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Archive: October 2015 – September 2016

Here’s what I’ve been up to recently.

September 12, 2016

  • Putting off stapling copies of the newest Creativity for Introverts issue. I mean, I staple them as orders come in. I’m not usually this slow about it, but things have been slow the last month, ever since I checked off everything on my summer to-do list way too early.
  • Hating the afternoon sun’s glare on my computer screen while I’m trying to hunt down good resources for my class discussion posts. I normally don’t hate nice things like sunshine peeking through the blinds, but I’ve been in quite a mood since I got back from my birthday trip.
  • Doing something resembling lifting weights. It’s not lifting weights, it’s this thing called a resistance band. I figure it’s sort of like training wheels leading up to a point where maybe, some day, my body will be able to lift weights in public in front of people. Anyway, I use it every in-office day (4 days a week) and it’s actually pretty fun, even though the remaining three days of the week I am in a lot of pain.
  • Two weeks ago I ran on the treadmill for longer than 2 minutes, so that’s something. I can clearly remember what it felt like to run free and without pain. I mean, that was less than two years ago. I am really fucking tired of letting depression get the best of me. To be fair, given foot issues I’ll probably never run free without pain again but at least I can run free without leg pain maybe.
  • On the drive home from my birthday trip I had an idea for a ballet/dance/musical thingy set to baroque music but I’m not able to work on it in my current environment. I’ll need to spread out and use up space and pin things to the wall and sew and dance and breathe and such. So I’ll have to wait until I have room to do things like that. I’m very excited. I can close my eyes and see parts of it in my head, dancers twirling in blue and red and green stage lights and masks and costumes and confused audience members and secret smiles from those who know what it’s like and can see the stories. It’s kind of a big idea, even for me, so who knows if it’ll ever really come to fruition.
  • Writing more often. Kind of. I took this course from All the Many Layers and I got a lot from the workbooks but then I sort of stopped writing. I knew that would happen because of school. I do a lot of writing during school but it’s writing for school, which is still writing, but it’s self-discovery on a different level about very specific other things. That’s also something I am interested in exploring and discovering, but I am just hoping that I don’t lose the momentum after the semester ends.
  • Thinking of this: One of the things I learned from that course was how terribly badly I did this whole thing. Instead of writing through the shit and bringing you all with me and being honest about the changes and letting you know where I was going, I just shut down and closed the site, and I haven’t quite been able to get things running again. It’s been a long time and I don’t know when it will come back but I do really want it to. All of the ideas I try form halfway and then the rains come and wash them away, or a better idea blossoms and I get distracted by that shiny thing and forget. It’s a lot of energy to run a site and promote yourself and be so open, and I think that’s a big part of it, too. The emotional position I am in right now is very rough. I feel vulnerable and I don’t feel like I am alive and so I am hiding behind these NOW lists rather than sharing my truths. My solution was to make the exciteshroom project, but I am not even sure my heart is in that either. I want to document and share but I am drained. My life has been sucked away and I don’t even have room for myself anymore. What do I do, what do I do.

July 5, 2016

  • Summer.
  • Wrapping up the next issue of Creativity for Introverts before I go back to school. (It’s almost done.)
  • Creating copies of my new perzine, Exciteshroom. I went kind of overboard with this one and I’m printing 27 very pretty ones, which I think I’m going to send to Freedom APA (after I check to make sure 27 copies is enough), but then I’ll print less pretty ones for trade. The less pretty ones will look the exact same except for the covers. I am pouring my heart and soul into this zine, which is documenting my experience as a 30-something person with lots of emotions. Even if no one else ends up caring, I’m pretty excited about it.
  • Get Messy – it’s actually pretty crazy but I am keeping up with art journaling these days. I think it helps a lot that the prompts for this ‘season’ are all based on introspective themes. I’ve had a lot to work through in the last few months.
  • Reading zines. I started keeping track of them this year finally so I will stop reading the same zines I’ve already read.
  • Budgeting! Like an actual adult person! I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I’m really interested in getting smarter about money.
  • Considering a move to Maryland. I’ve been househunting and I don’t know how far into Maryland to go — closer to work, or closer to the VA state line? There are a lot of things to consider either way, one of the main things being safety since I’ll be living alone.

