Looks like I’m back at at….

Ok, I find myself unemployed once more…what to do to make this time meaningful, stay intellectually engaged, and not get really depressed, hmmmmm?

Oh, I know!  I can go back to my old blog, and start working on projects again…

So let’s catch up.  Since my last blog post (2/2012) I have learned how to bake (the stated original goal of this blog), gotten a good job which I quickly parlayed into a better job, and then proceeded to lose within two years due to a combination of procrastination, avoidance, hubris, and just being plain busy (dumb)….I am hopeful that this will be a short stint in unemployment while I get my license details worked out…but in the meantime, here are my current projects:

the garden: lots of squash, tomatoes, a floundering green chile plant, and a bunch of flowers…all of which need watering, weeding, and picking/pruning…

the orchard: two apricot trees which are in full fruit mode right now (I know the title of orchard is a major stretch, but I got to sound smart, right?)…I have picked one tree completely and the other a bit…but the apricots are falling (read rotting on my porch) and John is getting irritated, so I had better get on this…

canning: since I have a ton of fruit, this one should make sense…although at a mile high I find canning to be a longer and hotter process than I had realized or anticipated…

cooking: with the aforementioned veggies, I need to find ways to use them all, and feed my family…thus researching and cooking, also menu planning and trying new recipes because…well I CAN!

baking: I still like to bake, and will regularly be revisiting these activities in order to stay busy…

cleaning: this should go without saying, but I am going to document it here so that I can track my activities…so laundry, cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, sweeping and mopping…

decorating: I am a little embarrassed by this one, but since we moved in November of last year, I still have not hung the art and finalized the decorating…possibly this is because I have been hoping the guys will paint…but I know this is futile…

reading:  I am reading for my book club, to keep up with Tay’s reading, and for my own pleasure…I am henceforth renewing my pledge to buy no new books except for the following 1) book club books, 2) books for John or Tay…for my own pleasure I will only be reading books I already own (here is where you imagine a large bookcase teaming with unread books)…

organizing: the kitchen shelves are a mess, there are still boxes of paperwork and computer stuff in the office…this project has the potential for many long afternoons…

quilting???: I had a lark of an idea back when I was employed, that I should learn to quilt because I CAN!  So I bought a quilting book and a bunch of supplies, and they have set there….still intending/contemplating/definitely planning to learn to quilt, I think…

writing: I want to do something generative with this time, not just the mundane make-work projects to keep me busy…so re-starting this blog (duh!), and revisiting BFBJ with John, starting my misanthrope project, or another idea I have been toying with…

and last but certainly not least….

STUDYING: this is the whole point/problem with me…my tenure as unemployed will be prolonged if I don’t study for the damned test…yet here I am  talking about everything else I want to do and not even mentioning studying…

So here is the plan…I will work on each of these projects over this period, and post my progress here, both as a form of accountability and as a way to stay engaged and motivated…I will also likely rant about life, people, and my own neuroses along the way…I know, it sounds AWESOME 😉  I’ll get right on this tomorrow….

p.s. Did I mention that I am watching Jaws 3 as I type this? Well I am….maybe Jaws 4: The Revenge is on next!

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