Phases and Drifting 

I haven’t posted in a while. Life is busy, and I am lazy when it comes to blogging.

For a while, I was obsessed with mixed-media art. Then I got onto a memory wire bracelet-making kick. From there, I moved on to stretch bracelets and then multi-strand stringing wire bracelets. My technique on the latter kind needs work. 


Is this post about jewelry? I have a separate blog for jewelry that I never write in.

The primary project these days is getting stuff out of my dad’s apartment so he can stop paying rent there in addition to paying for accommodations in the assisted living facility.  This is time consuming work. I wish I had a device that would shrink things. On Doctor Who, the Master had one of those. He used it to kill, not declutter. 

Thinking it would be easier than writing, I considered trying vlogging again. I decided that it is also difficult, so I dropped the notion.

This should be all about documenting my time on this planet. Thus, it needn’t be fancy or grammatically flawless. Posts don’t have to be long either. Get in, say something, get out. There’s a t-shirt fir you.

A little bit of nothing

I considered writing a poem that would begin with the words “poetry smoetry,” but I dismissed the idea believing it would go nowhere.

I finally wrote that post about audiobooks. For the record, I found another @girl in the title” audiobook. It’s The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland. So far, it’s good.

We did a bit of photogrammetry in the Digital Humanities class.  My effort didn’t turn out well.

My group project for class involves adding content to members of the List of Classic Female Blues Singers on Wikipedia. It won’t be easy to find info on these women, but I’m planning to learn a lot about the blues. I’ve purchased three books!

There’s a lot more I could say, but I’ll call it a night. I’m not going to start another jewelry project tonight either. This one’s from yesterday.


A Bit of Success

Yesterday evening I sat down and listed a few of my husband’s basketball cards on eBay. I felt so productive! It’s a lot of work. I have to take good pictures of the front and back of each card and crop them in Photoshop. I name the image files and add them to an online collection on Omeka.net as I’m listing them on eBay. The majority of the cards we have don’t go for that much money, but we have sold a couple of expensive ones. Maybe someday we can get a bit of income from sports cards. My Amazon book sales are extremely slow. I would do better it I paid the professional seller fee. To make that worth it I would need a much larger inventory. I don’t have the time or energy to be a real bookseller at the moment.

I’ve wanted to write more blog posts for work. I finished one last week and started another today. My goal is to start acting like a writer. That means I will write more.

In anxiety news, I’ve been listening to an audiobook about dealing with anxiety. It’s called Self-Coaching, Completely Revised and Updated Second Edition: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression. I just reached the section where he starts talking about the actual self-coaching exercises. I decided to switch to listening to The Girl on the Train for a while. I think I’m going to like it. My anxiety is still with me, but it comes and goes. I’m able to eat, so things have improved.

The two canvases I’m working on look like this now.

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And my interest in making jewelry is coming back.

So basically I’m realy uneasy about the world and my place in it, but I have all of these things that I’m still interested in. Seems like a paradox, but I’m not sure if it is.

Class is Done

Now that the class I was taking is over and the 25-page paper is turned in, I might start writing in this blog again.

It has been a grueling couple of months. The class lasted 6 weeks. It was intense. The paper was due a month after the session ended, so the misery lingered like a [clever simile here]. My hope is that the finished paper is at least “good enough.”

Now, I just want to make jewelry. I’m on a memory wire bracelet kick these days.

My on-off relationship with writing is now somewhere between the two positions.

 

memory wire bracelet

memory wire bracelet

 

What the heck am I up to?

I”m pretty sure no one has been asking, but I’m going to say anyway. I’ve been up to lots!

I’m still in grad school, but getting closer to finishing. I took the Management of Public Libraries course this spring. I have confirmed that I don’t want to work in or manage a public library. I’ll be learning how to evaluate information resources during the six-week summer session. This will be more “my thing.”

My used book sales on Amazon have picked up! I sold seven books this week. I even got a message from Amazon saying that I should fill out tax information because it’s likely I’ll sell 50 books this year.

I finally added merchandise to my poor little Etsy shop. Got some “likes” and “views,” still no sales.

Stacking bracelets on Etsy.

Stacking bracelets on Etsy.

I tried Beezid.com and won some items. I also lost some money and learned that it takes time and commitment to do well in the penny auction world. It’s not for me.

I’ve been making a lot of digital art,

Made with Sketch Club on my iPhone.

Made with Sketch Club on my iPhone.

and I’ve finally started a junk journal. I can only find one book on junk journals, but there is a ton of stuff on Pinterest

Here’s the start of mine.

Lately, I feel like I’m figuring out just what I want out of life. It’s a good feeling! Kind of scary, but good!

…and I just got an eBay sale while writing this post.

Sunday Energy

I tend to sleep until noon on the weekends. That works out okay on Saturday, but on Sunday I have rehearsal with my dance troupe at 4:00. Because I stayed in bed for so long my lower back tends to be achy. An achy lower back makes my leg func tion not so optimal. Also, I don’t eat enough, so by the time rehearsal rolls around I need a bit more energy,

When will I learn? Will I learn?

Fortunately, today’s rehearsal went well for me. Maybe next week I’ll get a better (earlier) start.

Speaking of early, I now know for sure that I’ll never write regularly if I don’t get up at a decent hour.

I may never write regularly. That is just a fact.

This has been a productive weekend for me. I made some stacking bracelet sets,  and a pair of earrings.

Stacking bracelets.

Stacking bracelets.

Earrings

Earrings

Got the job!

You may have read the post about my job interview a couple of weeks ago. I got the job! I’ll start the first ,week of August. Before hearing about this job, I applied for another one. I’m interviewing for that tomorrow. It’s possible that I could do both, and work sporadically (as I do now) at the job I currently have. It’s possible, but it might be a disaster. We’ll see what happens. I may not even get this other one.

In other news, I finally went to the foot doctor to get help with my wobbly ankles and gait difficulties. He said my problem is high arches, and he prescribed orthotics for me. I’m also going to physical therapy to correct my imbalances. I think it’s working. I’m just hoping to be a lot stronger in time for the Gen Con performance. The ATS move called Water Pot gives me the most trouble. In our choreography, it is rather fast. This move is  difficult if your feet don’t work right.

Here’s a video of the Water Pot by Belladonna Bellydance. Note, the first turn she does is in the wrong direction.

So I’m trying to practice our 17 or so minute set at home twice in a row to build up stamina in my legs. My calves get fatigued with too much walking or dancing.  I’m working hard to be the dancer I used to be.

As usual, I have a billion things I want to accomplish, and not enough time. As usual, I need to get up early but I don’t.

I guess all I can do is keep trying.

And I’m also trying to get into the making and selling jewelry business.

Images of my jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll have pieces for sale at the Different Drummer Belly Dancers exhibit booth.

And I’m really getting into selling on eBay. My husband had a couple of old Polaroid cameras. One sold yesterday and the other one sold while I was writing this post.

Polaroid OneStep AutoFocus

Sold!

There you have it.