May 18, 2016.

  1. At work: We’re in slow days, so I’ve been spending a lot of my work time watching webinars and poking around ideas, working on documentation, tidying up details, organizing, etc. It’s nice to have a bit of time to relax and focus on the things that I don’t usually have any time to do.
  2. At home: I recently had oral surgery and have had stitches for a week, which isn’t fun, but they’re supposed to come out today. I’ve been on an all-liquid (and soft food) diet for 7 days and I feel pretty good about it. Generally home time has been spent working through my summer to-do list, which includes a lot of embroidery projects, and watching Battlestar Galactica with my boyfriend.
  3. Still doing the 100 day project, though it’s more like the 100 postcard project for me. I’m not making them every day, but I will still get to 100! You can see them on my Instagram the days I remember to post.
  4. Oh, I also started a “bullet journal” inspired record-keeper. I don’t know why I can’t just call it a bullet journal, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that it’s not a planner. It’s mainly just a thing that assists in keeping track of activities done, rather than something I use to plan or make goals or create/keep up with habits. I’ve been keeping up with my Adamjk planner but I need to track more things and there isn’t enough space so I’m going to abandon it, or at least shift most of the focus.
  5. Right now I’ve got all my current project tabs open: Busy Weekends redesign which I haven’t had any inspiration to do (for now the site will stay as is, but I know I want it to be something else), my book, my eCourse, and the next Creativity for Introverts issue. Not sure what’s priority but after I finish typing this I’ll be able to figure it out and close the rest of the tabs. I have a lot of ambition but I’m not very good at making time for it.
  6. I started a mail journal, kind of. Like everything else I do, it’s not frequently updated, but I’m glad to have it all in one place. It seemed for a while that the BW blog existed only so I could have a place to put my mail.
  7. I’ve been listening to the Being Boss podcasts often again. For a while I was listening to every episode but when I stopped doing things with Busy Weekends they became less relevant. Now it seems like there are a lot of topics for creatives, generally, rather than specifically for those running businesses.
  8. I don’t have a lot, mainly because I’ve been spending most of my energy focusing on these few things to give them a lot of thought and attention to detail. Since I decided to take summers off of school it’s nice to finally slow down again.
  9. Studying lately: onboarding techniques, bullet journals, the feeling of nostalgia (via music I listened to 10-20 years ago).
  10. Currently reading:
    • Paperback: The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia
    • Paperback: How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women by Terrence Real
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey

April 5, 2016.

  1. At work: Professional development and various projects. I’ve been learning a lot about Google Drive and all the cool things you can do with that (like dynamically pulling content from spreadsheets and using that as a way to create flexible training documentation) and also just generally been ridiculously busy working. We’re all very busy. Lots of exciting things are happening.
  2. At home: I am gearing up for the end of the semester. I am taking the summer off of school so I can catch up on a lot of personal things. So excited! My goals include making at least two embroidery pieces, finalizing all my changes on Busy Weekends, making a zine, organizing around the house, drafting the next Creativity for Introverts issue, taking walks, reading at least one book, and restocking my Etsy, which I haven’t done since December.
  3. At school: Even though I’m excited for the summer (a real life summer vacation!), I’m sad to see this course go. I’ve had a lot of fun with it! I’m working on my final paper and getting through my last few weeks of in-class readings and discussions. Oh, I also moved and redesigned the organization of my ePortfolio. If you care about distance education and/or my work accomplishments, you can find that stuff at classintrovert.com.
  4. I am participating in the Get Messy season of lists. I signed up for the “habit,” which means I’ll be posting photos of my art journal at least once a week. Head over to Instagram for day (not daily) updates! I’ll update the blog with everything once a week.
  5. I am also participating in April Love 2016, and I’ll be participating in #the100dayproject again. Last year it was really awesome for me. I wrote something every day and then compiled three of the longest, most wordy zines I’d ever made. This year I think I’ll do something different.
  6. I recently made some delicious chili volcanoes. They’re easy, just bake cornbread muffins, scoop out the middle, fill with chili, and cover with cheddar cheese and sour cream.
  7. I haven’t updated my planner in a long time. I got the Adam JK 2016 planner thinking that I could totally get through the entire year updating daily, even if I didn’t update on the day. Usually I update all days once a week with a few words about each day, but it’s really hard to remember to do it when you actually don’t care that much.
  8. I’ve also been keeping tons of lists everywhere. I have a notepad full of funny/rude phrases and cute stick figure drawings where I write things I remember to write while I’m on my couch, my planner (mentioned above) where I try really hard to plan general items for the next week, Keep which holds more long-term stuff (like my summer plans), a to-do list at work for work things, and every so often I’ll email a quick checklist to myself because I don’t feel like opening Keep for some reason and I’m not near a notepad. It’s not really working out having them everywhere but it’s working way better than not having them at all. My goal is to figure this out by the end of the year.
  9. Studying lately: distance education technology, generally lots of fun technologies, presentation skills, ePortfolios, Google Drive.
  10. Currently reading:
    • Paperback: Distance education: A systems view of online education by Moore & Kearsley (for school)
    • Car audio: [in between books]
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey
    • eBook: Managing technology in higher education: Strategies for transforming teaching and learning by Bates & Sangra (for school)

