I know… I’ve been missing a while…
At the beginning of the year, my department underwent a organizational restructuring. I agree with the need for the restructuring, and really want to see this initiative succeed… I ended up being laterally moved, and have a new supervisor, and a new manager. Both of these individuals are great people, and I really love working them them…
Problem is, I no longer manage the area that I’d been handling for the last two and a half years.
Initially, it wasn’t a big deal – I was excited by the challenges of tackling my new job duties and really making my new area succeed.
Trouble is – I missed my old area. I managed a large number of student employees, and really tried to provide quality mentoring and guidance. I worked really hard to find a balance between mothering them, being a role model, and being a supervisor. I advocated for these kids, because I hired them, and not necessarily for the skills they could bring to my area, but for the potential I saw in them. These individuals are all smart, adaptable, wonderful people, each with their own personality quirks foibles, making them a real joy and challenge to work with.
With the change in my job duties, I lost the constant interaction with these student employees, and they’re now being managed by someone else.
I miss my kids.
I miss them, and I wish I could do more for them, but I’m elsewhere in the organization, and have to focus on succeeding where I am.
On top of this, a very large conversion project is on my plate, and I’m attempting not to stress it, but DAMN! Our deadline is going to give me white hairs. Especially since this particular project must be done in conjunction with placing, receiving, and scheduling new computer setups.
So, for January, I pretty much shut down to just working, and fiction writing. I didn’t even have the desire to sew. And that lasted a while. I had the hardest time in bringing myself to finish my mini-quilt for Doll Quilt Swap 14, which sucked, because I’d been really looking forward to participating.
This state of mind lasted until this past weekend. In fact, I skipped February’s Stitch ‘N’ Bitch, because I woke up the day of, and just wanted to crawl back into bed. Then I worked at my second job the next day, when the first thing I did that day was throw up. Then I tried to go to primary job on Monday, and only made it through 1:00 PM. I called in today, just trying to beat this stupid cold. So, yeah, good thing I didn’t go to Stitch ‘N’ Bitch – I would have been Typhoid Mary. Even better that at primary job I DON’T have that constant interaction with students. I’d have set off a chain reaction of people getting sick.
Somehow, through all of this, I managed to finish my DQS 14 mini-quilt for my partner, and sent it out only slightly after deadline. This past Saturday, despite not being at Stitch ‘N’ Bitch, I sat at my sewing machine, and picked up a project I hadn’t worked on since June of 2013.
So, sewing is a thing again, and, wow, it feels good. I’m still sort of bummed, but I’m really tired of wallowing, and watch to finished some stuff. So, I have a printer arriving sometime tomorrow, to be followed by more thread and more paper for foundation piecing. I also have a new 1/4″ foot and more bobbins coming. I’ve actually worn out my current 1/4″ foot – the metal bar that the shank clips onto is falling out! I also ordered tools for machine quilting, the Fabulous Fabric Glide, which I’ve already used, and the SewSlip, which I have not.
I would have ordered books, because Connecting Threads had their 40% off sale, but not one book in their selection told me that I had to own it. Who needs project books when one has EQ7 and at least three block reference books? Not this girl.
So, yeah, I’m back. And I’m going to try to not let it be another month before I post, which should actually be easy. I have some finishes to share. One more photo to take, and I’ll be back tomorrow.