Last spring, I commissioned the lovely people at Omega Artworks (Gary and Suzy Zahradka) to make me an athame. It arrived this week, and now I want to share photographs!
I got a very nice email from someone who liked my blog, and who noticed I hadn’t posted since last spring, hoping I was still all right. Which, yes! Just work is still eating most of my brains.
However, I thought it might be a good time to do a “What I’ve been up to” sort of round up, so here’s what I’ve been up to in July and August. (I went through and pulled numbers because I was sort of curious, and because I’ve been feeling like pieces of this are off balance from what I’d like them to be and data might help me make choices I liked better.)
I’m also hoping it might be a useful sort of view for people wondering what a random Pagan’s daily life looks like, in a manageable chunk.
My presentation for today is up on a separate page, for easy reading. (Livable: Universal Design and Pagan Practice). People seemed to like it!
There’s been discussion in several corners of the Pagan blog world about presenters and compensation at conventions, and I have many thoughts on this. (And also, because I’ve seen a lot of conversation over time where people aren’t very aware of all the moving pieces, and laying them out seems useful.)
Because I’m about to post a substantially longer post, and um, hi, it’s been nine months. Since my last update, I have:
Done more job hunting and interviewing (I think I came out to 160 hours of travel for this job hunt, the majority between September 2014 and early April 2015. Not prep, not interviewing, not phone interviews. Just travel.)
Gotten hired for an awesome new job.
Moved from Maine back to the Boston area for said new job, managing to find a suitable apartment at a not entirely unreasonable cost or commute. (Proof that magic works, if you’re at all familiar with Boston rental markets.)
Started the new job in May, and spent the subsequent months diving into it.
(It is still amazing, but involves a lot of content knowledge I didn’t have: I’m essentially a special librarian attached to a larger educational institution these days, and my job is a lot of reference about minute details in the relevant subject areas. I’m finally out of the months where I was just so exhausted when I got home from all the new learning that I wasn’t doing much else.)
Wrapped up three major related personal projects in September and October. (A seven year collaborative creative project, managing the backstage documention for same, which turned into a 7000+ page wiki, and knitting a blanket that goes along with the project.)
Turned 40 (also in September).
Done (and continue doing) seasonal ritual with good friends, which has been great, though now I’m looking at how to step up my ritual practice again.
Gone on vacation to London for 9 days over Thanksgiving. It was a great trip!
And now I’m finally settling in to a couple of vacation weekends when I might actually get my books organized at home, and with plans for writing and the Seeking site.