Adobe: Should I stay or should I go?

I’ve been an Adobe customer for ages. Owning the Creative Suite, Individual apps, etc. I remember actually owning Lightroom early on. It’s great software, and instead of having that large price tag a monthly fee – little easier to digest, apps are updated, and it works. It’s Adobe.

However in recent years more and more I’ve gone more towards admin work vs. that of using Photoshop, Illustrator or any other Adobe product to create, I do miss it, but I’ve had less and fewer folks asking for Wedding Invitations, Photo Restorations, general edits/repairs, and I’ve too not been doing anything too artsy/design wise, but I love it, and I have kept my subscription alive.

For a while, it was $49.99. However this year it went up to $52.99 – that in itself isn’t a huge deal … $3, skip a Tea @ Starbucks – the software continues. However in these days budget keeping is key, and I’ve been trying to cut costs and improve profits, really starting to focus on retirement, investments, kiddo’s education etc. – even next year’s vacation or as I call it “Road Trip of Crazy!” to whatever State Capital we choose next! So $635.88 a year is a lot of money.

Enter Affinity Photo (Photoshop Replacement) & Affinity Designer (Illustrator Replacement).  Amazing pieces of software and I actually already own the Photo on the iPad, really powerful on the go, but it’s an interesting idea to swap, and be paid up and done, even to run it cross-platform while I’d love to just “Own it” and use it on what OS I’d like, the total cost for the software is: $159.96 across Windows+Mac (and if I want to get the new Designer on iPad + $13.99 = $173.95) and I’m owned.

Now you may be asking why Windows and Mac? Well as it stands I’ve gone Dual Platform. I picked up a laptop deal I mentioned previously from OfficeMax, after taking a 120GB SSD I had in an old laptop I’m selling soon (Yard sale!) I cloned it and brought it to life in a carefully day one dissected laptop which now does some amazing performance – but will later likely get a M2 as a primary cloned in + a larger secondary SSD – but again for now it works. Baby steps.

The idea is I simply don’t trust Apple. A faulty battery shouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg to have them fix, nor should it require using extreme measures to remove and replace myself. Seriously Apple if you come across this – USER REPLACEABLE PARTS, you can’t have that much of profit center in replacement parts – but that again is why I don’t want to run out and drop $1000+ for a new MacBook at this point.

Maybe down the line, but for now, I have Windows 10 + Linux Subsystem which hits my VPN and is now my mobile daily driver, sure I miss the Retina display, but I like that I’m not broke for the next couple months as well its summer and customers don’t pay till August. LOL

So I’ve tried out the apps, and may get them in stages from Serif, however they are running a special across all platforms due to the launch of Designer on iPad, and it’s a decent saving, versus the $200+ I’d be paying then, so budget allowing this month (it’s tight as I’m waiting for projects to close) but hey could be a nice change.

For now I’ve not hit cancel just yet with Adobe, but feeling like its the right plan. Canceling a lot of things lately, Spectrum is next on the list to ensure they’ve canceled my phone as I’ve switched to a $8/m service and cancel cable as I simply don’t watch it. Sure sure, Doctor Who season later this year, but I’d just as soon buy it on Amazon. Going to get some good savings rolling here soon!

Remembering Tim.

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He started out as such a tiny little ball of fur, thus why I went with the name Tim, he was my Tiny Tim. So tiny that he fit in one hand, and my special friend had some missing toes, and some back legs which weren’t perfect, but he was my little ginger buddy.

I remember I had a photo shoot the day Sharlie brought him over, she told me he was in need of some TLC and knew compared to a family with kids, I’d be one to take care of the little guy and make sure he got the care he needed.

He was tired, he was anxious, so he found a corner under my living room lamps and curled up into a small happy ball of fur. I went off to to a photo-shoot only to return to a cat perched on the couch saying “Where have you been?!” a behavior that continued for his entire life.

Tim was a good little cat, and he quickly grew into a big cat, with a tail that GREW bigger than he was, even the neighborhood kids loved his tail, even recently my uncle called Tim a “Cat Fox” as his tail was so big and poofy!

tim-headQuite the Facebook cat, many have watched the little guy grow from that little curious face above into the  full grown nap taking friend who has been through the crazy things of life, he was there when my job ended @ MLS, he was there after 5k’s and trips, he was always excited to see me and would follow me around for days after coming home to make sure I didn’t leave again.

Many have asked what happened, and I honestly don’t know, he went from earlier in the day tromping around in the backyard with mom to being weak, wobbly, and sore. He was sleeping a lot, and I came home to find him just breathing hard and not feeling to good – but as I have had cats in our family over the years figured “He’ll bounce back” as he’s been puny before and done fine, but as the day progressed he wasn’t doing too good, and after I woke up from nap, he cried a little as I came to see what was up and was petting him with mom, he took his last breath and was gone.

I’ve had my moments already, asked God why, been a little angry that this little guy would have to leave me so quickly, and yet I have a peace knowing that God put Tim in my life for a reason, to see me through some tough and lonely days, to be there and welcoming to me, to give me love – as my mom pointed out he was truly My Cat.

I’m sad. I can’t deny that, haven’t cried this much in ages, with my parents help we laid Tim to rest, said my goodbyes, Daisy came over to sit with me and hear stories, and just hold my hand as I cried. I’ve looked at a lot of old photos, since that  day in May over a year ago, when a little ginger man entered my life and found a spot where he could stay and be a friend that was always there when I came home, now He’s up in heaven once again waiting for me to come home.

I miss you Tim.

Resting on my chest :)
Resting on my chest 🙂

A fond farewell!

My apartment was a big journey for Me. It was moving from the home I grew up in which I lived in as a child, grew into as an adult and lived in on my own, to gain back a room mate of a sister, then further still have my parents move back in, to transition to a place of my own with two bedrooms, a bath, and a mellow little patio area.

Mr. Chuck’s place, The Rootbeer Recovery Center, Cousin Hangout, Bible Study Group, and many other things has this place been called, but for me it’s been home for a little over 5 years, what a journey of annoying neighbors, fighting, police going door to door, fireworks setting off car alarms, but too friendships and good neighbors – and use of the apartment to have bible study’s, youth kids crash for a movie, and let’s not forget the latest addition, a ginger cat named Tim who made this place his home (more like his castle!)

I’ve been breaking down the living room, going to box up movies and games, I have a broken PS3 I plan to sell for parts on eBay, but the goal is to have the living room cleared out entirely by Saturday to allow me to stage other rooms to empty out and be done with, but making piles of keep which will move with me to the parents place (my place of residence until getting married – ah I miss my room mates there), piles for Yard Sale, and too a BIG bunch of clothes going for Goodwill.

So a lot going on! We are working on the details of the wedding, and doing our best to plan between things like work and school — oh responsibility! 😀 but we are doing good, getting things ready! Now we just have to find a date that works, and fits where God wants us to be! God is good though, this apartment has been home, but as I prepare to build a home with Daisy, a few months of saving and not having bill of two houses, I can save a bit towards our wedding and fixing up our home! Moving Forward with God! Good Stuff for sure!

DVD's packed and ready to go!
DVD’s packed and ready to go!