February 27, 2016.

  1. I’m writing a post about my research method and then I remember this page exists. I actually originally had a post series planned that would detail each step in my process but I decided not to do that because it was taking way too much time and it was way too analytical. It may have been fun to write but from an outsider’s perspective it probably would have been really boring and long.
  2. Boyfriend is doing a lot more with his new fancy wood-working tools. He set up a shop at his parents house and has more than one power tool that requires a desk/table to use. He’s kind of a big deal in Australia. He bought a tool (coming soon) that will assist in making item boxes, which is good because our source stopped selling the little wooden boxes we use for Moga Goods. I mean, not that we don’t have a box full of those little things waiting to be painted, but you know, future planning.
  3. School is back and I’m actually enjoying it a lot. I mean, the fact that I enjoy school is not surprising; I basically always have. What’s surprising is that I’m eager to post in the discussions area. This course is fairly interactive and has us exploring technologies used in the classroom. Talking about that is way more fun than talking about something some guy said in the ’70s about the future of distance education. Don’t get me wrong: I like reading about that, but what’s there to say? Yes, now that it’s the future, he was right?
  4. I’ve been participating in #walkmyworld, though I’ve been behind since school began. I do eventually post on the prompts, but it takes a lot out of me. That’s unfortunate because it’s an exploration of digital identity which is an area in my life that needs work.
  5. I just wrapped up & sent my parcel for the Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt hosted by Fab. The reveal date is somewhere in mid-March so look forward to seeing that post. I already knew the person I sent to so I hope I put together an inspiring and fun package for her!
  6. At work I joined the professional development committee. I’ve never been on a committee before and I’m kind of nervous, but it turns out professional development is actually important to me, and not just as a way to build skills for your next job. It’s like getting paid to learn everything there is to learn about things you’re not good at. I know it’s more than that but it’s nice to actually take initiative and join something at work.
  7. Oh yeah, related to SPSH2016, I also recently picked up embroidery again for the first time since I was a teenager. I can’t tell you yet what I designed and made (it’ll be in that reveal post) but I’m really quite proud of it. As I was going through it, I finally remembered why I quit–
    • Knots, I hate knots and I couldn’t ever figure out how to get rid of them. I was very impatient back then and I used to pull the thread tight thinking I could just work through it but then it’d just get worse and, ugh. It was so frustrating.
    • My tremor had just started to get bad around that time and having a tremor makes it very difficult to work intimately with your hands. Well, now my tremor is worse than it has ever been (and increasingly so), but I’m learning the opposite, surprisingly. It seems that tasks like embroidery and papercutting keep me steady for a while.
  8. I haven’t been writing as much as I want to. Actually I’m feeling a little guilty about that but every time I think about it I’m not in a good position to write anything: Busy, driving, or otherwise unable to get to a computer/my phone. Looks like it’s time to carry around a journal like I used to.
  9. Studying lately: Professional development, personal learning environments, ePortfolios, methods of reflecting on learning, SQL, embroidery stitches.
  10. Currently reading:
    • Paperback: Distance education: A systems view of online education by Moore & Kearsley (for school)
    • Car audio: [in between books]
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey
    • eBook: Managing technology in higher education: Strategies for transforming teaching and learning by Bates & Sangra (for school)

January 24, 2016.

