Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This is the Brother in law basketweave hat! I finished it tonight. I love the pattern so much and had so much yarn left over that I immediately started a basketweave scarf to go with it. There are a couple of problem areas in the hat, but for my first hat and my first double pointed needle project, I'd say it looks pretty good! The yarn made some interesting patterns. I was hoping the colors would spiral around and up, but that didn't happen. Oh well! I still like it!
Monday, January 21, 2008
I worked on a new project - my first hat! I also worked on my first sweater. I'm updating the progress bar on the sweater according to skeins used rather than parts of the sweater done. I know it'll take 16 of them to complete the sweater, so I update the progress bar when I've finished one. So far: 1 down, 15 to go! Pictures to come for both projects. I haven't taken one of the sweater yet, and I got some more work done on the hat since the last shot, so I'm going to wait until I'm finished with today's work to take a shot of it. It's part of a KAL for the Brothers and Sisters group on Ravelry, so I'm really supposed to be knitting only during the show, but I can't stop! I'll finish it this week sometime and it'll be my first non-square/rectangle finished project!
It's a busy time for the theatre right now! We have a production coming up and auditions for the next one. I'm working on press releases and other publicity material for these, as well as the program and poster. The director got a graphic designer he knows to do the poster, which is great because I wasn't sure what to do with it! For the next play, I have a great idea for the poster. I hope the director likes it!
Noah drew a picture of my "big bad" for Draha. It was incredible! Now he's going to draw all the characters, according to my physical descriptions of them. This might actually be a hook, a book for children/young adults actually illustrated by an 11 year old boy. I wonder if publishers would go for that... The outline is still coming right along. I stopped the actual writing in favor of finishing the extremely detailed outline of all five books. I knew it would take forever, but I'm committed to ironing out the basic structure of the overall story before going further. I don't want to write myself into a corner without knowing where to go from there. I've had that happen before and had to rewrite a lot of the story. I don't want that to happen with this story.
I start training my replacement tomorrow. It should be interesting. Some of my coworkers are unhappy that I'm leaving and I'm afraid they won't be friendly to the "new me." I plan to invite her to lunch with us and urge her to come along. It'll be extremely important for her to connect with them early on, so that they will see that she's a nice person who will fit into the group. I have gotten to know these people in the last three years and I love them very much. I want them to be happy with my replacement.
I'm going to get my oil changed in a few minutes. It's way overdue. Hopefully it won't take too long!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Things are looking up!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I'm working on a new project. I have to stop doing this - I see a pattern that I love and I immediately start on it without finishing the one I was trying to finish! I guess it's a good way to keep from getting bored, but it's also a way to ensure I'll never finish the ones I'm trying to finish! It's a good thing I don't approach work projects this way! Anyway, here's what I'm working on right now. It's the Branching Out scarf, and I have crazy love for the pattern. Can you spot the place where I got off the line I was supposed to be reading in the pattern? It looks a little wrong in one place, but I still think it's pretty!
Finally got the new Internet connection to work correctly. It was on my end, the cable from the main connection to the modem was too long and the Internet kept dropping out at random intervals and not coming back until it felt like it. It was frustrating, but now that the problem has been solved, I should be able to post regularly again. Thank goodness, because I was really getting annoyed with the spotty connection.
I posted some ads on Craigslist for my grant writing services yesterday. Speaking of grant writing, I also taught a class on it Thursday as part of my job and at the end I gave my information and told the people if they needed someone to write for them to contact me for a meeting. Several people came to talk to me after the class, letting me know that they would be in touch. I've been working on a couple of short stories and some other smaller projects. I tried poetry again, but it just didn't work out. I was inspired to write a poem while walking on a nature trail on New Year's Day with my parents. My dad went ahead to take pictures of birds and my mother and I walked together along the trail. We came to a fork in the trail and I started quoting "The Road Not Taken," then moved on to some Walt Whitman selections that I thought were appropriate. My mother said she wanted to start reading poetry more, that she always enjoyed it but didn't have a book of poetry or anything, so I brought her my Anthology of American Verse the next day. I haven't asked if she's been reading it, but I'm sure she has. But anyway, since that day, I've wanted to write a poem, but I just can't make it happen.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
I spent a large portion of the weekend and this evening looking for job openings. There are a few out there, so I'm not giving up. In fact, I set up an interview for Friday.
I have a lot to think about in that area. If I have to choose between staying or moving just to have the career I want, I have a feeling I would end up regretting the decision to leave more than the decision to stay. I can't imagine something happening to a member of my family and me not being there to help. I think moving across the country to get a good job is out of the question. I like it here. I like the beach and the weather and the people, but most of all, I like being near my family, because I can help out when needed. They are all I have. Of course, the two things I want to do most - 1. be a writer and 2. start a children's theatre, are both things I can do without leaving, but those things are not immediate solutions to my current problem, they are longterm plans. That's not to say I'm not doing something about these plans... I'm doing a lot!