Sorry things have been so slow around here lately. I am sure you all have been experiencing the same thing–that holiday hectic…ness? -icity? Whatever, it’s just been really busy. So I haven’t had a lot of time to share my thoughts here.
The biggest change has been that shortly before Thanksgiving, I took a contract job with The Purple Store. What is it, you ask? Why, a store that sells purple things of course. Yep, that is the business model. If you or someone you know loves purple, they need to check out this shop. The site isn’t fancy, but it’s chock full of purpley goodness.
As you might imagine, being any kind of retailer around the holidays meant that my training was trial-by-fire, as we leapt from a manageable chunk or orders each day to OMGWTFXMAS in just over a week after I started. Luckily, the people I work with are smart, funny, motivated people, and we worked hard as a team to kick out the orders, answer customer service queries, and even put up a small retail space for last minute Christmas shoppers to get their gift on. To say it was a crazy busy time would be an understatement, but it was a joy to get to flex some different mental and physical muscles.
It’s been an interesting contrast to more recent years where, while I have always endeavored to give each student the attention they deserved, I wasn’t always able to key in to some of the details I can when groups are smaller. It has given me a lot to think about as a teacher, and kind of re-prioritize what my eye should train on when in larger groups. Good for larger classes and workshops both.
On the web design front things have been picking up at the end of the year/start of the new year. It’s been really fun digging into some of the new CS3 capabilities, allowing me to make tweaks here and there that are both cosmetically pleasing AND performance boosting. Who knew the two could go hand-in-hand? My latest project that is live is http://www.buddhakittyglass.com which is the business of our good friend Steena Fullmer. She turned her beloved hobby of fused glass into a tidy little online business, and has been growing with each year in both her skills and her customer demand. I was thrilled to get my hands on her website and fix it up so not only was it lovely and reflected her aesthetic, but was something she can easily edit and update herself. Now that’s design I can get excited about!
At home, this new three-job life has been keeping me from my beloved home-care routine. Dishes are not getting done every day, the bed is rarely made, and don’t talk to me about vacuuming and dusting. Chris has been a rock star doing his best to help pick up the slack, but with the the many holiday obligations, it’s been a challenge to find the energy. But part of it is feeling a little cabin-fevery and longing for a little sunshine and warmth–grey and cold sucks the motivation right out of me, and all I wanna do is watch TV and drink tea! I feel confident I am not alone in this.
The thought that spring is around the corner (well, enough for me) is exciting. I am eager to get back out in the garden and make everything pretty again. We have a pile of unfinished projects from last year, plus the dream of starting our veggie garden to go with our successful herb garden from 2010. And more fresh herbs and veggies means more COOKING to be done! We started our “Moore Family Cooking Compendium” last year–a folder where we keep our favorite recipes in little plastic sleeves for frequent use–and I intend to see a multi-volume set developing by the end of 2011.
I am pretty sure that catches us up for now. I can’t say I am at all sad to see 2010 behind me. It started so amazingly, and then somewhere in the first third, shit hit the fan so hard, it was easy to imagine never recovering. We are still licking our wounds here in the Moore house, but we are a scrappy bunch and won’t let anything keep us down for long. Besides, one of my Christmas gifts from Chris was a big ol’ gift card from Fluevog, and with shiny new ‘vogs on the horizon, how could the new year go anywhere but up?