  1. One word, three syllables: Snowzilla.
  2. At school (aka, work), we’re starting to look more deeply into an enhanced learning model, including experimenting with how we might implement into the classrooms going forward. Pretty excited to be a part of this!
  3. I’m also diving a lot into SQL and writing reports for our CMS. Just kind of… on my own. I find it to be actually fun dedicating 80% of a slow day researching query statements.
  4. Been writing a bunch… and I’m actually diving into the idea of a 10-year long perzine that comes out twice a year titled Exciteshroom. I have been wanting to embark on this kind of project since I turned 30, but I couldn’t think of a good name for the zine. Exciteshroom is a good name for… reasons. :)
  5. At home, we’re planning on doing a lot of home improvement projects including building an entertainment center and customizing pipe shelves for the kitchen. I can’t tell you how excited I am for these changes!
  6. I made my first successful sunny-side up egg!
  7. (Listen, okay? I am shit at cooking and this is a pretty big deal.)
  8. Last night I spent a few hours outlining my book, which is the most work I’ve done on it since December.
  9. In the mean time, I’m starting the next two issues of Creativity for Introverts, Approach to Knowledge and Environment. After that there will only be two left! I’m both excited to keep going and share my ideas for self-care, and excited to wrap this up so I can focus more on the book and other projects.
  10. School starts in 8 days, so I get access to my next class tomorrow. I’m studying Technology in Distance Education and E-learning this semester.
  11. Currently reading:
    • Paperback: Self-Promotion for Introverts by Nancy Ancowitz
    • Car audio: [in between books]
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey
    • eBook: Learning With ‘e’s: Educational Theory and Practice in the Digital Age by Richard Gerver and Steve Wheeler

January 09, 2016.

  1. Trying out calligraphy, sort of. I’m not actually very dedicated to it. I’m looking for an easier way to draw pretty letters but calligraphy requires a lot more concentration than I realized. I sort of expected it to be quick, like cursive, but I guess you have to be already good at writing before that happens to you.
  2. On that note, I purchased a set of [greyscale] Tombow brush pens. I’m enjoying them, but turns out I’m severely fond of finer points. I mean, I always knew this, but I never knew the reason why. Now I get it. (That’s personal.)
  3. Wrapping up my vacation! Since I work at a university, I get the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. Then I also took off the first week of January, so it’s been a while since I’ve been a social being. Looking forward to an extremely awkward Tuesday at work.
  4. Boyfriend and I are watching Ranma 1/2 and some others, as he continues my education in Japanese animation.
  5. That friend I learned I couldn’t trust emailed me. I don’t really know if we cleared the air, but as far as I’m concerned everything’s fine. We mutually agree that neither of us has a part in the other’s life anymore. It’s kind of nice not to have something end super dramatically like friendships have in the past.
  6. Writing a book? This is insane. Ever since I started declaring that I’m writing a book I lost motivation, but I’ve already outlined most of it and expect to pick it up again, you know, sometime.
  7. Right now, like presently, I’m working on a love/appreciation kit which is not a Valentine’s kit but would make a pretty neat Valentine’s gift… Hope to have that in the shop before Valentine’s Day, but not killing myself if I’m late.
  8. Taking medication for my tremor. It’s not gone, but it’s so much better and I’m happy science exists.
  9. Keeping a planner/journal for the first time ever. I don’t think I even tried before, but I’ve been pretty successful so far (I know it’s only been 9 days… but that’s 9 days more than ever before). I don’t really have anything to plan yet, but it’s been useful for documenting small thoughts.
  10. Documenting quotes from the books I am reading.
  11. Currently reading:
    • Paperback: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
    • Car audio: [in between books]
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey

November 28, 2015.

