*Looks around* Hello! How were things for you in 2018? How’s 2019 going so far?
I’m very sorry for dropping off the online map for so long. I needed to recalibrate and refocus after some changes that happened at the end of 2018. It actually started at the end of 2017 when I learned my job (and my husband’s since we worked under the same grant) would be coming to an end, which pretty well coincides with the timing of the previous post made here.
In a nutshell, I absolutely loved my job these past five years, and it was a big part of my identity. I helped with the administration of a huge food safety collaborative studying a very cool and prolific virus. I sometimes felt like I was “in the room where it happens” to borrow from Hamilton, seeing decisions and collaborations come into being out of the ether. I got to know a couple hundred neat individuals from all backgrounds, and we felt part of something truly good and unique. And so after this massive project ended this past September, even as we’d always known it eventually would, it hit quietly but deeply (except for the next-to-last day when I ugly-cried into my coworker’s kind and absorbent shoulder).
After my job ended, if you asked me on any particular day how I was feeling, I’d reply with honesty that I was pretty chipper. I was staying busy (I took on greater leadership roles in my miniatures and public speaking clubs), spending quality time with my family, and mentally trying to stay ready for whatever changes came next. But looking more broadly, many things got reprioritized, including some things I enjoy, like this blog.
I still did crafty things, but got antsy if I spent much time on them, because it was time not seeking new employment. Completing miniature scenes as “speed runs” became shiny prospects (more on those in later posts). I’d get partway through a project and then another idea would pop in my head and command my attention. When I mentioned it to my minis colleagues, one of them sagely said (almost offhandedly but assuredly) that it was because I was unsettled. And she was right.
I started a new position this February that uses many of my skills and experiences, but in a very new setting. Now that I’m increasingly feeling like I made the right choice (there were 2.5 different career paths on the table at the same time), I started thinking about this blog with more than just dismay at its quiescence and think to myself “I should really post something soon.”
And so what I thought I’d do for a restart is show what’s happened since January 1, 2018 in photos. I went through my phone and pulled a few highlights. Some will be spoilers for future posts!
Seriously, the fireplace design is awesome, and can be found here.
So that’s 2018 and some of 2019. I have 4 miniatures projects on standby that I’ll be working on, as well as a newfound but strong itch to try out luthiery again.
Thanks for coming back :-).