Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Looking for work...

Looking for work is not as easy as I thought it would be.

I spend so much time checking Craigslist, Monster, and the rest that applying for the jobs has me confused about my actual skill sets. After 14 years without a break, I'm not even sure what my skills are, or whether the work I can do is what I still want to do.

In the meantime, I'm also having fun picking up ideas for creative ways to use up about 150 pounds (68 kilos) of fabric samples I've accumulated from various sources over the years. So, coffee cup sleeves, doggy jackets and gear, quilts, scarves and eco-bags are on the list of things yet to be started. Again, I spend too much time finding cool patterns on the old www that actually doing is temporarily beyond me.

I've lost 2 pant sizes in the past 6 weeks, which makes me very happy. Now I just have to figure out how to take in the hips, waistbands and legs evenly on about 20 pairs of slacks and jeans.

I've explored Google Earth. Actually found the apartment building we lived in briefly in Toronto after we arrived in Canada when I was a tyke. And the spot on the river where we used to play on those long, hot summer days. The river then was slow, with oaks, maples, reeds, ferns and cool, damp earth providing us with all the materials we needed to build little playhouses. We fished with string and sticks - never caught anything, but it was all pretend anyway. We had jars full of tadpoles, though. :)
Oh, for the good old days when 4, 5 & 6-year-olds could disappear for hours without the stay-at-home moms calling the cops.

Thinking about themes for blogs- How about a ' What people throw away' pictorial? Or crafty stuff? Recipes? Plants and flowers of the Pacific Northwest?

Anyway, I'm volunteering to help out at the Vancouver Wellness Show, an annual event held at Canada Place, see you Cooperative Automobile Network display, Feb 1, 2 or 3. Come and find out why it's more sensible to borrow a car from the co-op when you need it instead of buying a gas guzzling, insurance-eating, rapidly depreciating car.
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