  1. Launching the new site. Well, that’s pretty obvious. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want from it. I took a huge emotional/privacy hit early/mid 2015 so I haven’t quite regained my confidence yet.
  2. I’ve actually been working on listing new boxes in the Moga Goods Etsy. It’s difficult this time of year because paint doesn’t mix very well with colder weather, but we’re figuring it out. Today the boyfriend put on a few layers which gave me time to design some envelopes for the new stationery that will be listed shortly (and figure out how to use the Cricut).
  3. Getting chubby on leftovers. My mom made a gluten free version of this Pumpkin Pudding Cake and then I immediately went out and bought yellow cake just in case, you know, I wanted to make it without having to plan to make it… Boyfriend also brought home kimchi among other leftovers, so we’re set.
  4. Stressing out over electronics. Nothing is going my way! I bought a new laptop a few weeks ago but they sent me the wrong one and the mouse doesn’t work, so that’s going back. My work computer pooped out and then I got a new one that also pooped out. Right now all I’ve got is this old one that doesn’t reliably hold a charge.
  5. Watching The Man in the High Castle, which I absolutely recommend, even if you think you’re sick of Nazi stuff.
  6. Reflecting often on: content/writing, privacy, friendship, independence, the best way to organize my spaces at home, and adulting.
  7. Currently reading (still):
    • Paperback: Ways of Seeing by John Berger
    • Car audio: The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey

November 9, 2015.

  1. I am wrapping up my first semester in my Master of Distance Education. It’s been a while (cough, 10 years) since I’ve been in any kind of formal education environment so it took me some time to adjust, but now I’m really into it and excited to see what comes next.
  2. Settling in for hibernation. It’s starting to get chilly around here. I’ve already pulled out a few of my best blankets. Expect some Monster Hunter updates during the late autumn/winter months. Monster Hunter X will be delivered by December 12!
  3. Most certainly related, I’ll be working on item box redesign and a few other product ideas for the Moga Goods Etsy. I feel pretty bad for not keeping pace with sales, but renewal of playing interest always inspires new products!
  4. Reorganizing, um, everything. I bought a new laptop (as you do when your 10 year old laptop becomes senile) so I’ve been moving my digital existence to OneDrive. It’s not easy, let me tell you. I had no sense of organization throughout the last 15 years, and yet I kept every file. So far I have learned that I used to make so many website projects and then just as quickly abandon them. I am pumped about being organized and seeing what I can revive.
  5. I’m being ridiculously in tune with the weather and environmental changes. I think this happens every fall, but since my memory’s not too great I’ll have to wait a few years to confirm this.
  6. Outlining & beginning a new journal project for Busy Weekends that will include thoughts on creativity, introversion, and education, among other things. I’m trying to bring together all my passions in a way that isn’t as overwhelming as my online creative endeavors have been in the past. I’m still trying to make sense of my love/hate relationship with documentation, digital presence, and social outreach, and like all things, starting a process will help me understand through action.
  7. Currently reading (still):
    • Paperback: Ways of Seeing by John Berger
    • Car audio: The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey

October 21, 2015.

  1. I’m studying Distance Education at the graduate level and it consumes the better part of my life.
  2. Working. Well, you know the drill. Things are getting busy as I take on more projects and responsibilities and as the university reorganizes its course development process and design. Pretty exciting stuff.
  3. Working out with my mom 2-3 times a week. It’s actually a pretty cool routine we’ve got going but we definitely have that “buddy system” where if one of us doesn’t go the other decides not to also… I’m trying to get back to running 15 consecutive minutes, which is where I was this time last year.
  4. Currently reading:
    • Paperback: Ways of Seeing by John Berger
    • Car audio: The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
    • Gym audio: Democracy and Education by John Dewey
  5. Learning Hiragana and Katakana via TenguGo. I’ve only learned 10 but I can write the most important word in the universe now: いいえ
  6. Considering how I want to create/morph my digital identity.
  7. Keeping Busy Weekends in the back of my mind, always. I want to make some changes, but because of everything above I’m booked for both time and creative energy.