft. Stevens Beach

Spring break week is going well for me. It started with some studio time and recording a couple of songs with my friend, Lucius. I got to spend a bunch of time with my girls and took a daytrip out to Astoria. I’m settling into my new house on Garden Home and am starting to do some yardwork/gardening and am starting to re-estabilishing my life, routines, budgets, etc. Hopefully, this spring will provide me with some solid growth!

Facebook Era Over

Facebook has gone the way of MySpace, Friendster, and Google+. I’m done with and will no longer be doing social networking online. I’ll be posting here and people are welcome to comment if they wish, but that’s about the level of interaction I’m looking for. You can probably find me hangin’ my usual spots doin’ my usual stuff. If you want to socialize, let’s do it in person and have a real experience.

mike watt and the missingmen – Doug Fir, Portland OR 4/25/11

Mike Watt has been a very influential bassist to me over the years. I started listening to the minutemen when I was 15, and Mike’s bass lines, combined with the bass lines of the 1992 album “Rage Against the Machine,” swayed me to purchase a bass guitar for myself. Since then, I’ve continued to play bass in a number of bands. When I saw Mike Watt was coming to play Doug Fir, I knew I had to go see the show. It was a Monday night, none of my friends wanted to go, but I was determined. The show was amazing and I got to meet Mike afterwards and get his signature and tell him how much he influenced me. Once in a lifetime experience!