Thursday, June 23, 2011


Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin'
Into the future

Steve Miller Band, "Fly Like an Eagle"

A man with one watch knows what time it is.
A man with two is never sure.

Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
Groucho Marx

People assume that time is a strict progression
of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear,
non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of 
wibbly wobbly... 
time-y wimey... 
 The Doctor in "Blink"

One guess what this blog post is about.  Yup, time.  My last post was at the beginning of May, and I swore that my next post would be soon after.  Yeah, that didn't happen.  This is not new to my regular readers.  The post previous to my Car Decor post was I'm so far behind! in which I bemoaned that I haven't been posting.

How does this happen?  I'm not sure, but it's something I contemplate every week as I blink and it becomes Thursday.  Hey, guess what?  It's Thursday.  And what have I done with my time since my last post?

  • I attended "Food for Life" classes with my friend Michele.  I now eat edamame, brown rice, and more salads.  We also try to eat ground turkey more often and have the occasional non-meat meal.
  • I worked on cleaning my studio (which lasted all of 2 days) and entering inventory into a jewelry designer database program during a week where I had NOTHING SCHEDULED ALL WEEK.  Yes, that's bold, all in caps, and underlined.  I was going to italicize it, too, but I thought that was a bit much.  No LBS board meetings or programs, no doctor's appointments for Mom or for me, nothing.  It was really nice, and I got a lot done.
  • I started going to a 5 session yoga class.  I cried during the first two but not during the third.  Yay!  I got the spins during the first class which freaked me out, and I was too sore during the second and got frustrated.  During the third (which was yesterday), I kept half my mind on yoga and the other half on projects I want to work on.  That helped.
  • I was all over the Bead&Button Show June 8-12.  I worked the LBS booth one night, I helped my friend Maggie teach three beading classes (not to mention all the pre-work beforehand so I felt comfortable with what we were teaching!), and I worked the Show floor for my friend Bronwen Heilman all day on Saturday.  Not to mention shopping, schmoozing, and reconnecting with people I met last year.  Oh - while I was working Bronwen's booth I also reconnected with the Maid of Honor from my first wedding!  Anita stopped by, and I squealed and hugged the stuffing out of her.
  • I did a little bit of scrapbooking.  I'm only a year and a half behind.  Eek!  I know lots of people are much farther behind, but I've been trying to keep up with current stuff and get back to older things.  I need to get moving!
  • Finally... I taught my first beading class at a local bead store.  The bracelet is called "Shadowed Diamonds" and is made with adorable and substantial peanut beads. 

    Here's a picture of it in one of the color schemes:
  • I also made funky instructions to go with the bracelet to try to stand out from what other designers do.  Ooh.  I just called myself a designer.  I guess I am!
Oh - one other thing that has been taking up a lot of my time... I've been exercising.  Like I've said, doctors keep telling me I need to exercise to help the Fibromyalgia, and my last Rheumatologist suggested the Wii Fit.  We bought it, and I've been using it every day (except once when I was sick and during the Bead&Button Show).  The best thing about this Wii Fit is that Steve has been exercising, too, and we've both become more active in general.  I've lost a little weight, but I haven't noticed too much in the soreness department.  I think I'm sleeping a little better most nights, but I still have days when I'm exhausted and can't seem to do anything but nap.

But, according to Mom, my mind is always swirling with ideas.  I got up a few nights ago because I just had to do a proof of concept.  Can one do french knots with beads?  Well, there's a reason that most links when you Google "Beaded french knots" recommend replacing french knots with beads.  French knots are hard in general until you get the hang of them, but adding beads just does not work well.  I had to try!  Then there was a cat up on my desk purring and wanting attention, so I did not get back to bed right away.

One other thing I did was to slap a train magnet on the back of Steve's car during a day when he was carpooling with a coworker:

While I think it's cute, Steve was not thrilled (it's too large for his tastes), so I'm going to make a smaller one and put it off to the side, which is what he said he would have agreed to if I'd asked him before doing it.  I said, "It's removable."  He said, "Just because it's removable that doesn't mean I can remove it."  Wise husband is wise, but I will compromise.

Once I have the time.

In the immortal words of Doctor Who:  "Don't blink."  If I do, another week will have passed.