Spring Is Here, Things Are Happening! (except it’s really not Spring, it’s stupid cold today)

Let me tell you a story.

When Der Mann was helping pack up his lab for the Great Northern Migration, he told me he found two boxes of small, glass petri plates that were going to be thrown away. He put them aside, because he thought I could maybe use them in some way. I told him, “Yes, please! That would be awesome!” So he tucked them into a box and they went with the First Wave in December. (Der Mann and I went with the Second Wave in March.)

However, the First Wave unpackers decided they’d throw away everything that wasn’t geared to them, personally, so Chucklehead told Der Mann he’d thrown away my petri dishes. Never mind that they were in a box with Der Mann’s name on them that they really had no business (a) going through, or (b) tossing items without checking. I mean, would you throw something away that had someone’s name on it, without bothering to ask said person about said item? I wouldn’t, but I’m a Southern girl, and we’re taught courtesy (or else you deal with Granny, a fate worse than, well, anything).

I’ve stewed about it for weeks, because well, Chucklehead isn’t my favorite person and it was rude.

Then, yesterday, when Der Mann was doing a walk-through to make sure everything is unpacked and properly placed so they can get inspected and then be able to gear up the research, he noticed a box kicked out of the way and under a bench. He fished it out and there were my petri plates! Apparently, Chucklehead didn’t actually bother to toss the boxes of “junk”; he just stuck them out of the way and forgot about them. So, now I have boxes of petri plates.

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Yay! I can make stuff!

This ties in with a wonderful idea Der Mann had the other week when he was indulging his latest obsession, Pinterest. He’s got a board for Ikea hacks. (He designed a cat tree for Boon-chicka-meow-meow based on something he saw on there. It’s awesome.) Anyway, he’d been going through his pins and decided that he could make me a crafting bench that I could keep in the basement.

Oooooohhhhhh! I’m so there with that idea. If his plans turn out (and they usually do), I’ve told him he should make a second one for his Lego city.

So this is what we have:

  • a 2 x 4 Kallax cube system (in pieces)
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    In pieces now, but not for long! You can do anything with Ikea Kallax (formerly Expedit) cubes!
  •  pegboard for the back for extra hanging storage
  • I love pegboard. You can do so much with it.
    I love pegboard. You can do so much with it.
  • bars for the sides for hanging paper towels, rolls of paper, or baskets to hold brushes, etc.
  • 3 sets of wheels
  • Bars, baskets, wheels; I have ALL the accessories!
    Bars, baskets, wheels; I have ALL the accessories!
  • and storage inserts for the cubes, which I forgot to take pictures of, sorry!

Need I say how excited I am about this, especially now that he recovered the glass plates?

On another note, I had a job interview Wednesday that has me shivering with anticipation. It’s something I’d love to do and I think I would be quite good at it. Though I’m all excited, they still have to go through their process so I won’t hear anything for a while. Therefore, the job search goes onward; I can’t just sit and wait for them to realize that they need me – because they might not. Still, wish me luck!

Last but not least, writing is going well, especially the Perfect Coven series. The weekly Skype-&-Write sessions are paying out in numbers of words written for all three of us. I’ve also started a new regime of getting up a half hour early in the morning to get some writing done, in anticipation of better time management when I’m working. I only made it up once this week, but once is better than none. I’ll do better next week.


Here I Am Again

I’m trying to keep up a regular blogging schedule; once per week, if possible. I do post weekly word metrics on our Perfect Coven blog every week after our Skype-&-Write sessions, but I can’t bring myself to believe that that counts.

It’s hard to write when you can’t figure out what you want to write about; there are topics galore, but nothing is filling my head with words that need to come out of my fingers.

Ewww. That actually sounds pretty gross. Sorry.

I’m in a state where I know no one. Most All of my social interaction comes from email, Skype, and an occasional phone call these days. I spend most of the day alone, bowing to the will of the Iron Paw (canine). Weekends are spent running about, still trying to make our space livable or dealing with disasters, like the Great Basement Flood of Last Week. That was no fun; we were out doing some grocery shopping when tornado sirens went off. Der Mann is from the Midwest, so he parked the cart and dragged me home, where we collected Vinny and Boon and hid in the basement. There were no tornados in our area, just heavy rain, the majority of which I swear came in through our basement window. We spent two days mopping it up, drying out the basement, then the weekend looking for storage shelves to keep the boxes we have stored down there off the floor. Then there was the putting together and the shifting and the rearranging…ugh. So while it was an adventure, it wasn’t a happy one.

What I’m saying is, basement floods aside, I don’t have much happening right now. Trying to find a job, trying to do some writing, all that makes for a boring blog.

I suppose I could write about the antics of the Iron Paw, but he’s already such a dictator, I don’t want to fuel his delusions. Der Mann and I are in discussion about acquiring another cat, because Iron Paw, Jr. (the feline) gets bored and Iron Paw (the canine) doesn’t like to play cat games. I’d like to do it and get her integrated into the household before I go to work. I think it will be easier that way.

