Print is more time consuming than web work, that is for sure. With my last project, Hutch Award Luncheon (my first big project at my new job) included print, invitations, web, and these really big graphics on an HD video screen at Safeco Field.
Of course, I did not do this alone. My first project, just trying to find files, learn the system, styles, printers, etc. I had lots of help. We decided to run over before the event to have a look and it was a little overwhelming to see the logo soooo large on the HD video screen.
With that project finished for this year (will start again in August for the next), I have all ready moved on to the new, big project along with lots of small stuff all day. In other words, my new job is really busy.
But just as working for the newspaper, when you see an illustration of yours waded up and thrown in the trash. Seeing all the printed collateral going to the trash, keeps it into perspective.
The holidays are mercifully over. Tree is put away. Ribbons stashed in the recycled box. I was so busy this holiday, I only put lights on the trees and did not hang one ornament. Wow. How does that happen? We will appreciate them so much more next year. Christmas falling in the middle of the week just put us all off. I know I said this last year, but I really want to be more organized so I can actually enjoy the holidays. David bought me a iPad so I have been taking lots of photos of Mason, who knows me, loves AND laughs and coos with me. She is just 2 months old and is all ready wanting to be standing instead of laying down. Making eye contact. Interacting. It is all pretty amazing.
Now matter how bad the day, seeing her when I get home puts it all right.
I think I can share this now, since the ads are running Seattle Times. I have been working on Fred Hutch Award Luncheon graphics, invitation, catalog, evites, posters ... I have been in email hell this week. Another thing I need to make time for, watch Lynda.com Dreamweaver - how to create emails ... and now my next project is Premier Chefs Dinner. Wish me luck.
Small, daily gifts I love the most. I have many “large” gifts to be thankful for but the small ones hit the hardest, in my heart, daily.
I walk out to my backyard in the wee hours of the morning and hear a hummingbird hanging out in the neighbor’s weeping willow… search out and find her (him) … I feel so grateful I have had that moment. Or when I watch a flock of noisy Pine Siskins scavenge through the yard after I had put out some suet. I feel so grateful that I had the money to buy the suet to feed the birds so we could see and enjoy them frolicking in the yard.
I watch the dogs run after a squirrel (stealing suet) and see everyone’s exuberance. … the squirrel safely on the fence and the dogs thinking they are protecting their territory … I feel a moment of joy. Nature is fun and all are safe.
When I look out of my family room window and see the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountains, lighting up the Puget Sound in majestic reds … I think, I can’t be luckier than I am in this moment.
Then there is the dusk winter blue light, that is the most beautiful light. It makes me want to light a fire, make a hot cup of tea, pour a glass of wine and just keep looking out my window until dark has taken over. I always feel thankful.
I smell early morning air, and think, “God, it can’t be better than that!” I wave at my much-beloved neighbors of 22 years and think, “God, it can’t get much better than this.” I wave at people at the grocery store that I have known forever and think, “I feel so lucky to have such a boring, enriched life”.
Most of you know, I love my flowers from the moment they bloom until they go to seed. Watching the process makes me so thankful that I have a yard in which to discover these miracles. And I love that I can photograph them and discover all kinds of secrets. When I see my 13+ hydrangeas blooming, I think to myself, “How could I be so lucky?”
The last 4 years have held many nervous moments. Not life-threatening like my sister’s breast cancer (I can happily say she is doing fine) or Heather Von St. James' brush with death before the birth of her daughter.
Losing a job can be life altering, scary, but not insurmountable. I had my crying fits of fear and questioned what my life’s calling really was. I had my family in my corner behind every tearful fear and knew they were cheering me to my next goal, whatever that might be.
I was thankful I had freelance work so we could keep our house and pay all our bills. But I was really thankful I had the extra time off to spend with my mom when she was really sick and we were spending every other day in ICU. I’m so glad I could be here with her when she was at her worst. I have said many times, God gives you what you need and I needed some extra time to spend with my mom.
Then my son and his fiancée decided to move back home to pay us rent, help us out while I was unemployed and give up their temporary, yet expensive independence. Before we all knew it, we were all expecting a grandchild. I was in shock at first, because they were so young. My husband was the most positive of all the adults in the house. He looked at me and said, “many have gotten through this and so will we”. Of course, he was right. Being much older parents than most, we might not have experienced being grandparents. But here we are, and we have had the pleasure of holding, loving, changing diapers of our own granddaughter. From two people who found each other so late in life, that thought we would not be married or ever have kids … I think that is a big reason to be really, really grateful.
We were so happy to welcome our granddaughter, Mason, into this world in October 2013.
So here we are, seeing in 2014 before we can even digest the events of 2013.
Maybe that comes from being “old” … it all goes so fast. Four generations are living in one house, experiencing all of life’s “ups and downs” together. Giving each other comfort in love, humor and support.
Life can’t get much better than it is right now. Or more confusing, messy, congested. And we will cope in gratitude.
I know it has been too long since I posted anything interesting. Been busy with my new job, our new granddaughter and trying to prepare for Christmas. And not doing too good at that. I managed to get the trees up, with lights and stopped there. Maybe next year, we will appreciate the trimmings more since we will not put them up this year.
My new job is challenging and takes up much of my brain power.
