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Possibly a few things may have happened since my last post. More than a few even.

Girlygirl actually did very well in all of her written work and exams in her course - yay for her! Sadly, the practical part didn't work out so well. There were supposed to be three practicums but she didn't get a pass on the second one. She's currently back at the house keeping job at the school and plotting her next move.

MonkeyBoy was in a networking course this year to get a leg up on a BCIT course he wants to take. I'm not entirely sure what's happening with that, nothing was hammered out about next fall before school ended. He's got a scholarship from the ARC program though, so I'm reasonably sure he's going to make something work. He got hired at the school for do housekeeping for the summer, so he'll have a few bucks come fall.

JazzyGirl was going to get a place with her friend last fall. Said friend took a trip to Toronto, so it got put off till late fall, then before Christmas, then the new year... then friend admitted she didn't want to come back. She loves TO. Go figure.

Then, a few months ago, JG found out her company lost the kitchen contract at the school. She didn't like her company, but she loved working at the school, and was always talking about her girls. I think she'll land on her feet, but it's pretty disheartening to lose the job she really loved and has had for the last 4 years. While she was offered a position in the company at a different location, it's out in Surrey. She is also working in housekeeping for the summer, and will figure out what she's going next a little later.

Late February, the senior director at our office called an All Hands meeting. As there was no reason to have a meeting, the first thing I thought was "They're closing the office and laying us all off."

Turns out I was right about the first part. Since half the people had been working from home most the time anyway, they figured there was no reason to keep renting space. He went on to explain that they had spoken to all of our bosses (since there were at least 5 different in the Burnaby office and we all reported to different managers) and they all confirmed that they did want to keep us on.

So, I shot my direct manager and big boss and email saying I'd need to sort the details out with them, only to find neither of them had ANY IDEA what I was talking about. *Facepalm* Communication. Right. What was a thinking? Turned out it wasn't just me, so I didn't feel too bad.

So, it's been hectic, trying to make a space to have a home office (yeah, not really possible, just cleaned out the back half of the bedroom) and getting the new laptop and W@H requirements taken care of (VPN, oh you are the bane of my existence, and Citrix, you suck even worse!) and still trying to deliver normal performance at work (no stress at all) and plan for the QBR in Nashville in June (GAH!). The office closed on June 1st, and I am now officially work at home.

My office being upstairs in my room was a bit of a challenge when I got home from my business trip; I managed to sprain my knee in downtown Nashville right outside the IT office while crossing the street. CROSSING the STREET. Seriously, what the actually f*ck. HOW did I manage that? Unbelievable.

Let me tell you, navigating around in an airport, trying to manage carry-on luggage while on crutches is not fun. The only upside is being on crutches does mean that you get to board first (Thank you GOD!) and it also meant I got to ride in the little golf cart thing instead of trying to crutch my way across international arrivals to the customs and immigration area at YVR. It's a loooooong walk on crutches.

In other news, I have an etsy store now. Yay, go me! I'm always leary of linking RL things to fannish things, and since my LJ tends to be heavily fannish, I try not to reference real names, or I keep the references locked to Friends Only. But. LJ is pretty quiet these days, so I'm not too worried.

So hey, if you're interested, check it out: Leather Brass and Stone

If nothing else, I can sure use the word of mouth advertising if you like the stuff I make and want to tell other people about it. I am terrible at self promotion, I would just make things for people for free because I like to.



( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 6th, 2015 04:20 am (UTC)
A thought for Jazzy Girl --- find out who won the contract and go apply there. Not sure how to go about that, but it's certainly worth trying.

Best luck
Jul. 6th, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
Hi hi! I didn't know youmstill hung around LJ!


Yes, that was the first thing I told her, and she did - they (her old company) sure didn't make it easy to find out. I think they really don't want her to jump ship. She is a very hard worker, reliable and creative. I'd love it if she got on with the new guys.

Jul. 6th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
Lol. Sometimes I think I'm the only one left.

Pondside has lost her credentials, but sends her love.
Jul. 6th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
Like the Etsy store... However, for me, your store name is abbreviated to "Leather Bras..." in all of the listings. Probably an artifact of my settings and browser, but not what you had in mind I think.

