Sunday, June 29, 2008

Thematic Photographic: Wood (again)

This is another entry for Carmi's weekly Thematic Photographic theme.

Taken today, June 29, 2008, in North Vancouver, BC.

Today we went for a walk at Maplewood Flats, a wildlife conservation area. It's both an unattractive and a beautiful place, depending on where you are. Some of the viewpoints look out over the chlorine plant next door or the mudflats. But there is a lot of simple beauty there, too, like these birdhouses (is that the proper term, Margerie, or are they nesting boxes?).

We didn't see many birds today, nor did we see any bears, although we saw where they had crashed through a fence to get to the berry bushes. Nor, thank goodness, did we see any cougars which a sign warned us were in the area. But we got within a couple of feet of this lovely creature:

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Thematic Photographic: Wood

I'm posting this photo for Carmi's Thematic Photographic theme of wood: a wooden rowboat on a sunny winter's day.

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Taken December 26, 2006, in Vancouver.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

CD cover cards

Have we done some actual creating at our house after all this time? Unbelievable!

Today my kids have their last music lessons for the year so we are following an annual tradition we started several years ago, making thank-you cards for their teachers by photocopying the front and back covers of a CD and gluing them onto cardstock. The kids each choose a CD with a song they've learned this year. As you can see, Jamie approves of their choices.

Today is also the last day of school and--although our weather is no indication of it--summer vacation has officially begun. This means that bags and boxes of partially used school supplies have come home, adding to our mountain of art supplies. Here at our house, we are up to our eyebrows in supplies of all kinds, including almost every type of writing and drawing implement from Blo-Pens to smelly markers to watercolor pencils to oil pastels. Child Two and I have set a goal of using each kind of art supply at least once this summer. I hope we'll reduce the clutter while making some fun projects that we can share with you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #19--Ride if you dare

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Thematic Photographic: Glass

I'm posting this photo as part of Carmi's "Thematic Photographic" project. The theme this week is glass. At the time this was taken, I was taking a picture a day for my 365 project (now my Might-Reach-365 project). I hadn't taken a picture yet on this day and desperately looked around for something to use. I snipped some sweetpeas from my garden and lined up these jars on the windowsill.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #18--Zinnia

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 17--An unexpected encounter

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Friday, June 6, 2008

All work and no play

If you read my other blog, you might know that in June I’m trying something different: monotasking. Like most mothers, I am capable of amazing feats of multitasking. I’m also a freelancer, and in my work it’s very difficult to schedule jobs with much accuracy. Often the projects I have so carefully laid out on my calendar come crashing together in a big heap. Add to this the fact that my schedule is flexible and I have a hard time saying no, and you end up with someone who is always trying to do several things at once—work, helping my mom, volunteering, appointments, and so on and so on and so on.

I have been fully booked with work for a long time. I keep thinking it’s a temporary thing that I have to muddle through and then it will calm down, but I’ve been muddling for several years. Right now I’ve got three large editing projects going on in addition to some smaller ones—not to mention writing projects of my own, which are constantly placed on the back burner (isn't it funny how we say "not to mention" as a way of mentioning something?). Because I’m always worried about letting people down, I try to work on everything at once. Instead of making me efficient, this actually slows me down and makes me worry more. So I try harder to get everything done at once and the cycle continues.

During my ridiculous number of years at university, I constantly felt that when I was not working I should be working. And when I was working on Project A, I should be working on Project B. The work was always right there and there were few boundaries between school and the rest of my life. Self-employment can be like that too. Because I don’t have a regular work day and my work time is often interrupted, I feel like I’m never getting enough done. Between my years in school and my years as a freelancer, I have been living this way—never fully focused on what I’m doing and always worried about what I’m not—for over 20 years (I feel so old every time I say something like that).

You know what? It’s not a healthy way to live. So I’ve decided that right now the majority of my energy has to go toward work. I need to get these three big projects done—for the clients’ sake, of course, but also for the good of my own soul. Once I do, I can build the boundaries I need. I’m cycling through the projects, working on just one each day and trying my best to ignore the others until it’s their turn. I’m making significant progress and, to my surprise, I’m finding new enthusiasm for my work. I can also see that in the near future I’ll have more time for the things I love to do and because these projects won’t be weighing me down, I’ll be able to enjoy them more.

But as the saying goes, all work and no play makes this a dull blog (well, it doesn’t go quite like that). I haven’t started my sweaters yet—not even the swatches. My sewing machine is covered by a pile of almost-done baby blankets. I haven’t had much time to wander around the Internet and look for weekly inspiration. I hope the two of you who read this will bear with me. If the coming weeks are as productive (workwise) as this one has been, I’ll soon be crafting more than I have in years.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #16--Bloom

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