Independence Day is coming up! I thought a good way to mark the occasion would be a little road trip across the country via vintage souvenirs.
I actually collect vintage souvenir plates. But, in order to keep the size of my collection under control, I only get ones for places we’ve visited, places we’ve lived and places our families are from. So, this Atlantic City plate from TTLG Furnishings is still up for grabs…
What I’m working on: I’m trying to get some more “basics” up in the shop. I put this one together early this week:
Hopefully it’s not too late to make July 4th barbecue invitations!
I’d hoped to have a few more things done, but we got waylaid by some minor medical issues. Everyone’s okay, but it was just better to spend the past two days on the couch with the hupsband instead of at the computer.
What I’m listening to: I’ve gotten back into the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. I was a regular listener for a while, but then my podcast subscription list got out of control and it fell on the back burner. But, I’ve been going through all the episodes I’ve missed and listening to whichever ones strike my fancy. Today I learned about the origins of knitting, the history of the English language and the Jelling stones.
What I’m playing: The Steam sale started today! I’m about to buy the latest Crusader Kings II expansion. I’ll let you know how it is. 🙂
What I’m working on: Okay. I’m still working on my fiddly, fiddly patterns. I’m not even going to promise that they’ll be out by the weekend because we know how that goes.
But, I did get this up on the shop:
It’s a little different that my usual stuff, but I really had fun playing with the colors.
What I’m listening to: First of all, I don’t know if you guys have heard of this obscure little show called Hamilton… Okay, I’m super late to the game on this one. I’ve kind of ignored the hype up to this point because I tend to be picky about musicals. But, after the Tonys, I decided to give the album a listen… and I’ve listened to it everyday since then. Whoops.
I don’t know why I didn’t think I’d like it. Revolutionary statesmen are my jaaaaaaaaaam.
Second, I know I’ve plugged The Memory Palace before, but please listen to the latest episode. It’s so good. It’s a illustration of the march of progress — and the heartbreaking ways history repeats itself.
What I’m reading: I’m still reading X-Men and Secret Wars. But I’m also working on Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, our latest book club pick. I’m really enjoying it. I love a unique take on the standard fantasy world. It’s also pretty nonstop with the action, which makes for a pretty swift reading pace.
What I’m working on: I’ve got a couple irons in the fire. Here’s a little sneak peek at something I’m hoping to have up in the shop this weekend:
It’s very fiddly and is taking a while. There might be an easier way to do what I’m doing, but heck if I know what it is.
I’m going to switch gears a little tonight and do something simpler and hopefully have that up in the shop as well. I’m going to try and sprinkle in some quick, simple designs among my more ambitious ones. I don’t want to go too long without putting up new listings. It seems to me that my views on Etsy pick up during those times where I’m actively posting listings. And I don’t want to lose any momentum.
What I’m reading: I checked our latest book club book out of the library more than a week ago, I think, and I still haven’t started it. I’ve gotten terrible about procrastinating on my reading. It doesn’t help that I’m reading so many comics. I’ve put New Mutants aside and I’ve started reading the original Secret Wars because I’m at the point in Uncanny X-Men where that happens.
I’m about to start feeling the anxiety that’s prevented me from reading superhero comics for the past few years. It feels almost impossible to find a self contained story anymore. You have to be keeping up with a half dozen X-Books. Or a handful of Avengers books. And then there are the crossover events with things spread out over ALL the books. Now, I understand I can enjoy the story without EVERY tiny part of it… but I can get kind of a “completion” compulsion. Or maybe it’s a literary FOMO. I don’t know. But all I know is I just wanted to read X-Men from Giant Size #1 and it’s already sent me off on tangents with New Mutants, Secret Wars, and the Wolverine and Magick limited series. And I haven’t even gotten into nearly the quagmire the X-Universe is today. I think I’ll finish Secret Wars, read Uncanny #181 (Young Dragons in Love!) and take a break for a nice novel.
Anyway. Enough about my X-Anxiety. (An-X-iety? I don’t know.)
What I’ve been playing: My husband and I have been playing a lot of Terraria together this week. We both like video games, but we rarely play anything together because our tastes don’t overlap in multiplayer games very often. I tend to stick to RPGs, strategy games and simulations. But these open ended building games are perfect. I usually spend my time building houses while he goes out fights things and explores. I join him for a boss fight every now and then, but my main focus is usually interior decoration.