Der Mann has decided that he’s going to make me a worktop for the basement (where all my supplies are in no-longer-soggy boxes), so I can begin to make again. That makes me happy. I’m looking forward to it because I need to do something with my hands. I want to start on my meditation box ideas and see how they turn out. I’ll post pictures of the process when I get started.

Update! Update! Read All About It!

Okay. Well.

Der Mann and I are in Michigan. I don’t know about “settled”, but we are physically here, and many of the boxes have been unpacked. We have a semblance of a household.

I’ve been doing the majority of the unpacking and organizing, because Der Mann has been doing the majority of the unpacking and organizing at his lab. When he gets home, he’s exhausted and understandably doesn’t want to touch another box. What that means is that I got to organize the kitchen and put everything where I wanted and within my reach. Bwahahahaha! (I’m 5’ 2”, he’s 6’ 0”.)

Now that we are settling (though not completely settled) in, it’s time to dust off my To-Do lists and see where I am and decide where I’m going.

First thing-Work: I am going back to work. (I have spoken; plus, renting is much more expensive than owning and I need to help out more). I’m working with a job coach to completely deconstruct and reconstruct my resume, and then to work on cover letters, interview techniques, and other things that I need to rethink/revise/redo/whatever. When I land a job (when, not “if”; see-I will succeed!), well, jobs cut into your free time, so I will definitely be making schedule alterations and trying to utilize my time better. I’ve already begun making some changes in that direction, just to prepare.

Der Mann and I have a scheduled a Productivity Hour twice a week, where he works on his projects and I work on mine. It seems to be a good thing. We’ll just have to see if we can keep it up with both of us working. Herself has indicated interest in Skyping in if it’s going to be a writing night for me.

Segue into Second thing-Writing: Writing Partner and Herself and I have been doing Skype-&-Write sessions weekly for our shared-world Young Adult/New Adult paranormal romance series, Perfect Coven. We spend about 30 minutes discussing business, brainstorming, reporting progress, etc., then anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour doing timed writing with a wordcount goal (500 words in 30 minutes, or 1,000 words in an hour). It’s working well for us and I admit that I’m surprised. I was worried about the distance vs. momentum thing, but the distance seems to be helping. Since we’re not geographically close anymore, we really use the time we’ve put aside to work to well, actually work. When we were all in the same city, our weekly writing meetings often turned social, which was nice, but didn’t always lead to story progress.

Also, we have a goal and a deadline for finishing first drafts of this trilogy. We want to attend Moonlight & Magnolias, a romance writer’s conference, and pitch this series. We need outlines, synopses, and completed drafts of the first trilogy to meet this goal.

We do have a Perfect Coven blog here. Now, we also have a Perfect Coven Twitter account at @PerfectCoven. Please take a look and give us a follow!

I have not been neglecting The Intergalactic Affairs of Ruby Lovebone, I promise. The first episode is ready to go, but I don’t want to publish it until I have the second episode ready and at least a good outline for the third, if not a draft of the third episode. This is intended to be a self-published serial, so I need to work out a publishing schedule that isn’t so far apart that readers lose interest, but that still gives me time to write the next episode. Hence the wanting to have at least two to three episodes completed before I begin the publication process.

Herself was originally going to write some of the Ruby episodes, but has now decided to take a character from the Ruby serial and write a companion serial, The Temporal Affairs of Amy Lovelace (or something like that; I’m not sure about the actual last name of the character. Oops.). So I probably need to talk with her about maybe doing a joint publishing schedule – a Ruby episode, then an Amy episode, with maybe sneak peeks or teasers…hmmmmm….

Third thing-Art: Here I have an issue. Yesterday, April 1st, 2015, I had decided to do an inventory of finished pieces with an eye to opening an Etsy store….

…Only to figure out that I left most of my inventory in Atlanta. All the glass tile pieces, and many of the magnets are there. I have one of my boxes, but the other two didn’t come with, nor did my display boards. I’m thinking I’ll go ahead and see what I have. If I have enough, I can maybe open the store with just the magnets and see how it goes. Herself has found my boxes and put them in her “take with me” pile when she comes to visit in June.

As far as making more goes, well, all my bits are in boxes in the basement. We still have some organizing to do down there and I’m not sure I can get to them yet. Nor do I think I marked the boxes well enough to know what’s in which box, so I’d probably have to open every box marked “Art Supplies” and check it. There are a lot of Art Supply boxes, though about half belong to Der Mann – and again, I didn’t mark the box to indicate if it was his or mine. Packing got a little crazy there at the end. Box it and stack it! At least we didn’t shove a bunch of stuff in black garbage bags, right?

And that’s where things are with me at the moment. I’m living a strictly ordered life under the Iron Paw.

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