Feb. 8th, 2016

WELP, it's February, and it's felt pretty crazy so far. My brief sojourn to the family homestead at the end of January was eventful in maybe not the best way--short version: United Airlines is THE WORRRRRST, and so is paying for your own hotel room after they cancel your connecting flight and maroon you in a strange city overnight. BUT, the change of scenery was nice, and I am now a hybrid owner, which is pretty great. I just moved the bike rack and the rest of my stuff over from the old car yesterday, so now Doctor Zoidberg is in his proper place on the dashboard, and the car finally feels like it's Mine.

It definitely took a bit to recover from getting up at 5:30am and driving for 13-ish hours, though, and I did so just in time to go to a party on Friday night and become totally wiped out all over again. Woooo, introversion!

I've also been experimenting with being a morning person since my last post, and finding that I actually hate it far less than I expected to! Heh. Getting to the studio and accomplishing things before I go to the gym actually feels pretty good.

Also, in the Eventual Wedding department, I have emailed a photographer and a jewelry smith who I just adore. The former is waaayyy cheaper than I expected based on the quality of her work, yay! The jewelry designer works with recycled metals and diamonds, so she says I can trade in the old engagement ring from college that I still have for some reason, and she can recycle it into a new project and put it value towards whatever we do for our rings. I'm pretty jazzed that old ring can become Someone Else's Lovely Custom Jewelry Piece, and also help us towards some really lovely wedding bands, instead of just being pawned or sitting in a box for another decade-or-so.

Checking in, becasue it's necessary.


  • Working after dinner. I've been doing pretty great at this, on the whole! Getting tired earlier has certainly seemed to help, heh.

  • Social media/e-mails before breakfast. This has been tough, largely because it's been harder to get my brain to fully wake up at an earlier hour, and staring at the internet is a convenient crutch in those moments.. It does seem less impactful on my day when I do fall off the wagon, though, because I'm not sleeping as late.

  • Some derby things. I had a Web Team meeting yesterday, and while I haven't out-and-out quit, there are people stepping up to do things, so that I don't have to do everything, and that is HUGE. I might actually get to do fun things that I'm both interested in and specifically well-suited for, instead of boring maintenance stuff!

  • Working on weekends. WELL, it's been good for the most part, except that I agreed to do an event photobooth Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday this week. Because I'm smarrrrrt. :p I'm getting paid, though, and it's 2-4 hours per day, so nowhere near the grind that Maker Faire was.

  • Things/people that suck up my energy and give nothing in return. Continuing to do well, I think. I've made a few intentional choices about who to spend time with, and have gotten to see some people that I see too seldom, but who are TOTALLY worth my time. It's really happy-making. :D


  • A SMALL movie afternoon/night or other small-sized gathering. I'm looking for a good time to do the next one, and debating whether it'll be another movie night or a bowling night! (I just acquired a free bowling ball! I should use it!)

  • A creative photoshoot every quarter. I have the team pulled together for Q1! Well, except for the model. But still, makeup, hair, AND wardrobe, and they're all super-talented. The hairstylist is out of town the next couple of weekends, so we may not get the shoot date set until March, but it's going to be gooooood.

  • Networking. I keep finding out about interesting-sounding networking meetups, and then realizing that I have meetings or shoots or derby things already booked at the same time. Meh. It's not going to be that way forever. AND, the Derby Networking Group is having its first lunch meetup tomorrow!

  • Better eating. I prepped a second freezer meal, and ended up using one to feed my teammates. It was delicious chili, and I felt all accomplished afterwards. Yay!

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