Jul. 6th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks!

Etsy is funny in that it makes you create a store name as all one word. Might not be the best store name ever, but it took me so long to find a name that wasn't already in use I was ready to cheer when it finally worked.
Jul. 6th, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
Good to hear from you. I really like the look of your Etsy store - I wish you every success with it.
Jul. 11th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
thank you! I am happy to know you liked it!
Jul. 6th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
Oof. Sounds like a string of bad luck on a lot of fronts. Here's hoping that this W@H thing works, and that everybody lands on their feet.

And you have some really gorgeous stuff in your etsy store!
Jul. 11th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
Slowly, I am adjusting to the W@H but mostly, I find I never leave the house. I need to go out daily, if only for a walk.

An thanks! I am glad you like the stuff in the store! My goal is to put up 2 or three new things every month, ideally at least one thing every weekend. We'll see if that happens.
Jul. 7th, 2015 01:59 am (UTC)
Can't wait to check out your store.
Jul. 11th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
sooper sekrit messuge
So, there is something FINALLY IN AND ENVELOPE for you.

Notice how I didn't say it was in the mail. Because I am made of fail at getting things done. but, it will be in the mail this week. I hope you like it - I went for delicate and black with blue tones.
Jul. 12th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: sooper sekrit messuge
Awwwww, bless you.

You are a sweetheart. I can't wait to see it. I know I will love it.
Jul. 8th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
I'm sorry things have been stressful for you lately. TBH, there are so few people on LJ these days (myself included) that I'd just assumed you were among the missing. I feel like a bad friend! *hangs head*

I've been dealing with personal injury myself--it sucks big time. And I have this theory it just gets easier as we get older. I was shifting bales of hay, for pity's sake. Something I've been doing for decades...

But I am THRILLED TO DEATH you have an Esty store now! OMG, I love your jewelry--that bracelet you made for me is my all-time favorite! Would it be all right if I mentioned your store on my (author) Facebook page? People should be checking out your stuff!
Jul. 12th, 2015 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I would be delighted if you linked my shop! HEE!

So hey, if you want... if you ever write a story where there's a piece of jewelry involved, let me know, and I'll be happy to try to create it for you.

Jul. 12th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, so I can shout out to all my FB/Twitter/website friends that you make awesome jewelry? Show off that bracelet you made for me last SW? Tell everyone they must check out your work! Which, by the way, you are undercharging for!! Once you have people hammering at your door, you'll need to raise those prices, missy!

Now, of course, I feel the need to incorporate a bracelet of power into the Sixth Sense series, just so I can commission a new pretty for myself! ;-)
Jul. 13th, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
I will be over here quietly cackling with glee at the idea you are promoting me. HEE!

I don't want to charge ridonkulous prices - I just want to cover my costs and make enough to buy more crack jewelry supplies.

A bracelet of power? Hmmm, I suddenly have this vision of a triple layered, leather wrapped cuff with some amazingly cool doodad as a closure. Maybe Bloodstone or Seraphinite.

Yeah, ok, I'm going through a green phase *grin*.

Jul. 13th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! Green is my favorite color, and bloodstone is my birthstone in some people's accounting... :-)

Righto, then. Pictures and promo coming up!
Jul. 8th, 2015 04:18 am (UTC)
Yay, you are alive!
Which is just me trying to cover for the fact I never called you. Anyway, glad to hear you are still employed but it's rotten about the kids' employment sitch, or at least it could be better.

I will look at your store!
Jul. 12th, 2015 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Yay, you are alive!
Oh seriously, I know you are way busy with the new grandbaby! We will find some time to sing soonish. :)
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
Wow, life does go on, doesn't it? I don't check LJ as often as I used to, but it's always great to come back and find an update from an old friend.
Jul. 12th, 2015 03:15 am (UTC)

I think of you every time I drive through Bellingham (again today) and one of these days we will have to coordinate something.
Jul. 12th, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update - and yes W@H does require planning to go outside. *hugs and McKay snark as required*
Jul. 13th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
It sounds like your know that of which you speak about working from home.

I will take your hugs and snark and raise you some hand flailing.
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