It’s the second link-up in two days! But it’s also the second blog post in two days, so I know at least one of my relatives is probably happy. Check out Jen at the Conversion Diary for the rest of the Quick Takes. It’s her party and I’m just happy to be invited.
I know I promised a picture of the barn in my backyard. It’ll come. But I completely forgot that when I get off work at midnight, it is too dark to take photos of my backyard. I really want you to see the piles of snow that have been there since December, so I’m going to take a picture in the morning.
UPDATE: Here is a barn, a backyard and a bunch of snow.
Why am I even typing this up at all tonight? Why don’t I wait until it’s Friday morning and light outside and everybody else is typing up their quick takes? Because I have in my brain right now the things I want to say. I know myself to know that when I get up in the morning, I will probably not be this mentally organized. One of the big massive down sides to my current employment situation is that some days I work until midnight… and some days I start work at 8:00am. It makes a sleep schedule difficult to maintain, especially considering how wound up I am whenever I get off my shift.
So I’m sleeping in tomorrow. Maybe expect the barn picture in the early afternoon.
Speaking of work and unfortunate aspects, the schedule comes out once a week (a week that starts Friday and ends the next Thursday), and if all goes according to the proper plan, it becomes available on Tuesday evening. Very rarely does the plan come to perfect fruition. This was an especially bad week due to weather, technology and other intangibles, and the schedule was not finished until about 1:30 this afternoon. Another technological snafu followed, whereby every employee logged on to see his or her schedule online… only to find that he or she did not have any hours this week at all. It turns out that the “let everybody see the schedule” button hadn’t quite been pressed. I eventually heard the whole story.
But for an hour there this afternoon, I was pretty darn freaked out. I cannot afford to take an unexpected week off work. I don’t make a whole lot of money, and so the money I do make goes pretty quickly to cover some pretty specific things.
In order to calm myself down, I started thinking about what I would do with my time if, in fact, I really was being presented with a whole week without any work shifts at all.
I knew almost instantly… I would work on creative projects. I have this notion that I am a creative person, that I am a seeker of originality, that I have gifts and talents that lend themselves to actually forming a Thing of Beauty with my brain and my hands. An idea spun itself together in my mind, a way to keep myself inspired and involve my blog readers and social media buddies. I was actually a little disappointed when the schedule came through properly.
So I decided to go ahead with my plan anyway.
I am therefore announcing my first Creative Week.
What is a Creative Week? It is when I undertake and complete one creative project every day of the week. The media I use will vary. I may write something, I may draw or paint, I may take a photo… who knows? I may even sew. The important part is one day will equal one project; each day will bring a new stretch for my creative powers.
How do you help? You nominate a theme. You inspire me. What makes a good theme? One word, or one short phrase, that is broad enough that I can interpret it, make it my own, and run with it. Or maybe something that is even a little more specific, maybe a quote or an image you have in your head… but remember that you have no idea what kind of project I will create in response.
The results will be shared on this blog… maybe once a day, maybe in groups, maybe just at the end of the week. I don’t know. We’ll see how well I keep on schedule and make that call as it needs to be made.
So comment below with an idea or inspiration for me. I can’t wait!
This is a song I have been listening to a lot for the past few days. Not sure why, but gosh darn does it stick in my head!
So, Valentine’s Day is next week. I really like Valentine’s Day. I think it is a good excuse to show the people in your life that you love them, whether these people are your family, your friends or your significant other. I will probably be working on the day itself, which is fine, I guess. Yay movie theater. It’s not like I have plans with my boyfriend, because at this point in time we happen to live in separate states.
Which brings me to the question: do you guys have any ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day long distance? I’m still brainstorming a bit here.
I am so ready for winter to be over. I have not seen the grass since before Christmas. There has literally been snow on the ground for that long. There’s not much point here… just some complaining. I saved it for last so it wouldn’t take over the whole post.
So that’s something, at least.
Happy weekend, friends!