This is where I discovered some new fragrances for men that I would love to purchase for David.
Floris sounds amazing. "Floris No. 89: Orange and bergamot blended with lavender and neroli give No.89 its classical cologne aspect. Warmed with a touch of spicy nutmeg, the floral heart is underscored by the dominant woody accord of sandalwood, cedarwood and vetiver in this quintessentially English gentleman’s fragrance."
I did find some on a discount fragrance site a little more affordable. More history about Floris on a wonderful blog - Bond Lifestyle.
This Wood cologne (handsome notes of cedar, with hints of lime, vetiver grass, spruce, and aromatic hiba wood) from Portland General Store.
Also been listening to Gregorian Chants at work, to get me in the holiday spirit.
I have been obsessed with MasterChef Junior. I binged-watch many Saturdays ago, episode after episode, after I discovered it. Thinking, Jeez, if those 10-year-olds can cook like that, so can I. They have challenged me in so many ways. So I did venture into the kitchen to make a couple of soups, desserts, but have not attempted Beef Wellington yet. I am so excited to get in the kitchen and see if I can cook like a 13-year-old!
This morning, (ON DEMAND) I waited anxiously to see if Alexander or Dara would win the big prize. Gosh, I wish they could have awarded two of them the award! It was all inspiring.
I know I have been a bad, beleaguered blogger lately. Too much going on.
So much in fact, that I hardly have time to check my email but every couple of days. So unlike me.
It does not mean I still don't see amazing things I want to blog about. NO! I just don't have time to blog it, note it or email it to myself!
Like this art by Japanese artist, Jung Jung ... which I have blogged about before. Crochet taken to another level! Jung Jung creates these incredibly delicate flowers and vegetables. I really, really love them. It looks like she also includes the pattern of the creations. I think I am in love with the pattern graphics as much as the finished product!
Amazing talent. You can see more here on Pinterest.
We have a new baby, born October 29. I wondered today why I felt so completely exhausted and thought, "Yeah, we just had a baby! I have been completely overwhelmed with my new job. My husband has been working 7 days a week for months. My mom is very ill. I still have freelance jobs out there that I am neglecting. And a completely filthy house (which makes me tired to just think about)".
So, maybe, I have a reason to be tired. That is what my husband and mom keep reminding me.
The kids have taken Mason to her folks to meet, aunts and and great-grandmothers, etc. I took the opportunity to clean the rooms where they hang out.
Yesterday, feeling a little tired and sick, I left work a couple of hours early. Got home to realized it was not raining as predicted, so mowed, cut grape vines from my neighbors yard, and cut some clematis that make it impossible for my neighbors to close their gate, cut down my old lilies and filled up the back of my truck. Then I really did feel exhausted. Came in and held Mason for an hour. Just watched her face, her smiles, her yawns, her stretches. All adorable and affirming.
We are having such a great time just watching her every move, and even more fun, watching Matt and Bri watching Mason's every move. She such an easy baby. "Titty-baby". As long as she can eat, and sleep, she is perfectly content. She reminds me of Matt and Bri's mom says she reminds her of Bri, so, right now, we have the easiest baby in the world. She is handed over from person to person in the house, rocking and cooing and loving her. It is all very, very wonderful. Even the dogs are already protective of her. If and when she decided to cry, they all run to her defense.
Feeling pretty blessed right now in my personal life. Not quite so convinced about my career right now, but I know I will figure it all out. So am not stressing over it too much.
Bri is a terrific mom, which makes being a grandmother so much easier. Watching Matt so in love with Mason, becoming a terrific dad, is another completely satisfying vision.
My only, and supremely wonderful sister told me a couple of days ago she has breast cancer. So if you have a prayer group, or have an upstairs connection yourself, I would be so thankful. Her name is Lisa. She is the best of our family.
We have been on baby watch all week. Due date this weekend. ;0 Are we ready? I guess we are.
I have not even received my second paycheck and it feels as if I have been at my new job for 2 years. Lots of work going on! Fun, but stressful.
Have not been in my yard in awhile. Found a few violas still blooming. And lots of stuff that needs to be trimmed and cut down. I put it on my list! Changing bed linens today and trying to power through the dirty clothes taking over the bedroom. Here is the last my sweet violas. See again next spring?
I have never known a cat so in love with a human as Ivy is with Matt. Wherever Matt is, Ivy is there. If Ivy can jump up on a table or cabinet to be closer to his face, he will. The closer to the better. Ivy jumps to Matt's shoulders all the time to be close to his face. My friend Faith calls this 'pussy whipped". I agree.
The weather went from summer to fall in one night!
I thought my new job would allow me a little mental downtime. But with all learning new things, I still feel like I am a step behind. No time for fun blog stuff! I saw these on the way home and thought I would shoot it if I still had some light when I got home.
I know I have not been blogging much but that does not mean I don't still have lots to share. I think about it but when I get home, life gets in the way.
I think you all know that we are going to have a granddaughter, Mason, here with us next month. So lots of planning, cleaning and such for that miracle.
So on the bright side, Robin's book, hoop: the american dream (the summer trip I took last year) was released yesterday. I have been checking her blog to make sure everything is working ... and then Tuesday, she had a segment on King 5 Evening Magazine. I am sooo excited.