Let’s talk time management. Or lack thereof. I’ve got a real problem with coming up with more ideas that I can start and starting more projects than I can finish.
Here’s what my typical weekday looks like:
11 p.m.-4 a.m.: Sleep.
4 a.m.: Get up and pee. (I’m very hydrated.)
4:05-5:30 a.m.: Sleep.
5:30-6:45 a.m.: This is a mysterious hour. I have access to it. I could exercise during it. I could meditate. I could have a quiet cup of coffee on the couch and watch the sun’s first rays filtering in through the trees. But, it’s also the hour my bed is at its most comfortable. So. You know. Sleep.
6:00-6:45 a.m.: Hit snooze over and over and over.
6:45-7:30 a.m.: Get up, shower, put just enough makeup on to make myself look awake, get dressed, have breakfast, run out the door.
7:30-8 a.m.: Commute to work. Prime podcast time.
8-11:30 a.m.: Work.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: I’m lucky enough to get a whole hour for my lunch break. I usually eat and read, then do a 15-20 minute meditation in the car and sometimes run an errand or two.
12:30-5 p.m.: Work.
5-5:30 p.m.: Commute home.
5:30-6:30 p.m.: If the husband’s home, we have dinner and watch a little TV. If he’s working, I’ll exercise and then have a frozen dinner or something.
6:30-7 p.m.: Clean up from dinner. Have a cup of coffee and catch up on email, make to-do lists for the next day, etc.
7-10 p.m.: So here’s the three hours I usually have to work with. This is the window where I can work on things for the shop, blog stuff, social media “marketing,” and video games. (I will admit… there are weeks when this is just video games. But there are also weeks when it’s just work. And I’ll get burned out and have to spend the next week in Stardew Valley to even myself out.)
10-11 p.m.: Brush my teeth, read for a while, go to sleep.
You’ll notice that I don’t have any time for craft projects. Those might get worked in on the weekends. And that’s one of the big things I’d really like to have more time for. I’ve stalled out on KonMari-ing the house because I’m reluctant to spend the time going through my CDs and DVDs. I want to do more experimenting in Illustrator, maybe go through a bunch of tutorials for techniques I never/rarely use. I want to draw more. The husband and I would like to have time to just maybe… go do something? But his schedule is just as crazy. We’re doing good to get one day a week where neither of us are working.
My weekends are more open, schedule-wise, but that’s also the time we see our family and friends and I’m not going give that up. It’s also our time for necessities like grocery shopping and laundry and other chores. So… what do I do? How do I create more time?
Maybe it’s not that I need more time. I just need to use it more wisely. Perhaps putting that mystery hour to use? (Let’s not get crazy.) I started bullet journaling at the end of last year, and that’s helped a little.
It’s at least helped me prioritize the things I’d like to get done first. I’m hoping by continuing to meditate, I’ll be a little less prone to distraction. Maybe I need to start looking into how extremely productive people get stuff done. Maybe I shouldn’t have rushed through this blog post in an effort to get to the next thing — at least that way I would have a better thesis and a more satisfying conclusion. Right now I’m kind of just stream-of-conciousnessing it.
What I’m working on: I just finished a logo design for my cousin’s church. It’s been a while since I did a logo design, but I’m happy with how it turned out. (They’re happy too, so it all works out.)
I’m starting up some more patterns. I’ve got a couple ideas in mind that are variations on a theme. Right now I’m in the “looking for the right image” phase.
What I’m watching: I finally ran out of Drag Race on Hulu, so I’ve switched back over to Netflix to work on the new season of Kimmy Schmidt. I’m about halfway through. Tituss Burgess is going to get his own show after this, right?
What I’m reading: I picked up our next book club book from the library yesterday, but I haven’t started it yet. I’m still trying to finish up an arc in X-Men and one in New Mutants. It’s my first time reading New Mutants. I started comics back when Gen X was the “trainee team.” I’m fairly familiar with Cannonball and Dani Moonstar, but this is probably the first time I’ve gotten into Karma, Wolfsbane and Sunspot. So far, so good. It feels very early 80’s, but I really enjoy when a comic book feels “of its time.” (We’ll see if I still feel that way when I get into the Cable-heavy 90’s.)