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August 05, 2015

I'm a promise-breaker!

I always swear I'll blog more regularly and then it's been a month or two months and I haven't said a word.

So. Update.

Still hobbying regularly. After getting worse canvas by canvas for about a month, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. While not claiming I'm producing anything of Rembrandt quality, I am, at least starting to produce recognizable elements from time to time. Last week, I painted a tree that looked an awful lot like a tree!

That's what I like about hobbies. You don't have to be really good at what you're doing, you just have to enjoy doing it. Just good enough to amuse yourself. And it has to be said that starting from zero leaves a lot of room to amuse yourself with tiny increments of improvement. (I painted a cloud the other day that was absolutely impressive.)

The diet is still a thing. Four pounds to go. The R.C. keeps making delicious apple pie and I keep eating it. I'm making progress in spite of that, though.

Work-wise, The Big Crunch came to a decision at the end of last month and decided to take their toys and move on to a different playground. I'm--relieved. I should have kicked them to the curb two months ago and I would have it if wasn't for the fact that this was an important account for Louie Louie. While we both regretted losing the revenue stream, I think he was as relieved as I was when they left--they were an awful lot of work.

Right now, The Laddies are on hiatus while something miraculous (one hopes) is done to their website. So, I don't have that problem to worry about at the moment.

I have a potential new client on the horizon but I don't think that one's going to fly. What they want is probably not going to be allowed by the system. Shrugs. I'm not inclined to care that much--I've mentioned before that I'm not a big fan of Vela's clients. Always more work than they're worth and she's very bad at managing them and their expectations.

It's my intention to spend August working hard on each of my other accounts--the ones I've been neglecting since March in the attempt to get The Big Crunch under control.

Really, that's about all I can think of to say at the moment.

posted by AnneZook on 08.05.15 at 09:33 AM


Know what you mean about blogging: got a relapse of the bug last month, but nothing sustained. Of course, August is my least favorite month for history blogging, and this is a big anniversary year, so I'm mostly keeping my head down.

Teaching stuff is coming up fast, but at least Max is away at camp, so I can be... productive? Unashamed of my lack of productivity? Anyway, while I do enjoy classes, the period of intense meditation on the tradeoffs involved in planning them isn't fun.

posted by: Jonathan Dresner on 08.05.15 at 04:12 PM [permalink]

How *are* things going at the new job? It's been a while now. Are you adjusting to Kansas? (Summer in Kansas--one of the main reasons I left the state....) Missing Hawaii? How is the school to work at?

For me, it's tough to find blogging topics that aren't repetitive. I seem to wind up talking about the same two or three things over and over--and without anything really new to say each time. I'm on a diet, clients are crazy, blah, blah, blah.

posted by: Anne on 08.06.15 at 07:56 AM [permalink]

Even though you talk about many of the same things, it's good to know you're out there and keeping busy and doing well :) I have to admit, I have the same problem, I keep busy, but it's always the same old stuff, so I don't post much, either...

posted by: Dail on 08.11.15 at 02:22 PM [permalink]

It's hard to try to be even vaguely interesting when your day consists of "turn on computer, bang on keyboard, turn off computer." :)

Glad to hear you're still out there, keeping busy and (I hope) happy and healthy!

posted by: Anne on 08.12.15 at 09:28 AM [permalink]

Oh yes, happy and healthy, doing the same old stuff -- working in the yard, working on the house, clearing out the years of accumulated clutter here *g*

posted by: Dail on 08.14.15 at 09:08 AM [permalink]

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