Yes, I'm still alive and yes, I'm ok. Thanks for everyone's notes of concern. I am not considering shutting down this blog, it would take a lot for me to do that. This is MY place. I don't care whether anyone reads it (although I admit there were times when the visit numbers affected me greatly). I just want a place where I can go and lay down my thoughts and keep tabs on what's going on. In my absence I've been thinking of what I want to do here. So don't be surprised if I change things up a little. One of the things I considered was opening a craft blog since it's what I do in my free time nowadays (stolen time is more like it). But I couldn't rationalize putting one more thing on my plate when so many others were suffering. So I may just combine all my blogs into this one...make it a kind of day book. If I didn't know myself so well it would be exactly that but I know I won't keep it up like I should. So maybe a semi day book with reports from different areas of my life and day along with updates on the comings and goings of everyone.
I'd taken a recent hiatus from the social aspects of the net, using my little online time mostly for research and getting ideas for crocheting. I stopped visiting my message boards, missed a ton of chat nights, stopped reading most personal blogs...concentrating mostly on crochet/craft ones. I think I'm ready for the hiatus to be over. Now if time will just allow me to dive in instead of wading, I'd be happy.
So how did the flu get me fired? I'd been participating in a "study" of the post office. I was given a scanner and was to scan certain mail along with specific mail that was sent solely for the study purpose. You had to do it every day and I was doing great at it. Then we all came down with the H1N1 flu and things fell apart. We didn't get the mail from the box for days. I didn't get on the computer so didn't log into the study. Even after recuperating I couldn't seem to get my act together with this stuff. On Friday I got a notice that I was no longer needed in the study and that I was to send my scanner back in. :o( It's not a huge deal financially, it was only a couple dollars a month but still....I messed up and it stinks! Oh well at least I banked enough money to buy my mom something for Christmas.
Lots of new and interesting things have been happening around here. Our church is on a major fundraising campaign. We started beer pouring at the Carrie Dome during Syracuse football games. It seems silly for a church to raise funds that way but it's easy money. Besides it's not like none of us drink beer. I'd love to try a Shocktop if I could, (or had the money...it's $5 for a glass!) But by the time I'm done pouring, beer isn't served anymore.
We're also starting to run a concession stand at the dome although we don't have our own stand yet. I shadowed a group who's been running a stand for a long time, learning the ins and outs of setting up and keeping track of inventory. The official title is... production manager. Sounds impressive huh? lol We've worked a stand 3 times now. I LOVE IT! It's right up my alley. I didn't think I'd be able to do it physically but I've surprised myself. It's shown me a lot about myself both good and bad. I realized that I'm not as unorganized as I think I am. That with a little more effort and forethought things would run a LOT better and easier around here. It all comes down to me. Am I going to make up excuses and be lazy or am I going to do what needs to be done...whether I want to or not.
Then there's the Etsy shop or right now the idea of an Etsy shop. We're in the middle of trying to get all our ducks in a row and open it up. We should've started this months ago but we don't operate like that around here. lol So now we're scrambling to try and get things up and going with the hope of getting some sales from Christmas shoppers. This helps us get things in order for the annual school Christmas Bazaar we do too which is the first Saturday of December. I'm working every chance I get on things, mostly crocheting. I swore I'd only make things I could use for Christmas presents myself. Then if something didn't sell I wouldn't be out so much. With the Etsy store idea going that's not so important now which is good considering my flighty brain won't let me settle on only a few things. Like last night when I should've been finishing a set of wrist warmers (completed one yesterday) I started making up granny squares for a yellow and purple carseat blanket. I finished all the squares and started putting it together today...first with white which was too stark then with Aran which now that I'm almost done seems too dull. So I'll be ripping it out (otherwise known as frogging it in the crocheting world...ripit!) and I'll try the lightest lavender to finish it with. Hopefully that'll be what it needs.
Well this has gotten long. I'm hoping to put up a bunch of pictures from the last few months and update more in the next day or so.